Would we have Digimon Anime that's an Adaptation Instead of Original Someday?

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Digimon as anime is kinda unique since most anime nowadays are either light novel/visual novel/manga adaptation and or rather short with only 13-26 episodes per "season", making most anime nowadays are rather incomplete since it would take several "seasons" and years of gaps for the story to finish. Even then, those anime has very low chance to be adapted fully till the end.

Digimon on other hand, AFAIK, has never done anime adaptation from other media. In fact, it was the opposite, the anime got adapted into many others media: the first 4 series got their own manga version that's more or less the same thing with different changes and summarized story, Next was heavily inspired from Savers, Xros Wars got its own manga that deviate heavily from the anime (and compared to manga version of first 4 series), and then Appmon got its own manga too which was a bit similar to how XW manga was (although the deviation wasn't too heavy). Adventure also got adapted into a game for PSP and novel.

The thing about adapted anime - whether it's from VN, LN, or manga - is that they're safer profit-wise, since the source material has already proven how profitable it was and it already has its own fandom. Original animes on the other hand, have none of that, but that doesn't mean they have nothing to attract viewers, it could be from well-known seiyus, well-known staffs or studios. Digimon anime, although all of them are original works which mean they weren't proven to be profitable, has potential viewers just for the fact that it was part of the Digimon franchise. But, do you think things will be better if bandai/toei not only just use 'Digimon-name' to gather fans, but also pre-existing fans of the original source of a Digimon anime (if they do one)?

Also, here's a thing i thought: the way Tri was presented to us has weirded some of us for sure. The norm for us was when a new Digimon series started, it would last for only a full year (a year and a half for XW), with no noticeable hiatus or gap. But Tri, with as much as contents as half of a normal Digimon series, spans for almost four years. The result? It seems to me that Tri era were the most successful revival of Digimon anime, probably earning profits somewhat close to the golden age of digimon (the first 4 series) or at least doing far better than Savers/XW era of revival. It could be the fact that Tri is Adventure, and Adventure is a very profitable "cow" to be milked. But what if the fact that there were lots of and long of gaps between each Tri movies, making the hype for fans kept for long time and more time for their merchandise to be relevant, also contribute to the success of Tri? What if there's an ongoing manga/LN of Digimon, that keep being adapted, 3-4 volumes for each cour (12-13 episodes), and then the anime went into hiatus to wait for more source material, then when it's enough the new season got aired again, repeat till the source material ended, would it generate more profit than the usual a Digimon series that's an original anime?
 

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I require a Cyber Sleuth/Hackers Memory anime. Do it where each episode alternates with which protag we're following, though some episodes will focus on both due to them doing the same event (EG, an episode focused on Mephitso)

maybe the final episode can be a anime exclusive fight between them lol
 

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To much of this is based on misconceptions or errors in logic to be honest.


At it's core Digimon is 'new' content due to the way the franchise is, and what it's general goals are.


It's the same reason why 'most of the time' when a franchise like a Naruto, DB, My Hero Academia, etc. have a film, it's based on either new/original content, or something that is different than what it would normally adapt. When a franchise adapts pre-existing material there tends to be a logical reason to do so.


The reason why that hasn't been done with Digimon is they aren't looking to make smaller content and then adapt it later. That's simply not what it is.


Then there are elements like Next being 'inspired' by Savers. It's more akin to they chose to do something different, but with similarities, rather than do a Savers manga, even though Next 'began' first in the leadup to Savers.


It doesn't mean they "won't" do adaptions. After-all, X-Evolution IS an adaption of Digimon Chronicle.



But the safety net you allude to (which isn't anywhere near universal, there are TONS of shows that get a 12 or 13 episode adaption and then we never see them again) isn't quite relevant for a pre-existing franchise in the same way it is for something being adapted for an 'original' franchise.
 

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I require a Cyber Sleuth/Hackers Memory anime. Do it where each episode alternates with which protag we're following, though some episodes will focus on both due to them doing the same event (EG, an episode focused on Mephitso)

maybe the final episode can be a anime exclusive fight between them lol
I love the Cyber Sleuth games, but I don't think I'd want to see a whole anime adaptation of them, mainly because of how underutilized the Digital World was.

I do really want to see an anime with a similar vibe and aesthetic to those games, though. Yasuda's worked on anime before (Gundam Build Fighters), so they could bring him in to do the art direction.
 
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We're probably going to see Adventure for a very, very, very long time judging from Tri and the new project.
 

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We're probably going to see Adventure for a very, very, very long time judging from Tri and the new project.
I suspect this is also the case.

That being said what about an anime adpation of digimon world 2?
 

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I feel like the success of the Tri movie format has less to do with the length between releases and moreso to do with Tri being released as a movie series instead of a TV show might have made it easier for older fans that grew up with Adventure to keep up with it. But I think the biggest factor in Tri's success was the amount of marketing Toei did with all the merchandise and popup shops they had a constant stream of going all throughout Tri's release. While original anime works can be harder to market than series based on source materials, I feel like that's less of an issue for anime franchises aimed at kids like Digimon and Pretty Cure where kids have less disposable income than older fans and most of the marketing is based on toy sales and games rather than manga or light novel sales.
 

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yes. plus, it was three years. that's three years to sell merch. tickets. sell merch in the cinemas themselves, they can sell the dvds more expensive as theyre "movies"

they would've made no where near as much money as a tv show, and it would be relevant for less time
 

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Although it's always been an unlikely thing thatll probably never happen, I'm still dreaming of seeing a V-Tamer adaptation someday, though... without Taichi's voice...

Could we at least get Cyber Sleuth dear Toei? 'Cause CS could make for a fun 12 or even a 24-episode series >w>;;
 

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Well, they have adapted video games before. And have adapted worse. Plus that would fill in a slot if you don't have a big ticket show ready. And it just might get you some money.
 
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