Digimon is 21 Years Old!

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Another anniversary!

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Digimon is 21 years old!

The original V-Pets came out in Japan on June 26th, 1997.


The 20th Anniversary had a lot of stuff come out, but the 20th Anniversary of the franchise is officially over.

Bandai put up the great image above for the end of the 20th year of the franchise, and the beginning of the 21st.

They thank fans for their encouragement and support, and comment on how there were new Digimon to greet and how the digital world became more lively during the 20th Anniversary.

The art features Tyranomon, the first mascot of the franchise (and the first Digimon designed by Kenji Watanabe), alongside Agumon, who has long since been the most recognizable Digimon, in the back row.

The front row features 3 notable child-level Digimon that were created during the 20th anniversary of the franchise: Rudomon, the new signature Digimon from the 20th Anniversary Pendulum, Zubamon, the 20th Anniversary Digimon who most notable appeared in the 20th Anniversary V-pet, and Erismon, the main story Digimon from the new mobile game ReArise, the last major Digimon release prior to the end of the 20th Anniversary.




With the end of the franchise's 20th year, the next big anniversary is the 20th Anniversary of Digimon Adventure next March, but with announcements likely to come soon.

The 20th Anniversary of Digimon Adventure logo was accidentally released early.
 

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Happy Birthday, Digimon. You're finally old enough to drink. Nanimon will be pleased.
 

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Happy Birthday, Digimon. You're finally old enough to drink. Nanimon will be pleased.
Lol, yes! Cheers! šŸ˜†

I'll have to do a drawing of Wizardmon & Harry Potter meeting since it'll be the anniversary of it's release, too!
 

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Happy Birthday, Digimon. You're finally old enough to drink. Nanimon will be pleased.
Over here in Germany, it has been old enough to drink for years. Over here all of the original four anime series are already old enough to drink beer!

Phrased differntly: I am feeling ancient.
 

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Happy birthday Digimon, don't get too drunk!


I love the art

It could drink here at 18 lol whilst in Japan the drinking age is 20
 

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Happy Birthday Mate, Have a good one
 

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Truly timeless. it's been more than a decade now as a fan, it may not be a titanic marketing juggernaut like Pocket Monsters, but it has that charm that can stand the test of time.

Happy 21st.
 

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Happeh b-day to the franchise?!
 

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I hope TOEI releases Frontier's unreleased ost with the 21st anniversary
 

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happy birthday!!

on the other hand it's still sad that they still really don't care of Frontier's 15th anniversary. Oh well, Frontier was forgotten after all, since the failure of TOEI 2002 anime fair
 

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I how the series continues to be active past this point!
 

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I wanna see the 25th anniversary Digimon line already
 

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Hooray! Glad it lasted this long even though it takes a break every now and then.
 

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Does it mean that Bandai won't be releasing new 20th related products anymore?
 

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Does it mean that Bandai won't be releasing new 20th related products anymore?

Well we've just had the 20th Anniversary Pendulums come out around the same time as the franchise's 21st.

If these continue to do well, I'd expect them to release more.
 

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They start releasing 20th product before digimon 20th anniversary. So they can just start releasing 25th anniversary product in the coming years
 

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Does it mean that Bandai won't be releasing new 20th related products anymore?

Well we've just had the 20th Anniversary Pendulums come out around the same time as the franchise's 21st.

If these continue to do well, I'd expect them to release more.

I've been secretly hoping that Bandai save some of their ideas for the 25th, when I should theoretically have more money. My bank account can't take it anymore!
But then, if this is a serious effort to bring Digimon back to the mainstream, then I'm all for it, because then I can brag to my friends I've been a digimon guy all along, when they were still running around playing Pokemon Go.
 

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Does it mean that Bandai won't be releasing new 20th related products anymore?

they were still doing 15th stuff during the 18/19th year which I found hilarious. "We're celebrating our 15th year" yeah but now its 19!
 
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