It's the year 2020. The Network has become something humans can no longer do without in their daily lives. But what humans don't know is that on the other side of the Network is the Digital World, a realm of light and darkness. Nor are they aware of the Digimon who live there. Fifth grader Taichi Yagami's mother and little sister Hikari went to Shibuya, and now they're aboard a runaway train. Taichi hurries to Shibuya to save his mother and sister, but the instant he heads toward the station platform... a strange phenomenon befalls the DigiDestined, and Taichi goes to the Digital World!
TOKYO DIGITAL CRISIS
AND TO THE DIGITAL WORLD
THE HOLY DIGIMON
THE TARGETED KINGDOM
THAT BOY IS JOE KIDO
THE CHILDREN'S ATTACK ON THE FORTRESS
THE ULTIMATE DIGIMON ATTACKS
THE STEEL-SOLID SUPER EVOLUTION
THE WOLF STANDING ATOP THE DESERT
The Digimon franchise used to be a big thing in the early 2000s. Although on surface level it was just a proxy battle show that was only aiming to sell videogames to kids, it was also the perfect isekai. Despite being a trapped in a videogame story it didn’t have the bullshit of the 2010 isekai. It had a complete story, it wasn’t rushed, it was allocating screentime to all its main characters, and it wasn’t about forming a harem in a fantasy realm since the characters wanted to return home. They weren’t killed and removed from their world, just so they could permanently be having a jolly time while playing videogames, as is the trend nowadays. The second season lost a lot of the charm of the first since it had basically turned into another power fantasy. The kids were now chosen ones who were coming in and out of the videogame whenever they felt like it, they were having fun in it, and their monsters were at max level. The tension of the first season just wasn’t there anymore. And as it turns out the reboot of the franchise suffers from the exact same issues. A lot of things have changed in those 20 years it took for the reboot to happen. The demand for better animation has skyrocketed, which is why we longer get those awful CGI transformations of the original. Along with it the need for instant gratification also skyrocketed, as people of today lose their interest a lot easier if they don’t get a dopamine fix every few minutes. That means nowadays the pacing has to be a lot faster and there has to be a lot more spectacle in every episode. Something that becomes a huge detriment to characterization and power escalation. The original show was spending a big portion of every episode in showing one of the kids facing a problem in a coming of age way. The ending was reserved for a battle with an enemy monster where you would get a couple of transformations and a few minutes of spectacle. The plot structure was simple, but it was functional in giving you the time to like what is going on. The new version doesn’t do that as it’s rushing to have as much action as possible; meaning it doesn’t give the characters the time to think about what to do next. Heck, it tells them right away that they are special chosen ones. You cannot empathize with them since you don’t feel they are going through important shit. They are messiahs amidst dozens of transformations and special attacks per episode, which makes the whole thing to be hollow spectacle instead of character drama. The power scaling is another issue with the new version. They were rushing to introduce all the different evolutions instead of doing it gradually. As a result, because of their frequency transformations quickly became redundant. More importantly the last evolutions eclipsed the lesser stages very quickly and made them feel like filler, something which wasn’t the case with the original, since over there every new evolution would stick around for a dozen episodes before the next one comes up. Another issue is that in the reboot Taichi and Agumon are always at a far higher level of power than the rest. In the original the kids were at the same level the whole time and thus felt equally important. Over here Taichi monopolizes the action in every final showdown and the rest feel like a bunch of Yamchas waiting for Goku to arrive and save the day with his broken powers. It just makes them to not be important. Even as far as spectacle goes, most of the times they don’t even get the impressive transformations of Agumon. If the very animators don’t care about them, why should you?Along with that, the conflicts don’t feel important either, because they are same-y. Instead of gradually introducing more and more powerful enemies that raise the stakes as the episodes go by, in the reboot you get planet-threatening monsters since episode 1. The writers had the brilliant idea to begin the show with Our War Game, which is the first movie and a major highlight that happened after the end of the first arc. You get god-level Digimon enemies in the freaking pilot episode! There is no room for escalation after that; every other big bad had to be planet-threatening and thus the order they fight them doesn’t matter. Furthermore many of them were supposed to be lieutenants of even bigger bad guys, which didn’t make any sense power-wise because they were all equally powerful. So yeah, as a whole it was hollow spectacle and nowhere near the quality of the original. There were only two minor improvements compared to it, one was the much better visuals (which don’t mean anything if the characters are Yamchas) and the other is the removal of the naughty stuff that were making the original unnecessarily creepy at times. Beyond that I don’t recommend it, stick with the original because retro always wins.
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