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And so it begins...
漂流? 冒険の島!
(Hyouryū? Bouken no Shima!)
"Adrift? The Island of Adventure!"
Other title(s)
(Pt:) "Summer Vacations" (Férias de Verão)
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) March 7, 1999
(En:) August 14, 1999
Written by (Ja:) Satoru Nishizono
(En:) Ardwight Chamberlain, John Ludin
Directed by (Ja:) Hiroyuki Kakudou
Chief Anim.
Yoshitaka Yajima
Art Yukiko Iijima
Toei Animation
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Seven kids at summer camp are sucked into a strange "Digital World", where strange creatures called Digimon greet them.


DA ep 01 recap

Episode recap for And so it begins....


Taichi "Tai" Kamiya recounts how the world's climate has been going haywire—Asia is in a drought, the Middle East is being hit by flash floods, and America is wracked with freezing cold temperatures. Meanwhile, he's in summer camp, having a perfectly normal summer until it begins snowing, and a sudden blizzard appears.

Tai and his friends, Sora Takenouchi, Yamato "Matt" Ishida, Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa, Takeru "T.K." Takaishi, and Joe Kido, are all amazed when it begins snowing. They then observe lights like auroras in the sky, from which emerges a portal that shoots out strange electronic devices. When they reach out and grab the objects, a huge wave of water erupts from the ground and sucks them into the portal, which sends them to a new world.

Tai is awoken by a strange creature which calls itself Koromon, and soon Izzy shows up with his own creature, Motimon. The creatures claim to know Tai and Izzy, and to have been waiting a long time for them.

The kids try to figure out where they are, and Tai climbs a tree to take a look through his telescope. He's startled to find that they are near the ocean, and then spots a huge red beetle, which Koromon tells him is Kuwagamon. It attacks Tai and Izzy, but they hide within a "hiding tree", which is partially a hologram. After Kuwagamon passes, Sora tells them to come out, and the group is reunited and introduced to each child's new creature. Sora has Yokomon. T.K. has Tokomon whom he instantly hits it off with. Matt has Tsunomon. Joe has Bukamon whom he is afraid of. The creatures then explain that they are "Digimon: Digital Monsters!".

As the group wonders where Mimi is, they hear her screaming and spot her and her Tanemon being chased by Kuwagamon. It chases the gang to the edge of a cliff, and the Digimon decide to fight, despite the children wanting to flee. However, as In-Training Digimon, they can only blow bubbles, and are knocked out by the Champion-level Kuwagamon. The children try to stop them from fighting, and just as everything seems lost, the devices glow and the Digimon suddenly digivolve to Rookie level! Koromon becomes Agumon, Yokomon becomes Biyomon, Motimon becomes Tentomon, Tsunomon becomes Gabumon, Tokomon becomes Patamon, Bukamon becomes Gomamon, and Tanemon becomes Palmon. While the humans are shocked by the transformation, the seven Rookie Digimon begin attacking Kuwagamon, but even their combined attacks are only enough to daze it. It crashes into the cliff, breaking off the chunk the kids and Digimon are on and letting it fall into the river.

Featured characters[]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)

Humans In-Training Rookie Champion

Digimon Analyzer[]

Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Koromon: "It means 'Brave Little Warrior'. And don't forget it, Tai!"
Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Motimon: "My friends call me 'Motimon'. Everyone does, actually."
Insect Digimon
Special Move
Scissor Arms
Koromon: "His name is 'Kuwagamon'. He's an Insectoid Digimon. Vicious and ruthless, with teeth like knives and Scissor Hands that can chop through anything!"
Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Sora: "Tai, Izzy, meet Yokomon."

Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Tokomon: "Hello! I am Tokomon."
Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Tsunomon: "'Tsunomon' is my name, and I am quite pleased to meet you."
Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Bukamon: "The name is 'Bukamon'."
Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Tanemon: "Don't worry, Tanemon's here to protect you."


(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

Koromon 1 Agumon
Koromon b Arrow R Agumon b

Yokomon 2 Biyomon
Yokomon b Arrow R Biyomon b

Motimon 3 Tentomon
Motimon b Arrow R Tentomon b

Tsunomon 4 Gabumon
Tsunomon b Arrow R Gabumon b

Tokomon 5 Patamon
Tokomon b Arrow R Patamon b

Bukamon 6 Gomamon
Bukamon b Arrow R Gomamon b

Tanemon 7 Palmon
Tanemon b Arrow R Palmon b


"That's home. Planet Earth. But I'm not sure that's where I am right now."

Tai begins the story with these fateful words.

"Oh, by the way, my name's Tai. This is Sora. She's okay... for a girl. And Matt—Matt's too cool. Just look at that haircut. And this little kid is Izzy. He should have gone to computer camp. That's Mimi. I'll bet you can guess her favorite color on the first try! T.K. is Matt's dopey little brother. Oh, and this is Joe. But don't ever scare him; he'd probably wet his pants."

Tai introduces himself, then gives his personal opinion of the other DigiDestined.

"Needless to say, the canoe races were canceled."

Tai on the unexpected snowstorm.

"The sky is, like, short circuiting."

Matt describes the strange lights in the sky.

Koromon: "Tai... Yoo hoo! Tai!"
Tai: "Yeah, I'm okay. Huh? ... Aaah!! That is the last time I eat camp food!"

—Tai freaks out upon seeing his first Digimon.

"And I've got this little pink thing following me everywhere."

Izzy's best description of Motimon.

"You're pretty brave, for a little guy."

Tai, after Koromon tries to defend him from Kuwagamon.

"For having two long legs, you boys are awfully slow."

Motimon, leading Tai and Izzy to the hiding tree.

Joe: "What are they?"
Bukamon: "We're..."
Digimon: "Digimon! Digital Monsters!"

—The Digimon introduce themselves to their human partners.

Tai: "And the self proclaimed 'cool one' over there is Matt."
Matt: "No autographs, please."

—Tai introduces Matt to their new friends.

Izzy: "Well, perhaps she's off picking flowers, or going on a nature hike, or—"
Mimi: "Aah!! Somebody help me!!"
Tai: "Come on!"
Izzy: "Okay, so she's not picking flowers."

—No more than five minutes in the Digital World and Mimi's already in trouble.

"So, just when we make some pretty cool friends, we all take a plunge. Never to see each other again? I don't think so. But find out for yourself next time on Digimon: Digital Monsters!"

Tai invites us to keep watching next week.

Other notes[]

Animation errors

  • Many of the childrens' shoes are miscolored at points throughout the episode.
  • Many of the characters are shown in darker tones at points throughout the episode.
  • In several scenes, Joe's left wristband is colored the same as his watch or missing.
  • In multiple scenes and shots, Mimi's bag is missing.
  • As the DigiDestined enter the Digital World, Joe's watch and wristband have switched arms.
  • As Kuwagamon is about to attack Tai in the tree for a second time, the black band on Tai's left arm is missing.
  • When Tai and Izzy are following Motimon, Izzy's laptop is missing from his back.
  • When the partner Digimon introduce themselves as Digital Monsters, Motimon's fingernails are white instead of brown.
  • When the group run after hearing Mimi's scream, the bottom of Sora's hat is the same color as its top.
  • When Matt and T.K. duck to avoid Kuwagamon, the first frame has the blue gem stone on T.K.'s hat colored white instead.
  • When Joe gets up after ducking to avoid Kuwagamon, both his wristbands are the same color as his skin.
  • As the group reach the cliff-edge, and when they're cornered by Kuwagamon, the white line on Sora's shirt disappears.
  • When crouching to dodge Kuwagamon, Izzy's gloves are missing.
  • When the group run to the cliff-edge with their Digimon, Tsunomon's face is colored orange when Matt looks back.
  • In a panning shot of the group as Kuwagamon corners them, the right strap of Izzy's laptop bag is the same color as shirt, the strap of Mimi's bag is the same color as her dress, and Joe's vest is the same color as his shirt.
  • When the children's partner Digimon go off to fight Kuwagamon, Joe's left arm has the same wristband as his right arm, and Izzy's laptop bag is missing again.
  • When the In-Training Digimon hop to fight Kuwagamon, they seem to be hopping on top of its feet.
  • As the DigiDestined see their Digimon digivolve, Izzy's Digivice is missing, Joe's left arm has the same wristband as his right arm again, and the red cross on his bag is black.
  • In several shots, Palmon's fingers are completely purple.
  • When the Rookie Digimon launch themselves at Kuwagamon, Patamon's fingers are white instead of black, and Gomamon's left ear is white while his right ear is purple.
  • Before using his Super Shocker attack, the bottom of Tentomon's feet are black where they should be red.
  • When attacking Kuwagamon with his Super Shocker attack, his thighs are red instead of green.
  • When the Digimon regroup, Gabumon's toenails are colored violet instead of white.
  • In a shot of the children after Kuwagamon is falling defeated, Izzy's Digivice is missing again.
  • When greeting their Digimon, the right strap of Izzy's laptop bag is the same orange color as his shirt, his right glove is the same color as his skin, and Gomamon's ears are shown as purple with white tips.

Dubbing changes

  • Tai does not narrate in the original. Instead, there is a generic narrator who covers the climate changes in more detail, as well as reading Kuwagamon's profile more in-depth. In general, though, there is less speaking during the episode.
  • In the English dub, Tai's narration reveals that Matt and T.K. are brothers, while in the original this fact isn't revealed until "The Blue Wolf! Garurumon", and some of the other characters are implied to be unaware of it in Episode 2.
  • The DigiDestined's original profile screens include their school and grade, and their names are read by the narrator.
  • In the original, no one speaks over the In-Training Digimon's Analyzer screens.
  • Kuwagamon makes a more insect-like chittering noise in the original, instead of the reptilian roar he makes in the English version.
  • When the group are talking about where Mimi could be, Joe speaks in the original while turning to look at Izzy, though at this moment in the English dub, Izzy's voice is heard - it is unclear whether this is meant to be Izzy speaking, or Joe speaking with a different voice actor.
  • The background music for the English dub is different to the original Japanese episode. In fact, different music is used throughout this series, and in all the others as well.

Digimon references

  • The events preceding the kids entry into the digital world are revealed in the episode "The Ultimate Clash".
  • The events of this episode are reminisced about in the episode "Now Apocalymon".
  • The Digi-gate at the summer camp is not used to enter the Digital World again until the end of the next series, in the episode "A Million Points of Light", when it is the only one available due to BlackWarGreymon sealing off of the local gates from Yukio Oikawa.

Real-world references

  • Six of the children attend Odaiba Elementary in Odaiba, while T.K. attends Kawada Elementary in Nakano.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Tai announces the episode title in the Japanese episode.
  • Koromon is the first Digimon to be analyzed and the first to digivolve to the next level—a continued theme throughout the series, as he is also the first of the group to reach Champion, Ultimate, and Mega levels (though Gabumon's the only other Digimon in the group to reach Mega level).
  • Because elementary school goes up to sixth grade in Japan, all of the characters are elementary school students. The kids' grades are as follows:
    • Tai, Sora and Matt—Fifth Grade
    • Izzy and Mimi—Fourth Grade
    • T.K.—Second Grade
    • Joe—Sixth Grade
  • Joe's introduction at the beginning of the episode has been cut from some DVD releases.
  • In the original episode, the insert song "Brave heart" is played for the first time.
  • In the original episode, during the Koromon-Agumon digivolution sequence, Chika Sakamoto voices Koromon with Agumon's pitch. This is fixed in later episodes.
  • In the original airing of the English version, Yokomon's name was spelled Yocomon. It was changed in subsequent airings.