Digimon Frontier | Sub/Dub Comparison Episode 3: Don’t Allow Bullying! Evolution of Chakmon of Ice!

Plot: The group finds themselves trapped by a gang of violent Candlemon. In order to help save his friends, Tomoki needs to find inner strength and Spirit Evolve into Chakmon.

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Title Change: Don’t Allow Bullying! Evolution of Chakmon of Ice! is changed to Kumamon, Baby, Light My Fire! Which…doesn’t make sense because Chakmon’s ice-based. I know he fights fire in this episode, but it says ‘light my fire’ which means he’s the one making it.

Name Change: Chakmon is changed to Kumamon. Kuma is Japanese for bear, which makes sense because he’s a bear-like Digimon.

Izumi just points out that Junpei and Tomoki didn’t really want to leave. Zoe says she’s not going to be responsible for their safety.

Izumi doesn’t hope that her Spirit Evolution is cute, she just wonders if she’ll be able to do it too.

Tomoki only hopes that he’ll be able to Spirit Evolve. In the dub, he wonders if he’ll Spirit Evolve into the biggest, baddest, scariest Digimon ever.

The Candlemon originally believe the kids are there to take over their land. In the dub, they believe they’re going to steal their precious artifact.

Lots of candle puns that aren’t present in the original.

The Candlemon elder introduces himself as such in the original. In the dub, he says he and his tribe of Candlemon are tasked with protecting the ancient artifact.

Takuya originally asks what the giant candle with the symbols of the legendary warriors is. In the dub, he says it looks like a giant birthday party.

Eyecatch:

How did the kids wake up during the commercial break? They’re all asleep before it, then most of them are awake after it.

Junpei asks why they (or moreso Takuya) can’t just burn up the Candlemon. Tomoki says because they would be immune (being candles/fire Digimon) Takuya says he has a good point. In the dub, JP asks why they had to jump in the river, and Tommy says because Takuya said they had to or else they’d burn up.

Attack Name Change: Bomb Fire is changed to….Lava Loogie……Saban, I was going to praise you for having such a loyal adaptation so far in this episode but that change made you lose so many points. Shame. Shaaaaammmeee.

Not sure why Takuya has his goggles on underwater. I mean, I obviously do, duh, but he didn’t put them on until he had already dived underwater. They’d be filled with water, rendering them useless.

Tomoki says he wishes he could do more in order to help everyone get away. In the dub, he says he’s too slow and tells them to just go without him.

So, despite the fact that Tomoki pointed this out earlier, everyone, including Takuya, is surprised when Takuya’s attacks do nothing to the Candlemon and even makes them more powerful? Is this a continuity problem or are they just bad listeners?

Agunimon uses Burning Salamander while in the dub he ‘Summons the power of Pyro Tornado’, which is actually Salamander Break.

Why were Zoe and the others cheering at Agunimon’s appearance if it’s so obvious to them that fire attacks won’t work on Candlemon?

Junpei just says that, if Tomoki does get a spirit, it’s not going to just pop up randomly for him because he asks. In the dub, JP says that there’s no way a pipsqueak like Tommy would ever get a legendary spirit. See why I don’t like this guy?

Attack Name Change: Melt Wax is changed to Paraffin Paralyzer.

Izumi points out that a new spirit is emerging from the ice. Zoe exclaims ‘Mama mia!’ Ya know, I wouldn’t be so bothered by these random Italian phrases if she sounded like she ever visited Italy once in her entire life. But I guess she’s better about it than Chronos in Yu-Gi-Oh GX.

Attack Name Change: Frozen Wind is changed to Crystal Breeze.

I actually appreciate that they didn’t bring back Wizardmon’s original VA seeing as how they’re portraying one as a bad guy now….Though I should mention that his VA here is Joshua Seth who is not doing much to differentiate his voice from Tai’s.

Attack Name Change: Thunder Cloud is changed to Electro Squall.

So this is Tomoki’s big Spirit Evolution episode yet he didn’t do much during the battle, Agnimon got the final shot and he got to absorb the data. Wizardmon also just kicked Chakmon in the face and completely ignored him in lieu of Agnimon. That’s just a big shovelful of disappointment. Evolution episodes are supposed to be that character’s time to shine. He barely got to flicker in this episode.

Originally, Takuya says he’ll purify Wizardmon’s spirit. In the dub he says he never did believe in magic…..Yeah, kid, you’re in another world made of digital data and monsters and you’ve been given the ability to turn into one of said monsters as well while you and your friends wield the power of the elements. You can’t get much more magical than that.

Izumi doesn’t insinuate that Junpei was jealous that Tomoki got his spirit before him. She just says she wondered what spirit Junpei and Tomoki would get.

Next up, Izumi finds her spirit and becomes Fairymon/Kazemon.

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