This year marked the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure, the first anime series produced in the Digimon franchise. Earlier today a livestream event was held at the Odaiba Cinema, where various voice actresses, actors and singers from the series made special appearances. The final moments of the event revealed that there will be Blu-ray box sets of the first series of Digimon, Digimon Adventure, and of all of the Digimon Movies.
The Blu-ray box set of Digimon Adventure will contain the entire series that aired from 1999 till 2000. The series will feature update visuals of the anime in 1080i resolution, though it will be at a 4:3 aspect ratio. In addition to the anime series, it will be bundled with a new special drama CD for a limited time. There will also be an art book, 2 special booklets; one titled Memories Of Our Digimon Adventure and the other titled Summer Adventure Vacation Diary. The boxset will also feature uncredited versions of the opening and commercials of the anime. The box set will release next year on March 3rd and will cost ¥54,800 (~ $548.00 USD).
You can find more information on the box set here: http://www.happinet-p.com/digimon/
The next major announcement is that all the Digimon films will be compiled and reproduced by Toei Animation into a single Blu-ray box set. A total of 8 films were released from 1999 to 2006:
- Digimon Adventure (Film)- 1999
- Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! – 2000
- Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown – Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals – 2000
- Digimon Adventure 02: Diablomon Strikes Back – 2001
- Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers’ Battle – 2001
- Digimon Tamers: Runaway Digimon Express – 2002
- Digimon Frontier: Revival of the Ancient Digimon – 2002
- Digital Monster X-Evolution – 2005
- Digimon Savers: Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode!! – 2006
The box set will contain all movies on four discs, as well as a bonus disc containing additional content. All the films will be outputted at 1080p with support for 5.1 Dolby TrueHD sound. The bonus disc itself will contain information about the prominent directors of the film, namely Mamoru Hosoda who directed the first three Digimon films (and went on to direct The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children). The disc also contains other special content that hasn’t been revealed yet. It will also be available in 3D. Additional content with the box set includes the soundtrack to Digimon: Our War Game! The combined times of the films is 295 minutes. The Digimon The Movies Blu-ray box set will release in Japan on January 9th and will cost ¥25,000 (~ $250.00 USD).
You can find out more information on the box set here: http://www.toei-video.co.jp/BD/digimon.html
Digimon (Digital Monsters in Japan) is a large multimedia franchise that was based on Bandai’s Digivice products, which first released in 1997. The toys were based on Tamagotchis, which were also produced by Bandai. The toys were seen as more female orientated products, so Bandai created a new line of products for a male equivalent. .The first anime adaptation, Digimon Adventure, was produced in 1999 by Toei Animation. A film and TV anime were released alongside each other in 1999, the movie being a 20 minute anime produced by Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). Since then there has been numerous anime series, toys, figures, manga, video games and trading card games in the franchise. And this year, will mark the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure.
The Digimon Adventures Blu-ray box set will release on March 3 2015 and will cost ¥54,800 (~ $548.00 USD). Digimon The Movies Blu-ray box set will release on January 9 2015 and will set you back ¥25,000 (~ $250.00 USD). In addition to the Blu-ray box sets, Bandai will also be releasing a pair of 15th Anniversary Digivices.