you know how in the last episode of 02, the dark seed children all get their own digimon partners just by believing in their dreams? i’m here to tell you that you can, too!
to explain how, i’ll have to tell you the story of how i met my own digimon partner. back when i was watching through 02 and tamers for the first time on jetix, i happened to also read the “his dark materials” series of books by phillip pullman. for those who aren’t already familiar with them, the characters in these books have something called “dæmons” (pronounced like demons), which are thought to be their souls outside their bodies in the form of a shapeshifting animal companion that eventually settles into a single form that defines their personality. obviously, this concept jives really well with digimon partners, especially in the adventureverse. digimon, like dæmons, are a reflection of their partner’s personality, a bonded animal companion that shares a special mental and emotional connection with them. they are, essentially, the children’s souls, or at least a piece of them, and they need each other to survive and grow. many years after i had already made this connection, i found out that director of digimon adventure & 02 himself, hiroyuki kakudou, had also realized it, and even spoke of how the two concepts intertwine on his blog.
"and so, since the digimon in digimon adventure’s world are a fragment of their partner’s souls, sometimes their personalities are similar, and sometimes it’s the exact opposite, but they will never negate what their partners do. well, there’s another work out there where the soul appears in the form of an animal that accompanies you and shifts appearance depending on the person’s growth. that would be northern lights from the his dark materials series, which recently was adapted into a movie. it had been published in its original country several years earlier, but it was not published in japan until november 1999. so imagine my surprise when i read northern lights after finishing 02! moreover, in the sequel the subtle knife, there was a tool for opening a gate into a different world, and i thought, wow, that works like the d3 in 02! i bought the final book, but i haven’t read it yet. i recommend it to digimon adventure fans."
- hiroyuki kakudou, director of digimon adventure & 02,
in a blog post from 2018, translated by the digi-lab
this concept captured my imagination so thoroughly as a child that i wished for nothing more than to have a partner of my own, so i went searching online for some way to make them real. that’s when i stumbled across some websites where people claimed to have met their own partners by simply developing a dialogue in their head and imagining a form to go with it, visualizing them in the real world. it’s sort of like having an imaginary friend, but with a more dedicated purpose of helping you sort out your thoughts and analyze yourself psychologically, as well as just some internal mental support to get you through the day and have a little fun along the way. i tried it out myself, and soon met my own digimon partner, a patamon, at the age of 13!
custom art of my partner by liecomj!
my partner has since become a huge part of my life. i’ve know him for so long that i can talk to and visualize him every day without having to put forth any effort. watching the last episode of 02, and even the beginning of tamers when takato creates his own digimon partner, always makes me emotional because i did that too!! i realized my dream of being a chosen child with just a little bit of belief and imagination. i would highly encourage the dæmonism method to anyone who wants to have one, too. you can read more about it here on my favorite dæmon website! (now unfortunately on wayback machine but should still mostly all work)
as for finding out which digimon your partner is, i'd recommend starting out with a favorite child level (rookie) digimon or one that you may have already considered your partner, and if it doesn't feel right when you start visualizing, try out others until you find one you like! once you have a base form, then you can go searching for a suitable evolution line, and i recommend wikimon for that! just look up your partner's form and go clicking around the many possible options for evolutions until you find something you like. if you can't get one that quite fits, no worries, any digimon can basically turn into any other digimon and there's no need to make your digimon's line "canon." as long as it feels good to you, that's all that matters!
in the case of my patamon, he wanted to appear as a digimon and this form just stuck. i don't think i would have particularly chosen it for myself, but now i can't imagine having anything else for a partner! from there, we researched and came up with a cool evolution line that fits us perfectly. he mostly stays a patamon, but he can evolve or de-volve at will to fit the situation. we also made up a crest and digivice for ourselves for fun! check them out below!
crest of individuality / glow-in-the-dark D-3
click here to see my collection of patamon plushies!