Digimon Adventure: 2020 Episode 7 Review Reaction – That Boy Is Joe Kido

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Episode 7 of Digimon Adventure: 2020 was one of my favorite episodes of the new series, nailing the introduction of one of Digimon’s most real characters in this Joe Kido centred episodes.

With Mimi and Palmon recently recruited, the kids work their way towards the sea and happily realize they’re closer than they thought: Tai, Sora, Agumon and Birdramon volunteer to scope out the ocean from the air, only to get rocked by a cannon-shooting sea based Digimon, Gesomon. Just when thinks are looking dicey they’re saved by Gomamon, who is once again voiced perfectly by Junko Takeuchi, who’s played Gomamon since 1999 and — fun fact — also voices Naruto.

Once back on land, Gomamon explains that he knows all about chosen children and their mission, because he has a partner of his own. In this scene with things calming down, we’re treated to an amazing steel drum variation on the show’s adventure theme that I loved hearing. It really complimented the scenery with its beach vibes. Moving passed that there’s no easy way to be the replacement for internationally beloved songs like “Butterfly” and “Braveheart” , if you can accept the new show’s music for what it is, I think it’s actually proving itself to be pretty fantastic.

Back on plot, we find out Joe knows about his responsibility relating to the Holy Digimon, but resents the burden as he’s already devoted his summer to studying to middle school entrance exams. Anyone familiar with the character knows that Joe and studying go hand in hand, but I thought the show knocked it out of the park showing the turmoil this young kid is and just how destructive societal and familiar pressure to be the best can be. I mean we actually see Joe punching a log and slamming his head against the wall. It was kind of heartbreaking and really…real.

Still, the kids have a mission to accomplish and if Joe won’t help then they decide to improvise without him. I love the shot of the kids here, it remind me of some of the classic key art for the 1999 version of Digimon Adventure. Gomamon is wiling to join, offering some rookie level sea support. Gomamon is quickly overwhelmed and washes up on shore where he’s saved by Joe, who’s been watching from the sidelines.

Gomamon finds the exact words Joe needs to hear: what you need to get done in this world, you don’t have to do alone. It couldn’t be more true — heck, Joe was only able to do the studying he crammed in before the other kids’ arrival because Gomamon was on security and supply gathering duty for him. Joe decides it’s his turn to help Gomamon and triggers his evolution into Ikakumon.

We see a great Ikakumon transformation, a new short Togemon evolution, and here is where I should note that again Birdramon gets nothing! Poor Birdramon. Maybe one day.

The ensuing fight scene once again impressed the heck out of me for not being a simple “power up and then instantly win” match. Ikakumon is not able to wreck Gesomon in one shot, or anything like that. It’s just that Ikakumon’s presence gies the team some well needed ocean support, but the goal is mainly to have Ikakumon drag Gesomon onto the land, where Togemon and Greymon are in their element and can take it from there.

Just the fact that the Digimon are fighting as a unit, playing to their elemental strengths and weaknesses, is really cool to me, and something we don’t get to see that often.

They win — no surprise there — and Joe agrees to join the mission, mainly because the sooner they care care of this whole Tokyo power outage the sooner he can get back to studying. It’s bittersweet, but Joe has a sense of humour and autonomy here that highlights this journey he went on in this 20 minute episode.

Joe is such a compelling character and so much more than “the nerd in the group” or “the scaredy cat” and I’m thrilled that the new show not only recognizes that but spends the time on it. This is a 8/10 episode for me. It would be higher if it had larger movement towards the larger plot, but as a “forming the band” episode before advancing the Holy Digimon plot, I thought it was as good as it could have possibly been.

 

 

Digimon Adventure: 2020 Episode 5 Review Reaction- Holy Digimon

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Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 5, Holy Digimon, offers fans a whole new history of the Digital World for this show and sets up what looks to be the show’s central plot moving forward.  Mega level teases, strategic Digimon battles and a new Digivolution that is equal parts awesome and hilarious make for an essential episode.

Picking up immediately after the events of Birdramon Soars, Tai, Sora, Agumon and Piyomon reach this rainbow mountain and trigger communication with the statues of ancient Digimon after Tai reads and touches mysterious glyphs.

The kids learn about the history of this show’s Digital World and simultaneously, long time Digimon fans learn once and for all that the story of this world is in fact different than Adventure 01. Long ago the forces of evil and good collided. Six familiar mega level Digimon fought for the side of good and won the battle, before being reverted to eggs and more or less scattered across the Digital World like Dragon Balls.

It seems like the Agumon, Piyomon, and Tentomon that we’ve met this far are in fact the same Digimon who foughts as megas all those years ago, seeing as Agumon had an involuntary emotional response to hearing this story. Now, dark forces are back and it’ll take the power of human kids to help those old warrior Digimon get their strength back.

Overall, I’m pretty into this setup. It’s a little black and white for my liking — good and evil Digimon fought and now they’re fighting again — but we do have to remember that we’re adult fans of a new kids’ show. The plot isn’t made to wow us and it’s going to skew simpler.

I would love it if they went nuts and later revealed that this great war with mega level digimon was somehow a reference to the events of Adventure 01. Maybe there was a reboot of the Digital World or even somehow a reboot of the human world and that’s how we can explain how the events of 01 really happened in this universe even though this Tai is ostensibly a different Tai from the first show, living in a different time period. But this would all be super meta and difficult to pull off, and again I just don’t think a kid’s show is going to go for something like that. But I would love to see it. I digress. I’m spinning out into theory video territory here — I can definitely do a “my theories” or “how I’d write Digimon Adventure 2020” video if that’s something you viewers are interested in, but for now let’s focus on the content in front of us.

So after this exposition, the kids are ambushed by a small army of Digimon seemingly controlled by Songbirdmon — which, is probably a completely normal sounding name for Japanese viewers but comes across a little silly in English. Here is where something amazing happens though, in my opinion: the ensuing battle is not just a simple fight where whoever Digivolves first wins. There is strategy involved in this battle related to physical location as the Digimon intentionally pin down the kids, who can’t make a concentrated attack because they’re caved in and surrounded by all sides.

I did not expect something like this from Digimon. It felt like a tactics game, like Fire Emblem (or Digimon Survive maybe?) where your spot on the map is more important than your attack power alone. Team A (Sora, Tai, Piyomon and Agumon) conclude that they need Birdramon to pierce through the barrier so that Greymon can land a decisive blow from a better vantage point. It’s really smart and it was genuinely satisfying to see the chosen children contributing to the battle with their heads instead of just letting their monster friends do the fighting.

Elsewhere, Team B (Izzy and Tentomon) have an ambush of their own to deal with. Tactics takes a bit of a back seat here in favour of playing up an emotional connection between Izzy and Tentomon. I have to say, I don’t necessarily remember this from Adventure 01 but in recent years I’ve been loving the unique bond these two have, as seen in Tri and now here. There is a sweetness to Tentomon not observed in the other Digimon; Tentomon and Izzy both seem like outsiders of the group and Tentomon seems protective of Izzy in a way that is really endearing.

That protective nature manifests itself in a Digivolution, one that is absolutely hilarious to me: we get to see Tentomon midway through evolving to Kabuterimon, which is basically this swollen jacked bug man. It’s gross and I love it. It reminds me of the Ultra Beasts from Pokemon Sun and Moon. Kabuterimon kicks all kinds of butt, the kids confirm their commitment to the newly discovered mission, and once again the episode end shortly thereafter.

But not before two great teases! We get to see a series favorite villain, Devimon, as well as the iconic pink cowboy hat and the girl it belongs to, Mimi. Looks like next episode will see Mimi joining the party (which, side note, I’m now realizing sounds like we’re watching a fantasy RPG, and I’m okay with that).

Overall this episode succeeded in telling us a bit more about this world while building a path for our lead characters to walk down for the foreseeable future. It’s interesting to note that T.K. and Kari’s angel Digimon were NOT present in the flashback to the ancient Digimon battle that showed mega levels of the other kids’ Digimon. This makes me think there will be some exciting twists having to do with their roles in the story. I’m looking forward to seeing how the show deals with two holy Digimon joining the ranks of the 6 hero Digimon of the past.

8/10 – Digimon Adventure: 2020 “Holy Digimon” sets up what we assume is the end goal for the next handful of episodes, if not the rest of the series. With satisfying world building and smart action that goes beyond the “punch harder” trope, this episode succeeds.


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Digimon Adventure: 2020 Episode 4 Review – Birdramon Soars

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After what feels like ages, Digimon Adventure 2020 is back in business. The Digi train has left the station and finally viewers get to explore the new Digital World teased  at the end of Episode 3.

Birdramon Soars finds itself in a tricky spot as far as expectations go. It is the first episode after a two month hiatus that was unplanned and out of the studio’s control. It is also essentially the first episode of a new mini arc, meaning the events of this episode were never going to reach the highs of Episode 3, which was the conclusion of mini arc 1.

With all that said, Birdramon Soars mostly impressed me with its realization of the Digital World, a jaw dropping Digivolution sequence, and time for Sora and Birdramon to…well…Soar.

Animation Concerns After The Hiatus

I do have one concern with this episode, though, and that was with some moments of animation that didn’t feel all that animated. Let’s just rip the band-aid off and cover that before exploring what I loved.

Early on viewers are treated to sprawling shots of this shiny, bright Digital World, which I adored as establishing shots…until Digimon in motion were included. For some reason these monsters didn’t feel like they were moving in a space — they felt like PNG files dragged across a background in Photoshop. I don’t consider myself an animation snob, but there was little to no animation on the creatures themselves and it was extremely hard not to notice.

Later on in the episode the same thing happened to Sneimon – the Digimon flies out of the shot but instead of flying it looked like clip art was dragged out of the crop area.

I’m curious to see if we’ll get more of this in future episodes or if it will prove to be an anomaly. Is this the first time we’re physically seeing the side effects of the mandatory work from home period animation studios were forced to take? OR, was episode 4 always going to take a hit? It’s always possible and fairly common for shows to pour their budgets into the first few episodes and the final couple episodes of a season to grab audiences from the start, so maybe episode 4 was always destined to look a little worse than episode 3.

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One thing that didn’t look worse was the phenomenal Digivolution sequence that Agumon is treated to in this episode. Between the original 01, Tri, and this, I think Adventure 2020 may have just given us the best evolution sequence we’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to see the other partner Digimon get this treatment, and I’m even more excited to see what Champion to Ultimate will look like!

As for the episode’s plot it’s fairly straight forward, and honestly a nice slowdown after the dramatic heights of the Tokyo Digital Crisis arc. The kids have 72 hours before a region wide blackout hits Tokyo, and have to work their way towards a colourful mountain that seems to hold the answers. Sora, Tai, Agumon and Piyomon craft a raft, and in a delightful moment Sora justifies why she wears that helmet-hat thingie, deeming it necessary to wear a helmet for this dangerous raft ride.

Taichi and Greymon fight an enemy in the water while Sora and Piyomon fight the Sneimon in the sky. Sora demonstrates courage and love climbing up the Sneimon’s leg to free Piyomon, and their connection results in the birth of Birdramon. We’re treated to a killer bit of music by Takayoshi Tanimoto, and the episode more or less ends.

Conclusion

Birdramon Soars was a fine addition to the new canon of Digimon Adventure 2020 episodes. It presented concerns in the early half with clip art level animation at times, bu redeemed itself shortly after with an unbelievable transformation scene and a stellar fight with Birdramon. Episode 5 teases a bit of world building with Holy Digimon that looks promising; we’ll see next week if the history of this Digital World is similar to the original shows, or if they’re going for something completely new.

7/10 – Digimon Adventure: 2020 “Birdramon Soars” takes things slow, letting viewers soak in the new series’ Digital World, and allowing Sora and Piyomon to form a believable connection.


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Digimon Adventure: 2020 Episode 2 Review – War Game

Digimon Adventure: 2020 Reboot returns with an episode that is likely to be more divisive than last week’s pilot: fans craving a shakeup of the Digimon Adventure formula will love the episode’s willingness to break the mold, while those who were concerned about the first episode’s breakneck pacing will be dizzied by how much happens here. Warning: full spoilers ahead!  Continue reading “Digimon Adventure: 2020 Episode 2 Review – War Game”

How To Watch Digimon Adventure: 2020 Reboot Online (Stream Links)

With the 2020 reboot of Digimon Adventure  arriving on Japanese television April 5th, chosen children all around the world outside of Japan are dying to know one thing: how can we watch?

UPDATE: we are happy to confirm Digimon Adventure: will join Crunchyroll’s Spring 2020 anime lineup! Crunchyroll has announced that new episode will be available on their services starting shortly after 10:30 PM EST on Saturdays.

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And Read our Episode 1 Review Here!

Is Digimon Adventure: 2020 Reboot Coming To Netflix?

Across certain Digimon fan communities on Instagram and Facebook, images are circulating that insist the Adventure reboot is coming to Netflix. However, there is no official source confirming this, and at the time we have to assume these images are fakes.

According to WillTheWill, Netflix Japan will in fact be getting episodes of Digimon Adventure: one week after each episode airs on Japanese television. Therefore, with a VPN set up, you could feasibly watch the show via Japanese Netflix, but there’s no reason to believe it will include English subtitles, or any non-Japanese language support for that matter.

Is Digimon Adventure: 2020 Coming To Crunchyroll?

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UPDATE: less than 24 hours after publishing this article, Crunchyroll has confirmed it will be bringing Digimon Adventure: to the west.

That’s right, we now know that Digimon Adventure: will join Crunchyroll’s Spring 2020 anime lineupLaunch Time: Saturdays at 7:30pm PT starting April 4 2020. That’s approximately 10:30 PM EST. 

Territories: North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, MENA, CIS, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

Seeing as Digimon Adventure Tri was a Crunchyroll exclusive in the Western world back in 2015, it would not be unreasonable to have theorized that the new reboot might be coming to Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll’s editorial website has actually written several news articles about the Digimon Adventure reboot, clearly building hype around the show.

Digimon Adventure: 2020 Reboot English Dub? Sub?

An English dub is always possible, seeing as Digimon Adventure Tri received an English dub that involved many of the original cast members reprising their roles. That said, there has been zero news on such a thing — not even Digimon Adventure Last Evolution Kizuna has an English Dub officially planned.

As of now, it seems we’ll need to wait a bit longer than the fans in Japan to experience the series in any language besides Japanese. How much will the show differ from the original? Will T.K. and Kari grow up to be a canon couple in this iteration? Who will come out on top of the Tai Matt and Sora love triangle? We’ll find out on the next exciting episode of Digimon Adventure: !

As we mentioned up top, we will update this page to include any and all news, links, and methods for Digimon fans outside of Japan to watch the new series. 

New Digimon Reboot Character Redesigns Side By Side

This just in from Japan! Digimon fan twitter account Digi_Channel has posted brand new art assets from Toei animation that show all of the Digidestined redesigns for the 2020 reboot of Digimon Adventure anime series.

The characters in these assets are all striking the same poses with the same hair and facial expressions, but with slightly more modern outfits. Have a look for yourself!

Matt & Tai or Yamato & Taichi

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We’ve already had a few good looks at Tai / Taichi thanks to the trailers, but look at Matt / Yamato! A purple shirt? Grey pants? SLEEVES!?

It’s a big change for sure, perhaps one intended to more closely match his Digimon’s colors?

Sora & Izzy or Sora & Koushiro

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No gloves for either character? Okay, we’re noticing a trend here. I guess gloves were just too much of a ’90s thing? Apart from that, Sora’s more pinkish aesthetic definitely matches her partner Digimon. Izzy is also looking pretty fresh with a zip up hoody replacing the button up.

Mimi & Joe

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These characters remain the most untouched in the 2020 reboot of Digimon Adventure. Mimi has a different colored hat and no gloves, while Joe has pants instead of shorts. Clearly Mimi’s fashion sense hasn’t changed, and Joe just probably doesn’t care about fashion.

T.K. and Kari or Takeru and Hikari

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The two angels of the Digimon adventure franchise are looking more adorable than ever in the new reboot! T.K.’s got a striped shirt while Kari has a sort of jean romper / suspenders outfit going on.

What do you think of the new outfits?

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