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  1. icomeanon6
    October 3rd, 2016 4:19 PM
    icomeanon6
    I can't say I'm looking forward to Digimon Universe, but I'll get to at least the first episode sooner than later.

    Episode 7:

    This is the one with Andromon, and I think it's a marginal improvement over the last few episodes if only because trapping Hikari in the city tweaks the formula a little and almost makes things tense (key word almost). I imagine this episode is pretty gag-inducing to someone who can't stand Hikari, as this is the first instance of her nebulous Light-powers coming into play in 02. The trouble with a character like Hikari is that while the other characters are defined by virtues/human qualities, Hikari is defined by something supernatural/mystical/spiritual. And because they don't really explore the supernatural side of her (only occasionally exploit it), what we're left with is someone generically virtuous, prone to facilitating Deus Ex Machina, and ultimately Sue-ish. She doesn't really bug me so much as make me wish they'd done a better job with her, as I generally like the pseudo-spiritual good-vs-evil aspect of Adventure/02. You can bet I'll have more to say about Hikari when the Dark Ocean episode rolls in (can't wait!).
  2. icomeanon6
    October 2nd, 2016 3:44 PM
    icomeanon6
    Episode 6:

    Just like last episode was "Isn't Iori kind of like Jou?", this episode is "Isn't Miyako kind of like Mimi?" Not much to say there, IMO. It was occasionally pretty funny, so I put it above the last episode, but the combination of formula and low stakes is really making the show drag. They go through the gate, they take down a tower, they come back, tune in next week. It's a cliched complaint about the first arc of 02 but I think it's valid. One positive thing I want to mention is that the Digimon Kaiser's transition from being amused at his enemies to irritated with them has been mostly smooth and convincing.
  3. icomeanon6
    October 1st, 2016 5:31 PM
    icomeanon6
    Lol, I almost wrote that Iori should have gotten Purity and Miyako should have gotten Knowledge, but I was thinking I'd wait a few episodes to see how well Purity fits Miyako.

    I think the blogger's explanation is a stretch. The search for inner truth I would call the pursuit of Wisdom rather than Knowledge. Also, the post sets up a false choice. The assumption that Iori would get Love if not Knowledge is peculiar. My first guess for a reassignment would be Love/Knowledge for Miyako and Sincerity/Purity for Iori. I don't think you'd have to swap their partners in that case; you'd instead have to think up 2 different evolved forms out of 4 for them. Basically, I wouldn't say these characters need a "switch" so much as a comprehensive rewrite of their arcs. It's definitely not a quick fix, but that's what happens when you have a fundamentally flawed story, heh. :P
  4. icomeanon6
    October 1st, 2016 2:23 PM
    icomeanon6
    Episode 5:

    This is the first 02 episode that I straight-up don't like. The formula is starting to get repetitive, and that whole "Iori is kind of like Koushiro plus Jou!" exchange was so on-the-nose it was embarrassing. The weird thing is that so far there's been so little about his character that makes me think "Crest of Knowledge," unlike "Crest of Sincerity." Pretty much all of his characterization has been about his strict personal code, not his curiosity or intellect. Unrelated, why'd they build a sled? They didn't look so far away that they couldn't just fly to the tower from the beginning.

    (Btw, I'm posting the last chapter of my Digimon fic a week from now. Still no comments, not even on FFNet. >_< )
  5. icomeanon6
    September 30th, 2016 5:54 PM
    icomeanon6
    (I've decided I'm not going to restrict myself to two sentences when I have more to say about an episode--as that just results in really tortured sentence structure--but this will still be pretty short.)

    Episode 4:

    The open contempt that Daisuke and Jun show for each other stands in stark contrast to the other sibling relationships in Digimon (like Taichi/Hikari, Yamato/Takeru), and it reminds me much more of the relationship I had with my siblings when I was Daisuke's age. What especially hit home was how confused and upset the closer siblings get when they see Daisuke's feelings toward Jun. Takeru of course played it cool like he does about everything (perhaps because he heard Jun badmouth Daisuke as well), but Yamato and Hikari really went off on him. Daisuke may have an attitude problem, but I think Hikari in particular was being a little pre-judgmental (she "hates" people like that) whether the writers wanted her to come across that way or not.
  6. icomeanon6
    September 29th, 2016 5:41 PM
    icomeanon6
    You got it! I've always run out of steam whenever I've tried to rewatch 02, but this should help me stay focused.

    I put my thoughts on Confession in the thread (which I get the impression tends to be dominated by those two guys arguing ad nauseum about canon minutiae...). Definitely my favorite of the Tri movies so far. What'd you think?
  7. icomeanon6
    September 29th, 2016 3:47 PM
    icomeanon6
    Episode 3:

    This episode has literal puppy-kicking, and I would deduct points for a lack of subtlety if it didn't segue nicely to the scene with Ken's one-spectator-animal-cruelty-coliseum (speaking purely from a stadium-design-geek standpoint, it's an interesting contrast to have a coliseum that's designed to please the emperor rather than placate the masses). I remember thinking that Nefertimon and Pegasmon were way less cool than Angewomon and Angemon, and I remembered correctly--heck, they pale in comparison to Fladramon and their attacks are visually uninspired IMO.
  8. icomeanon6
    September 28th, 2016 4:00 PM
    icomeanon6
    Episode 2:

    The main point I think where 02 suffers in comparison to Adventure is the relative lack of suspense and uncertainty, as it becomes clear in episode 2 that at the end of the day the kids are going to be safe at home as opposed to stranded in a mysterious world full of things trying to kill them. Also, no kid today would use a D-Terminal because they're so big and bulky (much closer in size to a Game Gear than to a smartphone) and when I noticed this I felt really old--thanks, Digimon.
  9. icomeanon6
    September 27th, 2016 4:59 PM
    icomeanon6
    Well, you asked for it, so I'm now rewatching Digimon Adventure 02 and am going to VM you with a two-sentence review of each episode until I'm done, until I get bored, or until you ask me to shut up. :D Just so we're on the same page, I'll be using PositronCannon's subs. I've actually seen only about half of the Japanese version of the show, so I'm interested to see how it differs from the dub in the second half.

    Away we go!

    Episode 1:

    It's weird how matter-of-fact the show is about big changes since Adventure, like those PDA-things that hold the digimentals and the gates in the computers. I'd forgotten that from the beginning they portray Ken like a kid who's taking a misanthropic approach to a video game--I recall the dub portrayed him more as a cackling-cartoon-madman until they saw where the script was going.
  10. icomeanon6
    September 21st, 2016 5:20 PM
    icomeanon6
    Boo, that stinks. :( Don't worry, I won't bomb you with spoilers.
  11. icomeanon6
    September 15th, 2016 5:07 PM
    icomeanon6
    Did you make it to the Tri dub? My reaction is surprisingly positive! :D
  12. Archy
    September 13th, 2016 4:36 PM
    Archy
    Oh! well hope you can do that :)

    Hmm well not bad! just routine and all. Dealing with school, last couple of months for me!
  13. Archy
    September 13th, 2016 4:31 PM
    Archy
    Hello!

    How are things? :)
  14. Fairy
    September 1st, 2016 8:41 AM
    Fairy
    was just about to pop in and say that your avatar is great but it looks like i was beaten to the punch lol
  15. colours
    August 28th, 2016 4:16 PM
    colours
    insert another "PLEASE KEEP YOUR AVATAR IT IS SO ADORABLE" AEgktjlaethaeoithaeigaet here

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