(1999) is the first season of the anime saga Digimon: Digital Monsters. Its premise involves a group of boys and girls being whisked to a parallel reality called the Digital World while at summer camp. They were taken there because they were chosen to become DigiDestined, the children that would save the Digital World (along with Earth near the end of the series) from the evil forces that threatened to destroy it. Each of the children received a Digimon partner who was preprogrammed to be bonded to them, as well as miniature devices called Digivices. With the power of the Digivices, their Digimon partners could become stronger forms to battle enemies or save their partners from danger.
The season is continued with the same characters in Digimon Adventure 02.
Traveling to the Digital World was an experience that left the children bewildered. Their Digimon partners were suddenly thrust upon them, as well as the concept of having the Digimon Digivolve, a process by which they transform into stronger creatures to fend off enemy Digimon. But they also digivolve when they run low on strength. Thus, the children had to learn how to be DigiDestined as they went along.
Soon they learned of the Digital World's plight, that evil Digimon intent on ruling it for themselves. They vowed to save it in spite of missing the life they had left behind. The DigiDestined promised to save Digital World because they saw that Digimon, though made of data, were as intelligent as humans. They did not want them to suffer; furthermore, it was demonstrated to them that no one else could defeat the Digital World's enemies.
Digimon Adventure was originally supposed to be 13 episodes, as Toei Animation was not sure how popular it would become. As the ratings and popularity grew, it was extended to 54 episodes. This fact is apparent with episode 13 when Devimon is defeated and the aftermath of such.
As the plot evolved, the children dealt with various aspects of maturity: making friends, being courageous, standing for one's morals, et cetera. Each child was given an object called a "Crest" that embodied a particular personality trait that they had to demonstrate to get their partners to Digivolve to a higher level. Tai Kamiya possessed the trait of Courage; Matt Ishida, Friendship; Sora Takenouchi, Love; Mimi Tachikawa, Sincerity (Purity in Japanese); Izzy Izumi, Knowledge; Joe Kido, Reliability (Faith in Japanese); and T.K. Takaishi, Hope. It is later revealed that at the time they were chosen to become the DigiDestined (during the Greymon versus Parrotmon fight when they were only at least 7-8 (except T.K and Kari who were at least 4-5)) that these traits were the strongest good trait within their personality. Tai was always courageous when he had to be. Matt was always a good friend. Izzy was even then very knowledgable. Joe was highly reliable. Sora was genuinely loving and caring towards everyone (to say that her crest of love is love at the level of compassion (the ability to care for others)). Mimi was sincere about what she thought (positive and/or negative). T.K was one who always was hopeful and never willing to give up and Kari was just genuinely good and always wanted to do what was right (standing for the light which represents all that is good and right).
Eventually, evil Digimon began crossing a dimensional gate from the Digital World to enter Earth. The DigiDestined and their partners followed. Specifically, they landed in Odaiba, Japan, the children's home town. As the DigiDestined battled on Earth, they were joined by an eighth member, Kari Kamiya, Tai's sister and carrier of the trait of Light. While this was happening, a group of four Mega level Digimon called the Dark Masters besieged the Digital World. Once things were taken care of on Earth, the eight DigiDestined returned to the Digital World once again in order to defeat the Dark Masters one by one, and eventually their ultimate enemy, Apocalymon, the Digimon who was made of all the evil Digimon the DigiDestined had previously destroyed. When Apocalymon was defeated, the children went back to the Real World, leaving their Digimon partners behind. (They were reunited with their Digimon in the movie "Our War Game!".)
The eight DigiDestined children are listed first, followed by their Digimon partners.
|Character||Voice actor||Digimon||Voice actor|
| Tai Kamiya|
Yagami Taichi (八神 太一)
| Joshua Seth (EN)|
Toshiko Fujita (JP)
|Agumon|| Tom Fahn (EN)|
Chika Sakamoto (JP)
|The adventurous leader of the DigiDestined and the older brother of Kari Kamiya. Characterized as being stubborn and thick-headed, but brave.|
| Matt Ishida|
Ishida Yamato (石田 ヤマト)
| Michael Reisz (EN)|
Yuuto Kazama (JP)
|Gabumon|| Kirk Thornton (EN)|
Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP)
|The sometimes "lone wolf" of the group and the older brother of T.K. Takaishi.|
| Sora Takenouchi|
Takenouchi Sora (武之内 空)
| Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN)|
Yuko Mizutani (JP)
| Tifanie Christun (EN)|
Atori Shigematsu (JP)
|Sora is a very reliable person and tries to take care of the other kids. Her role is often as a motherly figure for various characters. She is also somewhat a tomboy.|
| Izzy Izumi|
Izumi Kōshirō (泉 光子郎)
| Mona Marshall (EN)|
Umi Tenjin (JP)
|Tentomon|| Jeff Nimoy (EN)|
Takahiro Sakurai (JP)
|Is very intelligent and a logical thinker. He is also a computer expert and constantly uses his laptop.|
| Mimi Tachikawa|
Tachikawa Mimi (太刀川 ミミ)
| Philece Sampler (EN)|
Ai Maeda (JP)
|Palmon|| Anna Garduno (EN)|
Shihomi Mizowaki (JP)
|Is kind and caring, although initially slightly stuck-up, selfish and ditzy.|
| Joe Kido|
Kido Jõ (城戸 丈)
| Michael Lindsay (EN)|
Masami Kikuchi (JP)
|Gomamon|| R. Martin Klein (EN)|
Junko Takeuchi (JP)
|Is dependable and thoughtful, though he is sometimes a worrywart. He tries to act as the voice of reason within the group.|
| T. K. Takaishi|
Takaishi Takeru (高石 タケル)
| Wendee Lee (EN)|
Hiroko Konishi (JP)
|Patamon|| Laura Summer (EN)|
Miwa Matsumoto (JP)
|The youngest of the group and the younger brother of Matt. He grows from being a reliant on the others to being as much of a fighter as they are. Along with Kari, he becomes part of the DigiDestined team of Digimon Adventure 02.|
| Kari Kamiya|
Yagami Hikari (八神 ヒカリ)
| Lara Jill Miller (EN)|
Araki Kae (JP)
| Edie Mirman (EN)|
Yuka Tokumitsu (JP)
|Joined the group after the other DigiDestined and is the younger sister of Tai. She is gentle and kind, although somewhat enigmatic. She joins the Digimon Adventure 02 DigiDestined along with T.K.|
Digital World's data manifested into a material form via the wishes of human children. The data reformed inside another parallel universe, a "dream dimension" that has the power to turn mental desires into reality. The Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western ends of the Digital World are individually guarded by one of the four Harmonious Ones, benevolent Digimon who ensure the Digital World's well-being.
When an evil being emerged from beyond the Digital World's Wall of Fire (curiously similar to a firewall), the Digital World's chronology was warped, throwing it out of sync with Earth, making it much older than it would be under normal circumstances - one Earth minute was equal to one Digital World day. Prophecy foretells that any time the Digital World is threatened by evil, a new group of children from each generation, called the DigiDestined, will come to the Digital World and save it. The DigiDestined for each generation were selected by a mysterious group, charged with the Digital World's protection. When the eight children of this generation witnessed a battle between a Greymon and a Parrotmon, the group chose them, and constructed their Digivices, Tags and Crests. A brutal attack by the Dark Masters left the whole group dead, save for Gennai, who was able to escape and hide the DigiDestined’s' Digivices and seven DigiEggs until their time came. When Devimon began to take over File Island with his Black Gears, the time for the DigiDestined to be summoned came, and the Digivices were dispatched, transporting seven chosen children into the Digital World, where they battled with the evil Digimon there.
Myotismon attempted to conquer both the Digital World and Earth by killing the Eighth Child - the predestined eighth member of the DigiDestined. He opened a portal to Earth and led his army on an assault on Central Odaiba in the search for the child, who was eventually revealed to be Kari, little sister of Tai, leader of the DigiDestined. When Myotismon was finally stopped, a rift opened to the Digital World - but it had been horrifically changed. In the few days that the DigiDestined had been back on Earth, years had passed in the Digital World, and the Dark Masters had risen again, and conquered the entire world, reformatting it into the massive Spiral Mountain. When the kids defeated the Dark Masters, they were confronted with the Digimon that had made the four monstrosities - Apocalymon. Apocalymon was bent on sharing his sorrow with the rest of reality, and didn't care if he lived or died in doing so. Thankfully, the kids defeated him. With his defeat, the Digital World began to reformat itself into its original form, free of evil, also putting it back in synch with Earth-time, meaning time would move to the same pace in both worlds. After the battle with Diaboromon, Gennai called the DigiDestined back to the Digital World, where they released the powers of their Crests, forming a shield which restored peace to the Digital World, expelling all evil.
The first story focused on Tai and Kari Kamiya four years before their adventure in the Digital World. It shows their first encounter with Digimon and what happened to them (as well as the other children that saw it became the other DigiDestined) when they participated in their first Digimon battle after raising a quickly growing Botamon. In the story, that Digimon hatches from a Digi-egg and eventually evolved into Greymon to fight a Parrotmon who appeared in the city. The movie was used in episodes of Digimon Adventure to explain why Taichi and company became DigiDestined.
In Tai's track, Whistle, a digital gate opens, allowing Tai to communicate briefly with Agumon. The sound of his sister's whistle, left in the Digital World with Gatomon, alerted him to the open gate.
In Sora's track, Letter to my Father, she writes about Joe's middle brother, Shuu, becoming her father's student in mythology, that her mother is teaching her to play tennis, and that her school will be going to Kyoto on a trip soon.
In Izzy's track, Chat, Izzy is e-mailing Gennai. He comments on Gennai "becoming younger", and that there are actually many more DigiDestined around the world. In addition, he wonders what the causes of the Greymon/Parrotmon battle in 1995 may have been.
In Mimi's track, Video Mail, Mimi has recently moved to New York City. She relates in graphic detail her experiences of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and that she met other DigiDestined helping to clear away the rubble. She also wonders if Digimon were actually around before the creation of the computer network.
In Matt's track, As I Play the Bass, Matt appears to be talking on the telephone to his father, whilst practicing the bass guitar. He finds out that his father used to be in a band, and also says that T.K. and his mother will be moving into Odaiba soon. Matt also mentions that the events relating the Digimon appear to have been wiped from video records.
Overall, the audio drama, set between Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, serves to bridge the gap between the two seasons in terms of the changing personalities of the original DigiDestined, and especially in the case of Chat, to provide further insight into some plot holes.
In Koushiro and the Missing Whereabouts of Love, the other DigiDestined find Izzy writing the love letter and try to get him to confess who he's writing it to. But Izzy gets Tentomon to Digivolve to Kabuterimon and flies off on him before the others can badger the answer from him. They pursue him in order to find out.
In Mimi's Overly Self-Conscious Plans for World Domination, the female DigiDestined (Kari, Mimi, and Sora) wonder if Izzy wrote the letter for one of them, and if so, which one? A small, but comical and friendly, argument breaks out over as to who it could be.
In Hikari's Weak Constitution, the boys try to calm the girls down, only to be ensnarled in the affair themselves. Kari finally resolves the situation. The true intended recipient for the love letter is revealed by Izzy, but is purposely bleeped out in order to keep the listeners in the dark as to whom the letter was really for.