English: Digimon Tamers
Synonyms: Digimon: Digital Monsters 03
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2001 to Mar 31, 2002
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG - ChildrenL represents licensing company
Score: 7.551 (scored by 30530 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction adventure comedy shounen
May 31, 2013
Story wise: We have three arcs in this series and all of them are quite different in themes and quality.
First, the tamers beginning: this is a kind of prologue that goes from episode 1 to 13. Most episodes are just fine, with some really good characters moments. Every single Digimon series have always started a bit slow, but that's only so we can get to know our characters and so it is understandable. Here we are presented the concept of cards, which is an amazing support system so that the human can aid their digimons in battle, as well as we start to understand the dynamic of this series; it is darker than the previous two, we don't have chosen children, we have children who happen to become tamers, so there's no actual deux ex machina to keep them safe and so the danger feels quite real. Even while in this first arc there is not such an extreme danger, the feeling is there in the air and it will pay off later on.
Second, devas: it goes from episodes 14 to 36 and here is where Tamers hit the lowest of its quality (except for episodes 33 to 36 that act as an introduction to the final arc); devas are the worst villains I've seen in any digimon series (and maybe in any given anime). Their motivation is poor, their design is dreadful and they are just plot fodder and not actual characters; we spend so much time with them that they just fall flat to make any impression. The worst episodes of the series features them, they are extremely boring or passable at best. Yet, when you ignore the devas, what happens around is fine or even good to great, as luckily our main characters are treated quite better, and such it is not a deal breaker. There are only 3 or 4 crappy episodes in this long arc, about 2 or 3 memorable ones, and the rest are just fine or slightly good. When you ignore the devas and focus on the rest of the characters everything is fine, but as soon as they appear they drag the show down.
Third and final, D-Reaper: Here is when Tamers shines; it is the best arc of the series and Tamers shows us it's not afraid to go dark. We see the worst of some characters and the best of them; we get to feel fear and despair. Remember how I told you earlier there is no deus ex machina? Well, just 3 episodes before we enter this arc one of our character's digimon dies (permanently) and a digivice breaks, something we've never seen before in a digimon series, allowing us to peek at the darkest of two characters just before it pays off for both of them, showing their best character development. As this arc starts both worlds, digital and ours, enter in such a huge crisis that is almost impossible to predict how it's going to get resolve, and to do so everyone have to work together, not only the children and the digimon, but the adults as well, and so we get into a full set war against the new enemy that is filled with despair, but also some moments of hope to make an incredible smartly shaped finale. Everything we see here has been foreshadow before handed, and as such every moment feels earned, it's not rushed nor convoluted, it's just greatly structured and when you add that to some great characters you get one hell of an anime.
If just there was no devas, this could have been just as great as Adventure (or even better)
Characters: Mostly the character work is great; however there are some misses too here. But let's see each character:
Takato: here I just have to applaude the writers. Takato started as a crybaby and a coward, but slowly he became more and more brave, accustomed to fighting, he became considerate, but he never stopped feeling like the same character. Though he changed he still felt like the same Takato. There is a moment when the writers just wanted us to hate him, around episode 32 or so, and though I did hate him quite a lot, I have to say that I loved to hate him, and I also was pleasantly surprised by how they handled it to make a character that came from annoying to likeable to hateable to be likeable again; it's not something any person can pull, and by the end of the series, Takato's character treatment is fairly the best and something that should be praised.
Ruki: A close second for best character treatment, just behind Takato, as she comes from ice cold with an "I don't care about anyone" attitude to someone who cares deeply about her friends, is dependable and never stops being cool and badass. Her changes are slow and gradually made, and as such it's never rushed and feels naturals. As she says by the end "humans don't change that easily" and those words fits her perfectly. Her character is just outright awesome!
Jenrya: Here the writers made many, many mistakes! Though he is never annoying he is never all that relevant. Sure, he has his moments, but he never gets fully developed; we get just a bit of background in earlier episodes and no more, and he just feels like a character that acts as plot fodder rather than being a fully fleshed out one. Still, he will never be bothersome.
Impmon/Beelzebumon: here's another character that started as a broadstroke and got amazingly developed. His background is consistent with his personality and he takes some courses of actions that largely impact who he becomes later and he must endure the weight of the choices he makes. He is by definition the "conflicted character" and when you use a conflicted character right in a show, it adds more layers of deepth to it, and as such this character gets it right!
Juri: I'm amazed that she came from annoying girl to what she became later on. I won't enter on details, but after episode 33 we got to really explore the darkness of her character and shows us how even kids can hold up some very hurtful stuff; by the end of the series these conflicts get resolved, yet it is amazing to see someone who was so cheerful in the beginning (to the point it was outright annoying!) showing her darker self and overcome it. Kudos to the writers!
The three main digimon: It's important to say that all the three digimon have fleshed out characteristics that makes each one feel real. I won't enter into details, but I can tell you that Guilmon is loveable, yet silly in the beginning and he grows smarter and deeper as we progress, while never losing his cuteness. Terriermon is a relaxed type of digimon who learns little by little to take things more seriously and Renamon is a digimon that rather stays on the background, but just as Ruki she warms up to the rest gradually, while never letting go her characteristic self of staying in the background.
Other supporting characters: Tamers have several! It takes focus on others tamers as Ryo, Hirokazu, Kenta, Shuichon, the families of our main tamers and a group of adults trying to save the world, and develops them at their fullest while keeping them at the background. Ok, maybe not Ryo, but the rest all get as developed as they can in the limited screentime they have, and that's something to praise, as not many shows care to do so.
Sound: Outstanding. There was a very well made decision here; some of the themes from the previous series were kept while also adding new ones, more techno that goes along with the sci-fi air this series have. Songs like "Slash" fit that really well, and the opening theme "The Biggest Dreamer" is just amazing and fits the series general theme.
Enjoyment: As I said earlier there are moments that are a real drag, quite bad to just outright awful, while there are also magnificent ones, specially coming from the last story arc. Still, as a whole most episodes are just good, but considering how extremely satisfying the final arc was, I decided to upgrade it from "good" to "very good", ergo the 8 score.
Tamers stands as my third favorite Digimon series behind Adventures and Savers. It made many, many mistakes (I'm looking at you devas...), but as I re-watched it I realized it was worth to keep up with it and to endure the worst of it, because the highlights of the series are extremely good. As such, we can't see this as the masterpiece Adventure was because it is not as consistent as that one, but it surely aimed for the greatest, it was filled with potential and it managed to explode more or less some of it, but not all. Still, it is a great Digimon series, and one worth re-watching. Also, it made possible the herculean task of delivering a finale as good as Adventure did, and that's not a small feat.
Stary observations (funny facts and bits of information I got while re-watching, which might contains some spoilers):
-Juri to Takato (episode 11): "Always talking about Digimon". Well, I'm 21 years old and I'm here writing these reviews so... yes, always talking about Digimon.
-Guilmon (episode 16): "I can do a handstand" Isn't Guilmon the cutest digimon ever made?
-There was a ravel callback in episode 18! It was the ringtone from Nami-sensei! I thought it was worth writing it as it was an important song in both previous series.
-There are multiple foreshadows: for instance Juri becoming a tamers gets mentioned before Leomon appears, the Ark becoming Grani is also mentioned beforehanded, and so the theme of magic vs data in early episodes, among many others. This shows how much thought and effort there was on this series!
-There was a moment in episode 29 where a dog bullied Culumon. I won't even try to understand it.
-Kenta (in episode 31): "Sukamon fits Hirokazu" I thought the same!
-Episode 45: "Justice Kick" worst ultimate attack ever! xD
-Episode 51 (finale): when the digimon left I couldn't help but cry. Also, I smiled when Takato found the gate to the digital world.
And that's it! I hope you liked this review! There's much more to say about this, but I won't make you endure it any longer. See you!
Next time: Digimon Frontiers took the risky concept of human becoming digimon and failed to keep an audience, almost killing the franchise. read more
Apr 2, 2010
Let's face it, the idea that ENIAC, the world's second computer, was capable of twisting space-time and created parallel dimension where computer data took physical form and gained sentience on its own, and then interacted with human kids' emotions to reconfigure the data to combat monsters, was quite silly, and the show mostly served only commercial purposes. (This creation of the Digital World is explained in the Wonder Swan games relating to Digimon Adventure 02.) The plot of the first season also was quite nonexistent, fighting one big bad with world-domination fantasies after another.
Then, after many years they decided to air Digimon Tamers in the kids' weekday morning program slot. I hadn't seen it back on the good old years because I didn't know Japanese, didn't want to watch English dub and subs were not available, which was quite surprising, considering Digimon is, or once was, very popular franchise around the world. I started to watch it mostly for nostalgy. Digimon Tamers however turned out to be much more actual cyberpunk than kids' show.
Digimon Tamers' plot is built upon the concept of unintentionally created artificial intelligence. It is, too, a bit strange idea, especially given that it's creation is timed in 1984. But then again, Digimon Tamers officially is stated to take place in different universe, so we can assume some technology had advanced asynchronously. Or perhaps the same quantum phenomena that affected the creation of the Digital World played a role here. Anyway, the backstory is not fully explained in the show, there's a novel called Digimon Tamers 1984 which would be a good companion to watching it, but it hasn't been translated either to my knowledge.
Tamers is loyal to the original ideas of Digimon however, and the fact they made them believable, even if eccentric, is one of the things that make it so good. The childrens' ability to interact with the Digimon in unique ways and the fact the main character actually CREATES his own Digimon are justified with the concept of DigiGnomes - programs that were originally intended as a part of a children's toy, designed by a group of programmer students at University of Palo Alto in the 80's, until the project was cancelled.
The art of the physical world is decent, but when we get to the Digital World it's amazing, acidic. We have packets of garbage data running around deserts in coils, our physical world's information networks manifested in the sky as a huge shining globe with greatest data streams arranging around it like debris rings of a planet, and all your classical Digimon weirdness - mansions inside glass bubbles underwater and completely monochromatic old-skool town etc. The CGI and normal animation in this show are in perfect balance. Some evolution scenes (basically those from adult stage to perfect stage) aren't very cool, they could be much better, and that's about the only actual complaint.
I've always considered all incarnations of Digimon to have excellent soundtracks, and Tamers is not an exception. The second ending theme 'Days ~aijou to nichijou~' is so sweet and dreamy I have on many mornings after not sleeping the night (like was the case at the time when Tamers aired here on kids' mornings) listened to it on loop about ten times and got a really good feeling. After that it temporarily loses it's charm, but on the next morning it's restored. The opening 'The Biggest Dreamer' is really groovy too. Tamers has more futuristic and/or digital sounding BGM's than the other seasons, fitting it's themes and atmosphere perfectly. The first evolution sequence music, 'Evo' is probably the coolest Digimon evolution music ever, but the others send chills to the spine too. Try listening those in Youtube even if you don't plan to watch the series.
Characters are better developed than in any other Digimon incarnation, and some have relatively dark backgrounds. Our main hero is way far from typical shounen hothead with big ego and exaggerated goals and bad manners. He's what you'd call an artistic soul, and his development into a sort of knight on a white (though it's really red here...) horse is interesting. The Digimon also have distinquishable personalities that aren't paired with their owners' personalities in any typical - balancing opposites nor overly similar - fashion. We have serious adventuring group drama here where half of the 'people' just happen to be artificial intelligences gained physical creature-ish manifestation via quantum physics.
Also, the Digimon aren't initially friends by default. Wouldn't you be surprised, confused if you just happened to encounter a talking battling mutating video game creature? Their slowly developing bonds are quite serious. And we get to explore the differences and similarities of humans and Digimon. At the beginning, most Digimon are guided by their basic instinct to battle, absorb the opponents data, convert it into utilizable form for self, and evolve, bestowed upon them by humans themselves. Neither is there any over-the-top world-saving premise - the characters become involved with it through pure chance, bit by bit, through their own choices.
Our main villain is, unlike the Digimon, an emotionless program. Originally created to keep the numbers of copies of data files in given limits, in order to prevent viruses from spreading themselves that way and collapsing the budding 80's Internet, he has now gained physical form too, and become what you could call an 'eco-fascist', calmly launching plans to reduce the numbers of humans after calculating there're too many of them for the planet to withstand. This is an interesting, thought-provoking concept really.
We don't have big bad guys who are bad just for the sake of it here. Sans the few rogue monsters in the beginning that serve only as ways to initiate character conflict, every villain has understandable motives for whatever they do, and most turn out good after some serious misunderstandings and political or religious differences crossing the border of two different worlds have been cleared. The question whether or not we are gods and masters of our creations is also explored in many episodes - even if our creations believe in gods completely of their own.
And the final battle is on par with Gurren Lagann's. No, I'm not kidding. They have many things in common in fact, as one Digimon's final form is like giant green dog-faced mecha, and both involve quantum physics you actually have to think a bit for them to make sense.
Overall, it's weird, trippy, cool and enjoyable to both children and adult science fiction fans. Not everyone is going to like it of course, mostly probably because it has lots of monster battles, the beginning is slow, and because some things of the backstory are left a bit obscure. Also some have called it Evangelion's child, which in turn has pissed off some fans of Evangelion, which I think is completely justified - indeed it doesn't go to same depths over same subjects. Some have called it a bad Evangelion-wannabe, but I don't think they have much in common. Both are good though, so let's not start an argument over this one.
If you watch Tamers expecting it to be like Evangelion, you're going to be disappointed and probably hate it. So don't do that. Tamers is worth liking it. It doesn't try to be a ripoff of ANYTHING, it's honestly completely its own kind of work.
There simply isn't anything like Digimon Tamers out there.
Sep 30, 2013
The new season would have a different cast of characters and plot while sharing fundamental similarities with previous seasons. And with none other than Serial Experiments Lain's Chiaki Konaka at the realm, what we're left with is a unique experience among kodomo titles to say the least. If you can't already tell I feel the series lived up to it's reputation and became one of the best, if not the benchmark for all kodomo titles.
I have many reasons to believe in this, starting with:
The story unfortunately starts off rather slowly and not as tightly written as one would hope, an unfortunate trademark with the Digimon franchise. The story nevertheless turns out to be incredibly tightly written and multi-layered to say the least, dealing with countless mature themes that most anime series let alone kodomo titles don't dare approach. The setting is incredibly well-fleshed out and built up carefully but hardly loses focus and incredibly fun to watch, even in it's slice-of-life aspects.
It also does a magnificent job deconstructing kodomo cliches while also never forgetting what it is and therefore gains many points for accessibility. Another aspect that should not be forgotten is that it's style of storytelling is very efficient and well executed; info-dumps are hardly present, and the show tells it's story or subtly presents it's character development in a way that feels neither forced nor boring, another aspect that should be praised especially considering the fact that the series has a slow but necessary and well-executed pacing.
It still unfortunately loses points due to it's slow beginning but these are minor nitpicks to an otherwise amazing and very appealing yet mature story.
The artwork is quite pleasant to look at and well-above average for a kodomo title. The subtle differences however are present, as the characters are given fresher and more mature looks to fit in with the nature of the show. The backgrounds are simple yet change mood depending on the atmosphere of the show, which works to great effect and succeeds in greatly enhancing the experience. The Digimon designs and their respective evolutions also look great, as they look even more stylish and greatly contribute to the presentation of the themes and development present in the series.
The animation quality however randomly fluctuates, ruining a lot of tension present in the series. The beginning of the series in particular suffers because of this probably due to the fact that the production team were saving the best of their budget for last, and indeed the animation quality does improve though problems still remain all the way to the end.
I don't care much about art/animaton, but mixed results to say the least.
The soundtrack as one would expect from the Digimon franchise sounds AMAZING, with the right tracks playing at the right time and perfectly fitting the mood of the show at any given time. The opening and ending songs are incredibly stylish and foreshadow the character struggles add to the fact that minor changes in the Digimon evolutions presented in the opening change accordingly to the progression of the story-line. Yes, these changes aren't much but they genuinely make a strong impression of how much effort was put into the project.
The voice-acting is also excellent and fitting well with their respective roles, and never feels forced or unnecessary, on par and even beating previous installations. Basically, no complaints that I can muster or think of.
The best aspect of the show. The characters are carefully written, well-developed, love-able and yet fit their age and respective roles. The human characters have excellent motives and reasons behind their actions, and grow up over the course of a series in a natural and well-built manner. The Digimon characters are also quite different from each other in terms of personality, and the highlight of the series is it's fascinating building of character interactions, whether human with human, Digimon with human and even Digimon with human. What we ultimately get is an interesting web of character relations, carefully constructed and well-built up and developed, making this series a joy to watch when it comes to character development and relationships.
Easily my favorite cast of characters in any kodomo title and almost every anime.
It was a great experience re-watching this series and noticing just how truly amazing it is, as well as reviving some good old childhood memories.
The series is a great watch and a truly memorable experience. Despite minor setbacks, I found it to be a great series that I feel many anime fans should appreciate more. Just please, PLEASE don't let the first few episodes hamper or the animation quality hamper you and you will be rewarded.
Overall, I grant this series a 9 out of 10.
I truly want to be the biggest dreamer and continue living for a purpose.
Thank you very much for reading my review! Feedback is greatly appreciated :D read more
May 24, 2010
This one was my favorite, not because of the plot, but mainly because of the idea of the card game to use Digimon as partners in visual combat. Renamon is my overall favorite, and though at first, I resented Rika( Riku, in English)'s attitude toward Digimon, they became my favorite pair.
I do think that since it was one of the earlier anime, the graphics are not that impressive, and sometimes, it isn't a good idea to show crying men, because that isn't what they are supposed to do.
Being Filipina, I watched the Tagalog version, and the dubbers used dialogs that made the series something where lessons are learned. I enjoyed watching it, and the part I liked best was that things didn't end too quickly. It took a certain number of episodes to cover the battle with The Reaper, and it showed how brave the Tamers were, when they decided to fight something almost as big as half the globe.
Its a unique story, and kids like me are sure to like it. read more
Jan 29, 2010
Over all this story is about one boy who decides he really wants a digimon, draws a creature and boom next day he gets one, and finds out another kid Henry has one and that even Riki a cold girl has one too, but isn't as caring for her digimon like the others. It's more for 1st time digimon watchers than for those that have watched other seasons since if you watched the first two season, this series might make you confused. I think over all this is more of a digiworld reality rather than in season 1 and 2 it seemed more like the real world. Here the kids kind of become digital and the digital world actually looks DIGITAL. I know shocking =-O So over all Dubbed is still a good watch I recommend it for lazy people like me ;D
Or if your a true sub reader watch it in japanese! read more
Feb 3, 2008
Riku was more of a lean mean ass kicking machine who was relentless and gave no mercy, she thought of Digital Monsters as nothing but pieces of data.
The other characters beleive in the power of digimon and them as real creatures. This becomes obvious very early on in the anime.
There are three main digimon / heros of this unlike the other series where there we're countless. Basically these evil things coming to try destroy all Digimon, these have to be stopped.
Through out the series you follow the paths of these three main character who are very well animated for their personalities...Their look reflects their attitudes greatly. I really liked the art and sometimes there was some really nice visuals and the sound make this quite an emotional trip through the characters eyes you may feel sad...angry...and overall amazing...
Just watching the journey these people come on is a great experience by itself, especially following th path of Riku.
This is my first review so I hope it made sence lol...hope you enjoy the anime too..I really enjoyed this anime and think it has a really high rewatch value... read more
Jul 8, 2010
STORY SECTION: 9/10
General Scenario & Conclusion 3/4: A pseudo-sequel or 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 or simply as the story of a video/card game. In fact, Digimons in this season are truly presented to be just a game. The kids play card games and videogames with them, as if they are just a normal marketing franchise.
In the story, kids play with Digimon games, until real Digimons pop up and it’s up to them to defend their hometown by wild ones, using tamed ones. Later on, a strange Digimon helps them go to the Digiworld, where they confront the major powers that rule it and a mysterious force that destroys life and plans to expand its reach to their world as well.
Form of Development/ Pace of Plot 2/2: At first, I thought the producers debunked the series to a lame card game advertising series, like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Duel Masters. You know, another scam to brainwash kids into buying the game. But after explanations, reasoning, and revelations started popping up, I realized the story in this one is far more complicated and better and that the initial premise of the card game is a plot twist and not just a marketing trick. And there are even secret organizations, mega-corporations and hacker experts in the story! What more to ask?
The third season is a lot more mysterious and character-centered, not so silly, way scarier, with bearable teen drama and perplexing plot.
Believability/Reasoning/Realism 2/2: Explanations about all the wacky things that happen in the story are given (how the Digiworld was created, who and how rule it, who want to destroy it). And they are good, too.
Side Stories/Extra Spices 2/2:
-More forms of evolution and new Digimons appear.
-The eternal present comparison is still there.
-There is an interesting kind of humor in the third season. Just look how the kids try to hide the Digimons from other people and teach them things!
CHARACTER SECTION: 8/10
Presence 1/2: There are still no prevailing personalities and all characters are more or less still stereotypes.
Personality 2/2: But they are far more realistic than before. From time to time the story evolves around their quirks and tastes and colorizes them by devoting an episode for each one of them. Their Digimons also acquire separate personalities.
Backdrop 2/2: Finally, we have backdrop stories. Both the kids and several Digimons have a clear and distinguished past and identity.
Development & Catharsis 3/4: The kids mature as the story progresses in not so expectable ways. The Digimons as well. First, the tamed Digimons need the kids for using cards that boost their capabilities in battles and absorb their enemies to grow stronger, like leveling-up creatures in videogames. But later, they no longer stick to that premise and act differently, depending on circumstances.
And adding several adults as secret agents and hackers gave the entire cast more variety and realism. In a few words, the series has far more character development and realism, making them better than both the previous two seasons put together.
ANIMATION SECTION: 7/10
The new Digimons look way more detailed and interesting, there are a lot more special attacks and visual effects and the 3D models are nice to look at. All these raise the general quality of the animation.
SOUND SECTION: 7/10
Pretty much the same. Voice acting is a bit better. The music themes changed but they are as good as those of the first season.
VALUE & ENJOYMENT SECTION: 7/10
Not just a marketing trick. Not one of the same. Better on every section. Much higher value & enjoyment!
VERDICT: 7.5 / 10
The accused is found … NOT GUILTY! … He is younger but also brighter than his silly brothers.
Same as before. read more
Sep 18, 2012
Tamers departs from its source material in the hiding a pet approach it takes to keeping the Digimon in the real world. The episodes can still be episodic in nature, but most of it takes place outside of the Digital World. The characters, also, deviate from the typical stereotypes and feel more like real children with complexity and realistic problems. The series is also more appropriate for older audiences than the original; the government becomes involved to dangerous effect, and a lot of time is spent with the adults, since the Tamers are dealing with the consequences of their actions from years and years ago. Two thirds into the series, the show becomes incredibly dark, delving into themes of destiny, the nature of humanity, depression, and downright creepy imagery; and in my humble opinion, it’s the best iteration of the franchise. Period. read more
Mar 24, 2011
Digimon Tamers is a story that comes with Humour, Heartbreak, Cruelty and much drama.
The story as it doesn't take place after the first two seasons revolves around Takato Matsuda who has always been a majorfan and a regular player of the Digimon Cardgame as this is the only relation people has of Digimon in the real world.
One Day Takato stumbles upon a blue card that will turn out to change his destiny. Drawing pictures of the Digimon he would like to have if Digimon existed in reality he eventually ends up with a Digivice with a unhatched digi-egg inside..
This is the start of Takato's long journey full of struggles along with his new friends who will help him out on a mission. One mission so obvious will turn out to create the biggest catastrophy in the Human and Digimon world history ever.
Sacrifices will have to be made repeatedly.
This is an Anime Everyone should see, Despite being fans of the first two seasons or not. Really Recommended.. read more
Jul 31, 2008
The story is good but too short but yeah,it´s still awesome.
The way Impmon wanted to digivolve so badly was just great and he seemed like those type of characters that tries to be like a villain but fails and always comes out good. The way Guilmon wants to eat bread most of the time is just too darn funny for words! So yeah, if you have spare time then you should watch this anime.
Nov 9, 2012
The storyline is incomparably better than previous series, in that, well, it actually has one(other than "collect the next thing!!"). It does take a few episodes to pick up the pace, but once it does it's engrossing. This series isn't afraid to be dark and this is greatly evident at times, but has plenty of lighthearted moments too. There are actual stakes in this series, in that if a Digimon dies, it's gone for good, rather than just turning into an egg five minutes later.
The characters are really great in this series. You really do get to care about all of these kids, and they do grow as characters throughout the series. Unlike in the previous seasons, these kids' problems aren't brought up and dealt with within the same episode- many of their problems are deep-rooted and take a long time to fix, if they are fixed at all. Overall, they are very human and you can't help but root for them. The Digimon don't change a whole lot, but at least some of them do grow in this series(Impmon mostly).
I'll be honest, the art in this show isn't anything spectacular. However, it isn't distractingly so. The character designs do a good job of conveying their personalities, and the monster battles are done really well. The Digimon designs are REALLY cool(come on, there's a rabbit with guns for hands and a ninja fox, what's not to like ;D), and the Digital World(which you get to about half way through) has some amazing looking areas.
I don't know what the music is like in the English version(apparently the English version was really heavily edited, with a lot of the violence taken out), but it is pretty good in the Japanese sub(and pretty good is a hell of a lot better than the goddamn awful that was the Adventure soundtrack). The OP is alright, nothing mind-blowing but still catchy and cheesy in a good way. The soundtrack is good overall, with one or two particularly amazing pieces.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show. It fixed all the problems that the first two series' had, while still retaining the epic monster battles, and the sincerity of the original that I had loved as a child. This show will make you laugh, cry, and care about the people and monsters in it. I couldn't recommend it enough :) read more
Jun 17, 2013
Oct 24, 2011
I last watched about 2 years ago and I was completely shocked at the amount of violence I did not notice before. Such as when that girl's digimon got killed. I was shocked at how evil and violent that scene was. I could not stop crying. I do not think that scene was appropriate for children. I was heart-broken as I loved this Digimon dearly and he loved this owner with all his heart. Even though this Digimon who killed this Digimon was evil, at the end he learnt to be more caring after all the evil things he did and all the Digimon he killed. Which was nice to see.
Overall A good series, but the violence was far too terrible for a kids show and even at my age I still find it disturbing. Fans will know the particular scene I'm talking about. To others it probably wasn't too bad, but I thought it was awful read more
Jun 10, 2010
Story: 9 (Refreshing and more dramatic as the series goes on)
Art: 9 (Great designs, solid animation)
Sound: 8 (Very good in general)
Character: 8 (Apart from the main char, great cast)
Enjoyment: 9 (Very watchable)
Overall: 8.6 (The revival of the digimon saga, after a not-so-good 2nd season)
Nov 25, 2009
First off, I like the original digimon. It was simple, but fun. Lot's of cool creatures, fun characters, cool battles. It delivered what it offered. I also hated the 2nd series, (notably more then tamers), i found it boring, repetitive, stale, no form of character development outside 1, and set ups for multiple things that were never explored, just an over all disappointment.
Now, on to the topic at hand, Digimon Tamers. I've read nothing but reviews stating how amazing the plot was, so I'll start there. The plot was, stupid. Basically my main issue with this anime is, it tried to be something it's not. Anyone even suggesting this is in any way similar to evangelion should have their head examined. Basically, some of the names of things used seem remotely similar to some in eva... that's about the extent to the similarities. Evangelion was something called, a good anime. It had a well constructed plot and dealt with deep psychological and philosophical issues. I'm sorry but I don’t consider anything these character went through, deep. The only one who really develops at all is Ruki, and she does it so suddenly that you wonder how the heck she could ever have acted like she did to begin with. Basically, digimon tamers pretends it's evangelion, when in fact, its digimon. The original digimon was good, because it was simple, it didn't try to be more then it was. What happens when you try to pretend your something that your not, is not only does it add a pool of uselessness to the show, but it degrades what made it good in the first place.
Digimon Tamers reminds me of a spork. Basically, a fork that wants to pretend its a spoon. Lets look at a spoon for a moment. Spoons are very useful inventions, they allow us to scoop and hold liquids for consumption. Now let me ask you, have you ever tried eating soup with a spork? Let's just put it this way... IT DOESN'T WORK. It's like trying to eat soup with a spoon, that has 2 massive holes in it!!!!. I know, now your saying, "Ok, so the spork doesn't make a good spoon, so what? It's still cool!". No, no it isn't. See, in changing the shape of what was once a great utensil for stabbing/holding food, it now has an awkward shape that greatly hinders its ability to do even that! So lets sum this up. A fork is better then a spork, a spoon is also better then a spork. Tell me again, why we have sporks?
Digimon Tamers, is a spork.
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Apr 17, 2012
As a kid, the first two seasons of Digimon always bored me, being kinda cheesy, one fight after the other with minimal plot, and overall being a bore.
Digimon Tamers has none of these flaws and an amazing story line.
The real world setting makes it more interesting and realistic, the Digimon being a franchise just like in the real world. The plot is absolutely phenomenal, filled with action, tragedy, psychological challenges to overcome, and friendship overcoming the enemy.
Digimon Tamers takes all the cheesy genres of friendship is power and makes them make sense.
This is the best show ever.
And Guilmon is the best Digimon. read more