The Salty Anime Challenge Day 10: What is Something You Dislike About a Show You Love?

Alright, this one’s getting two rants because, admittedly, the first one isn’t the fault of the writers or anyone making the show – it’s just an unfortunate happenstance that a lot of shows suffer from.

One of my favorite anime is Fruits Basket. I think on many levels it’s damn near perfect. Nearly all of the characters are well-written and likable and even Akito is instantly hateable as an antagonist even if you don’t get to see or hear of his misdeeds in the anime nearly as much as the manga. Tohru is one of my favorite anime characters ever, and I wish I had her as a friend. I think everyone needs someone like Tohru in their life to cheer them on and always make them feel welcome or put a smile on their face.

The rather large cast bounced off of each other very well. Even Kyo and Yuki’s shtick, which you’d think would get really old really fast was always great to watch because we were either constantly learning more about their dynamic or they were being hilarious bickering like an old married couple.

The comedy is fantastic, the dramatic parts are very well done and I just wish I could live in this world with these characters.

However, the big issue I always had with the series, and this may seem petty, was the fact that we never got to meet all of the zodiac members. Two members were missing – Rin the horse and Kureno the rooster.

Even before I had read the manga, I felt robbed that we never completed the zodiac because you’re left with a deep feeling of nagging. You keep acknowledging that there are twelve members of the zodiac yet you neglect to include two. It’s like having a beautiful puzzle and nearly finishing it only to find that the box is missing two pieces.

I know they’re in the manga, but I want them in the anime. I realize that, had the series continued, we probably would’ve gotten to see Rin and Kureno, but it stopped short.

This is common in a lot of anime. A majority of anime run 26-ish or less episodes and simply can’t cover all of their manga source material, should they have it. Many shows don’t expect to get a second season, so they wrap everything up in one. Fruits Basket attempted to do this, but in the end we’re two zodiac members short and the curse is still strong. I don’t know if I’m just a weird form of completionist, but I’m actually saltier about the missing zodiacs than I am the curse still being around.

Who says the curse really needs to be lifted to complete a full story here anyway? It’d be nice to see that, but I’m not sure I’d say it’s necessary. Having Kyo’s character arc come full circle is enough for me.

I feel like it’s more necessary to meet the other two zodiac members, especially Rin considering how major of a role she takes in Hatsuharu’s life.

If I wanted to be a little saltier, I’d put some of the blame on the writers because, honestly, we could’ve lost a few episodes to bring these two in, but what can you do? Who knows? Maybe Fruits Basket will be the next anime they spontaneously continue out of nowhere.

Second rant is definitely falling on the shoulders of the writers and could’ve been avoided. I love Digimon. It’s fun, well-written and has plenty of great characters and storylines. The relationships between the DigiDestined and their Digimon never ceases to warm my heart. I could watch this series a thousand times over.

However, taking the opportunity to compound yesterday’s entry, it suffers from ‘Main character gets all the best stuff’ syndrome. In this series, only Tai and Matt’s Digimon are able to Digivolve to Mega level – and I’ve always found that to be complete bullshit.

Not that the other Digimon become useless as we get late in the series…..but they get pretty damn close. It even takes Patamon until nearly the series finale before he reaches Ultimate. I don’t mind too much about that because MagnaAngemon’s debut was awesome and Maganangemon himself is amazing, but still.

It’s not so much that I feel the others are useless later on, it’s that I just feel robbed. There’s absolutely no reason why they couldn’t have had Mega debuts late in the series, especially considering that each DigiDestined gets one final focus episode after WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon debut. You can still have them be the strongest, if necessary, but I just wanted the others to get their time in the spotlight before it was over.

The others get even more shafted in the second OVA (second part of the movie) where most of them are friggin’ absent from all the action. TK, Patamon, Izzy and Tentomon get to do a little because they have to be there, but outside of Izzy saving the day because Izzy’s awesome, the other kids don’t even know anything’s going on. And Sora’s off in Love Interest Land pouting over Tai giving her a hair clip for her birthday. Come on.

And while I absolutely adore Omnimon and his debut was incredible, it’s yet another instance of the main characters getting something super awesome and special while the others are quite literally useless now (Besides Izzy). So now they’re the only ones in the gen 1 DigiDestined who not only have Mega forms, but they can also DNA Digivolve into Omnimon.

…..Oh…Hi elephant in the room.

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You really want me to talk about this? It makes no sense, and I’m not even sure it’s canon.

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Oh fine, whatever. In the third OVA/the final part of the movie, TK and Kari randomly and suddenly reveal that Angemon and Angewomon can Digivolve to Mega….with no problem whatsoever….even without crests…..and no one comments on this….also, their Digivolution unlocks Golden Armor DigiEggs….somehow…..and they knew that would happen….somehow.

Seraphimon and Magnadramon are amazing (more partial to Seraphimon)….but what the hell? Where did this come from? This little trick would’ve been real helpful….a bunch of times in the past and future, guys.

In Digimon Adventure Tri they finally allow the others to Digivolve to Mega, which I thank them for infinitely, but I still feel super robbed when I watch the original series. Again, give your secondaries some love.

Building on that, they have a similar issue in the second season. After everyone’s able to DNA Digivolve, Ken and Davis are able to go one step further and beyond with their Digimon while everyone else gets left behind. They seemingly make up for it by making the ending one of the biggest examples of sudden inclusion you could ever write, but it’s still apparent.

This isn’t really an issue in Tamers, but the most famous entry for this is Frontier. I didn’t get into Frontier nearly as much as the original three series, but Izumi, Junpei and Tomoki basically become decorations by the mid point. This friggin’ trope, man.

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Digimon Adventure V-Tamer (Manga) Volume 4 Review

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Plot: Taichi faces off against two of Neo’s aliases; Sigma and his Piemon and Mari and her Rosemon. Meanwhile, Neo takes his newly evolved Arkadimon and his army of evil Digimon to Holy Angemon’s castle to start a war.

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Tie ins with the anime include seeing Piemon (Piedmon), though he’s obviously not the same Piemon. We also have Igamon, who was a minor enemy in A02, and Rosemon, who is the Perfect/Mega level of Lilymon/Togemon/Palmon. We never see this evo in the first anime, but she is in Tri.

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This volume starts out very strong, but the second half is lackluster. The first half is the battle against Sigma, a masked boy who speaks through a computer voice, and his Piemon. This battle is incredibly interesting and intense. They cover all of their bases with this one by having it take place in a fascinating and threatening environment, making Piemon a huge threat and having Sigma end up being fairly relatable by the end.

Sigma’s a very shy boy who never had any friends, and he puts on a mask and talks through a computer in order to stay hidden and protect himself from others. Despite this, he commands a very powerful Digimon in Piemon. Not only that, but he also controls his own dimension in which he can read all of Taichi’s commands and instantly counter them by manipulating the space around them.

He’s definitely a tough opponent to beat, and his final resolution, in the battle anyway, was very good. I hope he decides to become an ally in the future, but that may not be possible considering something that happens to him in his last scene. I won’t spoil it, but it’s basically another show of Neo’s utterly heartless nature and leaves Sigma broken in his wake.

The second battle is against alias #2, Mari and her Rosemon. Mari is a Net Idol who is pretty airheaded, and the same can pretty much be said of Rosemon. In their initial attack on Taichi and Zero, they make all sorts of stupid mistakes, like Mari steps on the thorns Rosemon spread on the ground, then she takes off her shoes and steps on them again. Then she unleashes sleep gas on them and accidentally makes her and Rosemon fall asleep too. Really, she’s a complete joke for most of her debut until she reveals that she’s nearly killed a new ally, Igamon, in order to stop him from sending a message to Holy Angemon.

Then we, through a series of ridiculous events, find out that, surprise, she’s been faking being a weak idiot this whole time and is actually super evil and mean. Well, they make it out like that, but I don’t find her to be nearly as much of a threat as Sigma was. Rosemon has the ability to control Digimon with her Rose Whip, but it’s quickly broken through external pain. Through some help from Igamon, they take her down rather easily.

The only reason this battle is even worth paying attention to is because, when Mari’s faking being an idiot, she and Taichi actually make the scenes pretty entertaining and funny. The battle itself, however, was just extremely disappointing both on its own and as a follow up to Sigma’s battle. Nothing interesting or shocking happened, and the whole intention of it from the very beginning was, laid out in literal black and white, stalling tactics to keep Taichi away while Neo and his army approached Holy Angel Castle. When Mari’s not being an idiot, she also loses everything entertaining about her. She’s a bitch, sure, but she’s not a memorable or entertaining bitch.

And that’s volume 4…….Oh wait, we have a BONUS to go over!

There’s a side story included with this volume that melds with Adventure 02. The season two group is fighting a powerful Digimon called Parallelmon who has the power to shift between dimensions and absorbs tamers. Most attacks on it are useless since his abilities allow him to break apart and absorb them. Daisuke is sent to manga!Taichi’s Digital World and has to face Parallelmon together with him in order to send him back to his dimension.

Daisuke, however, is feeling like his friends aren’t really his friends since they don’t seem to listen to him and appear to like Takeru much better. I won’t spoil the whole thing since it’s a great side-story, but it was a fantastic Digimon concept, story and even character arc for Daisuke. This impresses me since Daisuke isn’t exactly my favorite Digimon character. Manga!Taichi’s personality meshes well with Daisuke’s and it was a great idea for them to meet up. They crammed a lot of connection and friendship development between them in a short amount of time, and it worked very well.

We also got Manga!Taichi explaining the significance of the goggles to Daisuke, stating that Anime!Taichi would only give those goggles to someone who is very dedicated to their friends. (I could nitpick that considering that that had nothing to do with Taichi giving him those goggles, in the anime anyway. But eh.)

All in all, the first half of this volume was really awesome and the second half was just meh. The side story was fantastic and the cliffhanger of Neo attacking Holy Angel Castle were also really great, but I can’t help but admit that the Mari parts, at least post-screwing around, were the weakest part of this volume.

Rating: 8/10

Recommended Audience: This volume stays on the more violent end of the spectrum but still nothing really bad enough to earn anything above a 7+

Digimon Adventure 02 Episode 1 Sub/Dub Comparison

Plot: Three years after the end of Adventure 01, the Digital world comes under attack again – this time by a human threat known as the Digimon Emperor. It’s up to a new team of Digidestined, plus an older TK and Kari, under the guide of the old Digidestined to save the Digital World. We’re also introduced to the concept of Armor Digivolving which is supposedly on par with or more powerful than Champion level (Champion seems to be more impressive to the group later on) through the power of Digieggs made by the old crests.

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Ah, Digimon Adventure 02….how I both love you and have several issues with you. I love Ken, his storyline and the darker tone. Armor digivolving is pretty cool. The new digivices are neat. I also like how the old Digidestined still get to do stuff, albeit minor, in this series.

….I don’t like the new Digidestined, the rookie Digimon or their storylines for the most part. When I start releasing some of my Digimon Mega Review Thread, you’ll understand why in more detail. For now, let’s start.

I should mention that any changes that transfer over from changes already made in Adventure 01 won’t be mentioned here to avoid being redundant.

The original introduction to the new series was sentimental and Takeru didn’t give much information beyond it’s three years later. In the dub, the intro seems more upbeat and TK explains what everyone’s up to lately. Tai’s in high school (a bit pointless to say that since most of the group is in high school now, middle school in the original) and that’s pretty much it. He still plays soccer, I believe, but you barely ever see him do it. Matt’s trying to be a rock star, Sora’s playing tennis a lot, Izzy’s in high school/middle school too, Mimi moved to New York and Joe’s still studying to be a doctor.

The opener, as the last season, was changed. The original song isn’t fantastic, but it’s okay. The new dub theme for this season is just a slightly modified version of the old theme. Basically exactly the same barring the inclusion of “Armor Digivolve!” in the middle.

Strangely, it seems like more clips were removed, added and rearranged for the dubbed theme. Last season, very few clips were omitted from the theme, if any, now there are numerous removed, some added and changed. Basically most of the clips of Submarimon, Shurimon and Raidramon are removed, a shot of a crying Ken imposed over the Digimon Emperor is removed (wouldn’t want to preemptively sympathize with the bad guy!), the ending animation with the kids running with their Digimon is replaced with a photoshopped title card and old shots from the previous theme were inserted.

As with Adventure 01, we get custom title cards each episode. This one has a silhouette of Davis and Veemon with the title “The One Who Inherits Courage” Again, as with the previous season in the dub, we get no title cards and instead have the titles over scenes in the episode. This episode is “Enter Flamedramon.”

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TK’s mom doesn’t mention what her article is about in the original. In the dub it’s about the historical significance of toilet paper….

Nitpicky, but the name boxes that show up when the characters introduce themselves are square in the original and long ovals in the dub. Also, obviously, the text is changed to English so kids can read it.

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Name change: Miyako Inoue is changed to Yolei Inoue…..I have no clue why. Usually names are changed to make them easier to pronounce or change them to something more English sounding, but why Miyako to Yolei?

Also, because of her name change, she doesn’t explain that her name is spelled like Kyo in Kyoto, but is pronounced Miyako. In the dub this is replaced by Yolei nerdily telling us precisely how long it takes them to get to school….To the best of my knowledge, she’s not as Izzy-ized as Izzy was in the previous series, but I’ve never seen the original version of this sooooo…

Name Change: Iori Hida is changed to Cody Hida….I’m not entirely getting these changes even further. In the first series, the changes had some connection to the original name. Matt for YaMATo, TK for Takeru, Kari for Hikari, Izzi for Izumi (Koushiro) and Joe was just English-ized from Jyou. What does Yolei have to do with Miyako or Cody with Iori?

Not to mention that Cody’s voice is awful. His original voice is just that of a regular kid. In the dub, his voice sounds incredibly raspy like he’s trying to quit smoking. He sounds more like Genkai from Yu Yu Hakusho than any kid I’ve ever heard. Cody is voiced by Philece Sampler who also voices Mimi!? Wait, wha? Mimi and Cody are voiced by the same person? Damn, that’s some range you got there, lady. Both voices are terrible but you got skills in the range department, I’ll give you that.

They edit out Miyako and Iori bowing in greeting to Takeru. I guess because that’s a Japanese custom, but they have no qualms showing tons of other Japanese stuff. TK’s must’ve been just shallow enough to keep in.

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Miyako tells Iori that she’ll fix his computer if his mom makes Ohagi, which are basically riceballs with various toppings. In the dub, Yolei says she’ll do it if his mom makes brownies.

Entire Show Change: Miyako’s catchphrase is ‘Bingo!’ Yolei’s is ‘Perfecto!’

Takeru says that Daisuke can’t be Taichi since he’s in middle school now whereas TK says Tai’s a much better soccer player than Davis. Look, I get that they both have goggles, but Davis and Tai don’t look very similar at all. Tai has giant crazy brown hair, Davis has moderately spiky way shorter maroon hair. Even their facial features aren’t very similar.

Name Change: Daisuke Motomiya is changed to Davis Motomiya

Hikari responds to Daisuke stating that they’re in the same class again by saying she’s glad to see him. In the dub, Davis says it’s great luck that they’re in the same class again and Kari says “I wouldn’t call that ‘luck’”

Daisuke said some kid said his goggles looked cool, but he didn’t even know him. In the dub, Davis says some new kid confused him with someone and that he probably thought he was a movie star.

It’s odd, in the original the teacher doesn’t introduce himself before he introduces Takeru and he addresses Hikari by (last) name. In the dub, he has a name, and he calls Kari “The girl with the camera around her neck”

Originally Daisuke is having inner monologue over the entire scene after it’s shown that Takeru and Hikari know each other. He’s just getting angry since Takeru seems to already know Hikari so well. In the dub, Davis only has inner monologue over the shot of him and he’s acting like TK’s asking Kari out a date. When the scene switches to Kari and TK, we hear TK say he thinks his teacher looks like Ogremon.

Dub Tai: *when Agumon reveals that he can’t digivolve* “Did you forget how? It’s just like riding a bike. Now start pedaling and DIGIVOLVE!” Geez, Tai, pushy much? He said he can’t. Leave the poor guy alone.

Wait, where did Tai get a D-Tector?

Originally, Miyako says she’s accidentally opening an email meant for Izumi, but wonders why he’s getting once since he already graduated to middle school. I don’t even know how she has access to Izumi’s email… She notes that it’s from someone named Yagami (Taichi’s original last name.) and recognizes that someone in her class, Hikari, has the same last name.

In the dub, she just opens the email like it’s hers and wonders about the message being “Come to the Digital World right away. The Digimon need our help!” She thinks it’s about some online game. She sees that the message is from Tai Kamiya and says there’s a girl in her class with the last name Kamiya and that email must be hers.

The text on the screen got translated to English.

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Daisuke says “Hey, you!” to Takeru which prompts Hikari to say “It’s not “you”, his name’s Takeru-kun” Then Daisuke asks what Takeru’s deal is with Hikari and Takeru doesn’t understand so he laughs because he thinks Daisuke is joking. Daisuke gets frustrated and says it’s not funny. In the dub, Davis calls TK “Buddy” to which Kari corrects him as the original version. Davis then mistakenly calls TK, “TJ or JB or whatever” and continues the conversation as per the original. TK laughs because he thinks Davis is jealous of him and Davis stews at the insinuation.

Most of the next segment with Izumi explaining the email from Tai is the same but there are two changes. One: He never calls his D-tector a ‘computer’. While the wide range of that word technically does stem to PDAs, which is what I assume the pre-tweaked D-tectors were, most people don’t call every electronic device that has similar functions as computers ‘computers.’ Nitpicky, but still.

Two: Dub Izzy says his battery ran out because he was playing too much Trigonometry Trivia last night on the Internet. Izzy, I know you’re an uber nerd, but Trigonometry Trivia? Seriously? And there are really other people on the internet who would want to play that too? Knowledge is power and whatnot, but come on.

Again, the email is translated.

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Gatomon says that the Digiegg of Courage must’ve been there for a long time in the original. Tailmon says “It must’ve been rough on the chicken who laid that thing” Now that I’m an adult and I know the full mechanics of chickens laying eggs…..yes, Gatomon…….It must’ve been hell. I will now cringe for a few hours. Excuse me.

Daisuke says that since Taichi’s in trouble, they need to go to the Digital world as fast as they can. In the dub, Izzy just states that they’re going to the Digital World and Davis says he’s going too.

Davis once again mistakes TK’s name, this time TC, when Daisuke does not.

Daisuke says he’s going to the Digital World because he can go with his new Digivice. Izumi says yes, as long as what he has is an actual Digivice. Davis asks if he can get Donkey Madness on his Digivice (Obvious poke at Donkey Kong) Izzy says the Digital World isn’t a game and that if he was really sent a Digivice it’s for a reason and he should take it seriously.

The color schemes of the Digivices never fully made sense to me. Davis’ is blue I presume because one of his Digieggs is Friendship, of which the crest color is blue. Yolei’s is red for her Digiegg of Love, but the others make no sense to me. Cody’s is yellow. That’s the Crest of Hope’s color, which is TK’s crest. Cody holds the Digieggs of Knowledge and Reliability, purple and gray, not Hope.

However, Cody’s Digimon is yellow, so I thought that might make sense, but then we get to Kari and TK. Kari’s new Digivice is pink, for the Crest of Light. Also makes sense. However, since Cody took yellow, TK’s new Digivice is green for the Crest of Sincerity. If we were going by Digimon color, Davis’, Yolei’s and Cody’s would make sense but Gatomon’s not pink and Patamon’s not green!

During the trip to the Digital world, the dub adds in a song from Digimon’s soundtrack – Here We Go by Jason Gochin. It’s a very frequently used song.

Another thing I never understood was the clothes changing. They explain it later in the series like their new clothes reflecting their deepest wishes or something, but their outfits are just confusing. Davis has a fire-y jacket and gloves, Yolei has a pilot hat, vest and old-timey pilot pants and Cody has a plain beige shirt, which may or may not be martial-arts themed. This is supposed to be supported further by the fact that Ken got a cool Digimon Emperor outfit which disappeared when he became a good guy again.

However, it really just makes no sense to me. Yolei has no desire to be a pilot – she’s into computers. Though she may like flying through the air and has a bird as a Digimon, she’s shown no desire to be anything aviation related.

Cody’s outfit just MAY be martial arts related, I’m really unclear on that. Since Cody practices Kendo, this makes a little bit of sense.

But what’s up with Davis’ outfit? It really doesn’t change at all barring his jacket. Does he want to be on fire? We know he doesn’t want to grow up to be a firefighter since he wants to open a noodle cart. And if that whole thing with the clothes does happen for whatever reason, why don’t TK’s and Kari’s and the old Digidestined’s outfits change when they go into the Digital World? They’re almost always wearing the clothes they had on when they entered the Digital world.

If anyone has any answers to this, feel free to offer up the information. I’ve watched this series several times over and have yet to make sense of it all.

As with the first series, the eyecatches for the commercial breaks are edited out. If they change in the future, I’ll update.

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Daisuke doesn’t ask if all Digimon come from vending machines like Davis does.

Tailmon doesn’t make the joke that all Digimon will have to punch a time clock under the Digimon Emperor’s rule like Gatomon does.

Tailmon explains that since her Holy Ring (Tail ring in the dub) was removed, she’s lost half her power….Well, that’s an unfortunate weakness, Green Lantern. And you weren’t even that powerful as a Champion level to begin with so that’s pretty sad. In the dub, Gatomon just talks about the Dark Rings.

Dub Ken: *while trying to choose a Digimon to attack the group* “Einie, meenie, miney, mon!” *sigh*

Dub TK: *in regards to the Digiegg of Courage* “It looks like a deflated beach ball!” …..Whaa? No it doesn’t. It looks like a Digiegg…..What….part of this, in any way looks even a little like a deflated beach ball?….Or even an inflated beach ball? In the original, Takeru just points out that the Digiegg has the Crest of Courage on it.

Ugh and here we get the little annoyance himself, Veemon or as he’s known in the original, V-mon….Because…I dunno. Look….I adore Digimon. It’s one of my favorite franchises ever, I’d even put it above Pokemon in terms of everything but games, but I just don’t much care for the second generation of Digimon.

They all seem more annoying than charming whereas none of the original Digimon seemed annoying to me. I also never felt the same connection between the new Digidestined and their Digimon as the original kids or the Digidestined in Tamers. Veemon in particular annoys me, especially in the dub, because his voice is awful. Granted, none of the new Digimon voices sound great, but Veemon’s is just grating to me.

V-Mon is changed to Veemon on the Index Screen.

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Also, as the last series, the Index screens are originally explained by a narrator. In the dub, Agumon does it this time, but a bunch of people and Digimon do it over time.

Dub Veemon: “Tell me Davis, what hurts?”

Davis: “Everything but my earlobes.”

….Okay that was funny. Originally, Daisuke just thanked V-mon for saving him.

V-mon originally tells Daisuke over and over that he has to say “Digimental up!” to activate the egg. In the dub, Veemon never tells Davis that the trigger words are “Digiarmor Energize!” so I have no clue how Davis knew what to say. Maybe it’s like magical girl anime where the leads just inherently know what to say to call upon their powers.

Name Change: Fladramon is changed to Flamedramon. And the background words are changed to reflect this. (Also, just to be thorough, V-mon’s name in the Digivolution Screen is changed in the dub accordingly.)

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I will admit, as much as I dislike Veemon, I absolutely adore Flamedramon and Raidramon. I even have old toys of them that transform into the Digieggs of Courage and Friendship. And they’re both voiced by Steve Blum!……I hate Exveemon, though. A lot.

To get this out of the way, I’m ambivalent about both Hawkmon and Armadillomon. Hawkmon’s dub voice reminds me of Stewie from Family Guy, and Armadillomon is just forgettable and fairly lame with an annoying southern accent.

Halsemon’s really cool, Shurimon’s okay. Aquillamon’s a redder, male Birdramon rip-off. Digmon’s ehhh, made all the worse by his relentless stream of puns in the dub, and Submarimon’s so damn useless, but I enjoy the design. Ankyllomon is just a bigger version of Armadillomon with spikes. I will never understand why they tried to make the concept of traditionally Digivolving the new team so fascinating. Their Digivolutions are deep fried lame. Their armor Digivolutions are so much better in terms of design and powers.

Fladramon’s Index screen is changed to reflect his English name.

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Common practice in the original series – there’s a vocal song when V-mon first armor Digivolves. In the dub it’s just regular music.

However, after we get a scene with Ken, the dub inserts the also common Digimon soundtrack song “Run Around.”

Wait, Daisuke gets a D-Tector after the Digiegg of Courage gets sent to his Digivice? Then where did Taichi and Izumi’s come from?

All Wormmon says in the original is “Ken-chan” in the dub he asks Ken what a ‘foe’ is.

Taichi doesn’t outright say that Daisuke’s the new leader of the Digidestined/Chosen Children in the original. It’s implied, and we all know because, well, goggles, but saying it is just a little insulting. Do they never get a say in this?

Gatomon/Tailmon: “The Digimon Emperor never appears at night.”

….Are you sure? Because in the first scene and the flashback Gatomon had both look like they take place at night. Maybe it’s just incredibly smoggy, I can’t tell with the art.

As with the original series, the ending theme and next episode preview are removed for plain credits on another showing of the dub opener.

I will say that the dark rings always seemed like a lame black gear rip-off, but at least we have a new and interesting enemy.

Next time, Miyako and Iori will get to do stuff, we’ll get to see Sora, and Miyako and Iori will get their Digimon as well as perform their first armor Digivolution.

Digimon Adventure V-Tamer Volume 3 (Manga) Review

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Plot: After Zero gets some much needed medical care at Hospitown, Taichi and Gabo meet the evolved versions of some of the Agumon that he met back at Holy Angemon’s castle. They are determined to help stop Neo and Demon from taking over the Digital World, but it’s an uphill task even for their newly evolved forms, and Holy Angemon’s army continues to suffer massive losses.

Taichi and Zero finally reach the tree where Neo stands with the final tag. While Taichi and Zero are more than ready to take him on, they haven’t seen every trick up his sleeve.

Later, Taichi and Zero meet another human in the Digital World – a girl named Rei, and while she seems normal enough, there may be more to her than meets the eye.

Breakdown: Really the only notes I have between the anime and manga are that Piyomon makes an appearance and needs a boost of bravery when faced with the trail of fallen allies Demon and Neo have left in their wake.

Also, the new human character, Rei, has a haircut that looks a lot like Sora’s, but eh.

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This volume is where the stakes get amped up a hundred fold. The battle against Neo takes center stage in this volume, and it’s definitely the biggest and most nail-biting battle of the manga so far, but surprisingly that’s the ‘second act’, so to speak. A lot more happens in this volume than you’d first think, and we have quite a bit of ground to cover.

We start off learning where the other Digi-allies are in their fight against Demon and while there is some good news, such as the Agumon who were being trained in the first volume evolving and Leomon evolving, though his evolved form is never seen on-panel, there’s no denying that the battle against Neo and Demon has taken its toll on Holy Angemon’s army. Holy Angemon himself even catches some of the damage.

Piyomon’s reluctance to brave the frightening circumstances and continue to help the battle are a highlight to this, but the one who brings the shining light of hope back into her very skeptical eyes is Taichi…..and his goggles.

Yes, we get the backstory to Taichi’s goggles. You may faint now. And because I’m such a nice person, I’ll share it with you. A Piyomon is frozen with fear after surviving a massacre lead by Neo. She makes fun of Taichi’s goggles when explaining how ridiculous it is that he and Zero can do anything to help. Taichi explains that the goggles were given to him by his grandpa when he was a young kid.

When he was younger, he saw a kid getting bullied. He knew he should do something about it, but couldn’t find it within himself to do so. Taichi’s grandpa gave him the goggles, knowing he liked airplanes, and called them goggles of friendship and courage. The goggles belonged to a childhood friend of his who was known for being brave and a great friend. When he was older, he became a great pilot but later fell ill and passed away. He kept his friend’s goggles as a reminder of him and his old saying of ‘courage will give you wings to fly’ (which is actually kinda foreshadowing something that happens later.) Taichi received the goggles happily and knew at that point that he had to be brave in order to protect his friends – a lesson he has never forgotten.

Dammit, considering how important the aspect of the gogglehead is in this franchise, why the hell have we never gotten a backstory for them in the anime? Plus, considering the strong connection the goggles have to Taichi’s courage, his crest no less, you’d think they’d jump on that chance. This revelation, if it can be applied to the anime, makes me a little madder that he just handed his goggles to Daisuke in Adventure 02. That wasn’t a reminder of courage for Daisuke, he was just given a new pair since his broke and Taichi basically proclaimed him as the new leader with them.

Onto the main event, Taichi’s battle with Neo. As I mentioned, Neo has several tricks up his sleeve for combating Zero with his own two Digimon, now a Kuwagamon and Akatorimon that he can merge and separate as many times as he wants. Not only that, but he takes their Perfect form, Megadramon, and merges it with another Perfect, Jureimon to make an Ultimate level Digimon, Deathmon. And it looks about as disappointingly uncreative as the name is. It’s basically a cyclopic (or tricloptic, considering it has eyeballs on its hands) monster with bat wings.

Despite its bland look and uncreative name, it is a huge threat to Taichi and Zero considering that Zero is still merely an adult level, they are still at a disadvantage on the ground while the enemy can fly and they’ve never once faced an Ultimate level before. As you can guess, this results in Zero getting the ever-loving crap beat out of him to the point where, again, you’re seriously wondering if they’ll make it out alive. Even Taichi and Gabo have near-death experiences. This really was the perfect opportunity to spotlight Zero’s first evolution, and they took advantage of it. It’s probably one of the best evo events of the franchise, at least that I’ve seen. Granted, V-dramon doesn’t change very much when he evolves, but it’s a much needed change to his design and power structure that gives him plenty of edge in the fight.

I’ll also give them props for how Neo was handled in the end. They cop out at the end of the volume, but it was still pretty shocking when it happened. Neo did get a little too crazy and villain-like for my liking, though. Seriously, he’s basically surpassing Kaiba and Vegeta now for how obsessed his is with beating his rival.

After the events of the ‘second act’, we see that portals to the human world have opened and people are being sucked into the Digital World either because they’re being called there or they just happened to be sucked in on accident through their computers. In comes Rei, who comes off as very abrasive. She finds herself in a strange world filled with monsters and when she finally finds some friendly faces, a human one no less, she makes fun of them, insults them and leaves to find more ‘normal’ people to help her.

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When they save her life, she pulls a complete 180 and practically flatters them while agreeing to join their group and even asks them to take her to Demon’s castle, but Taichi is soon suspicious of her.

Meanwhile, the egg of the Super Ultimate Digimon has hatched and Neo has to start training it. He sends out a new team of tamers who recently came to the Digital World through the portals, a group called Alias III, to take care of other matters in the battle against Holy Angemon’s army.

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But that’s not all, we also have our first mini-chapter in which Taichi and Zero run into a Sukamon while training. He takes advantage of the fact that his special ability is to emit pheromones that induce the need to poop to completely distract Zero and Taichi from the battle. It’s only made worse by the fact that Zero doesn’t want to fight a pile of crap because that’s gross. They can’t even fight from a safe distance with his V Breath Arrow because it will probably redefine explosive diarrhea.

Zero then can’t fight the need to crap anymore and dumps a load so large that it takes up 80% of the page, he can sit on it like a hill, and it intimidates Sukamon into leaving.

Yeah……that just happened.

And I thought that one Naruto OVA where he craps his pants was ridiculously stupid. I will admit, this mini-chapter is a little tiny itty bitty bit funny, though.

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All in all, this is the best volume yet. This series really just seems to get better and better as the ball keeps rolling. We got to start off fairly calmly while also getting some info on where Holy Angemon’s efforts stand, we got a huge battle, some more strengthening of Taichi and Zero’s friendship and we ended on plenty of interesting details for the next volume, such as the Super Ultimate hatching, Rei’s true intentions, who exactly the guys in Alias III are and what they can do, if any more humans came through the portals and even if we’ll see even more evolutions from Zero. Deathmon was a disappointment in regards to design, and I would’ve liked to see some real character development from Neo in this volume, but still a very solid vol—oh yeah the mini-chapter……

*sigh* That really does tarnish this whole volume quite a bit, doesn’t it? Like I said, it’s a little funny, but it’s an entire nine pages dedicated to fighting poop, talking about poop and actually pooping – a house-sized poop, mind you. So, yeah, I’m gonna take off at least half a point for that, but we’re still standing really strong with this one.

Rating: 9/10

Recommended Audience: Zero gets even more badly beaten in this volume, and there’s one instance where a character kinda sorta commits suicide by falling. You don’t see anything, and it’s later revealed that his life was saved so I guess we’ll stay with 7+

Digimon Adventure 01 Sub/Dub Comparison Episode 8

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Plot: After discovering that they’re truly on an island with no escape, the kids meet Ogremon, a Digimon known as being a brute, and Leomon who is supposedly to be a kindhearted and gentle leader Digimon teaming up to kill them. Devimon, the evil Digimon behind the black gears, discovers that the kids are too powerful together and concocts a plan to separate them. After escaping from Leomon and Ogremon, the kids discover a mansion in the woods and enjoy their sudden stroke of luck despite the fears of a trap because everyone, especially the Digimon, are completely exhausted. However, their fears were realized when it proves to be nothing but a trap of Devimon’s making.

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Title Change: The Messenger of Darkness; Devimon! Is changed to Evil Shows His Face.

While Digimon has a lot of jokes and dialogue where there is none in the original, I’ll note this one because there’s a mistake made in the dubbing. At the very start of the episode, there’s no dialogue until they see Jyou on the cliff. In the dub, Joe says this place would be a lot better with a bus system and Matt agrees, but believes they’re at the end of the line.

The reason this is a mistake is because the only people in Matt’s group right now are Izzy, Mimi, TK and himself. Joe, Tai and Sora are at the cliff. So there’s no way for Joe to have been saying that to Matt while he was climbing up the cliff. That just seems so sloppy considering how obvious it is that Joe is not with the group right now. They could’ve made Matt or Mimi say the line about the bus and have Izzy or Matt respond.

Jyou just yells ‘What do we do now?!’ while Joe complains that he never wanted to go to summer camp and instead wanted to go to summer school.

The narrator, as usual, does the Digimon index screens for Leomon and Ogremon. In the dub, since none of the kids are around, Leomon does Ogremon’s screen and vice versa.

Leomon: “The black gears are turning perfectly peaceful innocent Digimon into monsters!” Uhh….maybe you should’ve come up with a different term….Digimon…Digital MONSTERS. Just sayin’.

Attack Name Change: Ogremon’s fist attack is called Haouken (Fist of the Supreme King).

Attack Name Change: Leomon’s fist attack is called Juuouken (Fist of the Beast King). I never heard Ogremon’s translated attack name in the dub I don’t believe, but the dub commonly calls Leomon’s its translated attack name.

Also, in the original, the two actually call out their attacks when they first fight. In the dub, they just grunt.

Attack Name Change: Death Claw is changed to Touch of Evil.

This line was kinda cool. Devimon originally tells Leomon to accept his ‘baptism of evil’. In the dub, he just says he’ll now obey Devimon’s every command.

Also, I like Devimon’s original voice a lot better. His original voice is eerily calm and even while his dubbed voice is typically evil villain gravelly yelling.

Matt: “No question, man. You are the dude of doodles!”……What does that even mean?

Mimi originally asks why things had to turn out like this. In the dub, she said she just realizes that her gloves don’t match her dress….Yup, that’s Mimi for ya.

Likewise, Palmon only says ‘Mimi’ after this line. In the dub, Palmon says, seriously mind you, ‘How sad.’

You know, I really like how the kids and Digimon still have trust in Digimon that they’ve known to be good, friendly and trustworthy in the past, but this has been nearly every episode. Unimon, Monzaemon, Meramon, Andromon; they should really take the sudden appearance of a supposedly friendly and kind Digimon as a red flag at this point.

Why is Matt specifically telling Joe to not slow down in the dub? He’s at the front of the group. If anything, he should be telling that to Tai considering he’s last and he just went back for a bit to try to get his dumb map.

Takeru asks if Ogremon is another supposedly kind Digimon, but Patamon and Gomamon state that he’s actually a bad guy either way. In the dub, this is replaced by jokes about Ogremon wanting to eat them.

Attack Name Change: Hone Konbou (Bone Club) is changed to Pummel Whack. However, Ogremon doesn’t say it here in the dub. Instead he just grunts again.

Attack Name Change: Shishi Omaru (or Shishiou-maru, depending on the source) (Lion King Sword…Simba? :0) Is changed to Beast Sword, even though, again, he doesn’t say it here in the dub he just grunts.

So is the rule just that if a Digimon Digivolves once, no matter the circumstance, they can easily perform it again later?

Devimon originally just says that dealing with six of them together is troublesome. In the dub, he says they’ve ‘learned the secret of teamwork’ which is an eyeroll worthy line if I’ve ever heard one, says that dealing with them all together is more difficult that he realized then asks himself why Patamon hasn’t Digivolved.

Jyou points out the rockslide that occurs while Joe calls it an avalanche. Joe, rocks for rockslide, snow for avalanche. Okay?

Mimi originally says she sick of this. In the dub, she says she needs a facial.

Guess Sora’s back to calling Biyomon, Biyo, which still sounds wrong to me.

Dub Gabumon: “Do you think that avalanche knocked them both off the cliff?” It’s a rockslide. The originals keep getting it right, what’s wrong with you guys?

Jyou originally cheers at the fact that Ogremon and Leomon probably died from falling off the cliff. In the dub, he just explains how flying monsters, even ones without wings can be possible in this world because anything seems like it’s possible.

I actually prefer the dub because, while I understand that they were attacked by him, Gabumon and Patamon both said that Leomon was supposed to be a very kindhearted and gentle leader type of Digimon. The fact that he attacked them and paired up with his mortal enemy are huge indications that he’s being controlled like the other nice Digimon have been with the black gears. Yet instead of mourning the death of a good Digimon, they cheer for it.

Tai: “It’s that avalanche.” ROCK—Oh forget it.

The explanation of how the rock-avalanche occurred is basically the same, but Koushiro originally surmises that the destruction of the path may have caused instability in the rocks above whereas dub Izzy just says stress fractures in rock just eventually occur.

Jyou originally hopes there are other humans in the mansion whereas Joe hopes for a hot tub but not one that is too hot.

Yamato’s originally the one trying to stop Jyou from barging into the building. In the dub, Tai’s trying to stop both of them.

You can’t hear Jyou and Yamato talking in the original as Tai and Agumon are talking about whether or not the mansion was on the map over the shot. In the dub, their conversation is broken by Matt telling Joe to open the door, but Joe doesn’t want to go in without knocking.

I love Jyou/Joe’s flawless logic. ‘But guys there can’t be any bad Digimon in a building that has paintings of angels! That’s, like, against the law or something!’

Tentomon says being able to eat delicious food like that must be a sin (Wait, they know what sin is but not angels?) In the dub, Mimi is speaking on this shot saying that they have awful table manners.

I love the song cue in the original after Jyou starts eating.

The kids mostly just say they’ll eat as we zoom out of the mansion and fast forward to the night. In the dub, Mimi says something about lobster and a matre ‘d and TK says something about eating pizza that has peanut butter and pickle toppings…..What is with these kids and gross food choices?

Yamato tells Taichi not to jump into the bathtub while Tai says it’s been so long since they’ve had an actual bath. In the dub, Matt tells Tai not get his hair wet and Tai says he thought some bird made a nest on his head.

Immediately after, Koushiro says it’s amazing that the place also had a bathtub (it’s a mansion…it’s harder to believe it wouldn’t have a bathtub) and that he can feel the tension draining from him. Tentomon then offers electricity to Koushiro….for some reason, and he politely declines. In the dub, Izzy says warm water is great for removing soil and dead epidermis because Izzy can’t turn it off for a few minutes, and Tentomon says when he gets dirty, he just sheds his skin, but Izzy says that would be difficult for him.

Ah, we have a scene deletion!

In the original, Yamato says he can’t forgive guys who are so shy in an all-men’s bath. Taichi agrees so they jump out of the bath, while naked, and try to grab Jyou’s towel from him. This scene is basically kept the same, but the shot of Yamato and Taichi and their bare asses as well as trying to get Jyou’s towel from him are removed.

Since this is removed, the arguing over getting Jyou’s towel is also removed from the shot of Gabumon outside of the bath. Instead, Tentomon asks where Gabumon is and Patamon says he’ll get in eventually but he’s too shy to take off his fur. I’d say that’s even more understandable in the original if Tai and Yamato might possibly take his fur off by force. 0-o

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Wow, another scene deletion!…Only reason I get excited over these is because dialogue edits are sometimes a pain…

Anyway, after the girls discover Gomamon in the girls’ bath, Palmon throws him over to the boys’ side where he lands on Jyou’s head and we see a shot of them both on the ground with Jyou also now naked. All of this is kept the same, but the shot of them on the ground and also Jyou’s naked ass are removed.

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Most of the dialogue when they find the beds is passable, but Mimi says that having all of the beds in one room makes it feel like summer camp. Jyou then pipes up asking what she means because they were supposed to be at summer camp anyway, but then he trails off at the group’s sad faces because he reminded them of home. In the dub, Joe complains about all the crap they dealt with outside like hiking and starving, which I guess reminds everyone that they’re far from home.

I guess I can forgive this one because it’s more blatant potty (literally) humor, but when Agumon’s on the toilet he talks about how he can’t poop despite the fact that he ate so much. Taichi wants to leave because he’s taking so long, so Agumon tries his hardest to go and just ends up farting a lot which causes Ogremon to flee the stall that he was hiding in due to the stench. In the dub, it’s kinda the same but they mostly talk about how Agumon was afraid to go to the bathroom by himself and any real mention of what he’s doing is reduced to ‘I don’t even want to talk about it.’ The reason Ogremon eventually flees the stall is I guess because Agumon’s insulting him instead of farting.

Leomon keeps repeating that he needs to kill the chosen children in the original. In the dub, he keeps repeating that he cannot disobey Devimon.

Taichi asks about the fact that there is supposedly way more to the Digital World beyond File Island. Devimon says it doesn’t matter because the spot in which they stand will be their graves. In the dub, Devimon says they’re the Digidestined sent to save the Digital World from his destruction and Tai says they were just kids at summer camp sent there by random.

Huh, another scene deletion I guess for violence. Leomon pushes Agumon out of the way and slams Taichi by his neck up against the wall. In the dub, this shot is removed.

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Agumon doesn’t explain that the evil from Leomon was purged by the Digivice in the original as it’s pretty damn obvious. Also, the dub proclaims that a black gear was driven from Leomon when no gear was present nor was it actually the cause of the mind control. It was Devimon’s own hand.

Next episode, the kids are now separated on different islands made up of the old File Island. Tai and Yamato end up on frozen wastelands and have to battle ice based Digimon to continue their journey and reunite with the others.

Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 Volume 2 (Manga) Review

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Plot: Taichi and Zero are well on their way to collecting all of the tags. They enter a strange castle of nightmares protected by the Perfect Digimon, Vamdemon, who tries to turn Zero against Taichi. Taichi shows off his ability to uplink data collected from previous battles to have a competition with a local Starmon. And Taichi meets an incredibly powerful new foe; a human tamer with two digivices named Neo Saiba, the reigning Digimon champion who is now siding with Demon.

Breakdown: Let’s get the connections to the anime out of the way; Patamon appears, but is really a Bakemon in disguise.

Myotismon is one of the tag protectors.

Starmon appears, obsessed with being famous.

Devimon, Ogremon, Greymon and MetalGreymon are all Neo’s Digimon, with Greymon/MetalGreymon seemingly being his intended partner.

Fusion is introduced here, called Jogress Evolution.

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With that out of the way, let’s go on to the story. We’re getting a bit further out of the whole ‘Taichi meets a guardian, battles him and pulls a win out of his ass over and over’ trope that was growing old in volume one. While Taichi and Zero do defeat Vamdemon fairly easily because, pretty much, the power of friendship, they struggle with him much more than the other two guardians.

Zero and Taichi’s bond really does get a lot of highlight in this volume as it saves their asses on more than one occasion, especially in the very end in their battle against Neo Saiba, but it does seem kinda tropey sometimes like Zero going over his maximum analyzed power level because he wants to protect Taichi.

Neo as a character is hard to compare to any character from the anime. I guess you might say he’s an amalgamation of early-series Ruki and Ken, with a touch of Vegeta and Kaiba from DBZ and YGO respectively. Neo Saiba is the reigning Digimon champ with a 100% win rate like Taichi. He was the winner of the competition that Taichi couldn’t enter in the start of volume one, though Taichi still challenged him because he had a 100% win rate. The match ended up in a tie with both being announced the winner, something supposedly impossible due to how the game works. Despite claiming it’s a mere program error, Neo wants to take his revenge against Taichi and prove himself as the strongest tamer.

Neo has not shown any inkling of deserving sympathy here so far. His desire to beat Taichi is petty, he’s a complete asshole to his Digimon, and he doesn’t care if either the Digital World or the real world get destroyed because of Demon. He just wants to tame the strongest Digimon and be the best tamer in the world. Taichi is a very stark contrast to him on almost every level.

Demon summoned him to the Digital World after Taichi was summoned by Holy Angemon. He is the one who will hatch and tame the Super Ultimate Digimon from the Digiegg Demon has. For the time being, though, he tames an Orgemon and a Devimon. His intended partner Digimon is a Greymon that he deleted because his win rate wasn’t high enough for his expectations. His leftover data decided to become more powerful in order to make Neo happy, so he became MetalGreymon and paired with Neo yet again. Yup, he just decided he wanted more power and was granted it by nothing.

MetalGreymon’s story is very tragic and it’s one of the hinge points in the series so far. As a comparison, if you thought Ken was a jerk for the way he treated Wormmon, you’ll be seeing red when you see how Neo treats MetalGreymon. And, like Wormmon, he stays loyal to his partner through and through no matter how badly he’s treated.

Taichi gets the tag of spirit (Illusions according to this translation) and iron (metal empire in this volume) and only needs one more tag to gain entry into Demon’s castle, where Neo will be waiting as well.

Overall, this volume was a step up from volume one, but I’m still waiting for Taichi to actually lose for once. I know one of his catchphrases is saying he’s a 100% tamer, which would be lost if he did lose, but seeing him always come out on top will make this series pretty boring after a while. I will say that the final battle between Skull Satamon and Zero was the most intense so far, and one that actually had tension given how beat up Zero actually gets.

Rating: 8/10

Recommended Audience: Zero nearly dies and we learn that Digimon actually bleed here with blood flowing from Zero’s nose as he’s basically being crushed. Other than that, though, nothing too bad. 7+

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 7 Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: Jyou’s at his boiling point while trying to be smart and safe while the others keep joking about their situation and not taking things seriously. In an effort to protect everyone from the dangers of Infinity Mountain while trying to get a view of the island, Jyou takes it upon himself to sneak out and climb the mountain on his own with Gomamon following behind. But when the gentle Unimon gets hit by a black gear, both Jyou and Gomamon will need to step up to protect everyone.

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Title Change: A Roar! Ikkakumon! Is changed to Ikkakumon’s Harpoon Torpedo!

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Gomamon isn’t berating Joe for complaining about the cold in the original. It’s also a pretty out of place line since it’s the very first line we get. We don’t hear or see Joe complaining before this so it just seems weird.

Joe: “I’m allergic to fur…” No one brought up fur, Gomamon just said to think warm.

Mimi doesn’t bring up snowmen, nor do the Digimon ask if a Snowman is a Digimon from their world. They just keep talking about snowball fights.

In the shot of Takeru, Taichu, Yamato and Koushiro talking, you can’t hear what they’re saying. Jyou’s talking over it all about how a massive temperature drop and snow wouldn’t be fun; it’d be a serious situation because it would make it incredibly difficult to make camp. In the dub, you can hear the boys talking and Joe has no dialogue. The boys are also talking about the snow will all fall on Joe’s head when it happens and they can’t wait to see it.

A pretty significant point here is left out as Jyou says he has to protect everyone because he’s the oldest. It reflects that Jyou’s not just a stuffy worry wart who can’t relax, but that he’s taken it upon himself to be the one that ensures that everyone stays safe. While it can be argued that he’s a worry wart anyway, in this situation he believes he doesn’t have the luxury of goofing around and not being serious because someone has to be responsible and watch out for the group’s well-being in more ways than one.

They get the next part basically right, but the reason the group can smell the hot spring is because they can smell the sulfur. The dub seems to imply that they can smell the steam, which doesn’t really make sense.

Jyou originally points that that everyone’s cheerful but yet he can’t be because he holds the responsibility. In the dub, he talks about how it would be big trouble if these eggs got them sick because there’s no doctor around.

Yamato says the eggs would go great with soft rice and everyone agrees. In the dub, he says the eggs would go great with ketchup and while TK agrees with that sentiment, Sora says it sounds gross. I guess eggs with ketchup is more American than rice.

I have to wonder what kind of eggs those are. There are no chickens in the Digital World, are there?

Despite the fact that dub Matt says he liked ketchup on his eggs, he later requests salsa (That’s a thing too?) In the original, Yamato says he’d like mayonnaise on his eggs, which, while maybe sounding weird, isn’t that odd considering egg salad and deviled eggs.

Sora says she likes sauce on hers (what sauce, I don’t know.) In the dub, Sora just responds to Matt’s comment about salsa.

Koushiro says he likes his eggs with ponzu on them which is basically citrus fruit juice. In the dub, while they could’ve said like lemon or orange juice, they decided to have him say—wait for it……Mustard and jellybeans….Okay, the ponzu stuff was a little gross but quirky. Mustard and jellybeans? Just…why?! Why would ever even think to try that?!

Takeru also originally agrees with Taichi in the others that saying the ponzu stuff is weird whereas TK says it sounds good.

Mimi says their suggestions are weird then follows it up by saying she likes her eggs topped with sugar and maybe some natto (fermented soy beans)….Dub Mimi says she likes them covered in maple syrup and cherries. Ya know, I’m gonna have to side with Joe here, what is wrong with just salt and pepper? I mean ketchup’s okay, and I really like cheese on them, but man a lot of these suggestions are just gross. I understand that’s sorta the joke, but ew.

The group also responds to Mimi’s favorite with disgust, but in the dub TK, while looking grossed out and covering his mouth with his hands, mind you, says it probably tastes good.

Joe originally says that the Japanese culture is falling apart due to, yes, their bizarre egg preferences. Dub Joe leaves this out.

Joe doesn’t mention anything about Yamato squeezing his arm like dub Joe does. And he barely touched Joe so I dunno what that was about.

Sora’s the one who explains why Tai wants to climb Infinity Mountain in the original over a shot of Tai arguing with Yamato. In the dub, Tai’s the one saying it. The same happens with Yamato.

Yamato says that he’s not going to let Tai’s recklessness get them into danger. In the dub, Matt tells Tai to put his fists down when he talks to him and says Tai keeps trying to bully himself into being leader.

Joe doesn’t mention anything about being good at climbing in the original, he just says he has to be the one to climb Infinity Mountain.

Gomamon says Joe’s not being honest with himself (which could be a poke at his future crest since it’s Honesty in the original) and says he was really scared of going up there alone because he felt he might be helpless. In the dub, Gomamon says under his breath that he sometimes has to trick Joe (in reference to saying he’s not following Joe, he has stuff to do on Infinity Mountain.) Joe asks if he said something and Gomamon says he was saying it’s a nice night for a walk. Joe says Gomamon’s crazy and Gomamon replies that that’s okay because he has more fun that way.

Joe originally says that he doesn’t quite trust Gomamon on Unimon being a nice and gentle Digimon since similar information like that has been wrong in the past and Gomamon doesn’t deny this. In the dub, they skip these lines and go straight to saying that the stream must be Unimon’s watering hole and that he’s coming down for a drink.

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Gomamon: *as Unimon’s drinking* “I told you he was a nice Digimon. He wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Yes because drinking water…means you’re nice?

Unimon’s dub voice makes his whole majestic image ruined in my opinion….He has no voice in the original, just horse noises.

Attack Name Change: Holy Shot is changed to Aerial Attack. I like the original better. :/

Greymon originally just says nothing and gets up when Tai asks if he’s okay. In the dub….he responds by saying “I’m stylin’, dude!”…….Uggggghhhh.

Another post-digivolution song gone.

Attack Name Change: Harpoon Vulcan is changed to Harpoon Torpedo.

Dub Tai: “Wow, Joe, you were pretty jammin’ out there!” Stop it!

Yay they did it! They made it to the peak of Infinity Mountain……Which begs the question why they didn’t think to just take Birdramon before….Or Kabuterimon for that matter. The big fight was about it being dangerous to make the climb but if they could bypass the climb by flying, which Tai and Sora did, then….what was the point of the argument? I guess the real point was that no one was sitting down and thinking about it, but still that’s pretty damn obvious.

The big revelation on top of the mountain was supposed to be that the ocean was so vast and you could see nothing as far as the eye could see. While the dub does basically say the same thing, they don’t act like this is some drastic revelation like the original, they just brush it off.

Next up is a bunch of debuts; Leomon, Ogremon and the big baddie for this part of the season, Devimon. This is also the part where the kids get separated from each other. Things are really getting interesting now!

Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 (Manga) Volume 1 Review

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Plot: Taichi is a very talented player of the V-Pet game, Digimon. When he tries to enter a tournament, he’s disqualified for having an unknown Digimon, V-dramon, known by the nickname of Zeromaru or Zero for short. He eventually got transported to the Digital World; a world where Digimon are real. After he teams up with Zero, he is told by one of the great leaders of the world, Holy Angemon, that the Digital World is in danger of destruction by someone named Demon. Since a good tamer makes a Digimon immensely more skilled and powerful, he sends them on a mission to collect the five tags needed to enter Demon’s castle and save the Digital World.

Breakdown: I’m a big fan of Digimon, and I’ve always been interested to see if there was a manga version. Much to my delight, there are several with this being the first. Much to my confusion, it’s not really even close to the same as the anime.

Let me back up. Digimon, as a franchise, is actually derived from Digimon V-Pets, little devices aimed towards kids where you could raise a virtual monster. Sound familiar? Of course it does, it’s one of many Tamagotchi clones. More to the point, Digimon V-Pets were specifically designed to be aimed towards boys since Tamagotchis were aimed more towards girls. To push the masculine aspect even further, the Digimon V-Pets included the ability to sync up devices and battle other Digimon.

This manga is based off of those V-Pets and the anime was ‘loosely’ based on the manga.

Since the differences are so drastic, I want to handle this as a purely standalone feature with no animanga clash hanging off of it, but I know some people will be curious as to the main differences between the manga and the anime, so the sate those curiosities I will list all of the major differences at the start of each review.

The anime showcases seven and later eight children each with their own Digimon, and these children are referred to as Chosen Children. It’s not until season three where the kids are described as Digimon Tamers. Also, Digimon have never been heard of in the real world beforehand, except in Digimon Tamers.

In the manga, only Taichi is present. And he doesn’t even have Agumon; instead he has a V-dramon. Also sound familiar? Yeah, he’s the Adult version of Daisuke’s Digimon, V-mon, from Adventure 02. Weird, huh? Also, this Taichi is quite a bit different from his anime counterpart. He’s much more laid back and excitable, kinda like Daisuke only much less stupid and jealous.

As for any of the anime’s Chosen Children Digimon making any appearances, we get Gabumon, named Gabo here. He’s a bit neurotic and follows Taichi and Zero on their journey. Gomamon, named Gon here, is roughly similar, but he’s more responsible than anime!Gomamon, and eventually becomes tasked with being the guardian of the oceans after evolving to Ikkakumon. Greymon makes a brief appearance, but it’s an enemy and doesn’t even talk. Known Digimon such as Whamon and Etemon (called Etemonkey here) make appearances, but no other Chosen Children Digimon except maybe counting Leomon, who is more strict and uptight here.

The Digivice is still a thing, but it’s different. First off, it’s a super cool kick-ass watch I’m mad at the anime for changing. Second, it doesn’t prompt evolution, at least not yet, and instead shows the stats of other Digimon and allows Taichi to communicate ‘telepathically’ with Zero to give him precise commands that no one else can hear.

The crests are gone, but there is something similar in the tags. Unlike the crests which embody traits and help prompt Perfect level and Ultimate level evolution, the tags embody elements in earth, sea, sky, spirit and iron, and their function is to enter the castle that Demon lives in.

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I think that’s everything important, so let’s address the actual story for this volume.

This is a pretty damn simple story, which is to be expected since it’s based off of a game that is literally ‘raise monsters, fight them’. Taichi is transported to the Digital World because of a great leader named Holy Angemon/MagnaAngemon. While he looks entirely different from the MagnaAngemon of the anime here, apparently he looks very similar to MagnaAngemon’s priest mode, which is never shown in the anime.

Anyway, he requests his help in saving the Digital World from a terrible virus Digimon called Demon. I would call them out on their uncreative name, but the main villain for much of the first series was called Devimon….

Taichi and Zero are the only ones who can do it since Tamers bring out something very special in their Digimon – something that makes Zero incredibly powerful. Something else is brought up to support this; Taichi has ‘Ichi’ or ‘One’ in his name and his partner is Zero. The Digital World’s base is data, which is binary; a series of ones and zeroes.

With good intentions, Taichi and Zero can restore and protect the data, but failure would result in data deletion. This is further supported when Whamon explains that the good guys are all data and vaccine Digimon while the bad guys are virus types, since viruses delete data. Taichi proves his worth time and again as his teamwork, tactical skills and friendship as well as Zero’s trust and faith in Taichi lead them to victory time and again even against Perfect level Digimon.

I will say, this does cheapen the manga a bit. Taichi pulls something out of his ass nearly every chapter. Zero will maybe take one hit, sometimes a couple, then Taichi will have a eureka moment and instantly defeat the enemy. While he does train, the fact remains that the training seems inconsequential when these moments arise. Teaching Zero to swim was vital, yes, but the way he beat Marine (Marinedevimon) had really nothing to do with swimming. Triceramon was beaten in the first try without training.

The plot is similar to the anime in that he has to beat several Perfect level Digimon in order to get to the big bad, like the dark masters, and that the big bad is a virus Digimon who wants to destroy the Digital World.

Taichi and Zero make a great team. They have a wonderful dynamic and friendship that seems real from the very start. I would like to see their origins sometime to get a better idea of the foundation of their strong bond.

The enemies, besides maybe Etemonkey, don’t really have personalities besides ‘Urgh, I’m evil.’ It’s a very black and white, good versus evil, light versus dark story so far with not really much in regards to tension. That’s not to say it’s at all bad. It’s a very entertaining manga so far. You can just sit back and have some fun with the story and characters. I don’t want to say it’s watered down in comparison to the anime, but it kinda is so far. We’re one volume in and he’s already got two tags. He’s zooming through these challenges like nobody’s business.

Hopefully we get a bit more tension in the second volume, but I’m alright with keeping a lighter tone if need be. Still, maybe slow the pace down a bit.

Rating: 7.5/10

Recommended Audience: A Digimon dies, but not really since Digimon don’t really die….unless you’re evil, in which case, screw you. Other than that, nothing. E for everyone.

Final notes: Why was Anime!Taichi screwed out of his awesome yellow cape? First the Digivice now this? You did me wrong, anime. You did me wrong.

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 6 Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: As the group walks through a sewer to continue their journey, they run into the disgusting Numemon who are known as the most hated Digimon in the Digital World because they’re slimy, gross, live in the sewer and fight using their own poop. The group manages to escape from them, but find themselves surrounded again when Numemon spring from randomly placed vending machines in the desert. As they split up to get away, Mimi and Palmon run into the mayor of Toy Town, a giant Teddy Bear Digimon called Monzaemon. He’s kidnapped the others, threw the Digimon into a toy chest and erased the emotions of the kids, making them into toys for the abandoned toys in Toy Town. With Palmon and Mimi the only two left, Palmon must find it within herself to Digivolve and save the day.

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That title card looks fantastic, btw.

Title Change: Palmon’s Angry Evolution is changed to Togemon in Toy Town.

While the kids are singing songs in both versions, the scene is different. Obviously the songs got changed. Both the kids and the Digimon seem to be singing songs that already exist in either world and they’re tossing the singing back and forth between the kids and the Digimon by giving a letter that the line of the song has to start with. When Agumon passes the song to the kids he gives them E which throws them all off since none of them can think of any lyrics that begin with E. They each stop in succession saying “E?” over and over. Mimi thinks of one and starts singing, but the other kids don’t know the song. Surprising the others, she’s actually a pretty decent singer in the original. She says the song’s Enka and her dad used to sing it in Karaoke all the time. Koushiro decides to switch the song to something more well-known and they all start singing that song.

In the dub, Mimi’s narrating over the first part where the kids are initially singing. Because if there’s one thing I want dub Mimi to do, it’s narrate. Tai then says they should sing the song Agumon wrote which is basically a chant about Digimon and Digivolving. Agumon says they should start solos with Mimi going first. In horror, all of the kids stop in succession saying “Mimi?” “Mimi singing?” “Mercy!” Then Mimi starts singing “Home on the Range” and she sounds about as appalling as you’d think she would. Also, this is yet another instance where the dub seems to be purposely mean to Mimi for no reason. Joe pokes fun at Mimi and she says she’s had singing lessons for three years. Izzy says she should get a refund.

God, they are really mean to Mimi. I won’t deny that dub Mimi is one of the most annoying (yet harmless) anime characters I’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t warrant being an ass to her. I guess they didn’t look ahead in the episode schedule seeing as how there’s a later episode where Mimi is supposed to be really praised for her singing and even performs a concert. Whoops! Then they all start singing the Digimon song that Tai and Agumon made together.

Sora says she wants to do laundry I guess because her clothes keep getting filthy as water was dripping on her in the sewer. In the dub she says she was freaking out because she used to sing when she did laundry at home. The original’s a little weird because, I get that she’s homesick but what kid wishes to do laundry? The dub’s weird too because it make Sora look like a spaz for having a fit at singing because it reminds her of a leisurely activity she used to do at home.

Yamato just says he misses having barbecue in the original. In the dub he says he’s thinking about Sunday because his mom would make barbecue every Sunday….Uhh, the dub does remember that Matt and TK’s parents are separated, right? TK lives with their mom and Matt lives with their dad. I would say that they get visiting time but considering their reunion later on, if they do get visiting time it doesn’t happen often.

Koushiro says he misses sending emails back and forth to his friends. Izzy says he misses accessing satellites to look at the stars and planets. Also, for some strange reason he tells Mimi and TK who are merely enjoying the ‘what I miss game’ to “get a grip” immediately before he also partakes in it. So, the one person you don’t tell to ‘get a grip’ here is the one who’s crying over not being able to do laundry?

I guess I can forgive the dub for avoiding this. In the original, Numemon attack with their own poop…..yeah…. In the dub, they call it “Nume-Sludge” but even as a kid and despite the fact that it’s pink, you can easily tell that what they’re throwing is more than sludge.

Toy Town has its own little song in the original. In the dub it’s the same whimsical music they always use.

Palmon says they should look for Agumon and the others and Mimi doesn’t respond. In the dub, Mimi brushes off the fact that her friends are acting incredibly peculiar by saying “Oh well, they always were a little odd.”

Dub Palmon: “It’s coming from that locked chest!” Gee you think the noise is coming from the chest that’s bouncing around like crazy? Naaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Attack Name Change: Monzaemon’s Lovely Attack is changed to Hearts Attack.

Monzaemon originally says that the Digimon will go into the toy chest while the children will have their emotions erased and serve as toys for the toys. In the dub he says all of them will go into the toy chest, which doesn’t make sense because only the Digimon are in the chest.

Palmon asks where Monzaemon is. Dub Palmon asks what changed Monzaemon. Also, Palmon doesn’t originally call Agumon ‘Agu.’

Mimi doesn’t call Monzaemon a “Yeti Teddy” in the original, though props for not being the worst joke they could’ve made with a 30 foot tall teddy bear.

I don’t entirely get it. I know Monzaemon’s an Ultimate level Digimon, but his schtick is to be full of love and joy and he’s meant to spread happiness to everyone. If that’s so, why does he have EXPLODING HEAT VISION?!

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Mimi says it’s crazy that the Numemon are still trying to fight Monzaemon for her when all they can do is throw poop. In the dub, Mimi basically brags about how she’s so attractive that she can get Digimon to fight for her and then says she doesn’t think the Nume Sludge is working. Well, there’s no effect to this ‘sludge’ beyond being gross so what’s it supposed to do?

Wow, the animation between Mimi standing and going to Palmon’s side was awful. It’s like they forgot to include inbetween frames between the two stances because she basically teleports between stances.

Palmon commends the Numemon for being so brave. They can’t do much of anything and are slimy and gross, yet they gladly put themselves on the line to help Mimi. In the dub, Palmon basically says she’s had enough and that she ‘may be a lady but (she’s) no pushover.’ It’s also weird that Palmon’s evolution ultimately has little to nothing to do with Mimi. She’s not in immediate danger, she’s not being held captive, she’s not even part of the sudden evolving scene. She gets upset at the Numemon being attacked and evolves. The end.

Her evolution was always cool to me though because the bright green and pink colors always looked awesome. Even though I think it loses them later on.

Another vocal song during the Digivolution gone in lieu of the same Digimon soundtrack.

Attack Name Change: Chiku Chiku (Prickly) Bang Bang is changed to Needle Spray. One of those times when the original’s name was vastly better. Also in this episode Togemon calls it Digimon Needle Spray.

Mimi says she can understand Monzaemon’s love of toys and Palmon agrees. In the dub, Mimi boasts about how she and Palmon saved the day even if she did 100% nothing.

I guess that’s my main problem with this episode. Mimi did nothing and had no development whatsoever. Let’s look back at our other evolution episodes, hmm? Agumon’s was more to show that their Digimon are truly loyal to their partners and that they’ll do anything to protect them. It also showed Taichi that they needed to take the Digital world more seriously.

Gabumon’s evolution episode was heavily about Yamato and his relationship to Takeru and his parents and how that weighs on him. In the end, he learned to be somewhat less controlling with Takeru and got slightly more laid back. Gabumon didn’t have much in terms of development but he did get closer to Yamato.

Piyomon’s evolution episode was also heavily centered around Sora with also some insight into Piyomon. While she is clingy and somewhat childish, Piyomon still steps up to risk her life to save those important to her. Sora also learned to be more appreciative of Piyomon and more hopeful.

Tentomon’s evolution……….was bunk. Koushiro didn’t really change as a character, we didn’t learn much about the Digital World and Tentomon evolved through a computer program not emotions. HOWEVER, at least that episode showed us some insight into Koushiro. It hinted that Koushiro’s parents harbored a secret from him and that he might use technology to escape from problems in real life.

Palmon’s evolution had little to nothing to do with Mimi. She recognized that the Numemon were fighting a hopeless battle to help her, but that realization didn’t affect anything. Palmon’s recognition of this and seeing the Numemon getting attacked is what spurred her evolution. Mimi did nothing but have a Numemon fall in love with her and run away. Then again, there’s not really much to Mimi as a character anyway. I’ve seen the dubbed version numerous times as well as season two several times and there’s really nothing that interesting about her. Her main character point is that she’s a self-absorbed ditz who deep down really cares deeply about others. That’s it. I will admit that she can be really nice, but she’s far from interesting.

Next up is Gomamon’s evolution episode. Jyou’s an okay character even if he’s a bit annoying with his incessant whining and complaining. My big fret is that out of all of the characters Jyou seems to have his dialogue changed the most so the next episode may be a long one to get through. We’ll see.

Digimon Adventure 01 Episode 5 SDC

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Plot: The group finds their way to a strange factory where the only focus seems to be on putting strange parts together then taking them apart. While Tai and the others meet a black-geared Andromon, Izzy discovers a strange power source and an even stranger program that seems to have the power to react to the Digimon. When Andromon proves to be too much for Garurumon, Greymon and…why is Birdramon not helping?….It’s up to Izzy to figure out how to save the day.

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Title change: There is no real change this episode. It’s just Electric Shock! Kabuterimon to Kabuterimon’s Electro Shocker.

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Dub Matt: “Check it out. Izzy’s trying to email the aliens.” No, he’s not, but thanks for bringing up that dumb dub plotline again.

Koushiro says his computer is somehow running with no power whereas Izzy says his computer just needs recharging. I know it sounds like a nitpick but a computer running on no power is far odder than a computer running on low power.

Jyou says that finding Andromon is just another sign that there are no humans around. In the dub he says he shouldn’t help move Andromon because his mom told him not to move heavy objects since he has bad knees.

In the original, Koushiro is merely examining the battery by running over it with his hands. In the dub, he claims he’s trying to tap into the power source….with his hands? I wouldn’t be bothered by this if he had his power cord or something in his hands and he was running over it to find a power outlet, or even if he said he’s trying to find a power outlet, but here he is literally trying to access the power with his hands. Good thing he’s wearing gloves….for no reason. In fact several of them wear gloves for no reason. Actually the only two of them who don’t wear gloves are Joe and TK. Especially strange considering they were at a SUMMER camp when they came to the Digital World.

Jyou originally berates Agumon and Taichi for trying to hit Andromon to wake him up. In the dub, Joe asks them if they remember watching a movie or something where the robot came to life and ate everyone. Not sure why robots would eat but I didn’t see the movie.

Tentomon’s narrating the Digimon index screen for Andromon in the dub even though he’s not even in the same room with the others.

Also, Andromon calls the group ‘intruders’ in the sub whereas he calls them ‘alien intruders’ in the dub. This show really had a thing for aliens in the beginning, didn’t it?

I find it hard to believe that Andromon’s known as being one of the most powerful Digimon in existence in both versions. In the four minutes we’ve known him he’s been disabled by machine gears and falling rails twice.

While the line is roughly the same, the thing you’re telling Agumon to aim at, Tai, is the ceiling not the roof. There’s a big difference.

Sora: “No doubt!” Heh, I like that group too…..Oh crap, I just dated this show even more than before.

Takeru asks again what the machines are building. Mimi says it’s probably something really amazing like a time machine or something that makes adults and children switch bodies. In the dub, TK says nothing and Mimi says she thinks this place would be more interesting with a tour guide to explain it and then talks about what the tour guide should wear.

Izzy: “I’ve located an access panel to the internal operations!”…..It’s called a door Izzy. Just a door. Koushiro called it a door, you don’t need to show off. It’s just a door. Calm your brain, sweetie.

Taichi originally says that since it’s dark Andromon might not be able to see them and that they should be perfectly still and silent just in case. In the dub, Tai says it’s best to probably run away then makes a joke about how none of them are moving by saying “Or we could just stand here frozen until the monster gets us!”

Attack name change: Andromon’s Spiral Sword is changed to Lightning Blade.

Dub Mimi: (once the power is restored) “They didn’t pay their power bill, is that it?”

Matt: “Ya know, you have no imagination.”

…She has no imagination because she doesn’t give an explanation as to why the power went out other than not paying the power bill? In the original, Mimi just points out that the power’s back on and Matt says they should explore further.

While the conversation between Koushiro and Tentomon about learning who you are is kept roughly the same, Tentomon merely asks Koushiro if he has any desire to learn who he is instead of spending his time trying to figure out who Tentomon and the other Digimon are. (Tentomon has no desire the know who he is or where his world came from whereas Koushiro is incredibly interested in it) In the dub, Tentomon straight out asks if there’s some deep dark secret in Izzy’s past.

Tentomon doesn’t mention anything about the others being in trouble in the original.

Izzy: “And I’m about to abandon my alien theory as well!” Thank God!

Originally, Yamato tells Mimi and Takeru that the factory has no point. It’s just a perpetual cycle of building pieces of machinery to take them apart again. In the dub, Matt does explain this, but he concludes by acting like nothing that is within the factory can leave and that they’re trapped. How he deduced that from the production line is beyond me.

Tentomon originally says after Koushiro activates the program that he feels power surging through him and he follows up by asking if Tentomon’s okay. In the dub, Tentomon says nothing and Izzy just says they cracked the program.

Kabuterimon’s voice in the earlier episodes of the dub is awful. He sounds so monotone and bored. In fact….that may or may not be Izzy’s dubbed Dad’s voice…which also sounds awful. Luckily his voice changes to something more fitting in the later episodes or his actor changes up his style.

Another post-digivolution vocal song is removed.

This next change makes no sense. Originally Jyou asks if Andromon has a weakness which gives Koushiro the idea to look for any weak spots on his body. Conveniently, despite the fact that his leg wasn’t sparking before, his right leg is shown to be spouting electricity. Thus Koushiro knows that’s his weak spot. In the dub, Joe asks if Andromon ever runs out of gas, which gives Izzy the same idea, but I don’t understand how. Running out of gas and having a weakness are two completely different things. “Run out of gas? That gives me an idea! Aim for his right leg!” They try to justify this by acting like his leg is somehow his power source and that hitting it will disrupt his energy, but that still doesn’t make any sense.

Attack Name Change: Kabuterimon’s Mega Blaster is changed to Electro Shocker, which sounds way better.

Tai: “That’s wicked!” And tubular, and bodacious and other dated terms!

Originally, Andromon just said “The evil has subsided” when the gear was destroyed. In the dub, he says “That black gear reprogrammed my systems somehow.” You can probably see the problem here as it is, but basically there weren’t enough mouth flaps to match the new dialogue, thus he hangs his mouth open during the end of his sentence as we fade to the next scene. This tends to happen a lot, but this is one of the more apparent examples.

How did the kids even get to the factory anyway? And why were they trapped? I mean, the scene where Andromon tells them how to leave is the first indication in the original that they were trapped at all and we’re not shown how they’re trapped. Can’t they just digivolve Biyomon or Tentomon and fly out if there really is something keeping them there?

Andromon tells the kids that he got stuck under the machinery because he was trying to free an odd gear from the machine and got trapped, which is how the gear must’ve got stuck in him. Then Sora and Jyou look to each other mentioning another black gear. None of this is included in the dub and Sora was just telling Joe that she was right about him being a Digimon and not an android….Not sure why that’s necessary. Gomamon already told him that when they first saw him.

Takeru doesn’t refer to the act of evolution as turning the Digimon into superheroes in the original.

Sora originally says that it’s too bad that you can’t fix Taichi and Agumon’s attitudes by hitting them in the head. Dub Sora says now that they have holes in their head, maybe their brains will get some oxygen. Because whacking each other in the head put holes in their head?

The narrator gives us a little something extra in the original. He says that Koushiro’s laptop stopped functioning properly outside of the factory and little did they know that Koushiro’s laptop would be the key to discovering the secrets of the world in the future. Since we have no narrator in the dub outside of Tai sometimes, this is omitted.

Like I said, I find this episode to be a bit hokey. I mean, I can believe that altering data and stuff around Digimon might cause reactions and evolution, but the entire time we’ve been working on the premise that the Digimon only evolve when one of the kids is in danger and now they say inputting a program, as long as they’re in the factory for some unknown reason, a Digimon can evolve no problem?

Also, why was Tentomon acting like he was in great pain the first time that Koushiro typed in that program yet later when he does the same thing there is no pain? In fact, he claims he feels like he’s full of power and he evolves right away. Also, I’m not sure why Koushiro would be so willing to try and evolve Patamon in the sewer. He has no clue what Patamon evolves into at this point. For all he knows, Patamon could’ve evolved into something huge that would’ve caused the whole tunnel to collapse in on them.

Next up is Togemon’s debut…you know what that means….our first Mimi-centric episode….hoo…..rah.