Digimon Universe, Tons of Updates, Trailer, Cast, Games, Cards, Toys, etc.

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It's early the 9th of June in Japan, so the toy show hasn't begun yet. But companies are starting to prepare things.

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So we get our first good look at art from Digimon Universe: App Monsters since Toei decided to put up a Twitter.

Looks like they plan to use the term 'Appmon' as shorthand for the series since they are using it as the name of the Twitter (I'm still not sure if I wanna keep calling it Digimon Universe, or just go with App Monsters/Appmon myself...



They've also told us when the series will begin. It'll start in October on TV Tokyo. (Edit- October 9th specifically. Edit Again- Another source reporting the 9th found by lucemonbr.)

The banner includes our first look at various characters, including our new goggleboy.


Hopefully we gets tons of new news the next few days.


Thanks to various users for making sure we saw this info.


Prior news thread for Digimon Universe is here. Feel free to continue discussions.


Update- Lots of new stuff, weeeee.

First up... a trailer for the new Cardass cards and their accompanying game machine.



From this we see quite a few details (which we will go into in a bit.)


We also have a proper poster image for the series

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First up, the four monster names.

Our new red lead is named Gatchmon, the green one based on the map app is Navimon, Dokamon is the blue fellow, and the yellow one based on the music app is Musimon.

The combination of Gatchmon and Navimon is named DoGatchmon.


And of course, what everyone really wants...

A big franchise preview trailer with some animation and voices at the end!

As for some voices...

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Our new lead goggleboy is named Shinkai (Shingai?) Haru. He is voiced by Yumi Uchiyama, who hasn't been in Digimon before, but who has to many credits to even list.
Gatchmon will be voiced by Kikuchi Kokoro. Digimon fans would know her as Chika from Savers and Sparrowmon from Xros.
The new digivice is called the Applidrive. It will be voiced by Takagi Wataru, who hasn't been in Digimon, but at times appears to be in everything else.


We also get our first look at some other kids, which also appears to suggest they'll be keeping the more traditional one kid/one Digimon pairing (since many of the Digimon we've seen appear to be paired with them.) This appears to be called an 'app pairing.' The kids call out the Digimon by putting in the appropriate 'app chip' into the Applidrive.

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The new Digimon/Appmon on the far right is Hackmon.


The trailer gives loves of little details, confirming that Gatchmon is indeed a 'search' app Appmon as most people guessed, and also showing a power scale that has a long way to go (perhaps a vague hint that we might see more than just the new 'app fusion' system that allows Appmon to combine for battle?)


Update 2- Some further staff for the anime.

Series Director will be Gou Koga. Perhaps best known as the series director for DokiDoki Pretty Cure.
Series Composition will be Youichi Kato. Most notably the series composer for Yokai Watch.
The character designer is Kenichi Ohnuki. Probably most notable to us is that he did the character designs for Gundam Build Fighters.


Update Again- We have confirmation that Bandai will be making a 3DS game, but not to many details yet. They refer to it as a 'grand adventure' with a 'cyber arena' being added on a different date. Edit- It appears Cyber Arena may be a digital only title coming out this fall, with the proper 'grand adventure' 3DS game coming later.

They've also given one screenshot to Dengeki.



No release date yet.


Update Yet Again- Look at all these products...

Figures, a digivice, cards, all the stuff we like to see. Looks like Bandai is going to go hardcore for Digimon Universe: App Monsters.

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More updates to come I'm sure...

Yet another Update!- Wee more!

First up... a merchandise trailer!


The trailer shows off LOTS of products, and also terminology for the new series! We even see some of the 3DS game and smartphone app/game stuff. This fall is going to be packed with Digimon product in a way we haven't seen since the initial 4 shows.

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Then we have some super clean art of Haru, Gatchmon, and the Applidrive (which Toei seems to refer to as the 'AppDrive')

A few other images through the news post have been updated with cleaner and larger versions...

More to come surely...

Update- A plot description from ANN. Terms haven't been fixed or changed from what their translation uses.

Everyone in the world uses smartphone apps. But inside them lurks unknown creatures called "Appli Monsters," or "Appmon." The Appmon are AI lifeforms with the ability to think and act, and exist in the boundary between the human world and digital space to allow people and the system to interface and function. But in the vast sea of the internet, the "last boss AI" Leviathan takes control of the Appmon with a virus and begins hacking every system, thus starting to control the human world from the world of the net. The protagonist, Haru Shinkai, is led to acquire the Appli Drive, and uses it to materialize Gacchimon, a search app monster. What is the secret hidden within the Appli Drive? What is the mysterious field that exists between net world where the Appmon exist, and the real world? What is the "App Combine" that can combine two Appmons? What is Leviathan's true goal?



Update- Here are various links to various Appmon sites. Most of these we knew, but since many of them are now active instead of standby, linking to them again.


http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/appmon/
http://www.b-boys.jp/apm/
http://www.carddass.com/dcdappmon/
http://www.carddass.com/apmcard/
http://appmon-game.bn-ent.net/

Update 200X- A few more things!

It appears in typing up everything I didn't type up that App Fusion is NOT the only way for a Appmon to increase their power.

An Appmon can plug into another Appmon via a process called App-Link. You can see, especially on the toys, that Appmon's have cables on their body. They can plug these cables into other Appmon to increase their power. The toys can mix and match pieces, so in the above product trailer, you see Gatchmon and Dokamon link into 'Gatchmon Plus Dokamon.' Various pieces of the Appmon figures can disconnect and reconnect (in the product trailer we actually see Gatchmon with Dokamon's gloves/fists at one point.)


Update- I put together a composite of some of the nice images the Cardass site used on it's border.

Great art of the Appmon.

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Update- The official Appmon Youtube has uploaded the stage presentation they had at the toy show.

 

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As some people have pointed out, while there is a new flavor to these Appmon, they do still look like Digimon.

With a few heavily looking like Digimon we already know.

The Appmon in the bottle left card appears to be HEAVILY inspired by Shoutmon, which makes sense since I'd guess he's the Appmon that represents the music player app (of course, that yellow Digimon appears to nearly be the music icon... so... maybe a different music app? It'll be interesting to see.)

One thing I do like, at least from the handful we've seen, is they all look like their designs mesh together well.

What's interesting is based on his pose, it appears the new goggleboy is holding his digivice in his cropped out left hand. So what's in the right hand? Is it just a smartphone that acts as an additional tool?
 

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While the-other-monsters-series-whose-name-I-will-not-mention's new games are likely to be released in October or at least the month after October, I seriously doubt its anime adaptation will be broadcast the same month.
 

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That "Appmon" to the left looks like on of those 3 Digimom that are around Jesmon.
 

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That "Appmon" to the left looks like on of those 3 Digimom that are around Jesmon.
It's a rather clever design for a map Appmon.

The body is a map.
The forehead piece appears to be 'roughly' a representation of either a compass or directions arrow.
And the two 'feet' are location pointers.


Deep down I hope he is called Mapmon.
 

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While the-other-monsters-series-whose-name-I-will-not-mention's new games are likely to be released in October or at least the month after October, I seriously doubt its anime adaptation will be broadcast the same month.
Nah, they're out globally November 18th. (Except for Europe.)

Besides that, both mons shows have only really competed in America, and even then, it's more trumped up by the fandoms than any real competition.
 

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I'm kind of expecting a light-hearted thing too from these designs especially from the relative size of the Appmons -- I wonder if we're going to see a Digital World or anything like that or if the Appmons are just native to the smartphones.

The new googleboy reminds me a lot of Sakaki Yuya from Arc-V with the green hair & red garments. I'm not a fan of the green hair personally in this shot but I'm sure I can get over it. Appmon designs are cool I think too. This is going to be way different than anything we've ever seen before, which I'm pretty excited to see. I wonder how they'll evolve though, if it'll be more like a straight Evolution mechanic or more of a Jogress/DigiXros method. Time will tell!!!
 

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Is it just me, or do the digimon on those chips on the bottom of the banner look like xrosses or some new kind of fusion between the ones we already have displayed more clearly? The one on the left looks like Search and Map just got fused, and the right one looks like Search and Fight.
 

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Is it just me, or do the digimon on those chips on the bottom of the banner look like xrosses or some new kind of fusion between the ones we already have displayed more clearly? The one on the left looks like Search and Map just got fused, and the right one looks like Search and Fight.
It's certainly a possibility.

Certain bits are close enough where it certainly appears to be, but they have enough unique little touches it's hard to say for sure.

Perhaps a more 'clean' version of a Xros (well... that'd be a jogress...) 2 Appmon combine into a new Appmon temporarily for battle or something.
 

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Is there an actual app that has a fist for an icon? Does it make a spring-loaded boxing glove pop out of your phone, or what? And what about the eye-and-claws app on the far left?
 

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Is there an actual app that has a fist for an icon? Does it make a spring-loaded boxing glove pop out of your phone, or what? And what about the eye-and-claws app on the far left?
The only thing I can think it represents is either fitness (like a fitbit) or some kind of fighting game on your phone.

The evil eye, no idea. But you have to have a virus somewhere.
 

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I think there's going to be levels, as all of them would fit into the rookie/Child level.
And we'll probably see them evolve to bigger and stronger form as usual, at least if people are correct in thinking it's gonna appeal to younger audience, the big monster fghts was always a big part of the appeal for the younger audience.
 

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If they do evolve, I predict the music app one on the far right is gonna become a multi-armed DJ wielding records as throwable discs and scratch-induced shockwaves.
 

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Just to get it out of the way: I'm still not too happy that we're calling this "Digimon Universe" and its Anaworld portion is almost certainly still confined to this miserable little planet. Now the rest.

Only one human revealed so far is mildly disappointing. I sincerely hope he isn't the only one. Digimon has nothing to gain and much to lose by abandoning its familiar dyadicism. Also, is it just the angle, or is this new gogglehead (hereafter "Tamidori" until we learn his name) rendered without pupils? I thought that art style was abandoned in 2001.

That digivice looks like it has a touchscreen. Long overdue. I hope whatever is in Tamidori's left hand isn't some kind of peripheral. It would defeat the purpose of the digivice as enhanced smartphone aesthetic being used.

It would seem that Appmon are indeed a subset of Digimon, rather than something else entirely. As such, they should be compatible with the rest of the franchise. After ×ros Wars, I hope the intellectual descendants of Akiyoshi Hongo have the foresight to give these neophytes levels, even if that proves irrelevant to their first story. Of course, I also hope that we'll see the normal evolution system. It's been far too long since the last time it was used in a light-hearted series.

How I wish we didn't have to wait long periods to learn everybody's names. For sake of sanity, I'm assigning placeholder names to these four. Feel free to use, ignore, and/or mock my choices at your leisure. May their actual names be more creative than anything I can come up with.

Let's call the map-icon-bird "MetalPuwamon". Bird Rookie #8, and as metal as Sparrowmon. A metal owl added the very year the gladiators add a wooden owl. How wonderfully appropriate. I like this one.

Knuckles-not-the-Echidna I'm calling "VeeGumdramon", because it looks like Gumdramon×Veemon. This one is fairly standard. Nice, if not thrilling. Interesting that VeeGumdramon is apparently NOT the series mascot. Unexpected, but not unwelcome.

I would call the living-search-engine "Searchmon", but that's already taken. So "Findmon" for now. We have both Toei- and Bandai-style renders for this one, so I'm comfortable saying it passes the "But Not Too Cute" test. I can't help but wonder what those things at the end of it's arms are supposed to be. This one's good.

The Avatar-of-iTunes I'm not sold on. I can't even tell what it's supposed to be from this angle. I'm calling it "Wiremon", because it looks wiry and has wire patterns on its arms. I'm a bit disappointed the music app isn't a butterfly. And what are those things it's juggling?

Overall, they're good, if not quite great. I see four of Appmon, but seven icons. Assuming DemiClockmon is another of these, we're still two Appmon short. I wonder if they'll all be main characters. A main cast of 7 and 7 would be ambitious, but obviously not unprecedented. And for the sake of calm discourse, may the question of the sex and/or gender of each of these neophytes be settled in less time than was needed for Maicoomon. I have no doubt they'll provoke enough arguments as it is.
 

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i really hope the different Mon´s belong to other character and not just google boy, or else i´ll gonna foresee XrosWars 3.0
 

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Yeah... I'm not using any of those names, and I doubt anyone else will either.

Considering we may very well know the actual names later today, I think most people will just continue to use what apps they seem to be representing.

And I'm not sure why you'd be surprised they are only revealing one human. It's a Twitter banner with the lead on it.
 

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The one at the bottom that looks like Shoutmon also vaguely resembles the new lead Digimon. Evolved form? Digixros? Redesign of Shoutmon, akin to the Xros Wars redesign of Greymon? Guess we'll find out soon enough.

Can't wait to see where this goes.
 
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