Digimon Adventure 2020

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It’s hard to be excited when a reboot of a beloved franchise is announced. Why mess with something that isn’t broken? What can you possibly add to the original that could justify a remake or a reboot? Well, according to Digimon Adventure: 2020, the answer is a lot. The reboot of the popular Digimon franchise is a celebration of its 20th anniversary and it takes a page out of the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy, the Hunter x Hunter reboot, and the recent Fruits Basket reboot. Digimon Adventure: 2020 takes everything you loved about the original while recognizing that the world has changed and reflecting those changes in the show.

The reboot moves the action to the present day and reimagines Tai and the other DigiDestined as young children living in modern-day Japan, and the show acknowledges that our relationship and dependence on telecommunications have changed drastically since 1999. Like in the original, a group of kids are mysteriously transported to a Digital World, where they discover they are destined to save not only the Digital World, but our own with the help of monsters called Digimon.

In the 17 episodes that have aired so far, Digimon Adventure: 2020 has followed the general plot of the original series, while vastly quickening its pace and adding enough mythology to make it feel almost like like an entirely new show. If you are at all interested in the 20-year-old franchise, this is a great place to start.

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