|Date(s):||1997 – ongoing|
|Medium:||manga, anime, video games, card game|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||The Digimon Wiki|
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Originally a hand-held video game pet, the Digimon franchise has grown to include five seasons of an animated television show, nine movies, comics, a card game, and fifteen video games. Generally the plots follow a group of children who partner with monsters to fight the forces of evil.
- Yagami Taichi
- Takenouchi Sora
- Izumi Koushiro
- Kido Jyou
- Ishida Yamato
- Takaishi Takeru
- Tachikawa Mimi
- Yagami Hikari
The first season of Digimon coincided with the spread of the personal use of the Internet. Character and relationship shrines appeared on GeoCities and AngelFire, and stories were uploaded to FanFiction.Net.
While small shrines were popular, there were a number of large sites that dominated the Digimon fandom. LELOLA.net was started in 1997 with coverage of a few of the anime being broadcasted in North America at that time, namely Digimon, Card Captor Sakura, and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Creator Pan-chan maintained the site for 11 years, closing it in 2008. It remains available online as an archive.
LELOLA hosted massive collection of Digimon icons. These weren't created by LELOLA's staff (most likely have been lifted from Japanese fansites) and were in turn taken for use on other Digimon sites. The icons, particularly the small, blinking heads of the human characters, were a staple of fan shrines. They were occasionally edited to make original characters or personalize a character for that site (such as Goth TK).
Another large and popular site, and an affiliate of LELOLA, was The Digimon Experience. It provided fans with screenshots from the show, which other sites used, often without removing the watermark located in the right corner.
Smaller character and pairing shrines were also created by fans of the show. Unfortunately, when GeoCities closed, many of these sites were lost.
The first two seasons of Digimon in particular had fandom activity revolving around ships. Characters were often paired into slash couples, due to the pairing off that took place in the show. Generally, portmanteaus are the preferred method for naming ships.
Well, here it is: one of the major things that makes Digimon different from every other anime series in existence: the widespread use of Coupling Terms. Also known as Shipping Names, Couple Names, and Pairing Designations.
These, for anyone who DIDN'T know, are those strange words which combine two parts of the names of two characters and throw 'em together to get a quick word which means: "I am a word that is short for a pairing between so-and-so & so-and-so..." Examples include: Taito, Mimato, Taiora, Mizzy, Jyoura, Daikeru, and many, MANY more...
Now, this isn't something that just simultaneously popped into the heads of every digimon fan everywhere all at the same time through mass hypnosis by spork-wielding aliens... Nope, there is actually some truth behind all this madness. In the Japanese fan community, anime pairings are sometimes referred to in this manner. HOWEVER, in the Jap system, these words were only used for YAOI AND YURI PAIRINGS! Yaoi (Male-Male relationship) and Yuri (Female-Female relationship) pairings are quite common in the Jap world of anime. So, you might see these words floating around on banners and pictures of characters all over the place on Japanese fansites... Well, apparently, SOMEONE did, because the words Taito, Jyoushirou, Daikeru, and Kouchi began popping up on AMERICAN fansites pretty quickly. Now, I'm not sure who started it, it may have been a number of people at once, but the fact remains that these words were not explained thoroughly to the mainly American-entertainment-only fans of Digimon. Thus, the Coupling Titles were brought forth unto Digimon fanstuffs...
Popular ships included:
- Taito or Yamachi - A slash pairing of Yagami Taichi and Ishida Yamato
- Sorato - A het pairing of Yamato and Takenouchi Sora
- Taiora - A het pairing of Taichi and Sora
- Takari - A het pairings of Takaishi Takeru and Yagami Hikari
- Daiken or Kensuke - A slash pairing of Motomiya Daisuke and Ichijouji Ken
- The Digimon Wiki
- Megchan's Digimon Sekai - A popular information site in the early 2000s that now exists in an archived form.
- Digimon Spirit
- Digimon Fanatics - Created in 2001 and still active.
- Podigious! A Digimon Podcast - Started in early 2014 and still running.
- THAT Digimon Site. . Retrieved 9/11/2014,