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Digimon
Digimon
Frontier (Japanese: デジモンフロンティア, Hepburn: Dejimon Furontia), commonly referred to as Digimon
Digimon
4, is the fourth anime television series produced by Toei Animation
Toei Animation
based on the Digimon
Digimon
franchise. Unlike the first three series, the main characters, the Digidestined, do not train Digimon
Digimon
to fight for them but instead merge with ancient spirits known as "Legendary Warriors" to become Digimon
Digimon
themselves, which was similar to the climax of Digimon
Digimon
Tamers where they merge both the Digimon
Digimon
and the human to become the Mega form themselves. The series aired in Japan between April 7, 2002 and March 30, 2003, with an English-language version, produced by Sensation Animation, airing in North America between September 9, 2002 to July 14, 2003. It was the last season to use the Digital Monsters title as subsequent series, beginning with Digimon
Digimon
Data Squad, began using unique localized titles.

Contents

1 Plot

1.1 Setting and characters 1.2 Story

2 Production 3 Media

3.1 Anime 3.2 Music 3.3 Audio drama

4 References 5 External links

Plot[edit] Setting and characters[edit] In the events prior to the anime start, a group of ten Digimon—creatures from the "Digital World", a parallel universe that originated from Earth's various communication networks—sacrificed themselves to defeat an ultimate evil that threatened their world. These Digimon—collectively known as "Legendary Warriors"—created artifacts from their data, the twenty "Spirits" (ten Human Spirits and ten Beast Spirits, one of each for each element), before leaving the Digital World in the care of the three special Digimon—the Celestial Digimon, Ophanimon, Cherubimon and Seraphimon. However, Cherubimon betrays them and begins a reign of terror. To counter this, Ophanimon summons five lonely children from the human world into the Digital World to become the "Digidestined". They are:

Takuya Kanbara (神原 拓也, Kanbara Takuya) (voiced by Junko Takeuchi and Michael Reisz and Dave Wittenberg), the leader of the group, uses the Human Spirit of Fire to become Agunimon (Agnimon) and the Beast Spirit of Fire to become BurningGreymon (Vritramon). Zoe Orimoto (織本 泉, Orimoto Izumi) ( Sawa Ishige and Michelle Ruff), the only female member, uses the Human Spirit of Wind to become Kazemon (Fairymon) and the Beast Spirit of Wind to become Zephyrmon (Shutumon). Junpei "J.P." Shibayama (柴山 純平, Shibayama Junpei) (voiced by Masato Amada and Steven Blum), the oldest of the group, uses the Human Spirit of Thunder to become Beetlemon (Blitzmon) and the Beast Spirit of Thunder to become MetalKabuterimon (Bolgmon). Tommy Himi (氷見 友樹, Himi Tomoki) ( Kumiko Watanabe and Brianne Siddall), the youngest of the group, uses the Human Spirit of Ice, to become Kumamon (Chakmon) and the Beast Spirit of Ice to become Korikakumon (Blizzarmon). Koji Minamoto (源 輝二, Minamoto Kōji) ( Hiroshi Kamiya
Hiroshi Kamiya
and Steve Staley), the "lone wolf" of the group, uses the Human Spirit of Light to become Lobomon (Wolfmon) and the Beast Spirit of Light to become KendoGarurumon (Garmmon).

Story[edit] Main article: List of Digimon
Digimon
Frontier episodes The five Digidestined find their respective Human Spirits and merge with them to "Spirit Evolve" into Digimon
Digimon
themselves. However, while finding their respective Beast Spirits, the five find themselves hunted by five other Legendary Warriors that serve Cherubimon (for five of these spirits were given to the care of Cherubimon before his corruption). After they defeat four of them (JP, Zoe and Takuya, each destroys one, and another loses his Beast Spirit to Koji and is destroyed by his allies for being useless), Koji discovers that Duskmon, the fifth evil Legendary Warrior, is really his twin brother Koichi Kimura (木村 輝一, Kimura Kōichi), from whom he was separated as babies when their parents divorced. With Takuya's help, Koji is able to free his brother, and Koichi restores the Spirits of Darkness to their true forms and joins the team as the true Warrior of Darkness, Löwemon. As the story progresses, the Digidestined find Ophanimon trapped in Cherubimon's lair. Cherubimon steals all of their D-Tectors—devices used by the Digidestined to transform into Digimon—except Zoe's. Just as Cherubimon is about to destroy Zoe, Ophanimon breaks out of her imprisonment and sacrifices herself to save Zoe and retrieve the others' D-Tectors. Ophanimon also upgrades Takuya's and Koji's D-Tectors with her last bit of strength to allow them to Unity Spirit Evolve into EmperorGreymon and MagnaGarurumon, respectively. After using these new evolutions to defeat Cherubimon, the DigiDestined learn that the true mastermind is the very evil the Ancient Warriors sealed away within the Digital World's core, Lucemon. So now the six Digidestined defeat the two Royal Knights, Dynasmon and Crusadermon, who were sent by Lucemon to scan all of the Digital World's data to complete his rebirth. Ultimately Takuya and Koji succeed in defeating the two evil knights as well as three SkullSatamon (who also serve Lucemon), but not before they destroy and scan the whole Digital World and free Lucemon (who scans the Royal Knights after the DigiDestined defeat them, allowing him to evolve to a more powerful form than he was before). After defeating Takuya and Koji as EmperorGreymon and MagnaGarurumon, Lucemon destroys the Digital World's moons. He then began opening a portal to the real world. He is confronted by the Digidestined who try to attack him with a multi-hit tactic, fighting together as a complete team. However, Lucemon ends up killing Koichi (who sacrificed himself to save the others). Forming the ultimate Legendary Warrior Digimon
Digimon
Susanoomon by combining all the spirits in Takuya and Koji, Lucemon is defeated and scanned. However, all of his evil transforms into another form of Lucemon, one of pure evil, which tries to go to the real world. Having almost given up, the spirits of the ten Legendary Warriors come to life, along with the spirits of Ophanimon, Cherubimon and Seraphimon. Together, they all form a seemingly more powerful Susanoomon, and defeat and ultimately destroy Lucemon (at least the evil part of Lucemon) once and for all, giving the Digital World its data back, ultimately restoring its true form. The children go back to the real world and find that an hour has not even passed since they left. They find Koichi, who they discover was only in the Digital World for having been in a coma by falling down a flight of stairs. He then wakes up when Koji arrives and the kids' D-Tectors heal him before turning back into cell phones, leading everyone into living happily ever after by having the events of the Digital World change them forever. Production[edit] Toei Animation
Toei Animation
announced the production of a fourth Digimon
Digimon
series in February 2002 and set it to start in April,[2] as the previous series, Digimon
Digimon
Tamers, would end on March 31.[3] Digimon
Digimon
Frontier was conceived by Fuji TV's Go Haruna (ja), Yomiko Advertising (ja)'s Kyōtarō Kimura, and Hiromi Seki (ja).[4] The series was directed by Yukio Kaizawa, who had previously worked on some Bikkuriman shows and certain One Piece episodes.[5] It was chiefly written by Sukehiro Tomita, while character designs were done by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (ja),[6] who also did them for the original series and Tamers.[7] Media[edit] Anime[edit]

Certain scenes involving sexuality were censored for the North American release.

The series aired in Japan for 50 episodes on Fuji TV
Fuji TV
between April 7, 2002, and March 30, 2003.[6] An English-language version, produced by Sensation Animation and recorded by Studiopolis, aired in North America on UPN, ABC Family, and YTV between September 9, 2002 and July 14, 2003. The dubbed version featured an original soundtrack, original sound effects, changes to character names and edits pertaining to violence and other scenes thought to be inappropriate for younger audiences. The series was originally scheduled to air on Jetix
Jetix
in the United Kingdom (following on from Digimon
Digimon
Tamers). However, the series was put on hold and was never broadcast by the time the channel ended in August 2009.[citation needed] New Video Group released a complete DVD box set of English-dubbed Digimon
Digimon
Frontier on September 10, 2013 in the US,[8][9] and a DVD collection with all Digimon
Digimon
shows up to Frontier on October 22, 2013.[10] In addition to the television series, a film adaptation titled Digimon Frontier: Island of Lost Digimon
Digimon
was produced. It had the same writer, composer and character design from the TV show, but was directed by Takahiro Imamura.[11] The film premiered at Toei's Summer Anime
Anime
Fair on July 20, 2002 along with three other productions.[12][13] Although the fair was deemed a box office failure, earning 800 million yen (US$6.8m)—whereas last edition earned 2 billion yen—,[13] the film alone grossed half of it, 460 million yen.[14] The film aired on American Jetix
Jetix
on November 27, 2005,[15] and reruns were broadcast on Toon Disney in 2007.[16] Music[edit] The opening theme song used for the series which was first broadcast in Japan is the song "FIRE!!" by Kōji Wada. Two different songs were used for the end themes, one for the first twenty-six episodes, and the other which covered the rest. For the first ending theme, the song "Innocent ~Mujaki na Mama de~" (イノセント〜無邪気なままで〜, Inosento ~Mujaki na Mama de~, "Innocent (Remain Innocent)") by Kōji Wada
Kōji Wada
was used. The second ending theme song was entitled "an Endless tale" which was done by Kōji Wada
Kōji Wada
and Ai Maeda. In addition to the theme songs four insert songs were used for the series these include; "With the Will" by Kōji Wada, "The Last Element" by Ayumi, "Salamander" by Junko Takeuchi, and "Oreta Tsubasa de - With Broken Wings" by Spirit Shinkers. The English adaptation of the anime uses a single theme song called "A World for Us All" by Christopher Horvath. The end theme features a remixed version of the opening theme. In addition to the single theme song, one insert song entitled "Digivolution" by Deddy Tzur and Inon Zur is present. Audio drama[edit] This audio drama[17] takes place during and after their adventures in the Digital World. The children find a mailbox and decide to write letters to the people they care about, expressing things that they normally cannot say. References[edit]

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Digimon
Season 4 Digimon
Digimon
Frontier DVD". Right Stuf Inc. Retrieved January 21, 2018.  ^ "Toei Confirms New Digimon
Digimon
Series". Anime
Anime
News Network. February 9, 2002. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ " Digimon
Digimon
Tamers". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on March 4, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ "スタッフ - デジモンフロンティア" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ "Dossier Digimon
Digimon
-- Partie 3". Manga-News (in French). March 20, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ a b デジモンフロンティア. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved October 11, 2015.  ^ Dennison, Kara (January 18, 2018). ""Digimon" Returns as Smartphone RPG". Crunchyroll. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ Green, Scott (May 23, 2014). "" Digimon
Digimon
Frontier" Season 4 and "Yu-Gi-Oh Classic" Season 1 Listed by Retailer". Crunchyroll. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ "North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 8–14". Anime
Anime
News Network. September 10, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ " Digimon
Digimon
Seasons 1-4 DVD Collection (D) (Adventure/02/Tamers/Frontier)". Right Stuf. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ "デジモンフロンティア 古代デジモン復活!! STAFF&CAST" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ "デジモンフロンティア 古代デジモン復活!!" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ a b "Toei Summer Anime
Anime
Fair a failure". Anime
Anime
News Network. August 30, 2002. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ "2002年度 日本映画・外国映画 業界総決算 経営/製作/配給/興行のすべて". Kinema Junpo
Kinema Junpo
(in Japanese): 140. February 2003.  ^ " Digimon
Digimon
on Jetix". Anime
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News Network. November 1, 2005. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  ^ Hanson, Brian (January 20, 2007). "January 20th - January 26th - The Click". Anime
Anime
News Network. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  Hanson, Brian (April 21, 2007). "April 21st - April 27th - The Click". Anime
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News Network. Retrieved January 19, 2018.  Hanson, Brian (September 22, 2007). "September 22–28 - The Click". Anime
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News Network. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 

^ English translation of Digimon
Digimon
Frontier CD Drama

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