English: Digimon Adventure 02
Synonyms: Digimon: Digital Monsters 02
Apr 2, 2000 to Mar 25, 2001
Sundays at 09:00 (JST)
25 min. per ep.
PG - Children
7.381 (scored by 68,640 users)
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SynopsisA few years after the adventures of the Chosen Children in the Digital World, a new batch of Chosen Children are summoned to save the Digital World. An evil ruler known as the Digimon Kaiser, or Digimon Emperor, is forcing the Digital World's Digimon into enslavement. The new group of Chosen Children, with the help of their Digimon, then begin a journey to stop the evil Digimon Emperor.
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Opening Theme"Target ~Akai Shougeki~" by Kouji Wada
Ending Theme#1: "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" by AiM
#2: "Itsumo Itsudemo" by AiM
A while ago I made a review on Digimon Adventure, explaining why I found it to be one of the best kids shows out there, one that had smartly developed plot and characters, great soundtrack, good animation, and overall superb enjoyment not just for kids, but for young adults as well. I also said that a 7.78 score was way too low for a series that achieved something as great as developing each character propperly, have the characters arc influence in the main story arcs and present mature themes to little children without being too dark for them. And so the expectations for Adventure 02 were far too high; I wish I could say as well that the score (currently 7.34) is also low, that the series is the great sequel Adventure so much deserved. Sadly, it is not, 7.34 is the score this sequel deserves, if not lower (even into the 6s zone). Why is that? Let's see:
Storywise: The storytelling is not bad, but much has changed, including the pace; Digimon Adventure had 5 story arcs, each 10 to 14 episodes long, which allowed it to move at a pace that never felt too quickly or too slow, each arc started and ended properly. Here... not su much; we have 3 story arcs, one of 21 episodes, then one of 17 and the last one of 12 episodes. We find some filler episodes in the first one, some ongoing character problems on the second (I'll fill that in the next section) and a rushed and convulted final arc that tries to make up for what is kind of a lagging season by bombing us with too much material that never gets developed (Demon, for instance).
Now, don't be fooled; despite all its flaws the storytelling is still enjoyable, there are still mature themes around and the air of greatness of Digimon Adventure, however the flaws are too notorious and the characters also dragg it down, but I have to admit that they are all thought through, none of them comes out of thin air (give or take the final arc) and they all get somewhat their propper ending.
The plot is not as good as the first Digimon series, but the potential is there. Now, why wasn't it fully used? Mainly, characters problems.
Character: Here is where Adventure 02 just outright failed. Remember how amazingly outlined the characters from the first Digimon series were? Remember how they were just broadstrokes that got developed into fully fleshed out character and how amazing was that the crest of each character represented the very scent of how they were? Well, Digimon 02 mainly hopes you forgot about all that.
We still have our main 8 characters from the first series, but 6 are downgraded to supporting roles, while 2 remain and 3 new character join (one more joins lare on). Now these 3 characters are the main trouble of Digimon 02.
Daisuke (aka Davis): he is arrogant, he is reckless, and he is a good guy deep down, we have our most stereotypical hero! Of course, that wouldn't be a trouble with the propper character work, but here there is... none. There is no background to explain Daisuke's personality, whereas in Adventure we had backgrounds for each character. We know he has issues with her sister, but that never gets developed (not to mention we never get to know his parents). As the series goes forward Daisuke changes and matures, for no apparent reason; granted, being in the digital world fighting monsters does change people, but Daisuke's change really came without propper building up. He passed from annoying to tollerable, but mainly he was just plot fodder. But he is not nearly the worst character.
Miyako (aka Joley): now here is a character that mostly everyone will hate! Why is that? Miyako is all talk and no action. She is energetic and sometimes you picture her as the optimistic one, but as soon as she get into the real danger she freaks out and it takes her about 5 minutes of screen time to realize she has to fight. As the series progress her character is mostly ignored and she is left with her characteristic energetic self and food lover life personality, with no development whatsoever or any background at all.
Iori (aka Kodi): Want someone as annoying as Miyako? Iori might be the one. He is rigid and barely makes an expression, if any. Unlike the previous two, this character does have a background which is not only in sync with his personality, but actually linked with the final arc and despite being kind of interesting, the character himself remains the same for about the whole show, with no actual changes and nothing more than his usual poker face.
Takeru (TK) and Hikari (Kari): They came from the previous series, so everything should be ok, right? Sadly no; both Takeru and Hikari are mainly ignored in this series. Takeru has about 3 good character moments in the show in the first arc, and then acts as plot fodder later on. Hikari is... well, I wouldn't know, she really doesn't fullfil any function here, give or take going to the dark sea world or supporting the rest on battle.
Ken: Here is a character that actually got good treatment; he is given a nice background which is consistent with his personality, he is conflicted, and while shy he is mainly likeable for showing the brave to move forward and attone for his wrongs. He is the only one that actually gets good character moments and a character arc that is mainly involved in the plot. Sadly 1 out of 6 doesn't make the cut for good character treatment.
Music: Gladly, the OST from the previous series remains here with the addition of some more tracks made just for this one, which are good. The opening theme, while not as amazing as the one seen in Digimon Adventure, is actually pretty good, both endings are also good, and the tracks that plays in the new evolutions moments are quite nice (specially the one when jogress evolution is made). So, yeah, still a 10 if you ask me.
Enjoyment: For all its faults and failures in the character department, I still think I like this Digimon series. It has some very bad moments that made me ask myself "why am I watching this crap?" Followed by some very glorious moments that kept me on the edge of my seat and reply "Oh, yeah. That's why". Sure, if I had to grade each episodes, most of them would be on the range of C to B-, but there would surely be straigh As in the ways, but sadly some Ds or Fs too. As a whole, the enjoyment is fair: you get some very clunky, cheesy and boring moments, but you also get profounds and exciting ones (thank you BlackWarGreymon! And Taichi and the rest too for that matter), and as such the enjoyement is in thin line between fair and good.
Stray observations (funny facts and bits of information I got while watching the series):
-Did you know that originally Adventure 02 had 64 episodes, but the order got cut to 50 somewhere around the way because of low rating? Now we may understand why the finale felt so rushed.
-There was supposed to be a rivalry between Daisuke and Takeru, but that gets forgotten at some point and then Daisuke just ignores Takeru; and they want to make us believe they are friends...
-Daisuke and Ken, Miyako and Hikari, all got some good character moments and emotional pep talks previous to achieving jogress evolution. Takeru and Iori got it by having Takeru tell Iori "have faith: well, that escalated pretty quickly
-Demon (being sent to the dark world in episode 45): "you'll regret this". Apperantly this was set up for Digimon Adventure 03, which you know ended up being tamer so... no, they never regreted it. Besides, what was his purpose in the first place? We'll never know.
-Ken (in episode 42): "por favor déjeme entrar" Ken, tu español no es malo, de hecho mejor que el de mucho japoneses, pero no deja de ser raro escucharlo.
-Best character: BlackWarGreymon, surely, as he is a sympatetic villian at first and then a tragic hero. His arc is also the high point of the series, as he wonders for the meaning of life; he surely got the best character treatment, closely followed by Ken.
-Worst character: Miyako, surely, clossely followed by Iori.
-Daisuke (in the finale) "I want to have a ramen shop!" Ken: "I never knew about this". Nobody did Ken, and nobody even cared.
-Award for most forgotten character from Adventure: Mimi, somehow the writers though sending one of their most developed characters into USA would make the cut. They were wrong. Also, I think Sora was pretty much forgotten too.
That's it for now! I hope you liked this review
Next up: How Digimon Tamers triumphed by denying it had a past! read more
Compared to the first season, this second season of Digimon Adventures is a step down in quality quite heavily. With exception to Ken, the new characters lacked the depth and problems that the first season kids experienced. This is especially a problem with new kid Davis, who is portrayed as a hot-blooded act-before-thinking boy who doesn't get much fleshing out nor any problems that he must overcome thus making him feel quite shallow as a character compared to much of the main Digidestined. The sad part is that Davis is made the leader of this generation's Digidestined, for better or for worst. The older members of the first generation Digidestined are shafted to supporting roles whose their only roles in this series are to aid the current generation in explaining or advancing parts of the show's plot. About the only kudos I can give for characters in this series comes from Ken's developments where we learn of his tragic past and his efforts to reform by joining the Digidestined.
The plot for this series isn't much better off either. Digimon Adventure 02 has a more light-hearted mood with nearly half of it focused on the Digimon Emperor arc and having a decent amount of filler. While the idea of the Digidestined taking on a human threat is a unique approach to this series, Ken's not as convincingly threatening as early villains like Devimon and Etemon since we seen the stakes faced by the Digidestined raised higher in each later arc for the first season and many of the villains weren't hesitant to take lives. Things got a bit too scaled back with convincing threats in this season. The large length of the Digimon Emperor arc actually causes problems for developments in later episodes of this season as the show tosses in multiple plot developments that are either sloppily introduced, abruptly resolved in the span of a few episodes or rushed through to seemingly force the series to another desired point in its plot. The series also suffers from wasted potential in what it could have introduced or expanded upon with several plot elements that were tossed in such as the Dark Ocean, Kari's unique powers and the Daemon Corps. Regrettably, these plot elements were instead just tossed in as filler and either were never focused on again or were quickly brushed aside. It looked like this season wasn't sure what kind of plot it wanted to deliver with how its later episodes are all over the place with developments. I don't even want to get started with how the series pulls off its final three episodes that reveal who the true enemy threat is and the abrupt happy ending it plays up.
Otherwise, the visuals and other aspects to the plot are about what you would expect of generic titles: average artwork, reused animation clips, plain character designs, the run-of-the-mill 'evil' Digimon villains, Digimon being beaten to a pulp before their partners gain the power within to defeat villains and so forth.
Even if you're a Digimon fan, I wouldn't waste my time trying to look into this second season to Adventure. The Digimon Emperor arc got too dragged out thanks to having several episodes worth of filler and this results in later episodes being a mess with their developments thanks to having several plot threads being tossed around that are awkwardly handled in their resolutions. Not to mention that other than Ken, the new Digidestined children lack the solid depth and development that the first-generation group underwent in their ordeals. You could watch just the first season of Adventure and you could just pretend this one was never made. read more
I've watched both Adventure and Adventure 02 back when I was a kid (I believe both were the English versions). Less than a week ago, I've started re-watching. All 104 episodes. Here are my findings, hope you find them helpful:
No matter how you look at it - you'll compare it to the first season. Where the first season had 8 original characters, all with an amazing background, unique in every way, this series simply does not have the same amount of effort put into it. Daisuke is even bolder than Taichi was, to the extent of you wanting to smack him in the face. Big time. The same with Veemon. He's like Daisuke, and thus, annoying as hell. Didn't grow to either one of them.
As for Miyako - wow. She's even more annoying. She's that one girl that nobody really hates, but has no real friends around her either. Comes from a family that runs a convenience store. Not really much to add here.. her Digimon is okay though.
Iori. Iori, Iori, Iori-kun.. back then, I thought Takeru was a crybaby and rather holding the team back. But this guy? Wow. His Digimon is somewhat okay, he reminds me a bit of Tentomon, but a little more childish and adding -dagyaa behind everything he says.
Takeru. Takeru sure has grown up. He's gotten used to fighting, protecting people, he's someone you can rely on. Patamon hasn't changed either. Both in a good way.
Hikari still is the same sweet girl she was back then, only a little bit more mature. Back in Adventure, Taichi said that "she was a person that really didn't care for herself, always sticking out for others". That quality seems to have been flying away in this series. Even though that's the case, she's still likeable.
Ken - well. I don't like him. Imagine someone torturing all of your friends, to the extent of almost dying, and then having him join your team because he was crying in a desert. Yeah. THAT kind of guy.
Well, yeah. A Chosen Child that thinks Digimon are just "data"-segments that have no feelings, and thus abuses them? With evil rings? And with a whip he hits his partner with? Okay. The story after the Digimon Kaiser-era (which took up 25 episodes if I'm not mistaken) grew a bit. Not a lot, just a bit.
I immediately resented the bit where Veemon came out of his Digimental, and instantly knew what to do. "YELL DIGIMENTAL-UP YOU BLOODY IDIOT, I DON'T HAVE ALL DAY!" is basically what it came down to. Where the original series was about the actual adventure, finding out what to do, where to go - this series has it all laid out before them.
It was still okay. Not that impressive, but good considering what year it came out in. Design of the Digimon.. well.. to be honest, I quite resented the Pegasus/Sphinx types that Patamon and Tailmon Armor-Evolved into. BlackWarGreymon and Parrotmon were Digimon that shouldn't have been introduced any further. Parrotmon had its charm because it was, well, just there when the original Digidestined saw it fight.
The music was great. Well thought-through, just like the first series. Music, sounds, nothing to say about those but good things! :-)
I enjoyed the series, even though there were enough things that bothered me. The biggest of them all was the following:
Remember how in the first series Digimon died all over the place? They wiped out Devimon without a second thought. That happened in the 13th episode. In the new series, the thought of having to "destroy"/delete Digimon, first occured in episode 40. And even then, when it finally came down to it, all new Digi-destined didn't like the idea. Honestly, someone is trying to kill you, but hey, let's not try to kill him back? That annoyed the hell out of me big time.
I still give the series a 7/10, mainly for the reason that the old Digi-destined (Taichi, Yamato, Sora, Jou, Koushiro and Mimi) were having a well formed role throughout the whole series. Don't get me wrong - if you've watched the first season, I highly recommend you watch this one, just don't get your hopes all the way up. read more
After two animated shows that I considered masterpieces due to their well-written storylines and dialogues (Fate/Zero and Legend of the Galactic Heroes), I am wondering myself which would be the animated series deserving to be tackled for my next review...
Then, I remembered about the upcoming six-part Digimon Adventure tri film series, whose first film "Saikai/Reunion" will be released on November 21, 2015, which is something I wanted to get excited. However, this series reminded me of the list of the Digimon series according to the scores I gave to them on my 'anime list' section...
1. Digimon Tamers (9/10)
Tamers: Takato Matsuda [Takato Matsuki]/Guilmon, Jianliang Lee [Henry Wong]/Terriermon, Ruki Makino [Ruki Nonaka]/Renamon, Juri Kato [Jeri Kato]/Leomon, Shaochung Lee [Suzie Wong]/Lopmon, Ryo Akiyama/Cyberdramon, Hirokazu Shioda [Kazu Shioda]/Guardromon, Kenta Kitagawa/MarineAngemon
2. Digimon Savers/Digimon Data Squad (8/10)
DATS Agents: Masaru Daimon [Marcus Damon]/Agumon, Toma H. Norstein [Thomas Norstein]/Gaomon, Yoshino Fujieda/Lalamon, Ikuto Noguchi [Keenan Crier]/Falcomon, Chika Daimon [Kristy Damon]/Piyomon, Miki Kurosaki/PawnChessmon, Megumi Shirakawa/PawnChessmon, Rentaro Satsuma/Kudamon,
3. Digimon Adventure (7/10)
Chosen Children: Taichi Yagami [Tai Kamiya]/Agumon, Yamato Ishida/Gabumon, Sora Takenouchi/Piyomon, Koshiro Izumi/Tentomon, Mimi Tachikawa/Palmon, Jo Kido/Gomamon, Takeru Takaishi/Patamon, Hikari Yagami [Kari Kamiya]/Tailmon
4. Digimon Xros Wars/Digimon Fusion [not counting Young Hunters] (5/10)
Hunters: Taiki Kudo/Shoutmon, Akari Hinomoto/Cutemon (most likely), Zenjiro Tsurugi/Ballistamon (most likely), Nene Amano/Mervamon, Kiriha Aonuma/Greymon, Yuu Amano/Damemon
5. Digimon Frontier (5/10)
Legendary Warriors: Takuya Kanbara, Izumi Orimoto, Junpei Shibayama, Tomoki Himi, Koji Minamoto, Koichi Kimura
6. Digimon Adventure 02 (5/10)
Chosen Children: Daisuke Motomiya/V-Mon, Miyako Inoue/Hawkmon, Iori Hida/Armadimon, Ken Ichijoji/Wormmon, Takeru/Patamon, Hikari/Tailmon
7. Digimon Xros Wars: Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time (4/10)
Hunters: Tagiru Akashi/Gumdramon, Taiki/Shoutmon, Yuu/Damemon, Ryoma Mogami/Psychemon, Airu Suzaki/Opossummon, Ren Tobari/Dracumon, The Watchmaker/Clockmon
As much as I wanted to really get myself into the hype for this six-part film series, I will take my expectations to be as low as possible due to a good reason: unless you haven't watched Digimon Adventure 02, anyone had already knew about the epilogue of the entire Digimon Adventure series (which consists of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02 and the upcoming Digimon Adventure tri) or at least, the main idea about the epilogue of the said series. So some people might bother watching this series, now that they know the fate of every one of the twelve Chosen Children (DigiDestined in American English dub version) in the epilogue. Still, I can hope that the upcoming film series will give me a good impact whatever happened, something that I had done with Fate/Zero in relation to its predecessor/sequel, Fate/stay night.
Anyways, on to the review!
Animated Series Review No.7
"Digimon Adventure 02 nowadays tends to have mixed reviews, since it is very much a contested sequel. Originally, it was just as popular as its predecessor, Digimon Adventure."
-Digimon Adventure 02's Critical Reception, Wikipedia.
For the sake of Digimon Adventure tri, to this date, I will be going to review about a certain series called Digimon Adventure 02, a "sequel" to the first Digimon series, Digimon Adventure. It is a Digimon series well-known for having well-known anti-villains, executive meddling, very well-known epilogue, dropping of potential major plots and shipping wars (along with Harry Potter series and Naruto series in this one).
Digimon Adventure 02 Storyline
First Arc (Episodes 1-21): The Digimon Kaiser Arc
Second Arc (Episodes 22-37): The Redemption of the Chosen of Kindness Arc [Arachnemon subplot, BlackWarGreymon subplot, Holy Stones subplot]
Third Arc (Episodes 38-50): Yukio Oikawa Arc [World Tour subplot, Daemon Corps subplot]
Digimon Adventure 02 is the second Digimon animated series and the sequel series to well-known/memorable Digimon Adventure. As a clarification for those who have not known, the 02 in the title means 2002 since the events in this season happened in the year 2002 (despite the fact the show was released in 2000-2001... Oh wait! Legend of the Galactic Heroes' (1988-1997) storyline happened in 36th century while the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero (2011-2012) happened in 1994. Okay XD) whereas Digimon Adventure's events happened in the year 1999. As such, this series followed said events through the perspective of new generation of Chosen Children led by Daisuke Motomiya, the obligatory goggle-headed leader of this series.
It is the Digimon animated series that introduced the concepts of the Armor Evolution and the Jogress Evolution (Joint-and-Progress) for the main cast's Digimon. It is also the Digimon series that introduced the concepts of anti-villains (Ken Ichijoji, Yukio Oikawa and arguably, BlackWarGreymon), darker-and-edgier themes (Dagomon and the Dark Ocean and Daemon Corps), being a sequel (despite that there isn't much of the concepts of the previous season that had been addressed into this series aside from the few ones) and a happy ending (in reality, it is more chaotic than happy though) that none of the other Digimon animated series had done that. This is a children's show after all so this is needed to have a happy ending for everyone in the series, I guess... (Looking at the thirteenth episode, "Dagomon's Call" and the Daemon Corps episodes (Episodes 43-45)... Well, not really since Daemon was in the Dark Ocean)
The series was known for a lot of complications in its writing, particularly after the Digimon Kaiser arc, as a lot of disagreements marred the story greatly. Adding to the mess, a planned story arc (The Dark Ocean story arc) wound up scrapped in the middle of the story, causing for a lot of hasty re-writes, which will result to a series that had been up into the debate on whether it is good (specifically there are some fans of this series who are notably devoted in finding answers/evidences to some plotholes the series has [I wonder if there are other animated series that are a lot better than this show to those fans? I really wonder...]) or bad (there are some fans who will continue to turn this series down simply because of the epilogue [Oh really, it has been fifteen years! Will you please stop those shipping wars?... Oh, no, really?!])
In case you are wondering why I made a review of this series rather than Digimon Adventure or any of the other Digimon animated series?
The answer is how the series was handled by the assigned staff that is consisting of seven directors (with the main one being cursed by some Western fans like no tomorrow for him [poor guy]), two head writers who had different styles of storytelling to one another and seven scenario writers including Serial Experiments Lain's Chiaki Konaka. Too much dedication and love for the show, I guess...
As far as my overall score is concerned, this show is really not that bad and definitely has its own merits.
Anyways, let's get started.
Story (5/10) [25%]
For this part, I will only be discussing this 50-episode series alone and none of the side stories (CD Dramas and Adventure 02 games) and the movies related to this are going to be involved in this review, even if the others are meant to be canon or not. The reasons are simple: the side stories were made two to three years after the series had been ended (it would be better if these side stories were dedicated to be released right after the show had been ended rather than waiting for years to be out), and the movies themselves didn't really have any connection to the main series (other than featuring newer powerful Digimon like Imperialdramon Paladin Mode, the founder of a certain group of Holy Knight Digimon, the Royal Knights).
I got to admit, the ideas that are put into the storyline of 02 are rather interesting than most of the other Digimon shows not named Tamers and Savers that will make this series potentially much better than it turned out to be, especially in the cases of the Digimon Kaiser, the Dark Ocean, the Daemon Corps, and BlackWarGreymon (speaking of darker themes that are put in this children's show). Some of these ideas that I had mentioned came from Chiaki Konaka, specifically in the Dark Ocean storyline, due to his nature of writing darker, psychological themes in his serious works as seen in "Dagomon's Call" in this series, Digimon Tamers and Serial Experiments Lain. Also, this series has something to do with the words "cool" and "gimmicky": cool outfits, cool Digimon, cool villains/anti-villains, cool and new evolution mechanic, etc.
The story generally focused on certain adventures of the new generation of Chosen Children (along with the other two from the original eight) fight against evil that lurked in the Digital World as well as the real world. However, the story of Adventure 02 also followed the story of Ken Ichijoji, the Chosen Child of Kindness, as he took the role of the main antagonist (the Digimon Kaiser) for the Digimon Kaiser arc fighting against the good side, as well as he evolved back to his true self as the Chosen Child of Kindness and joined the main group to fight against the ones responsible for his evildoings. All throughout the series, the group faced challenges that will make them grow close to one another as close friends and Chosen Children and mostly, as well-developed characters... unfortunately, not so much actually unlike in most of the other Digimon animated series.
Anyways, to the positives first.
The series was filled with some notable goodness when it comes to lessons of moral values, relationship values and responsibility through the balance of light-hearted themes and dark-and-mature themes.
On the darker side of the theme spectrum, there are episodes which are handled the application of the darker themes into the story nicely, especially the aforementioned "Dagomon's Call" (Episode 13) and "When The Digivice Is Tainted By Darkness" (Episode 23). To summarize these two episodes, "Dagomon's Call" is 02's Cthulhu episode, even if this is really dark and mature for its targeted audience. On the other hand, "When The Digivice Is Tainted By Darkness" is Ken Ichijoji's backstory. Needless to say, this episode is definitely the main highlight of the entire 02 storyline.
On the lighter side of the theme spectrum, there are episodes that are definitely character-driven given the various circumstances that had been seen in the series. These episodes include the episodes featuring newer evolutionary forms for the main Chosen Children's Digimon (particularly the armor-evolved Digimon and the Jogress-evolved ones). For such episodes, the series gives the importance of the responsibility of a person as someone within a certain group, from "having doubts about friendship" to "the atonement of a certain someone responsible for doing evil things towards others/forgiveness" to "dreams will become reality through hardwork". This is one of the reasons why I find this series good enough to watch. So, this might be a good thing in this series... if it is only done in the right place, that is.
Also, one of the things the series had done good enough was the focus on the anti-villains, since they didn't really do those things that had happened in the series with a reason of destroying the two worlds (Ken being brainwashed, BlackWarGreymon being created through the combination of hundred Dark Towers thanks to Arachnemon's ability, and Yukio having a simple wish to go to the Digital World since his childhood) in comparison to the previous season (every villain in the previous season wanted to either kill the Chosen Children or destroy either the Digital World, the real world or both). The anti-villains are rather compelling on what they are doing in this series especially when they were compared to the main characters. Even their backstories had been explored good enough in some of the dedicated episodes, especially Ken and Yukio Oikawa. This could be a good thing if only the characters of the "good" side had done well enough in terms of background and personality.
Also, the entire Digimon Kaiser arc (excluding the filler episodes within it) has a good sense of direction from start to finish despite the fact that this is generic (until the Episode 23, that is), with Takeru Takaishi vs Kaiser!Ken Ichijoji (not Magnamon vs Chimeramon) being the highlight of the said arc.
Digimon Adventure 02 Episode 19: "The Synthetic Demon Beast, Chimeramon"
Ken: You have some guts... Creeping into the fortress of the Digimon Kaiser, who controls the power of darkness... *smiled evilly, followed by Takeru feeling sudden anger to him and then with some realization, laughing sarcastically (despite the fact that he tried to stop laugh)* What?
Takeru: Ichijoji... how long are you going to play as "the ruler of this world"? Is it fun? But do you know what that power of darkness you keep talking about means? You don't, do you? You won't just get hurt. It is about time to grow up, huh? *Ken felt extreme anger to Takeru's statement*
Ken: You're insects! You're insects! Insects, insects, insects!
Takeru: Is that all you can say?
Ken: S-Shut up! *used his whip to hit Takeru in his left cheek*
Takeru: *touches the wound in his cheek* Can't win with words, so you resort to violence, huh?
Takeru: Hm? No? Well, it doesn't matter... Are you done?
Takeru: Well, then... It's my turn.
(Takeru [Lawful Good] vs Ken [Chaotic Evil as the Kaiser] begins)
Reminded me of this nowadays:
Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works (TV) Episode 24: "Unlimited Blade Works: Infinite Creation of Swords"
~Emiya Theme 2015 started to play~
(Shirou Emiya clashing swords with Gilgamesh and his Gate of Babylon in the world of infinite swords, the Unlimited Blade Works)
Gilgamesh: Impossible! I'm being forced back? By a fraud like you?!
Shirou: Against any other Servant, creating a world like this wouldn't let me hold my own. Having an infinite number of swords wouldn't let me stand up to a Servant who had mastered one! But against you, my swords are ready and waiting, so I'm always one step ahead! *proceeded to break Gilgamesh's sword*
Gilgamesh: *surprised* D-Damn you... *proceeded to clash swords with Shirou but never win in those swordfights* Damn you! Damn you! Damn you! Damn you! *uses Gate of Babylon to Shirou but the latter dodges it* Damn you! To think that I must go all-out against the likes of you!
(Shirou [Neutral Good] vs Gilgamesh [Chaotic Good] continues)
Yeah, something like that.
However, this is where the positives ended.
The overall storytelling of the series is one of its big issues here. The series generally lack an effective storytelling, replacing plot and good character development for aesthetically pleasing gimmicks and unproductive ideas, and definitely result to this series being poorly written and having no direction. For one, the overall pacing of this series is really inconsistent, generally because of the filler episodes, which covered more than half of the entire 02 storyline (Episodes 4-7, 9-12, 14-16, 22, 24-45) that usually result to no real character development other than Ken Ichijoji's development, specifically some of the episodes that didn't really do anything at all for the series such as Episodes 12 and 15. Perhaps, the main reason for the fillers is because unlike in most of the other Digimon series (specifically any of them except Xros Wars series) where the events of those series worked continuously without a large gap of time, the timeline of 02 covered almost an entire year for the events to happen, making it a bit questionable about the character development of all of the characters not named Ken Ichijoji.
Also, this series have a lot of poorly-written plot contrivances (even the very first episode is definitely one in the case of how Daisuke was immediately able to handle the situation through his "courage" to his side without any trial-and-error method because the plot says so, something that will be going to happen in the entire show), plotholes (can be answered by other Digimon Adventure media, but then again, I will not consider these as part of this review), wasted ideas (any of Chiaki Konaka's ideas in 02 are a lot better than what the show had to offer to us), weak plot execution (mainly due to retaining one featured antagonist per arc, especially in Oikawa arc since Oikawa showed himself for the first time in that arc, as well as the Daemon Corps who appeared in Episode 43-45 for the sake of having "good vs evil vs evil" conflict in the subplot), unrealistic situations/actions (there are a lot of examples here that I can't definitely list here but one definite example is the Daemon Corps Episodes 43 where Imperialdramon Fighter Mode defeated SkullSatamon, who was lifting a bus full of scared children, by using Positron Laser to the enemy without hesitation [the point is Imperialdramon may also hit the bus if it was not very careful]), plot armor (don't expect darkness/'mushroom'-empowered BelialVamdemon to attack/kill the Chosen Children first before invading the real world with its own powers in Episodes 49-50, because 'people die if they are killed' definitely), lack of common sense (How Daisuke and V-mon and Ken and Wormmon got separated while within Imperialdramon Dragon Mode (Ultimate/Mega form of Paildramon, Jogress evolution form of V-mon and Wormmon) during the World Tour episodes is definitely a mystery) and many more.
Also, unlike most of the other Digimon animated series, this series did not used their mythological references in a more coherent way. For examples, "Dagomon's Call", an H.P. Lovecraft reference and the Four Holy Beasts/Digimon Sovereigns, a Four Guardian Spirits of Kyoto reference, were immediately dropped after the episodes they were introduced. Instead, they rely more on the plot (Oikawa arc) that the main character, Daisuke, can eventually had an advantage over the enemies (because that is how a usual shonen anime works... good idiotic guys always win in the end).
I will be honest, Daisuke as a leader and the main protagonist cannot handle the situations like the Dark Ocean and Daemon for that matter. Oikawa arc happened because it is Daisuke's time to shine as the main character of the series, not Ken Ichijoji.
Overall, the storyline was not really that bad since some episodes do give moral values to the audience and a few episodes had left an impact on me that I could still remember those episodes even if the series had ended fifteen years ago more than anything (pointing to "Dagomon's Call" and "When The Digivice Is Tainted By Darkness"). Despite that, it was nothing to be called good either, mainly because of the lack of good storytelling for the series, most notably after the Digimon Kaiser arc. Ultimately, the storyline has been more focused on the villains rather than the heroes in this series.
There are some other things that I haven't tackled here, such as the epilogue and mostly, what I felt about the story of 02. That will come out later.
Anyways, moving on!
Character (5/10) [25%]
This is another of the big issues of this series, and definitely the weakest point of the series.
To put this one nicely and bluntly, the cast could have been potentially much better than the stereotypical characterization for the first season's Chosen Children in terms of variation of their personalities. Unfortunately, unlike in the previous season's Chosen Children where they had developed greatly enough, this season's Chosen Children and their Digimon (including Taichi and all of the other Chosen Children and their Digimon shown in this series) lacked an actual character development, bar two (Ken Ichijoji and Iori Hida).
This season's cast of characters generally ranged themselves from interesting and developed (particularly Ken, Yukio and Iori, especially Ken himself), to undeveloped but interesting (particularly Taichi/Agumon, Koshiro/Tentomon, Takeru/Patamon, Hikari/Tailmon and Wormmon) to uninteresting and undeveloped (any other Chosen Children and Digimon I haven't mentioned here, including the World Tour Chosen Children and their Digimon).
Needless to say, the story and the characters had directly affected one another due to how the series had done to these two components according to what had been given by whoever responsible for the storytelling rather than to flow the series naturally according to what should be done, which will result to unrealistic actions for some of the characters especially Daisuke and Miyako.
Anyway, let's talk about the main group.
So Daisuke is the butt monkey and leader of the group. Miyako loves screaming and running. Iori has a strict personality, thus described by many as boring, and yet, is one of the two developed characters in the group, due to his connection with the main antagonist. Takeru and Hikari being very supportive to their friends and sometimes, to one another, but with the new addition on their personalities, they were developed only on that timeskip, but not in the events of 02. And Ken... is definitely the only one worth watching among the six due to immeasurable character development he had over time in this series. What should I say about this group?
In general, the dynamic of this group is not that good enough in comparison with the other Digimon groups from the other seasons, even with all of those Jogress Digimon episodes that had happened. The truth is they are all-too-good characters as no one will constantly oppose to a certain idea of the other (something similar to Taichi and Yamato's situation; Ruki, Takato and Jianliang's stiuation; or Masaru, Toma and Yoshino's situations in their respective shows) and more often, such idea will be worked quite well enough because of either plot armor or plot contrivance. Perhaps, the only time where the group faced a certain dilemma was in the MetalGreymon [Virus] episodes (9-11) but even then, that had been more of Taichi and Yamato's issue rather than Daisuke and Takeru's.
Also, there is no assurance that Daisuke's leadership is absolutely necessary until the final battle. There are Episodes 12 and 13 where the group separated in purpose, in which, unfortunately for the storyline, made Takeru, Hikari and their Digimon partners will be seen to actually able to handle the situation in the Dark Ocean and get rid of it, even without the others' assistance, in Episode 13. Speaking of which, these four are more reliant to one another than with anyone else, in that the only time they were not that reliant to one another is when they were with their respective Jogress partners (specifically during the BlackWarGreymon-focused episodes and the Daemon Corps ones). Back to Daisuke, even if Daisuke had his moments in the final battle, I didn't find him as anything believable that he actually grew up as a leader in the series, making his leadership in the last episodes really confusing. Perhaps, having no background story for his character is definitely beneficial to him against the final villain of the series because that is how the plot should work in 02.
Another is that the connections between the three new Chosen Children (Daisuke, Miyako and Iori) and their respective Digimon partners (V-mon, Hawkmon and Armadimon) were not deep enough as compared to the main cast of most Digimon animated series. Most of the time in this series, some of these relationships were needed to have an episode in order to get closer to one another (like in Episode 18 for Miyako and Hawkmon or Episode 22 for Daisuke and V-mon), but to no avail, they were still the same after said episodes ended. To give one simple comparison, compare them in many cases in 02 with the original Chosen in Adventure at some specific points in the story:
-During the "Explosive Evolution! Greymon!" of Adventure, the Chosen Children defeated Shellmon through reliance on Agumon's Adult form, Greymon. Skip into "The Hardened King of the Seas! MetalSeadramon!" (or 39 episodes later), The Chosen Children's Digimon manage to beat the very same Shellmon in their Child/Rookie forms, showing the team that they've become a lot stronger as time goes by. Not only it indicated that the Chosen's Digimon had gotten stronger, but their bonds with the Chosen Children had grown as well. (I may count Takeru's Patamon though but this one is a definite good example to use in this comparison)
-The 02 series relied much on the episodic format of dealing with the situations encountered to them, and as such, it ended up like nothing happened after the episode was finished. That being said, the human-to-Digimon relationships relationships rarely grows up in this series (as most of them haven't seen to actually have a well-needed character development for this series). Also, Jogress/DNA-Digivolution-focused episodes are really a questionable move in this series, since it just dealt more with human-to-human relationships (and sometimes, more with slapping) but not human-to-Digimon relationships or even Digimon-to-Digimon relationships. That being said, most of the time, the Chosen Children will be relying more on having greater numbers (for examples, the evolution montage in Episode 49 and the arrival of other Chosen from the real world to the Digital World in Episode 50) or having stronger evolutions (one of the reasons why the Chosen Children and cannot defeat BlackWarGreymon during its focused episodes until, you guessed it, Imperialdramon and WarGreymon fought it in Episode 46 [and even then, it remains unscathed even if it is actually defeated as compared to Imperialdramon and WarGreymon reverting back to their Child forms]), but there is barely any development other than anything with Ken.
Perhaps, the biggest issue with this is that there are a lot of characters (humans and Digimon alike) being introduced in this series, but only a very few were developed. So, Daisuke can either quirky or annoying, Ken is interesting to watch throughout 02, Miyako acts like a gradeschooler much younger than Iori, Iori can be boring most of the time... What about the World Tour Chosen Children? How one will describe each one of them in terms of personality, not of appearances?
That reminds me of Catherine Denueve, the third French Chosen Child being introduced in Episode 41 of Adventure 02 (the first two are Yamato and Takeru, as they were one-fourth French supposedly through their mother, Natsuko Takaishi). Strangely enough for a World Tour Chosen Children, Catherine can actually speak fluent Japanese as a French native (with the fact that a Gennai clone did not appear there), and the only one of those whose full name is known, even if her name is a reference to a certain French actress of the same name (confirmed through a reference book for Digimon Adventure series [All There In The Manual again apparently]). That's strange, right, Takeru?
Perhaps, the biggest positive in this part are the anti-villains of the series, Ken and Yukio Oikawa... This is what saved this part from being not good. I didn't include BlackWarGreymon here for some reason though. The human villains do have reasons to do the bad things, which is a great improvement from the run-in-the-mill generic Digimon baddies from Adventure who have reasons I don't even know/care. The series gave these characters complex personalities at least when they were the villains. The viewers were also able to see the effects of the things they had done to themselves and others, which will make some impact on their character. Of course, not all were great. Ken Ichijoji's development happened in just one episode (that episode is great though) rather than the more realistic good introspection of his development for some more additional episodes, and Oikawa being introduced in Episode 38 (like any other Digimon Adventure villain for an arc) made some of his actions really questionable at times such as the Holy Stones and his commands with Arachnemon in relation to the Dark Tower Digimon. Ultimately, the villains are more interesting to watch than any of the other characters in this series not named the original eight Chosen Children. Unfortunately, Ken alone can't save this part from being not as good as compared with the others, specifically only he and Iori had underwent good character development to be actally good characters.
Lastly, what can I say about the Daemon Corps and BelialVamdemon? Well, they don't really say their reasons for their motives, making them not really good villains overall that they do even compare to those run-in-the-mill Digimon baddies in Adventure (even if I personally prefer Daemon over BelialVamdemon as the final boss for 02 since Daemon only showed itself in its cloaked form). Ultimately, these characters, especially BelialVamdemon, didn't really help to make this series as good enough as possible.
Back to the World Tour Chosen Children, BlackWarGreymon and BelialVamdemon... I will talk about them later. For now, I will be talking about the other matters...
Art (6/10) [15%]
Cool and in-reference Digital Monsters... That's a given every season.
Overall, while the character designs are actually good despite generic, the animation can be sometimes inconsistent specifically with the human characters. The reliance on recycled animated clips such as repeated attack animations (how many times do one wanted to see "Gaia Force", "X-Laser", "Heaven's Knuckle", "Positron Laser" again and again in the same animation sequence?) and evolution sequences definitely made this part not as much as great as it might be. This is Toei Animation after all, I guess.
Sound (7/10) [15%]
The overall soundtrack was actually quite good even if this is obviously a given as a sequel of Digimon Adventure (with the exception of the soundtrack played in both Episodes 13 and 23, in which it played perfectly with the overall mood for those episodes). So, therefore, I will be only going to address about the opening theme, the ending themes, and the insert songs.
Even if it is not as great or memorable as the opening theme of Digimon Adventure, Wada Kouji's "Butterfly", this series' opening theme, Wada Kouji's "Target" actually added a good tension for the series to be more about saving the two worlds against more powerful enemy rather than about an adventure of lifetime for the Chosen Children of 02. The first ending theme, Ai Maeda's "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" was quite catchy, while the second ending theme, Ai Maeda's "Itsumo Itsudemo" was pretty okay at most. Both of them are not as memorable as "Target" though.
Lastly, the insert songs... At least, the series retained Ayumi Miyazaki's "Brave Heart" for the normal evolution sequences in this series, as it is the most used theme for the Digimon Adventure moreso than "Butterfly", indeed. After all, the song itself is quite more hopeful than anything. Anyway, Ayumi Miyazaki's "Break Up" (used for armor-evolution battle sequences) and Ayumi's "Beat Hit" (used for Jogress-evolution battle sequences) were quite good, but there is not much tension to be added on those songs for those battle sequences in the very long run especially when those were compared to "Target" as an insert song (reserved for Imperialdramon). Perhaps, the main reason I prefer "Target" over the other two songs was on the Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon movie. As for Ai Maeda's "Now Is The Time!" and "Bokura no Digital World!", these songs are just as fitted for the series, with the latter being memorable if only Tamers didn't come afterwards... (I really wish the series itself will be as great as these songs overall)
If there are other aspects to be added here, it would be the sound effects, which had improved a lot with the release of the remastered/DVD version for the series.
Enjoyment (4/10) [20%]
"So what if you don't have Digimon partners? What's the big deal about being a Chosen?..."
~Daisuke to the Dark Seed-implanted victims... who will be later became Chosen Children like him and the other Chosen, now with Digimon partners in Episode 50~
For some reason, I find this series a mixed bag of being an enjoyable series and being a letdown series.
This series is quite entertaining for all its flaws. The humor was actually well-placed in this series in that it will not mixed with the seriousness notably seen here (even if I did not mention about that due to how the storyline works). There are also some episodes that focused on the moral values and responsibility needed to put for a team to work together which can be good as standalone episodes, but not as good when seeing those as part of 02's storyline.
There is also the fact that anyone can decide if one will sympathize with the villains in the series (Ken (appeared as a serious enemy in Episodes 1-23, became a permanent ally afterwards), Arachnemon (appeared as a serious threat in Episodes 24-29, became a part of a certain comic duo since then along with Mummymon until it died horribly in the hands of BelialVamdemon), BlackWarGreymon (appeared as a serious threat in Episodes 30-37, died with its journey being fulfilled), and Yukio (appeared as a serious threat in Episodes 38-48, died with its wish fulfilled in Episode 50 [Deus Ex Machina indeed]). The only villains anyone cannot sympathize with are definitely the last-minute-villain BelialVamdemon and the still-mysterious Daemon.
For BelialVamdemon, despite with it being the one responsible in the events of 02 including some of the Wonderswan games (those games are complicated though in related to 02's storyline), it is the villain whose ambition is to destroy the real world again, like in Adventure... for no reason... Its death, while actually made sense with the context of this series (way back in Episode 17 with Wizardmon's appearance), is very cheesy for a final battle, perhaps for the reason Daisuke, who was planned to be a flat character throughout 02, can able to handle this situation as a leader and as a main character.
This is also the same with Daemon who wanted to get Millenniumon's data from Ken's body... for no reason... No backstory for why Daemon and its Nightmare Soldiers squad appeared apparently in Episode 43-45, other than having Daisuke, Ken (despite losing Wormmon due to him), Iori and Miyako going to bypass the moral obligations of killing evil Digimon since they are only destroying Dark Towers and defeating artificial Digimon in the past, which is odd since it is never an issue in Adventure (especially with Mimi just don't want to fight at all during the Dark Masters arc) and it is not good since this issue was done in just one or two episodes and the characters managed to past that easily after the Daemon Corps incident, in addition to the fact that this had become an eventual issue in Episode 24 when an Dark Tower!Thunderballmon attacked the reconstructed village. This is not good. Also, with Daemon in the Dark Ocean in the conclusion of Daemon Corps subplot, it is expected that it would be the final boss of the series... Yeah, Daisuke will definitely forced to have character development if the story shifted to Daemon after all especially the Dark Ocean is, again, more focused on Ken, Hikari and to an extent, Takeru (due to his promise [to Sora] to protect Hikari at all costs. Yeah, TakeruXSora indeed).
Speaking of that issue about killing evil Digimon, like I said, this season seemed to have a lot more of "low risk, very high reward" series as a whole, since there are only very few sacrifices (only two, even if one of the two is a human) or Digital World's property damage happened in this series compared to those in the other Digimon series, specifically Tamers, which is a "very high risk, high reward" series (how many Digimon had died permanently in that series) and has no "The Town of the Beginnings" to revive any Digimon that died there... This is good news for this series itself, but not good for anything else. As much as Daisuke was very fitting as the leader of this series, his sense of responsibility/resolve felt unnatural at all due to his lack of character development and background, even if he can be as convincing in 02's final battle as the other leaders in their respective final battles (again the final battle was just beneficial to him after all)...
Anyway, back to the topic about the anti-villains (Ken, BlackWarGreymon, and Oikawa), the only anti-villain I did sympathize with is Ken since anyone knew him well due to his status as the Digimon Kaiser before the realization that he is indeed a Chosen Child and anyone saw him grow throughout this series. The others, however, is difficult to feel sympathy with, not because of their backstories (or in BlackWarGreymon's case, the lack thereof), but because one of them will appear at a point where that enemy will be the focused villain of a certain subplot/arc, much like the villain formula played in Digimon Adventure, no matter what reason they have for their motives. For instance:
DIGIMON ADVENTURE: Devimon (Devimon arc), Etemon (Etemon arc), Vamdemon (Vamdemon arc), MetalSeadramon, Pinocchimon, Mugendramon, Piemon and Apocalymon (Dark Masters arc)
DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02: Digimon Kaiser!Ken (Digimon Kaiser arc), Arachnemon (Redemption arc Part I), BlackWarGreymon (Redemption arc Part II), Oikawa (Oikawa arc Part I), and BelialVamdemon (Oikawa arc Part II)
This type of formula will be changed significantly starting Digimon Tamers with Impmon/Beelzebumon as the good example of a well-developed anti-villain because anyone can able to see Impmon grow from a coward who lacked the capability/power to evolve in the beginning to a serious threat who had achieved what he wished for now that it is curious on what to do next afterwards during Beelzebumon arc and its resolve in D-Reaper arc. As far as my previous reviews are concerned especially Fate/Zero and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, one of the strongest points of these two series is the fact that a viewer can invest time to see the characters from both sides of the war grow into their roles pretty well as well as the viewer can sympathize with these characters. This is one thing that BlackWarGreymon and, to a good extent, Oikawa were definitely lacking since their very first appearances happened when they were the focused serious threats for the Chosen Children, as well as the fact that their monologues happened at a point where I couldn't care about them most of the time (especially with Oikawa since the trigger of his monologue/backstory happened/revealed when he realized that Iori is his late best friend's son, when Iori confronts him in Episode 47, rather investing on that backstory during the Daemon Corps subplot or even in the World Tour subplot. This is even said backstory was quite something I wanted to sympathize with Oikawa). Also, I always find their resolutions/deaths ridiculous because of the usage of Deus Ex Machina for the sake of the show just to end in a happy ending, although it is not bad by any means.
Speaking of the end, I find the happy epilogue... not really good at all. Even if I am not concerned with the shipping (I think anyone can move on in their lives so why bother who are they going to marry? Besides I have no interest in shipping any of the characters in any of the Digimon series in general), the careers the Chosen Children had suddenly dreamed of (no matter how odd some of those are especially Yamato's [there is a reason why Yamato is an astronaut though] and Daisuke's [being a Time Magazine-featured entrepreneur is NIGH... possible, I guess.), or the children each of the twelve Chosen Children have and their Digimon, which are one level lower than the Chosen's counterparts (being a xerox of their parents is not a good thing for the production team definitely), my real concern here stemmed from the fact that there are a lot of characters introduced in this series inluding Adventure, like the Digimon we have seen ever since Adventure (with the exception of Ogremon), the World Tour Chosen Children and their Digimon partners (Catherine, Michael, Poi Brothers, Chichos, Dingo, etc.), the Dark Seed-implanted Chosen Children and their Digimon partners (Keiko Kurata, Hiroshi Shibata, Noriko Kawada, and Takashi Noshizawa are the only named ones among them), the Chosen Children's parents and just about everyone other than those we have seen in the epilogue. Where are they on that epilogue?
You see, the succeeding Digimon animated series (until Xros Wars series) had their epilogues done in a way one can able to see the fate of almost every living character in that specific series, something that Xros Wars, specifically the epilogue of Young Hunters, had done not in a good way possible as well. To put it bluntly, I always thought that there is a specific reason why 02's epilogue existed: confirmation on Sora and Yamato's relationship. Said relationship was revealed to be planned to be part of a specific epilogue (which becomes 02's epilogue) ever since Digimon Adventure. The production team from both series did something to make this pairing somewhat interesting to some viewers through the method of foreshadowing, but in the end, I can't help but laugh out loud on it. While I do appreciate the production team's efforts in doing this, I can't help but wonder if 02's overall storyline took care more about the new Chosen Children (no matter how flat, annoying or boring they are overall), Ken Ichijoji (because 02 is all about him more than anyone else more or less), or making sure Sora and Yamato ended up together in its epilogue.
Another complaint I have about the epilogue is that there is this 25-year timeskip since the events of D.A.02 (or 22-year timeskip since D. ) in order for this to happen (and yes, the Chosen Children are still alive and have steady careers). It is not actually that bad since Oikawa arc focused more on "dreams will be fulfilled through hardwork" (What hardwork? Talk-No-Jutsu to defeat BelialVamdemon, I guess). But a 25-year timeskip is unrealistic at all. The truth is this timeskip is the largest gap of time I have seen for any series/medium I had watched/played concerning the same line-up of characters (add to the fact that this happened in our time).
Lastly, there is the fact that everyone in the real world, young and old, has a Digimon partner...
"Afterwards, the world met with even greater trouble.
These children, and the others who were chosen in 1999, were shown to be doing very well even 25 years later, but that doesn't mean that they had lived their days in peace all that time. Even in 02's final episode, it was stated that "The road each had taken to get there had not been an easy one."
The video that Hikari had begun to make grew to be surprisingly useful, while the memorandum Takeru had started writing was delayed in publishing until he was able to calmly and objectively describe the situations.
Nevertheless, these children were able to survive, without being trampled by defeat…
Never forgetting their adventure and the things they had gained from their Digimon.
Their courage and friendship.
Their purity and love.
Their knowledge and sincerity.
And all of their light.
The tale of these 12 children, which extended from 1999 to 2002
is now brought to an end.
But even in 2003, and the years after that, they continue to live."
~excerpt from Digimon Spring 2003 Drama CD~
Oh... the Drama CD answered my complaints XD... Too much reliance on finding partial solutions/excuses through side materials rather than showing it elsewhere in the show, huh?
There are some things that I wanted to complain but I think this is enough to be honest, like some retroactive continuity from Adventure and some others I wish to add. Overall, there were just equal amounts of the show being an entertaining one and being a letdown one.
To summarize the overall storyline of Digimon Adventure 02 in one sentence: "The story focuses on the rise and fall of Ken Ichijoji as the Digimon Kaiser through fighting against the new generation of Chosen Children, as well as his redemption as the Chosen Child of Kindness and along with the same group of Chosen Children, they fight their way to defeat the one responsible for his actions as the Kaiser."
Ken-centric after all, right? No focusing on either BlackWarGreymon, Arachnemon and Mummymon, Dark Tower constructs, World Tour Chosen Children, Dagomon, Daemon Corps or the epilogue on this summary.
When I looked back at my previous reviews, specifically Fate/Zero and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, number of words I give to those reviews were not as much as this one, even if I will be removing some of the paragraphs here. Perhaps, the main reason for this is that there are just a lot of things that are considered hit or miss in this show overall, due to artistic differences or time constraints among the production team, even I cannot blame whoever is responsible for this mess that happened in the 02's storyline, and even if I know who, 02 ended 14-15 years ago in that any of them can able to say something positive though about the series. But when I looked back to this series, I didn't find it controversial that much, especially when compared to the likes of Elfen Lied, School Days, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sword Art Online or any other animated shows that can be considered either great or polarizing. As for me, this show has moral values and few psychological ones to give to the audience to value it but has suffered from bad storywriting. The series has a recipe of creating a show that can be considered at least great for everyone to remember, but once executed, it ended up short in convincing that this is even good enough.
For recommendations, check out Digimon Tamers, the third installment of Digimon animated series, which is significantly more cerebral, psychological, technologically minded, and becomes one hell of a cosmic horror story by the end, and its events focused more on the real world than the Digital World. Also check out Digimon Savers, the fifth installment of Digimon animated series, which has the same formula as most other Digimon shows but replaces young ones with teenagers, young adults and even adults as Tamers of their Digimon and has a group of people who has a duty to protect the real world from the the Digimon that may cause havoc in it.
Digimon Adventure 02 as an recommended show? No... This is no bad show by any means... But if I were to ask if what Digimon animated series I would to offer to anyone, I will say:
... in that order.
That's it for the review and see you next time.
*looking at the October 25, 2015 Digimon Adventure tri PV*
Oh... so that's what happened to those four (can't spoil who are those four I mentioned unless anyone else watched it as well), huh? I am still wondering what will be the focus of this first film (Saikai/Reunion) will be about now since it focused on Taichi, Sora, Yamato and... a new girl named Meiko Michizuke, as well as introducing new characters like Daigo Nishijima and Maki Himekawa... and of course, Alphamon Ouryuken. Well, whatever happens, I just wanted to see how good this series will have to become... read more
Well, I wouldn't say it is totally similar since digimon has it real partners but blue dragon is about shadow but since they each respectively have their own emotions, it is kinda similar. Not to mention, the shadows in blue dragon fused together like how in digimon adventure 02 that they can fused together...
Both started with 3 Main Characters
Both share the same power source (such as "Courage, Friendship, Love, and Hope")
Daisuke and Souji share the same tipical characteristic, such as careless, short-minded, wants-to-be-popular, also each of them has somekind of fetish that are really not ordinary
in some Souji(Tailred)'s battle sequence in Ore Twintails ni Narimasu, it reminds me of Wargreymon vs BlackWargreymon battle
Each has groups of dissimilar children who are brought together by fate/chance into an unfamilair world. Both are adventure tales that concentrate highly on drama. Both are children's shows which are good enough to appeal to a general audience.
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