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The year is 2020, and the internet is an integral part of everyday life. Unbeknownst to everyone, however, exists another world within the internet: the Digital World, where creatures known as Digital Monsters, or Digimon, roam about. However, evil Digimon start attacking the Digital World, causing large-scale network failures throughout the real world, which the clueless authorities can only chalk up to cyber-terrorism.

Taichi Yagami, a fifth-grader preparing for a weekend summer camp, was rushing to Shibuya in order to help his mother and his sister Hikari after their train went out of control. However, Taichi, alongside six other children, gets transported into the Digital World, where they meet their Digimon partners in an effort to Save Both Worlds from unknown threats.

Thus, a new Adventure, both familiar and different, begins...

Digimon Adventure: is a Continuity Reboot of Digimon Adventure, the 8th Digimon TV series, the first since Digimon Universe: Applimonsters in 2016, and the Milestone Celebration in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Digimon franchise. The anime premiered on April 5, 2020, on Fuji TV in Japan and subbed on Crunchyroll worldwide.

Previews: Trailer 1, Trailer 2

You can watch it subbed here: [1].


Being a Continuity Reboot of the original series, spoilers will be included! You have been warned!

This anime contains the following tropes:

  • Actionized Adaptation: In comparison to the original Digimon Adventure, this series is MUCH more focused on the action and lore of the Digital World, with huge battles happening every episode on bigger scales than the original series had with little to no time for the Chosen Ones to rest inbetween fights and reaching their objective, almost like a constantly on-going war.
  • Adapted Out: The Digimentals from Digimon Adventure 02 play with this trope, mostly with Patamon. Patamon manages to evolve to Pegasmon without it. However, in Episode 41, when Patamon evolved into Angemon, the Digimental of Hope was seen when he shed Pegasmon's data off. On the contrary, Chuumon was seen evolving into Searchmon (one of Wormmon's armor evolutions) to honor Koshiro's quest of knowledge and curiosity, while Palmon evolved to Ponchomon (another Patamon armor evolution, but with Mimi's crest) as a result of data interference, neither affected by a Digimental. Patamon has since evolved to Pegasmon again after Angemon's reappearance, but without any presence of the Digimental of Hope catalyzing said evolution.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Overlapping with Big Brother Instinct. Yamato's main motivation in stopping the various crises that plague Tokyo is because of his little brother who lives in it. Come Episode 20 where he finds said little brother kidnapped in a jar when he was supposed to be safe in the human world. His reaction is completely justified.
    • Following Yamato's example, when Hikari went with SkullKnightmon, willingly no less, Taichi's first instinct was her safety.
  • Arc Villain: Algomon and its evolutions are the Starter Villain for the first three episodes, and are no doubt just the first of many.
    • After Argomon, Devimon takes over for the next major arc, followed by DarkKnightmon and Mephismon.
  • Badass Adorable: Nearly every Rookie-level digimon can be considered cute, and is more than ready to fight when they feel threatened. The Chosen Ones, especially Taichi and Yamato, get more involved in the actual fighting than they did before.
  • Art Shift: Episode 47 features rounder-faced designs for the characters, most noticeably in the Goburimon and Agumon.
  • Big Bad: The true main villain of the series? Millenniumon.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As often is the case in the franchise's anime, played straight with Agumon, Greymon, and Garurumon in the first two episodes, but averted with Omegamon, whose evolution isn't called either. It is also prevalent early on that the Digimon tend to use basic physical attacks at first, only using their signature moves like finishers and calling them as necessary.
  • Casting Gag: Yuuko Sanpei plays Taichi in this adaptation of the franchise. She had previously played Melodytchi in the anime adaptation of Tamagotchi, which Digimon was envisioned as the Spear Counterpart of.
  • Continuity Reboot: The series is set in 2020 and follows Taichi and the other seven children from the original Adventure. The children are the same ages as they were at the start of Digimon Adventure and are meeting their Digimon for the first time, with more of a focus on the "real" world than the Digital World.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Digital World in here seems to operate more like a nature documentary like Tamers, with most Digimon behaving more like wild animals rather than showing varying degrees of sapience. They operate under "survival of the fittest" rules, in where they kill and eat each other for their data for the sake of Evolution. It is implied from the flashback in Episode 5 that the Digital World was more civilised in the past, with all the savagery shown so far being a more recent development.
  • Debut Queue: The series introduces the main Chosen Ones individually by episode. Even Koshiro, who was introduced in the very first episode, doesn't actually meet his partner Tentomon until episode 4.
  • Disney Death: In episode 24, Taichi is outright eaten alive by DoneDevimon, and heavily implied to have been killed, to the point that MetalGreymon goes on a full on rampage and dark evolves to Mugendramon to decimate DoneDevimon. It's not until WarGreymon pierces clean through the monster that we see Taichi survived being devoured.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Aside from Taichi, Koshiro, Hikari and Yamato, the other Chosen Ones have brief cameos in the first episode, although their full faces are hidden by one means or another.
    • The Spoiler Opening shows Greymon's later forms, including MetalGreymon, WarGreymon and Omegamon.
    • The crests for each main character appear on their Digivices when the respective traits are strongest.
  • Evolving Credits: Starting from Episode 14 onward, sound effects are now being played over parts of the opening.
  • Extremely Short Time Span: The events of the first two episodes and a half happen in the scope of only roughly one hour, something Taichi and Koshiro comment on during episode 3.
  • Eye Motifs: A recurring trend with the Digimon attacking Tokyonote  is their focus on eyes. There is also a mysterious yellow eye seen sporadically through the series, the Soundbirdmon working for Devimon have rather pronounced eyes, and Sephirotmon has multiple eyes.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • The opening for the series shows several other Digimon fighting the Chosen Ones and their partners for brief moments, including Golemon, Kuwagamon, Snimon, Stegomon, and Allomon. The latter two are of particular note since they're Armor Level Digimon, something that wouldn't appear until Digimon Adventure 02.
    • When Taichi first enters the Digital World, you can see the Crest lights of the other main kids who attended camp in this version, foreshadowing that they landed somewhere in the net too.
    • Taichi's Crest of Courage becomes the flashing impact frames when MetalGreymon uses his Trident Arm in his debut episode.
  • Funny Background Event: In episode 3, Joe is about to help some younger campers cut food. Right as the viewers are introduced to Sora, Joe has a scream of pain offscreen from cutting his finger on the knife.
  • Hope Spot: In episode 2, Taichi and Yamato’s last ditch effort to defeat Algomon’s Ultimate form seems to work. Then Koshiro notices the countdown to nuclear missile firing is still going. And then Algomon gets back up, enraged, and evolves into its nigh-unstoppable Mega form...
  • It Won't Turn Off: In Tokyo, devices that are able to connect to the internet stay on despite a lack of electricity. The authorities have no idea what the hell is going on, but use it to their advantage to keep as much of the city working and as many people informed as possible.
  • Japanese Beetle Brothers: Kuwagamon (Stag Beetle) and Kabuterimon (Horn Beetle) actually duke it out, with Kabuterimon's inherent rivalry with Kuwagamon actually being reflected in his dialogue. The climax of the episode has AtlurKabuterimon face off against Okuwamon, Kuwagamon's own evolved form.
  • Meaningful Name: It turns out that the Cloud Continent is actually a Floating Continent as revealed in Episode 25.
  • Missed the Call: Averted when the climax for Episode 2 reveals Hikari got her call the same time as Takeru, as opposed to the original where she was too sick to attend camp. Like the original Adventure, Hikari would be the last to join, but that's more because Takeru was taken hostage into the Digital World rather than actively looking for a gate into it. Hikari still befriended several of the other Chosens ahead of time, softening the shock of her initiation into the group (aside from Taichi, anyway).
  • Myth Arc: The beginning builds toward one, particularly in episode 5, talking about the Holy Digimon Angelmon and a great war fought by the previous incarnations of the Chosen One's Digimon against Darkness. Finding the Holy Digimon is the main focus of the titular Holy Digimon arc.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The logo for the series shows the top of Omegamon's head in the center of the Digivice.
    • The opening sequence shows Taichi falling through a digital void and letters in a very similar way as in the original show's opening, and the sequence is even set up to mimic the aspect ratio of the original series.
    • The opening shows Togemon battling Golemon. In Digimon Adventure 02, Palmon encountered a Golemon, and she was quickly beaten by said Digimon.
    • Eagle-eyed viewers may notice that at the very end of the opening, both Taichi and Omegamon are drawn with the same distinctive red outline famously utilized in the animation for Our War Game.
    • The trigger for Lilimon's initial appearance is almost identical to her 1999 one, right down to Mimi declaring she will not forgive the enemy and shedding a tear. Except this time, Lilimon actually follows through on Mimi's declaration instead of simply pacifying the enemy.
    • The Digital World is explained with a Digitama hatching to Botamon and eventually to Agumon using the original virtual pet sprites.
    • In episode 1, the Baby II or In-training form of Algomon note  skips a level into the Champion form, similar to how Keramon skipped to Infermon in the original continuity’s Our War Game.
    • Speaking of War Game, that's the title for episode 2. The plot of the episode and the one after is even a truncated version of the movie, right down to Omegamon appearing at the end.
    • The scene where Agumon evolves into Greymon is very reminiscent of the evolution sequences from Digimon Tamers.
    • Just after evolving there is a close-up of Greymon's eye looking down at Taichi very reminiscent of a shot from the first prequel film.
    • Takeru and Hikari getting the call at the same time that Omegamon appears is likely a nod to the Vamdemon arc's prophecy, where the arrows of Hope and Light enabled Agumon and Gabumon's Warp Evolutions.
    • Birdramon's first words mirror what Garudamon told Sora in the original series.
    • Mimi's introduction involves her ruling a small kingdom (like "Princess Karaoke", only with her being extremely generous and willing to pitch in once a misunderstanding is cleared up) of her partner's Baby II form (like the Yokomon village Birdramon originally debuted in)
    • In Episode 8, the kids find themselves facing off with a Gorimon that's leading an army of Tankmon and Solarmon, similar to the army Mugendramon led in the original series. Episodes 9 and 10 even has the cast battling a MetalTyrannomon, a form prior to Mugendramon, after the raid.
    • Mugendramon briefly appears in the backdrop of the sequences where Greymon evolves to MetalGreymon. Mugendramon does have a relation to MetalGreymon in certain games, as they do share the same left arm, however, this might actually be a hint towards something else, not just a mythology gag. Turns out these perceived hints were true come Episode 24.
    • Just like in the original series, Kabuterimon ends up battling Andromon in the latter's debut episode.
    • Mugendramon and their rampage towards DoneDevimon not only mirrors SkullGreymon from the original series but the full sequence even resembles Megidramon and Dukemon scenes from Digimon Tamers, with many small similarities like Mugendramon pinning down and attempting to consume DoneDevimon and said darkness being purified to become their true Mega form.
    • Patamon's personality is tweaked a bit to have a bit more wisdom about what's going on, similar to the Patamon in Digimon Frontier.
    • Episode 30 marks the third time Parrotmon fights against a member of the Greymon family.
    • The name of the episode that Pegasmon debuts in is the same as Pegasmon's title in 02: Soaring Hope.
    • Machmon being possessed by a Parasimon in episode 45 will bring back memories of Runaway Locomon.
  • Not His Sled:
    • The characters, or Taichi and Yamato at least, are introduced to their partner Digimon way before summer camp begins. The camp in question passes by rather quickly, which is followed by a Time Skip which shows the children going back home. Taichi and the others only get whisked to the Digital World a few days after the camp.
    • Takeru does not attend camp with the others, setting him up to become a Sixth Ranger alongside Hikari. Given that Patamon's Champion and Ultimate forms define Best for Last, it may be for the best.
    • In episode 12, Kabuterimon fights a brainwashed Andromon as he did in the original series. This time, however, Andromon easily swats Kabuterimon away and unleashes a barrage of weapons strong enough to revert the big bug to Tentomon. Instead, it’s Togemon who gets a new evolution and deals with Andromon.
  • Party Scattering:
    • Just like in the original, after beating Eyesmon and it's two other forms Orochimon and Nidhoggmon, Devimon appears to wisk everyone but Taichi and Yamato away, thanks to Omegamon.
    • In the opening battle of Episode 28, the clash between DarkKnightmon and Angemon scatters everyone again.
  • Plot Armor: The humans can run right into barrages of fire and blasts and none of them will actually hit while at the same time shrug off attacks on top of being head or shoulder pets to their Digimon partners during combat to empower them.
  • Protagonist Power-Up Privileges:
    • Quite possibly the most extreme example of this in the franchise. Taichi and Yamato, within the first three episodes, end up having their Digimon merge into Omegamon by the end of the second episode, before some of the other kids even have their Digimon yet. They're also the only ones whose partner Digimon get to have proper Transformation Sequences.
    • While not quite as extreme as the one above, as of Episode 36 Taichi's Agumon has obtained two Mega alternate forms (WarGreymon and BlitzGreymon) that don't need outside help like Omegamon, a first in the anime franchise. Meanwhile, the others' Digimon, even fellow main protagonist Yamato's Gabumon, hasn't even obtained their (first) Mega forms yet.
    • It's also telling that through 45 episodes so far, every single one has included at least one of Agumon or Gabumon's evolutions, and a majority of that list could even be carried by Agumon alone.
  • Race Against the Clock: This appears to be a recurring occurrence in this story. Whenever something bad happens in the Digital World or the Network, the human world's electronics are affected on varying scales, often intentionally.
    • The first two Arc Villains, Algomon and Nidhoggmon, hijack electronics in the real world in attempt to destroy Tokyo and even come with a countdown timer.
    • Calmaramon with a horde of baby Algomon plan to do this as well, but to hijack the navigation systems of various tankers around the Straits of Malacca. They are doing this to obtain data to send to Devimon's castle.
    • An enormous swarm of Zurumon has done the same as the one above, except on a global scale. Because of this, governments around the world are blaming each other of the attacks due to being ignorant about the Digimon and are on the cusp of starting armed conflict. Even after they were foiled in Episode 26, they simply changed targets, with NASA and the rest of the world's data being next. The data in question being funnelled to the Digital World? The resultant internet traffic whenever an incident happens.
      • The resultant data errors created has also affected many of the artificial satellites' orbital paths. While they will burn up in the atmosphere if dropped directly, them simultaneously colliding with the ISS is another story...
      • It was finally over as of Episode 36, with it changing trajectory just over the Tokyo skyline thanks to Koshiro so that it falls into Tokyo Bay instead.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The series reintroduces the Chosen Ones and their Digimon to a new audience, along with using the character designs from the original series with some slight alterations.
  • Setting Update: This continuity takes place in 2020, unlike the original series which took place in 1999. Because of this, most of the technology is more modern, Koshiro's laptop being one that can fold into a tablet form, and smartphones are commonplace. It also reflects how the internet and the ways people interact with it have changed significantly since the original series aired.
  • Ship Tease: While the kids are all in fifth grade at the oldest, some of the past relationships from the original series get a few nods here and there.
    • Taichi and Sora's longstanding friendship is on full display, and there's a minor Running Gag of them being stuck together in nets, usually thanks to Mimi. They bond heavily over soccer in later arcs.
    • There's minor ship tease between Sora and Yamato, especially when the two are sectioned off in the same group with Joe when searching for the Holy Digimon. This makes for more interactions between them that highlight their Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl dynamic.
      • In Episode 8, she comments on how cool he is and later introduces herself with a smile before she and Birdramon take on a DarkTyrannomon, which leaves Yamato briefly stunned.
      • In Episode 11, Sora immediately turns to Yamato for his opinion to help Neamon's group reach Leomon and respects his choice when he decides not to bother. When he changes his mind, he quickly goes to save her from Scorpiomon. Morever, his conversation with her was what prompted him to think of his allies and activate his crest.
      • In Episode 13, Yamato and Sora smoothly cooperate to infiltrate the CannonBeemon after Joe and Gomamon are captured. When Sora returns to CannonBeemon to save the Funbeemon, there's a Reveal Shot with Yamato going along with it without a word, as he knew early on that she would do this anyway.
    • Episode 20 teases some between Sora and Koshiro of all people, as at one point she gives him a frank, almost flirty smile that makes him momentarily awkward while talking about their respective families.
    • Koshiro and Mimi have been a Fan-Preferred Pairing especially popular since Digimon Adventure tri., and Toei leans on that even more in this series by branding Koshiro's tablet with the company Mimi's grandfather owns. Unsurprisingly she's amused by his use of the tablet to help out the party, even suggesting to install the USB drive he found in Garbamon's landfill in episode 43, which turns out to be a map of the continent they're traversing.
  • Shout-Out: Enough for its own page.
  • Soft Water: Averted. The main reason behind the need to balance ElDradimon when falling from the Cloud Continent. Crashing into the ocean below at that high of a speed and uneven positioning will kill them. The solution? Use the attacking BigMamemon as balloons to cushion the fall. It works.
  • Spoiler Title: Whenever an episode has a new Digimon's name in the title, expect that Digimon to debut in the episode. ("The Final Stage, DoneDevimon", "The Mega Digimon, WarGreymon", and "The New Darkness, Milleniummon" being heavy offenders for example.)
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The many levels of Algomon, some introduced for the anime, serve as this to Kuramon and its own evolutions with a round mono-eyed Baby form, a lot of long limbed attacks for higher evolutions, and its assault on the internet. Given Algomon could evolve from Chrysalimon (the Champion stage of Kuramon) in earlier works such as Digimon World Dawn & Dusk, it's definitely intentional.
  • Swallowed Whole:
    • In Episode 5, Koshiro and Tentomon are randomly swallowed by Whamon, harmlessly floating in its stomach for half the episode.
    • In Episode 24, Taichi got this treatment by DoneDevimon, prompting MetalGreymon to go berserk and undergo Dark Evolution.
  • A Taste of Power:
    • Greymon and Garurumon evolving into Omegamon at the end of Episode 2, way too early for a fused Mega Level Digimon to show up, let alone one that belongs to the main cast.
    • Episode 20 has Angemon's debut as Takeru's partner which immediately has him empower MetalGreymon and WereGarurumon enough to take down Velgrmon with ease. He immediately regresses back into a DigiEgg after the fight. The next few episodes has him act as a Deus ex Machina before finally becoming Patamon at the end of Episode 24.
    • Speaking of Episode 24, it also serves as this for Agumon, who, at the end of the battle of DoneDevimon, briefly evolves into a glowing silhouette of WarGreymon, which gets referenced in episode 31, when he finally unlocks the full evolution into WarGreymon.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: As per Digimon tradition:
    • An instrumental version of the final part of the show's opening "Mikakunin Hikousen" plays in Episode 3 as Omegamon delivers the finishing blow to Algomon.
    • "Be The Winners" plays during the climax of most battles early on, usually accompanying a Digimon's evolution to Champion before taking down the Monster of the Week.
    • "X-Treme Fight" accompanies a Digimon's evolution to and battle in Ultimate level.
    • And most recently is "Break The Chain", which comes whenever a Digimon evolves to Mega level, as first evidenced with MetalGreymon fully evolving into WarGreymon.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: An interesting subversion occurs in the very first episode, as it's one of the very few times we see evolution executed in real-time. First Agumon grows into a giant glowing version of himself, intercepts Algomon's claw, then head-butts it away. Algomon recovers and attempts a counter-attack, but is intercepted and blocked once again. Finally, a fully formed Greymon smacks the virus away with a simple swing of the tail. The first time other digimon reach a new evolution, it may be portrayed similarly.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: While the effects and implied consequences of failing the various crisis on the human world affect the world at large, if there is a specific place that keeps getting targeted, it is always Tokyo.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Like the original source material, time in the Digital World moves much faster than the real world so the protagonists don't need to hurry if something is happening in the real world. There are a few scenarios that avert with this:
    • If the scenario happens in the Network itself. As it is the manifestation of the Internet and is therefore an extension of the Real World, this means that time moves normally in there.
    • Or a powerful enough Digimon like Nidhoggmon who can link the Real and Digital Worlds.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!:
    • The Chosen Ones managed to defeat the Digimon causing Tokyo's blackouts only for a countdown to start immediately afterwards.
    • After stopping dozens of tankers from hitting the port of Singapore, it is revealed that there are other maritime accidents happening around the world in Episode 24. Due to scale of the attack being global, countries are on the verge of armed conflict due to blaming each other for the accidents.


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