Fans of Digimon conventions will enjoy Ghost Game’s Halloween-themed twist on the classic horror genre.
Digimon: Ghost Game, the latest anime in the series, premiered on October 3rd, just in time. Digimon Ghost Game is a perfect Halloween watch because it incorporates horror tropes and spooky imagery, even though it shares many elements with the rest of the series.
Digimon Ghost Game takes place in a future where holograms are commonplace. They are dubbed “hologram ghosts” by the public when they first appear in the real world because they are only partially formed. Each of the Digimon seen so far has “haunted” a specific location, where they prey on any human who enters their sphere of influence. With Gammamon, Hiro Amanokawa investigates reports of hologram ghosts and stops the Digimon who are responsible for them.
The Ghost Game’s atmosphere is a mix of spooky and funny. Hiro bonds with the childish but loyal Gammamon through food, and co-protagonists Ruli Tsukiyono and Kiyoshiro Higashimitarai are bold, quirky characters with very different attitudes toward the hologram ghosts — Ruli is chasing them down for the sake of her social media account, while Kiyoshiro is a coward who is scared of his own Digimon partner and attempts to protect himself and Hiro with talismans. Although the “ghost” battles take place at night, the Digimons’ victims are subjected to harrowing experiences.
To feed on the youth of Hiro’s school, Clockmon steals “time,” while Mummymon turns museum visitors into mummies in the hope that this will “heal” them. The clock on and Mummymon both prey on the youth of Hiro’s school. It turns out that Mummymon had the best of intentions, and while his actions were comical, the harm he caused to his victims was no less real because mummies are so associated with the Halloween season, which makes him an ideal foe for Hiro. “Hologram ghost” Digimon’s designs have been slightly altered to better fit Ghost Game’s eerie atmosphere.
Gammon, Hiro’s adorable sidekick, may also be on the verge of a dark transformation. A Virus Digimon, Gammamon is typically a bad guy. During their battle, Clockmon tries to steal Gammamon’s time by showing him the future as a tall, shadowy Digimon. To set the mood for the rest of the series, a silhouette of this future dark evolution of Gammamon is featured in the series’ opening, which also features images of terrifying Digimon stalking Ghost Game’s heroes in the shadowy darkness.
This is the first time we see BlackTailmon, a Digimon based on a black cat, a common Halloween symbol, make an appearance, suggesting that she will play an important role in the series. Because new episodes of Ghost Game air on Sundays in Japan, the fourth episode of the season will air on Halloween.
There are many similarities between Ghost Game and Digimon, such as human-Digimon bonding, the real and digital worlds intertwining, and a monster-of-the-week format. Tamers is one of the other Digimon series it most closely resembles, which was famous for its dark elements and references to Lovecraft. A Virus-type Digimon partner with a dark evolution like Ghost Game’s protagonist was also featured in Tamers.
While it’s too early to tell if Ghost Game will go as dark as Tamers, its real-world setting and incorporation of horror tropes into the Digimon formula make it a lot like Tamers so far. Ghost Game is the ideal Digimon anime to air during the Halloween season because of these elements and its lighter moments. It’s a little spooky and a lot of fun, just like Halloween itself.