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Digimon Data Squad to Debut on Toon Disney's Jetix Block

Toei Animation's hit animated series DIGIMON will makes its fifth season debut this fall on Toon Disney's Jetix block with DIGIMON DATA SQUAD, adding a new cast of characters and bold storylines to the globally renowned action/adventure franchise.

DIGIMON DATA SQUAD continues the adventures of 14-year-old Marcus and dinosaur-type partner Agumon as they challenge the menacing Digimon from the Digital World who intrudes into the Human World to cause trouble. The pair is inducted into DATS (Data Squad), a special investigation unit called in to ensure planetary safety. Being a reformed schoolyard punk, Marcus strives to channel his belligerence toward the evil Digimon, and to work as a team to help protect the human world from ruin.

The DIGIMON DATA SQUAD cast also includes Marcus' rival, teen prodigy, Thomas H. Norstein, and his beast-type Digimon partner, Gaoman, and Yoshino Fujieda, the only girl in the DATS and her plant-type Digimon partner Lalamon.

Japanese animation studio Toei Animation is the creator of DIGIMON, which ranks among the most popular and longest-running action series in the world. In addition to the launch of the animated television series on Jetix, Bandai America will be releasing an expansive line of DIGIMON DATA SQUAD toys in early 2008. Namco Bandai Games America has a set videogames based on the newest DIGIMON series due out for the fall.

The DIGIMON franchise has achieved major global success, with the acclaimed animated series airing in more than 40 countries worldwide.

âWe are delighted to continue our association with ABC Cable Networks Group in bringing the newest season of the perennially popular DIGIMON to the Toon Disney Jetix block," said Yosuke Kobayashi, president/coo of Toei Animation. "The popularity of DIGIMON continues to build, attracting new generations of fans which is the hallmark of a successful evergreen property.â

Toei Animation Inc. (TAI,, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toei Animation Co. Ltd. established in Los Angeles in 2004, looks forward to spreading the world-renowned Japanese animation studioâs extensive library and pursuing co-production projects in North and Latin America and other English-speaking territories worldwide. The main business operations of TAI include film licensing in all media and emerging platforms, merchandise licensing and co-productions with local establishments.