Digimon Frontier (Japanese: デジモンフロンティア, Hepburn:
Dejimon Furontia), commonly referred to as
Digimon 4, is the fourth
anime television series produced by
Toei Animation based on the
Digimon franchise. Unlike the first three series, the main characters,
the Digidestined, do not train
Digimon to fight for them but instead
merge with ancient spirits known as "Legendary Warriors" to become
Digimon themselves, which was similar to the climax of
where they merge both the
Digimon and the human to become the Mega
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 Data Squad, began using unique
1.1 Setting and characters
3.3 Audio drama
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Setting and characters
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
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
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
Koji Minamoto (源 輝二, Minamoto Kōji) (
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
Main article: List of
Digimon Frontier episodes
The five Digidestined find their respective Human Spirits and merge
with them to "Spirit Evolve" into
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
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 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.
Toei Animation announced the production of a fourth
Digimon series in
February 2002 and set it to start in April, as the previous series,
Digimon Tamers, would end on March 31.
Digimon Frontier was
conceived by Fuji TV's Go Haruna (ja), Yomiko
Advertising (ja)'s Kyōtarō Kimura, and Hiromi
Seki (ja). The series was directed by Yukio Kaizawa, who had
previously worked on some
Bikkuriman shows and certain One Piece
episodes. It was chiefly written by Sukehiro Tomita, while
character designs were done by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (ja), who
also did them for the original series and Tamers.
Certain scenes involving sexuality were censored for the North
The series aired in Japan for 50 episodes on
Fuji TV between April 7,
2002, and March 30, 2003. 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 in the
United Kingdom (following on from
Digimon Tamers). However, the series
was put on hold and was never broadcast by the time the channel ended
in August 2009.
New Video Group released a complete
DVD box set of English-dubbed
Digimon Frontier on September 10, 2013
in the US, and a DVD collection with all
Digimon shows up to
Frontier on October 22, 2013.
In addition to the television series, a film adaptation titled Digimon
Frontier: Island of Lost
Digimon was produced. It had the same writer,
composer and character design from the TV show, but was directed by
Takahiro Imamura. The film premiered at Toei's Summer
on July 20, 2002 along with three other productions. Although
the fair was deemed a box office failure, earning 800 million yen
(US$6.8m)—whereas last edition earned 2 billion yen—, the film
alone grossed half of it, 460 million yen. The film aired on
Jetix on November 27, 2005, and reruns were broadcast on
Toon Disney in 2007.
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 was used. The second
ending theme song was entitled "an Endless tale" which was done by
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
This audio drama 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.
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