Recap: Digimon Adventure 02 E 21 Goodbye Ken
Having just armor-evolved with the Digimental of Miracles, Magnamon prepares to battle, while Upamon and Poromon are given energy by the Digimental to evolve back to Armadimon and Hawkmon. Everything happens just in time for Chimeramon to burst back into the base, ready to destroy everything.On the orders of Magnamon, Daisuke and the other kids flee the area while Magnamon takes on Chimeramon. Wormmon returns to the Kaiser and tells him that it’s dangerous and that they should flee too, but the Kaiser refuses to leave now that Chimeramon is back. Wormmon tells the Kaiser that he’s lost control of Chimeramon, but the Kaiser refuses to listen.The Kaiser remains unable to control Chimeramon as the voice continues to laugh at him, and narrowly avoids being hit by one of his attacks. Wormmon continues to plead with the Kaiser to run, telling him that they made a mistake and that they need to run from it, but the Kaiser insists that he’s perfect and that he will be the winner of this “game”.The Chosen approach the Kaiser, ready to take him on, and berate him for treating all of this like a game. Takeru tells him that Digimon are living beings and their irreplaceable partners, and Hikari asks the Kaiser if Wormmon is his partner Digimon, to which the Kaiser angrily replies that his suitable partner is Chimeramon.Magnamon struggles against Chimeramon, and the brawl creates an explosion in the side of the fortress, forcing everyone inside to flee. The kids have Hawkmon, Patamon, Armadimon, and Tailmon armor evolve to Holsmon, Pegasmon, Nefertimon, and Digmon, who help everyone escape. Magnamon and Chimeramon bring their fight outside the fortress as the fortress threatens to break down, but Magnamon begins to run out of power while fighting off Chimeramon. Wormmon begins to cheer on Magnamon and gets a whiplash from the Kaiser in response, only for Wormmon to finally decide he’s had it.
- Wormmon: Don’t you understand, Ken? The old Ken wasn’t like this...The Ken I traveled the Digital World with wasn’t like this...We laughed together, we cried together...the normal, kind Ken! And then, the next time we met, you told me to call you the “Digimon Kaiser”...I couldn’t do it because no matter how you look, you’re still Ken. That’s why, no matter what horrible things you did after becoming the Digimon Kaiser, I always thought you would return to the old Ken someday. Believing in that, I stayed with you!
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: This episode marks the first time Ken is seen without these (starting from the moment Ken rejects his Kaiser clothes and persona), and you'll see him without these for the rest of the series now that he's past his Heel-Face Turn.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Wormmon gives out one to Ken when he finally had enough of his treatment towards him and other Digimon.Wormmon: I hope you're finally proud of yourself. You've officially become worse than the monster you created. Whatever happened to that sweet kid I met a long time ago who had a dream of taking over the Digital World? Okay, so it was a sick and twisted dream, but we still had a lot of laughs together! What happened to the boy I was proud to call master? Of course, you MADE me call you that. You've changed, Ken. But it's not too late for you. For some reason, you started capturing Digimon and you turned them into your slaves instead of into your friends. I didn't agree, but I stuck by your side because I was your Digimon. And then, you started being cruel to me. The one who knows the true you. The others way know and fear you as the Digimon Emperor, but never forget I know the real you. I'll always think of you for your kindness, Ken. No matter what happens. One day I hope you'll realize that the real Ken isn't the Digimon Emperor, but the Ken that's my friend. And only a real friend would do this!