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  • Awesome Music:
    • "DiVE", the series' first opening theme, is a very awesome, high-energy song with an atmosphere that would make Wada Kouji proud.
    • Eri's Image Song at the end of Episode 17 and Episode 36.
    • "BE MY LIGHT" during the fight of Episode 32. It makes a glorious return in episode 38 when the Appli Drivers manage to revive their partners and becomes the theme song for the Applidrivers' ultimate form.
    • Hearing "Brave Heart" after Agumon digivolves to WarGreymon is this.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Yuujin and Offmon after joining the team. While both still have their fans who love Yuujin for his scenes with Haru and genuine Nice Guy attitude and Offmon for for being a Moe Badass Adorable, a number of fans have begun to dislike them seeing how when they're not bringing the plot to a screeching halt with practically every episode since their debut up to episode 33, they're outshining every other main character to the point where Haru, the protagonist himself, takes a backseat for him, Eri and Astra are little more than walking scenery, and Globemon is suddenly completely unable to enter a fight without getting knocked out. Yuujin in particular draws criticism from those who believe he's portrayed as overly-perfect with no noteworthy flaws and little character outside of being a Nice Guy and Haru's best friend. Though this seems to ignore the blatantly obvious hints from the scenes with Yuujin like him suddenly getting glowing red eyes and his mother's involvement and Offmon's ultimate form of Shutmon, both were shown in the new opening alongside Yuujin standing behind the 4 other Applidrivers for the last image.
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    • While she is mostly liked, some viewers argued that Mienumon's character really could've been fleshed out a bit better and that she should have had more chances to directly face the Applidrivers in battle, instead of carrying out several seemingly meaningless 'experiments' in the background that ultimately contributed little to her goals. Some other viewers are mostly OK with her, but still wish she wasn't as bratty.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The death of Den'emon.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Tripmon got a lot of fanart and love online from his only episode appearance alone.
    • Sateramon to an extent, for being such a Comically Serious Bunny-Ears Lawyer whose schemes actually came very close to fruition several times despite being an Arc Villain.
  • Epileptic Trees: So far this series has proven to be a treasure trove of fan theories. Noteworthy subjects of speculation include:
    • What's the deal with Yuujin? As early as the first episode there's been hints that something's not quite right about him. At first it was commonly assumed that he was simply under Leviathan's control, but as the story progressed more and more questions have been raised. Is he under Leviathan's control? Is his mother working for Leviathan? Is she Knight's secretary seen in episode 33? Is she just a third party independent of L Corp? Is Yuujin even human at all?
      • Answered as of episodes 47 and 48. Yuujin is an android, an AI, created by Leviathan to watch over Haru due to his connection with Den'emon. His mother is not a mother at all, but a researcher at L Corp allied with Leviathan.
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    • Hajime's fate. Who was his data used to create? Hackmon? Knight? Was his data fragmented to create both of them? Is he Bootmon? Someone else entirely?
      • For now, it is at least confirmed that he has become an Appmon, due to Biomon's 'surgery'. Which one is what is yet to be revealed.
      • It was Sleepmon all along.
    • The real loyalties of the whole Ultimate 4 gotten dubious after episode 39. It also seems that some of them might be members against their will and are actually Brainwashed by Charismon.
  • Estrogen Brigade: According to demographic polls, the majority of the series' viewers were women 18-35. It's really not hard to see why.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Sakushimon and Sateramon.
    • The whole Ultimate 4, but especially Charismon, true to his name.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Funny Moments: Now has its own page.
  • Ho Yay: Now with its very own separate page.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Rei Katsura.
  • Love to Hate:
    • Charismon, ever since his debut.
    • Several of the recurring villains fit too.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The similarities between Haru and Yuya Sakaki created an immediate onslaught of jokes, mostly about Yuya traveling to the "Digital Dimension" or taking over other shows. Not helping is the fact that Eri is also a pink-haired girl with pigtails, much like ARC-V's Yuzu Hiiragi.
    • The Appli Drive's bombastic shouts are reaching this level. SEVEN COOOODES!
  • Memetic Psychopath: Gatchmon gets this to an extent (primarily from Japanese fans) after his jealous tantrum over Haru in episode 29. While he has been shown to be a downplayed case of Crazy Jealous Guy towards him, it tends to get exaggerated into being a full-blown Yandere who will react violently at anyone for so much as looking in Haru's general direction.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Leviathan crossed it when it created and placed a child AI to keep watch over a little boy with the sole purpose to gain his trust over years and then break it in order to destroy his morale should ever he become a threat, all because of a familial connection to his creator. It also crosses it when it kidnaps people from the real world and grinds them into data, all to make a body for itself.
    • What makes it get horrible is the fact that the child AI secretly gains his own 'heart' by befriending with the boy, which makes him really attached to that friend of him. When Leviathan finally makes full control of the child AI, by having him serve it to fulfill its goal, it also seems to let the poor AI have consciousness of what's going on in the final battle, including when he hurts his friend and destroys humanity against his will. Just when he's finally back to being himself, Leviathan takes refuge inside his body, only to offer his human friend a sadistic choice.
  • Narm: The end of Episode 21. Haru gets his hands on the final Seven Codes Appmon, but wastes time talking and puts it in very slowly, giving Mienumon enough time to snatch the Seven Codes from Haru. The episode ends with the group chasing down Mienumon.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It is a Digimon series after all, even if it is generally Lighter and Softer. See here for the scary stuff.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Sakushimon doesn't appear nearly as much, but he's still fondly remembered thanks to his unique fighting style.
    • Dantemon as well. It's especially jarring given that he really DID live up to the hype, only to be sucker punched by Leviathan (which really shows how fast the story would have ended if Dantemon could assist the heroes against Leviathan).
    • Agumon only appeared for one episode, but makes the most of his screentime especially since he digivolved into WarGreymon who looks exactly like the original, but in CGI.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Everything about Leviathan. See Nightmare Fuel above for why.
  • The Scrappy: Watson. A human side character not involved with the main plot. He is annoying, short, wears glasses, not funny and suspiciously looks like he could end up becoming part of the team later on with a partner mon, just like past seasons had their annoying side characters join the main team. Thankfully he does not. He is also one of the many victims of Leviathan's plan to turn humans into data and is seen being broken down into data before being saved with the rest of humanity.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Depending where you stand within the Digimon franchise dropping in quality. Applimonsters is highly original in the franchise and anime overall incorporating a new concept of real world apps into the Appmon. A lot of Fridge Brilliance occurs as a result from the abilities used by the Appmon, avoiding Ass Pulls when past season Digimon would use new abilities from no where. The characterization of the human characters avoids the typical stale cliche of Hot-Blooded hero or the troubled Lancer. The main characters are likeable due to having story arcs and expressing emotions that are relatable to viewers. The Applidrivers' relationships with their buddy Appmon are also reminiscent of Adventure and Tamers, as new evolutions are triggered by the convincingly strong bonds between human and mon. Also, the series has surprisingly good humor, the show doesn't take itself with utmost seriousness and takes jabs at how silly some real life apps can be. Overall, the series is best described as Lighter and Softer done right.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Sateramon was a pretty entertaining villain before he was finally defeated by Shutmon, but at least his chip was retrieved by Unryūji Knight, so he could have returned in the future. Sadly, he was basically forgotten afterwards.
    • Same with Sakushimon.
    • Rei and Hackmon are rarely ever involved in the plot, something that is especially notable in the first season.
    • Coachmon used to be Leviathan's henchman before becoming Dokamon's Appligattai partner, so he could have been more involved such as giving the team some inside info on Leviathan.
    • Mienumon in general spent most of the first season working behind the shadows and constantly spewing cryptic comments about experiments on humans, and her potential was ultimately fairly underused as she rarely ever directly fought the Applidrivers despite being a Super Grade herself.
  • Too Cool to Live: Dantemon.
  • Vindicated by History: In its initial reveal, the show was universally hated by Digimon fans, especially the hardcore ones, calling it the equivalent of "the relative no one talks about" due to it initially appearing to pander to the mobile phone market by turning the Digimon into apps. It also had the misfortune of having to compete with tri. whenever the films came out. Then tri. proceeds to get hit with Fanon Discontinuity due to massive issues with characters, plot, pacing while also having massive amounts of Filler for a film series containing only 26 half-hour episodes, taking many story elements usually found in bad fanfiction and leaving a lot of plot points unresolved when it's over. Meanwhile Applimonsters over the course of its run was able to tell a self-contained story and never suffered from pacing problems as much, while its Lighter and Softer tone meant that the characters can have fun without suffering from Skewed Priorities. By the time both shows finished airing, the general reception between the two shows is pretty much reversed.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The CGI used for Super Grade Appmon and above are really well made and animated which allow them to be used for spectacular fight scenes. Especially since the models allow the Appmon to look like they truly are digital monsters by also giving them a cybernetic look through the text code they have throughout their body. Special mention goes to WarGreymon since not only does he pretty much look exactly like the original Adventure WarGreymon, but in CGI, he also has Binary Code throughout his body just like how the Appmon have Text Code.
  • The Woobie: Yuujin and Offmon, for they did their own part of tearjerking Heroic Sacrifice in the last arc.


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