In some of my earlier posts, I spoke of a new fantasy series I plan to write that will be different from the Magnus Dynasty Saga. It will involve inter-dimensional monsters partnering with humans as part of a peace treaty between both races. The setting will be Victorian-style and steampunk with steam-powered technology and large walled cities. I got the idea for this series from stories such as Pokemon, Digimon, Monster Rancher, Beyblade, and so forth. Some of these stories involved monsters battling in tournaments while others depicted monsters fighting a great evil. In my series’s case, it will be a bit of both. This genre of storytelling about monsters bonding with humans has become quite popular in the anime/manga community over the years. Due to this, I think this is the perfect time to begin developing this new series. Sadly, even though I am a fan of anime and manga, I cannot write it in its style so I cannot contribute to the genre in the traditional sense. Instead, I will contribute to this genre my own way and in my own style. Like His Dark Materials, which depicts each person being spiritually bonded to an animal, my series will depict each person being spiritually bonded to a monster. Since it is Halloween night, I think this is the ideal time for me to start thinking about monsters.
When I was in elementary and middle school, I was an avid fan of the anime known as Digimon. As such, I often imagined what it would have been like to have my own Digimon and what the creature would look like. The series has seen its fair share of Digimon that looked like either dinosaurs or dragons. In season one, we were introduced to Agumon, who was the Digimon who was partner of protagonist Taichi Kamiya. In the second season, we were introduced to Veemon, who was the Digimon partner of Davis Motomiya. In the third season, we were introduced to Guilmon, who was the creation and partner of Takato Matsuki. Each of these three Digimon possessed features that belonged to either dragons and dinosaurs. I am definitely a fan of both dragons and dinosaurs, which was why when I daydreamed about having my own Digimon, I wanted it to be like a combination between these three Digimon. I even brainstormed on what kind of attacks it would have and what its Digivolved forms would look like.
I am one of those guys who grew up watching the anime from the 1990s. Among those anime was Digimon. This show consumed my childhood. I enjoyed the battles between the various Digimon and how the Digimon Digivolved into new and more powerful forms. Throughout middle school, I even created my own imaginary Digimon and envisioned their battles. I even memorized the lyrics of one of the theme songs word for word. Now that I am older, I have a greater appreciation for the impact this anime had on my life. Due to my analytical nature, I came to notice a deeper feel for the story of the franchise. Each child in the show had social, spiritual, and psychological issues. Over time, the children overcame these limitations and grew as individuals. As they grow, the children’s Digimon partners acquire the power to Digivolve into more powerful forms. This concept of Digivolution is symbolic in the sense that the Digimon’s transformations reflect on their human partner’s growth and maturity. By the end of each season, the main characters learn important life lessons from their adventures in the Digital World. I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes monsters and coming of age stories.