The Parlor Child
This blog post may contain minimal spoilers. Please read this only if you had seen this Episode.
Kiyoshiro has invited his friends because he was too scared of the old Yokai-related story or incident that talks about Zashiki-warashi. They had decided to do staycation on a certain resort hotel. One evening, this Digimon that appears to be the Zashiki-warashi is scaring and doing pranks at some people in the hallways of the resort hotel. As this nightly incident continues to follow until Kiyoshiro is scared in his room, they are figuring out on how to meet this Digimon that appears only during at night! And this Digimon only wants to play and he doesn’t want to harm! But then, how they could even solve this Digimon’s problems, where he only says, “Let’s play!”, as he asks somebody to play with him?
The Japanese Yokai term, Zashiki-warashi (座敷童), is a mysterious being that lives under the parlors or storage rooms of some buildings, like hotels or apartment buildings. It is said that when you see some Zashiki-warashi, it gives you some good fortune and luck. That term literally translates as the “Parlor Child”, where it is used as my Episode Review title!
I can see some very few character upgrades (developments) here, such as Gammamon trying out some new sweet food, other than chocolates this time around. Kiyoshiro don’t seem to improve here anymore (Actually being scared and cowardly is already his “permanent” character now). Meanwhile, Angoramon has really given out some minimal information about this known Japanese Yokai, which in fact, has made me do a little research via a Wikipedia article!
On the other hand, the featured Digimon of the week (Koemon) is interesting enough for me to learn something new in this Episode. In fact, it represents any children who were always acting cute, and always wanted to play along with you. When you encounter them by chance, are you willing to spend your time with them? If in case you refuse, then that’s the time that they are going to be playing “prank” games at you. They do pranks at others because they wanted to have their attention to them, due to the fact that they were always being ignored. It is just also telling that they do pranks because the people are so “selfish”.
I had never given enough review details in this Episode, due to the fact that the story plot of this Episode is just very simple and minimal as it is. But then, the simplicity of the plot is just enough to explain about Zashiki-warashi — on how they usually appear and do in some of the common Japanese horror films and other related media.
How about a little research, while learning this new term in just a paragraph? Maybe some related Japanese horror films can able to make you understand about Zashiki-warashi.
LET’S STUDY DIGIMON!
As saying “thank you” to you guys who had read and understood this Episode Review today, here is a bonus screenshot, coming also from the same Episode number!
Previously, we talked about the Life Cycle of Digimons! This time around, let us talk about on where are these creatures are living! It is none other than the Digital World!
The Digital World
The Digital World is a vast digital space and a virtual world filled with various, imaginative, and anonymous data that came mostly from the Human World’s surrounding environment — animals, human, and other creatures, human emotions, and other natural resources like water. Digital World is sometimes interpreted as a “fictional term” for the real-life human term as the “Internet” or the “World Wide Web”.
The Digital World’s origins can be vary. They are well explained in some other Digimon Anime in the series, as well as their video game counterparts. One common Digital World is that it is residing along with the Earth’s surface, thus it is existing as a “Parallel Universe”. Another kind of Digital World is that it is existing on a separate world, and that can be only reached by using an item called the “Digivice”. And that kind of world is considered to be falling on an “Isekai” genre, where it literally means that a person is being thrown and being casted into an unknown world, where its origins are yet to be revealed as the story progresses.
While Digimons are existing and born within the vast parts of the Digital World, they are learning and adapting with any surrounding environments around them. The Digital World, on the other hand, is just adaptive and dependent on its real Human World counterpart. Any single entity of data which is passed by any means of digital telecommunication (i.e. browsing the Internet, SNS, or inputting any sensitive information like mugshot photos and other basic profile information) is considered as a “content update” or “patch version up” to the Digital World itself. As when the Digital World is well dependent on its Human World counterpart, and was able to acquire new features and technologies from it, so does to the Digimons who were living there are getting more advanced and stronger than before when they were still in their Fresh or Rookie Level forms.
As the time passes, so does to the Digimons who are able to learn new and advanced things. When they have died, they are able to retain some of their memories. But their lost memories shall be replaced with a new entity or data, in which they are able to become a lot more strong and better than in the time that they were still alive before they have died.
Quite interesting! It looks like you have to tune-in for the next Episode Review of this series! Basically, what was included in this Episode Review, and in the succeeding ones, shall be talking about the relevant info and history about Digimon! That’s why we are literally “studying” about Digimon, do we?
Digimon Ghost Game (2021) is an Anime Series which is a part of the franchise, called as the Digimon Series (dubbed as Digital Monsters). It has been aired and streamed in Japan and overseas with its first Episode since October 3, 2021.
The story takes place with Hiro Amanokawa, with his partner Digimon named Gammamon, in a world where Hologram Ghosts (transparent, floating digital images) do exist. There is a phenomenon where certain Hologram Ghosts are becoming mysteries, and they are slowly beginning to play and take lives of people.
While many people can’t able to see these ‘phenomenal’ Hologram Ghosts, certain people who has an item, called the Digivice, can able to see them.
These phenomenal Hologram Ghosts that exist in both Digital World and the Human World were called as ‘Digimon’.
With Hiro’s father entrusting him with a Digivice, as well as a Digimon partner, their mystery-solving adventure begins. They step along in a mysterious world where only Digimons live within.
ABOUT DIGIMON SERIES (DIGITAL MONSTER)
The Digimon Series is a franchise or series created and developed by Akiyoshi Hongo in 1997, and was co-created with Toei Animation (one of the grandfathers of the known animation studios in Japan). It was actually based from the Digital Monster, a virtual pet digital game by Bandai, which was knowingly based from the popular Tamagotchi virtual pet digital game created by the same company, also.
Digimon is a shortened name for Digital Monsters (Japanese dubbed: デジタルモンスター). They are creatures in a digital form in which it can be raised by feeding items and foods, as well as battling with other Digimons (other people) in order to become strong and versatile.
This series has been developed and conceptualized since year 1997, and video games, as well as its Anime counterparts, has been spawned since year 1999, starting with the popular Digimon Adventure Anime series.
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