Pinkie Gets Anime Powers: My Digimon

Welcome again my dear island guests to the already third installment of Pinkie Get’s Anime Powers. Today I am gonna be that Trekkie that is enthusiastic about a Star Wars Movie. So get your nooses ready! We all have wondered how it would be to insert ourselves into anime. Today I am going on forbidden ground for every harcore pokémon fan! I am stepping into the digital world… if DIGMON!

The Digidestined

Character Name:
Pinkui “Denise”  Nettainoshima.
Digimon Partner:
Kotemon
Crest:
Perseverance
Age:
13, Keeps saying she is 12 to be the youngest of the group though.
Digivice Colour:
Pink
Role:
Group Leader
Fighting Style:
Brain and Brawn
Quirks:
Wears goggles over her glasses, pacifist, cries easily.

Digimon has a weird trope to give characters a western nickname. Taichi becoming Tai, Yamato being nicknamed Matt.  So I thought I should honour this and go for an a japanese name with a typical western nickname. Why Denise? Because that is my username of preference in the real world! Big reveal!. Like most digidestined I’d have to go back to being a child, but since my real life age of 33 at the time of writing is something my friends mock me for..being so old. I am gonna include a gimmick that Denise is a lot older than the rest of the group but lies about her age.

Unlike  in Bleach and in Jojo’s I’d take the role of the main character. The goggle wearing Digidestined leader. Why? Because I think my journey fits that of a leader very well. I could also fill the role of TK being the good hearted benjamin of the group ..but I don’t really have peers to bring with me for that. Hence I take the leadership role for this one. Denise would travel to the digital world during an online shopping spree with her friends Midori “Bean” Kuraitamashi  and Futotta “Lyn” Kohatsu. A three member all female cast that can later get two new members. So since your in the digital world feel free to insert yourself if you wish.

Being the group oldest Denise has to lead the group and be prepared to save this world from an unspeakable evil. Let’s go Meta here and say that Denise is trying to spread positivity around the internet while it is becoming more and more negative. The digital world is slowly becoming more corrupted creating negative versions of Digimon.  Yiyimon would have brought some positive internet people to the digital world to fight these Nega-mons as the new digidestineds. These negative digimon reduce the power of natural digimon so they cant fight for themselves as they are being pushed down. Denise would have a hard time coming to terms with this task though. I am very pacifistic in real life and will do anything to avoid a fight. But sometimes we have to realise we do have to take arms and fight for what we believe in. Sometimes in a more literal sense than we would have though

Thus she is paired up with a Warrior digimon.. something that doesn’t immediately gel with her. However during their journey they both learn to accept each other. Denise trying to outsmart while her Digimon is trying to overpower. Both can bounce of of each other fairly good as well. With Denise talking to get under their enemies skins to create openings for her digimon. Or by having her digimon display their powers by words Denise uses that example to lower morale. In the end both would prefer to spare their targets and save them from the negative corruption if possible.. but I would take a much more reluctant role in it. Trying to cling on to the false idea that violence never solves anything.. (in an anime world)

The Setting

Before I adress the Digimon itself a quick summary of the rulesets I am using. Digimon across its (I want to say )  six main anime series and plethora of games had several rulesets to play by.
First of all there is the classic Digimon Adventures Rules.. later added upon in Adventures S2 trough armor eggs and mode changes as well as an emphasis on DNA digivolution (or Yogress) Digimon Tamers added the aspect of swipeable modification cards.  Blue cards and fusing with your digimon to achieve your mega form. Frontier had the digidestined collect figurines/spirits which they could transform with and could become digimon, completely eliminating the rooky stage. Saviours had alternative evolution pasts and a guy punching Digimon for energy as well as burst states and more. X-cross did not focus on evolving but on combining digimon and Applimon focussed on chips like megaman battle network and installables and such.

*Shivers*

While for a collectable creator admirer like me the Xcross universe would be well suited it has no narrative element. My story would be… “fuses a bunch of pink things to create a bigger pink thing that looks like those other pink things combined” . It just doesn’t translate well. The Frontier Ruleset would be too much of a collectathon and it lacks that digimon feeling. It would just be another transformation. Applimon I really disliked so that one is out of the question. Armor Digivolutions where something very heavily connected to the story arc of S2 and I would not want to tell that same story over again so those are out.  Which leaves us with the ruleset of Tamers or the original series. I feel like explaining every modify card would be to tedious and uninteresting but I do have some prepared for those interested to know. I feel for recognisability going with season 1 and subsequently tri would work best. That being said I will use any and all digivolution lines that have been established in all forms of media. Kotemon (my rookie) for example was introduced in Digimon World 3.. but mine follows another evolution path. Since in the world digital world evolution is not a straight line like pokémon but an ever branching path. Still by all means my digmon SHOULD be able to achieve any of these forms. 

Lot’s of goggles lots f rules!

The Digimon

In Training Stage: Kapurimon

When first traveling to the digital world Denise would be paired up with her digimon in it’s In Training Stage. It’s the same stage as Koromon and Molitmon for example. “That pink blob face” for the most of them. Unfortunately for me.. mine would not be pink. I get a  white and blue cat ball thing that looks fluffy and adorable as well. Like virtually any intraining digimon it’s attack is to shoot slightly acidic bubbles. It can also emit a soundwave from his helmet that paralyses the enemy. Yet this form would not last long. I would say that it would not digivolve the first episode because we try to avoid battles from the offset.. but definitely in the second one.

In the first episode Kuwagamon (it always has to be the first thing you fight in digimon) shows up.. drastically influenced by the Negativity.. not a Nega Digimon just yet.. but close to losing its mind. While Bean and Lyn’s digimon evolve in the first episode and they get their signature Lopmon for Lyn and Kamemon for Bean early.. two are not enough to hold off the feral Kuwagamon at bay. But I do not want to hurt it..after running in the second epsiode Kapurimon convinces me to let it fight as well .. paralyzing Kuwagamon before bravely dashing in and digivolving into………. KOTEMON!

The Rookie : Kotemon

Kotemon is a tiny dragon like person in a Kendo suit. It’s signature attacks are Fire Men and Thunder Kote (both based on Kendo terms/strike areas) . In this form it would be my companion throughout our digimon journey. It would be a very loyal and brave digimon that does tend to rush into battle if I am not there to stop it.  For me to compliment it it would have to be a rather naive digimon.. she would be brawn I am the brain. I chose for it to be female as well because that way I can try to cute it up at times.. much to it’s dismay as knights do not look cute and pink! Luckily I carry a lot of ribbons with me. Kotemon and me would be fairly far apart in the beginning but get close rather fast when we both realise we do not seek to harm others. She learns to respect how I can negotiate and I respect that sometimes we have to brute force our way into things.

We both learn of each other. It might teach me some basics of Kendo.. like splitting a water melon on a beach. She refers to me  as my Lady even when teaching me something she treats me like a superior. II would teach tricks to get her way without being the bad guy.. and how to read an opponent. As a gag I try to keep peaking behinds it mask and it keeps hitting me on the head going “Menmenmen”.. knocking me out or scaring me of.Bean who has to learn patience gets a Kamémon a turtle like pokémon that is very mellow and slow.  Lyn who is always tardy and not very strict with her promises gets Lopmon.. an energetic little bunny. Lyn adores turtles and Bean adores bunnies so it’s almost as if they have each others digimon which cause some interesting group dynamics.

Kotemon is a Data-Attribute digimon that is of the Reptile type. While Typing does not oftenly matter in Digimon (unless it’s somewhat logical like setting a tree digimon on fire)  and doesn’t offer super effective attacks or something.. Attribute is quite important in the world of Digimon.. even if it rarely mentioned. Digimon generally can be of three attribute types. Virus, Data or Vaccine.  Virus monsters are stronger against Data, Data beats Vaccine and the latter trumps Virus.

It is nothing of major importance unlike in Pokémon but I thought you should know. Some are digimon are attribute free. Kotemon can attack with her flaming sword (Fire men) or give people an electrical gutpunch (Thunder Kote). It is a bit of a balanced digital monster with both decent defence as well as a good offence. Which landed it in the Balance Digimon pack in Digimon World 3 along with Patamon and Renamon. For those who don’t know who that are it’s that bubble firing ear bat wing ears piglike thing TK has in the original series.. and that yellow thing you found when googling furry. 

Champion Stage: Gladimon

Imagine Silver Chariot from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures and the Kool-Aid Guy doing a fusion dance.  This is what you get … Denise’s Champion Pokémon is Gladimon. One of four possible Kotemon digivolutions.  In case I refer to it as evolutions that is not actually a mistake. In Japanese the term digivolution does not exist. There when the great theme of brave heart plays the digimon shouts out their name followed by Shinka. Which literally j means evolve.  The term was most likely changed to not overlap with pokémon as much. Being a sub girl myself though part of my brain clings onto my first experiences while another draws from recent memory. Hence the confusion! Gladimon would arrive to our show in episode 3. Kuwagamon returns but now as Nega-Kuwagamon. It power has increased and having accepted we have to fight I evolve my sweet little Kendo dino into … chibi Alphonse Elric. Gladimon is a Vaccine type.. and is part of the Virus Buster family which would seem like the perfect tool to stop Kuwagamon.. who is a virus type!  But than we find out that a Negative Digimon changes it’s typing..so it is strong to what it was previously weak to. So nega-Kuwagamon is a Datatype! After a hard fight Gladimon still manages to pull out the win! But then we get introduced to the Dark Destineds. Self imposed travelers who have gained access to the digital world where they are harvesting parts of the digital world to form an army that can rule the earth and bring back an ancient evil that will wipe out all that resist.

Gladimon has only existed in Digimon Masters and not a lot is documented about it. It’s attacks are Wheel Rush wish we are going to assume works a lot like sonic’s spin dash and sword dancer.. which probably speaks for itself. Gladimon is a fair bit tinier than most champions. It would be about human size.  Maybe even just kid sized. It’s a sizable increase from Kotemon , about 100% but compared to Greymon or Birdramon and basically all the Adventures cast it is a very tiny champion. It does seem to have stretchable arms though to compensate. In this form Gladimon would have the personality of a kid playing a knight. She would speak in clichés about glory and knightly things!  In this form she would call me Princess, and her catchprase would be “I’ll save you Princess “ before rushing into battle. It will get is in trouble a few times.. as in this form she is a bit of a Leeroy Jenkins.

Oh yeah! I am so onto something!

Going Further Beyond

The Crest

In the original adventures series you needed a crest of virtue to push your digimon to the level of Ultimate.. the third main stage of a digimon’s line. Usually signifying a trial to overcome. Perseverance would be mine. I have to save the world and bring positivity towards people and to do that I sometimes must do things I do not like. I must endure some hate and negativity and I must not let it discourage me.  It is a journey that I figured would make a lot of sense as a counterpart for Tai’s bravery. We hit the same story elements while offering me some choices that are much more in line with my nature.

I will have to accept we have to kill some digimon who are tainted so they can be reborn as clean versions but in the area that holds my quest we encounter a digimon that once helped us and befriended us..but now he has fallen to the corruption.. the only way to  save it is to kill it. This is the path we were set upon and even if things get very rough we must persevere.It seems like a nice heroes journey that fits in the world of Digimon.
Bean would get the crest of patience and Lyn would get the crest of  Commitment. Two real life friends who have to learn those lessons but something I also feel could  be good journeys for an anime character to learn. 

The Ultimate: Knightmon

When exposed to the energy of my crest and my perseverance Gladimon can digivolve to Knightmon!  Now this is a tall digimon yet still not as large as some of it’s peers. In this form my lady knight actually becomes a full fledged knight whose signature attack is called Beserker Sword.. which basically means she goes monkeydoodoo with the thing. She also has the ability to slam her giant sword into the ground or use it as a bashing weapon to blow enemies away. According to my sources she will also have access to an attack called “the Duel”  speaking of duels.. next episode will be about what Yui-gi-oh deck I would use. I shall be honest though I have no idea what the attack does.. so let’s say for narrative purposes Knightmon says she has the attack but I think it sounds to omnious and ask her not to use it because I do not want harm to come to her. Then in one episode we finally have to use the attack.. and she seems to lose the duel.. I actually toss a rock at the enemy which than glows with a strange energy! “Stay away from my friend”  I would shout.. before my Digimon gets hit again.. but the impact sends the rock to me. A strange gem called a positivity gem is formed.. and by believing in my digimon she could achieve her final form.

But before we move onto that some semantics first. Knightmon is a Data Attribute. Hey it switched back again! It still is part of the Virus Buster family and is known for its tremendous physical strength and extreme loyalty to it’s master.  Which at one point can create another point of conflict for me as I do not want something or someone to blindly throw their live away for me. I want it to think on it’s own as well. Which is why it decides to use “the duel” eventually. In this form Knightmon would call me My queen. Her personality is a bit more “out there”  being very stoic in rest but as soon as I get a scratch she practically turns into a barbarian swinging around her berserker sword.. falling back into old habits. After Kotemon originally transforms into her she starts to see herself more and more as a tool and less like a person that matters and I have to save her from that image! She matters to me after all. In the end with a gem of positivity ..or a little ray of sunshine if we rebrand it later we can finally fully connect and we get it’s final form…. and it’s PINK!

The Mega: Crusadermon

Crusadermom is a Virus Type, Virus Buster Holy Knight.. Jeesz! She did it all! Good job my friend! It is one of the Royal Knights in the digi universe. These are basically the guys protecting the gods. Even though they are powerful enough themselves. Her fighting style would be a mix of that of the pokémon Bisharp and Goku from Dragonball Z.  Where she uses her extreme speed to use the slicy ribbons on her body to damage the enemy. But she can also at an instant teleport in their face and shoot sonic booms at their chest with that cannon thing! Which apparently is called a Pile Bunker. She can create laser nets with her normal hand palm and Tornado’s with the Pile Bunker as well. So she is definitely a  force to recognised with and one of the stronger Digimon out there. Something we would definitely need to stop Nega-Apocalymon. Have I told you already her design is pink! PINK! So perfect for me!

Pink, Ribbons, Monarch.. Definatly mariage material

In this form Crusadermon would refer to me as Denise. Signifying she finally sees me as her equa instead of her superior. Which in my turn makes me realise how much I meant to Kotemon and it’s other forms. Since it’s a bit of a staple to give the destineds something that goes beyond the level of Mega for the final battle we would use something like Positivity charge.. where Crusadermon becomes Posi-Crusadermon or something of that nature.  Or maybe we learn to do a synergy attack with that mysterious new member? Who knows? Why do I wear goggles over glasses? Who knows! Maybe because I can hide my tears better as I was a crybaby! Maybe to be hipster.. or maybe you have your own answers about all of this. Let me know how you’d finish the final boss or why I double dip in specs in the comments or tell me what would be your digimon!

Remember I love you all, and don’t forget to keep smiling! Stay Positive

XO
Pinkie

Previously on Pinkie Gets Anime Powers:

My Jojo’s Stand
My Zanpakuto


And Next time…..!

It’s over meanie Villian! Top 5 Epic Hero themes

So weird as I am , I  have wondered about some big questions about anime. Like “what if characters realise they are 2d?” Would they fold themselves underneath girl locker room doors like Paper Mario could do? Another question I asked, would you be the most powerful character in anime if you just named your attack *0.5 second click noise*  or klk for those who want that written out? I mean you’d be A LOT faster than just about anyone out there. A third question leads me to today’s topic. “What if anime characters could hear the music playing’. I pity the villains who’d have to hear these five themes. Even with those first notes they can almost taste the fist they are about to receive in their face.

Theme Number 5: Tsuna Awakens
(Katekyo Hitman Reborn)

I considered Giorno’s theme for this spot but lately that has become a bit of a meme! It still does the job of convincing the hero will now proceed to be the bad guy but  when a villian hears this they might just think… man that is that overplayed thing. Tsuna the protagonist of Katekyo Hitman Reborn does not have that problems as this is one of the most slept on series I have ever watched. Most likely this has to do with the fact that the series is just 24 episodes or random slice of life  stuff.. with a naked angry boy before it actually starts to go anywhere and even then it’s a bunch of extremely wacky things going on. From Mafia’s that host some weird kind of tournament against each other, to time traveling babies. A young man takes over a little girl’s body and there are boxes with small animals inside that can fuse with main casts weapons. Well I say small animals, I am pretty sure there was a kangaroo as well. Weirdly enough it also all blends together! I really loved this show..after that false start in the beginning at least.

Tsuna Awakens is one of the more unique anime themes to me. It feels more akin to something you find in a Rocky movie than in anime. It has this beautiful eighties movie feeling to it as well and the classical, more western instruments make it a much more tranquil experience than most reversal themes. This gets you hyped without getting you hyper and I like it. When those first synthesiser notes hit, the villains could hear that something is wrong. They have their Nanda phrase to usher.  As soon as the trumpets hit they know they know they are trouble. The violins spell the victory flag for the hero definitely has been given. “BAKANA” is all they have left to shout before they are subsequently dealt with. There is no way this theme could ever fit a villain or more angry hero. There is a calm determination trough this song that just knows this hero will not make mistakes! Bye Bye Mister Villain.

Hitman reborn had such an interesting soundtrack and had some great heroic themes throughout its run. Flames of Resolution and Stand with Friends are great songs  as well but not feel as unique to this show as Tsuna awakens. If I had to give the song a colour it would be orange which both the tint of Tsuna and in some ways reborn. I love this song dearly and like the entire show to me is a different take on the genre’s tropes.I even want to watch the show again! *Fangirls on as we go to the next songs*

Theme 4: Passionate Duelist (Yu-Gi-Oh)

After my recent OWLS post my passion for Yu-Gi-Oh has been reawakened. During almost the entire post I listened to this song on loop, alternating with it GX counterpart Yudai’s theme. While even has more victory for the hero written over it this theme has that all important quality that Yu-Gi-Oh needs written over it.  Passionate Duelist is much more easy to talk over. “This is exactly the moment I have been waiting for, I activate my trap card PINK DEUS EX MACHINA” Now your turn becomes mine! Draaaaaw!

There is a flow in this song that is absolutely briljant.. that tranquility but swelling intensity will make your rival duelist thing “Shit .. epic card reveal… and oooh nooo there is a pause for explanation big plays will follow”  and right he is… after activating your trap you pull out an epic draw that allows you to summon Mary Sue MCGUFFIN : THE ULTIMATE HERO! Which has exactly the effect you need even if you never had such a card before in your deck or if your opponent is using an extremely niche tactic! This music tells your opponent that you will most certainly NOT be send to the shadow realm.. even if that is a dubismn and not real in the japanese version anyway. Even if you do not have the right cards in your hands.. when Passionate Duelist starts playing for you don’t even have to follow the rules.

When I play the Pokémon Trading Card Game with my friends or Cardfight Vanguard (Both a lot cheaper to get decent decks than Yu-gi-oh)  I play this theme and sometimes they even give up when it starts! I even managed to bluff my way to victory once! Such a great theme!
So let’s get your game on and be a passionate duelist as well because these card games are great!

Theme 3: You Say Run (My Hero Academia)

I rewrote this bit after first putting Ultimate Battle from Dragon Ball Super on this spot before. I love that show  a fair bit more than I love MHA. The latter is a great show and Ultimate Battle might even be the better song…but only if you watch the sub.  The Dub version of Ultimate Battle is absolutely trash, but hey at least we got plenty of very cool fan versions.
While I do not care about MHA all that much it did gift us with one hell of a hero theme in the form of You Say Run. The fact that I want to place this lower on my list but I actually can’t says enough on how good it is. It’s overplayed and a bit to casual for my taste but that is about all I can fault it for.

(PINKIE BAKA YOU CAN”T NOT LIKE MHA!!!)

For all intents and purposes of this list when you say run starts playing it’s one of the biggest victory flags for heroes I have ever seen in an anime. Mostly because this show is literally about heroes versus villains in the purest form of the world but also the way the song is constructed. Starting slow for any dramatic reflection shot.. before going into some generic combat for the first few punches just to appreciate the hero’s getting more ground little by little. Most songs  and reversals are instant. Once the music starts playing villains are done for. You say run leaves some room .. as if it’s toying a bit with you showing some epic action still to also highlight the villains before slowly seeing the ground crumble beneath the enemy. When the song hits it’s full potential you know there is no escape for the villians and that our heroes WILL GO BEYOND!

This is one of those “goes with everything” songs like Guile’s theme and it is very much true. This song goes with everything, it is cleverly written to convey the victory emotion without needing any specific form of context. Which makes it one of the all time greats. Yet it is also why it will never go beyond a third spot for me. This might be the theme of My Hero Academia but it doesn’t feel tied to it. It would work just as well in Bleach or Shokugeki no Soma.. or that Handball anime thing people are currently very into.

Theme 2: Before My Body is Dry (Kill la Kill)

Kill la Kill is amongst my favorite anime ever. I mean look at how insane the story is. A girl’s father is killed with the other half of her scissors so she feeds blood to her school girl outfit to get more powerful.  She fights the head of the school and her mother who is the head of an evil clothing corporation. And when I say an evil clothing corporation I am applying the adjective to the word clothing and not to the corporation. Though I guess that is pretty evil as well.. so I guess it’s an evil evil clothing company.  Among the angry girls greatest rivals are great enemies like a Kendo Teacher, A Band Geek, A masochist and a one eyed insane ballerina, and a rainbow haired hag. Her greatest ally a secret spy organisation called Nudist Beach, who live up to their name mostly. Now that is great anim

(Hmm I wonder who my favorite character is…..)

Now we have established that trumpets are a weakness of the villains, electric guitars also oftenly get the job done.. and this song has the latter covered in spades. But there is one thing that will ALWAYS make an anime villain lose the fight.  It’s the power of Engrish. If you hear a song with Lyrics and it has Engrish in it then you know you are in the end face. This song is basically the anthem of Engrish. “In the dusty basement where we met , Me you surprise me much because you’re talking now’  While I get what they are saying it is hilarious! The song is clearly about Ryuko finding Senketsu so when she calls it sweetheart later on I am cracking up on the floor. Yet for some reason this theme is still so epic that each time it plays you shiver a little. 

The insanity of the show is perfectly reflected in this song and maybe the Engrish is intentional. It makes no sense.. just like this show! I mean they fight a ball of yarn, by having the deturgonist run in a huge hamster wheel while she wears a bancho suit! There are so many jokes about croquettes that I feel like them each time I see this. There are Mecha’s you entere in your swimsuit.. nothing makes sense and I adore it! We even see letters of attack names or organisation names crush buildings! Just for being spoken! A show as insane as this needs a show as bonkers as this.. oh andof course there is that one form Ryoko gets!

I feel something something….Initial D

Theme 1: Brave Heart (Digimon)

Those who only have watched the dub version of digimon might not have any idea what I am talking about when referring to Brave Heart. This track was the track that played at the digivolution of the digital monsters like Agumon, Patamon Biyomon and all the others. It comes into play at most transformations and in the vast majority of the Digimon adventures series.. if it plays for longer than the actual transformation you just know the fight is over.  Those bell like sounds the background give this song some magical qualities that made me fall absolutely in love with it. When I rewatched digimon in sub as research for digimon roleplay I hosted my heart pounded in my chest. I did not remember how good this show actually was! 

Would a villian digimon hear this song not only would the situation be resolved he would see a weird flying bunny pig transform into an angel, a little plant  grow into a cactus and later even a pixie ..or if we count Digimon Tri..i that same little plant thing could digivolve into a rosey dominatrix even. Nothing sells the fact that you are going to beat the frick out of your opponent than your formerly evil cat suddenly transforms into an angel. To bad that they used Butterfly when that angel than turned into a pink fairy dog dragon surrounded by rainbows or I could have used that one! I do like Holydramon  (or Magnadramon in dub) a lot! Brave Heart to me is that one song that symbolises that moment the hero comes back in so many ways. It comes together so nicely in such a jamming and iconic tune that to me it’s the greatest.

It is weird how this feels nostalgic even if I watched this in dutch originally, that’s just a testament to how right this feels. It feels Digimon, it feels unique and it feels powerful. That’s what makes this such a great theme and I will treasure this one as it holds both sentiment and some personal memories. What is your favorite “heroic turnabout”  song?
Let me know which ones you love and let’s love our favorite heroes!