English: Digimon Frontier
Synonyms: Digimon Season Four
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2002 to Mar 30, 2003
23 min. per episode
PG - Children
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Score: 7.181 (scored by 24423 users)
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action adventure drama shounen
SynopsisWith five new kids and an exciting new mission in the Digital World, Digimon Frontier brings back all the great action and adventure of the last three seasons. Takuya, Kouji, Izumi, Junpei. and Tomoki meet each other in a train that takes them to the Digital World where a war against evil is being fought. The Angel digimon, Cherubimon, one of The three angels sent to save the World from the power-hungry Lucemon, has turned to the dark side and the entire Digital World is in peril. To fight this great battle, the five CHOSEN ONES must find the Densetsu no Spirit (Legendary Spirit).
Related AnimeAdaptation: Digimon Frontier
Spin-off: Digimon Adventure, Digimon Savers, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Xros Wars
Side story: Digimon Frontier: Ornismon Fukkatsu!!
Characters & Voice Actors
This Review is Being Given after viewing the Japanese Version
The fourth season at Digimon Frontier, this was the creators attempt at bringing back the faze of Digimon that was widely spread around the year 2000 but slowly began to die as the third season, Digimon Tamers, proved to be a disappointment to many Digimon fans.
In this season, the main characters, instead of having Digimon as their partners, the 'Digi-Destined' themselves turn into the Digimon. With provides a very interesting twist in this series compared to other Digimon seasons. Though I really liked this series, there were a few things I found disappointing in it, and I'm writing these things out for everyone can see the pros as well as the cons of this Digimon season.
To put it simply, the storyline was overall good. Your everyday, rescue the Digital World from being destroyed plot line. There were many points that could be easily guessed as to the results of the ending as the story draws to a close, but it also includes its many surprise twists that will surprise you no matter how much you've been paying attention to the story and each and every detail.
There are some points where I felt like it was just repeating the same thing over and over again and eventually it became quite boring since I could easily guess what the results were going to be. Though it wasn't to repetitive to the point that each and every detail was alike, but it was still at that level that it was a bit boring to watch through.
I give this one a 7 because of the fact of many things in the art of it that particularly annoyed the hell out of me. For one, there were many incidents where the mouths didn't move in sync with the words, at all. Not just slight out-of-sync, but major out-of-sync, it didn't occur often though, which was a relief.
But. . .that wasn't the main reason this got a 7 out of 10, my main pet peeve about the art in this was how characters would get injured, major injuries, and hardly be able to stand, the next second they'd be standing and all their injuries were totally gone.
Then there were other points when the injuries would last long. It just seemed to really piss me off about this fact of the art.
Well I could say the sound was really good! Great sound effects, I loved the opening song and always sang along to it, I also like the first ending, but when it came to the second ending it just seemed to become to slow for the way things were moving in the series and totally ruined it for me that I fast-forwarded through the ending from then on.
Don't really know what else to say about the sound so I'll end it there.
To many. That's what I've got to say about it. There seemed to be to many main characters to give to much information about. In equal amounts that is. The story plot managed to tell you about each of their actual lives before they went to the Digital World, but for a couple of the characters, it was just a single episode used to reveal some of their past, after that it didn't seem to be very important. Then there were a couple characters who their lives seemed to have almost half of the story line revolving around them.
It seems to start out with one of the characters, Takuya, having the role as the main character, but as the story plot deepens it seems that that staring role is transfered to another character. Not that I found anything to wrong with that though seeing as the new 'star' was a favorite character of mine.
I will truthfully say that I enjoyed this anime very much! Despite the things I stated before that I disliked, it was very good ^^ I became attached to some of the characters and cried when they cried, laughed with them, cheered them on, I'll never forget this wonderful anime!
Overall this an outstanding anime! Though it may not appeal to some of those who are fans of the original (seasons 1 and 2) of Digimon. I'm sure it will be a favorite to those who have chosen this season to watch before the others. Both new and even some older fans of Digimon will enjoy this season. As unlike some of the earlier ones, it seems to be much more in-depth and much darker than some of the other season.
If you didn't like earlier seasons of Digimon and saw them as 'childish', then you may prefer this season as it appears to be a much more 'dark' type of anime. read more
Since this is the fourth season of the same series (and its second spin-off), most of its elements have remained the same. Please read my review on the first season before reading this one. Instead of repeating myself, I only write about the differences between the two.
STORY SECTION: 4/10
General Scenario & Conclusion 1/4: A spin-off of the previous seasons, the story has an entirely new cast and the events of the previous seasons are presented as a myth.
In the story, kids are summoned to the Digiworld, in order to find the Legendary Digimons and save the world from evil Digimons.
The story in Frontier is the worst of all previous seasons. The kids are presented as the chosen saviors from the start and they don’t fear the Digiworld nor do they want to return home that much. It felt too much like a silly American children’s adventure (totally fake). And there were too many obvious references to Judeo-Christian beliefs about angels that turned the story to a lame manihaistic fairy tale.
Form of Development/ Pace of Plot 1/2: The plot is generally straightforward, with a few very simple plot twists.
Believability/Reasoning/Realism 1/2: All the explanations about all the wacky things that happen in the story are predictable if you figure out that they just copy the black or white interpretations of the Bible.
Side Stories/Extra Spices 1/2:
-More forms of evolution and new Digimons appear. But they feel too much like elemental and angelic stereotypes.
-The eternal present comparison is still there.
-The humor is not that good anymore.
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
There are still no prevailing personalities and all characters are still stereotypes. They behave equally realistic as before and are colorized in the same manner. But they have very blunt personalities and weak backdrop stories. The same goes for their Digimons. Especially the bookworm Digimon and its stupid friend were amongst the ugliest and lamest choices for supporting characters. And the train Digimons were a stupid idea.
The kids generally felt like a cruder version of the first series. And if you make the comparison, you will see they are just the archetypes of the Super Sentai 5 member team that was prevalent decades ago. How stupid do they think we are to like this kind of characters?
ART & SOUND SECTION: 7/10
On par with Digimon Tamers.
VALUE & ENJOYMENT SECTION: 3/10
Just a marketing trick. One of the same. Worse on every section. Lower value & enjoyment!
VERDICT: 4.5 / 10
The accused is found … GUILTY! … of playing a Super Hero, when in fact he is not.
Same as before. read more
The "worlds" in both Anime share similar elements to them despite having different concepts. There is also the element of getting to come home and becoming a better person by fighting in these worlds to survive and the characters grow in maturity over time.
The concept of becoming a digital form of a new being/avatar is a presented theme in both series as the main characters are able to venture into another world through technology.
From both series, the setting takes place in a digital like realm where fiction crosses over with reality. Make no mistake as the threat of pain in this other world is real and there are consequences for making the wrong choices.
Both series adapts science fiction themes and the main male protagonists are determined to achieve their ambitions.
Both series also have drama, comedy, and a small cast of characters involved in this other world.
Both have overweight main characters.
Opening Theme"FIRE!!" by Kouji Wada
Ending Theme#1: "Innocent ~Mujaki na Mama de~" by Kouji Wada
#2: "An Endless Tale" by Kouji Wada and AiM
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