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Digimon’s Tai Kamiya & Super Inggo Character Design

If you’re reading this, you probably had the same knee jerk reaction I did when I saw Super Inggo animation clips playing on ABS-CBN Channel 2.  Or perhaps you are one of the animators or designers of Super Inggo and you are wondering if anyone’s noticed that the design for Super Inggo looks a little too Digimon…

Well I’m here to tell you are probably just as old as I am… And hopefully most kids won’t know who Tai Kamiya is…

Super Inggo seems to have been influenced by Digimon’s (first generation) Tai Kamiya.  The goggles, the hair. their height and their anime appeal – are so… well… OBVIOUSLY the same.

Tai vs Budong aka Inggo

The Super Inggo character designers did make an effort to separate the two characters:

1. They made Super Inggo’s design asymmetrical – unfortunately burdening him with many belt pouches that no average kid would wear (unless of course they were exclusive ABS-CBN Super Inggo belt pouches that every kid would want to buy at Jollibee.) and also burdening the animators… who are probably hoping to able to flip the character horizontally without any inconsistencies.

And call me a old-fashioned, but where can you find children’s pants like that?

2. The strength of the colors may be brighter when on TV, but generally the designers made Inggo’s color pallette generally weaker and warmer and not the fairly loud primary color scheme as his Digimon counterpart. Living in a tropical country is enough color for us.

Smart designers will also spot that they’ve change the rhythm of color temperature: Tai’s blue goggle strap & shirt vs Super Inggo’s red-orange goggle strap & shirt. Tai’s deep red-orange shorts and Super Inggo’s blue-gray … uh pants. Even the application of yellow is different between the two.

3.  Super Inggo’s goggles are just big enough to cover his huge eyes.   That would make them the familiar goggles for swimming.  Any bigger and they’d look like Tai’s “pilotish” goggles and would likely need a coiffure as big as Tai’s to match.

4. Super Inggo’s hair has high lights.  I think those are highlights.  Remember kids, don’t color your hair too often – it isn’t good for your hair.

Hey everyone… can you spot how else the designers set Super Inggo apart from Digimon’s Tai?

13 comments to Digimon’s Tai Kamiya & Super Inggo Character Design

  • Jed

    mmmm, ’99 and still superior.

  • Garro

    looks like even inggo’s face was made asymmetrical.

  • billy Hernaez

    ahahahaha…. i knew the yugi oh monsters were missing. when i saw that animation clip from abs, i was wondering if digimon were coming to the abs. i guess i was about 30 percent correct. ahahahaha

    though when they turned him into a cartoon character, i expected his clothes to have changed, since there are a lot of things dangling in his body that are very unecessary. i understand the goggles since he can fly, but the pouches?! i was wondering if he can even run properly in those pants with that pouch dangling around his leg. lastly, i wished that his clothes wasn’t so baggy. looks like an epic failure of a wanna be ganster XD

  • Anonymous

    “Super Inggo seems to have been influenced by Digimon’s (first generation) Tai Kamiya. The goggles, the hair. their height and their anime appeal – are so… well… OBVIOUSLY the same.”

    Of course their height would be roughly the same, they’re both kids of roughly the same age. Pre-teens. Christ, you want what… a six-foot-tall kid just so your ridiculous nitpicking can be avoided? Also, if the animated Inggo copied his hair from Tai, maybe Tai copied his wild hair from Elle Ragu of Shadow Skill? Under that same principle, Jesus, Tenjho Tenge’s Souichiro Nagi copied his hair from Super Saiyans, for shame! And anime appeal? If you mean the pre-teen-cartoon-character-doing-awesome-things appeal of Inggo to his young audience then, by Jove, every shonen manga after Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy were merely ripoffs. Not even your complaint against the goggles falls within the realm of sober analysis. The animated series is an adaptation of the live-action series. Live-action Inggo’s goggles had been on Makisig’s face way before the animation artists were asked to design the animated series’ main character.

    “They made Super Inggo’s design asymmetrical – unfortunately burdening him with many belt pouches that no average kid would wear (unless of course they were exclusive ABS-CBN Super Inggo belt pouches that every kid would want to buy at Jollibee.) and also burdening the animators… who are probably hoping to able to flip the character horizontally without any inconsistencies.”

    Inggo was created via Flash Animation. Flipping is irrelevant, Sherlock.

    “And call me a old-fashioned, but where can you find children’s pants like that?”

    Again, blame the people who designed the live-action character not the animation designers.

    “Smart designers will also spot that they’ve change the rhythm of color temperature: Tai’s blue goggle strap & shirt vs Super Inggo’s red-orange goggle strap & shirt. Tai’s deep red-orange shorts and Super Inggo’s blue-gray … uh pants. Even the application of yellow is different between the two.”

    Not smart designers, man. Really anal designers.

    “Super Inggo’s goggles are just big enough to cover his huge eyes. That would make them the familiar goggles for swimming. Any bigger and they’d look like Tai’s “pilotish” goggles and would likely need a coiffure as big as Tai’s to match.”

    You really have a mad on for the goggles, don’t you? How many characters have used goggles throughout the decades? Even Steam Boy uses goggles. Anyway, as I said, the goggles were the idea of the live-action people.

    “Super Inggo’s hair has high lights. I think those are highlights. Remember kids, don’t color your hair too often – it isn’t good for your hair.”

    Because the live-action character had highlights in his hair.

    “Hey everyone… can you spot how else the designers set Super Inggo apart from Digimon’s Tai?”

    Look, the fact is self-styled otakus like you will never be satisfied with anything filipinos make. It’s a bourgeois thing. Besides, the show wasn’t created for anime nuts but for the filipino masses. Here’s a challenge, though: design a really original character and I bet my cojones I can provide fifty proofs that you ripped it off from some other anime character.

  • Yet another “brave” post from anonymous.

  • Squid Villanueva

    Name’s Squid Villanueva http://songsofthesalamander.blogspot.com and, I’m reiterating my challenge. Design a really original character and I’ll deconstruct it for you and show you how you ripped if off.

    Also, since you were too cowardly to approve the comment: comment moderation is the way of the pussy blogger.

  • Hello Randy, thanks for subscribing. Did you mean the anonymous comment that said comment moderation is the way of cowards? Or some comment hailing Satan?

    And if you challenge me I shaw challenge you to design a really original character as well and I’ll deconstruct it for you and show you how you ripped it off.

  • I don’t think you’re getting the point. There are no truly original character designs. Accusing us of ripping off Digimon is obviously Filipino crab mentality at work. The fact that you can’t make a character design that can’t be compared to anything else done in the past proves that you’re just the same as any would-be pundit. You go diss something to your heart’s content but can’t come up with anything better. Challenging me right back is a non sequitur as arguments go.

    Oh, also: hail Satan and may he eat your brain and crap it back into your skull.

  • Meru Valley

    If you look at the way our old warriors dresses, like the Ifugao people and the Pintados, they do have a lot of pouches and dangling accesorries that are probably difficult to carry; feathers, necklaces, lucky charms, etc.

    The reason for Inggo’s baggy pants probably has to do with the fact that the Philippines is a ‘conservative’ country so, it’s not an easy feat to design characters that are completely traditional or shows a lot more skin. Plus, people a still paranoid with gay communities taking over the young boys.

    I suggest you show some respect to these animators because extra objects like those pockets and goggles are not easy to animate, particularly with Flash.

    Tai Takamia is easier to animate between the two and plus, it’s traditionally done and not animated by symbols.

  • Wha...?

    What the hell is super inggo?

  • sorry but i think both are the most euwesttttttt think i ever see in my live.
    but i don’t mean to hurt.and do you think that there is somethink u forgot about the picture i feel it but what is it do u know?

  • Anonymous

    Taichi for the win XD

    He looks more like Takuya from Digimon Fronter

  • NaoChan

    LOL i think anonymous is right because i made up a story and have a few of my friends read it. One of them said it sounded like a manga she read because she used to be an otaku 😛

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