Traveling to the Digital World was an experience that left the children bewildered. Their Digimon partners were suddenly thrusted
upon them, as well as the concept of having the Digimon Digivolve, a process by which they transform into stronger creatures
to fend off enemy Digimon. Thus, the children had to learn how to be DigiDestined as they went along.
Soon they learned of the Digital World's plight, that evil Digimon intent on ruling it for themselves. They vowed to save
it in spite of missing the life they had left behind. The DigiDestined promised to save DigiWorld because they saw that Digimon,
though made of data, were as sentient as human beings. They did not want these feeling creatures to suffer; furthermore, it
was demonstrated to them that no one else could defeat the Digital World's enemies.
As the plot evolved, the children dealt with various aspects of growing up: making friends, being courageous, standing
up for one's morals, etc. Each child was given an object called a "Crest" that embodied a particular personality
trait that they had to demonstrate to get their partners to Digivolve to a higher level. Tai Kamiya possessed the trait of
Courage; Matt Ishida, Friendship; Sora Takenouchi, Love; Mimi Tachikawa, Sincerity; Izzy Izumi, Knowledge; Joe Kido, Reliability;
and T.K. Takaishi, Hope.
Eventually, evil Digimon began crossing a dimensional gate from the Digital World to enter the Real World (what Digimon
call planet Earth). The DigiDestined and their partners followed. Specifically, they landed in Odaiba, Japan, the children's
hometown. As the DigiDestined battled in the Real World, they were joined by an eighth member, Kari Kamiya, Tai's sister and
carrier of the trait of Light. While this was happening, a group of four Digimon called the Dark Masters besieged the Digital
World. Once things were taken care of in the Real World, the eight DigiDestined returned to the Digital World once again in
order to defeat the Dark Masters and the final enemy, Apocalymon, the Digimon who created all of the evil Digimon the DigiDestined
had previously faced. When Apocalymon was destroyed the children went back to the Real World, leaving their Digimon partners
behind. (They were reunited with their Digimon in the movie "Our War Game!".)
The series was highly regarded and garnered millions of viewers. It became the third largest anime export out of Japan,
after Sailor Moon and Pokémon.