Three years have passed since the summer we could never forget...
The second Digimon anime series, and the only direct sequel to another series, Digimon Adventure 02 is set three yearsnote The dub increased the Time Skip to four years after Digimon Adventure. As a point of clarification, the "02" in the title refers to the series being set in 2002, not to its status as a sequel (though yeah, it's obviously that).Three years have passed since the original Digidestined saved the Digital World, and they have all grown up and (mostly) gone their separate ways. When a distress call from Agumon draws Tai, T.K and Kari back into the Digital World, they discover that it is under siege by a malicious boy calling himself "The Digimon Emperor", who is using a black Digivice to suppress natural Digivolution and brainwash Digimon into his slaves.That is until the trio, with the help of new goggle-boy Davis, discover the power of Armour Digivolution, which allows certain Digimon to attain more powerful forms while sidestepping the Emperor's embargo on Digivolution. Joined by two other new kids (girly tech geek Yolei Inoue and The StoicCody Hida), this new generation of Digidestined must use their new powers to stop the Emperor's ambitions before the entire Digital World is consumed by darkness.The series was known for a lot of complications in it's writing, particularly beyond the "Digimon Emperor" arc as a lot of behind the scenes disagreements marred the story greatly, making it almost seem random on the outset. What's more a planned story arc with a potential villain wound up scrapped in the middle of the story causing for a lot of hasty re-writes.Its Distant Finale epilogue likewise is infamous as the subject of much fandom ire, partially for much of what became of the Chosen not particularly fitting their in-series characterization, and partly because of shipping. Even so, it was still fairly popular and has a strong fanbase, continuing the phenomenon set by Digimon Adventure.It was succeeded by Digimon Tamers.It was accompanied by a pair of Short Anime Movies. Hurricane Touchdown, also known as Transcendent Evolution! The Golden Digimentals, is set before Ken joins the Chosen, and details their adventures in America and dealings with Wallace, a Chosen with twin Digimon; it was dubbed as the third part of Digimon: The Movie, and suffered for it. The movie isn't supposed to be canon, though in Japan there was an Drama CD that attempted to put it into canon. The second film, Diablomon Strikes Back, is set within a year of the finale and is about the Chosen's response to the resurrection of Diablomon, the antagonist of Our War Game who came dangerously close to defeating them last time; it aired in the US as a television special under the name Digimon: Revenge of Diaboromon in the lead-up to the start of Digimon Savers. Because of the length of time between the end of production on Adventure 02 & the dubbing of Revenge of Diaboromon, it was the only portion of the Adventure era of the show that wasn't produced by Fox, the franchise having since changed hands to Disney, but still reunited the majority of the castnote Joshua Seth was replaced as Tai by Jason Spisak from the first two seasons of the show after 4 years.Its dub is available on Hulu under season 2 of Adventure.
His backstory is this too. His brother died in a car crash and his parents, in their grief, failed to notice such things as Ken blaming himself for the crash and receiving creepy emails from one of his coworkers. Sweet dreams, mommies and daddies.
Bash Brothers: Pegasusmon and Nefertimon tend to fight together (and share a combined attack). It helps that Patamon and Gatomon know each other from the previous season, and share a similar digivolution line.
Bilingual Bonus: In episode 13, the sign on the dark beach says "Innsmouth" in Digicode - the whole episode being a shoutout to the Cthulhu mythos.
Bittersweet Ending: Notably averted as this is the only Digimon anime series to end on a completely positive note. The Digimon and human worlds become closer than ever, everyone gets to reach their dream, and nothing bad happens. The only downer is Oikawa dying, and even he gets a happy ending as his spirit gets to remain in the place he wanted to see his entire life.
Brick Joke: The last leg of the Digimon Emperor arc has the Chosen pretend to go on a camping trip (with Matt's father as chaperone) in order to stay in the Digital World for as long as necessary to defeat Ken. Jun, learning that Matt will also be on the trip, tries to invite herself along, and they ditch her the first chance they get. The end of the arc has her catching up to the group; cue a collective Oh Crap on Matt, Tai, and Izzy's part.
There was also one in the dub of "His master's voice". Early in the episode, the principal asks over the PA, "Would the person who put the Jelly Donuts in the swimming pool please report to the office?". Later in the episode, a couple kids run by Kari, and one of them says "...and then I put the jelly donuts in the swimming pool".
Broad Strokes: Certain elements of previous episodes were brushed over for various reasons. (EX. Dagomon from episode 13.)
But Not Too Foreign: Matt and T.K. are revealed to be one-fourth French, when T.K. and Tai meet their grandfather in France.
Call Back: Remember the episode where the Digidestined had to pursue Myotismon three years ago?. Well, you remember the nine cards that have to be put to open the way between the Digital World and the Real World, right? Yukio Oikawa plans to do the same thing. If you remember the first one, between the two Vaccine-Type Rookie-Level cards (Agumon and Gomamon), Tai chose the latter. In this season, Oikawa chose the former. And if you remember Gennai's words back at the first season, one is right and the other is wrong. That's why he ended up opening the way between the Real World and the strange world where ideas can become reality.
The Chessmaster: Myotismon. He was behind everything that happened to the Digital World for the last three years, and he would had won if it wasn't for the last battle's Ass Pull. Almost like that he had the king in checkmate in Chess, only for his enemy to literally turn around the board and then declare victory.
Colour Coded Characters: All the Chosen have colors that correspond to them, based on their Digivice (for the current ones) and Crest (for the old ones).
T.K. has two colours. His Crest of Hope is yellow, but his new Digivice is green. The full list:
Tai - Crest of Courage - orange
Matt - Crest of Friendship - blue
Sora - Crest of Love - red
Mimi - Crest of Sincerity - green
Izzy - Crest of Knowledge - purple
Joe - Crest of Reliability - black
T.K. - Crest of Hope - yellow; Digivice - green
Kari - Crest of Light and Digivice - both pink
Davis - Digivice - blue
Yolei - Digivice - red
Cody - Digivice - yellow
Ken - Digivice - black; Crest of Kindness - violet
Cool Boat: Because none of V-mon's armor forms can fly or swim, during the assault on the Kaiser's base, Daisuke thinks to try and make a raft out of a nearby palmtree to follow the others, as it's the only thing around to work with. Resting his hand against it, he accidentally throws the lever and he and V-mon are suddenly riding a small island.
Dead Sidekick: Even though he's alive and well now, Angemon's sacrifice in Adventure is the source of Takeru's anger towards evil Digimon. Wormmon sacrifices himself to help beat Kimeramon, and is resurrected two episodes later.
Deus ex Machina: A literal example with Azulongmon ending the conflict in episode 37.
Up to Eleven with the last episode where with very little explination Davis and Veemon managed to break into Myotismon's Illusions for the Digidestned Snapping them out of it and bringing them back to the fight and they do it Simultaneously at that by splitting into multiple selves.
Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In the English dub, Sora and Matt's sudden dating. The dub teased at the possibility of Tai/Sora and butchered the Matt/Sora relationship. They made it look like Tai had a crush on Sora while Matt acted like a jerkass to her. In the original Japanese, Taichi does not view Sora romantically at all, Sora and Yamato have a much stronger connection and according to Word of God there was subtle foreshadowing throughout the first series to suggest that they would eventually marry.
Ridiculously Successful Future Self: Most of the Chosen end up in glamorous positions, and those that don't end up in nonetheless highly satisfying positions; for example, Davis is a millionaire food-chain owner, Sora is a Fashion Designer, Tai is the Digital World's ambassador, Mimi has her own cooking show, and Matt is an astronaut; on the slightly less ostentatious side, Kari is a Kindergarten Teacher, Ken is a detective, and Yolei is a housewife (and with her and Ken's three children, the most, ah, productive mother in the show).
Don't Ask: The Digidestined, when they are found in a pile on the computer room floor, after returning from the Digital World.
In that sense, there is also a little bit of Ho Yay and Les Yay with the human half of the affair - no DNA digivolving partership consists of two characters of opposing genders, even with semi-official couples in play.
The Dragon: Agumon as MetalGreymon, once the Emperor enslaves him with a Dark Spiral..
Dressing as the Enemy: To sneak into an Emperor controlled city, the Digidestined have their 'mon put on some fake black rings.
Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In creating Digimon: The Movie, the dub shoehorned the events of Hurricane Touchdown into continuity, which confuses people as to why Seraphimon and Magnadramon don't appear in the penultimate episode.
Izzy also mentions Wallace (Willis) later on in the dub.
The End: The epilogue for the Summer 2003 audio drama went something like this: (paraphrased)
Narrator: As stated in the show's epilogue, it was not easy for everyone to make it to the twenty-five year mark. Everyone still had battles to fight. However, please know that they kept on living, and that this alone should serve as an adequate end to their story.
Enforced Plug: This season's dub heavily uses the soundtrack for Digimon: the Movie, and allusions to Willis are anything but subtle. Saban really wanted us to see the movie.
Epic Rocking: "Bokura no Digital World", which at 6:47 is anywhere from two to three times longer than most of the American songs written for the same season.
Establishing Character Moment: The first thing MaloMyotismon does upon emerging from his host is brutally murder Arukenimon and Mummymon in cold blood in such a way the Chosen, who were the two's enemies, cover their eyes and can't bear to watch. This shows that not only is MaloMyotismon still as horrible as he used to be, he's even worse
Everything Is Online: The Digidestinted are able to use their school's computer club as an alibi for their work in the Digital World.
Evolutionary Levels: This season added another branch with Armor and DNA Digivolving. However DNA Digivolving is not a branch just an alternative way of reaching Ultimate
Executive Meddling: Jeff Nimoy stated that Digimon: The Movie was supposed to just feature the first two movies, but higher ups demanded he add the third movie in, which he wanted to be shown as a TV special.
In the series itself, he and Bob were instructed by Fox Kids to make the series "funnier" which annoyed a lot of fans, eventually Jeff and Bob left, Fox Kids must of backed off because the final 8 episodes of the season were noticably less Gag Dub.
Gag Dub: Much more so than Adventure, but similar to it, it was perfectly capable of being serious when necessary, as in the last 8 episodes.
Gaining The Will To Kill: In Digimon Adventure the heroes we're forced into do or die situations so often that they would kill when they had to. However in the sequel series the first few seasons the new members only fought mind control victims (that they freed) and artificial control spire enemies which they had no problems destroying since they weren't real. Towards the end of the series all three of the new recruits this season are forced to kill at least one real enemy which shakes them up.
Gambit Pileup: The main participants are the Digimon Sovereigns and their Digidestined warriors and Malomyotismon's gang. The first groups wants to protect the worlds from the second one, who wants to conquer them for themselves to rule. Through the series, other potential players enter the scene in attempts to conquer the worlds as well; players such as the Daemon Corps, Dragomon of the Dark Ocean and a somewhat-back-to-life Devimon. Too bad they didn't got more screentime or development.
And if you see the movies as hour-long episodes rather than as regular films taking place in the same universe, count in Diaboromon and the virus-infected Kokomon.
In the dub, Davis is one syllable away from suggesting they play strip poker. And yes, you actually hear him say "strip."
Also in the dub, Tai distracts a teacher in the second episode by asking for girl advice. Later he's shown walking away, talking about "the Birds and the Bees."
The unedited Diablomon Strikes Back has a brief one. In a picture of Matt and Sora, a poster in the background shows "Neikd Star Live Stage!!", with a rather unprintable word in English. As such, the English dub edited the poster out.
Handwave: In order to keep Gatomon (as she was once The Dragon to one of the most iconic villains from the original Adventure) from fending off any threats too easily, she had her Tail Ring lost early in the show. It was returned to her at the end of the show with the explanation that it hadn't been returned to her to allow her to Armor and DNA Digivolve. Because it would've gotten in the way. Somehow.
High On Catnip: In the dub, Gatomon picks some catnip to heal Hawkmon. A few scenes later, Hawkmon is alert and active.
Gatomon: I found Catnip; it cures it all!
Hijacked by Ganon: Guess who's responsible for all the crap that goes on in the latter half of the series? Myotismon—that's right, the guy who died in the last series by taking it to the crotch. Incidentally, the first half was essentially just cleaning up the aftermath of one of the Wonderswan games.
Digimon Emperor: [turns to Wormmon, speaking in a much weaker voice than before] There's only one Digimon suitable enough for me...
Digimon Emperor: AND THAT'S KIMERAMON!
I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: In the dub, the Forbidden Valley Of No Return - though Cody points out that with a control spire there, it wouldn't be any safer even if it were the "Valley Of Duckies and Bunnies".
Infinity+1 Sword: The Digi-egg (Digimental) of Miracles, which allows Veemon to become Magnamon, who packs both the incredible defensive powers of the Metal type and some serious [Light type firepower. (It's unknown whether the Digi-egg of Destiny— from the 3rd movie — counts as this as well).
Kudzu Plot: The series added a bunch of interesting plot points on a regular basis and made you watch as they went nowhere.
Lampshade Hanging: In the dub, Digmon indirectly pokes fun at the translators' incorrectly making his title "Drill of Power".
Digmon: Digmon, the Drill of Knowledge! ...I used to say the Drill of Power, but I think this makes me sound smarter!
In the "World Tour" arc, everyone has met up with foreign Digi Destined and they all speak English... until we get to Russia, where Sora and Yolei discover none of their three contacts can understand them
Large Ham: Most people in the dub, much more so than any other Digimon series. One particularly funny moment has Davis saying "Digi-Armor Enerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgize!" with the consonant held out and the "gize" said so quickly and abruptly it almost didn't exist. Actually, this is the case every time he uses the DigiEgg of Courage.
Last Minute Hookup: Sora and Matt get together in episode 38, but other than this, they fit the trope - especially considering that no hint whatsoever was given of a previous romantic relationship between them. This applies to Ken and Yolei, as well.
Lighter and Softer: Digimon 02 definitely qualifies when compared to its successor and predecessor. Considering only one ally dies, the DigiDestined never truly get shaken up for more than one episode, all the lasting villains were Anti Villains working for one guy or barely made any mark at all [Daemon and Dragomon], and no large-scale damage is done to the Real World, let alone the city.
Lip Lock: Most notable in the "Digi-Armor Energize!" sequence.
Living with the Villain: Subverted. Davis and Ken do cross paths in the real world as enemies, but because they live in separate school districts and play on rival soccer teams, this only happens once.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Well, add in the new kids and Digimon, the old cast, their Digimon, their parents, sometimes their brothers and sisters, and the new villains and their victims, the cast is huge. Thankfully, the number of main Digidestined are now down to 5 later 6, instead of the 8 of last season.
Love Triangle: Daisuke at least believes himself to be in this with Hikari and Takeru. A short story booklet in the Christmas CD heavily implies that he's right, with both Daisuke and Takeru being suspiciously excited about giving their presents to Hikari. Tailmon reveals that Hikari is knitting a scarf for someone...but won't tell her whom it's for.
Also one between Tai, Sora and Matt in the English dub. While a Love Triangle never existed in the Japanese 01 (and it was never supposed to because Kakudou intended Yamato/Sora to be endgame from the start), the PSP game has retconned a Type 5 Love Triangle into the 01 story so it can fit in with Hosoda's Our War Game!. Yamato love Sora, Sora loves Taichi. Taichi has feelings for neither and is instead a Shipper on Deck for them. Sora eventually falls in love and reciprocates Yamato's feelings for her. Taichi pushing Sora to confess to Yamato in 02 is an acknowledgement of this.
Lull Destruction: Taken to insane levels in this season, the most egregious example is the episode "Genesis of Evil." They never stop ramming Ken's inner thoughts and conflicts down our throats, for God's sake!
The first episode - T.K. starting at his new school, meeting the new Digi Destined & reuniting with Kari is interspersed with shots of the original Digi Destined's partner Digimon being brutally attacked in the Digital World.
The Movie: Two, both short, non-serial affairs. The first is basically a showcase for a few of the digimentals; even going so far as to worfSeraphimon and Holydramon to make room for Magnamon and Rapidmon. The second is a sequel to Our War Game which features Imperialdramon Paladin Mode. It's also set after the end of the series (but before the epilogue), so it can be considered The Movie if it wasn't released while the original series was airing.
Multiform Balance: The various armor forms: at usually two to a person, there are two major categories: combat and transport (though the latter can be used in specific combat situations; mostly aerial). Combat forms include Flamedramon, Digmon, and Shurimon, while the Transport forms are Raidramon, Halsemon, Submarimon, Pegasusmon, and Nefertimon. Interestingly, Angemon and Angewomon are grouped with the other combat forms, and Shurimon was unlocked after Halsemon.
No Kill Like Overkill: The destruction of Myotismon's soul becomes this when you realize just what they shot it with. The light of millions of Digivices from every Chosen on Earth. To put this in perspective, eight were able to use said light to completely contain an explosion meant to destroy two worlds in one blast. Myotismon's spirit was hit with the combined light of millions of Digivices all at once fired out of an extremely powerful Digimon's dark-matter cannon. Though given the fact the guy just wouldn't stay dead, this was probably the wisest thing the Chosen could've done.
Non-Serial Movie: Both movies were for some time out of continuity with the series, with the main characters' Digimon only able to Armor Digi-volve and Ken not being a member of the team, not to mention Seraphimon and Magnadramon. Subsequent drama CDs shoehorned Hurricane Touchdown into continuity, which resulted in massive inconsistencies: Gatomon is able to become Angewomon when she shouldn't at this point, Seraphimon and Magnadramon are accessible forms for Patamon and Gatomon, and the children are visiting New York right in the middle of the Digimon Emperor arc. Diablomon Strikes Back remains non-serial with no attempts to incorporate it, but interestingly its incorporation wouldn't have caused any continuity problems.
Not Even a Digimon: The Digidestined were reluctant to kill the new threat until they learn this.
Odd Friendships: DNA evolution depends on pairs of children who are very different, and their attempts to reach an understanding.
Prophetic Names: As with Adventure (but not played up as much), Kari is the bearer of the Crest and Digi-Egg of Light (hikari in Japanese) and has the ability to release a pink aura beneficial to Digimon.
Reincarnation: For the Digimon; even if they die, they eventually are reborn again in Primary Village. Humans, on the other hand, are a different story.
Rummage Sale Reject: Taken up to a notch from it's predecessor, the Destined' clothing look even more randomly designed than last season's. Only Cody averts this (both in the Real and Digital Worlds) and Ken upon his Heel-Face Turn. It's justified for The Emperor, Davis, and Yolei in the Digital World - the clothes are a manifestation of how they see themselves.
School Club Front: The Digidestined have referred to their group as the "Computer Club". It's basically a cover for their afterschool trips to the Digital World, using one of the school computers to get there. An early episode shows that there is a teacher who acts as the club's advisor - but he doesn't know the first thing about using computers and is a nonentity for the rest of the series. (His story purpose was to send Taichi to Not Important To This Episode Camp by forcing him to run interference.)
She's A Friend: Mimi randomly shows up at the start of episode six, and the new kids freak when they see her. Then...
Mimi: TK? Kari?
TK and Kari: (beaming) Yep!
TK: Everyone, this is Mimi. She's a member of the DigiDestined who moved to America.
Ship Sinking: Every ship other than Ken/Yolei & Sora/Matt after the Distant Finale. The former is explicitly stated in the narration, while the latter is left to visual cues and inference ( the fact that the little girl who looks like Matt has a Yokomon and the little boy who looks like Sora has a Tsunomon, plus the fact that they were together in the series proper), with a later Word of God confirmation in V-Jump magazine. Die-hard TK/Kari fans take solace in the fact that no one said they weren't.
In the original Japanese, Sora's son in the epilogue calls TK, "Takeru-ojisan," meaning "uncle." Assuming this is a literal application, then it would seem that Takeru is Sora's brother-in-law.
Ship Tease: The dub teases TK and Kari in episode 13.
Also, Veemon was briefly endowed with a huge crush on Gatomon to mirror his human partner. In the original, it was only for an episode, but the dub extended it for a couple of episodes.
Diablomon Strikes Back has Armageddemon, whose appearance is reminiscent of an Angel. Furthermore, when Omegamon is severely wounded in the battle, he is left standing up with his arms having fallen off in a pose that echoes Unit 02 after being defeated by Zeruel.
There is a quick blink-and-you-miss-it shout out in episode 15; when ShogunGekomon sees the dark tower erected, he cries out "GeGeGe no Ge!"
Shown Their Work: The World Tour arc has a ridiculous amount of detail in regards to time zones and equivalent times in Japan. According to the DVD Box interviews, whole meetings were spent devoted to making the schedule work out right.
TK and Kari hit it earlier on, each only receiving one usable Digimental; Angemon and Angewomon were grouped in the "combat" group with Flamedramon, Shurimon, and Digmon; though they were unable to be used for the duration.
Snap Back: None of the damage caused by digimon in Digimon Adventure is shown. In particular the devastation caused by Venomvamdemon seems to have never happened.
Left the Background Music On: Audio drama: a Digimon Analyzer screen is read off, as always, prompting Yamato's dad's coworker to ask if Yamato's dad said something. Naturally, he answers, "Idiot, that's the narration, isn't it?" Of course, both Yamato's dad and the narrator are voiced by Hiroaki Hirata.
Spoiler Opening: The series' second Japanese ending, which started at the time of Paildramon's introduction, was arguably one of the franchise's most egregious examples. It showed Silphymon, Shakkoumon and even Imperialdramon, in both Dragon and Fighter Mode! And one episode later, the opening was revised, which in case you hadn't already seen the ending, showed the then-unintroduced Silphymon, Shakkoumon and Imperialdramon Dragon.
Stock Footage: The evolution sequences, as usual. Also, there was a set of stock footage for the partner Digimon using their attacks, but it wasn't used as much as in Adventure. A bit of it also shows up during battles; notably in repeat Bakemon fights within the Kaiser's base.
Storming the Castle: The chosen board the Kaiser's floating fortress out of necessity in order to bring a faster halt to Kimeramon's country-ravaging destruction. While eventually successful, it remains poignantly bittersweet.
Synchronization: DNA evolution between the partners of two chosen can only be achieved if the Chosen's hearts are beating in synchronisation, characterised by a deep understanding of each other's motives and beliefs.
Take Your Time: The new chosen children are on a quest to stop the Digimon Emperor. They started at the start of school(April 1) and by the time that they stop him its after August 1.(4 months)
Talking to Himself: Romi Park (JP) and Derek Stephen Prince (EN) do voices for both Ken and his brother, resulting in them spending the entirety of episode 23 doing this (as the episode focuses on Ken and his past with his brother). In English, Prince also does the voice of Veemon. The trope gets played as early as episode 2, when the Emperor taunts the captured Digimon.
Those Two Animals: Patamon and Gatomon tend to stay by each other sides, and hang out during school hours. Makes sense - they know each other longer than the new digimon, and share the same Digivolution lines.
Takeru definitely took one between Adventure and 02, best evidenced when he stops the Digimon Emperor's whip attack WITH HIS BARE HAND and then proceeds to beat him senseless. And that's after he took a whip strike to the cheek without flinching or changing expression.
Two-Headed Coin: Davis attempts to pull this on T.K. when deciding who will go to rescue Kari. Since Davis has a crush on her, he uses an American quarter with tails on both sides. After Davis has supposedly won and is gloating to T.K., T.K. swipes the coin back and calls him on it, noting that he knows where they sell such quarters.
Villains Never Lie: Oikawa says that the Dark Spore is what gives Ken his talent, and uses a similar line to get a bunch of kids to go along with his plan. Everyone, including Ken, seems to believe him. Ken's marks at school do take a drop after his stint as the Emperor, but nobody seems to consider that this may be because of trauma, or some related, but entirely normal, psychological problem.
Wendigo: Yes, there's a Digimon based on this; though he's not named onscreen, Kokomon spends most of Hurricane Touchdown in his corrupt Champion form, Wendigomon.
What Could Have Been: The Dark Ocean was introduced by guest writer Chiaki Konaka and was originally supposed to be used as a larger plot point. The rest of the writers then proceeded to mostly ignore it.
Not to mention Daemon. The original plan was for him to be a Bigger Bad, but it never was able to happen.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The Dark Ocean, and Dragomon and Daemon therein; the mysterious flashbacks of how Ken got infected with the Dark Spore.
In the original version, Gennai's newly youthful form is never really explained. In the dub, this is handwaved by a throwaway gag line about him taking some "Digi-Vitamins."
Where It All Began: After the portals to the Digital World that are located in Tokyo are sealed, Tai & the rest of the original seven DigiDestined (Sans Mimi who's in America, & T.K. who's already in the Digital World) are forced to travel to the camp they first travelled to the Digital World from.