Unlike in Pokémon, Digimon Humans Keep Aging

Illustration: Digimon Adventure

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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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.