Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning- Character Art, Cast, Story Details, & New Characters

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From DigiFes, and associated press materials, we finally have a good bit of early details for the next Digimon movie:
Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning

First up, the official site is up.


Then we have art of the 02 characters as they will appear in the new film...

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We knew that Tomohisa Taguchi and Akatsuki Yamatoya were returning as director and writer respectively were returning from Kizuna. Yumeta Company will also be returning for animation production.

They have now confirmed all 12 cast members for the 02 cast from Kizuna are also, which minus 1 who is semi-retired, isn't a wild shock:
Fukujuro Katayama as Daisuke Motomiya
Junko Noda as V-Mon
Arthur Lounsbery as Ken Ichijouji
Naozumi Takahashi as Wormmon
Ayaka Asai as Miyako Inoue
Kouichi Toochika as Hawkmon
Yoshitaka Yamaya as Iori Hida
Megumi Urawa as Armadimon
Junya Enoki as Takeru Takaishi
Miwa Matsumoto as Patamon
M.A.O as Hikari Yagami
Yuka Tokumitsu as Tailmon



We also have an early story synopsis/teaser...
The story if described as...
The title foreshadows the beginning of 'something', and takes place in February 2012. It is a story set slightly later than Digimon Advneture tri. & Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna. The main characters in the film, shown in new images, have changed from that film.

The main character, Daisuke Motomiya, and his friends, are now 20 years old, and the visuals of the characters shows fine changes that only the reality-conscious Digimon can make.

It is a sequel of Last Evolution Kizuna.


And details for a couple new characters, which we previously saw in the teaser poster from last year...
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Megumi Ogata will play the new character Rui Owada. A mysterious young man who was saved by Daisuke and the others when he fell from Tokyo Tower, he says he's the first chosen child. This is the first appearance of Ogata in Digimon, and they trust the director quite a bit saying "I love the images that Director Taguchi creates"

Ogata is an extremely well known voice actor, with some of their better known roles being... Yukito in Cardcaptor Sakura, Shinji in Evangelion, Sailor Uranus in Sailor Moon, and Kurama in Yu Yu Hakusho.


Rie Kugimiya has been chosen to play Ukkomon, the Digimon that holds the key to this story. Ukkomon looks and sounds like a cute & slippery marine creature, but it's an important DIgimon with many mysteries. Kugimiya commented she was perplexed by the strong impact of the name, but she played it like a cute Digimon, like an angel.
Not mentioned is Kugimiya's connection to Digimon, she's played a few different roles most notably Ikuto in Savers.





And higher resolution character art, and character details...
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Daisuke- While attending culinary school, he has already begun to training at a ramen ship. On days when the store is closed, he is allowed to use the store as it is and serves family-style ramen as the owner. He spends his days researching ramen with V-mon, even though he lives alone at home.

V-mon- Special Move: V-mon Head- Daisuke's partner, a small dragon-type Digimon. They have had many fights over the years, but their bond is strong because they are in complete agreement on their favorite ramens. They have trained together in ramen and always work together to make the restaurant a success.


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Ken- As the winter of his sophmore year of college approaches, the brilliant & talented Ken is gradually beginning to look more to his future, and he continues to study for the police officer's exam. On campus, he continues to be the object of heated attention from those around him, but not one can get in the way of his leisurely reading time with Wormmon.

Wormmon- Special Move: Nebaneba Net- A larval type Digimon that looks like a caterpillar, Wormmon is Ken's partner. Thanks to the devoted Wormmon, who has always been close to Ken's heart, Ken has grown into a kind young man, and Wormmon is proud of him.


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Miyako- After completing her studies in Spain, Miyako is now studying programming in India. Because Koushiro is extremely busy, the 'Digimon Connected' community is mainly run by her. She still likes to wear brightly colored clothing.

Hawkmon- Special Move: Feather Slash- A bird-type Digimon who is Miyako's partner. Normally acts like a gentleman and speaks in a polite tone, but whenever Miyako's playfulness (or impulsiveness) gets the better of him, or lands her in a pinch, he drops his composure and shows a more temperamental side


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Iori- Iori, the youngest member of the group, has already decided to go to law school and has started working part-time at a lawyer's office, although doing simple tasks. He continues to practice kendo, which he learned from his grandfather, and while he has a serious side, he values the relaxed time he can spend with the cheerful and optimistic Armadimon.

Armadimon- Special Move: Rolling Stone- Iori's partner, a mammal type Digimon with an armadilo-like body. It has a cheerful personality and accepts Iori for who he is, to the point of being too honest. He speaks in a unique Nagoya dialect and is also good at singing.


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Takeru- He is a sophomore in the department of literature. He enjoys spending days with everyone, guys and girls alike, but when it comes time to get to his computer, he's serious about his writing. However, when it comes time to play with Patamon, he thinks nothing of it.

Patamon- Takeru's partner Digimon, a mammal-type Digimon with large ears. Since Takeru is surrounded by friends at university, he wants to at least play with Takeru when he is home, but tries to not disturb him while he is working on his novels.


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Hikari- While furthering her studies in early childhood education at a junior college, she also works part-time at a daycare center and plays with children there. In place of her busy older brother, she works together with Tailmon in Digimon-related activities while serving as a hub for her friends.

Tailmon- Hikari's partner Digimon. It is a holy beast type Digimon that looks like a small cat. She's as strong minded as ever, willing to stand up to any opponent for Hikari's sake. When they spend time together, they are very honest and sweet to each other.


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Rui Owada- He was rescued by Daisuke and friends when he fell from Tokyo Tower. He claims to be 'the world's first chosen child' and has a Digivice, but no partner Digimon is there with him.


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Ukkomon- A cute-looking Digimon that looks like a slippery marine creature. It is said that its voice is also cute, but nothing else is currently known about it.





Lots more to come.


Update- Megumi Ogata posted a tweet about the announcement, which also includes what appears to be a promotional screenshot...

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I'll be playing the role of Owada Rui in the movie "Digimon Adventure 02 - THE BEGINNING-"!
'I was the first human in the world to form a partnership with a Digimon'
I appeared as [one of the] secret guest at DigiFes 2022 during the announcement done during the afternoon show
I'll also shop up at the evening show later! Look forward to more news!

Rie Kugimiya also tweeted:
Good evening everyone!
Today I was a surprise guest at DigiFes~!
It was a happy space filled with the love so many have for Digimon.
I'm so happy that I was able to participate!!
 

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Rui looks awfully young for someone who allegedly predates Daigo's group. Time travel shenanigans? Also, Ukkomon looks like some weird combination of Gomamon and MarineAngemon.
 

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Ooooh! The excitement is real!
They all look soo good.
Rui's resemblance to Osamu stands out to me.
 

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Seeing this make realised that Armadimon similar with Ryudamon. I understand now why they choose SlashAngemon for him.

But it will better if he got Tactimon or Musyamon or something connected with Kotemon or Ryudamon theme. Iori also fit with Kotemon, its why i think like that.

If Ukkomon is baby 2, it fit better for Gomamon and Tailmon than their actual preevolution.

New Hawkmon make me even like it more, i just dislike old Hawkmon animation.
 

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I don't know Ukkomon's level, but if he's a Child I will gladly accept him as the main Child for MarinAngemon.

And yeah, as noted above, Rui looks to be about the same age as Daisuke, I don't know how he could possibly be "the first Chosen Child", I was expecting someone middle-aged.

Interesting that they chose Orange instead of Yellow for Iori, and Yellow instead of Green for Takeru, given their Digivice colors. Less interesting but still someone interesting, is the choice of turquoise for Ken instead of Black or a darker, less saturated green.

I wonder if the phone Digivices will still be in play, that would explain the color choices, given that both Takeru and Iroi would presumably have yellow, just with their respective Crests on the back.

I wouldn't be surprised if the "something" this movie is "the beginning" of is the epilogue.
 
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I guess Patamon will be rewarded with Starbucks for not interrupting his work
 

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Miyako has the best glow up in Digimon history.

Really happy to see Megumi Ogata join the Digimon family! I like the winter tone the movie appears to have. Can't wait to see it!
 

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Seeing this make realised that Armadimon similar with Ryudamon. I understand now why they choose SlashAngemon for him.

But it will better if he got Tactimon or Musyamon or something connected with Kotemon or Ryudamon theme. Iori also fit with Kotemon, its why i think like that.

If Ukkomon is baby 2, it fit better for Gomamon and Tailmon than their actual preevolution.

New Hawkmon make me even like it more, i just dislike old Hawkmon animation.
Since when did they choose that as his mega? Pretty sure nothing is confirmed until the movie comes out?
I prefer Clavis lol


Rui's va looks like him haha
Love Rie but chotto getting tired of her in almost everything recently....i wonder if Ukkomon will sound like that monster in the recent episode of made in abyss
 

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Yolei looking the best she ever has, though that's not hard when shes meh in everything else I suppose. She also really likes to travel the world huh.

Rui looks awfully young for someone who allegedly predates Daigo's group. Time travel shenanigans? Also, Ukkomon looks like some weird combination of Gomamon and MarineAngemon.

Tbf even the previews just say he himself makes this claim rather than Toei telling us his is. I think that means he isn't and just thinks he is. Plus if this new Digimon is his partner it's not accurate to say he has no partner. Speaking of this is one ugly ass Digimon
 

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Osamu when hearing rumors about Dark Gennai in Digimon Kaiser disguise and this Rui being him: guys, let me rest in peace.

It's okay, Osamu. I won't say it's you. I want to guess other person: that this Rui is Ken and Miyako's third child.

That's it. That's the post.
 

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I like how these are going. Miyako does have a nice glow up like this. Quite interesting with the new characters. Just who are they...
 

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Updated translations a bit and added one more tweet.
 

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Really liked what I have seen so far about the movie. Can not wait to watch it!
 

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Honestly thought Takeru was Hiro from the Digimon World game at first glance due to his outfit. For a second I almost thought they were linking the universes.

Rui does look young although it may just be the anime effect where people just tend to look younger in general. Gonna go out on a limb here and guess that he ends up being yet another villain... prove me wrong Toei.
 

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Poor Ken, stuck with his terrible Kizuna hairstyle. And Cody doesn't even get a new one. TK, at least, continues his tradition of being a shameless flirt. Is this subtle confirmation that he's bi? Would be an interesting but not unwelcome turn for him.

Anyway, new characters are immediately sus, but it'll be interesting to see how truthful this guy is. Or maybe he's secretly not human at all? Looking forward to more details.
 

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Man, I was not prepared for how fugly Ukkomon is. Not that I dislike it though...

The other character designs look fine. They're really leaning into the whole foreshadowing their future jobs in the 02 epilogue, although whether that'll actually have anything to do with the plot or not remains to be seen. Things look interesting though, and I'm definitely more invested than I was with Kizuna at this satge of marketing.
 

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TK, at least, continues his tradition of being a shameless flirt. Is this subtle confirmation that he's bi? Would be an interesting but not unwelcome turn for him.
I've been thinking about that allot since I read it lol. I'd be really, really impressed if they made Takeru bisexual but I'm assuming it's just saying he has allot of female platonic friends - moreso than saying he has male romantic ones.
 

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TK, at least, continues his tradition of being a shameless flirt. Is this subtle confirmation that he's bi? Would be an interesting but not unwelcome turn for him.
I've been thinking about that allot since I read it lol. I'd be really, really impressed if they made Takeru bisexual but I'm assuming it's just saying he has allot of female platonic friends - moreso than saying he has male romantic ones.
It's actually kind of weird that Digimon has so little (even implied) queer characters for a Japanese shounen series. Even Pokemon has far more queer-coded characters than Digimon (who has what? Rhodonitemon and sort-of Ruki?) Especially for a series in which the titular monsters can change their gender presentation completely in all of the games at the drop of a hat.
Man, I was not prepared for how fugly Ukkomon is. Not that I dislike it though...
After thinking about it, I think it's the ear tentacles that are bad. The one in the middle of her head just doesn't make a lot of sense. "Ahoge" as a tentacle just looks bad. Obviously a lot of people are comparing it to Marine Angemon, too. It looks like Marine Angemon but diseased. I know we went decades without any new Deep Savers children, too - but getting 3 molluscs in quick succession (Sangyomon, Ukkomon, AND Jellymon) is a little one-note.

I think they were also trying to capture the success of Morphomon's design (it's a sea butterfly instead of a butterfly, get it?!) and failed.
 

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Ukkomon feels like the type that we have to see in animation to judge... like I very much feel its supposed to be translucent which well thats always hit and miss with illustration because how do you really get osmething to read as being INSIDE it rather than some sort of marking on the surface when talking about a static image. In motion it'll probably look better.
Time travel is not unprecedented after all... even if the canonicity of Ryo's story is potentially up for debate. We know the old man in Young Hunters was able to kinda reach across time and space to gather heroes just plucking them from their time lines.

SO while this might be the first time on screen for adventure that time travel may be confirmed its not exactly unheared of in the franchise.
There is one thing to keep in mind... Tri had a lab with stasis pods... what if Rui was held in a similar lab in the digital world... being released from it along side the 02 kids, having lost his partner who knows when? If time travel was invovled what if he went back in time or something? Partnered with someone before daigo's group

Got tossed back in time for some reason.. and stuck in a stasis pod to sleep until after he got flung back to avoid some sort of catastrophic ripple effect but system didnt' wake him when it was supposed to or something. This could explain why he appears to be around the 02 casts age. And hell Tai and co had no idea that Daigo's group existed... well i mean sure Gennai mentioned something about others during the dark master ark.... but you really think anyone other than Izzy is going to pay attention to that?
So we could say he was chosen somehow a week before Hikarigaoka making him the first (as far as anyone would know) since again I bet only izzy would of paid attention to that prophecy and its not like tai and co have gone and publicly revelaed thier first digimon encounters so as far as the general public is concerned they what... became chosen shortly before the myotismon incident... if Rui had his little adventure around the same time as tai and co- but never crossed paths with them that'd be enoguh to beleive you were the first
 

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Rui seems younger than Hikari, so it's interesting that he will be the firat Chosen Child.


Interesting that they chose Orange instead of Yellow for Iori, and Yellow instead of Green for Takeru, given their Digivice colors. Less interesting but still someone interesting, is the choice of turquoise for Ken instead of Black or a darker, less saturated green.
I wonder if the phone Digivices will still be in play, that would explain the color choices, given that both Takeru and Iroi would presumably have yellow, just with their respective Crests on the back.

I've understood Takeru's cellphone was green (I remember to see some official images of that). So, I don't think this would be the reason.
 
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