Digimon Adventure 02 THE BEGINNING release date announcement info and cast/staff comments

A translation of the information and cast/staff comments from the Digimon Partners announcement posted on March 25, 2023, revealing the release date for Digimon Adventure 02 THE BEGINNING and other related info. The article includes comments from voice cast members Fukujuurou Katayama (Daisuke Motomiya) and Junko Noda (V-mon), as well as director Tomohisa Taguchi.

The release date for the newest Digimon movie, Digimon Adventure 02 THE BEGINNING, has been confirmed to be October 27, 2023 (Friday)!

Beyond just the release date, we’re also revealing the teaser illustration and a new promotional video, as well as comments from the main cast and director ♪ In addition, we’re also formally announcing this year’s annual “DigiFes 2023” summer festival, and with all of this new information about both the movie and the event, it’s sure to be a thrilling Digimon year!

★ Here’s the teaser illustration!

The illustration depicts a grown Daisuke and V-mon facing each other with smiles on his face, as well as the mysterious young man, Lui Ohwada, standing alone with a Digivice in hand at the beginning of a road. The slogan “It all began with a single wish” is written at the side, and the poster fuels all sorts of speculation about what this could be leading to!

★ Along with the teaser illustration comes a special video!

The video begins with “brave heart”, the classic Digimon evolution song! Notable scenes from the Digimon Adventure 02 TV anime are projected onto a road, one after another, and the focus falls on Lui Ohwada, a mysterious young man standing alone at the beginning of the road.

And after the music changes to the TV anime’s opening song, “Target ~Red Shock~”, Lui makes his shocking confession before the older 02 group! The video brings back nostalgia for the old days, but also makes you curious about what the new story will bring!

▶ Link to special video here

★ And here are some comments from the cast and director!

Accompanying all of this new information, we’re also bringing you comments from two of the main cast members, as well as the director!

(Cast comments)

Fukujuurou Katayama (voice of Daisuke Motomiya)
The release date and a teaser illustration for the new 02 movie has been revealed!
Look out for the relationship between V-mon and Daisuke, which is still the same as ever even after all of these years, and the lively atmosphere unique to 02!
You can enjoy the movie even if this is your first time with Digimon, so I hope a lot of people will come watch it.
We’re finally making our way towards the release of our 02 movie! Whoaaaaaa! I wanna watch it already! Right, V-mon?

Junko Noda (voice of V-mon)
Hooray! ☆ It’s the movie release date reveal! A mysterious young man named Lui appears before Daisuke and his friends. He has a secret in regards to his partnership with his Digimon, and through their interactions, Daisuke’s as carefree as usual (laughs), but he also matures and becomes more reliable. Of course, there’s also the lively and fun scenes that we all know 02 for ♪

It’s been 22 years since the release of Diablomon Strikes Back (*1)! Thank you to everyone for patiently waiting all this time! And to all the people we’re meeting for the first time, nice to meet you, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with our adorableness (laughs). Please come and experience the flavor of 02 and “the beginning of Digimon”!

(Director’s comment)

Tomohisa Taguchi
The idea for this story began from discussions about “the future of Digimon Adventure“. Since we already know what’s happening in Digimon Adventure’s future, there are many different potential stories that lead up to that point. Alongside many other staff members, including the producer, we discussed the question of what kind of story would be necessary for the Chosen Children. And so, with the 02 group at the core, we created a story that only they can save. It’s a completely different story from that of Kizuna (*2). A story that only these characters from 02 can tell. And the new charcter, Lui, has a very big role here in Digimon Adventure.
Please look forward to this wide-reaching story of the 02 group and the new character of Lui, a story that will be sure to be full of surprises.

*1: Full title Digimon Adventure 02: Diablomon Strikes Back
*2: Full title Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna

★ DigiFes 2023 will be held on July 30!

The annual summer festival, “DigiFes”, will be helled at the Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball on Sunday, July 30! Digimon Partners will be putting out more information such as ticket reservations and participating guests very soon, so please look forward to it!

We’ll be putting out more announcements about the event and the movie on the official Digimon Partners Twitter, so be sure not to miss it ♪
The hashtag for the movie is “#Digi02Beginning”!

Digimon Adventure 02 THE BEGINNING
Friday, October 27, 2023 release

Fukujuurou Katayama (voice of Daisuke Motomiya)
Junko Noda (voice of V-mon)
Arthur Lounsbery (voice of Ken Ichijouji)
Naozumi Takahashi (voice of Wormmon)
Ayaka Asai (voice of Miyako Inoue)
Kouichi Tohchika (voice of Hawkmon)
Yoshitaka Yamaya (voice of Iori Hida)
Megumi Urawa (voice of Armadimon)
Junya Enoki (voice of Takeru Takaishi)
Miwa Matsumoto (voice of Patamon)
M・A・O (voice of Hikari Yagami)
Yuka Tokumitsu (voice of Tailmon)

Megumi Ogata (voice of Lui Ohwada)
Rie Kugimiya (voice of Ukkomon)

Director: Tomohisa Taguchi
Screenplay: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Character design: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru
Animation character design: Seiji Tatsukawa
Digimon character design: Kenji Watanabe
Animation production: Yumeta Company
Production: Toei Animation/Toei

(Official website and Twitter)
▶ Digimon Adventure 02 THE BEGINNING official website
▶ “Digimon Partners” official fan community Twitter

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