YMMV: Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Quartzmon. And many thought that 02 had it bad.
  • Arc Fatigue: Apparently, many of the fans are getting fed up with this arc, as it takes an awfully long time for anything resembling a plot to really kick in. It's first hinted at in episode 14, and only gets going by episode 22, with only 3 episodes in the whole series left after that. This was made worse when the build up didn't really lead anywhere. Just a team up for the old characters to beat up some mooks, and the generic shonen lead to defeat the generic villain in an anti-climatic duel.
    • It had the same amount of plot for its single arc as Adventure, Tamers or Savers did for a single arc. Rather the intended developments feel wasted for a single arc Only after coming off what was as long and developed as entire series prior.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song by Twill, "Stand Up," is a rather catchy song that gives a sense of ethereal mystery befitting the tone of the situation. The instrumental version played during the episode preview is even better, and features a fabulous-sounding saxophone portion.
    • "Tagiru Chikara", the insert song that plays when Gumdramon evolves from the first time, is pretty great in and of itself. Bonus points go to the fact that it's done by the one and only Psychic Lover, of Tokusatsu fame.
    • Meanwhile, the jazz Leitmotif that plays when Astamon makes his appearance was immediately noticed by fans. Bonus points go to them for using musical stylings that are evocative of earlier series.
    • In episode two, the original version of "We Are Xros Heart" from the previous arc makes its glorious return.
    • And of course, you can't leave out Yuu and Damemon's theme, "Shining Dreamers", which played for the first time during Damemon's return in episode five.
    • Nene's rendition of "New World" and "Stand Up" in episode ten are pretty impressive.
    • Episode fourteen brings back "Blazing Blue Flare" as Kiriha and ZekeGreymon lay the smack down on Volcdramon.
    • The song celebrating the series' anniversary, Legend Xros Wars, is not only awesome, but beautifully nostalgic as it incorporates elements from all the previous series.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Archelomon, of all people is present at the gathering of the heroes after Quartzmon's death at the end, despite not being seen in the season at all beforehand.
  • Canon Sue: Tagiru and Gumdramon. Their Spotlight-Stealing Squad status and Tagiru's Static Character drain almost all chance of anyone in the series gaining meaningful development, with several exceptions such as Airu. Out of all of the episodes, there are probably only five or so where they don't end up hunting the Digimon of the week even if the others do most of the work fighting them. In the rare cases that Tagiru screw up Taiki and Yuu's plans, expect him to get off lightly most of the time. When the finale rolls around, literally everyone else is incapacitated, leaving them to fight off Quartzmon in a rather anticlimatic battle, and nobody else apart from them get a chance for a proper farewell or reunion.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: combined with Badass Decay. Remember Myotismon and his two Mega forms Venommyotismon and Malomyotismon? He was easily one of the strongest villains from Digimon Adventure and 02, able to hold his own against multiple ultimate digimon and later Mega digimon simultaniously. The final battle of YHT involved not just 1, but a freaking ARMY of Myotismon, who later digivolve into THREE Venommyotismon and several dozen of Malomyotismon. But although they have the main characters in a pinch at first, once the other leaders and their (mega level) digimon partners show up, the various Venommyotismon and Malomyotismon start dropping like flies.
  • Critical Dissonance: Regarded by many of the fandom as the worst season of Digimon, Young Hunters somehow managed to receive a nomination for Best Animation at the 2012 International Emmy Kids Awards, which it (un)fortunately didn't win.
  • Designated Hero: Tagiru makes it clear that he's in it just to become a superstar, and at times so does Gumdramon. Even when Earth is in danger of being destroyed after Quartzmon merges with it to allow DigiQuartz to rapidly expand and take over, they're still more concerned about becoming superstars then the fact that you know, everyone they know and love is being assimilated into Quartzmon.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Airu. Being the only female character out of the six-person main cast helps. Also, she's cute and her crazy antics with Yuu are hilarious.
    • Kaoru, a one-off character is well-liked, having a nice bit of fanart to her name.
    • Ryouma is rather well-liked, for being an very polite rival ( most of the time) and being fabulous right down to his Tender Tears.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans think the previous arc of Xros Wars had a decent ending with the defeat of Bagramon and consider Hunters a poorly written and unnecessary addition to the series. Among the most common complaints are the Monster of the Week action composing most of the episodes and the new main character, who is seem by many as too generic, uninteresting or just plain annoying, receiving too much focus and overshadowing the rest of the cast with no noticeable or long lasting development. In fact, many people only watched it for the crossover finale and even there Tagiru managed to fight the final battle alone, which led to him being labeled as a Canon Sue as well.
  • Fix Fic: Since the finale, there has been much fanart and fanfic that has Ryouma reunite with a purified Quartzmon as Psychemon/Astamon.
  • Foe Yay: Tagiru with Ryouma, and Yuu with Airu.
  • Franchise Killer: Xros Wars itself could have been this for Japan if not for it being a huge merchandising success. But this being the final season helped really do the franchise in, as many kids lost interest in the products. However, August 2014 came with the announcement of Digimon Adventure tri. due in 2015, leaving this the third time in a row that a season of Digimon has resulted in a three-year gap.
    • It was revealed in May 2015 that tri. will be a series of movies. Digimon's probably not coming back to television for a while.
  • Ho Yay: Between Tagiru and Yuu. In episode 16, when Yuu and Tagiru are trapped in a phone booth together and a girl finds them with their arms around each other, they say that they are "really good friends". They were trying to divert suspicion, but still...
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many people only watched it for the leaders.
    • To a lesser extent, there are those who liked the original Xros Wars and only watched this series for the returning members of Xros Heart, who sadly don't get a whole lot of screentime.
  • Magnificent Bastard: All three rival hunters have tried their hands at being this, to varying degrees of success. The one who comes closest in the end is Ryouma, who is actually under the control of Quartzmon and is part of the Big Bad Duumvirate with him, and who manipulates and backstabs the other characters masterfully without them ever catching on until it's too late.
    • Quartzmon himself then outshines him when it's revealed that he's technically been Ryouma's Digimon partner this entire time!
  • Misaimed Fandom: This season was meant to be about Tagiru's self-growth to becoming a leader, rendered moot due to the lack of usual plot most of the season, Tagiru's Static Character, and the old leaders coming in, causing people to be more excited about that, than what the arc was about.
  • Narm:
    • It's kind of hard to take Arresterdramon Superior Mode's debut seriously when Quartzmon's agent is literally making the ":(" emoticon as the former charges towards him.
    • Taiki's Rousing Speech to Tagiru in the finale (that a hero needs goggles) loses most of its meaning when you take into account that Masaru is right next to them.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Airu's Candmon's only appearance has been to DigiXros with Opossumon.
  • The Scrappy: Betsumon seems to attract a lot of hate from fans who find him just plain irritating.
    • Replacement Scrappy: Tagiru and Gumdramon for Taiki and Shoutmon, respectively. Did you think the hatred for Davis was bad? You've seen nothing compared to the sheer level of loathing that Tagiru gets from some fans for quite a few reasons like how everything seems to go in his favor in the end or his unbelievable degrees of idiocy.
  • Seasonal Rot/They Just Didn't Care: Contrary to the 15th anniversary celebration Young Hunters apparently is for the Digimon franchise, most of the arc is this, due to it being littered with plot holes, the occasional Ass Pull and the overall composition lacking critical components such as Character Development and being 80% filler with no indication of plot. Never mind that Tagiru claims in the opening to every episode that the team's main focus is to discover how DigiQuartz works and why it exists. You know something's up when they can't even be bothered giving the DigiXroses proper names, something they even did for the Joke DigiXroses featured in the omakes (well, the first few at least). Also the crossover that felt slapped on, due to the majority of it happening in two separate episodes.
  • Shocking Swerve: The Watch Man being a reincarnated Bagramon. That really came out of nowhere.
    • Astamon being Quartzmon was also a little left field, considering he hardly said or did anything
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Rather ironically, there were a few people who were angry that the series seemed to be dropping DigiXros, after the concept itself was subjected to this trope. Come the preview for episode two, we found out that DigiXros was still part of the show anyway.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Yuu and Damemon are Ascended Extras who are somehow simultaneously Demoted to Extra. While there are a couple of episodes that focus on Yuu, Damemon gets even less attention to the point where he's practically a Living Prop in some episodes.
    • All three rival hunters. We never get any background information on them (what their family lives are, what motivated them to become what they are now, how Airu and Ren met their partner digimon), nor are they all that developed personality wise save for Airu (and Ryouma in the last few episodes). For many, this was disappointing due to their initial potential.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: No, there is no time-travelling, at least from the audience's perspective. Many feel the Grand Finale Crisis Crossover was vastly underwhelming. The five previous leaders were reduced to living batteries for the Brave Snatcher. Due to everyone getting reduced to DigiQuartz Tagiru is the only one to fight the final battle. At the end all the Digimon and humans are separated back into their separate human and Digital Worlds. Not to mention the open ending, and The Clock Man being Bagramon. In fact, fans are declaring TYH to be Digimon's worst series as well as Fanon Discontinuity.
    • DigiXroses were rarely used in the arc, despite the subtitle. Most of the hunted Digimon never made appearances after their debut episodes, either for Xrosing or for fighting solo, and even the core members of Xros Heart besides Shoutmon hardly made appearances.
  • Tough Act to Follow: You know how Xros Wars was this to the franchise up to that point? This season is this to Xros Wars! And this series had THE worst ratings in the franchise history, too.