After all these years, we finally understand part of the dark side of features in Digimon Frontier through Digimon Ghost.
Throughout the Digimon Ghost Game, the line between Digimon and humans continues to blur. Episode 47, “Memory of Eternity”, focuses on Shadramon’s desperate struggle to retain his memories when he dies. Nanomon took advantage of Shadramon’s fear and used him as a test subject to see if merging Digimon’s memories with humans could allow Digimon to reform and live on with their memories intact. are not. The experiment failed, and Shadramon eventually died and became a digitama again.
However, fusion between humans and Digimon was possible before the Digimon series. In Digimon Frontier, instead of having Digimon partners, the protagonists instead merge with the souls of ancient Digimon heroes to fight to save the Digital world. Comparison of the Digimon Frontier fusion with Nanomon’s experiments in the Digimon Ghost Game shows that consent and common purpose contributed to the success of the Digimon Frontier fusion, and the absence of these key elements. led to Nanomon’s failure.
Digimon Frontier begins with many people receiving strange messages on their cell phones directing them to a mysterious train that takes them to the Digital world. While there, Takuya Kanbara, Koji Minamoto, Izumi Orimoto, Junpei Shibayama, and Tomoki Himi learn that there are ancient Digimon spirits that the other Digimon seem intent on destroying. To protect these souls and themselves, DigiDestined chose to merge with these souls, allowing them to fight whatever danger the Digital World poses in their way.
It is important to note that Digidestined is not informed of these souls’ full pasts nor the full expectations for them when they assume the Digidestined role. In most cases, however, children actively choose to explore these new forms. Also, these merges are only temporary. When the danger passes, each child can transform back into their human form. Therefore, the relationship between DigiDestined and these Ancient souls is more mutually beneficial. The spirits have given the children the ability to fight and protect themselves, and in turn, DigiDestined has helped these souls protect the Digital world and ensure that the spirits’ arch-enemies are not can wreak havoc again.
In contrast to Digimon Frontier’s fusion between Digimon and humans, Nanomon’s experiments do not have any form of consent from his subjects on the Digimon Ghost Game. When he first saw Shadramon’s dying form, Nanomon asked Shadramon if he could preserve Shadramon’s memories. While Shadramon agreed, Nanomon never explained how he would try to preserve those memories. So while Shadramon technically agreed in a moment of desperation, Shadramon was not informed of what Nanomon’s experiments would actually entail.
When Nanomon created a memory seed using Shadramon’s dying data, Nanomon implanted the seed into the sleeping body of Tamotsu, Kiyoshiro Higashimitarai’s friend and research fellow. Tamotsu wasn’t even aware of the existence of Digimon or the Digital world at the time. When random parts of Shadramon started appearing on Tamotsu’s body, he was horrified and annoyed. Nanomon’s actions prove that Nanomon doesn’t care about Tamotsu at all. Furthermore, Nanomon views all humans as only possible energy conductors for his experiments.
However, Nanomon also shows little interest in other Digimon. While Shadramon wanted a chance to preserve his memories, he also never agreed to fuse with a human. The process was also horrifying for him. However, Shadramon caused terror to Tamotsu, threatening Tamotsu when Tamotsu wanted to ask for help. Shadramon’s desperation could not justify the fact that he also used Tamotsu and also controlled their shared bodies without Tamotsu’s consent. Overall, Nanomon’s experimentation lacks consent at all levels, putting his work in stark contrast to Digimon Frontier’s focus on win-win fusion.
Nanomon acted without any real interest in Shadramon or Tamotsu, and the results of his experiments were horrifying. As Shadramon’s form grows stronger, he and Tamotsu become a literal chimera of human and Digimon parts, and neither is capable of actually surviving the fusion. However, Nanomon wants to continue his experiment to gather data from the deaths of Shadramon and Tamotsu so that he can finally achieve eternal life for himself. Thus, unlike the win-win goal of merging Digimon Frontier, Nanomon only works for himself and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. Nanomon took control of his art creation to prevent the research team from interfering. The quick thinking of TeslaJellymon and Kiyoshiro helped separate Nanomon from Tamotsu and Shadramon, cutting off Nanomon’s influence over them.
Jellymon in Thetismon form was able to separate Shadramon from Tamotsu, but she was unable to save both. While Tamotsu was able to recover normally, Shadramon disintegrated. Shadramon’s worst fear has come true; he lost his memories of his past life although he was eventually reincarnated as a digitama. Although Shadramon was introduced in the series while dying and his death seemed inevitable, his death still carries emotional weight as the episode emphasizes his fears and despair. he is transparent. Nanomon’s experiments are even worse in part because they give Shadramon hope for survival rather than helping Shadramon make peace with being reincarnated into a new life.
As a result, Nanomon’s experiments failed in part because he did not receive explicit consent, and Tamotsu and Shadramon did not have any connection or common purpose. However, his efforts may fail. Unlike Digimon Frontier, where the spirits of ancient Digimon live, in the Digital world of Digimon Ghost Game, the series has emphasized many times that once Digimon return to digitamas, they will effectively die. and live a whole new life instead. separate lives from their old lives. As a result, Digimon’s life carries more weight throughout the series, making Ghost Game’s emotional core even stronger.