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!