It's the battle of a century, the showdown you've been waiting for, the clash you've been crying over, the skirmish not for the squeamish, the crisis of consequence, the conflict to commemorate, the epic classic of biker versus feudal monarchy!
We're joined by Jacob Hope Chapman of Anime News Network to break down these cheery episodes. We discuss the impact of Leomon's death (and how it differs in the original Japanese version), Beelzemon's character arc, and how Megidramon compares to SkullGreymon.
An endless flow of Appmon and Tri dub news this week! Tri's going to be dubbed and shown in US theaters?? Taichi's going to be dubbed out and replaced with Ryo?? Appmon's going to star an ancient Egyptian pharaoh gambling the fate of the world on children's card games?? Only one of those is real, but you have to listen (or use common sense) to figure out which it is. Plus lots of feedback about Tri, a visit from our BFF, and a story about poop.
We're back for some more Digital World adventures in the calm before the approaching storm. This week it's time for reuniting and deuniting with Calumon, the obligatory Orochi myth, Shibumi info dumps, and a fun romp with Antylamon. And lots of milkshakes.
We have a listener topic about side tamers, Jeff rants about the show's poorly communicated stakes, Ashley explores the relationship between belief and empathy, and we all take comfort in Ryo's absence.
It's a jam-packed feedback episode this week, with lots of general news and speculation about the App Monsters announcement. We follow-up on ourselves with some more discussion about whether a setting can be a character and what Digimon could learn about gender from Kill la Kill. And we respond to listener comments about time flow in the Digital World, whether Ryo's existence is plausible in the Tamers world, portraying strength and showing vs. telling, and the Kazu-Kenta bromance!
Everyone back on board the Tri hype train! It's our reactions to the new Tri chapter 3 PV!
What aspects of Chapter 3 are you most excited about? What are you hoping for? What are you dreading? How are you making do with the 4 month wait? Let us know in the comments!
!!GIVEAWAY!! We're doing another round of the Tri giveaway to celebrate the PV, open until Friday, June 3 at 11:59PM EST!
After half a season wandering around a park in Shinjuku, the kids finally enter the Digital World! What's this new Digital World like? Card games on motorcycles?? Why is Ryo the worst???
Asher digs into everyone's shared desired to level up, Jeff raves about the Digital World, Ashley channels Rika's rage at overconfident mansplainers, and we all agree that Ryo is our favorite character of all time ever.
Some Tri news, feedback about the Tamers families, and some fun Ask Podigious time!
It's time for the end of the Tokyo Devas arc! Jeri tries to woo Leomon, the kids learn about the Heart of the Cards™ (but it's less improtant than just yelling), and everyone runs away from home. We discuss the increased focus on Jeri, how Tamers approaches family relationships, and wrap up our thoughts about the whole Tokyo Devas arc. Plus some great FoxKids commercials.
It's been 2 years since the first episode of Podigious! In celebration of our 2-year anniversary, we dove deep into a critical comparative analysis of the DigiRap and Pokérap! Instead of listening to the songs, listen to us dissect the cultural ramifications of these great pieces of art for an hour, line by line.
(Our anniversary was actually yesterday, but Jeff couldn't get the episode out in time. Sorry!)
Back to Tamers, back to feedback! Discussion about digimodify mechanics, shipping in Tamers, who has the "rival" role, and much more!
It's time for our in-depth discussion and review of Tri's chapter 2, “Determination”! We dive into everything we loved and… didn't love, analyze the film's contrast between courage and cowardice, pick apart everyone's dorky fashion choices, and look forward to Tri's future.
Don't forget that there are still a couple days to enter the giveaway we're running in honor of chapter 2! Listen to this episode for a secret code that you can use for another entry!
Tri Chapter 2 "Determination" is out now! Here's a mini flashcast with Jeff and Ashley's super quick spoiler-free reactions. Our full episode is coming soon!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway we're running in honor of chapter 2!
It's time to dive further into the Tokyo Devas arc as the kids learn the importance of Ultimate digivolution and start to get addicted to Blue Cards, the newest drug to hit the streets of Akihabara.
We have some discussion about digivice mechanics, a deep dive into Impmon's character, and an epic gender section! Plus two FoxKids ad breaks!
Feedback for the beginning of the Tokyo Devas arc! Voicemails about feeding Digimon, speculation what Digimon/crests we would have, and much more!
Eight years after the last Western localization of a main console Digimon game, and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is finally here! In this episode, Jeff, Ashley, and Andrew share their first impressions of the game.
How have you been enjoying the game? Let us know in the comments!
We're back on the Tri Train for one last stop in Chapter 2 speculation country!
What aspects of Chapter 2 are you most excited about? What are you hoping for? Let us know in the comments!
In celebration of Super Bowl 50, it's the first installment of the annual(?) Podigi-Bowl! Enjoy as we provide vital post-game analysis on the most important piece of sports history, FoxKid's 2001 Digi-Bowl.
We're back to Tamers after a long diversion into Tri country!
We jump into the beginning of the Devas arc as Takato learns to believe in the heart of the blue cards, Rika sits through a boring play, and the school goes on a camping trip to receive a sermon from a Southern televangelist Deva-possessed owl.
We discuss dub overdramatization, the series' relationship with adults, digivolution growing pains and growing up, and the self-fulfilling prophecy of declaring Digimon dangerous because they fight back after being declared dangerous.
It's PV time! We dive deep into the PV for the second Tri film, “Determination”. We get hyped, discover fanservice from unexpected places (*cough*Gomamon*cough*), and—like the rest of the internet—take up sides in the Great Digimon Trizer War of 2016.
Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments! What aspect of “Determination” are you most excited about? Who do you think the Digimon Trizer is? Ken? Taichi? Wallace???
We're back to talk more about Tri Chapter 1 “Reunion” with 3 special guests:
And we're also running our second Podigious Tri Giveaway Extravaganza, so you can have another shot at the prizes you want (assuming they weren't chosen by the first round's winners) plus some exciting new prizes. The deadline is Sunday Jan 17 at 11:59 PM EST, and here's how you can enter: link.
We hope you like the episode and hearing new perspectives. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Our in-depth discussion and review of the first chapter of Tri is finally here! In our biggest episode yet, we run through all the things we loved and hated, and dig deep into Taichi's new struggle, forgetting memories, and Platonism.
We're also announcing our first Podigious Tri Giveaway Extravaganza, where you can win Tri prizes that we collected in Japan! There are lots of different ways you can enter the contest, and you can do several of them to increase your odds. Here's how you can enter: link.
A quick mini-episode with Jeff and Ashley's instant reactions to Tri Pt. 1 “Reunion”! Full ep coming soon!
Feedback about what it means to be a partner, behind-the-scenes talk about the production of the podcast, preview of our Tri coverage from Japan, and much more!
We wrap up the first major arc of Tamers as Rika and Renamon go on a break and get back together, Henry lets Terriermon fight, and Yamaki unboxes his new toy for next arc. We discuss the nature of relationships between Digimon and their tamers, the show's presentation of maturity, and improvements to gender dynamics.
Feedback about how to get your Digimon to de-digivolve, Ashley's groan-worthy rejected title, idealized vs. realistic gender representation, and racial diversity in Japan, and Ask Podigious! answers about Digimon ships and lady ships. Plus the debut of an exciting new cohost!
We're back to dive further into Tamers! In these episodes, we start to learn about Calumon and Rika, meet Impmon, round out champion digivolutions, and spend an episode trying to de-digivolve. We discuss the Calumon-Impmon dichotomy, digivolution mechanics, learning culture, and several gender issues.
Jeff is joined by Brian Beacock for a fun chat about his experience playing Takato in Digimon Tamers and voice acting in general.
Our first feedback extravaganza, covering feedback about episode 301!
It's time to Digimodify!
We discuss Digimon design limitations, start to explore Tamers' reflection of parenthood, get to know our new cast, and break down the word "Tamers". Plus the introduction of new recurring segments Pew Pew Pew and Terminal Judgment!
Before we dive into Tamers, the Podigious crew pauses to reflect on our impressions and expectations of the season. We discuss our history with the season, our favorite characters, and our favorite moments. And then we go into several exciting announcements for the 3rd season of Podigious!
After 4 months and 3 specials, it's finally time for the epic finale of Podigious Season 2: The 02 Retrospective Special! At over 3 hours, it's our longest episode ever, so settle in for an awesome discussion! We dive into the season with categories like DigiDestined, Digimon partners, and villains, discuss our favorites and results of the polls from May, and break down what did and didn't work and why (spoiler alert: 02 was really ambitious and less than perfect!). We also take a detour into meta country and discuss Podigious's second season with various stats and listener-submitted favorite clips.
Note: This episode was recorded in May before the first Tri PV, so a bunch of our Tri speculation is outdated or predicated on assumptions of a weekly series. Keep in mind that although it's been 4 months since we released the 212, we recorded this episode less than 2 months after watching 02, so we had taken a step back but our memories were fairly fresh. Also, Asher's audio qualtiy isn't great this episode because a temporary computer wasn't set up correctly, which we didn't realize until after recording for 5 hours. Sorry about that! Shouldn't happen again.
Apologies for the delay, but here's our discussion of the new Tri PV!
To celebrate August 1st, we invited Danielle of Digipodify and May of Lost in Translationmon to talk about our history with Digimon and how it's affected our lives. We hope you like it! Let us know in the comments how you found Digimon, and how it's affected your life. And have a happy August 1st!
Make sure you follow us on Twitter or check With the Will throughout the weekend to keep up to date with news from the Adventure festival this weekend. (Depending on how significant the news is, we might record another Tri reaction epiosde!) Sorry for the unplanned hiatus, but the Adventure 02 final retrospective episode is coming soon, and then it's time for Tamers!
(And sorry we didn't update y'all with any of the past couple months' news in this episode, but we didn't do that because this episode was not really a "Podigious" episode and might be released by Digipodify and Lost in Translationmon as well. We'll mention all the big news that's happened in the next episode!)
The PV for Digimon Adventure Tri came out this week, so Jeff, Ashley, and Asher gathered to discuss the PV and the long road to Tri.
Only a couple more days left to order a season 2 shirt on TeeSpring!
Remember that Our War Game movie everyone loved? Let's try that again! We're joined by Marc of With the Will to walk through the fourth Digimon movie, Revenge of Diaboromon!
15 days left to order a shirt on TeeSpring!
Note: This episode was delayed, so some of the dates we mentioned are a little off. We'd still love if you send us your favorite moments from Podigious season 2 (tell us the episode number and either a timestamp or description of the moment), and we're going to be taking them until Wednesday (Apr 29) at 3 PM EST! And we'll be recording feedback about this episode Wednesday evening, so get comments in quick if you want us to discuss them on air!
Pack your bags! It's time to board a flight for the USA! USA! USA! Eagles! Guns! It's the third Digimon movie!
We walk through the scenes of the movie, then Jeff debates whether to launch the movie from a canon, Asher speculates the nature of corruption, and Ashley talks about nostalgia.
News Alert: We recorded follow-up the day the last Digi-Egg was revealed, but it's actually already hatched! Looks like we're going to be a PV (promotional video) and airing schedule for tri on May 6. Apparently PVs typically come out a couple weeks before a series starts, so the series might start in May. [More details]
We're sad to announce that the Podigious crew is moving on from Digimon.
After experiencing the disaster of the Adventure 02 epilogue, we've decided that Digimon is a vapid toy commercial with no artistic merit. This is a sad day, but we're happy to announce that we're relaunching the show as Ozigious, a podcast dedicated to Summer Wars, examining the classic 2009 film three minutes at a time. We will be slowly converting the site over the next couple days, so please bear with us.
In this first episode of the newly launched Ozigious, we do a deep dive on the film's classic prologue. The podcast is spoiler-free, so feel free to listen if you haven't seen Summer Wars yet. The prologue is also available on YouTube, so we encourage listeners to watch if they haven't seen the movie.
Disclaimer: This was an April Fools episode! Don't worry, we're still covering Digimon!
It's time to buckle in for an extra crazy long wacky roller coaster of an episode as the crew dives deep into the final arc of Adventure 02.
We discuss BlackWarGreymon's butt, cards used for Myotismon's gate, and dark spores as a puberty metaphor, and argue about Mount Fuji lakes. Jeff talks about DigiDestined privelege and the cost of amibtion, Ashley dissects the difference between dreams and wishes, and Asher highlights 02's emphasis on inheritance and influence. We also discuss each character's illusion scenario, wade through the epilogue, and evaluate the final arc as a conclusion to 02.
We're back from the International Stereotype Tour, but return to a Konaka-ized Tokyo as demons attack and an old man kidnaps children in a van.
We discuss jealousy, 02's focus on clothing, the dark gate moment, and news consumption. Asher explores the kids' struggle with sacrifice and moral codes, Jeff dissects 02's issues with killing Digimon, Ashley is thrilled by the return of LadyDevimon, and Andrew has a shocking revelation about MarineAngemon.
We're packing up our bags and flying around the world on a new deus-ex-machina digivolution to bring you this podcast talking about the World Tour!
We discuss language barriers, Gennai's immigration reform, American diversity, and World Tour trivia. Asher bemoans the World Tour's focus on Teen Lovin', Jeff rants about item-triggered digivolutions, Ashley talks about how the dub prepared her for anime, and Jeff breaks down the Adventure 02 timeline.
We ran out of our budget, so we're going to re-air segments from the last season of the podcast but with Jeff's voice re-filtered as Evil Jeff as he attempts to destroy the world over and over and over. In other words, it's time for BlackWarGreymon and the Destiny Stone arc!
In this behemoth of an episode, we mourn the death of Arukenimon and Mummymon's car, discuss whether BlackWarGreymon is racist, slap each other over and over, yearn for polyamory, and discover that Mummymon is a mahou shoujo. Asher discusses 02's different approach to maturity, Jeff rants about poor Destiny Stones plotting, Ashley explores the kids' inner demons, and Jeff gabs about BlackWarGreymon.
Join us for an interview with very special guest Jeff Nimoy!
Jeff was a very important figure in the English dub of Digimon. He was the main director, writer, and story editor for the first two seasons (Adventure and Adventure 02) as well as the fifth season, Data Squad (Savers), Digimon: The Movie, and Revenge of Diaboromon. He has also voiced several Digimon roles, including Tentomon and his digivolutions, young Gennai, and Izzy's father in the first two seasons and Marcus's father and Kamemon in Data Squad.
Now that Ken's off his throne, apparently it's time to meet some new digivolutions? We have some feedback on the eternal dub vs. sub debate, and then we talk about digivolution plotting, what it means to be a "real Digimon," and the Ichijouji bros. Also, we learn that Kari is the first shipper.
It's time for TK to punch Ken in the face! Jeff is robot-racist, Asher has a lot to say about TK, Ashley explores Ken as a parent/artist, and Jeff has a revolutionary new theory that explains all of 02's plot holes.
We're back to fighting the Digimon Emperor this week so we can be confused between ninja and samurai, speculate what it means to be digidestined, and learn that the show is terrible at teaching lessons.
In this special episode of Podigious covering the infamous Dark Ocean episode, guest Hope Chapman teaches us about the meaninglessness of life, everyone debates the chemistry of fictional characters that never appear in this episode, and Kari becomes a womon.
Jacob Hope Chapman is an assistant editor at Anime News Network (list of reviews) and is currently writing and developing a visual novel, Lovely Little Thieves. He's well-known in the Digimon community for his great in-depth video retrospectives of Adventure (Story) (Characters) (Review), Adventure 02 (Story) (Characters) (Review), and Tamers (Story) (Characters). Go check out his stuff!
In the second chunk of the Digimon Emperor arc, everyone gushes over Ken, Jeff says "interesting" once every second, and Ashley likes big Digimon.
We're back to cover Adventure 02! In covering the first part of the Digimon Emperor arc, Ashley reminds us that Sora isn't wearing a hairpin, Jeff tries to compare Digimon to Kill la Kill, Asher fawns over Cody, and a wild Andrew appears!
In this special Adventure finale episode, we discuss our favorite aspects of the series.
We return to our protagonists after Adventure to cover the second Adventure movie, Our War Game. Ashley shares an astonishing revelation, Jeff has an epiphany for the best Digimon fan fiction yet, and Asher's internet disconnects about 10 times. Also Jeff learns the song is actually saying "Funk soul brother"—not "Funks your brother"—and that neither is the actual title as he types this description!
We go back to the beginning to cover the first Adventure movie (or, in the dub, the first third of Digimon: The Movie). We analyze the movie as an introduction to the Digimon anime, Tai's hair-to-body ratio, and wet-dream digivolutions.
We wrap up Digimon Adventure by covering Piedmon and Apocalymon. We discuss depression, growing up, teamwork, and evaluate the conclusion of the show.
Happy August 1st! And if you haven't heard, a new Digimon Adventure series has been announced for Spring 2015 (announcement video)!
We continue to approach the end of Digimon Adventure by covering the defeats of Puppetmon and Machinedramon. We discuss guilt, war, sudden deaths, sacrifice, and dereliction of duty.
We enter the final stretch of Digimon Adventure by covering the beginning of the Dark Masters arc, dealing with MetalSeadramon and the beginning of Puppetmon. We discuss growth, teamwork, psychotic toys, and ethics.
The fallen people will invoke the name of the undead Digimon king and when the clock strikes the hour of the beast...