Digimon Data Squad
, known in Japan as Digimon Savers
(デジモンセイバーズ, Dejimon Seibāzu
?), is a Japanese anime television series, and the fifth series produced as part of the Digimon franchise. It was produced by Toei Animation, and aired every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on the Fuji TV network. In addition, a tie-in movie called Ultimate Power! Burst Mode Invoke!
was released on December 9, 2006. Savers
is the first Digimon
program to be produced in almost four years, following 2002's Digimon Frontier
Unlike previous Digimon
series, which were broadcasted in English in Autumn of the same year as their Japanese release, there were a full eighteen months between the Japanese and English broadcasts, leading at first to some doubt as to whether the series would be dubbed at all. Not long after the discovery of an entry for the show on Toei's website, which featured anglicized names for some of the characters and the show's new English title, on April 25, 2007, Disney's ABC Network announced that it had signed an agreement with Toei Animation to license the show. On May 4, director of previous Digimon
series Jeff Nimoy confirmed that he had returned to direct the series, confirmed its English title, and revealed the majority of voice actors for the main cast of the series. Data Squad
premiered on Jetix on October 1st, 2007 at 8:30 PM. Data Squad finally premiered in Canada the morning of Sunday September 7th, 2008 after a long wait, the show is on Family Channel (Canada's Disney Affiliate). This is the first Digimon show to appear on that network as all other series in Canada could be seen on YTV. New Episodes air Sunday mornings while the prior weeks episode can be seen on Saturday mornings.
The Digivice used in this series is the "Digivice iC"
, and its upgraded version, the "Digivice Burst"
. The series is the first to feature the lead character not sporting a pair of goggles and have all main characters' Digimon evolve to the same level. This series is also the second one where the last battle is fought in the Real World against a non-Digimon entity, the other one being Digimon Tamers
. Unlike the previous seasons, Digimon Data Squad took on more radical changes for the character designs ditching the style animation always used previously in favor of more traditional Japanese animation. Also, according to this series' composer, Ryota Yamaguchi, this series was to take in a wider age group, and was aimed to also appeal to late teens, however, without ending it as a hobby anime. This is why the characters are much older (ranging from early teen to adult) and the story somewhat darker in tone than in previous series. Also, as requested by Digimon's sponsor, Bandai, in order to grab the older Digimon fans, Bandai wanted the reappearance of a Digimon from the old series, which was chosen to be Agumon.