Digimon Ghost Game Reveals Kiyoshiro’s Past And Shows His Growth


The following article contains spoilers for Digimon Ghost Game Episode 43, “Red Eye,” streaming now on Crunchyroll.

Through Digimon Ghost Game, Kiyoshiro Higashimitarai’s imagination was one of its defining characteristics. While his imagination usually manifests in his fears, he has also been shown to take flights of fancy when imagining himself in the worlds of his favorite anime and manga. With episode 43, ghost game delved further into Kiyoshiro’s past; while he used to use the worlds of anime and manga as an escape, Kiyoshiro is now a hero himself with friends who accept him.


The happier side of his fandom and imagination was showcased sporadically. In Episode 5 “Divine Anger”, Jellymon revealed that Kiyoshiro was a child prodigy who had already earned a master’s degree when he was 13 years old. Thus, he again attended college, but not out of academic necessity; he wanted to experience Japanese school life as seen in his favorite series. He’s also cosplayed as his favorite fantasy characters, showing that his anime interests aren’t limited to slice-of-life tales. The bandages Kiyoshiro has worn on his arm throughout the series could be from an actual injury, but Jellymon suggested that they’re just another aspect of Kiyoshiro’s cosplay and escape in fantastic worlds.

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Kiyoshiro’s active imagination is directly related to his genius

While Jellymon initially believed that Kiyoshiro’s fandom was his main reason for returning to Japan, Episode 43 of ghost game revealed another possible cause. While studying abroad, Kiyoshiro befriended or befriended Emma Hanes, a curious girl with a desire for secrets. Emma found Kiyoshiro’s secret diary where he wrote about his fictional adventures as a hero and posted it online. Kiyoshiro’s embarrassment over this revelation might have caused him to return to Japan.

However, despite this past humiliation on his secret fandoms, Kiyoshiro’s imagination is directly tied to his genius. Because he’s so smart, he’s able to easily imagine all sorts of possibilities for any scenario. At the beginning of Digimon Ghost GameThis ability usually manifests by becoming easily frightened by the possibilities of disaster. Whenever Kiyoshiro has been overwhelmed with data in the past, he has entered an “Integer Overflow” state. This state was usually followed by him reaching a “breaking point” where he pushes past his fear to find a solution. As the series progressed, Kiyoshiro learned to face his fears and rely on himself to help save the day, only falling into the “Integer Overflow” state under the most dire of circumstances.

Kiyoshiro’s growth didn’t mean giving up on his imagination; he still likes the same anime and manga as before. Instead, he learned to channel his creativity into real-world applications. For example, in episode 18 “The Land of Children”, Kiyoshiro cosplayed his favorite character from magic detective elf help solve a mystery. In episode 29, “Monster Pollen”, a young girl named Yuna mistook Kiyoshiro for Academic Genius from the anime. Academic Busters. Even though he hadn’t watched this anime yet, Kiyoshiro still used the role to keep Yuna calm despite being separated from her mother while Kudokugumon wreaked havoc in a mall.

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The real reason Emma wanted more information about Kiyoshiro

While the ghost game The team, mainly Jellymon, can occasionally tease him lightheartedly about his fandom, for the most part they accept him for who he is. Gammamon even happily watches Kiyoshiro’s anime with him, giving him more community than he had before. At the end of episode 43, Emma also seemed to reveal that her desire for more information about Kiyoshiro was not because of a plan to humiliate him; rather, she wanted to know his secrets because she loved him.

While a crush doesn’t justify her past actions, Emma’s own arc has shown that she’s now become more willing to keep secrets, especially important secrets. Since Kiyoshiro seemed willing to move past Emma’s humiliation of him, his community might even have grown.

Overall, “Red Eye” showed how far Kiyoshiro has come since returning to Japan and joining the Digimon Ghost Game crew. Due to the friendships he made, Kiyoshiro actually became a hero in his own story in his own right, no secret diary required. While the series sometimes uses it to gently poke fun at the anime and manga genres, Digimon Ghost Game ultimately shows that imagination and stories can be used to help children find their own strength and agency in their stories.

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