Digimon (franchise)

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Digimon (デジモン Dejimon), short for Digital Monsters (デジタルモンスター Dejitaru Monsutā)[N 1], began as a series of Virtual Pets, that expanded into a franchise centered around the creatures living inside them that quickly eclipsed the popularity of the Virtual Pets themselves.

Based partially on the sister franchise, Tamagotchi, the idea was to raise a creature called a Digimon that would evolve and change form depending on how it was cared for. Digimon could be pitted against each other in battle - the chief difference between Digimon and Tamagotchi. Digimon was designed to appeal to boys in the same way Tamagotchi were geared towards girls.

Digimon is based on a structure in which the various dramas are created by the encounters between the human beings of our reality and the Digimon from the unusual Digital World. Digimon's existence is abnormal and they are drawn as monsters, however their common senses change through meetings between Digimon and humans, with whom new relationships are created.[2]

The original story behind Digimon is that mysterious beings, recognized as computer viruses, were publicly revealed in 1997 and are the target of investigations, used by hackers and trained through Virtual Pets by humans called Tamers.

The term Digimon may refer to the video game franchise, an individual Digimon, or a species of Digimon.


See Digimon History

While the most popular part of the Digimon franchise has always been the anime, other aspects include video games, Virtual Pets, a Trading Card Game, and manga, and much merchandise.


Digimon anime series timeline
History of the Digimon anime display from the Digimon Museum -Digital Monster 25th Anniversary Exhibition-
History of the Digimon anime display from the Digimon Museum -Digital Monster 25th Anniversary Exhibition-


Manga / Comics[edit]

Video Games[edit]

See List of Video Games

Virtual Pets[edit]

See List of Virtual Pets


See Digimon Discography


See List of Books

Stage play[edit]


Work name Performance name Performance date BD/DVD release date Stage director Recitation script
1 Digimon: One Night Stand MEMORIAL CONCERT IN ODAIBA 2003 -SPRING- April 5-April 6, 2003 N/A Kakudou Hiroyuki Masaki Hiro
2 DIGIMON SPECIAL DRAMA Digimon Adventure Fes. 2016 July 31, 2016 December 2, 2016 Shimizu Masafumi Nakanishi Yasuhiro
3 Digimon Special Drama Summer super evolution tournament Digimon Adventure Fes. 2017 July 30, 2017 N/A N/A N/A
4 Digimon Special Drama Another August 1 DigiFes 2019 July 28, 2019 N/A N/A N/A
5 Digimon Tamers 2021 DigiFes 2021 August 1, 2021 N/A N/A N/A
6 Digimon Frontier: Another Mysterious Message! Who’s the Culprit? DigiFes 2022 July 30, 2022 N/A N/A N/A
7 The Huge Fight Over Fireworks Festival Tickets! DigiFes 2023 Day July 30, 2023 N/A N/A Yamatoya Akatsuki
8 Everyone Gather! Great Search Line at Night! DigiFes 2023 Night July 30, 2023 N/A N/A Yamatoya Akatsuki

List of Digimon[edit]

See List of Digimon

Additional Information[edit]

References Notes
  1. Digimon was formerly named Otokotchi (おとこっち Otokotchi), a portmanteau of Otoko (男), meaning "boy/male" in Japanese, and Tamagotchi, and later on changed to Capsule Zaurus (カプセルザウルス Kapuseru Zaurusu)[1]