Digimon Ghost Game: Episode 1- The Sewn-Lip Man

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Well, since this is the first episode of something, and kind of a big deal, I'll go ahead and summarize my first impressions. All in all a good start, though we can see that the "horror" aspect of the show was exaggerated by the staff. Also, I don't really care for the human characters' designs. They look off, somehow. Kiyoshiro was a little on the grating side, though not to the same extent as some of the Appmon characters were. I do like Hiro well enough. About Clockmon, I can't say I attach much importance to his having gotten away at the end. Getting chased off by a Child-level Digimon doesn't exactly establish him as a credible threat, unless he gets inexplicably stronger between appearances or manages to evolve (we don't know yet if evolution will be as common in this series as it was in Adventure 2020). He may not even show up again at all. There are plenty of times in anime where a one-off character will go away talking about meeting again or having revenge and then disappears forever.
 

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The animation really felt so weak despite it's designed for Horror which it supposed to have darker colors but the character and backgrounds everywhere were animated really lightened...

Well I thought Clockmon was given new powers due to his profile his powers limited within the range of 1900 to 1999 years so it gave me impression of how he enjoyed so much with his scary powers as if he was delighted his powers got improved to rid of that lousy restriction of "1900" years. My personal headcanon but damn to think Clockmon actually ENJOYED watching the victims drained of aging that sadist digimon... Didn't think he actually survived this ep! And that Clockmon's bottom part that clock robot was doing the gymnastic... Didnt think that clock robot was very quite flexible and so much more than stiff Andromon! Look at that flipping gymnastic motions!

Gammamon is basically herbivore version of Guilmon! Plus with chomping habits.

Oh that BlackTailmon again but seriously what's with all cat digimons lately? Gimme some dog loves.

The fight was quite nice but extremely short. Liked the part with the nut suddenly transformed into the tree to disable the time flow transfer. Quite smart.

Did the father got Terminator-teleport'ed? Look at that shady hole where he vanished in his study room!
 

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Personally I don't share the same excitement. I am neutral but the episode was just ok. It had the same feeling with Yokai Watch and Appmon so this doesn't go well with me. The character designs look a bit off and the mystery/horror vibe even if it was good at times wasn't something amazing either. Clockmon was just a monster of the week Villain. Though I must say that he looked menacing when he stole the time from the stutents. However being damaged by a child level digimon is not a good showing. Very underwhelming. All in all, I felt that I was watching a Vital bracelet commercial. I didn't feel that I was watching Digimon. I will give the next episodes a chance... Oh I forgot. The animation was just alright.
 

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What a refreshing, interesting start to a new season! The use of classic Digimon is always a plus for me, but the new partner Digimon look really cool as well. I tried not to focus on every frame within the opening cause I don't wanna spoil the evolutions (I'll probably skip it from next episode onwards). Gammamon is cute as hell, Hiro's relatability makes him very likeable. Together with Ruri and Kiyoshiro, they make a great dynamic. Based on the designs, the jellyfish is my favorite (Jellymon, was it?). The bigfoot-like Digimon is probably my least favorite but he's still not bad. I'll probably like him more once I see him in action. the same, and I guess possibly the opposite, can be said about Jellymon too but we'll see.

The villain of the next episode of Mummymon. It seems like they’re specifically choosing creepy looking Digimon for this season. Which I absolutely love. According to the intro we’re probably going to see Devimon & LadyDevimon at some point. I also expect to see Digimon such as Andromon, Dragomon, Tekkamon, Datamon, Phantomon and maybe even Megidramon.

Overall, I'm loving it so far and can't wait for more.
 

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I quite liked the episode. I was quite worried about Hiro, but his constant new expressions proved that he's not some dull character, and surely he's not like Taiki and his "I must be helpful to everybody".

When the episode mentioned that Gammamon is a little brother to Hiro I couldn't help but think about Netto and Saito Hikaris from Battle Network Rockman.EXE. I think it would be really nice if it would turn out that Gamma is really Hiro's brother or somerhing. Maybe kinda like Sleepmon and Rei from Appmons.

Same! These early episode concepts tend to disappear after 15 or so episodes in order to focus on a bigger plot, but I'd rather have what we had today with a bit of character development on the side. We'll see.

It kinda depends on the series, though. Look for example at Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated. It also is a monster of the week series, but in each episode they talk or progress the bigger plot, so missing a single episode can be hurtful. And the monster of the week appears each week until the very end of the series. I kinda wish that Ghost Game would follow Mystery, Inc. series.Or at least Gakkou no Kaidan.
 

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This was an okay start. Something feels kind of off about it though. This shows feels like it will be like appmon but you replace the jokes for a spooky atmosphere. That's fine, I like appmon but I feel like the spooky atmosphere will be a little hollow. The digimon they face aren't going to be much of a mystery and a bit of spooky imagery here and here isn't really enough to excite me, but that's my problem. I guess the thing to hook me personally will be the characters and they all seem fine enough so, not much to go off on. I guess my biggest question is how long can they keep up this tone. People have brought up series like Scooby-doo and Gegege no Kitaro but those shows also have comedy in them. The closest thing to comedy this episode was Kiyoshiro and that felt like it came off way to strong for an introduction.

I guess I'll just have to vibe until the plot feels like showing up. I think the best thing this show can do is have Hiro try and find his dad and have him make actual progress and not just when the plot demands it.
 

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I will admit I might be wrong on this, but I think that since we all are in our 30s and 40s it's kinda hard to scare us and keep the horror theme going. Unless they will inroduce some gore and torture elements, but I bet even then some people won't feel anything, and surely they won't be scared. This is why we should look at the series from a wee bit different perspective.
 

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People are being way too critical of the first episode of a children's horror anime not being scary enough I think. Gegege no Kitaro didn't really get scary until later on.
 

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People are being way too critical of the first episode of a children's horror anime not being scary enough I think. Gegege no Kitaro didn't really get scary until later on.
Aye - As if they're gonna unload all their good ideas and visuals in the pilot. I'm counting on them stringing the audience along for a bit with lighter ideas before amping it up a little bit later. Even Tamers didn't get that dark until about midway through. We shall see.

I thought this was a pretty solid start though. Classic kick-off formula with a spooky twist. I would have gobbled this up as a kid for sure. Bring on next week!
 

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I have to say, I really enjoyed this first episode. It's an interesting new take on Digimon that hasn't been done before, and the Digimon here are actually threats... at least to humans. I think this series has a lot of potential.

Also I personally loved the animation. It's lighter and more fluid, allowing for better body and facial expressions. This one episode alone had more facial expressions from the characters that Adventure 2020 in all it's episodes!
 
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People are being way too critical of the first episode of a children's horror anime not being scary enough I think. Gegege no Kitaro didn't really get scary until later on.
Aye - As if they're gonna unload all their good ideas and visuals in the pilot. I'm counting on them stringing the audience along for a bit with lighter ideas before amping it up a little bit later. Even Tamers didn't get that dark until about midway through. We shall see.

I thought this was a pretty solid start though. Classic kick-off formula with a spooky twist. I would have gobbled this up as a kid for sure. Bring on next week!
Exactly. When doing children's horror, you don't jump the gun immediately like that. You start with restraint so the kids aren't immediately too scared to continue watching, you gotta ease them in gently.
 

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It was ok. The animation wasn't what I was expecting the first episode to kick off with to grab the viewer visually but it was nice. I like the introductions to each character. I like the opening and the Evolution form of Angoramon in the opening looks amazing. I was actually freezing the frames a lot of the opening to see if I could spot any familiar Digimon. I think I spotted Etamon punching Gammamon at the bridge, and I think that is Myotismon behind the door when it opens with the red mask. Also, I was expecting Gammamon to evolve this episode, but I guess he might next episode. I do feel this might be a short series, but interested to see where it goes, how things develop overall, and how the evolutions will look.
 

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I would describe the first episode of Ghost Game as thoroughly okay.

The setting is simple enough. It's the near future. Holograms are everywhere. Phones are using 7G but people have given up trying to come up with sensible twitter handles.

Our protagonist Hiro is introduced as basically an overly competent pushover. He’s not overly hot headed, he thinks quickly on his feet and it was definitely the highlight of the episode to see him casually take out a lock-picking set. This kid is clieraly going places, let’s just hope that the show actually shows him going to those places. Yet, I am still a tiny bit worried because he revealed nothing that could really be called a flaw. That he let his friend talk him into something dumb but I don’t feel that’s going to be something that the story will ever seriously portray as a flaw (In his interaction with Kyoshiro after the incident it kind of seems like he’s wrestling with some guilt about making it possible that they got into that situation but the rest of the episode really doesn’t bring anything up about it). So I really hope that he ends up a consistent and rounded character and not just someone who magically has any skill to solve the exact problem the show throws at him.

I am kind of split on what to think about his father and his disappearance… on one hand it doesn't seem like something that happened on purpose (Like what sort of inventor or tech enthusiast would dematerialize himself in a way that breaks so much of his hardware?), on the other hand multiple digivices and pre-recorded hologram message speak for some sort of intention, and the overly casual tone of doesn’t make it seem like any sort of dire emergency preparation or anything. But what is mostly annoying about it is how blatant of a ploy it is to make sure the protagonist is conveniently unburdened by parents. A staple in anime stories, but a dumb thing happening a lot doesn't make it less dumb, especially if the setting underplays how bizarre that situation actually is. On that note, I am fully expecting Kyoushiro’s weird american college backstory to explain why his parents are nowhere to be seen and Ruri (Who I won’t call Ruli because that’s sound like it’s the name of a mascot for a ruler manufacturer) will doubtlessly also have some silly excuse like being the result of an immaculate conception and later her mother got turned into a newt by a witch or something.

Speaking of Kyoshiro, he is certainly the worst part of the series so far. He’s way to over the top and pretty much reversed my initial impression of him being a potentially intriguing character. For a cowardly genius character I felt most of the potential would have laid in his struggle being an internal one while everyone around him still views him as the reliable leader. But since all of his paranoia and fear are all out in the open and everyone just views him as a weirdo, all that potential drama get cheapened immensely. There’s nothing intriguing about “there he goes flipping out again”. I hope Ruri won’t be too over the top, between them and the generic annoying classmate, having the main character basically surrounded by clowns would be hard to watch even if Hiro himself seems okay.
Also I was expecting the reason why he came to Japan to have something to do with Digimon… but at least right now he seems to be the most clueless out of all the characters.

Also, if the digital world is only this strange overgrown overlay of the human world I am going to be disappointed. Not having their own actual world and ecology and just piggybacking off earth puts Digimon as a whole in a weird marginalized role. I could get into it, maybe if there’s more worldbuilding in the future about how the digital world got into this state and what it means. Like I could imagine there used to be an entirely different Dimension but when the networking in the human world grew more and more complex it forcefully collapsed the digital world into itself or something and now Digimon are stuck in that strange subspace.
It’s interesting that they kinda bring up the Digimon’s battle instinct (some teeny tiny tamers vibes here) but it was kinda awkwardly introduced since Hiro doesn’t really know anything Gammamon at that point and he was fighting to save him so him jumping to that conclusion about Digimon in general seems a bit questionable.

Now let’s talk about Clockmon. He’s an interesting guy, especially since his role in the plot is potentially not over.
There seems to be two parts to his attacks: The rapid physical aging and the seemingly more abstract visions of future that Clockmon seems to consume. In this sense Clockmon is doing nothing more than gathering information he just doesn’t care about the cost.
But what is very interesting is that we never saw the “future vision” for Hiro’s friend (I forgot his name already), even though it happened very prominently in the other two attacks.
One possibility is that we didn’t see his future because he has none, that he will not live to see adulthood, maybe foreshadowing him getting involved with another malevolent Digimon in the future but not getting as “lucky” as with Clockmon.
There’s also another take: When we compare it to the scene in at the start of the episode there was a similar flash but the second time Clockmon is in a different spot when the scenery fades in again. This could mean that some time could have passed between the start and end of that flash and perhaps the “future vision” took place during that time. Hiro was still there the entire time so he could have seen it, even if the audience didn’t. So maybe this could go back again, maybe there was something important Hiro saw in his friend’s future that could impact the plot later on…
The obvious question arising from the vision is an old one: If Clockmon can see (and steal) your future does that mean free will exists in Ghost Game?
It’s hard to tell from his first victim, since we only see the visions from behind, if we are supposed to see stations of just a single life, or a number of separate possibilities of her future. In the second case determinism may still be not certain, or at least weaker in a sense. Dark evolution might only be one of several possible futures for Gammamon, or perhaps a constant in all of them.
That said, there’s still a few questions: What exactly is stopping Clockmon from attacking people in groups?
Also, what if one of Clockmon’s victims has already died of “old age” at the point he was defeated would his defeat straight up revive them, or return them to a young corpse?

Anyway, Clockmon is still at large, he has seen Gammamon's "future" and he didn't like it. Since he doesn’t seem to be on the side of whatever GrusGammamon represents this could give him additional motivation to target Hiro, since he should have figured out that there is a connection between him and Gammamon. Perhaps Clockmon can’t steal anyone’s time as long as his clock is broken but that might get repaired or even heal “naturally” if it’s part of its body. Knowing that the aging ability is not restricted to humans makes it quite versatile, and something that could certainly pop up in the story again, whether as a returning villain or even an ally.

The fact that we did not get an evolution did mean that the final battle was not as flashy as it could have been, but there is something to be said for the fact that the most critical part of the fight was Hiro’s tactical intervention with the acorn, something that would have been overshadowed by an evolution sequence and the obligatory show of overwhelming force after. As it stands, the contribution was split pretty evenly between human and Digimon, and I think that’s a statement. While I think that at higher levels physical contributions from humans would make less sense I hope that tactics stay relevant throughout.
That Clockmon did not get defeated (and honestly wasn’t even that banged up at the end) sets an interesting precedent especially since that means that we now cannot automatically assume that Mummymon will be actually killed in episode 2, which should put the worries of some people to rest who were worried about Ghost Game throwing away levels. I also see it as a good sign since I would welcome any indication, no matter how slight of any business that is not neatly wrapped up at the end of the episode that could come back later could lead to the show not becoming an episodic bore.

That’s basically all my thoughts specificially about this episode but there’s still a few more general thoughts. One of the first thing that jumped out to me about Ghost Game was that the animation was a major step down from Adventure: and that's certainly a letdown. They had a lot of talented animators working on that show from time to time (and I would argue much of that flashiness was wasted on a story that never managed to imbue the spectacle with any sort of weight, tension or meaning), but at least so far I don’t see much of that talent returning, most of the animation just seemed like… B-grade if you’re generous. I understand the quality dipping a little bit if the show is not as action focused in general, but I was expecting at least a bit more polish.
Speaking of visuals, there are some weird styles going on with the backgrounds. In most scenes they have a soft somewhat posterized look, preferring to use splotches of flatter colors over gradients, but it seems that in “digital world” everything suddenly looks more textured and detailed even discounting the variations added by all the vegetation. The backgrounds in the first two scenes in which clockmon attacks have an additional noise filter over all their backgrounds, which was slightly off-putting because all the noise was static and didn’t extend to any of the human characters in the scene… just a slightly weird look in general.

On the other side the music was really really good, Kou Otami truly doesn’t disappoint. I was slightly worried that the future setting and focus on hologram technology would force him into generic edm/chiptune “cyber” sounding music but so far they are keeping the sound traditional, with only a few electronic influences. There’s even his signature flute sound that I instantly recognized from Shadow of the Colossus. There’s some decent ambient music in the scenes that are meant to generate suspense, but I feel it could still be a little bit more intense. Definitely one of the best things about Ghost Game so far and I am already looking forward to the eventual release of the OST.

Then there was also the opening. Neither the animation nor the song really get me excited but at least the evolutions are worth talking about.
I hope that they get some serious mileage out of Gammamon’s evolutions although I am also worried that it could lead to some awkward pacing later on.
The adult levels for Angoramon and Jellymon might make them trade places in my "worst design" ranking, SymbareAngoramon looks interesting, like a more fashionable Andiramon (It would make for a great pre-evo for) him but TeslaJellymon just looks like Jellymon's body was aged up and she grew a dress displaying an almost comical lack of creativity (in an unintentional way before someone brings up Gottsumon) to the point that when I first watched the opening I was not even sure if she evolved at all or she just fluttered her tentacles around. So that was... eh.

Overall as I said everything is solidly okay. Nothing really scary but eh, actual effective horror in the classical sense of supernatural stuff going bump in the night is pretty much a rarity in anime anyway, I think the gold standard from what I’ve seen would be Ghost Hunt and that’s pretty hard to top.
 

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The obvious question arising from the vision is an old one: If Clockmon can see (and steal) your future does that mean free will exists in Ghost Game?
It’s hard to tell from his first victim, since we only see the visions from behind, if we are supposed to see stations of just a single life, or a number of separate possibilities of her future. In the second case determinism may still be not certain, or at least weaker in a sense. Dark evolution might only be one of several possible futures for Gammamon, or perhaps a constant in all of them.
That said, there’s still a few questions: What exactly is stopping Clockmon from attacking people in groups?
Also, what if one of Clockmon’s victims has already died of “old age” at the point he was defeated would his defeat straight up revive them, or return them to a young corpse?

Anyway, Clockmon is still at large, he has seen Gammamon's "future" and he didn't like it. Since he doesn’t seem to be on the side of whatever GrusGammamon represents this could give him additional motivation to target Hiro, since he should have figured out that there is a connection between him and Gammamon. Perhaps Clockmon can’t steal anyone’s time as long as his clock is broken but that might get repaired or even heal “naturally” if it’s part of its body. Knowing that the aging ability is not restricted to humans makes it quite versatile, and something that could certainly pop up in the story again, whether as a returning villain or even an ally.

I can agree about that. Some victims could die of old age if few weeks or few years passed also don't forget if the body is extremely sped up aged it could cause huge amounts of damage to all every organs and extreme hunger/starvation they'd die for 100% sure. Oh yeah no meats to move muscles included!
Brain? I dunno about? Needs experts?

There is still no mention of how Clockmon started it since when.. Too bad but it actually left us pretty dark stories. Imagine if Clockmon the Adult level causing casualties at this then try imagine... Ultimate level like for example, Piemon?

Hmm Clockmon was paused too long but suddenly took a battle stance. So I don't think he "didn't like"?

I think hologram ghosts humans invented could be a "portal" opened to the digital world basically leaks?
 

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Speaking of Kyoshiro, he is certainly the worst part of the series so far. He’s way to over the top and pretty much reversed my initial impression of him being a potentially intriguing character. For a cowardly genius character I felt most of the potential would have laid in his struggle being an internal one while everyone around him still views him as the reliable leader. But since all of his paranoia and fear are all out in the open and everyone just views him as a weirdo, all that potential drama get cheapened immensely. There’s nothing intriguing about “there he goes flipping out again”. I hope Ruri won’t be too over the top, between them and the generic annoying classmate, having the main character basically surrounded by clowns would be hard to watch even if Hiro himself seems okay.
Also I was expecting the reason why he came to Japan to have something to do with Digimon… but at least right now he seems to be the most clueless out of all the characters.
Yeah, he’s unfortunately way too much like a caricature of Joe Kido for my taste.
 

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I was shocked at how dark it was. I thought that we had seen the darkest story lines in the Cyber sleuth games. This is also a huge despatcher for the digimon anime, because besides some dark spots in a few seasons they had usually been upbeat. I like it a lot and can't wait for more episodes. I love how innocent Gammamon is depicted. Plus how powerful he already is at child level. That part where he and Clockmon are smashing through buildings is some super hero movie level shit. lol
I did like the adventure remake but I will behonst it was kind of a slog to get through, kept falling behind on keeping up with the premieres. This show though I will have no problem doing that with if it stays like this.
I wasn't big on Gammamon's and his design when I first saw it, but now that I seen him in action I like it a lot more. I thought it was to childish looking until I saw that Gammamon's personality is so childish so it fits perfectly. I still don't like his evolutions, but I will wait until they premiere to cast judgment.
Also did anyone else get a kind tamers opening vibe with this? Well except more darker of course.
I will say that the two MO's that digimon use to prey on humans shown so far are somewhat over used. As a person who loves High Scifi and fantasy tv, I have seen many villians that steal youth of to sutain themselves. however from how Clockmon talked about it, he seemed to do it because he could view the future that his victim would have lived if he had not taken it. So I will give points on not seeing that spin on that trope before.
As for mummymon, I would give a little more points for originality, of him mummifying people to drain them of life, if not for a pokemon called Cofagrigus.
 
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I regret having doubts about this new season before it was out. The characters have actual personalities, the plot and the horror feeling are intriguing, the opening is super catchy and gammamon's voice is adorable.
Simply loving it
 

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I'm only doing it this week then back to posting a week late even though no one cares.

Good OP/ED Hiro seems like a good protag, same with Gammamon. He's real fun. I can see the horror elements. Not that bad for me though. wonder how far they can push that. Should be a fun season.
 

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I regret having doubts about this new season before it was out. The characters have actual personalities, the plot and the horror feeling are intriguing, the opening is super catchy and gammamon's voice is adorable.
Simply loving it
You're right I forgot about that part, a lot of the character's personalities are fleshed out. If I have one complaint it's the disappearing dad mystery trope again, that you see a lot in anime. If they wanted to milk that more they should have gone with Hiro's Mom to make it slightly fresher
 

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A missing mother is just as (if not more so) much of a cliche as a missing dad.
 
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