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Digimon: Digital Monsters



Loud battles + toy tie-ins = OK, but not great.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Female characters -- though usually outnumbered by the guys -- hold their own in smarts and strength. Adults are mostly absent from the show, leaving the kids to handle decisions and strategy on their own. Characters often argue, but they resolve their differences in the end.

Violence & scariness

Usually only the digital monsters take part in battles, which are flashy and loud (mostly punches and occasional use of firepower) but don't result in realistic injury. When a monster is injured, he simply disappears from sight or dissolves into tiny pieces, which are said to later reincarnate. Other instances of mild suspense and peril include extensive falls, tumultuous airplane rides, and the like.

Sexy stuff
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The show often feels like a commercial for the line of Digimon toys, video games, trading cards, and other paraphernalia.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this anime series bears a lot of similarity to the well-known Pokemon franchise and comes complete with its own entourage of trading cards, video games, and toys. The frequent battles among the digital creatures are flashy and loud, but easily recognizable to kids as total fantasy. When they do occur, injuries are limited to the creatures rather than the kids (and instead of dying, they disassemble into small pieces which are said to reincarnate later). The show is targeted at kids 5-7, but the battles could be too scary for younger viewers; older children may be more interested in anime movies. Kids who don't watch regularly may be confused when they do tune in, since multiple cast and plot changes over the years lead to lots of continuity issues.

What's the story?

Long-running cartoon series DIGIMON: DIGITAL MONSTERS centers on a group of kids who travel to a parallel universe called DigiWorld and work alongside the digital creatures they befriend there to battle evil forces that threaten their peaceful existence. The Japanese-inspired anime 'toon has been known under a number of different titles since it began airing in 1999, including Digimon Adventures and Digimon Tamers. With each title change, the series added new characters and tweaked the original plot (in which the initial seven kids mysteriously transported to DigiWorld from their summer camp and ended up immersed in battle).

Is it any good?


While the general basis of relationships between the show's kids and their digital companions remained constant over the course of the series, almost everything else went through many makeovers. Some seasons feature seven human visitors to DigiWorld; others, as few as three. In early episodes, the kids can't get back home; later stories show a new cast of youngsters effortlessly journeying between the two worlds. And while in most stories each kid has his own specialized Digimon sidekick, a full season of episodes featured humans who could transform into the digital beings rather than just summon them for battles.

Youngsters will certainly find this lack of continuity confusing, and parents may be wary of introducing their kids to yet another marketing conglomerate looking to rival Pokemon. (Digimon boasts a similar assortment of tie-in video games, trading cards, virtual pets, and other toys.) And it's worth noting that although the show's violence is mostly of the flashy, fantasy variety and battles are reserved for the digital beings, those who are seriously injured dissolve into pieces that are said to regroup and reincarnate at a later date.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kids like about this show. How is it similar to and different from shows like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!? Why do you think these anime-style shows are so popular in America? Families can also talk about cross-promotion and how TV shows and movies are used to sell products. Kids: What other Digimon products are you familiar with (cards, games, toys)? Do you own any of them? How does watching TV affect your desire for items like these?

TV details

Premiere date:August 14, 1999
Cast:Joshua Seth, Laura Summer, Mona Marshall
Network:Toon Disney
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 16 years old Written byspiderkilroy October 26, 2012

It is not a ripoff. Digimon came first.

Alright. I am reviewing this because im tired of people saying that Digimon is a ripoff of pokemon. Digimon came out 3 years before pokemon in japan. it was only released in america after pokemon. stop calling it a ripoff!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent Written byAngelistic-101 March 3, 2014

Digimon, Digital Monsters! Digimon are the champions!

Woww, where do I even begin? I want to try and make this short, but I can't guarantee anything. Well for starters, Digimon is one of the best anime I have ever seen in my life. I grew up with it and have re-watched it multiple times over the years. Every time I watch Digimon, I remember just how amazing a series it is. This anime series has a lot of positive messages, and the characters learn a lot while in the "Digital World". In a world where human children befriend cute, adorable digital monsters, Digimon teaches the importance of teamwork and friendship, as well as believing in yourself and never giving up. Digimon is not your typical anime, it is full of surprises and awesome adventures! There is quite a lot of fighting and violence, but it's all for a good cause. I'm pretty sure a ten year old would be able to differentiate between fantasy and reality. The human characters learn a lot from their digital partners, and they each form a special bond with their Digimon. Loyalty, friendship, love, teamwork, courage, optimism, leadership and especially hope. Digimon is truly an amazing series that I feel will teach any young child, 10 and up very important life lessons that they will carry for the rest of their life. They don't make shows like they used to, so having your child watch Digimon would be the greatest gift you could ever give them.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 11 year old Written byChris G June 2, 2016

An actual review.

The show or I should say shows are cut up into several different seasons I'll try to cover what I know of the two seasons that I saw with my younger step-brother and son. The first season had a large cast of good characters (at least when compared to other kids shows) most of the characters had their own character arks that you don't see in most shows. For example two kids are brothers, (Matt and T.K)but their parents where divorced, and the two brothers where split up. I have to say that the show has next to nothing in similar to Pokemon as many people are all to willing to say. It does get a little violent, but nothing worse than some older Disney movies. I honestly have to say it's probably one of the better kids shows. The next one was called tamers. A bit more on the realistic side I would say it's better for kids 9+ or 10+ an even better show than the first one, with all new characters. The characters of this season like the others have their own character arks. For the main girl of the season had trust issues do to her dad being a no show and her mother always being to busy to be with her. She starts off cold and distant, but by the end was far nicer and able to except people. This season is far darker, but not in a bad way. I think kids can use a bit of a mature show that shows that there are consequences for your actions, but with friends and hard work you can overcome anything. And finally there isn't a lot of trying to sell stuff to kids, at least when compared to other kids shows. I'm giving this show a 5/5 for all the poorly made reviews that gave no reason for their 1/5. Honestly this is a 4/5.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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