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Just about time for a livestream

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The previously announced Digimon Staff Q and A livestream begins in just a few minutes at 1am Pacific time.


We aren't necessarily expecting much in the way of big news from this livestream, but will be posting screenshots and thoughts as the event is running.

It will be livestreamed on both nico and Youtube.




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It will be hosted by Koji Watanabe (writer for Digimon games) and Kazumasa Habu (Digimon game producer.)

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Guests for the 3 different talks include Kenji Watanabe (longtime Digimon designer), Volcano Ota (project head/director of the team that created Digimon), Hiroyuki Kakudou (director of Adventure, 02, X-Evolution, along with various other positions for much of the animated history of the franchise), and Chiaka Konaka (series composer and writer for Tamers.)


Updates- It's begun. These updates will be more random 'thoughts' as the event goes then more formally written out bits.

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I won't be able to add much on the questions being asked since I don't speak Japanese, but we will attempt to add that later if we can.

In addition, the nico stream is buggy and cutting out at random and the Youtube stream has yet to actually begin.


The Youtube stream has started up a few minutes into it.


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Director Kakudou has brought papers with him from his personal collection.

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Included is what appears to be a map of File Island, an early script (or a proto-series bible), along with various early versions of the Digimon Adventure logo!


Some bits of what's being said thanks to onkei!

In Adventure, Palmon was originally written as male.

Watanabe comments that Digimon has a lot of things that aren't explained wwww it's all left to the imagination

Volcano Ota and Kenji Watanabe wanted the Digimon in the animation to stay evolved.



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In past interviews it's been mentioned the staff was told to use fortune telling to decide on character's names. Kakudou pulled out yet more paperwork, this time showing a printout of the fortune telling program that was used to help decide on Jou's name. He also comments that as far as he's concerned, Jou ended up going to the university he wanted to attend.



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They're discussing the new Pendulums a bit.


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And Digivolving Spirits.



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I thought maybe the information about an audience was wrong, it turns out the audience was just being ultra polite to hear everything said. A shikishi by Kenji Watanabe was pulled out, and appears a number was pulled to give it to an audience member.

That appears to be the end of Part 1, which was about the earliest days of the franchise.


At the moment they are showing a Hacker's Memory trailer before Part 2 begins.



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Part 2 begins and has Chiaka Konaka join Kakudou and Habu. Koji Watanabe got everyone coffee before rejoining.

Habu comments to Kakudou and Konaka that their talking on Twitter is like stepping on dominoes setup to fall.

Konaka originally wrote as Yamaki on Twitter because it was easier for him to write that way (as a character.) After overseas (outside of Japan) fans noticed him he decided to properly 'reveal' himself to avoid any misunderstandings that might arise.


Kakudou and Konaka talk about AI quite a bit, and they are also answer various questions.

Konaka mentions that the Digignomes and the D-Reaper are not AI, even though they are man-made. What conclusions or thoughts we are supposed to think up based on that information appears to be left to us?

Konaka also seems to imply that Impmon originally didn't really want to evolve. This apparently why he was unwilling to put up with his partners? He doesn't clarify further what he actually means.

Kakudou says that while it wasn't clearly said, when a human dies, their Digimon also dies. This was 'shown' in 02 because we don't see what happens to Pipimon after Oikawa dies.

Konaka comments that he said he wasn't going to answer questions, but overseas fans on Twitter keep asking him (and he apparently can't resist.) Everyone laughs at this.

According to Konaka the reason Renamon was concerned about Impmon in the digital world was because despite all that had happened, a bond had formed.

Kakudou goes back to his prior comments about what happens when a human dies. When the Digimon dies, there is no effect on the human (at least seen thus far.) When the Digimon dies in the digital world, they are reborn and the relationship begins again from scratch.

He also mentions that when a Digimon dies in the human world there is no telling what happens.



Volcano Ota has hopped into the background and is watching and interacting with the proceedings.

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He's jumped off camera and back on a few times.

Ota jumped in at one point based on a joke Konaka had made. Konaka wanted to know why the host of the Digimon card game tournament Ruki was in was wearing armor. Volcano Ota jumped in asking if he had heard his name.


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They go over the Tamers Blu-ray Box and show the packaging.




Part 2 ends with a giveaway of another shikishi by Kenji Watanabe!

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And Ota has snuck to the back again this time with Kenji Watanabe!


They go to another Hacker's Memory trailer before Part 3 begins.


Part 3 begins!

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Konaka has left and Volcano Ota and Kenji Watanabe have rejoined the table.


The person who inspired the creation of Victory Uchida is apparently in the studio, but Habu tells him not to appear on camera because seeing his real face might crush the dreams of children.


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They show off an Omegmon shikishi by Kenji Watanabe to give away and then put up a screen explaining how to win the Omegamon shikishi.


They also show off the Hacker's Memory guidebook and the newest V-Jump...

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I believe Ota makes a joke about the cover and how Digimon seems to look different now? (The joke being that Goku is on the cover.)


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They're talking about Digimon ReArise, and are discussing the retweet contest being run for the game.


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Konaka has reappeared! And I think Ota is hiding?

Habu says they didn't have chooseable gender in Hacker's Memory because they wanted to focus on characterization.

A lot was discussed in this section and hopefully we can get more translated details later.


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The last Digimon from the retweet campaign for Hacker's Memory is a bit of a surprise!

Apocalymon!


They show off one more shikishi being given away...

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Betamon (and a tiny Wormmon if you look closely) for Hacker's Memory!



And the stream is over!

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We'll add more translations if/when possible.


I'll also add more screenshots of the event later.
 

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Sadly, I was lost for most of it. I was hoping I'd know enough Japanese to at least catch the gist of what they were saying, but half the time, I couldn't even make out what the current topic was. T_T

Some of the fan questions they chose to answer were pretty interesting, though. One of them brought up Holy Digitamamon, and another one asked about the Fusion Hybrids that have yet to be revealed. For the latter one, I think there was some explanation about the protagonist Hybrids being designed to look more humanistic than the antagonists, thus they didn't consider Fusion Forms for the latter or something to that effect (though a lot of the commenters were calling them out on this explanation, noting how only Aldamon, Beowulfmon, and Raihimon seem to resemble of mixture of their Human and Beast forms). Fortunately, Habu brings up how expansion's always a good thing, and it's nice to see somebody reminding the people in charge that these things still need to debut 15 years later, so hopefully something will come of this in the near future. There was also a question about Magna Garurumon, something about its model in next 0rder and its separated form... I couldn't follow most of that either, but I am curious to know what was said there.

The last Digimon from the retweet campaign for Hacker's Memory is a bit of a surprise!

Apocalymon!
Not that surprising. Honestly, it was one of my top guesses for the bonus Digimon. After all, they did say there would only be one other apart from the Ryudamon line, and as highly requested as Apollomon and Millenniumon are, they unfortunately have other Digimon heavily tied to them (Mil needs Chimeramon, and while Apollomon probably could've debuted without its evolution line, much like Dianamon did in the previous game, I doubt they'd put him in while not giving us the chance to fuse it into the newly hyped Grace Novamon). With that in mind, Apocalymon did seem to be the most logical choice for a stand-alone (and it helps that it has a model from previous games ready to use).
 
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Damn at the comfirmation that when a human dies their partner goes with him. I always headcannoed that but now we have it official and it's kinda depressing.

Not too fussed about Apoclymon but a new guy is a new guy. Wonder if he'll be Ultra.
 

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Yamato San it's too bad the fans were being so harsh, since we got the first new X Antibodies in over a decade this year, lol. It'd be great if they took that as a sign people wanted to see even more stuff like that for other concepts that were abandoned over time.

I hope someone who understands Japanese can explain some other questions that were asked eventually.

I can't wait to see Apocalymon in game. I hope his proportions look right. His design in 3d makes his body look so tiny lol. I hope they do more stuff like this and DLC in the future. I was really sad that the new Next Order, 20th Anniversary and Tri Digimon didn't get in.
 

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Apocalymon is nice, I was rooting for Apollomon personally but this Apocalymon is cool too (How are they gonna handle his size though?)
The lack of gender choice in Hacker's Memory makes sense IMO, Keisuke feels much more like a character with a personality than CS' self-insert MC.
Lots of other interesting bits, hope more get translated.
 

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Damn at the confirmation that when a human dies their partner goes with him. I always headcannoed that but now we have it official and it's kinda depressing.

Not too fussed about Apoclymon but a new guy is a new guy. Wonder if he'll be Ultra.
Except that didn't happen with Oikawa's Digimon. So i'm taking that with a grain of salt.
 

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Damn at the confirmation that when a human dies their partner goes with him. I always headcannoed that but now we have it official and it's kinda depressing.

Not too fussed about Apoclymon but a new guy is a new guy. Wonder if he'll be Ultra.
Except that didn't happen with Oikawa's Digimon. So i'm taking that with a grain of salt.
They literally said his Digimon is now dead and that's why we don't see him again. Homeostasis/King Drasil probably have to manually delete them which is why he was around a few seconds longer than Oikawa.
 

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Hell yeah! Apocalymon, baby! Armageddemon, Apocalymon, and Arkadimon SU dream team of world ending monstrosities, here I come!
 

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Meh...I feel totally cold about Apocalymon, but it could be worse. Sure I was expecting for Apollomon or BelleStarmon so bad, but nevermind probably next time.

There are many interesting tidbits of information. As for the Digimon dying when their human partners die too I guess it would make sense to some extent...but what about Offmon? Also, in the manga of Digimon Xros Wars, which presumably happens time after the events of Adventure/02/tri., Tailmon is still alive and actively looking for Wizardmon in the Multiverse, so we can assume that Hikari is somehow still alive in the form of Homeostasis? Even more, can we assume that only Tailmon is alive by this time from the original eight (thirteen having also 02 and tri. into account)?

Talking about Digimon Frontier, I think this could also indicate that Raihimon was meant to appear in the anime at some point? But in all fairness, Daipenmon and RhinoKabuterimon aren't exactly "humanisitic" at all xD In my headcanon, Volcamon, Blimpmon, Mermaidmon and Wisemon are the Fusion Forms of the antagonists, while their respective Ancient Forms work perfectly fine too as such.

Now I'm really wondering what exactly are the DigiGnomes and the D-Reaper...maybe something similar to Gennai, Rhythm or Luche? Same as Vitium or the Eaters? Lots of questions on this issue.
 

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This technically spoils Tri part 6 lol cuz if Tai was dead (I mean we already know he isn't) Koromon would cease to exist rather than crying about Tai "being dead"
 

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My headcanon is that this interview is not canon because a baby dying unceremoniously off screen is too awful, jfc.

It's easy to ignore tri when you watch 02 though and nothing like this happened on screen so it's not that bad. But damn that's harsh. Lol.


Muur 02 has an epilogue that shows all the kids alive and grown up too. Everyone's alive, even the 02 kids.
 

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what about Zeromaru? he was also Tai's partner digimon right?
 

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Apocalymon huh? I was really convinced we were going to get Ophanimon FM, but I’m totally okay with this.

I’m having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of the Digimon partners dying if their human partner does. If this happens in a series where Digimon get reborn as eggs, wouldn’t it just be temporary? Does the human partner dying somehow make this rebirth impossible?
 

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Muur 02 has an epilogue that shows all the kids alive and grown up too. Everyone's alive, even the 02 kids.
That's why I said "we already know he's not dead" lol

But I guess for those who haven't seen 02, it technically spoils :p
 

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If the human partner dies, his/her digimon partner dies along, but it will reborn as the wild digimon therefore its "original digimon partner self" personality died?

Heh Apocalymon. I can imagine its evo requirement needs two of random Dark Masters. But still I cannot imagine how.
 

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If the human partner dies, his/her digimon partner dies along, but it will reborn as the wild digimon therefore its "original digimon partner self" personality died?

Heh Apocalymon. I can imagine its evo requirement needs two of random Dark Masters. But still I cannot imagine how.
Digimon already have a chance to lose all memories upon being reborn. For example Merukimon murdered Biyomon over and over until he forgot about Kristy in Data Squad (maybe it's different in the sub?). Marcus later thinks the same thing has happened to his Koromon when he's reborn but Koromon retains his memories.

Gostumon is another who doesn't retain his memories upon being reborn.
 

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Yeah but I thought it pointed at Adventure series, that Pipimon? Or that comment was too vague... So it is up to our imagination...
 
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