Early WarGreymon & Tankmon Sketches from Volcano Ota & Fun Digica 64- New Year's Greeting

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Just a small batch for the weekend today...

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Volcano Ota was so pleased by how cool WarGreymon looked in Adventure:, he decided to look for something to share (which he found.)

It's an early design for WarGreymon he drew. He notes it's back in the days when him and Kenji Watanabe would exchange production materials via fax.


He answered many questions and comments people had, and here is some bits that got mentioned from just a few tweets... (1) (2) (3) (4)

This sketch was done in the middle of the design process for WarGreymon, but this specific piece of art ended up deciding the overall direction of the character design.

The feathery and flowy cloak was meant to give the feeling of the wings of MetalGreymon. His reasoning for giving him a cloak was that cool guys have cloaks.

He remembers drawing something more like a western knight while just sketching during a meeting to decide all the Digimon that would appear in the Pendulums. He doesn't believe there is any reason that drawing would still exist, but the final direction of the design was based on the illustration he is showing here rather than that early sketch.

The design shown here has 'Greymon style' stripes on it and it was mentioned how nice this looked. Ota actually responded in English to this:
Oh, you like Greymon-stripe!
I forgot why it was omitted, but may be…, just may be it was to keep the cost of the toy low.
If that was true, the culprit is me💧💧


onkei also translated the notes on the image itself:
To Mr. Kenji Watanabe @ WIZ
Here's my WarGreymon!!
-Take out the horns? [on his shoulders]
-[For the wiring over his subscapularis] Looks like string, but is actually a very strong pipe
-Arms go through [the arm shields. Also shows a version of WarGreymon clutching them]

Notes below:
-[Please fix] the location of the armored parts and make the design match overall <-- such as the horn and the piping
-Is it ok for his claws to be his weapon? Do they need kanji? <-- Like ZZ's Bawoo...
Should he be holding a sword?


For those unaware, Volcano Ota was the planning developer for Digimon for many years until he left Bandai to go after his dream of becoming a professional voice actor. That means most Digimon things would have gone through or past him, including figuring out product elements.



On top of the art and many comments about the design of WarGreymon, he also showed off more a bit later...

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An early rough drawing of Tankmon. In the end he wanted Kenji Watanabe to finish the design, so it'd have more of that familiar monster design.

He also comments that he was thinking of the Sergeant and the other recruits from Wacky Races when he did this and finishes by thinking back and laughing at this.



Based on this information it appears some initial inspiration for Tankmon came from...

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Wacky Races vehicle #6 Army Surplus Special, driven by Sergeant Blast and Private Meekley. Oddly enough, this isn't a huge surprise, as American comics and cartoons often come up as inspiration for Digimon elements, with Wacky Races itself having come up a number of times.


A translation of the text in the image itself thanks to onkei:
To Mr. Watanabe @ WIZ
Tankmon
Looks like both armor and a military private...
I leave the smaller details and angle of the art to you.
-Bandai Ota




Always nice to hear from Volcano Ota. In fact, while the art is from earlier in the week, January 2nd is his birthday and he just celebrated turning 50.


Below are perspective corrected and tweaked color level versions of the art above...
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In addition to the art...


Episode 64 of Fun Digica went up earlier today.

This episode appears to be a greetings video, with Cody & Hideyoshi thanking fans for support and hoping people will continue to support the show and card game.


Most of the video appears to be just having a fun conversation. It appears they go over their favorite parallel cards, and various card game related things that happened in the past year.


In their reminiscing, this also came up again...

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Booster Set 4 is out in Japan!

We have clean card images for Booster Set 4 Great Legend.

We also have begun to get details about Booster Set 5 Battle of Omega, including our first look at art via DigiNavi! It's scheduled for release on February 26th.

And images from previous Digimon Card Game releases:
Starter Decks 1, 2, and 3, and first 10 promo cards
Booster Set 1 New Evolution
Booster Set 2 Ultimate Power
V-Tamer Promo Cards
Purple/Black Promo Set
Tamer Battle Pack 1 and Tamer Battle Winner's Card
Booster Set 3 Union Impact
Starter Decks 4, 5, & 6, plus Tamer Battle Pack 2 & winner's Card 2, & 1st 2 scene vote cards



Index of Fun Digica & Card Battle episodes:
Fun Digica English Special Edition
Episode #1- Introduction to What is Out Today
Episode #2- How to Play
Episode #3- Red/Blue vs. Black/Purple Deck Match, Plus New Host

Fun Digica
Episode #0- Preview/Announcement of Show
Episode #1- Basic Rules
Episode #2- Gaia Red Starter Deck Details
Episode #3- Cocytus Blue Starter Deck Details
Episode #4- Heaven's Yellow Starter Deck Details
Episode #5- Starter Deck Battle
Episode #6- Starter Deck Battle Part 2
Episode #7- Free Play Battle from Teaching App
Episode #8- Rule Questions
Episode #9- Starter Deck Battle Part 3
Episode #10- Mixed Deck Match
Episode #11- Which Is Stronger? Level Mismatch Battle
Episode #12- Booster Set 1 Card Previews
Episode #13- Double Starter Deck Match
Episode #14- More Parallel Cards Plus Secret Rare Cards
Episode #15- Double Starter Deck & Promo Match
Episode #16- Booster 1 Unboxing
Episode #17- Booster Set 1 Battle
Episode #18- Viewer Suggestion Battle
Episode #19- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 2
Episode #20- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 3
Episode #21- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 4
Episode #22- What to Say Before a Match
Episode #23- Booster Set 2 Card Previews
Episode #24- Rule Questions (Part 1)
Episode #25- Rule Questions (Part 2)
Episode #26- Booster Set 2 Secret Rare & Parallel Cards
Episode #27- Booster Set 2 Black vs. Purple Battle
Episode #28- Booster Set 2 Unboxing
Episode #29- Booster Set 2 Rule Questions
Episode #30- Booster 2 Serious Match
Episode #31- Booster 2 Match
Episode #32- Viewer Suggestion Battle
Episode #33- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 2
Episode #34- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 3
Episode #35- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 4
Episode #36- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 5
Episode #37- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 6
Episode #38- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 7
Episode #39- Viewer Suggestion Battle Part 8
Episode #40- Monochrome Tournament Part 1
Episode #41- Monochrome Tournament Part 2
Episode #42- Monochrome Tournament Part 3, plus card previews
Episode #43- Monochrome Tournament Part 4- SemiFinals, plus card previews
Episode #44- Monochrome Tournament Part 5- Finals, plus card previews
Episode #45- Cocolo Double Match
Episode #46- Booster Set 3 Card Previews
Episode #47- More Cocolo
Episode #48- Versus Dannayome Channel with Freedom Evolution Ruleset
#48 Followup- Fun Digica at Dannayome Channel
Episode #49- Booster Set 3 Super Rare Parallel Cards
Episode #50- Booster Set 3 Match
Episode #51- Booster Set 3 Unboxing
Episode #52- Booster Set 3 Battle
Episode #53- Booster Set 3 Battle
Episode #54- Booster Set 3 Battle
Episode #55- Booster Set 3 Rule Questions
Episode #56- Booster Set 3 More Rule Questions
Episode #57- Guest in Green vs. Green Battle
Episode #58- Booster Set 4 Card Previews
Episode #59- Small Tweaks to Starter Decks Battle
Episode #60- Booster Set 4 Battle & Booster Set 4 As'maria Parallel Cards
Episode #61- Booster Set 4 Match & More Parallel Cards
Episode #62- Special Rules (Double Effects) Match with Maguro
Episode #63- Booster Set 4 Match

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Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10

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Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
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I wouldn't have figured the Army Surplus Special as an initial inspiration for Tankmon, but now that I think about it, it does kinda fit. Shame we lost the Zaku shoulders from the original sketch though.
 

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The inspiration for Tankmon makes sense. Wacky Races was a big hit in Japan. Especially since it was also given a homage in Frontier.
 

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Haha, it always amuses me to see how the "toy selling" aspect influenced the final design (I guess the "wings" came later).
 

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It's always great to see bits of trivia like this. :love:
 

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Haha, it always amuses me to see how the "toy selling" aspect influenced the final design (I guess the "wings" came later).

You might already know this, but the wings/Brave Shield were added to the final design because they needed a way to work in the two halves of Agumon's head from the transforming toy. The design of inner side of the Brave Shield has markings that represent bones to reference this fact.
 

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Haha, it always amuses me to see how the "toy selling" aspect influenced the final design (I guess the "wings" came later).

You might already know this, but the wings/Brave Shield were added to the final design because they needed a way to work in the two halves of Agumon's head from the transforming toy. The design of inner side of the Brave Shield has markings that represent bones to reference this fact.
Yeah that was meant to be my reference to the wings. Although admittedly I'm not sure I've ever read an interview as such, only apocryphally.
 

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I never seen that Wacky Races before. But it really reminded me of Frontier, where it said it's parody of certain comedy villains in race. WereGarurumon(Black) and Dogmon.

WarGreymon with... Angel cape? Huh it looks nice and awesome. I liked that dirty cloth behind the loincloth.
 

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Updated the news post with translation of the text on the images themselves thanks to onkei.
 

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Wargrey reminds me of Slayerdramon after seeing this news xD lol
 

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I never knew that the ropes on WarGreymon's armor weren't ropes but metal pipes.
I don't know what that information changes especially since Ota felt the need to express it in the character concept, but now I know it
 

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I wonder if Tankmon is meant to be a pair of conjoined beings rather then a single entity.

ReArise shows the upper half blinking while the lower body seems to roar and the fact it's based on two characters driving a shared vehicle might lend credence to this idea.
 

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Beta WarGreymon actually looks really cool. The cloak is interesting, but I think the Brave Shield was the better choice in the end. Interesting to see that it (and Tankmon) had such changes from multiple people

as for Tankmon, inspiration from Wacky Races is neat
 

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I wonder if Tankmon is meant to be a pair of conjoined beings rather then a single entity.

ReArise shows the upper half blinking while the lower body seems to roar and the fact it's based on two characters driving a shared vehicle might lend credence to this idea.
I think that’s the idea. The games have shown this subtly.
 
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