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First Installment Wins,...
Digimon Adventure

Year:1999

Dub Voices of: Joshua Seth, Michael Reisz, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Mona Marshall, Philece Sampler, Michael Lindsay, Wendee Lee

Grade: A+

Sorry but it's true as I see it. It was this season where it all began and from which every other season must be measured. It began like a stereotypical kids show,with an emphasis on "The Hero of the Day" which one season would put Up To Eleven. Anyway then it really started to grow into it's own

The characters are excellent,unlike Konaka they all managed to have depth,which Kazu and Kenta and Ryu,...did not. They were all very likable.

And then it really defined itself as the best when it got into Myotismon,who started the Complete Monster scale and would remain at the top until Kurata happened,he even stayed ahead of D-Reaper. Ultimately though despite Richard Epcar putting so much into it, it was Wizardmon who stole the show. Between the voice, the Tear Jerker sacrifice (saddest moment in the whole franchise) and the Character Development from Gatmon that ensued

This might also be the only season with a villainous Man Child that can be sympathized with to.

It can be Darker And Edgier when it needs to be,and it can be Lighter And Softer to,without any of the Tastes Like Dirt and Tastes Like Diabetes. It's completely accessible unlike Tamers and much of the time better done,but it's not afraid to be deep like the even numbered seasons. The voices are also really quite superlative.

It also has the best pace,neither does it take ten or more episodes to Grow The Beard (like the other odd numbered seasons) nor does it try to quickly blaze on without any atmosphere set up (Adventure 02). Unfortunately it did go into let-down mode when the Mega levels arrived,I mean for being so powerful,there were the most of them (7 opponents) and half were metal (ironically Metal Garurumon never faced any of those),Kari was kind of a Mary Sue,and the Apocalymon felt tacked on.

Sorry but First Installment Wins,although that doesn't mean there all losers,naw only the even seasons are
I don't quite get the way this review is written, but I agree with the title. This is an example of First Installment Wins if I ever saw one. However, some statements I do not agree with here:

unlike Konaka they all managed to have depth,which Kazu and Kenta and Ryu,...did not.

Kazu may not have had depth, but he was fairly well developed for what he was. It should have been Kenta, Ryo, and Susy that got mentioned: they were the totally flat ones.

It also has the best pace,neither does it take ten or more episodes to Grow The Beard

Actually, while it was always enjoyable, it really started to Grow The Beard around episode 20.

comment #13678 ManwiththePlan 5th Apr 12
I always found Devimon to be where it started to Grow The Beard.

I'll admit it was hard to really express my views with all that nostalgia,it was such a staple that it was hard to really pick into it like Digimon Savers. Although I'm really trying to review all the contested seasons which are this one,Tamers,and Savers. Nostalgia Filter is very damaging,luckily I think I just figured out some good criticisms,...back to the editing room

Suzie became a little more like Henry by the end,Suzie grew quite a bit considering what she was. Kazu was just the Comic Relief
comment #13687 terlwyth 6th Apr 12
Devimon was the first step-up for the series, yes, but it kind of stepped back down after he was defeated what with the next arc having episodes where tags and crests were conviently found during completely unrelated stories. It pretty much started getting great again during the episode where Metalgreymon debuted and it just started really Growing The Beard from there.

I do not recall a single thing Suzie did after getting Lopmon nor do I recall her really growing as a person. Kazu at least did stuff with his partner digimon once he became an Ascended Fanboy. Kenta, on the other hand, was just his Satellite Character through and through.
comment #13695 ManwiththePlan 6th Apr 12 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
Personally, I think kenta did have a personality of his own in that he is a bit old fashioned and shy whereas kazu is more of a streetwise/modern kid who is practical and surprisingly considerate, based on kenta's disbelief at kazu's claim that a girl is the best card player there is (a scene which was inverted in the dub, for some reason), kenta apologizing for the fact that the class average grade would be lower without him (also changed in the dub), kenta deciding to just leave a written note to his parents before going to the digital world rather than telling them directly or not telling them at all. Furthermore, I would also point out that he and Marine Angemon decided, by themselves, to get out of their homes and head onto Shinjuko to fight the D-Reaper's agents and would eventually save Takato and Guilmon from ADR-01 by themselves, so he's not just a satellite character. I could also point out suzy was not given any issues to deal with, thus it would be very hard to depict her growing as a character in order to overcome said issues (unlike Ai and Makoto), but still she had some subtle changes; she was shown to become less carefree (even though she didn't lose her joy and curiosity) when she goes from just playing around by herself to helping out anyway she can. I could also go on and on on how the other characters also have depth but that doesn't change the fact that character development in Tamers was uneven.

Anyway, the review. As you may have guessed, I prefer Tamers over Adventure so I disagree with you. Nevertheless, you raise very good points (particularly regarding the important yet overlooked accessibility factor) and your reasoning is sound so I think it's a very good review, despite the references to the other series being a bit confusing to those not familiar to the franchise (even though that probably had more to do with the set word limit).
comment #13745 luislucas 9th Apr 12
I would have and I wouldn't have. I would have because it seems those of us who were six and keep the Nostalgia Filter on somewhat are fewer and fewer,meanwhile Tamers is easily Vindicated By History,it's at levels comparable to Avatar,My Little Pony, The Nolan Batman films,and Firefly,if you don't like it people will treat you like a disease sometimes. So in that sense,no surprise.

However it also sounded more like a Single Issue Wonk against Kenta,so for all I knew,you could've just been defending a personal favorite character.

Truth be told I did find Kenta to be a little more rounded than Kazu and Ryu,but really he had a long time to really develop and it never truly happened,sure those little gestures were something,but really eh could've been more

Susie on the other hand was in the background most of the time,with maybe one scene,and it isn't for a long time before she becomes a Tamer,which was a Throw It In anyway. With that considered,I think they really did more with her.

As for all the references,I'm sorry I find myself on the defensive much of the time,but yeah the word limit definitely didn't help.
comment #13755 terlwyth 9th Apr 12
"that doesn't mean there all losers,naw only the even seasons are"

Xros Wars would like to have a few words with you.
comment #14248 DominusTemporis 9th May 12
I haven't seen that one yet,until I do,the franchise suffers from an Inverse Star Trek Movie Curse,..I'd call it the Indiana Jones curse but I only hated Temple of Doom on that one.
comment #14251 terlwyth 9th May 12
Hell, I love frontier.
comment #17878 azraelfinalstar 27th Jan 13
Maybe it's just me, but parts of this review feel more like a Take That to Tamers than a reaffirmation of Adventure. I agree that this season was one of the best, but the Tamers comparisons feel a little out of place. I will agree that this season was pretty awesome, though.
comment #24369 JamesPicard 12th May 14
Maybe it's just me, but parts of this review feel more like a Take That to Tamers than a reaffirmation of Adventure. I agree that this season was one of the best, but the Tamers comparisons feel a little out of place. I will agree that this season was pretty awesome, though.
comment #24370 JamesPicard 12th May 14
Oops, double submission. Can someone delete one of those please?
comment #24371 JamesPicard 12th May 14
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