The EX-02: Digital Hazard set, which was released in Japan over the holidays, has injected a number of fantastic cards into the Digimon TCG which we will receive within the English version of the game at some point this year. This time, the focus will be on the Digimon Tamers series and will include several parallel versions of cards illustrated in the style of the original anime.
The Alt Art Tamers –
Personally, I really like being reminded of the anime and the events of them within cards. The evolution sequences within the Tamer cards are my favourite – instantly reminding me of the epic animation of the Digimon being torn down into a framework and then being reassembled into their next Digivolution. Even after 20 years, this animation still holds up incredibly well.
Tamers and Companions Alt Arts –
Inherited: [Your Turn] While this Digimon has [Beelzemon] in its name, it gets +3000 DP.
Because the scenes of the cards seemingly come straight from the Digimon Tamers series, no artist has been credited down the side of the card. This is quite interesting, as it’s clear that an artist has recreated the shots and made minor changes to certain details. This isn’t the first time that Bandai hasn’t credited artists, with the Dragon Ball Super CG being incredibly discrete about who is responsible for the card art. It is likely that Bandai’s in-house talent is behind the work and agreed to the anonymity.
Many leading TCGs use freelance artists in Japan, which is the reason why the Digimon TCG is so incredibly diverse when it comes to the vast amount of different styles. The decision to go with several anime moments, over original pieces with more artistic license, could be good from a financial point of view for the company and a way to cut back on production costs for a smaller set. With that being said, the decision could simply be to offer a new style of artwork for the game and a way for fans of the anime to connect with the Digimon TCG further.
D-Reaper Cards –
Disclaimer: Many of the cards featured are translated by Digimon.Dev, which may vary from the official release.
It’s not just the alt art versions of Tamers that stay loyal to snapshots of the anime, with most of the D-Reaper cards coming with the Digital Hazard cards having the same screengrab artwork. As this is the first introduction of these types of digital monsters, it would have been nice to see an artist representation of them in a cool way and have the screengrab be an alternate art for a select few of them. Below are just a few of the D-Reaper cards, but if you would like to learn more about this brand new archetype, check out our article here.
If you would like to learn more about the EX:02 Digital Hazard, which is expected in June for the English game, you can check out one of our articles below –
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