- Alas, Poor Scrappy: During Ken's redemption arc, Cody's reputation by the fans hits an all-time low as a result of exaggerating his unforgiving attitude towards Kennote to the point that in spite of all the good things Ken had done, he tries to duel Ken to the death. But all of a sudden when Ken dies just as the duel is about to commence, Cody completely breaks down in tears as he realize how cruel he is to Ken despite all the good things he had done and now he will never be able to reconcile to Ken. Even though he is quite dickish to Ken prior to the climax, a lot of fans felt bad for the kid as he finally began returning to the polite and humble kid as he was at the start of the story to the point that he got Rescued from the Scrappy Heap as a result from the Character Development that he receives from the death of an important Digidestined.
- Better Than Canon: A general consensus among readers. While given that the canon 02 is polarizing at best, it is still a remarkable story that serves a worthy sequel to Digimon Adventure. The most debatable part of the entire story remains Ken's death (see Broken Base below).
- Broken Base: The decision to kill off Ken was met with mixed reactions from readers; some thought it was an interesting plot development that gives well deserved Character Development for many Jerkass characters, while others thought it was a very bad decision due to ending Ken's story arc anticlimatically and without any real closure, with the event benefiting other characters while throwing Ken's character aside, making Ken seem almost Stuffed in the Fridge.
- Complete Monster: Yukio Oikawa was a member of the original DigiDestined who saved the Digital World years before. However, Oikawa's loneliness drove him to become obsessed with returning to the Digital World and urged his former teammates to join him. However, his pleas fell on deaf ears, as his teammates chose to move on with their lives as normal people. Oikawa thus arranged a car accident that claimed the lives of two of his teammates, leaving their son Izzy an orphan. Oikawa masterminded the conflict of the story by corrupting young Ken Ichijouji into becoming the Digimon Emperor as well as creating his own Digi Destined to counterbalance Ken. When Ken pulled a HeelFace Turn, Oikawa decided Ken had outlived his usefulness and killed him by frying his brain. Oikawa also allied with Dagomon to build a gateway for Dagomon's forces to invade the real world, resulting in the deaths of countless innocents. Once the new Digi Destined outlived their usefulness, Oikawa forcefully reprogrammed them to turn on their human partners, even if one of them happened to be his deceased best friend's son. Not even his creations Arukenimon and Mummymon are safe from Oikawa's wrath, as he forcefully fuses their bodies to become an abomination, all the while insulting them as failures. Oikawa's endgame is to create a Floating Continent out of all the data he siphoned from the Digital World and crash it into the real world, which would create a reborn Digital World. Oikawa hoped to rule the new world as a god, disregarding that humanity will be wiped out as a result. Oikawa in this depiction is a Psychopathic Manchild who had snubbed his friendship and humanity to become a god, making him one of the DigiDestined's most personal and depraved foes to date.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Some readers were turned off by either the darker atmosphere or the Digidestined and other Digimon becoming straightup jerks, particularly where the character interactions were concerned. The story does attempt to provide plausible causes for these changes in attitude, with the characters eventually reaching a resolution that restores them to good graces. The death of Ken, however, pushed this trope further. The Digidestined losing one of their own, plus the Ichijoujis losing their other child, was seen as a bit too bleak for the franchise this fic is based on for more than a few readers. After the story's completion, many fans of Digimon Adventure 02 became very vocal against the story's existence, declaring it overly dark and cruel, unnecessary, and insulting.
- Even Better Sequel: Almost everyone acknowledges that it keeps the wonderful story and characters of the first Digimon Adventure, while also adding a new layer of maturity that speaks to the growth of the kids from children to adults.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The reception of the friendly Digimons after the fight with Dagomon seemed to be mixed with the general public seemed being somewhat positive while the experts and lawyers are more wary of them. But at least they have defenders in contrast to the aftermath of a conflict in Digimon Adventure tri. where the reception against them is overwhelmingly negative with both the general public and the higher-ups outright distrust them after their fights destroyed an entire facility.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Chapter 64 Disillusionment reveals that Oikawa has been manipulating the kids from the start, with the D3s being programmed to help siphon data from the Digital World, Veemon, Hawkmon, and Armadillomon being created by Oikawa, and the DigiArmors are actually a fake form of digivolution. It' also revealed that he, Hiroaki Ishida (Matt's dad), and Haruhiko Takenouchi (Sora's father) were among the original Digiestined Gennai spoke of near the end of the first anime.
- Moral Event Horizon: Oikawa becomes irredeemable in the eyes of his former friends when he arranged a car accident of Chidori and Mitsuo, both whom are also members of the Digidestined just like him.
- Never Live It Down: For detractors of the story, the mangling of some of the Digidestined's characterizations compared to their canon counterparts and killing off Ken's character are things they're not going to forgive.
- Nightmare Fuel: The fate of Arukenimon and Mummymon: they are forcibly fused into a single being, which is left in constant agony, and thrown still alive out into the Void Between the Worlds. It's enough to make what happened to them in canon seem merciful.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Ken's death changed everything in the fic and that includes the Digidestined themselves as they mature considerably and subsequently becomes much more likeable and winning a lot of fans. This includes Davis, Yolei, Cody, Matt and Mimi.
- Schedule Slip: Typically did a good job of keeping rather consistent updates, but fluctuated towards the end of an arc.
- Signature Scene: Whenever a reader thinks of this story, it will always be the moment when Ken dies mostly because almost no readers ever saw it coming.
- The Woobie: Hoo boy, Ken. Just Ken. Much like his canon counterpart, he endured living under his brother's shadow only to lose his brother in an accident. What makes it even more tragic than canon was that Ken in a fit of jealousy caused the accident that killed his brother. Then, he becomes corrupted by Oikawa into becoming the Digimon Emperor, and compelled to do many horrible things to innocent people and digimon alike. Then he loses his partner Wormmon for good who sacrificed his life to save Ken. Then, when he joins the heroes, he is constantly and unfairly mistrusted by Cody and Matt. And just as he managed to redeem himself in the eyes of his teammates, Cody was about to kill him, only for Ken to die a pointless death at the hands of Oikawa.
YMMV / Digimon Adventure 02: The Story We Never Told