Various news outlets such as Oricon, via an announcement from Japanese talent agency Aoni Production, have reported that actress and singer Toshiko Fujita (referred to as “Toko-san” by her colleagues) passed away on December 28 due to complications from breast cancer. A former child star whose professional debut predates the beginning of television anime itself, Ms. Fujita’s nearly six-decade career includes starring roles in Planet Boy Papii (as Papii), Ikkyū-san (as Ikkyū), CAT’S♥EYE (as Rui Kisugi), Kiteretsu Encyclopedia (as Eiichi Kite), DRAGON QUEST –Dai’s Grand Adventure– (as Dai), and many more. She was 68 years old.
Of course, Ms. Fujita is most famous internationally for her role as Taichi Yagami in Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Xros Wars, and all spin-off productions from the animated series’ debut in 1999 to her retirement in the mid-2010s.
Ms. Fujita participated in six songs released under the DiGiMONMUSiC branding.
01.) “Turning Courage Into Wings” – Taichi’s song from the 1999 “Character Songs + Mini Drama 1” album.
02.) “A New Sun” – Taichi’s song from the 2000 “Best Partner: Taichi Yagami & Agumon” single.
03.) “Team” – Taichi and Agumon’s duet from the 2000 “Best Partner: Taichi Yagami & Agumon” single.
04.) “Our Digital World” – A 2001 song performed by Kōji Wada and Ai Maeda with all 24 Digimon Adventure 02 protagonists.
05.) “Butter-Fly” – A cover of Digimon Adventure‘s opening theme from the 2002 “We Love DiGiMONMUSiC” boxset.
06.) “Go On For Eternity!!” – Taichi’s song from the 2007 “Digimon 10th ANNIVERSARY –The Bridge To Dreams–” album.
The day of Ms. Fujita’s passing, the official DiGiMONMUSiC Twitter account revealed that Taichi’s “Turning Courage Into Wings” was the very first character song ever recorded for the franchise.
Most recently, Ms. Fujita returned as Taichi for Digimon Adventure, a 2013 PSP video game adaption of the TV series which reunited most of the original voice cast. Presumably due to Ms. Fujita’s declining health, Taichi was absent from “Digimon Mystery File • Cracking The Millennium Seal!”, a newly-written CD drama released exclusively with 2015’s Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Blu-Ray BOX. In the Digimon Adventure tri. film series, Taichi Yagami was voiced by actor Natsuki Hanae.
To end this post on a personal note, it’s difficult to articulate what this news means to me. Toshiko Fujita’s performance as Taichi resonates with me on a very special level. This is a franchise that never truly “ends”, and Ms. Fujita’s continuous presence since 1999 has been a pillar of my fandom for years. In many ways, her voice represents the spirit of Digimon even more than that of Kōji Wada himself. I want to thank Ms. Fujita for the happiness she’s brought to generations of animation fans for more than half a century, and offer condolences to her fans and loved ones in this difficult time.
♫ donna toki datte… kimi wo shinjiteru ♫
On July 31st, Hachiōji Olympus Hall hosted 2016’s Digimon Adventure Festival, an event commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of the Digimon Adventure series. Special guests included Digimon theme song artists Ai Maeda and Ayumi Miyazaki, as well as voice actors Natsuki Hanae (Taichi Yagami), Chika Sakamoto (Agumon), Suzuko Mimori (Sora Takenōchi), Atori Shigematsu (Piyomon), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Yamato Ishida), Mayumi Yamaguchi (Gabumon), Mutsumi Tamura (Kōshirō Izumi), Takahiro Sakurai (Tentomon), Hitomi Yoshida (Mimi Tachikawa), Kinoko Yamada (Palmon), Junya Ikeda (Jō Kido), Junko Takeuchi (Gomamon), Junya Enoki (Takeru Takaishi), Miwa Matsumoto (Patamon), Mao Ichimichi (Hikari Yagami), Yuka Tokumitsu (Tailmon), Miho Arakawa (Meiko Mochizuki), and Yukiko Morishita (Meikuumon). Chiaki Matsuzawa resumed her role as M.C. after previously hosting 2015’s Digimon Adventure Festival. This year’s event featured sneak peeks at new Digimon merchandise, live performances of theme songs, and touching tributes to series veterans Yūko Mizutani and Kōji Wada.
Among these tributes was “DIGIMON SONG BEST OF KŌJI WADA“, an event-exclusive album which compiles some of the late artist’s most iconic contributions to the franchise. There are currently no plans for a wider retail release of this CD. The cover features an illustration of Angemon, which is said to have been one of Mr. Wada’s favorites.
The album completely sold out within just a few hours.
Also announced was a CD single for “Boku Ni Totte” (“As Far As I’m Concerned”), an original song that will serve as the ending theme for September’s third installment of Digimon Adventure Tri. The song will be performed by Yamato Ishida’s voice actor, Yoshimasa Hosoya, and credited to the character’s fictional band, KNIFE OF DAY. “Boku Ni Totte” hits store shelves on September 21.
Happy Odaiba Memorial Day!
Various news outlets such as Oricon, via an announcement from Japanese talent agency Aoni Production, have reported that actress and singer Yūko Mizutani passed away on May 17 due to complications from breast cancer. Known worldwide for her roles in animated series such as Chibi Maruko-chan (as Sakiko Sakura), Black Jack (as Pinoko), Tenchi Muyō! (as Mihoshi Kuramitsu), and many others, Mrs. Mizutani is most familiar to Digimon fans as the voice of Sora Takenōchi in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02. She was 51 years old.
Many key players in the Digimon franchise, from animation director Yoshihiro Takeda to (perhaps most heartbreakingly) Piyomon voice actress Atori Shigematsu, have shared tributes in memory of Mrs. Mizutani and her work.
In addition to reprising her role as Sora in all five Digimon Adventure drama CDs, Mrs. Mizutani participated in six songs released under the DiGiMONMUSiC branding.
01.) “Tomorrow Will Be More” – Sora’s song from the 1999 “Character Songs + Mini Drama 1” album.
02.) “Shiny Days” – Sora’s song from the 2000 “Best Partner: Sora Takenōchi & Piyomon” single.
03.) “The Two Of Us, Flapping Our Wings” – Sora and Piyomon’s duet from the 2000 “Best Partner: Sora Takenōchi & Piyomon” single.
04.) “Our Digital World” – A 2001 song performed by Kōji Wada and Ai Maeda with all 24 Digimon Adventure 02 protagonists.
05.) “Sky-Blue Wind” – Sora’s song from the 2002 “Girls Festival” album.
06.) “I Wish” – A cover of Digimon Adventure‘s first ending theme from the 2002 “We Love DiGiMONMUSiC” boxset.
Most recently, Mrs. Mizutani returned as Sora for “Digimon Mystery File • Cracking The Millennium Seal!”, a newly-written CD drama released exclusively with 2015’s Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Blu-Ray BOX. In the currently ongoing Digimon Adventure Tri film series, Sora Takenōchi is voiced by actress and singer Suzuko Mimori.
Our condolences to Yūko Mizutani’s fans and loved ones, and our deepest thanks to Mizutani herself for filling one of this franchise’s favorite characters with life and love.
Kōji Wada’s official website has reported that the beloved singer, most famous for performing theme songs of every Digimon TV series and movie since the franchise’s animated debut in 1999, passed away on April 03 after a nearly thirteen-year battle with cancer. The 42-year-old artist had previously taken two major career hiatuses (once from 2003-2006, and another from 2011-2013) to focus on his health. The final song Mr. Wada ever recorded was a 2015 version of “Butter-Fly” (the debut song that kicked off his career in 1999), which currently serves as the opening theme for the ongoing Digimon Adventure Tri film series.
Chances are slim that you’d be reading this article on a Digimon fansite and not already have some sort of attachment to Kōji Wada and his work. As someone who has poured countless hours into this franchise’s music, it’s difficult for me to put into words how hard I’ve been hit by this news. This website is the biggest outlet I have for expressing my fandom, so I’m going to honor Mr. Wada in a way that best suits the purpose of Magic’s DiGiMONMUSiC Database: by informing.
First, I’ve updated the Digimon Adventure Tri section with an entry for Mr. Wada’s final CD single (released only days before his death).
“Seven ~Tri. Version~” is a newly-arranged rendition of Mr. Wada’s second Digimon theme song (coupled with “Butter-Fly” on its original CD release in 1999). DREAMUSIC’s official listing for the single contains a disclaimer stating that Kōji Wada’s vocals for “Seven ~Tri. Version~” have been lifted from “Seven ~10th Memorial Version~” (a tenth anniversary performance of the song released as its own CD single in 2009). In other words, Mr. Wada was unable to actually record a new version of the song. His old vocals have been mixed with a new arrangement by Cher Watanabe, who arranged the original 1999 version of “Seven” as well as the 2009 “Memorial” version.
Lastly, I’ve added a brand new section to the website in honor of Kōji Wada’s career. You can now find translated entries for all of Mr. Wada’s non-Digimon CD singles and albums on their respective pages. A new sub-menu has been added to the top of the website for easy access.
It should be noted that these pages don’t completely cover every song Kōji Wada ever recorded. A couple of non-commercial CDs (Example: the “ONE STEP!!” album, which was released as a concert-exclusive when Mr. Wada toured Japan with fellow Digimon artist Ai Maeda under the group name “KALEIDO☆SCOPE”) and digital-distribution-only songs (Example: the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake/Tsunami benefit song, “Days”) have been excluded. But as far as Kōji Wada CDs you can actually buy? This website now covers everything. Hopefully this can be of help to fans who may not have dipped their toes into Mr. Wada’s non-Digimon career.
And with that, Magic’s DiGiMONMUSiC Database bids farewell to a remarkable talent lost far, far too soon. Thank you, Kōji Wada. Your dedication to your music, your dedication to your fans, and your dedication to the franchise that made your career have been cherished by millions. Our condolences are with Mr. Wada’s family, friends, and fans in this difficult time.
♫ ON MY LOVE ♫
Er… Happy New Year!
Thanks to seemingly never-ending heaps of 15th Anniversary merchandise, cast reunions, public celebrations, and even a brand new animated series (!), 2015 has been very generous to Digimon fans. With so much excitement going on, it comes as no surprise to see a trio of new CDs coming to the ever-growing library of DiGiMONMUSiC discs.
So, without further delay… The Digimon Adventure Tri Singles page is now completed!
Breaking a recent annual tradition of seeing August 01 as our “go-to release date” for Digimon CDs, three Digimon Adventure Tri singles hit stores this week on November 25. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed! Each disc features a newly-arranged and newly-recorded “Tri Version” of a theme song from the original Digimon Adventure television series (all of which subsequently serve as theme songs for Tri itself, of course). Kōji Wada, Ayumi Miyazaki, and even Ai Maeda (whose involvement here makes her the only voice cast member for the original show’s human protagonists to participate in this new series) all return to provide a new spin on their signature songs.
While not technically a DiGiMONMUSiC product, November 18 saw the release of both Standard (CD Only) and Limited (CD+DVD) Editions of Ayumi Miyazaki’s debut album (Long overdue, aren’t we?), “Show You My Brave Hearts.” The album compiles Miyazaki’s original theme songs from Digimon Adventure (“Brave Heart”), Digimon Adventure 02 (“Break Up!” & “Beat Hit!”), and Digimon Frontier (“The Last Element”), along with themes from other series including The Prince Of Tennis, Doraemon, and more. Of particular interest to Digimon fans is a brand new “Acoustic Version” of Miyazaki’s contribution to the franchise’s 10th Anniversary album, “Beyond The Memories” (“Omoide No Mukō”) and a bonus track entitled “Evolution Party Remix” (which is exactly what you probably think it is, given the title).
No additional Tri singles have currently been announced, nor has a soundtrack featuring Gō Sakabe’s musical score. If anything changes, you can rest assured we’ll let you know!
2014 is coming to a close, and what better way to celebrate the new year than by doing one last (long overdue) news roundup!
First and most excitingly, Digimon is coming to blu-ray!
January 09 brings us the release of “Digimon THE MOVIES Blu-Ray 1999-2006,” which collects every piece of theatrically-released Digimon animation to date. This five-disc set includes eight movies (two for Adventure, two for Adventure 02, two for Tamers, and one each for Frontier and Savers) and two 3D shorts (one each for Adventure and Savers), plus bonus features. On March 03, the entire Digimon Adventure TV series comes to high-definition in “Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Blu-Ray BOX,” which collects all 54 episodes, plus bonus features. This should go without saying, but neither of these Japan-only sets feature English subtitles. They cost a pretty penny (Or… yen-ny?), but Japan does share the same blu-ray region coding with America, so if this seems like something you’d like to import, go for it!
How does this relate to DiGiMONMUSiC, you ask? First-print versions of each set come with an exclusive bonus CD (so get those pre-orders in!). “THE MOVIES Blu-Ray 1999-2006” comes with an official soundtrack CD of the second Digimon Adventure film, “Our War Game!” (which recycles music that has been previously released on other DiGiMONMUSiC discs), while the “15th Anniversary Blu-Ray BOX” comes with a newly-recorded Digimon Adventure drama CD.
Akira Ishida (Wizarmon), Yuka Tokumitsu (Tailmon), Hisao Egawa (Orgemon), Kae Araki (Hikari Yagami), Hiroaki Hirata (Gennai / The Narrator), Yūko Mizutani (Sora Takenōchi), Yūto Kazama (Yamato Ishida), Umi Tenjin (Kōshirō Izumi), Ai Maeda (Mimi Tachikawa), Masami Kikuchi (Jō Kido / Shū Kido), Chika Sakamoto (Agumon), Atori Shigematsu (Piyomon), Mayumi Yamaguchi (Gabumon), Takahiro Sakurai (Tentomon), Kinoko Yamada (Palmon), Miwa Matsumoto (Patamon), and Junko Takeuchi (Gomamon) will all be reprising their iconic roles for this 40-minute drama. Atsuko Tanaka will be making her series debut in a new role. Genki Yoshimura will be writing the script, while Hiroyuki Kakudō will return to direct.
Noticeably absent from the cast is Toshiko Fujita, the one-and-only voice of Taichi Yagami. Neither Takeru Takaishi nor any of his voice actors (Hiroko Konishi in Adventure, Taisuke Yamamoto in Adventure 02, and Megumi Han in the 2013 Adventure PSP video game) is listed among the cast.
Both of these upcoming releases (and their translated track listings) are detailed in our updated Adventure Soundtracks and Adventure Dramas pages. Lastly, a new section has been added to the site for the upcoming sequel series, Digimon Adventure Tri. While no composers or artists have been confirmed for the show as of this writing, we’re going to go ahead and assume that the series will, indeed, have music. Here’s to an exciting 2015!
Back in May, rumors of a brand new Digimon compilation album surfaced, presumably as part of a continuing celebration of the franchise’s 15th anniversary in its homeland. As of last week, major Japanese retailers have revealed track listings and preliminary cover artwork for a new two-disc set, which will be released in two different collectable versions.
The album, “Digimon Movie Song Collection,” will hit stores on (when else?) August 01. Digimon music lovers will have their choice between either the “Omegamon Version” or the “Digimon Movie Version,” which each feature exclusive cover artwork. The contents of the discs themselves are exactly the same; you may base 100% of your purchasing decision on which artwork you prefer. As the name implies, this “Movie Song Collection” will compile vocal songs from the franchise’s theatrical films and featurettes (two for Digimon Adventure, two for Digimon Adventure 02, two for Digimon Tamers, and one each for Digimon Frontier and Digimon Savers). The sixth Digimon TV series, Digimon Xros Wars, did not receive a theatrical film and is thus the only Digimon show not represented on this album.
The track listing is as follows.
01.) “Butter-Fly (Theatre Size #1)” – Digimon Adventure Movie 01 Ending Theme
02.) “Butter-Fly” – Digimon Adventure Movie 02 Opening Theme
03.) “Brave Heart” – Digimon Adventure Movie 02, Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 01, & Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 02 Insert Song
04.) “Requiem” – Digimon Adventure Movie 02 & Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 02 Insert Song
05.) “Opus No. 2 「Spring」 In A Major ~Our War Game!~” – Digimon Adventure Movie 02 Ending Theme
06.) “Target ~Red Shock~” – Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 01 Opening Theme & Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 02 Insert Song
07.) “Break Up!” – Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 01 Insert Song
08.) “FOREVER FRIENDS (ACOUSTIC VERSION)” – Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 01 Insert Song
09.) “Stand • By • Me ~One Summer’s Adventure~ (Summer Memory Version)” – Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 01 Ending Theme
10.) “Friend ~I’ll Never Forget~” – Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 02 Ending Theme
11.) “FOREVER FRIENDS” – Digimon Adventure 02 Movie 01 Insert Song
01.) “The Biggest Dreamer” – Digimon Tamers Movie 01 & Digimon Tamers Movie 02 Opening Theme
02.) “A Sea Of Friends” – Digimon Tamers Movie 01 Insert Song
03.) “EVO” – Digimon Tamers Movie 01 & Digimon Tamers Movie 02 Insert Song
04.) “Moving On! ~Churaumi Version~” – Digimon Tamers Movie 01 Ending Theme
05.) “SLASH!!” – Digimon Tamers Movie 02 Insert Song
06.) “A Promise Of The Evening Sun (Ruki Version)” – Digimon Tamers Movie 02 Insert Song
07.) “One Vision (DUKEMON MATRIX EVOLUTION VERSION)” – Digimon Tamers Movie 02 Insert Song
08.) “A Promise Of The Evening Sun ~Sunset Parade Version~” – Digimon Tamers Movie 02 Ending Theme
09.) “With The Will” – Digimon Frontier Movie Insert Song
10.) “FIRE!!” – Digimon Frontier Movie Ending Theme
11.) “Lightly” – Digimon Savers Movie Ending Theme
In addition to putting some long lost songs back in-print, this release also features some exclusive tunes. Tracks 09 & 11 on disc one and tracks 04 & 08 on disc two are newly-recorded cover versions performed by series veteran Ai Maeda (otherwise known as “AiM”). This is the second DiGiMONMUSiC release in a row for which Ai Maeda has contributed new material (the first being 2013’s “Ending Best Aimer” album).
We’ve added an entry for this release on our “Multi-Series Albums” page. We’ll be sure to post any updates as they become available.