Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna had two novelized versions, the Dash X Bunko version and the Shueisha Mirai Bunko version. This post is a translation for the latter.
IMPORTANT: There is a possibility you might actually be looking for the Dash X Bunko version, which was translated by onkei here. Please make sure that this translation is the specific one you’re looking for before continuing.
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What’s the difference between the two novel versions?
The Dash X Bunko version (which onkei has already translated here) is aimed at the movie’s primary audience of adults; it is heavily based on the movie’s actual script, and serves as a close transcription of it. The Shueisha Mirai Bunko version, which is translated in this post, is aimed at a younger audience, therefore phrasing things in a more upfront way and abridging or condensing certain scenes; however, it concentrates on a less clinical depiction of the events and focuses more on a “sentimental” depiction and inner thoughts.
Is there anything in this that isn’t in the movie or other novel?
While most of the dialogue and core events are the same as the Dash X Bunko version, the descriptions of the events are entirely different, and different things are accentuated or focused on. Although this version abridges scenes more often than it adds any, it does have some different or extended depictions of certain movie scenes, different takes on dialogue, and further depth into emotional thought processes or thematic content. There are also some elements that are completely exclusive to this version of the novel, and there are some scenes that are shared between both versions of the novel, but are not present in the movie itself.
Content warnings: one instance of mild bleeding
- Character introductions
- Prologue: “The Chosen Children”
- Chapter 1: Becoming an Adult Means…
- Chapter 2: Menoa Bellucci, Digimon Researcher
- Chapter 3: Take Down the Unknown Digimon!
- Chapter 4: Strange Things Happening to Partners
- Chapter 5: The Time Limit
- Chapter 6: The Spreading Clutches of Evil
- Chapter 7: Menoa’s Secret
- Chapter 8: The True Culprit
- Chapter 9: The Children’s Utopia, Neverland
- Chapter 10: Menoa’s Determination
- Chapter 11: The Last Evolution
- Epilogue: Digimon Adventure
Writer: Asahi Kawabata
Writer. From Yamanashi Prefecture. Made her debut with the Mirai Bunko novel FC6 First-Years.
Original script: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Writer, screenwriter, and lyricist. Has written scripts for works such as the Gintama anime adaptation and the Super Sentai series.