Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning: Shout! Studios Announces License

by Neil Bui

Multi-platform media company Shout! Studios (formerly Shout! Factory) has announced their license of the latest Digimon film, Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning, for the United States and Canada.

“We are delighted by this new opportunity with Toei Animation and excited by this contemporary story of the DigiDestined from Digimon Adventure 02,” said Melissa Boag, Shout! Studios EVP, Kids & Family Entertainment. “Over the years, we enjoyed tremendous success with Digimon Adventure tri. film series and Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna. We look forward to presenting Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning to anime fans and families through home entertainment very soon.

The license includes rights for physical home video such as Blu-ray and DVD as well as digital sell-through rights for digital purchasing. No dates have been announced but Shout! Studios will release the film sometime this year.

Digimon Adventure 02 The Beginning was a hit with franchise fans around the world and we’re thrilled to bring it to homes across North America through this partnership with Shout! Studios,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation, Inc. “Today’s news is one of many exciting things planned during 2024 as part of Toei Animation’s year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Digimon.”

The home video release will utilize the English dub that Toei produced for the US theatrical run.

Synopsis: It’s 2012, and ten years have passed since the adventure in the Digital World. Daisuke Motomiya is now twenty, and he and the rest of the DigiDestined seem to be changing bit by bit in terms of appearance and lifestyle. Then one day, a giant Digitama suddenly appears in the sky over Tokyo Tower. Daisuke and the others encounter a mysterious young man named Lui Ohwada, who informs them that he’s the first ever DigiDestined in the world…

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