Just a good overview. I think this series gets a little too much flack, but at the same time it does indeed have its flaws.
-It has Ken, possibly one of the staple characters of the series, who has gained exalted status as The Woobie
and a character with a (extremely well-made and developed) Heel Face Turn
for Hikari and Takeru, who were minor little-kid characters in Adventure.
-The new cast of characters varies very significantly from Adventure's model, making things new and interesting.
-Even more expansion on the Character Development
for the Adventure characters, which one would normally think impossible.
-Daisuke. There is nothing wrong with the character himself, but the character has a lot of wasted potential - it's like They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character Development
. Daisuke changes almost none in the entire scope of the series (except maybe in the Drama CD and Hurricane Touchdown), and let's face it - some inner development would have been nice.
-Filler episodes are common in order to fill out 50 episodes.
-The infamous Deus Ex Machina
ending, reusing an enemy from Adventure and finishing it off with a rather lame Aesop. There's nothing wrong with "using your feelings" to end the bad guy (since that was done in Adventure), but the direct manner of using that on Belial Vamdemon
was indeed...rather idiotic. (The Where Are They Now Epilogue
- I find nothing wrong with this one, since it fits their personalities to a certain extent - especially in the Japanese epilogue, where certain hints are excised - it gets most of the flack from the Fan Dumb
and the shippers. Make of that what you will.)
Definitely an entertaining season - while there are a few Ass Pulls
in regards to minor plot points, the overall season has a good amount of coherency and characterization. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it over something else, say, but it's at least worth watching.