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Digivolving Spirits Agumon to Wargreymon figure scuplt revealed!

Tamashii has released new images and a promotional video featuring the first of the Digivolving Spirits set of figures; Agumon to WarGreymon! Interestingly the promotional video and website are bilingual, so more details behind the inspiration of the figure series revival can be seen there.

Digivolving Spirits 01. Digimon Adventure Agumon/WarGreymon
Price: 7,020 yen
Pre-Orders Open: May 29th, 2017
Release Date: November 2017

Commitment To Excellence
The “Digivolving Spirits” series was developed with a multi-generational team including Digimon’s original creator Kenji Watanabe and younger staff who were still children when the original “Digivolving series” came out.
Under Watanabe’s strict supervision, the resulting figures represent ideal visual portrayals of his characters. While taking their lead from the anime, they incorporate playful American comic-style touches, never compromising on the detail that makes a three-dimensional portrayal great.
As for WarGreymon, Watanabe is particularly proud of the facial designs.
In addition to the first release of WarGreymon, work is proceeding with the second in the series, Metal Garurumon. Other Digimon not released in the earlier series are under consideration too, so stay tuned for new developments in the Digivolving Spirits series!

Tamashii Nations Event reveals Digivolving Spirits MetalGarurumon AND MORE!

Tamashii Nations 10th Anniversary Event in Osaka had many new figures to show off. They posted photos on their twitter of many new digimon figures, including the next figures in the Digivolving Spirits series, Gabumon/MetalGarurumon, AND two newly revealed and painted sculpts; DORUmon/Alphamon and Keramon/Diaboromon. Additionally, Agumon/Wargreymon was featured too!

There will be a special clear version of the Agumon/Wargreymon Digivolving Spirit figure called “Complete Memory Set” That comes with both the figure and a “Wargreymon Colour” 15th Anniversary Digivice. With this information we can infer that the solid colour version should be a general release, and pre-orders will appear on places like CD Japan and AmiAmi soon!

More details will be posted as they are announced!

Interesting science observation in Digimon Adventure Tri

So I’m a science nerd and I’m watching Digimon Adventure Tri, having a great time, feeling like a kid again, all is right with the world. But then I notice a detail, a teeny tiny detail that there’s a chance the creators didn’t even intend to be analyzed like this. But that’s not how my brain works, so my ticker clocks into overdrive over the long term ramifications in the Digimon franchise of the simple existence of a 2 in a place you wouldn’t even know there isn’t even supposed to be one.

Allow me to explain.

All of our computer and electronic signals can be broken down into a language called binary, which is comprised of the ever popular digital ones and zeros. See, inside of your computer is a series of circuits and paths for electrons to follow through and the presence or absence of these electrons forms the basis for computational processes. Binary is called binary because any given bit can only exist in one of two states; there is an electron present or there is not, a 1 or a 0. These individual 1′s and 0′s, these electrons and lack of electrons, are all programming is. There are other languages built up for higher processes, such as hexadecimal (base 16 instead of base 2 for binary), but even that gets broken down into binary for the sake of data transmission and calculations. The ultimate point here is all computer programs are ultimately made of 1′s and 0′s. No shocker there.

So enter Digimon Adventure Tri. The premise of the entire Digimon franchise is that Digimon, and the Digital World they come from, are solid living digital lifeforms made of computer code. Various iterations of the franchise even directly refer to the 1′s and 0′s that Digimon are made of. But a small detail in Tri changes things slightly. Go back and watch the scenes where the Digimon digivolve. During the animation you briefly see their code exposed and running across their bodies before the process is compete. Below is a freezeframe from the scene that plays when Agumon digivolves into Greymon.

Ok, nothing we haven’t seen before in this franchise, Tamers had a similar sequence, got your 0′s and your 1′s and-wait a sec…is that a…

2? A 2? Why a 2? Oh there’s another 2, oh there’s more 2′s, WHY ARE THERE 2′S?!

This, my friends, is not binary. This is a base 3 coding language called trinary, which doesn’t really exist. I’m sure someone in this world has tried coding in base 3, but with the way our electronics work, that code would still be broken down into binary for the device to function and to communicate with other devices. But what this means for Digimon is that the Digimon themselves are coded in trinary and not binary.

And…that actually explains a few things. One, it gels nicely with the fact that this is Digimon Adventure TRI, so that’s likely the reason it was thrown in there by the creative team. It also forms a nice parallel to the rock-paper- scissors nature of Digimon, in that every Digimon is either a Data, Vaccine, or Virus type and they have a rock-paper-scissors weakness cycle in that order. Each bit a Digimon is made of can be in one of three states (a 0, a 1, or a 2) just like each Digimon is one of the three types.

But I think there’s more to it than that other than these meta reasons. Throughout the Digimon shows it’s been demonstrated that Digimon themselves interfere with electronic devices; TVs, cell phones, etc get all fuzzy and don’t work right when a Digimon gets near them or travels through their cyberspace. This could be because when the devices either read that Digimon’s code or some sort of digital aura that they give off, it starts screwing up because it literally cannot read their trinary data. They read the 0′s and 1′s just fine, but once that third state shows up they are not physically equipped to handle that and they spazz out.

I also think this might be the thing that makes Digimon special and not just like any other AI. Not only are Digimon physically solid and alive, they also are able to form unique connections with human beings and gain power and energy through those connections. This weird unknown third bit type could be the missing link that makes Digimon different to IBM Watson or an actual Tamagotchi, what gives the Digital World the ability to be such a wondrous place.

So that’s me overanalyzing a background detail, I hope you all learned something. Have a great day!

Today I watched the most beautiful thing ever! Digimon Adventure Tri Chapter 1 Reunion (mouthful). This contains spoilers.

I watched it in English. The majority of voice actors return from Adventure and Adventure 02 or sounded the same. I’m sure Gabumon had a different one. I fangirled when I first heard Tai speak so well as Kari.

It was great to see the opening as lot was a normal animé film opening with the slice of life element and Japanese song. It is clear the people who dubbed this knew who this was made for. I will get on that later. I was nearly crying because Tai picked up his digivice and I was just watching with my mouth agape.

When Agumon appeared I cried a little but not as much as I thought I was going too. No tears fell, I just started watering up. It was great to see the ultimate team back together.

The bit that made me cry the most was a bit during the fight against three Kuwagamon. I mean proper crying. Tears were falling! T.K and Kari are about to fight one. I ship them so hard. They were my original OTP. When Patamon started to Digivolve I started crying for two reasons. One, it was adorable and two, the team of T.K, Kari, Angemon and Gatomon was a superb scene. The pairing is canon. It was confirmed in Adventure 02 Japanese Dub so I am told. IT’S CANON IT’S CANON IT’S CANON!!!!!!!!!

It is clear both the writers and translates know who should be aimed at as it is very mature. Matt says ‘pissing me off’. Yes, in a Digimon animé. The game developers and publisher (Bandai Namco) aim at a more mature audience but the animé have always been aimed at a younger audience, it never matured with the audience with a few exceptions but this is promising. It is clearly aimed at people like me who grew up with the Adventure series’.

The other bit that made me cry like that was when Omnimon Digivolved. It was a beautiful scene of Agumon and Gabumon Digivolving and attacking Alphamon in each stage and then DNADigivolving to Omnimon. I was possibly just as much, maybe more. I was in awe.

I can’t wait for Chapter 2.