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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.
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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 ♫
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!
I received my shipping confirmation on Christmas Day of 2013. Over one month later (thanks to numerous weather delays), the re-release of the “We Love DiGiMONMUSiC” memorial boxset is finally in my hands.
As you can probably tell, this post is a little less formal than my news updates. I just wanted to jot down some of my thoughts on this set while they were still fresh in my mind. I was starting to think this would be one of the few DiGiMONMUSiC releases I’d never get to own, so I’m very thankful that it’s back in-print.
The discs themselves feature the exact same tracks as their 2002 counterparts (as expected). It’s a simple theme song collection, the same Kōji Wada openings and Ai Maeda endings you see packed into every other release. You likely already own half the music on this set even if you only have a modest Digimon collection. The real draw are the cover versions of the theme songs performed by the series’ voice actors, which can only be found on this boxset. My personal favorite is the Digimon Frontier cast’s version of “FIRE!!” I think it’s a missed opportunity that the cast of Savers and Xros Wars weren’t assembled to record new versions of their shows’ theme songs, but this was never advertised as anything other than a repackaging of existing material, so c’est la vie.
Bonus goodies include a 2014 calendar/poster, two booklets (one only six pages and the other a whopping 104 pages), and of course, a beautiful artbox. Each disc also features bonus tracks with commentary from the voice actors, composers, and artists. The big booklet is what fascinates me the most. This thing is absolutely filled to the brim with liner notes, but most of it is far beyond my Japanese fluency. What I can understand is really neat.
For nerds like me, the best part is an updated, chronological list of nearly every Digimon CD, with release dates and catalogue numbers and everything. I know it sounds boring (and it is), but it’s a fantastic resource. This new list makes a few changes from the list in the “Digimon Animation Chronicle” book, switching around the chronology of certain discs. For example, the first CD single for “Beat Hit!” is listed as DiGiMONMUSiC CD #35 in the “Animation Chronicle,” yet it’s listed as #36 in the memorial boxset’s booklet. I went ahead and updated the numbers on this site to match those found in the booklet, for you dorks like me who care about this stuff.
Just like in the “Digimon Animation Chronicle” book, though, there are a few errors. Ai Maeda’s CD single for “My Light” has been completely omitted from the list, which screws up the aforementioned “DiGiMONMUSiC Chronology” numbers. I assume its exclusion is merely an oversight. I mean, it’s obviously a Digimon CD. It contains the ending theme for “Diablomon’s Counterattack.” The rear cover is a Digimon illustration! I’ve corrected this error; that CD single is still listed as Digimon CD #102 on this site.
Even more baffling is the exclusion of every single Xros Wars CD. What’s that about? The list skips straight from 2010’s “ALL THE BEST” CD to the 2013 “Ending Best Aimer” disc. No way that was an accident. Is it because the Xros Wars CDs were all released by Columbia? It’s a real shame to have such a huge gap like that. It’s like the series never existed…
If you’re interested in buying this set, you’d better act fast. All retailers are calling this a “limited edition,” just like it was back in 2002. You’re going to end up paying nearly $80 for this box, and that’s without shipping. There’s no debating it: this thing is way overpriced, especially considering there are only nine exclusive songs on this set. But the songs are really good, even if they’re just cover versions of existing tunes. If you can make room in your budget, it’s a great collector’s item.
It’s been a while since we’ve updated, and we’ve unfortunately missed out on reporting a few upcoming releases. So, let’s get all caught up!
We’ve updated our entry for the new “Digimon Ending Best Aimer” CD, released back on August 01, with coverart, confirmed artists, and a finalized tracklisting. While early rumors declared this release to be a full self-cover album by Ai Maeda, only one song has in fact been re-recorded. Track #11, an “AiM Solo Version” of fan-favorite song “Our Digital World,” is the disc’s only new material, with tracks #01-10 being the original, unaltered ending themes for Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, and Digimon Savers. While not comprised of newly-recorded songs like some fans were hoping for, this release now serves as a companion to previous compilation discs like the “Opening Best Spirit” CD and the three “Insert Song Best” albums.
Seemingly in celebration of the franchise’s 15th anniversary, various other DiGiMONMUSiC discs are quietly being reissued at budget prices. The twelve “Best Partner” CD singles were re-released back in September, and we’ll be seeing a re-release of the commemorative “We Love DiGiMONMUSiC” five-disc boxset this Christmas (exactly 11 years since its original release back in 2002).
We’ve updated our listings for these discs with new release dates, catalogue numbers, and Amazon / CD Japan links. I know I’ll definitely be picking up the five-disc boxset, as I missed out on it a decade ago. As always, we’ll be sure to update as more information becomes available!