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 got 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.
  • 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.
    • Remember the shadowy Dagomon/Dragomon from Adventure 02, back when he looked a powerful antagonist who fortunately for the heroes (and unfortunately for the audience) never bothered to act as a villain? He is now a cartoonish Monster of the Week who gets forgotten after one episode.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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: In a strange case of the show not helping it's case, 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.
  • Parvum Opus: Young Hunters is generally regarded by most of the Digimon fandom as the worst season of the franchise and managing to vindicate 02, citing points such as little meaningful nor interesting plot, scarce character development and terrible animation quality compared to previous series.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Betsumon seems to attract a lot of hate from fans who find him just plain irritating.
    • Along with the former being one of the most hated protagonists in the Digimon franchise, Tagiru and Gumdramon are also Replacement Scrappies 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 including his incredibly selfish motivation, unchanging character and constant spotlight hogging which both result in nobody else apart from characters of the day gaining character development, how everything seems to go in his favor in the end, his unbelievable degrees of idiocy, and most of all getting to fight the final battle alone and being the only one to have a proper goodbye and reunion with his Digimon Partner.
  • 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. In fact, a number of fans have come to the conclusion that the only reason for Young Hunters existence was to stall for time until Bandai was ready to air Saint Seiya Omega due to how Japanese television works. note 
  • 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.
    • As mentioned above, this series could have been a new opportunity to work out Dagomon as a powerful antagonist like a true lovecraftian digimon deserves, unlike his aborted role in 02. However, he only appears as a curiosity and is fastly forgotten.
  • 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.
    • Seeing the generals and their armies unite a year later, the mystery behind Digimon inhabiting a parallel timeline feeding on human emotion, a competitive hunt for those Digimon inhabiting this parallel timeline, Gumdramon's development from delinquent to positive societal figure, the old generals taking on a new hunting role, rookies to the Digimon situation going into the hunting situation blind, a crisis requiring the meeting of teams from several continuities, each was an interesting premise on its own. Altogether, none managed to have their depth sufficiently explored or reach a satisfying conclusion in 25 episodes.
  • 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.