Digimon Adventure is the ultimate starting point, and fan-favorite of the franchise - for good reason! Adventure introduces its audience to a large cast of characters seven, later eight, children and their talking monster companions. It's a fantasy adventure that involves each member of the party undergoing change and character development.
The original series, while on a cheap budget, oozes with charm. Each of the Chosen Children, and their Digimon partners, are memorable and well defined. The series is unafraid to tackle somewhat mature concepts like divorce, adoption, and even death of loved ones.
Perhaps even more memorable are the evolution sequences, a series staple. While a bit repetitive after a few episodes, it's still a treat to see each Digimon's new forms, especially when paired with the theme "Braveheart".
Digimon Adventure is a fun series that Bandai and Toei have never quite been able to recapture. Nowadays, the brand leans heavily into Nostaglia for this series, but I don't think it's ever been quite as powerful as it was originally.
Tamers is my favorite season of Digimon. Hands Down. Unlike its predessors, Tamers is much more grounded in reality. The plot centers around a smaller case of characters living with Digimon in the real world. The storyline is much darker, with genuinely frightening villians and moments. It takes its audience seriously, and gives this season some of the best characters and arcs of the entire franchise.
Digimon in Tamers are seen as a "game come to life" rather than mythical creatures. This meant, if you were a kid, you felt like maybe you TOO could have YOUR own monster come to life.
Not only that, but the card game was worked into the narrative in an organic way that didn't feel like the toy ad it was. For the first time, the tamers got to actively assist their Digimon in winning battles instead of only initiating evolution.
Speaking of evolution, the soundtrack and transformation sequences are fantastic. These sequences are dynamic, and even a bit violent. I love that by the end, the Tamers fuse with their Digimon to become even more involved with what's going on- almost like partnered super heroes.
I gush a lot about this season, but more than any other, it's the one I want to go back and watch again and again.
The best season of Digimon that we never got. Digimon Reboot is a fan-made webseries by Rebekah L., Keisha P., and Zuza J. featuring an entirly new continuity, cast of characters, and of course, Digimon. Unlike other fics, Reboot features multiple "screen caps" during each episode/chapter as well as fully animated evolution sequences. How cool is that?
The premise centers around a cast of eight young adults who have been partnered with their Digimon since birth. No one is sure why, but they've assimilated into their lives happily. Suddenly, antagonistic Digimon begin appearing in the real world, and each of these individuals begin to realize they were not the only ones who have Digimon partners...
Since thecharacters are adults, the story has more mature themes and scenarios compared to the anime, but certainly not in a "dark-edgey" type of way. Each chapter is crafted like an episode of a show, and weaves into a cohesive narrative that's hard to stop reading.
I recommend this to every Digimon fan out there. The content is high quality, and better than most of the anime seasons. The creators poured their hearts into this, and unlike many other fan projects, actually finished it!
Read it for yourself at the Digimon Delta!