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Digimon - Digital Monsters [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Barcode: 5055154900138

Ok, for those wishing to experience the wonderful show that is Digimon, this is where to start. Containing the first 5 episodes of the series the first episode sets the scene with five teenage kids on holiday at a summer camp. Things start going weird and before long they find themselves in the 'digital world', each with an amazing digimon as a friend.

The next four episodes on this disc take turns to further establish each member of the crew in turn as their digimon evolves into a more powerful form to protect them from danger, taking them across beautifully drawn and wonderous landscapes. So, with the scene set - i'll give you a few reasons why Digimon is so great and why even to this day i get so nostalgic about it.

As i just said, the imagery is fantastic, taking in wild jungle and deserts to deserted factories. The digimon and the kids are all wondefully established, each bearing a particular character trait which helps set them apart and find their part within the overall plot of the series. We've got the brave, headstrong Tai, the kind of central character to everything and then there's plucky girl-next-door kind Sora, computer geek Izzy and beauty/fashion obssessed Mimi - there's something for everyone to identify with and that's part of what makes the series such a success.

As a show, starting in 1999 Digimon is very much of its time, perfectly reflecting the technological concerns of the time as the new Millenium dawned on the horizon. It is visionary in scope and scripted extremely well for an anime series, dialogue strikes the perfect balance of character development and driving the plot along. The first episode can feel a little weak in the lengthy introduction of each of the 'baby' digimon with midly annoying high-pitched voices but by the time of episode 4 and the emergence of the black gears it is clear that this series has a vital maturity at its heart.

There's some really nice emotional scenes too, themes of courage and sticking up for yourself and others - the relationship between Matt and TK focussed on in episode 2 a prime example. And what about the music? Very classy indeed, there's a full on orchestra scoring the episodes, that motif from the theme tune worked into every situation, ingeniously altered depending on the feel of the scene.

I remember when they first showed the series on TV - at the time i was a kid of about 9/10 and i was hooked immediately. I remember looking forward to the show every time it was on and rushing home from school to watch it. An all round enchanting programme - the perfect combination of beautifully drawn anime, great ideas/storylines and ace music coming together to create a show that will always have a special place in my heart.

Episodes:

(Season 1 - Part 1)

1. And So It Begins...
2. The Birth Of Greymon
3. Greymon Garurmon (think this might be a typo on the DVD case)
4. Biyomon Gets Firepower
5. Kabuterimon's Electro Shocker
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Barcode: 5055154900190

The best way to look at Digimon's storyline (and many other TV series) is to see it as a series of 'arcs'. In the first DVD we had the introductory episode 1 before each following episode presented the premise of a good Digimon turned bad by the influence of the black gears. In each episode one of the Digi-destined's Digimon would Digivolve and save them. While the black gear storyline continues on through this disc and into the next, we see the end of this first mini story arc as the final two kids' Digimon evolve (except Patamon, we have to wait a little longer for that).

'Togemon in Toy Town' is Mimi's episode and a really enjoyable one it is too. Monzaemon is one of the better early villains who brainwashes the other kids into playing aimlessly in toytown. Only Mimi manages to escape and it's up to her and Palmon to save the day. You've also got the comedy element in the form of the Numemon and their pink 'sludges' they throw - whoever came up with that idea must have been high at the time!

Next up we have 'Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo'. Joe and Gomamon are a really good double act in the series and this is a nice episode that neatly bookends this chapter off.

The third episode on this disc is 'Evil Shows His Face' where we meet the 'main baddie/guy in charge' for the first time. Now there becomes a clear direction for the series - Devimon must be defeated. Again, more possession as Leomon falls under Devimon's command and along with naturally evil ogremon they proceed to make life hard for the Digi-destined.

Really nice introduction of Devimon here, especially as the kids finally get a chance to rest in a nice house, only to find it's an illusion. It's that rug-pulled-from-under-your-feet feeling that Digimon as a series does so well. Danger is always lurking round every corner and with Devimon, the stakes are seriously higher now. He then proceeds to split up File island, setting the scne for the next disc... Excellent stuff all round and well worth watching - Digimon is one seriously addictive series!

[There is one slight problem i had with this disc though. Episode 7 and 8 appeared to have some kind of visual problem on them - they appeared slightly blurred with things doubled up slightly and colours a little drained. Weird as episode 6 did't have this problem...

Episodes:

(Season 1 - Part 2)

6. Togemon In Toy Town
7. Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo
8. Evil Shows His Face
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on 21 August 2009
One summer camp turns out more than 7 children bargained for when they are taken from earth and land in a Digital World populated by strange monsters calling themselves Digimon. Each kid gets his or her own digimon friend as well as digivices they must use in order to combat evil on a strange island.

For something that is really old in many eyes since this was done in 1999 and was in a war with something called Pokemon, although it was Pokemon that won the war in the end due to it still being popular, even today though you don't hear much hype, digimon is still good. This has the first five episodes of season 1 when the kids are dragged into the digital world and start getting to know the world, it's not bad for a starters but more episodes could be included. Still fun for the children.

Episodes included:

1. And So It Begins...
2. The Birth Of Greymon
3. Garurmon
4. Biyomon Gets Firepower
5. Kabuterimon's Electro Shocker
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on 15 June 2008
The first season of Digimon, an anime for those who thought Pokémon wasn't dramatic enough.

Disc 1 contains the first five episodes:

1 And so it begins...
2 The Birth of Greymon
3 Garurumon (not Greymon Garurmon)
4 Biyomon Gets Firepower
5 Kabuterimon's Electro Shocker
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on 27 November 2012
i read the reviews for this product and found them very missleading,everyone was talking about 12 episodes and such things, THIS DVD IS 3 EPISODES AND NO MORE. just be awera that the other reviews are not talking about this dvd. other than that,its okay.love digimon.
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on 15 June 2008
The first season of Digimon, an anime for those who thought Pokémon wasn't dramatic enough.

Disc 2 contains three episodes:

6 Togemon in Toy Town
7 Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo
8 Evil Shows His Face
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on 29 July 2015
Like Digimon then you will like this DVD
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on 21 August 2009
This has only three episodes! The kid's still continue their quest to go home and defeat the evil that is on the island, showing for the first time Devimon. This does have dramatic and tense moments in the Digimon story, the only let down is the fact that there are only three episodes on this DVD, a bit of a let down, but still just as good as anything. Episodes included are:

6. Togemon In Toy Town
7. Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo
8. Evil Shows His Face
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on 13 January 2015
great
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