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Digimon Digimon is interesting...it had the timing to appear right after Pokemon became popular, prompting loud cries of "Pokeomn ripoff!" from Pokefans (it's scary, but I think that is an accepted word), but it developed its own following of kids and anime nuts.
Origin Digimon was another show with a very interesting origin. It actually started on the heels of another pop-culture phenominon, Tamagotchi. Remember Tamagotchi and the virtual pets? They were just like real pets (you had to feed them, clean up after them, and, even if you did this, it still dies after a month or so), except they weren't furry and you could take them to school (Why have goldfish? Virtual pets have all the benefits with none of the mess.)Anyways, Digimon were originally virtual pets aimed more at the male audience. You still had to feed 'em, but you could hook your 'digivice' together and have your pets batttle. Why this was developed into a T.V. show is beyond me.
Premise There have been three seasons of Digimon. The first season involved seven kids mysteriously disappearing from summer camp and winding up as 'digidestined' (read: chosen ones) in an alternate world with cute and not-so-cute digimon (DIGItal MONsters). They then must save both this world and the normal world.The second season takes place 4 years after Season 1. A few new kids, a few from Season 1, new villians (almost a necessity when you kill off the villians), but the same old 'save the world in your free time'.Season 3 can best be thought of a whole new show. Digimon Seasons 1 and 2 are a TV show, with a card game (sound familiar). Except, suddenly Digimon are appearing in the Real World, and our hero (and, by extension, us) doesn't know why.
Digimon for Beginners There are two types of kids with Digimon: DigiDestined and Digimon Tamers. The main difference is DigiDestined and from Seasons 1 and 2, and Tamers are from Season 3.
Okay, Digimon have different stages in life. They are:
A DigiDestined or Tamer can allow his/her Digimon to move up, or 'digivolve', to the next stages, with the assistance of items called 'digivices' and 'crests'. The Digimon gets more powerful, but it takes more energy to sustain them. There are also specialized forms of digivolving introduced in Season 2. They are 'armor digivolving', which involves an item called a 'digi-egg' and 'DNA digivolving', a very energy-intensive process that allows two Digimon to combine. New forms will probably be presented in Season 3, but I don't know them yet.
- Meet the Characters: A list of all the DigiDestined and Digimon Tamers named on the show, with background and Digimon. Pictures are incomplete.
- Episode Guide: Not finished, but once it is, catch up on all those episodes you missed.
- Digimon: The Movie: Worth renting? You decide, with a plot summery (no spoilers!) and a review.