Digimon Adventure (デジモンアドベンチャー Dejimon Adobenchā), known in North America as the first season of Digimon: Digital Monsters, is a Japanese anime television series created by Akiyoshi Hongo and produced by Toei Animation in cooperation with WiZ, Bandai and Fuji Television. It is the first anime installment in the Digimon media franchise, based on the virtual pet of the same name. An English-language version produced by Saban Entertainment aired in North America between August 1999 and June 2000.
On August 1, 1999, seven kids Taichi “Tai” Kamiya, Sora Takenouchi, Yamato “Matt” Ishida, Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa, Joe Kido, and Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi are at a Summer Camp, getting to know each other a little better, when it suddenly begins snowing. As they begin to wonder how snow would be falling in the middle of Summer, the seven children suddenly receive a small Gadget that looks like a sort of gaming device, and are instantly transported through a Portal, and into a strange digital dimension known as the “Digital World”. Traveling to the Digital World was an experience that leaves the children bewildered. Their Digimon partners are suddenly thrust upon them, as well as the concept of having the Digimon digivolve into stronger creatures, and so the children have to find out how to be DigiDestined as they go along. They quickly learn of the Digital World’s plight, and how evil Digimon are intent on ruling it for themselves. Although they originally fight just to return home, they eventually vow to save the Digital World for the sake of their Digimon friends. As the plot evolves, the children deal with various aspects of maturity: making friends, being courageous, standing for one’s morals, etc. Each child receives an object called a “Crest” that embodies a particular trait that defines them, whose power could be used to digivolve their partners to the next level. Taichi “Tai” Kamiya has Courage, Yamato “Matt” Ishida has Friendship, Sora Takenouchi has Love, Mimi Tachikawa has Sincerity, Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi has Knowledge, Joe Kido has Reliability (“Honesty” in the original Japanese version), and Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi has Hope. It is later revealed that the children were chosen to become DigiDestined during the battle between Greymon and Parrotmon, and that their Crests represent the positive personality traits that they most strongly evinced at that time.
Eventually, an army of evil Digimon led by Myotismon crossed through a dimensional gate from the Digital World to enter Earth. The DigiDestined and their partners followed. Specifically, they landed in Odaiba, Japan, the children’s home town. As the DigiDestined battled on Earth, they were joined by an eighth member, Kari Kamiya, Tai’s sister and carrier of the trait of Light. While this was happening, a group of four Mega level Digimon called the Dark Masters besieged the Digital World. Once things were taken care of on Earth, the eight DigiDestined returned to the Digital World once again in order to defeat the Dark Masters one by one, and eventually their real enemy, Apocalymon, the Digimon who made all of the evil Digimon the DigiDestined had previously destroyed. When Apocalymon was defeated, the children went back to the Real World, leaving their Digimon partners behind.