Digimon Universe Appli Monsters

"Kindness holds the key to everything. Facing reality alongside friends, this Buddy Story has a new feeling to it, of making one's own choices in life."


On June 8th, 2016, Digimon Universe Appli Monsters was announced at the annual Tokyo Toy Show. Previously rumored in a leaked issue of V Jump magazine, the Appli Monsters announcement was accompanied by a web trailer establishing its premise. Seeking to "succeed the lineage" of Adventure, this branch of the franchises transposes the idea of Digimon-as-programs into the modern era. The TV anime deals with a world where artificially intelligent "Appmon" arise from the Net Ocean; there are as many Appmon as there are applications. It follows Shinkai Haru, a first-year middle school student who receives an Appli Drive and meets his Buddy Appmon, Gatchmon.

Haru begins a heated battle against the "heinous Last Boss AI" Leviathan, which manipulates Appmon using a virus. With Appmon Chips, Haru can "Apprealize" Gatchmon and other Appmon, and "Applink" them to borrow the powers of one Appmon and transfer it to another. Using the full power of "App Fusion," two Appmon can be combined to evolve them into a new Appmon. Appli Monsters will begin airing weekly on TV Tokyo October 9th, 2016.

The official Agumon and Gatchimon mascots pose at the Tokyo Toy Show.
Although some were quick to criticize Appmon for its seemingly radical new direction, the new branch has numerous ties to existing Digimon series. The trailer for the series alludes to the "Net Ocean," a key location in classic Digimon lore, and the App Fusion mechanic resembles Jogress evolution, the original method of reaching Ultimate level introduced in the 1999 Pendulum virtual pets. (Jogress has been a mainstay of Digimon ever since, used in V-Tamer 01, Adventure 02, as well as numerous video and card games.) Appmon's simultaneously-announced trading card game has also been hinted at being compatible with the Hyper Colosseum TCG of 1999-2006, which quickly made it popular with Japan's hardcore Digimon fandom. (This is the same TCG used in Tamers.) The initial reveals sparked massive speculation due to the similar attack types, level recognition, and point system.

The director will be Koga Gou, who previously directed DokiDoki! PreCure. He also did storyboard and episode direction work for the 2005 Gaiking remake, One Piece, and acted as Assistant Director on Toei's 1999 Yu-Gi-Oh! theatrical film. Series composition will be handled by Kato Youichi, who previously worked on Aikatsu!, Duel Masters, and Yo-kai Watch. Haru will be voiced by Uchiyama Yumi, Gatchmon by Kikuchi Kokoro, and the Appli Drive will be voiced by Takagi Wataru. Character design is by Onuki Kenichi of Gundam Build Fighters.

Appmon will be accompanied by an arcade game, and substantive toyline including action figures, and toy Appli Drive. The Appli Drive will retail for 4500 yen, and will feature customizable faceplates. Thus far it appears to be a complex sound board, with collectible Appmon Chips. When the user inserts a chip, the Appli Drive announces the Appmon's name and abilities, and if a second chip is inserted afterwards it announces their resulting "App Fusion" in the style of a Complete Selection Animation Digivice. The success of the Appmon branch is a critical part of Digimon's future, as its capacity to bring in a younger audience will determine the brand's future survival.

Appmon News
New Series "Digimon Universe Appli Monsters" Allegedly Leaked by the Site that Spoiled Xenoverse 2 (Published May 18th, 2016)
V Jump Announces Digimon Universe, D-Ark Ver. 15th, Possible Maicoomon Evolution in -next 0rder- (Published May 19th, 2016)
Digimon Universe Introduces "Appmon" and "Digital Kids' Card Game" (Published May 20th, 2016)
Appmon Voice Actor is a Longtime Digimon Fan (Published June 28th, 2016)
Appmon's First Female Character Introduced, Cast Commentary (Published June 28th, 2016)
"A Story That's Digimon, Yet Not Digimon:" Staff Commentary on Digimon Universe Appli Monsters (Published June 29th, 2016)
Bandai Introduces Newest Digivice, the Appli Drive (Published July 1st, 2016)
Appmon's Target Demographic is "10~12 Years Old," Digivice Specs (Published July 2nd, 2016)

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Do you know if there will be a toy Digivice like others seasons where you can play with steps and fights?
    How works exactly the toy Apli Drive? Sounds and lights when you put the Appmon Chips?

    Greetings!

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