Everyone in the world uses smartphone apps. But inside them lurks unknown creatures called "Appli Monsters," or "Appmon." The Appmon are AI lifeforms with the ability to think and act, and exist in the boundary between the human world and digital space. In the vast sea of the internet, the "last boss AI" Leviathan takes control of the Appmon with a virus and begins hacking every system, thus starting to control the human world from the world of the net. Haru Shinkai is led to acquire the Appli Drive, and uses it to materialize Gatchmon, a search app monster.
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soo this is it...the final episode of appmon...for all the series i became very impressed and i love every single thing they did:the cgi,the characters,the semi reboot...
first of all, from july of 2016 i just begin to hate digimon,after 20 years consuming everything they did, but allways felling something like “this is fine but it’s not what i expected for a cybernetic life form story”, and for all this big mess this franchise became. But them, one month ago i simply whant to go back after see some applimon scenes and the openings(koji wada can rest in piece if all the songs have this quality).
just yelled at myself “FINALY DIGIMON IS TRULLY DIGIMON”, i mean isn’t so hard to make an actually digital world not an magic alternitve world with some creatures, they are trully based on digital things...THEY ARE APPS, FOR GOD SAKE.
they recreate all a new system of categories(not as only data,vacine,and virus), and even new levels and we can trully see the difference between the levels only for the size of each one(standard appmon are small and cute, while god appmon have the size of skycreepers). I know savers tried to make it but sometimes this became ridiculous(like tailmon and meikoomon being the same level as greymon but having the size of a child), this make a refferece of “the more powerfull the app is,higher will be ”.
And for the first time the fusions are something good (not something random like jureymon+megadramon=deathmon) but nothing so idiot like jogress of 02 or the digixros (they are just pieces of each other together e-e and pls don't talk of shakkoumon) , i mean they have a real grace in their fusions(EX: gatchmon(google)+navimon(an gps app)=dogatchmon(google maps).
the digimons,like xros wars did too, are real characters in there not for only being the fighting source, they are all very charismatic and it’s impossible to hate one of them...specially offmon(you need to have no soul to do that e-e).
it’s not perfect of course, sometimes they just put some situations to make the plot going but, for all what i have see, i can say for sure this is my favorite digimon series ever, and if you read all of this, i need to thank you because i love digimon so much but i see my favorite franchise drowning on the mud , and it’s very sad but this series,even if don’t have anything to do with the main series, simply gave me hope that digimon can be good. Again thanks appmon for remaking me love digimon
The theory “Artificial Intelligence suprpassing human intellect” or “Appmon type of Digimon” is probably one of the biggest trends as of late - some might even say it’s over-saturated.So, how do you stand out? Invert it - like this show did.At first, I got mad on how stupid the characther desings were. This was the 'first' non-Digimon anime to have bean compleated and original created by the same company. I'm a huge Digimon fan my self you can say. I still enjoyed the show despite the filler or cringe moments. This is probably my favorite in the Appmon Era so far. I will give the
show this. They could have been super lazy and had all the apps based off of pre existing apps. Good to know they are getting creative....
Appmon Chip, Ready! APPLIARIZE!
In case you haven't noticed, Appmon changes quite a bit from past Digimon series, creating its own elements that are independent of those used in past stories. However, the same underlying themes of Mons based on digital technology and partnership still remain.
Consider Appmon and Digimon to be separate in their own way, but the Agumon from ep 45 conffermed that Digimon do co-exted with appmon in some ways or another. The Appmon smartphone calling way was kinda chessy,imo. A lot of my other issues, like the poor writing, terrible CG, terrible digimon design, all of that would still exist, but I probably would find the show still tolerable as long as the characters and the world felt real. However, It still has some good moments and the fights look cool.
Honestly, I think that is mostly Toei's fault. We are in a period where legal streaming of anime is at an all time high to the point that many people have tried to completely stop their pirating all together because we now have better alternatives. Toei refusing to take advantage of that probably reduces the number of potential viewers greatly.
Granted it is possible that it is Nickelodeon's fault as well. They might have made it part of their deal for the localization of it that they can't stream the japanese version, though I think that is stupid because generally speaking you have two different demographics for the japanese and english versions.
Also, I blame the fact that it was just so bad at the start. I think there are a lot of people like myself who tried it and just got burnt out waiting for it to get good.
Also, subbers stop caring for this series and that's probably one one of the issues with them. I'm surprised by how much I like Astra. I hated him when he was first introduced but now I love him, he's really grown on me.Appmon has really great coloring/lighting. The animation is so beautiful sometimes. Appmon’s become my favorite Digimon series and I’m really sad to see it ending. It’s different from every other season, but it’s honestly a really strong season and I love everything about it, I’d strongly urge everyone to at least give it a try. It even got me back to watching Digimon after Hunters almost killed my brain-cells. Even the music is outstanging as hell.
CG; I think the CG in Appmon makes it perfect for a toyline! I remember as a child, toys based on cartoons and anime would always seem a little off, like they were nothing like the characters they were based on. It's because those toys were based on two-dimensional cartoon characters, so of course they'd look weird when made into 3D toys. The CG in Appmon works around that perfectly by just making the Appmon naturally three-dimensional, the toys based around it would exactly like the characters!
Now for some easter eggs: WHY IS THIS SHOW TRYING TO COPYCAT YU-GI-OH! ARC-V?
Shinkai Haru strongly looks like Yuya Sakaki
Karan Eri loks like Yuzu Hiragi
Astra is Shingo Sawatari
Gatchmon is Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon
The Afro runing gag guy from the Appmon with the pharase 'no' is somewhat Noboru Gongenzaka
Rei is either Shun Kurosaki or strongly Reiji Akaba
Leviathan is Supreme King Z-ARC
Anyway.NightmareFuel is somewhat accurate for a kids shows.It's later explained by Leviathan's reveal that Yuujin is actually part of him, which doesn't only mean that Yuujin can't live without Leviathan. But also the frightening possibility that all physical damages Leviathan took from Gaiamon and the others, indifferently affected the innocent-all-along Yuujin. Haru might have unintentionally killed the friend he tried to save, sooner than he thought...YJ-14 being a robot from the get go was a shock and foreshadowing.
It's easlily predictable and alot of Season 1 is consitant of filler.Artificial Intelligence suprpassing human intellect is actually what bugs about Leviathan all this time. One, it came from the first 4 episodes and got less used till way at the end. While the cast fells less unrealistic and more sci-fi like. The characterd grow to you really good. While the cringe was bad at first, It ain't all that much as of 2018.
From what I read on the feeds. Appmon was suppose to nothing like Digimon and the creators have bean told menny times that they never wanted this series to happen or make people believe it's a Digimon official series they'd look bad. It's like Yokai watch.
Now, from the premise alone, you might think this is an anime in the same vein as Hunters -I’m sorry, Digimon 02 only worse - where a bland male lead meets a very loud and annoying Digimon. Some says Hunters was far,far worse and this become 2.0
Really, the first of the few problems this show has is that the last arc really feels like it should of bean the real arc - while the setup around the arc is interesting...it just felt a bit too repetitive for my tastes. I don’t mind the ending, but I would’ve preferred it if they had cut things down a bit.
Kotaro is the composer for music along with ( Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, Code Geass series, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger, GoGo Sentai Boukenger, Kamen Rider Decade, Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider OOO, Kamen Rider Wizard, Kamen Rider Drive. He provided the music for many of the Kamen Rider and Super Sentai tokusatsu shows and films. He even provided the Code Geass music. The music is memorable and even far better than previous series have done. He is a 10/10 composer.
Overall, despite some problems, I still found Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters to be a lot of fun, and I give it an 9 out of 10
Appmon is one of those rare anime that comes along every once in a while. Where at first glance, you're already going to love it, or you're going to hate it. Whether it be because you're a longtime digimon fan who doesn't want change, or just because you're not a fan of its childish, bright and colorful art style, it's hard to go in with an unbiased mind. But I feel like if you're going in with the understanding of what the show is meant to be, and not what you desire, it's an absolute masterpiece in ever sense of the word.
Some people compare it
to Digimon meets Yokai Watch with a sprinkle of kamen rider, and I couldn't agree more. It's without a doubt designed to be for a much younger audience than previous seasons. I wouldn't exactly call this a bad thing, but I could see how this could push a few people away. However, that doesn't stop the show from having some shockingly dark moments, most of which occur when the show is reaching it's climax.
A lot of characters go through deep and extensive character arcs and it's really interesting seeing them grow as people over the course of the series. The characters of this show is definitely it's strong point. It's very rare when you get an entire cast this likable where you want whats best for everybody by the end. Even characters I found annoying in the beginning I ended up loving by the end. I really feel like there's a character for everybody here.
The story on the other hand, is difficult to talk about. Not because it's good or bad, but because it takes a while to get going. The first half of the show is really just build up and feels like filler, but once it starts, as said before, it really gets going. It dives into some reason life problems, some of which you wouldn't expect a children's anime to tackle, but it does so beautifully. It really uses it's younger demographic as an advantage to try something new for the digimon series.
The show also doesn't go out of it's way to hide it's plot twists. You find out who the main villain is because the heroes do, you now what traps are waiting up ahead, you know who the traitor is, etc. but it uses these twists to it's advantage in very clever ways. You know these twists are going to happen, but you never know when or why which really allows the viewer to get in the characters heads.
Art is good. Sometimes there are episodes that look a bit off, but that's to be expected in a 50+ anime series. The art is never so bad that it looks ugly so that's nothing to worry about.
Sound wise, it works. The anime has some pretty catchy insert songs, and I really enjoy the openings and endings. This is a bit of a personal problem I guess, but the shows ost on the other hand can be a bit quiet some times. however in important moments where they raise the volume, it can be really dynamic or beautiful. To give you an idea, when I went back to listen to the ost after finishing the show, I was left jaw dropped with how good some of the tracks were. But in the show they were so quiet and rarely used that I never got the chance to really enjoy them.
Overall, I think it's a great series that anyone can enjoy, kids and adults alike.
Digimon Universe Appli Monsters is pretty atypical of a Digimon series. The protagonist isn’t a brash hothead and the monsters in the show aren’t even Digimon. They’re called Appmon, and Digimon exists only as some random game in-universe. There’s one episode featuring an Agumon as a special guest star and it’s better fanservice for Adventure fans than all of Tri but I digress. The show leans more heavily into the episodic kids show format more than any other Digimon series before it, with all the bells and whistles that entails. The episodic format is much in the vein of a
Precure (big surprise, the director also directed Doki Doki Precure), and it keeps to it even late into the show’s run. Perhaps it’s unsurprising then that the plot does take about nine eps before there’s any real forward momentum in the story. There are also often times you wish the show would go into moving the plot forward more consistently instead of diving back into episodic eps.
The format as is though provides great characterization for its cast of characters, who all have their own worries that kids can relate to, however silly the context may be at times. Like there’s one kid who has to balance his role in inheriting the family’s traditional tea house while also being a mega successful Youtube personality; doing what your family wants you to do versus doing what you want to do. That characterization also helps build the foundation of several genuinely touching and emotionally resonant moments in the show. This also lets the show have a lot of opportunities to show off its brand of humor, like having a running gag playing on the common palette swap Digimon designs (“Are you guys related? Nah, we just happen to look alike.”) I’m especially a fan of one monster of the week, Musclemon in episode 28, who might as well be a Bobobo character transported in.
The show doesn’t hold back from demonstrating how sinister the big villain is either. The story centers around stopping Leviathan, which was part of an AI designed to help people before but it went rogue and broke out when it determined the rules it had to obey were hindering its programmed goals. It then decides to remove the biggest obstacle to its goals: its original creator. They don’t back off from showing how vicious it is either. We see its attempts to do this in the form of hijacking self driving cars to crash into him and eventually succeeding by hacking into the medical equipment when he’s hospitalized. And while it was at it, it kept close tabs on its creators remaining family for years after he was dead. Leviathan isn’t really evil though. It’s a lot like a spin off the D-Reaper in Tamers, though growing to be far more advanced. It’s still trying to achieve that original goal set in its programming. And it so happened to determined the best way to do it is... very machine-like, to say the least.
The heroes go through the typical arc of gradually collecting power ups and beating all the obstacles Leviathan sends their way. The viewer will understand this as narrative convenience, but surprisingly the show does go out of the way to justify it, the justification for it makes a lot of sense and references something that happens in real-life machine learning algorithms. The show has a lot of neat references for computer nerds, including one hidden in each of the main cast’s names. My personal favorite is the brother pair whose parents named Rei and Hajime, aka 0 and 1. I’d be curious about how a localized dub could capture the same spirit with similarly normal sounding names.
With all its focus on technology and its prevalence in modern everyday life, Appli Monsters exists in the space where it could have only been made in the mid 2010s, but I’m really glad it was.