Ltd., BANDAI SPIRITS, MegaHouse Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. will develop Digimon-related products and services in conjunction with “Digimon Ghost Game” (produced by Fuji Television Network, Yomiuri Advertising, and Toei Animation), the latest in the “Digital Monster” (“Digimon”) series, which will begin broadcasting on Fuji Television Network and other networks in the fall of 2021. (Production: Fuji Television Network, Yomiuri Advertising, Toei Animation), and other group companies including BANDAI, BANDAI SPIRITS, MegaHouse, and Bandai Namco Entertainment will develop Digimon-related products and services.
In addition, we have decided to produce a theatrical movie, a sequel to the TV animation “Digimon Adventure 02” which was broadcasted from April 2000, for the fans of the Digimon series. The details of the movie will be announced later. The TV animation series “Digimon Adventure”, which was aired from March 1999, was based on the portable LCD toy “Digital Monster”, which was released by Bandai in June 1997 and sold over 8 million units in total. In 2020, a reboot project of the “Digimon” series has started, starting with the TV series “Digimon Adventure:”. The BANDAI NAMCO Group companies have released “Vital Breath Digital Monster,” a wearable LCD toy that converts the user’s activity history into play, and the TCG (trading card game) “Digimon Card Game,” which have been widely supported by fans of the Digimon series both in Japan and overseas. The Digimon series has been widely supported by fans not only in Japan but also overseas. As the Digimon series attracts renewed attention, a completely new TV anime “Digimon Ghost Game” will be broadcast in the fall of 2021.
In line with this, Bandai will be releasing the “Vital Breath Digivice – V.V.V.” from the “Vital Breath” series on October 2, 2021 (Saturday) as a product linked to the show1. This product will also appear in the TV anime “Digimon Ghost Game” as a key item, and will be used by the main characters as their latest Digivice. The product will be available for pre-order from August 2, 2021 (Monday) at toy stores, department stores, electronics mass retailers, and online stores. In addition, to commemorate the start of the new TV series “Digimon Ghost Game”, the product will be sold at a premium price (4,730 yen including 10% tax, 4,300 yen excluding tax) instead of the regular price (6,490 yen including 10% tax, 5,900 yen excluding tax)3.
The Digimon series is an IP*4 that is popular not only in Japan but also overseas, and we will position it as an important IP for accelerating the overseas business development of the BANDAI NAMCO Group and develop it on a worldwide basis on a long-term basis. August 2, 2021 The latest Digimon series TV animation “Digimon Ghost Game” will be broadcast in the fall of 2021.
■Vital Breath Digivice -V-” has a built-in heart rate monitor function and pedometer function, just like “Vital Breath Digital Monster” released in March this year, and can train Digimon using activity data such as measured heart rate and number of steps. It is a device that allows users to train their Digimon by utilizing measured activity data such as heart rate and number of steps.
This product is newly equipped with a sleep function so that users can enjoy raising their Digimon at their favorite time. Furthermore, by using “Dim Cards”, a card-type interlocking item sold separately, it is possible to add various Digimon for training. It is also linked to the dedicated smartphone application “Digital Monster Vital Breath Lab” (free of charge), allowing users to check their activity records, battle online with other users across the country, and challenge “Raid Battles” in which multiple users work together to defeat enemies.
■Vital Breath Digivice -V- Product Details Product Name Vital Breath Digivice – V – V Suggested Retail Price Normal Price: 6,490 yen (tax included 10%) / 5,900 yen (excluding tax) Premium price for anime broadcast commemoration: 4,730 yen (incl. 10% tax) / 4,300 yen (excluding tax) Release date: October 2, 2021 (Sat) Set contents: Main unit, Gammamon Dim card, VSDim card, charging cable, instruction manual (1 item each) Age: 8 years old and up Main materials Main body: PMMA, ABS, TPE, SI Dim card: PVC, ABS, EP Charging cable: PVC, LCP, PBT Compatible with belt sizes of approx. 14cm to 19cm Battery Lithium-ion polymer battery