Digimon Tamers
Digimon Tamers
Digimon Tamers
Genre Action-adventure
Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Yukio Kaizawa
Produced by Hiromi Seki
Kyotaru Kimura
Written by Chiaki J. Konaka
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV
English network
M-Net (K-TV)
Original run April 1, 2001 March 31, 2002
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Battle of Adventurers
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 14, 2001
Runtime 50 minutes
Anime film
Runaway Locomon
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 2, 2002
Runtime 30 minutes
Written by Yuen Wong Yu
Published by Rightman Publishing Ltd.
English publisher
Original run April 2004October 2004
Volumes 4
Related works

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Digimon Tamers (デジモンテイマーズ Dejimon Teimāzu?), known outside Japan as season three of Digimon: Digital Monsters, is the third television anime series produced by Toei Animation based on the Japanese Digimon franchise.[1] Unlike the previous seasons, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, Tamers takes place in a different universe, where the first two seasons are a video game. The show mostly takes place in the real world and revolves heavily around the collectible card game based on the series.

This series is also known for its darker undertones and story plots, taking darker routes than in previous series. The anime has become controversial over the decade, with debates about how appropriate this show actually is for its "target" audience, especially due to the Lovecraftian nature of the last arc. The English dub is more lighthearted dialogue-wise, though still not as much as previous series. Tamers aired in Japan between April 1, 2001 and March 31, 2002, whilst an English-language version by Saban Entertainment aired in North America between September 1, 2001 to June 8, 2002. A manga adaptation by Yuen Wong Yu ran between April and October 2004. It was succeeded by Digimon Frontier.


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Japanese logo

One day Takato creates his own Digimon Guilmon when he slips a mysterious blue card he found in his deck through his hand-held card reading device, changing it into a D-Power (called a D-Arc in Japan), the Tamers' version of a Digivice. The appearance and powers of his Digimon come from Takato's sketches that were scanned into the device. Guilmon bio-emerges from the Digital World and is found by Takato. In his attempts to hide his new friend, Takato meets other Tamers Henry who met Terriermon in a computer game, and Rika whose success in card game tournaments caused many Digimon to come to her when she received her D-Power, and she chose Renamon, promising to make her stronger. Early in the series, the three Tamers and their Digimon duel foreign Digimon emerging into their world. Takato, Henry and their partners quickly become friends and allies, while Rika and Renamon prefer to fight on their own; however, they all soon realise that much more is at stake and the six unite. During their escapades, they encounter the michevious and mysterious Calumon, who has the power to make other Digimon digivolve, but dislikes fighting, and Impmon, a cruel Digimon that left his twin Tamers because he was sick of their bickering and selfishness, and thinks that all Digimon with Tamers are a disgrace. Along the way, the kids learn to be responsible for those creatures as a mysterious man known as Yamaki tries to stop wild Digimon from coming to the real world. From the secret government agency called Hypnos, Yamaki is in charge of monitoring and covering up Digimon activity around the globe.

When Yamaki attempts to use his project, the Juggernaut programme, to suck every Digimon back to the Digital World, a group of powerful Digimon calling themselves the Devas, who serve the Digimon Sovereigns, hijack the programme and begin to enter the Real World. The Devas believe that true Digimon should not pair up with humans, and they fight the trio of Tamers and their Digimon to defend their world against them. The Devas' true purpose for entering the human world is eventually revealed; they wish to capture Calumon, and take him back to the Digital World, so that they can use his power of Digivolution. The Devas eventually succeed, although many are destroyed in the attempt. Impmon, meanwhile, is badly beaten by one of the Devas and is drawn back into the Digital World with the promise of power.

The Tamers then decide to rescue Calumon, and are surprised to find a portal to the Digital World under Guilmon's hiding place in a park. Several accompany them in their quest: Kazu and Kenta, Takato's trading card rivals, set out to find themselves a partner Digimon, while another friend Jeri, who met her partner Leomon in the Real World, sets out to prove her strength. Henry's little sister Suzie is later sent to the Digital World on her own. On their travels in the Digital World they meet Ryo (Rika's rival and legendary Digimon Tamer) and his savage partner Cyberdramon.

The Tamers destroy all but one of the remaining Devas (Antylamon turned to the side of good and became Suzie's Digimon partner) only to be confronted by Impmon, who had digivolved to his mega form, Beelzemon, after making a deal with a Sovereign for more power, in exchange for eliminating the Tamers. Beelzemon then brutally kills Leomon, causing Jeri to fall into a deep depression. Beelzemon is then defeated in a duel with Gallantmon. The Tamers then meet Zhuqiaomon, one of the four Digimon Sovereigns, and the force behind the Devas, and battle him until Azulongmon intervenes. The Sovereigns reveal the true danger to their worlds is the D-Reaper, a computer program initially designed to keep digital life from getting out of control, but became rampant. The Sovereigns also explain their kidnapping of Calumon was not an act of cruelty; as the embodiment of Digivolution, his power would allow every Digimon to Digivolve and combat the D-Reaper.

When Calumon gives up his power willingly to allow the Digimon to defend their home, the Tamers return to the Real World to combat the D-Reaper, but later learn they must also rescue Jeri, who has been taken by the renegade program and is, unwilling and unknown to her, feeding it information with her sadness. A huge battle ensues with Takato, Henry, Rika, Ryo and their Digimon against the monster, with Takato attempting to breach the defences to rescue Jeri while the others try to eradicate the D-Reaper. Finally, Henry's father and Hypnos upload a variant of the Juggernaut program to Megagargomon, allowing them to suck the D-Reaper back into the Digital World, harmless once again, as Takato and Jeri escape, in part thanks to Kazu, Kenta and their Digimon. The partners however, are also drawn back to the Digital World by the effects of the Juggernaut program, forcing the children to say good-bye, although Takato promises to see Guilmon again. The story ends several months later; Takato discovers that the portal under Guilmon's old hiding place has opened again, and that he will be able to keep his promise after all.


Main article: List of Digimon Tamers episodes

Digimon Tamers aired 51 episodes on Fuji TV in Japan from April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002, and on Fox Kids in the United States from September 1, 2001 to June 8, 2002. It was aired in Fox Kids in the United Kingdom, as well as on CITV, but on CITV, they only aired the first four episodes, just like Vol 1 of a VHS copy that were sold there. A Vol 2 was also made, but they missed nine episodes off and went straight from fourteen to seventeen.


Main article: List of characters in Digimon Tamers

Main charactersEdit

Character Voice actor Digimon Voice actor
Takato and Guilmon Takato Matsuki
Takato Matsuda (松田 啓人 (タカト) Matsuda Takato?)
(En:) Brian Beacock
(Ja:) Makoto Tsumura
Guilmon (ギルモン Girumon?)
(En:) Steven Jay Blum
(Ja:) Masako Nozawa
An imaginative artist who created his own Digimon. Takato is somewhat the leader of the group.
Henry and Terriermon Henry Wong
(En:) Dave Wittenberg
(Ja:) Mayumi Yamaguchi
Terriermon (テリアモン Teriamon?)
(En:) Mona Marshall
(Ja:) Aoi Tada
A half-Japanese/half-Chinese boy, a voice of reason type character. He chose Terriermon in a video game.
Rika and Renamon Rika Nonaka
Ruki Makino (牧野 留姫 (ルキ) Makino Ruki?)
(En:) Melissa Fahn
(Ja:) Fumiko Orikasa
Renamon (レナモン?)
(En:) Mari Devon
(Ja:) Yuka Imai
A tomboyish, headstrong, female Tamer who is a champion Digimon card player.

Secondary charactersEdit

Screenshot Character Voice actor Digimon Voice actor
3-28 01 Jeri Katou
Juri Katō (加藤 樹莉 (ジュリ) Katō Juri?)
(En:) Bridget Hoffman
(Ja:) Yōko Asada
Leomon (レオモン Reomon?)
(En:) Paul St. Peter
(Ja:) Hiroaki Hirata
A female Tamer who is one of Takato's friends from school.
3-38 01 Ryo Akiyama
Ryō Akiyama (秋山 (リョウ) Akiyama Ryō?)
(En:) Steve Staley
(Ja:) Jun-ichi Kanemaru
Cyberdramon (サイバードラモン Saibādoramon?)
(En:) Lex Lang
(Ja:) Ikkei Seta
An enigmatic Tamer that went missing after beating Rika to take first place in the Digimon Card Tournament.
3-46 01 Kazu Shioda
Hirokazu Shioda (塩田 博和 (ヒロカズ) Shioda Hirokazu?)
(En:) Brad MacDonald
(Ja:) Yukiko Tamaki
Guardromon (ガードロモン Gādoromon?)
(En:) Richard Cansino
(Ja:) Kiyoyuki Yanada
A comedic Tamer that is very good friends with Takato and Kenta and often beats them in DigiBattle Card Game.
3-46 02 Kenta Kitagawa
Kenta Kitagawa (北川 健太 (ケンタ) Kitagawa Kenta?)
(En:) Steven Jay Blum
(Ja:) Touko Aoyama
MarineAngemon (マリンエンジェモン Marin'Enjemon?)
(En:) Wendee Lee
(Ja:) Ai Iwamura
A young Tamer who is very good friends with Takato and Kazu.
3-46 03 Suzie Wong
Shaochung Lee (李 小春 (リー・シウチョン) Lǐ Xiǎochūn (Rī Shiuchon)?)
(En:) Peggy O'Neal
(Ja:) Ai Nagano
Lopmon (ロップモン Roppumon?)
(En:) Michelle Ruff
(Ja:) Aoi Tada
Henry's younger sister.
3-51 01 Ai and Mako
Ai and Makoto (アイとマコト Ai to Makoto?)
(En:) Rebecca Forstadt and Wendee Lee
(Ja:) Haruhi Terada and Miwa Matsumoto
Impmon (インプモン Inpumon?)
(En:) Derek Stephen Prince
(Ja:) Hiroki Takahashi
Two young children whom Impmon first met during his first time in the human world; his experiences with their sibling rivalry gave him a strong dislike for humans. They reconciled with Impmon near the end of the season.

Digital WorldEdit

Main article: Digital World (Tamers)

The Digital World (or DigiWorld for short) is a parallel, shadow world that coexists with Earth, created as it was by it. This is where all Digimon live.

The Digital World that runs parallel to the Earth inhabited by Takato and the other Tamers originally started out as a barren desert, which became home to the digital life forms created by the Monster Makers in the 1980s – the Digimon. Some organisms even evolved on their own from the Digital World, the DigiGnomes. But in the early days of life in the Digital World, it was attacked by the deadly D-Reaper deletion program, which had been created to destroy all artificial intelligence that moved beyond its limits. However, as it deleted many Digimon, it absorbed their data, and was mutated by it, gaining sentience and more power. It entered a period of inactivity, and buried itself away, deep beneath the Digital World.

Time passed, and four Digimon evolved into their highest stages, becoming the "gods" of the Digital World – the four Digimon Sovereigns, Azulongmon, Baihumon, Ebonwumon and Zhuqiaomon. The Digital World eventually grew to be composed of six planes – the earliest was the desert, while the sixth is the highest plane where the Sovereigns dwelled, along with the Shining Digivolution—the power source that provided the energy to allow Digimon to Digivolve. On the four planes in between are "miniverses"—specialized environments created by the Digimon that inhabit them. There are a great many of them, but ones seen included: an area of clouds and clockwork where Clockmon and Hagurumon lived, a warped, black-and-white town where the Nohemon dwell and a Knightmon patrolled its castle at night, an area of forests, lakes and rivers where Orochimon is a dictator over the Gekomon's village, a 'world' entirely composed of water and underground caverns within them where a Divermon lived and protected the Otamamon there, and a region of ice. Huge Data Streams connect the regions of the Digital World to Earth, as digital matter from the Digital World is manipulated and utilized by computers on Earth. In the void between the Digital World and the real world, there is a warped area where reality is in flux, and is defined only by the perceptions of those within it.

Related mediaEdit


Main article: Digimon Tamers: Battle of Adventurers

Video gamesEdit

Main article: Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley

Audio DramasEdit

Main article: Digimon Tamers Original Story: Message in the Packet


Main article: Digimon Tamers (manhua)

Short StoriesEdit

Main article: Digimon Tamers 1984


Main article: List of Songs in Digimon


Opening Theme: The Biggest Dreamer
Artist: Kōji Wada
Songwriter: Hiroshi Yamada
Composer/Arranger: Michihiko Ohta

Ending Theme #1: My Tomorrow (ep. 1-23)
Artist: Ai Maeda (as AiM)
Songwriter: Yu Matsuki
Composer/Arranger: Okubo Kaoru

Ending Theme #2: Days ~Aijou to Nichijou~ (ep. 24-51)
Artist: Ai Maeda (as AiM)
Songwriter: Uran
Composer/Arranger: Okubo Kaoru

Insert Song: SLASH!! (Card Slash Theme)
Artist: Michihiko Ohta
Songwriter: Hiroshi Yamada
Composer/Arranger: Michihiko Ohta

Insert Song: EVO (Evolution Theme)
Artist: Wild Child Bound
Songwriter: Omori Shouko
Composer/Arranger: Watanabe Cheru

Insert Song: One Vision (Matrix Evolution Theme)
Artist: Takayoshi Tanimoto
Songwriter: Hiroshi Yamada
Composer/Arranger: Michihiko Ohta

Insert Song: 3 Primary Colors (ep. 9, 51)
Artist: Tamers
Songwriter: Hiroshi Yamada
Composer/Arranger: Michihiko Ohta


Opening Theme: Digimon Theme
Artist: Paul Gordon


Main article: Voice credits for Digimon Tamers

See alsoEdit




Due to its differences from the first two Digimon series, Tamers received mixed reviews when it first aired in the United States (September 1, 2001). Tim Jones of THEM Anime writes, "Although Digimon Tamers has its faults (slow character development, a sudden change in new characters from the last series, and a less-than-exciting first half), the more you watch it, and the further you get into it, the more you'll enjoy it." In comparison to the first two series, Tamers also displayed darker undertones in its plot.[2] According to English-language dub voice actor Dave Wittenberg, the new series possessed "an element of seriousness" that was not present in the first two series. Additionally, some parts would be better understood by older viewers due to the introduction of more difficult concepts.[3] Hope Chapman of Anime News Networks, notes that Tamers is by far the most terrifying, and at certain points disturbing season of Digimon ever produced, due to Konaka's Lovecraft fueled influence.[4] Regarding this, Konaka believes that Calumon and Terriermon were able to tone down the grim and serious atmosphere of the occasionally tough scenes throughout the series.[5]

The airing of Digimon Tamers coincided with the September 11 attacks, and in at least one case, the events have been analyzed within the context of the series. Margaret Schwartz of PopMatters writes, "As NPR and other […] media began to debate the September 11 images, I began to see just how important it was to consider how we as a culture define and experience "reality" […] Some argue that the shocking video footage […] is a necessary experience of the catastrophe—even a condition of it." She points out the metafictional story of Tamers where "bits of forgotten computer data have fused to become a separate world inhabited by live creatures". In acknowledging the line drawn between good and evil in the series, Schwartz writes, "The evil here consists in refusing to see that Digimon are "real", real creatures, and that destroying any one of them is in fact murder." Through the existence of intangible communication networks as a "product of human ingenuity", she concludes that "those of us in the "real" world have become so good at playing creator, at making "things" appear much like "real" creatures, that we tend to confuse the two."[6]

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