Reviews Comments: Superlative Originality,and George Lucas Style Throwbacks....
Superlative Originality,and George Lucas Style Throwbacks....
Digimon Savers Year: 2006 Dub Voices of: Quinton Flynn,Coleen O'Shaughnessy,Crispin Freeman,Brianne Sidalle Grade:A- ...Grace this season of Digimon.Starting with the latter,the characters harken very much back to the first three seasons. Between Marcus the slightly-more-fleshed-out Davis expy,Thomas the very nicely done Matt-Izzy hybrid, and Yoshi the subtle mix of Sora and believe it or not Jeri. And then you have episode bits that really harken back such as the fight between Thomas and Marcus which very nicely molds both the tension between Tai and Matt, and Takato's reaction to the predictable death of Leomon. Finally the last episode begins in a manner sadly much like the conclusion of the second season,but it ends much like Tamers did. And finally Agumon is thrown back in,but he acts like Guilmon. And so at the same time,it is very original many of these throwbacks written as they are under different premises. For example the D-Reaper throwback was now relegated to a monster and without any punch-clock motives. No characters get left in the dust and end up all being really interesting. Marcus is always throwing punches,but there is a good reason,other than the obvious. The action is very nice. And it does indeed touch on very deep themes to such as - What if dishonest humans exploited Digimon? - Is world peace possible? - Are humans bastards? - Parental Abandonment And that's only for starters,it also has one the greatest villains in all anime. Even more monstrous than Myotismon,which is no easy feat,and he is,.....Kurata. Ugly looking,hypocritical,genocidal,this is the villain that you can't help but love hating,there really hasn't been a more delicious character in the whole franchise. Great part of the originality But the best part is that finally knowing that Leomon always dies,they deliberately had an unsympathetic one,but true to the course their was also a sacrificial one as well,and it managed to be even wrenching than the last. It's doesn't deserve any of the hate it gets,even if it may seem unoriginal at times,it just works. Get off that Nostalgia Filter and give it a go.
And finally Agumon is thrown back in,but he acts like Guilmon. Like Guilmon? Never thought of that before, but I guess that's why he's the only main digimon partner aside from Falcomon in this series that I really liked. For example the D-Reaper throwback was now relegated to a monster and without any punch-clock motives. What was the D-Reaper throwback? I only saw Yggdrasil as an imitator to D-Reaper when it came to trying to wipe out humanity. And again, D-Reaper didn't have "punch-clock motives", it had a porgramming that went too far into Omnicidal Maniac territory. No characters get left in the dust and end up all being really interesting. No human characters, you mean. Lalamon, Gaomon, and Kudamon were really bland and undeveloped for the most part. But as for the human characters, I do like the attention that was given to them, even the more minor ones like the Bridge Bunnies and family members. And that's only for starters,it also has one the greatest villains in all anime. Even more monstrous than Myotismon,which is easy feat,and he is,.....Kurata. Ugly looking,hypocritical,genocidal,this is the villain that you can't help but love hating,there really hasn't been a more delicious character in the whole franchise. Great part of the originality I've expressed my disappointment in the way Kurata was handled in his own arc before, but yes, he was a great Love To Hate villain for what he was. But the best part is that finally knowing that Leomon always dies,they deliberately had an unsympathetic one,but true to the course there was also a sacrificial one as well Banchou Leomon? Eh, Hes Just Hiding. Get off that Nostalgia Filter and give it a go. What does Nostalgia Filter have to do with anything?
comment #13438 ManwiththePlan 25th Mar 12 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
Well this Agumon does have the same appetite thing going on,just switch bread to fired eggs and voila! And the new voice was Takato Uh that kinda was the throwback,especially when the voice changes over to higher one,not to the same extent though. Yggdrasil towards the end did decide it was better to destroy both worlds after the Knights switched sides. There's a great difference between programming that can't be helped not being able to think another way,and of course knowing all the outcomes,and deciding on genocide anyway. I almost never think all that much about the Digimon since they've always been undeveloped,but Gaomon agreeing to help Kurata sort of like Gabumon did for Matt is kinda something,and what about that episode where the DATS get their memories erased? They really put Lalamon and Gaomon and Agumon into the limelight then. Tamers nostalgics will outright reject how light and action focused it can get,Frontier nostalgics will be turned off by the darker tone,Adventure/02 nostalgics will hate the gender change on Biyomon,most of the original Digimon such as Digmon and Zudomon turned evil,the new design for Agumon,etc. They will be or are already too clouded to judge the show in its own right.
comment #13441 terlwyth 25th Mar 12
Hence why people call him "Takatomon." Yeah, I personally prefer the way the D-Reaper did it. The whole "Hal 9000" way of following it's programming to a destructive level is alot scarier and more interesting to me than just what amounts to God Is Evil. The Thomas and Gaomon betrayal thing was exactly like the Matt and Gabumon betrayal, and I didn't particularly care for the way that was handled due to the whole "been there, seen that" nature of it. And while the digimon got limelight in that episode when escaping from Kurata's prison, only Marcus and Agumon got focus on restoring their relationship. Yoshino and Thomas got their memories restored off-screen, so we never got any sort of insight into what their relationship was like before the amnesia. And that's probably this show's biggest failing: the human/digimon partner relationships are the heart and soul of Digimon but this one only gave attention to the Marcus/Agumon and Ikuto/Falcomon relationships and left everything else as "just business."
comment #13442 ManwiththePlan 25th Mar 12
Yeah definitely agreed,easily preferred HAL-9000 over God Is Evil. I was referring to Kurata though,yeah my wording was pretty stupid on that. The Matt betrayal was just an Inferiority Complex to Tai,Thomas was forced to comply and had a backup plan sure their was a little bit of the Inferiority Complex as well,Matt just went on a Heroic BSOD,hence it having some of "been there,seen that" quality,but with some twists. The next part of the arc is more in line with Beezlemon vs Takato anyway. It gave enough attention to the others,yeah there's no denying Marcus and Keenan's dynamics had the spotlight,but then again that's the same with the Tamers trio vs Kazu/Guardromon, Ryu/Cyberdramon, Jeri/Leomon, Marine Angemon, and yes Suzie/Lopmon,and it's the same with Cody/Armadillomon getting the shaft in Adventure 02.Basically, that's not new,I just use the MST 3 K Mantra on that,since there still is good effort. Between the flashbacks of the piano recital,the Metal Phantomon episode,it's hard to say no effort was put in.
comment #13444 terlwyth 25th Mar 12 (edited by: terlwyth)
^ I thought Jeri/Leomon and Kazu/Guardramon was showcased just fine despite the lack of attention. The other ones, though, were not. And none of the Adventure 02 human/partner relationships were that good, save for Ken and Wormmon.
comment #13460 ManwiththePlan 26th Mar 12 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
I thought Hawkmon and Yolei were fairly decent,and Davis and Veemon were alright.
comment #13467 terlwyth 26th Mar 12
^ Meh. Davis and Veemon felt like a Tai/Agumon imitation, and I cannot remember a single memorable interaction between Yolei and Hawkmon since it was usually just the same thing: Yolei acting hotheaded while Hawkmon was levelheaded.
comment #13471 ManwiththePlan 27th Mar 12 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
That episode where Yolei rushes into things and Hawkmon Takes The Bullet,Yolei freaks out for a little while and vows to be more level-headed and Hawkmon's like "No,Yolei you're fine as you are". Not to mention all the partners were focused on pretty well in the Lotus Eater Machine episode,well except for TK and Kari
comment #13475 terlwyth 27th Mar 12
As for Bancho-Leomon and why I seemingly have such "audacity" well,Jeri didn't have to kill Leomon herself to save everything,and Leomon didn't have her dead mother inside him. Bancho Leomon did,and then,...it was all in vain. Especially after all that put into rescuing Spencer. True Spencer did come back from the dead,but you wouldn't know that the first time,considering how dark it got,it could've been like Leomon in Tamers.
comment #13595 terlwyth 1st Apr 12
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