Pendulum Art Book Update- Digimon Designer Round Table! Plus Shikishi Artwork

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Another Pendulum Art Book preview... sort of!

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It's time for another MonMon Memo! The 15th installment (the Digital Monster Art Book Version Pendulum Production Status Report Part 2) is a bit different, as the preview this time is more telling us about something, rather than an actual preview.


Big Dreamer Taoka describes a small event they held called the Digimon Designer Roundtable.


It was a small project to gather designers who have done the official Digimon illustrations and talk about Digimon from the perspective of design. What do designers talk about?

Taoka hosted it the other day, and was very excited and anxious prior to the event.

He notes that it'll be in the Art Book Version Pendulum.


At the event was:
Kenji Watanabe (longtime Digimon designer)
As'Maria (best known as the designer for many of the X-Antibody Digimon.)
Soh Moriyama (artist who has done artwork for a number of Digimon projects, including the Adventure 15th card set, the tri. Memorial card set, and the 20th Anniversary card set.)
Himeno Kagemaru (designer of a number of X-Antibody Digimon, also has drawn additional Digimon cards including for the Adventure 15th card set.)
nakanohaito (illustrator who has done a lot of Digimon artwork. His recent work includes images for various Digimon games including Cyber Sleuth and Next Order, art for the Digimon Battle Spirits sets, various Appmon products, etc. He's also credited in a few places as drawing Digimon 'social cards', which may refer to the artwork that's gone up on Twitter.)

The event was held as a discussion round-table between them all, while they were also looking at various pages and layouts of the Art Book Version Pendulum, which is full of Digimon that they've each drawn for the first time and includes things they can talk about 'now'.


Taoka is currently doing his work putting together the contents of the round-table for the book (this appears to be why this MonMon Memo is less of a literal preview than prior installments), but he wanted to release a bit of info about the roundtable.





At the end of the roundtable each of them drew on a single shikishi.

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Taoka considers this amazingly high quality improvisational work by each of them, and considers it precious.


There will be another MonMon Memo next week, but it isn't specified what it is, just that it will be 'new' information.


The Digital Monster Art Book Version Pendulum is still available to order. Details can be found here.



Previous MonMon Memos have included:
Cold Mode
Copymon
New Virus Busters
New Nightmare Soldiers
Silver Blue Special Digi-Eggs
Silver Black Special Digi-Eggs, Plus ones in both!
Jogress Digimon
Password Digimon
Overview of the 20th Pendulum, Plus Enemies in Battle Mode
Kenji Watanabe Pendulum Interview
CSA Digivice tri. Memorial
Additional Digimon showing up in the Pendulum 20th 2nd Wave
RagnaLordmon, Jogress of the 20th Anniversary Legend Arms
Pendulum Art Book Sample Pages, Teasers, and Interview Details
 

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Which Digimon is in the bottom left? Jesmon X?
 

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It's cool seeing them still acknowledge sistermon ciel.
 

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Which Digimon is in the bottom left? Jesmon X?
It's Dukemon X, Jesmon's head would be far more elongated.

I'm seeing some very interesting Digimon on those pages like Megidramon X and Holydramon X... neither of them have come up in connection with the enw pendulum yet, so I guess that could mean that they might appear in the second wave or the book if far more exhaustive in terms of X-Antibody designs than I expected (especially since those are full size artwork for the big double pages and not just a list style overview like what we saw for the armor Digimon).
That's nice but them potentially going all out on X-antibodies now kind of makes me wonder if that implies a lack of plans for a 20th anniversary pendulum X (or at least an accompanying artbook for it) because in the end there are only 118 X-antobody Digimon in total so depending on how many they put in this book they might not just have enough of them left (at least if the statements of "no overlap" holds true for potential future releases) for a book if comparable size, even if we still get a few new additions. I might just be paranoid here since the maybes are kind of piling up at this point lol.
 

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Sistermon Ciel :0 what a cutie. They seem to like her. So she'll have a art in the book?
 

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Ciel soon! I wonder if she'll come with a new description, assuming the desgin changes to giver her a sword instead of a gun, like her sprite seems to have.
 

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I don’t like Ciel and it still makes me worry that she’ll replace Noir from here on out. That said I’ll give credit where credit is due, I do like her new face and the chunk of hair over her eye. Here’s hoping her redesign is really darn good.
 
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Wow Sistermon Ciel's new hairstyle sure look cute.
 

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I keep hoping Sistermon Ciel will get some type of tongue-in-cheek DRB profile "A Digimon born from the junk data of discarded emails sent by angry foreigners..."

I really, really wish series like this and Pokémon would put together a list, or a book, of who designed which monster, even though I'm sure with counts as huge as Digimon it would be exhausting, or some even impossible to identify if too much time passes by.
 

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I keep hoping Sistermon Ciel will get some type of tongue-in-cheek DRB profile "A Digimon born from the junk data of discarded emails sent by angry foreigners..."

That would just cause more backlash towards her. No they should do the professional thing and take this seriously. Plus fourthwall humor is amature humor most of the time. It’s not witty nor smart, but rather tends to be lazy and juvenile. Here’s hoping they can elaborate more on her relationship with Gankomon, her sisters, and her tracking skills.
 
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I keep hoping Sistermon Ciel will get some type of tongue-in-cheek DRB profile "A Digimon born from the junk data of discarded emails sent by angry foreigners..."
That wouldn't really make sense though since she was basically created as a preventative measure (which I still view as a misguided overreaction) and the only angry emails they were potentially getting about her would have been caused by her creation.

I really, really wish series like this and Pokémon would put together a list, or a book, of who designed which monster, even though I'm sure with counts as huge as Digimon it would be exhausting, or some even impossible to identify if too much time passes by.
90% of Digimon are just designed by Watanabe and the other collaborators can be counted on one hand (Even As'Maria's designes were mentioned to be based on base designs by Watanabe in one Interview I believe and the only other exceptions for design productions tend to be a few video games and manga that don't up add up to a lot). So rather than being too complex it would be too monotonous an uninteresting to dedicate a book to it.
 

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That wouldn't really make sense though since she was basically created as a preventative measure (which I still view as a misguided overreaction) and the only angry emails they were potentially getting about her would have been caused by her creation.

Habu did also say that he was angry the change was being made and that he tried his best to keep her in but that he has no control over localisation. So it was either Bandai of Japan forcing it due to fear, or Bandai of US. Either way, it's angry emails from higher ups at Bandai
 

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Habu did also say that he was angry the change was being made and that he tried his best to keep her in but that he has no control over localisation. So it was either Bandai of Japan forcing it due to fear, or Bandai of US. Either way, it's angry emails from higher ups at Bandai
I very highly doubt that in a professional environment in a compulsively polite country higher ups would lower themselves to sending angry emails regarding a fairly minimal localization change. To them it wouldn't be worth being emotional about those things as they are not fans but a business making calculated decisions. Orders could have been pressing maybe, authoritative likely, but downright angry just seems absurd. It was probably a choice involving little to no emotion whatsoever, based on looking at some statistics.
Sending "angry" emails is what upset fans or activist groups trying to influence corporations do, which I believe was the implication of the original claim, as opposed implying to internal correspondence.
 

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Habu did also say that he was angry the change was being made and that he tried his best to keep her in but that he has no control over localisation. So it was either Bandai of Japan forcing it due to fear, or Bandai of US. Either way, it's angry emails from higher ups at Bandai
I very highly doubt that in a professional environment in a compulsively polite country higher ups would lower themselves to sending angry emails regarding a fairly minimal localization change. To them it wouldn't be worth being emotional about those things as they are not fans but a business making calculated decisions. Orders could have been pressing maybe, authoritative likely, but downright angry just seems absurd. It was probably a choice involving little to no emotion whatsoever, based on looking at some statistics.
Sending "angry" emails is what upset fans or activist groups trying to influence corporations do, which I believe was the implication of the original claim, as opposed implying to internal correspondence.

I agree with you tbf, I was just quoting the other guy for "angry". It does seem to have come from Bandai though but we have no idea which. All we have is Habu saying he was forced to change her as nuns are a no go in the US. Could've been BOJ, could've been BOA. I'm assuming BOA though because if it was BOJ I feel like the change would've been done in the EU as well, so its like BOA asked, got the change and then maybe Habu asked Europe which they want and EU was like "give us the original fam".

Whatever the matter, we got a cute waifumon out of it so it's all good. I got the original, so to me, and the Japanese, it's a new random Mon.
 
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Habu did also say that he was angry the change was being made and that he tried his best to keep her in but that he has no control over localisation. So it was either Bandai of Japan forcing it due to fear, or Bandai of US. Either way, it's angry emails from higher ups at Bandai
I very highly doubt that in a professional environment in a compulsively polite country higher ups would lower themselves to sending angry emails regarding a fairly minimal localization change. To them it wouldn't be worth being emotional about those things as they are not fans but a business making calculated decisions. Orders could have been pressing maybe, authoritative likely, but downright angry just seems absurd. It was probably a choice involving little to no emotion whatsoever, based on looking at some statistics.
Sending "angry" emails is what upset fans or activist groups trying to influence corporations do, which I believe was the implication of the original claim, as opposed implying to internal correspondence.

I agree with you tbf, I was just quoting the other guy for "angry". It does seem to have come from Bandai though but we have no idea which. All we have is Habu saying he was forced to change her as nuns are a no go in the US. Could've been BOJ, could've been BOA. I'm assuming BOA though because if it was BOJ I feel like the change would've been done in the EU as well, so its like BOA asked, got the change and then maybe Habu asked Europe which they want and EU was like "give us the original fam".

Whatever the matter, we got a cute waifumon out of it so it's all good. I got the original, so to me, and the Japanese, it's a new random Mon. Also since those tamagotchis are coming to the west in December, it means Noir will be in the game for USA this time, as an NPC etc. Maybe Ciel was included as they knew they were putting it out for the west?
Except I don't recall Habu actually being angry with the change either, that was literally just the fan reaction to Ciel. And to Rogue, bare in mind that both Ciel and Noir are in the Pendulum so I doubt Ciel's going to be used as a replacement for Noir in every subsequent game either.
 

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Does anyone know what Xantibodies Himeno Kagemaru designed? Was he the person credited as Naoya or was that someone else? https://wikimon.net/File:Sx-57.jpg
Himeno Kagemaru (who's female btw) has a pen name but it tends to be "himemaru" and there are cards that credit her with her full name (don't have a full list of them though) so it would not make sense for her to design under two different aliases in the same booster pack. She also has a twitter (mostly Pokemon stuff which is her most prominent illustration job).
 

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With both As'Maria and Himeno Kagemaru, I wonder what that means of a future anime series? With the two work on most of the X-antibody Digimon, drawings leads to anime.
 

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Also since those tamagotchis are coming to the west in December, it means Noir will be in the game for USA this time, as an NPC etc. Maybe Ciel was included as they knew they were putting it out for the west?
Whoa whoa! Did I miss something or did I misread your post? Are we getting an english USA release of the new Pendulum wave 2?!

Rogue, bare in mind that both Ciel and Noir are in the Pendulum so I doubt Ciel's going to be used as a replacement for Noir in every subsequent game either.
I was mostly referring to the video games and other media projects of the sort. Since one thing is what Bandai of Japan does and another is what the American branch does. Don’t get me wrong I’d be ecstatic if the Japanese branch takes control and allows us US fans to get all three. Specially if it allows us to see more of Hackmon’s upbringing, relationship with Gankomon, and amongst themselves.
 
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