Digimon Adventure 20th Anniversary Anime VisualEarlier today, the official website for the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna anime film announced that five Digimon anime shorts are in the works. The projects are being produced as part of a celebration for Digimon Adventure’s twentieth anniversary.

The five shorts include:

  • Sora e (To the Sky)
  • Kokoro no Ana (A Hole in the Heart)
  • Igakusei Joe Kido (Joe Kido, Medical Student)
  • Akogare no Jogress Shinka (The Coveted Jogress Evolution)

One “secret” title is also planned. The plots will include side stories that focus on the DigiDestined and their partners in their everyday lives, as well as a prequel for the upcoming Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna movie.

The five shorts will be offered as a backer bonus for an upcoming “Booster” crowdfunding campaign, which kicks off on August 22. The campaign seeks to raise ten million yen ($93,910.00 USD). If the goal isn’t reached, the campaign will still progress in some form, though details have not been announced.

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna opens on February 21, 2020.

Tomohisa Taguchi (Kino’s Journey – the Beautiful World-, Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight’s Dream) will direct the project at Yumeta Company, with Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (Dragon Ball GT, Halo Legends) providing character designs. Akatsuki Yamatoya (Gintama, Soul Eater) is writing the feature’s script.

Digimon made its debut in 1997, as a series of virtual pets. The project received a short film on March 6, 1999, titled Digimon Adventure. The film was directed by Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, Mirai of the Future) at Toei Animation, with Reiko Yoshida (K-On!, Girls und Panzer) penning the script.

The film spawned an anime TV series of the same name aired a day later. The show was directed by Hiroyuki Kakudou (Gegege no Kitarō 1996, Yu-Gi-Oh!) at Toei Animation, with series creator Akiyoshi Hongo and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru providing character designs. Satoru Nishizono (Duel Masters, Welcome to the NHK) was in charge of series composition.

The franchise wrapped up the six-film Digimon Adventure tri. series on May 5, 2018. The project originally began in November 2015. Keitaro Motonaga (Magic Knight Rayearth OVA, Jormungand) was tapped to direct the films, while Yuuko Kakihara (Heaven’s Lost Property) served as script supervisor. Character designs were provided by Atsuya Uki (Cencoroll).

Source: Animate Times