Today is the day that Digimon fans the world over stand up in support of what’s to come next with Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters. This new multimedia project was teased some time ago with the random appearance of a website that gave us little to no information, but built an incredible swell of hype almost instantaneously. It was soon revealed that this site was a teaser for the next step in the Digimon: Digital Monsters franchise titled “Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters“.
The reveal boasted a cross-media project the scale of which we’ve never seen before. Just a few days ago an official Twitter page was started for the ambitious project that highlighted the protagonist of the Anime series, alongside some of the flagship Digimon that will appear throughout it, but today we have gotten way more than we expected thanks to Bandai’s presence at this year’s Tokyo Toy Show. Follow me as I take you through everything that was revealed over the course of Bandai’s Digimon Universe presentation, delivering you all the “need to know” information from the expo.
Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters The Anime:
One of the first big reveals of the presentation was that of the Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Anime series whose protagonist was shown a few days ago thanks to the official Twitter page for the project that featured him on it’s banner image. The series will follow young Haru Shinkai whose partner has been revealed as Gachmon, the creature that has featured on every piece of promotional media to date. Haru quickly finds himself at the epicentre of a devastating worldwide hack courtesy of series antagonist “Leviathan” who is causing trouble for us in the real world with his digital rampage.
The series has been revealed to feature some Anime star power with Gou Koga (One Piece: Episode Of Sabo) at the helm as director of the series, Yoichi Kato (Yo-Kai Watch) as script supervisor, Kenichi Ohnuki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) as lead character designer, and voice talents Yumi Uchiyama, Kokoro Kikuchi, and Wataru Takagi as Haru Shinkai, Gacchimon, and Appli Drive (new Digivice equivalent) respectively.
Toei Animation has also released their very own synopsis of the series accompanied by the first official trailer, both of which I have provided for you just below:
Everyone in the world uses smartphone apps. But inside them lurks unknown creatures called “Appli Monsters,” or “Appmon.” The Appmon are AI lifeforms with the ability to think and act, and exist in the boundary between the human world and digital space to allow people and the system to interface and function. But in the vast sea of the internet, the “last boss AI” Leviathan takes control of the Appmon with a virus and begins hacking every system, thus starting to control the human world from the world of the net.
The protagonist, Haru Shinkai, is led to acquire the Appli Drive, and uses it to materialize Gachmon, a search app monster. What is the secret hidden within the Appli Drive? What is the mysterious field that exists between net world where the Appmon exist, and the real world? What is the “App Combine” that can combine two Appmons? What is Leviathan’s true goal?
Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Merchandise:
Revealed through the “Project Trailer” that was shown at the very beginning of the presentation, Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, like every other iteration of the franchise, is set to make a mint on merchandise alone. The main focus of the merchandise range is that of the Appli Drive replica which, much like that of the Yo-Kai Watch and it’s Medals, will be used in conjunction with square-shaped tokens each of which feature a new Digimon that can be “Appliarised” (materialised) and fused with another.
Alongside the replica will come action figures and a SmartPhone app that will make use of all these peripherals. As it stands; this level of Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters is much the same as all that came before it. As a franchise directed at children, merchandise is going to be their greatest money-maker and as such they will continue to produce and release different items so long as the series remains popular.
Announced alongside the merchandise for the series is that of the Nintendo 3DS game that, at this point in time, is still mostly a mystery to the general public. From what the below video showed; it is a game that will take use of the QR codes on the back of the Appli Monster Tokens to summon, fuse, and battle, similar to that of Activision’s Skylander series of figurine-based video games. Hopefully we will be seeing more of what the game has to offer in the coming weeks.
Bandai, as mentioned, revealed some of the merchandise through the video shown at the beginning of the presentation, but alongside that they have also released a list of upcoming merchandise items accompanied by their price (in Yen); both of which are provided for you below:
Appmon Chips – 240 yen each. Chips featuring individual Applimon. Launching in early October.
Appli Drive – 4,500 yen. A toy compatible with the Appmon Chips that has various modes and sound effects. Launching in early October.
3DS Retail Game – A Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters 3DS retail game promising a grand adventure is planned, but has not been showcased. An eShop game will arrive first…
3DS eShop Game – Appli Monsters: Cyber Arena (tentative title) is compatible with the QR codes on the Appmon Chips. Scan in your Appmon and use them in battle. Launching this fall.
Web Integration – Scan Appmon Chips with your smartphone to complete various missions.
Appmon 7code Pad – 3,200 yen. Launching in mid-November.
Appmon Band – 1,500 yen. Launching in early October.
Appmon Pairing Cover Set – 800 yen set. Includes two Appmon Chips and a cover for the Appmon Drive. Launching in late October.
Appliarise Action Figures – 1,200 yen each. Applimon figures.
Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Arcade Machine:
Unlike us here in the West, the Japanese general public still have a powerful love for Arcades and arcade-exclusive video games, so as you can imagine it is still a booming business over in the great land of Nippon. Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, being a huge multimedia project, will be featured as it’s very own arcade machine. Much like Animal Kaiser, the Arcade game will dispense random character cards at the end of a single playthrough that can be used over and over again in partnership with other character cards to create teams or for the sake of fusion which, in turn, creates an even more powerful Applimon.
Unfortunately these Data Carddass machine only ever get released across Japan, and it is usually quite rare to see one here in the West. Still, the hopes are that most, if not all, of what Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters has to offer makes it out of Japan and hits local shores sometime in the foreseeable future.
As you can see, Bandai were right when they labelled this an incredibly expansive multimedia project, and I have a feeling that we’ve yet to see all of it. The Tokyo Toy Show is still going, but that may be all we see of Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters this time around, but you can be sure, now that the project is out in the open, that Bandai will not make us wait in-between reveals and announcements regarding Appli Monsters. Stay tuned, as huge fans of the franchise, you can bet that SnapThirty will be on top of the news as it breaks.
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