Digimon - Volume 1 - DVD Review
Monsters) received a lot of
negative responses when it first premiered on US airwaves, at least
who didn't tune in to see the premiere. The series appeared to be
than a cheap Pokemon derivative at
first sight and many people were probably convinced they could dismiss
it as an
obvious attempt at making some money off of the big popularity of the Pokemon franchise. However, Digimon
has much more to offer than just imitation: this series is a
creation and it is creatively smart, and it became another success in
and it even went on to receive a theatrical film release stateside
complied several shorter Digimon
films from the Japan versions).
one of the best children's anime
series around and it's one of those rare series that won the hearts of
and has managed to stay just as meaningful and well-made for that
the many years since the original incarnation of the show was
creative and energetic anime focuses on a group of kids (known as
who have become intertwined in the Digital World and must save it,
Digimon how to Digivolve, explore the newfound world, and eventually
of Digimon did a tremendous job of
introducing all of the central characters. In the first outing, the
focused on introducing the entire main cast of characters, including
Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe, and T.K. The characters learned that they were
transported directly into the Digiworld to save it and they set out on
journey to do so and to return to "home" after becoming mysteriously
transported into the DigiWorld during summer camp.
release contains two storylines, one of which is the introduction for
characters, and the other of which introduces the concept of "Crests"
them in the process of getting their Digimon to Digivolve (which gives
Digimon new appearances, strengths, and abilities to protect and defend
other and the kids from Digi - baddies).
often lighthearted and silly in tone and sensibility. Much of this has
with Digimon's English language adaptation,
which takes many liberties, but most of which are suitable for bringing
show to American audiences. I typically prefer for shows to be as
keeping to the Japanese version as possible, but as I grew up myself
(enjoying) and loving the American version of Digimon
and all of the quirky one-liners in Digimon's English
language scripts, so I guess I've always enjoyed
this edition. It has the charming qualities necessary for this sort of
always shift into dark and serious themes as well (at least for a
series), because it involved some themes about growing up and the
having these characters be away from home and having to find their way
always a bit weird, mysterious, and Narnia-esque.
The journey wasn't so simple.
step of the energetic and well-crafted story along the way to the
This was one of my favorite anime series as a kid, and it definitely
well today. My fondness for Pokemon
may be stronger still, but at least with the Digimon
series and franchise it actually managed to set a course
towards an actual resolution for all of the characters -that's
and unaccustomed audiences will have to discover themselves by
following up on
this 1st volume with future DVD installments.
presented in the original broadcast
aspect ratio of 1.33.1 (full frame) and it looks about as good as it
it was broadcast on television. The sources can be inconsistent
and it's clear that the episodes as presented on this set come from a
notice the minute differences in the encodes but it does appear as
episode feature more in interlacing and edge enhancement than other
some episodes are softer and others featured greater clarity in focus.
mixed bag, but it's consistently an agreeable (if unremarkable)
2.0 English language audio preserves the
original English dubbing and its accompanying sound mix, but the
Japanese language version has not been included (which is likely
because of a
combination of licensing issues and because some moments were edited in
North American version). The sound quality is decent: clean, clear, and
understand. There isn't much to this sound design but it gets the job
supplements are included on this release.
1 is a curious DVD offering, because most fans will probably want to
for the complete first season set (available separately). For fans who
want to own the series piecemeal for a reasonable price this is a good
However, I'd imagine most will want the full set (which comes with a
slipcover and character booklet). Some
might be inclined to purchase the series in volume form more than
because of cost but a complete run of the volumes will cost about the
the season set.
recommend putting something
aside piecemeal to get the full season release instead of buying these
That just seems like the best option for fans. Casual viewers may
would probably prefer this release. Regardless, getting the volume
releases is a
decent deal to purchase. The discs included within are identical to the
release. The anime series is as good as it was when it first aired and
a classic anime at this point in time. This is a wonderful creation: a
and thrilling show that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.