You know, for all the failings this series has, and all the times we come back to the lack of character depth, the bizarre tonal pacing, and the refusal to dive into any concept of substance… when you sit down and summarize the overall story and its connection to the world’s mythology, that part’s awfully solid. The ancient war won by the sacrifice of the Holy Digimon. Two of the Holy Digimon being reborn and having to find their footing in new forms in a new era. Remnants of that war creeping up and becoming even bigger threats. The final catastrophe coming from a place beyond traditional good or evil. This is strong stuff! As fun as it is to watch the story come to a boil here, can you imagine what this would be if we had real characters in it?
While the early attention to Takeru and Hikari is welcomed and appropriate, it quickly gets drowned out by the attack on Wisemon’s center and the big reunion. The coordinated Soundbirdmon attack is the sort of raised stakes we’ve been waiting a while for, and the chaos doesn’t disappoint. Nor does the defense riding to the rescue, tossing around Soundbirdmon and the assorted Digimon they possess. And definitely not the eventual (eventual meaning it drags out forever) fusion of Deathmon to really kick the party off. Along the way we also get a nice summary of the overall history of the conflicts and see that Deathmon slots in just fine.
This conflation between evil and nihilism makes it hard to expect anything interesting from the Great Catastrophe. Look at its harbinger Deathmon: it’s called Deathmon! Wisemon even asks why an agent of darkness would be working towards white nothingness. There could be some logic here: it takes Seraphimon and Ofanimon making their grand reappearances to take Deathmon out, and it’s his destruction that triggers the start of the end. Perhaps the whole point was that beings of good destroyed a being of evil and therefore this whole mess is destined to happen for eternity unless the board was cleared. For that to work, of course, stopping it would entail good and evil powers working in unison. This is where proper nurturing of Patamon having this darkness within him would make for a hell of a final twist. You can bet that’s not going to happen.
If anything could sum up the season in one go, it’s the way the crests are used to bring back the Holy Digimon. Wisemon says that key to their activation was the kids spending time in the Digital World and bonding with it. Which is all well and good if it came with any sort of individuality, like having each child there mattered for a different reason. No, the crests finally get namedropped, but all clumped together, as if each of the eight possessed all eight attributes simultaneously. Which… based on the way they were portrayed this season, isn’t far from the truth.
My Grade: B
- If Devimon was the messenger for this dream, what was the point of Tsukaimon? It was almost like he was the dark parallel to Patamon and Devimon was the dark parallel to… Takeru?
- Seeing the Worm Trailmon again was nice and all, but the real earnest bit of Frontier nostalgia was the Ball Trailmon from the movie strolling in later with Hikari and Tailmon.
- At least Wisemon demonstrated that he learned from Nanomon about the Soundbirdmon’s ability to brainwash other Digimon and prepared his team mentally for that.
- Boy, badass evolution to Seraphimon and Ofanimon, total destruction of Deathmon, and Joe’s absolutely sure that didn’t end anything and he’s absolutely right.
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