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Digimon, Digital Monsters!

Reviewing: Tokyopop Digimon Volume 1  |  Rating:
By Collin Skeen on
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What the Back Cover says: Seven kids at summer camp are unexpectedly transported by digivices to a colorful and enigmatic world. Lost and alone, Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Joe, Mimi and TK are befriended by small digital monsters called Digimons. In times of crisis, these cute little creatures digivolve to defend the children from the dangers of the Digital World. Join Tai and his friends (with their Digimon pals) in their fight for survival as they search for a way home! Based on the hit animated series!

Well, when I first heard that the Digimon manga was going to be released, I was so happy. Until, I realized it wasn't the manga, but the Korean 'manwha', and TOKYOPOP was releasing it. Sure, this wasn't V-Tamer, but I really enjoyed it anyway.

Translation: First thing that got me when I started reading this was the fact that TOKYOPOP used the English dub's Digimon names, attacks, and everything else. I understand that TOKYOPOP needed to sell more copies by using names familiar to some of the English fanbase, but if you want to make it 100% Authentic Manga, you need to use the original names. Other than that, everything else looked fine, other than the occasional TOKYOPOP typos here and there.

Artwork: Personally, I really liked the artwork in this manga. I've heard lots of people complain about it, but still, I really like it. Except for the 'Dubwork' that they use on the back cover and on the title page. The actual artwork leaves out lots of details, but it is still enough to enjoy it.

Content: There was a total of seven chapters in this volume, and it seemed to cover the first seven episodes from "And so it begins..." to "Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo'. Most of it is based directly off the televison series, but the manga leaves out some minor details here and there from every episode, but everything else looks in tact. Enough to understand the story, and that's really good. But, just wait until we get to Zero Two...

Overall: Sure, this wasn't any V-Tamer, but I still really enjoyed it. If you are a devoted Digimon fan who must buy every bit of the very small amount of English Digimon merchandise that is available now, buy NOW. If you are a person just getting into Digimon, you should go down to a bookstore and try reading through it first, and seeing if it appeals to you.