|Voice actor(s):||(Ja:) Yuka Imai|
(En:) Mari Devon
Renamon is a fictional character from the Digimon franchise. She is a main character in Digimon Tamers and related media, as the Digimon Partner of Rika Nonaka. According to Chiaki J. Konaka's notes, her name was originally going to be Lunamon. Renamon and her digivolution forms are inspired from the Kitsune and other fox spirits of Asian myth. The name "Renamon" is derived from "Renard", the French word for Fox. Although her mega form, Sakuyamon, is clearly a female, the German dub of Digimon Tamers portrays Renamon, Kyuubimon, and Taomon as male.
Renamon is powerful for a Rookie Digimon, as well as very swift and agile. She has fur sticking out from her shoulders and has a furry chest. Her only form of clothing are the purple sleeves she wears, which has a yin-yang symbol on each, and has three fingers and claws on each hand. Swirling symbols can also be seen on her knees, which are yellow, like most of her body. She also has long, white, three-toed legs and a long, white-tipped tail. She is far more mature than the other Rookie Digimon, considering her experience and her jaded view on life. Renamon's feral features and penetrating icy blue eyes can make her seem quite intimidating, even when she does not mean to give that impression.
Renamon became Rika's partner after Rika received her D-Power, shortly after a Digimon Cards tournament. Many Digimon seemed to want Rika as their Tamer, but Rika said she only wanted one strong Digimon as a partner. Then a blue card appeared, and Rika swiped it through her Card Reader, and it became her own D-Power. Rika then wished that Renamon was her partner, and Renamon remained as Rika's companion throughout the Tamers season.
At first, Renamon's view on humans was that they were just aids for Digimon in digivolving, and her Tamer, Rika, thought that Digimon were just fighting machines. The two had a distant relationship, similar to that of a noble to a samurai retainer; Renamon's only allegiance at first is to Rika and it is absolute. Though as time passed, the two saved each other on many occasions and their friendship grew stronger. This was first realized after Renamon, critically injured in a battle with a Dokugumon, was able to evolve into Kyubimon following Rika's outburst of emotion at losing her, as seen in episode 6. It reached its zenith when it enabled the final Biomerge that sparked Sakuyamon's birth. Also, while Renamon liked to battle enemies, she respected when it wasn't her battle to fight and wouldn't interfere, such as when Guilmon battled Devidramon. Rika wanted her to fight but she refused, saying it was Guilmon's fight, not hers.
She gets along with Guilmon and Terriermon well (not so much with Guilmon at first), but she has an interesting love-hate relationship with Impmon, as seen in episode 19, where she seems semi-concerned for his safety, and also upon leaving the Digital World, where she feels she must rescue Impmon and bring him back to the Real World with her.
- Diamond Storm (狐葉楔 Koyousetsu?, lit. "Fox Leaf Arrowheads"): Throws sharpened leaves at the opponent.
- Power Paw (藤八拳 Touhakken?, lit. "Tohachi Game"): Shrouds its paws in ghostly flames, then delivers a powerful kick.
The name "Renamon" refers to only the Rookie form of this Digimon. Throughout the series, Renamon gains the ability to digivolve into a number of more powerful forms (each with a different name). The rookie form, however, remains the most common and preferred form.
While in Ryo Akiyama's party, Renamon will degenerate to Relemon when her YP depletes.
Viximon is the In-Training form of Renamon. The name "Viximon" comes from "Vixen", the word for a female fox. Viximon is a small yellow round ball with four legs, a pair of sharp pointy fox ears and a fluffy white-tipped tail.
Kyubimon is Renamon's Champion level form. Kyubimon is a yellow nine-tailed fox with a white mane and mystical blue flames flaring around her paws and tail tips. Kyubimon comes from the word Kyuubi meaning nine-tailed. Kyubimon was inspired by a mythical Japanese beast, the kitsune. Rika had wanted Renamon to digivolve for a long time, but wasn't able to achieve it. However, when the two were attacked by a Dokugumon, Renamon protected Rika, thus taking the full blast of Dokugumon's attack. Rika, who had never accepted Renamon as a living creature before, cries out in sorrow over Renamon's sacrifice. This emotional response caused Renamon to digivolve to Kyubimon, who was now able to defeat the Spider Digimon.
Taomon fights by summoning various spells and weapons to help her harness the powers of the magical energy that flows through the universe. Taomon first appeared to fight the Ox Deva, Vajramon. Vajramon had asked to talk with Renamon, and the two briefly returned to the Digital World. Vajramon, who seemed smitten with Renamon, tried to convince her to join the Devas. When Renamon turned him down, Vajramon was enraged and attacked Renamon. With Rika's aid, Renamon was able to Digivolve to Taomon, defeating Vajramon easily and destroying him with the Talisman Of Light.
Sakuyamon appeared thereafter in almost every battle against the D-Reaper. Near the end of the series, Sakuyamon passed her energy to Justimon to help him defeat the Cable-Reaper, which only proved to be in vain.
She later helps fight the Parasimon.
Notes and References
- ↑ Digimon Encyclopedia: Digimon Tamers Cast List
- ↑ Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer and Digimon Series Memorial Book: Digimon Animation Chronicle
- ↑ http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/plan-e.html Digimon Tamers: Concept Planning Notes
- ↑ "Tohachi-Ken", also known as "Kitsune-Ken", is a hand game invented by Tohachi Okumura during the Tokugawa Shogunate. It is similar to rock-paper-scissors, and uses gestures for a daimyo, rifle, and fox.
- ↑ On (オン?): Refers to the spherical shield attack only in the Japanese version.
- ↑ This attack is named "Dragon Helix" in Digimon Rumble Arena.
- ↑ Izuna is a form of sorcery, practiced by the Izuna Shugen cult of Mount Iizuna, which utilizes Kuda-gitsune.
- ↑ This attack is named "Talisman Sphere" in Digimon Rumble Arena.