Okay, well good bye everyone; it’s time for me to get buried alive now.
But really, in all seriousness. Why does it matter? Both franchises have their good points and their bad points. At the end of the day, it really comes down to what your personal preferences are. I like both, but I like both for different reasons. For me, I prefer the plot of Digimon and the anime itself, but I prefer the aesthetic of Pokemon over Digimon.
To make things easier I have split this post up into two parts. The first part will address what I like and dislike about Pokémon while the second will do the same for Digimon. This is just my opinion so feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments! But please no fandom wars. This is a no hate zone thank you. Now grab yourself a cup of tea and let’s begin!
As I have already established, the thing that I like most about Pokémon is the overall aesthetic of the pokemon themselves. I like how there is a large variety of pokémon which allows for anyone to find at least one that they like. I personally really like Umbreon. To some people this may come as a shock because my personal aesthetic matches Slyveon the best and I refer to both myself and other advid fans as “fairies” — a word that I use as a gender neutral term for “fangirl” because “fan” doesn’t imply the needed amount of obsession and not all advid fans are girls. However, I digress, my point is that even if you are not interested in the soft cuteness of some pokémon, there are still other pokémon that could draw you into the franchise. What I belive the Pokémon franchise does the best is creating all types of creatures and characters that can appeal to, and be marketed to, a wide range of people regardless of gender, age, or any other factors.
At the very same time however, there are a few things that I do dislike about Pokémon. Probably the biggest reason why I dislike Pokémon — besides personal preference — is because of the anime. I don’t like the repedativeness of the show and even as a kid I didn’t like it. You can argue that Pokémon is a show that is directed at childeren, and I understand that. I am not trying to compare Pokémon to Death Note because that is illogical. However, Digimon was also an anime that was directed at childern, but I still enjoy it as one of my favorites to this day. Nothing new happens in the show which makes it extremely predictable. After a while, you don’t even have to watch the show to know what will happen next.
Digimon was my first anime that I watched as a kid. I still have fond memories of watching the Disney English dub on Jetex “late” at night with my cousins. As a kid the show completely captivated me and I still enjoy the series with not just nostalgia, but enjoyment as well. Despite the show being directed at a younger audience there are still a healthy amount of mature themes that could be enjoyed by all age groups. The creators were, and still are, not afraid to kill off beloved characters — still mourning Wizardmon here — nor are they afraid to tackle more mature topics.
For example, in Digimon Tamers Jeri’s partner Leomon was killed right in front of her, and because of the nature of the relationships the digidestined have with their digimon partners, this event was severally traumatic for Jeri. Furthermore, Jeri already had issues with loss with her mom having died when Jeri was a still a young girl. As a result, Jeri ended up falling into deep despair which lead to her being taken over by the D-Reaper — a lifeform that was originally a computer program meant to eradicate all digimon — and becoming a host for it. To say the very least, Tamers was extremely dark — I still question why it’s called a “kid’s show”.
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Anyway, my point is that the plot and character developement of the Digimon anime(s) was well done and is up to par with some other adventure animes — at least in my opinion.
However, as much as I absolutely adore the anime, I do have one major problem with the Digimon franchise. The way the franchise was marketed to be specific. Digimon was a show that was solely marketed towards boys. Looking at the digimon themselves it is quite understandable why this was done, but that doesn’t make it right that Digimon was marketed as being exclusively for boys. As the times have gone on, Digimon has slowly been becoming something more for all kids and the diversity of what the digimon look like has broadened, but at this point, it might not matter. The idea that Digimon is specifically for boys, the “one category” theme for the appearence of the digital monsters, and the fact that not many people know about Digimon has already been laid as a foundation for the franchise. The marketing of the franchise and the amount of diversity in the appearence of the digimon could have been done better if you ask me.
At the end of the day fairies and cheshires, it really doesn’t matter. Like what you want to like and dislike what you want to dislike. So long as you are not hurting anyone for what they like or dislike then it really doesn’t matter. After all, the rest of the world is just going to call us geeks anyway.
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