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Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning
Airdate (Ja:) October 5, 2023
(En:) November 8, 2023
Director Tomohisa Taguchi
Studio Toei Animation
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Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning is a movie sequel to Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna. It premiered in Japanese theaters on October 27, 2023, while English subbed and dubbed versions premiered in American theaters on November 8.

Development[]

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The Beginning was announced at DigiFes 2021 on August 1, 2021,[1] although info about it was earlier leaked on Chinese social media on July 28.[2] The film's title was announced as Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning in the July 19, 2022 trailer for DigiFes 2022.

On March 25, 2023, Toei announced the film would air in Japan on October 27.[3] The film had an initial showing on October 5 at Shinjuku Wald 9.[4] On the same day, multiple movie theaters in the United States announced they would be airing an English dub of the movie on November 8.[5][6][7][8]

Synopsis[]

In February 2012, a giant, shiny egg appears above the Tokyo Tower. At the same time, people all around the world begin receiving text messages stating: "I wish everyone had friends. I wish everyone had a Digimon partner."

On February 28th, 2012, Davis Motomiya and Veemon invite the other 2002 Digidestined and their Digimon to a meal at the restaurant where they work. On television, they see a report about a young man who had climbed up the Tower towards the giant egg. They head there, just in time to rescue the young man who had fallen off Tokyo Tower. He introduces himself as Lui Ohwada, and claims to have been the first child with a Digimon partner. He is able to show them his broken Digivice, but refuses to answer why he is not accompanied by a Digimon partner. He asks them to destroy the giant egg on his behalf, to which they agree. Davis and Ken Ichijouji use Paildramon to fly towards the egg, taking Lui with them. They attack it, but are unsuccessful. Instead, they fall off Paildramon and right into the egg.

When regaining consciousness, they discover that they have travelled back in time to February 29th, 1996. They see a young Lui, who had birthday that day. He is seen growing up unhappily, with a comatose father and an abusive mother, who had locked him out on the balcony. There, a Digi-Egg appeared and hatched into Ukkomon. The Digimon promised Lui to make all his wishes come true, with adult Lui explaining that it had the actual power to do so. Young him had thereafter wished for a happy family life, and for every child in the world, not just himself, to have friends. Ukkomon promises to make this come true by Lui's next birthday.

The DigiDestined are thereafter returned to the present. They head towards their old school, where Lui explains what had happened subsequently. His father had awoken from his coma, and his mother had become friendlier towards him, with both of them accepting Ukkomon into the family. Furthermore, his wish had created a bond between Digimon and human children, whom had subsequently began meeting their Digimon partners, essentially setting the events of the Digimon Adventure universe in motion. As Lui had been happy on his next birthday in 2000, and more and more children became friends with Digimon, Ukkomon felt like it was fullfilling its promise.

However, by 2004, Lui became disillusioned, once he noticed that Ukkomon had robbed his parents and other children off their free will. He also realized that the bond between Digimon and humans was leading to fighting and destruction. In rage, he had destroyed his Digivice, damaging his eye in the process. Ukkomon replaced the eye with one of its own, but Lui had still felt dissatisfied, and expressed that he did not want Ukkomon in his life anymore. Feeling that it had lost its purpose, Ukkomon then regressed back into a Digiegg, along with leaving Lui's parents for dead. A giant version of said Digi-egg was hovering above Tokyo Tower.

Shortly after Lui finishes his story, the clock strikes twelve: It’s Lui’s birthday once more. The giant Digiegg transforms into BigUkkomon. Each of its tentacles comes with a Digiegg attached, through which the children conclude that Ukkomon is attempting to give every human on the planet a Digimon partner over the course of the day. Worried that this would cause the world’s destruction, they agree to stop it. Lui urges the other Digidestined to kill Ukkomon, but they refuse, concluding that this might destroy the partnership between humans and Digimon for good. Instead, they convince him that Ukkomon merely wishes to reconcile, and that this is what Lui also should attempt to do.

To bring Lui to Ukkomon, the Digidestined's Digimon evolve: First to Champion level, and then to their DNA Digivolved forms. Fighting the giant Digimon's many tentacles along the way, they manage to bring Lui to BigUkkomon, who then enters its body. Lui finds himself back on his birthday in 1996. He manages to speak with Ukkomon, and they manage to reconcile. However, Lui is told that BigUkkomon still needs to be destroyed in the present.

Back in 2012, Lui informs the Digidestined of his success. Imperialdramon Fighter Mode subsequently manages to defeat the BigUkkomon. Following the battle, Ukkomon’s normal sized Digiegg materializes back into Lui’s hand, who also loses his artificial eye. While he promises a fresh start for them, Digivices all around the world suddenly begin disappearing. The DigiDestined conclude that they have become a relic of the path, due to the fact that a strong partnership and will for conflict resolution alone are enough to maintain the bond between a Digimon and its human partner.

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 Rookie Champion Ultimate Mega

Digivolutions[]

(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

Veemon 3 ExVeemon 5 Paildramon 7 Veemon 12 ExVeemon 17 Paildramon
Veemon b Arrow R ExVeemon b Arrow R Paildramon b Arrow RR Red Veemon b Arrow R ExVeemon b Arrow R Paildramon b
(w/ Stingmon) (w/ Stingmon)
Paildramon 19 Imperialdramon Dragon Mode 28 Imperialdramon Fighter Mode 30 Veemon
Paildramon b Arrow R Imperialdramon Dragon Mode b Arrow R Blue Imperialdramon Fighter Mode b Arrow RR Red Veemon b
(w/ Stingmon)
Wormmon 1 Stingmon 2 Wormmon 3 Stingmon (5) Paildramon (7) Wormmon 15 Stingmon (17) Paildramon
Wormmon b Arrow R Stingmon b Arrow R Red Wormmon b Arrow R Stingmon b Arrow R Paildramon b Arrow RR Red Wormmon b Arrow R Stingmon b Arrow R Paildramon b
(w/ ExVeemon) (w/ ExVeemon)
Paildramon (19) Imperialdramon Dragon Mode (28) Imperialdramon Fighter Mode 31 Wormmon
Paildramon b Arrow R Imperialdramon Dragon Mode b Arrow R Blue Imperialdramon Fighter Mode b Arrow RR Red Wormmon b
(w/ ExVeemon)
Patamon 9 Angemon 10 Patamon 14 Angemon 23 Shakkoumon 32 Patamon
Patamon b Arrow R Angemon b Arrow R Patamon b Arrow R Angemon b Arrow R Shakkoumon b Arrow RR Red Patamon b
(w/ Ankylomon)
Ukkomon 10 BigUkkomon
Ukkomon b Arrow R BigUkkomon b
Gatomon 13 Angewomon 25 Gatomon 26 Silphymon 33 Gatomon
Gatomon b Arrow R Angewomon b Arrow R Red Gatomon b Arrow R Silphymon b Arrow R Red Gatomon b
(w/ Aquilamon)
Hawkmon 11 Aquilamon 26 Silphymon 34 Hawkmon
Hawkmon b Arrow R Aquilamon b Arrow R Silphymon b Arrow RR Red Hawkmon b
(w/ Gatomon)
Armadillomon 16 Ankylomon (23) Shakkoumon 35 Armadillomon
Armadillomon b Arrow R Ankylomon b Arrow R Shakkoumon b Arrow RR Red Armadillomon b
(w/ Angemon)


Songs[]

Credits[]

  • Director: Tomohisa Taguchi
  • Writer: Akatsuki Yamatoya
  • Production: Yōsuke Kinoshita
  • Cinematography: Shinya Kuwabara
  • Editing: Kentarou Tsubone
  • Music: Harumi Fuuki


Cast[]

Release[]

Gallery[]

Other notes[]

Digimon references

  • The movie tries to bridge the gap between the final battle against MaloMyotismon and the epilogue, both featured in A Million Points of Light.
    • During the opening sequence, the DigiDestined are seen working towards the careers they are shown to have achieved in the epilogue.
    • All Digivice disintegrate at the end of the film, which may explain why none are seen during the epilogue.
  • The TV news on the day Lui confronts Ukkomon depicts events from Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon.

Real-world references

Miscellaneous trivia

  • This is the only movie within the Digimon Adventure continuity to not feature Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, and Joe in any capacity.
  • Yue Hong is the only named international DigiDestined introduced during Digimon Adventure 02's world tour arc not to have a cameo. Likewise, her Apemon does not appear, either.
  • Despite Lou himself appearing, his Tortomon is noticably absent in the panel that shows all American DigiDestined and their partners.

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Notes and references[]

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