Unlike in Pokémon, Digimon Humans Keep Aging

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In the Pokémon anime, Ash is ten years old. Eternally. But in the Digimon anime, the human characters are getting older.

The upcoming Digimon movie, which marks the franchise’s 20th anniversary, stars a 22-year-old Taichi (“Tai”) and Yamato (“Matt”).

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When the anime started, both characters were boys and now, years later, they’re adults.

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The fact that the characters age gives greater depth to the anime, moving out of an abstract timeline closer to reality.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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What if, in pokemon, Ash actually has a genetic disorder that forever makes him a kid, as they go through the seasons, his friends get older and older, finally being too old to hang out with a little kid all day, so he has to get new friends each season?