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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Digimon Frontier Review

Digimon Frontier is when one day when a boy named Takuya is on board on a train to the Digital World and then meets other people like Koji, Tommy, JP, and Zoe and must protects the Digital World by becoming Agunimon. Now Digimon Frontier is well consider the Black Sheep among the Fandom, what I mean is that instead of the humans having Digimon they become the Digimon themselves, also among the fandom they call this the Power Rangers of Digimon because this is similar to both Power Rangers and Super Sentai. This is also the season where it is declared to be the worst season their is, and also I the ink the ratings were so low that it ended for a while and did not become revived till Data Squad re started the franchise (Also 1 impotent thing is that many things suggest that Digimon Frontier is a PREQUAL TO ADVENTURE, I MAY OR MAY NOT COVER THAT ON MY BLOG 1 DAY OR NOT BUT YOU CAN'T DENIED THAT THEIR ARE A LOT OF SIMULITERS BETWEEN BOTH ADVENTURE AND FRONTIER). Is Frontier the worst season their is, why is it bashed owned, and also is this idea of humans becoming Digimon a bombed, no time to stop all aboard for Digimon Frontier review (I wished I did this in video format so this could be slightly funnier).    
Episode 1 "All Aboard!": The series began with out main leader for Frontier Takuya running to the Train station from his phone saying go to the train station for your destiny (and latter in the season we would learn that it is Ophanimon) when Takuya arrives at the train station he is to chose which train he needs to take, when he choses the train we are then introduce to our other main charters JP, Tommy, Zoe and a bit latter on Koji. Their cell Phones that they have become their Digivices for this season called the D Tector, for me the D Tector is the most bulkiest Digivice we have to date and Design wise it is my least favorite just because it looks bulky and a bit on the ugly side of things, faction wise it absorbed the data from Digimon them self's which is inserting. When we are in Frontier's Digital World we then see (their are a lot of trains, like no joke you could see some of the trains being like an arm for Toq oh) their are these 2 Digimon called Bokomon and Neemon (who would serve more for our comedy relief for this season) and when they are under attack by a Digimon Takuya finds the sprite of fire and he is able to transformer into an Digimon Know as Agunimon. When he defeats the evil Digimon he "Purify" him by taking back his data with his D Tector and taking his evil Data and Turing him back into an Digi Egg, and give back the data that was taken by him and that is how they do it for just about most of the enemies for this season. After that Bokomon and Neemon then explains that their was a grand battle between the Human Digimon and the Beast Digimon but stopped when an Digimon named Lucemon and stopped everything but when he gone crazy with power it was up to the 10 legendary spirits of Fire, Ice, Wind, Wood, Earth, Light, Darkness, Thunder, Metal and Water, who imprison until  Led Cherubimon (it is inserting seeing a villain from the Digimon movies are now in the show it is a bit of What since near the end of the show he was just being crying over a miss understanding and controlled by Lucemon). When Cherubimon took over the Digital world he took the Sprites of Metal, Water, Earth, Wood, and Darkness and they would become their generals Mercurymon, Ranamon, Grumblemon, Arbormon, and Duskmon. And the Sprite of Fire, Light, Ice, Wind, and Thunder (Agunimon, Lobomon, Kumamon, Kazemon, and Beetlemon) to defeat them, and this is where the show goes for a while with exploring this zone and learning more about it and the only other thing is note worthy is everyone getting their sprite Evolutions. Episode 33 "Ne'er The Twins Shall Meet": As I said before one of the sprites that was corrupted by Cherubimon was the sprites that was corrupted was the sprite of Darkness who is Duskmon (who is super OP) we latter learn about this charter that he is a human named Kouichi and he is Koji's Brothers (which you should see the episode where they found out about this because I can not do that scene justice) now an inserting part about this is that Darkness is not just evil just because but is corrupted (this is one of the unique things that Frontier that Darkness is not obviously evil but corrupted). when Kouichi proves that he is pure and shows that he good his original sprites of Darkness (Duskmon and Velgemon) turn pure and become Lowemon and JagerLowemon. Now inserting enough this also plays with Koji as in since they are brothers their sprites show it too, like both are animals Koji is an Wolf and Kouichi is an Tiger they both have 4 legged animals sprite Evolutions. With Kouichi power his both Takuya and Koji can Hyper Sprite Evolve with Takuya combine the sprites of Fire, Ice, Wind, Wood, and Earth to form EmperorGreymon (who is basically the Chuck Norris of Digimon, seriously he is super badass and awesome like he deflect a giant shot from Cherubimon like it's nothing) and the sprites of Light, Darkness, Thunder, Metal and Water to form Magnagarurumon (who is so armed to the teeth you want to see him fight Kamen Rider Zolda) and they defeat Cherubimon and that leads into are final arc with the Royal Knights who would get more recitation in Data Squad. Episode 50 "End of the Line": Now in the after Lucemon have been revived from the Royal Knights taking all the data from the Digital world Lucemon then decides to go the Human world and rule their. The ending for Frontier has been a bit of and rushed ending, without giving away to much it was just to quick and need to be some more things in it. Also the animation went to crap with it pictures in the final scene. But their is a really good moment with Kouichi and is worth the watch.

The Charters
Takuya/Agunimon: Takuya (the leader for this season) is a hothead guy like tie was from Adventure was, but as a leader he is a bit more strong headed and a bit punchy. I mean he mostly the same throughout the season. a very strong episode with him is in Episode 22 "Home Again, Takuya Returns" where he became a Digimon human hybrid called Flamemon and he dose find his purpose on why he was sent to the Digital World. If his voice sounds Frailer that is because he is voiced by Michael Reisz who you might remember as Matt from Digimon Adventure.   
Koji/ Lobomon: Koji is a lone wolf (funny since he has a wolf motif as his main costume) he is not involved with everyone else at first and is kinda distant from everyone else but he dose. He dose become more involved and friendly as the show goes on, and when Kouichi came into the story he became more attach to him and in the final scene with him and Kouichi is great to see. He is voiced by Steve Staley who also voiced River in IGPX, and was also Rio in Tamer.    
Tommy/ Kumamon: Is an Experience charter I say that because he has gone through a lot in the show. Beginning like TK, crybaby who is like afraid of his own shadow to going through his experience and becoming more brave. He gets experience of this from looking up to Takuya as a big brother role and what also helps is his sprite Evolution giving him power. He is voiced by Brianne Siddall who was also Takara from Blue Exorcise.  
JP/ Beetlemon: JP (I do not know if we ever know his full name correct me on that if I am wrong) is obviously fat and has a gut which is an first for Digimon, but he is also funny and bit of a goof ball who dose magic. He wants to be tommy brother figure and admits he dose has a crouch on Zoe which is something we can all relate, he also in an strong Episode 24 "Alone but Never Alone admit" he have never had friends before but he gets friends from this experience and become more stronger. Now if you don't mind me getting a bit personal now I relate to JP the most since I too have been a Large person and before my 3rd year of high school really never had barely if any friends before so I can relate the most to him. He is voice by my FAVORITE voice actor of all time Steve Blum who has done MANY, MANY fantastic roles that I can not mention.       
Zoe/ Kazemon: Zoe is more different from the other girls we have had in the past, she is more sassier and a bit lay back then other females we have in the past (also in the American Dub she talked Italian, which dose make her more different just a bit). Their is not a lot to talk about her in honestly. She is voiced by Michelle Ruff who is currently voicing Sparrowmon in Digimon Fusion, and speaking of that she is the main voice actress for Lopmon in Tamers and Frontier.       
Kouichi/ Lowemon: Kouichi is more scared charter since he was originally a bad guy and then turn back into a good guy, he doesn't get to sad over this which is good and be more a loner as the show goes on. He is voiced by the AEWSOME Crispin Freeman who was a badass as Alucard in Hellsin Ultimate.
Other Charters: The other charters that make up our show is Bokomon and Neemon who is more our comedy charters.

The Good
The Humans Becoming Digimon: Now for many people this is the aspect that people won't watch Frontier but to be honest this was a pretty cool idea. This was a cool idea and something insetting and I really do love the design of the human Digimon, my favorite would have to be Lowemon with all the black, red and gold, I would love if in the Dub Takuya said "It's Morphin Time".
The Music: To be honest I thought the music for Frontier was something that got stuck in my head and enjoyed it. Fire was a sweet opening, With the Will (also the name of an internet group form) has a bouncy of really cool and I did think it was a cool insurite/ fight song, the charter songs were a mix bag with Blader being really cool with a bunch of guitar in it, The Last Element was great and awesome to listen too. And now the American soundtrack is different from the previous 3 season, and the American opening is what I declare to be the best American Digimon opening. As for the indurate songs for the American soundtrack I did enjoy them a lot too for being different. Digi-Ranger Jukebox Recommendation thought choice since again the music is great but it would either have to be between Blader or The Last Element. 
The Asian Mythology References: I think I may be the first one who notes this (correct me if I am wrong) but their was a lot of Mythology in this show. Like how if you look at Sakkakumon his design is model after the Tree of Life, Susanoomon is was inspire by the ancient Japanese Shinto God Susanoo, even his sword is called the Zero Arms Orochi is referencing the 8 headed dragon Orochi. even Lucemon is referencing Lucifer (AKA the Devil), his Chaos mode is referencing the Ying and Yang, but how dose his Satan mode look like a giant purple dragon I do knot even know. their are a lot more and I could do even more, try and fine some yourself.
Kouichi's Back Story: This was an fantastic back story and is something well written. being the brother of Koji and not knowing it and seeing it was great and Kouichi is in honestly is dead. he is almost dead coming the digital world and it was a sad moment and it was sad when de died to protect his brother. Even his voice actor Crispin Freeman dose an fantastic job and if you are some how reading this MR. Freeman I just wana say you were awesome. 
The Charters: To be honest I feel like the for this season are one of the most relatable charters I have seen in a Digimon series. Are you fat, have you no friends, have you had trouble with with your brother, and do you have no friends, well all of that is covered and makes this feel like realistic and even more realistic then Tamers in my option. 

The Bad
The Beast Spirit evolutions: A lot of people do not like the Beast Sprites because their too monstrous and dose not look anything form the normal sprite Evolution. I agree with this and they look just different, I do like a lot of their design but design can only get you so far with me.  
The Team get their ass easily kick: Many people have say that Frontier is the weakest team their is, epically in the final arc where the team lost every single time and this got respective and boring and just a waste of time.
The Pasting: to sum it up it takes forever for anything to happen in this show which was majorly dragging. Why do you think I put only 3 total Episodes on this review, and that is where Frontier main problem is it just takes forever for anything to happen. 

Final Verdict
I was suspires that I really enjoy this season   
I am admitting this Frontier is not a season for everyone and I do believe their are some people who will enjoy this season and some that will not but for me I thought that this was an untreated season. But if you want a Power Rangers season Digimon season or at lease something new and insetting then give this season a watch. For Alternate recommendations, if you want a back to basics style of Digimon then I recommend Digimon Adventure. And since this dose have a bit of sentai I fully recommend Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger just because their are a bit of similar things between both shows.

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