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!