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Digimon Ghost Game Borrows from GeGeGe No Kitarou To Improve On Adventure (2020)


With the conclusion of the Digimon Journey 2020 reboot, the Digimon franchise has entered its ninth incarnation with Digimon Ghost Recreation. Probably the most obvious elements of this newest collection is the way it takes the franchise in an eerier course than earlier iterations. Turning to city legends and horror tales, Ghost Recreation portrays Digimon as holographic ghosts that affect the human world. Whereas it is clear that Ghost Recreation nonetheless follows sure tropes of the Digimon anime system, plainly Toei Animation might have borrowed options from one other of its latest successes. Moreover, manufacturing selections on Ghost Recreation might suggest that Toei is making an attempt to resume followers’ religion within the franchise after the lackluster efficiency of Journey (2020).

Digimon Ghost Recreation incorporates a good quantity of mainstays from the Digimon recipe. The collection nonetheless follows a bunch of youngsters who group up with Digimon companions to combat harmful foes. The narrative additionally continues to make the most of a transparent divide between the Digital and Human Worlds, in addition to the usage of Digivices to work together with them. Nonetheless, for every callback that the present invokes, it innovates much more. Earlier Digimon storylines have usually positioned some form of mechanical gimmick on the heart of their operations to distinguish them from others. For instance, Digimon Tamers used playing cards to energy up their Digimon, whereas Digimon Frontier had kids who merged with spirits to grow to be Digimon themselves. Whereas Ghost Recreation has the ploy of Digimon as paranormal beings, this appears to be a extra thematic machine than previous entries. Moreover, the stakes of this season are decidedly extra private, because the story begins when the primary character Hiro Amanokawa’s father goes lacking.

This deal with a supernatural world intersecting with on a regular basis society appears to be impressed by one other of Toei’s most up-to-date works. GeGeGe no Kitarou tells the story of a yokai boy named Kitarou and his mates as they go round resolving eerie otherworldly incidents. Toei’s 2018 model specifically ties in themes resembling human and yokai coexistence and the connection between the supernatural and fashionable know-how. All of those components are current in Ghost Recreation‘s depiction of Digimon and the Digital World, with questions relating to the character of their existence and evolution.

Whereas GeGeGe no Kitarou had mysterious ongoing plotlines within the type of looming threats resembling Nanashi, Backbeard, and the 4 Treasonous Generals, Ghost Recreation is already hinting at comparable working threads relating to the whereabouts of Hiro’s father. Furthermore, most of the unusual occurrences in GeGeGe no Kitarou are both found by or achieve energy by way of rumors. This bears an uncanny tonal similarity to the system of Ghost Recreation to date, the place Digimon are usually uncovered by phrase of mouth or on-line rumors. Whereas these themes are removed from authentic creations of both collection, there may be cause to imagine that Toei Animation deliberately drew from GeGeGe no Kitarou when conceiving Ghost Recreation within the first place.

Kitaro, Mana, Neko Musume and Nezumi Otoko discover skulls from soldiers

Digimon Ghost Recreation at present occupies Fuji TV’s 9 AM Sunday morning slot, a broadcast block that’s oriented in the direction of shounen demographics between the ages of 12 and 18. On account of its positioning proper earlier than One Piece within the weekend lineup, this can be a pretty coveted programming block. Earlier occupants of the timeslot have included different Toei Animation works, resembling Zatch Bell, TorikoDragon Ball Tremendous, and quite a few different Digimon collection. Each the 2018 model of GeGeGe no Kitarou and Digimon Adveture (2020) have occupied this spot, exhibiting that Ghost Recreation shares the identical audience as the 2.

Ghost Recreation‘s sudden announcement and the premiere is peculiar, because it is the primary Digimon collection to do a direct back-to-back handoff with its predecessor in nearly 20 years. Digimon Journey (2020) ran from April 5, 2020, to September 26, 2021, with Ghost Recreation taking up the next week on October 3. Whereas this was normal apply for the franchise up into its fourth collection Digimon Frontier, the norm since then has been no less than three years between iterations. This suggests that Toei Animation had a transparent thought of what course they needed to take with the mental property following Journey (2020)‘s conclusion.

Taichi and the Digidestined pose with Greymon and other Digimon partners

Considerably, because of this they didn’t thoughts skipping over the interim the place the collection may have coasted on merchandise from Journey (2020). Some followers discovered Journey (2020) to be a disappointing reboot due to its meandering plot, lukewarm characterizations and rushed conclusions. One may infer that Toei isn’t solely conscious of Journey (2020)‘s underwhelming reception, however is making an attempt to gloss over it with a brand new collection that integrates qualities from GeGeGe no Kitarou, which obtained extra vital acclaim throughout its run.

Nonetheless, Ghost Recreation could be very early into its tenure. Whereas there was no official phrase on how lengthy the collection will probably be, Digimon collection usually consists of no less than 50 episodes, with some reaching nicely past that. Whereas Toei Animation might have taken a number of the greatest qualities of its earlier tasks to craft its most up-to-date enterprise, Ghost Recreation nonetheless has loads of time to current itself as one thing distinctive and safe a spot all its personal as one in every of Toei’s greats.


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