Genre: Children's / Adventure
1999-2000. Toei Animation.
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Seven kids at summer camp are mysteriously transported to another reality, where they are befriended by a group of strange creatures who call themselves 'Digimon,' digital monsters. The seven companion Digimon prove to be more than good company when they transform into larger digital monsters and fight as a team to defend the kids from a giant red beetle Digimon.
Why pit this against Pokemon? >>> by firesenshi
Pikachu is cute and I like Pikachu. Now, pitting this against Pokemon, to me is just... weird. First off, in Pokemon, you have pets that you pit against each other in tournaments. In the same way you played with spiders and pit your spider with the spider of your playmate when you were 6, or had those turtle races -- that is Pokemon. Digimon well, are also companions but they are more 'allies' than pets. The real intention doesn't seem to be pitting one against the other. You see some villains here with probably more powerful Digimon and a more in-depth agenda than just becoming a champion. Now, that is why I think people consider Digimon having a better storyline than Pokemon. Of course it has a better storyline but Pokemon isn't really trying to make you think so much. What Digimon has however, unlike Pokemon's seeming "opponent-of-the-day" themes, is continuity in every episode. This time, a new Digimon appears and evolves into a much better one while it struggles to become a better companion. Once transformed, the kids don't really need to lead them as much because they can think on their own and communicate to other Digimons their tactics. I really wouldn't want to pit this against Pokemon. This one is entertaining all on its own and does have its own share of cute monster characters. The art is very simple since the details are refined to suit its primary kiddie audience.
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 5; Story 8; Characters 9; Sounds 7