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The Digimon Adventure Reboot Is Looking Good

Gif: Toei Animation

Announced back in January with a teaser trailer, Toei Animation has released a short but action-packed trailer for the new Digimon Adventure anime, showing Tai and his partner Agumon in action. It’s good stuff.

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The new series is a reboot of the Digimon franchise, wiping two decades of animated history to give fans a fresh, modern tale featuring the faces of familiar Digidestined children and their digital monster companions. It looks like a fitting follow-up to feature film Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna, which portrayed the popular characters as adults outgrowing their unique bonds with the digital world.

The new series starts airing in Japan on April 5. Considering Toei released an English version of this latest trailer, we can expect it to be subbed in short order.

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I know I have mentioned it before here, but the original series was amazing for kids because it touched on so many issues that directly affect kids. Childhood is often just portrayed as this whimsical, carefree time of life where you don’t have to worry about the bigger issues going on in the political realms, but that doesn’t mean kids don’t go through things in their own little bubbles. It had kids dealing with sibling relationships, divorced parents, living up to family expectations, privilege, adoption, gender roles, the vulnerability of adults, and so much more. It wrapped everything in around fighting monsters and in a way that kids could actually understand instead of just lectures from adults that would normally be tuned out.  A lot of cartoons in America were just vehicles to sell merchandise but the first season of Digimon touched on so much while also being kick ass.  I hope that those messages can still be retained while just modernizing the show a little bit but I fear they won’t be.