Digimon Survive is a novelty for us. Digimon Survive Month 1 Edition to be exact. We’ve never had it before here at IndieGala. And we’ve never written about it. Which is why we’re excited about it now. It was released just last month, and we can’t wait to tell you more about it.
One Piece was one of our obsessions last year. You can read more about it here. And so was the DragonBall franchise. However, we didn’t care all that much about the movie adaptation. Read our review here. But for now, Digimon is our main focus and we love that.
Ok, here’s the thing. I can’t go on any further with this article without mentioning the game that inspired it. Digimon Survive Month 1 Edition.
What’s Digimon Survive Month 1 Edition All About You Might Ask?
Developed by IllFonic and published by PlayStation PC LLC, Digimon Survive presents a hybrid visual novel and tactical RPG set in a mysterious world. A world filled with dangerous monsters and deadly battles that will test your ability to survive.
At the same time, Digimon Survive is a visual novel with tactical role-playing elements. In fact, it’s the best Digimon story ever told and one of the best visual novels ever produced.
After getting lost on a school trip, Takuma Momozuka finds himself transported to a world inhabited by ferocious foes and new allies. Join Takuma and his friends as they fight their way back home. Craft your story in this thrilling visual novel with turn-based combat.
The Month 1 Edition includes the following content as limited-time bonuses:
– Trainable unit, Extra Monster: Guilmon
Guilmon is a Free Monster, and requires Evolution items from exploration or battle to evolve it. Note that Free Monsters cannot be devolved after evolution.
– HP Support Equipment
Digimon Survive presents a hybrid visual novel and tactical RPG set in a mysterious world filled with dangerous monsters and deadly battles that will test your ability to survive.
Digimon Survive Month 1 Edition is currently on sale here at IndieGala. Get it here. But Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition is available for purchase here. Hurry up and get them while the sale is still on.
What Are Some Of The Steam User Comments Saying About Digimon Survive?
The best Digimon story ever told and one of the best visual novels ever produced. Says Ossie on Steam.
While Hds11999 adds: If you like a game with a gripping story and surprising complex battles, then this is the game for you. I haven’t put it down since I got it and I still have at least 10+ more hours to go to get every achievement.
And What About The Ins And Outs Of The Franchise? The Beginnings, The Projects, And The Fandom?
Well, there’s plenty to talk about really. First and foremost, Digimon is short for “Digital Monsters” (デジタルモンスター Dejitaru Monsutā). It’s also a Japanese media franchise encompassing virtual pet toys, anime, manga, video games, films and a trading card game.
The franchise focuses on the eponymous creatures. The Digimons, who inhabit a “Digital World”. A parallel universe that originated from Earth’s various communication networks. Furthermore, the franchise was created in 1997 as a series of virtual pets, intended as the masculine counterpart to Tamagotchi. However, the franchise gained momentum with an early video game, Digimon World. A game which was released only in Japan in January 1999. Several anime series and films including its first anime incarnation, Digimon Adventure followed after that. But The original Digital Monster model that was released in 1997 sold 14 million units worldwide. Including 13 million units in Japan and 1 million overseas, up until March 2004. And by 2005, more than 24 million Digital Monster units had been sold worldwide. Not bad right?
Games, TV Shows And Movies…
Multiple Digimon anime series have been produced by Toei Animation since 1999. The first of these was Digimon Adventure. It began as a short film, but after its storyboard was finished, a request for the film to become a television series was made. The film debuted in theaters a day before the series debuted on TV. Also, the first six Digimon series got an English release for Western markets around that time. With the first four treated as a single show under the collective title Digimon: Digital Monsters. However, the sixth series, Digimon Fusion, was only partially localized. While its third season never got an English adaptation at all. So far, there are 9 Digimon series total. With the latest being Digimon Ghost Game. And out of the 9 TV series, there are more than 400 episodes to count in total (and still counting).
But when it comes to the movies, there are currently 19 movies from the Digimon franchise. With the latest (20th in the franchise) Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning doesn’t even have a release date yet.
Don’t Forget About The Manga!
And when it comes to the published manga, Digimon first appeared in narrative form in the one-shot manga C’mon Digimon. It got a summer release in 1997 and it was a huge success. C’mon Digimon spawned the popular Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga, written by Hiroshi Izawa, which began serialization on November 21, 1998. Hey even, Dark Horse Comics published American-style Digimon comic books. While adapting the first thirteen episodes of the English dub of Digimon Adventure in 2001.
The Games Are A Different Beast…
The Digimon series has inspired various video games, including the Digimon World and Digimon Story sub-series of role-playing games. Other genres have included life simulation, adventure, video card games, strategy, and racing games.
Digimon vs. Pokémon Debate Is Still Ongoing
Anime lovers who grew up in the ’90s know the Digimon vs. Pokémon debate is one that’s been happening for years. Many have accused Digimon of ripping off Pokémon, which arguably had a bigger fanbase and still does. But while the names and premises of the series are similar, everything else about the two animes is actually quite different. For one, Digimon tends to take a darker approach to children’s anime. Mostly because it’s dealing with genuinely evil villains. Pokémon, on the other hand, presents itself as more of an adventure. And it plays out like a video game more than a typical good versus evil story. But there’s no denying that both franchises have an army of fans to this very day. Which is why the debate is still ongoing.
The Legacy Lasts To This Day
And what makes the legacy so strong even to this day you might ask? Well, for one, it tackled mature subjects. Look, Digimon was very much a Saturday morning cartoon-style show aimed at kids. But it got away with a surprising amount of depth. Unlike many of its contemporaries, Digimon featured character development that would unfold over the course of each season. The show also explored themes that were relatable to kids but seldom seen in kids’ cartoons, like exploring the effects of a divorce on a family, the pressure of living up to one’s family’s expectations, or the grief of losing a loved one. Digimon covered everything. It’s what makes it relatable even for adults. In other words, the show was upbeat and action-packed for the most part. But it was never afraid to pull at your heartstrings, either.
Don’t Forget About The Great Villains!
Not only do the villains in Digimon get increasingly more powerful. And terrifying too, as each season progresses for sure. But they present a real danger to the DigiDestined and the world they live in. Plus, they’re difficult to defeat, and there are times it seems like they might actually win.
These sorts of villains make the story more suspenseful for those watching, and suspense is something fans definitely feel to this very day.
However, the question remains…
Are You A Fan Of Digimon Survive?
Tell us all about your favorite Digimon characters. And feel free to share what do you love the most about Digimon Survive. Hit that comment section. Don’t be shy.