>Blast to the Past Part 1
October 15, 2010 Leave a comment
> Let me take you back in time. Eleven years ago to be more precise. The year is 1999, and I, being the 6 year old child that I was, had merely scratched the surface of the world of anime. I was carrying on my usual saturday mornings routine: Watching cartoons with my sister while wrapped in a blanket. The channel? Fox kids. And then came on the premier of the show that would change the way I thought about anime. Digimon Digital Monsters.
The premise was this: During a summer camp, a bunch of kids are thrown into the Digiworld, chosen to be the saviors of the world and clear the world away from evil. Along the way, they are accompanied by monsters known as the digimon, who hold the ability to evolve into vastly more powerful creatures. The idea seems childish now, but back in 1999, it was my Citizen Kane.
The character you followed were Tai, the courageous kid who never backed down, no matter what, then Matt, the ‘older brother’/ rebel character of the group, Sora, the tomboy girl who showed more maturity than the other characters, Izzy, the geek who used his knowledge to get the group out of many dangerous situations, Mimi, the
fanservice girl who was loving to her friends, Joe, the even geekier kid who eventually grew a pair, and T.K, the younger brother of Matt who cried a lot. Eventually, Kari, Tai’s younger sister, joined the group, but she was just as frail as she was when she’s first introduced in the series. Every character had their own ‘epiphany’, and became a much more stronger character from those experiences. I’m almost tempted to compare this to Pokemon, where that show had absolutely no character development, but really, the only reason we watched that show was to see pokemon beat the shit out of each other.
At first sight, the digimon you see look a little too cute and a pushover that any person could take with their bare fists. But when they evolved….. just holy shit. Your balls dropped to see how badass they could be as they evolved into their advanced stages. You saw him go from this:
When season 2 came around, I was a little bothered by the fact that the series didn’t include the most the main cast from the first series. Granted, TK was back, with bigger balls and a longer penis, so was Kairi with bigger breasts, and had a sleeker figure, but then there was the Tai wannabe, Davis, who also wore the goggles but was even more energetic than Tai. There was Yolei, the geeky girl who also used her smarts in battle, Cody, a mature version of T.K. but is also very cold, and then the star of the show, Ken, originally the Digimon Emperor who was originally digidestined kid who grew mad with power. From this season, they changed the formula up a bit. This time around the digimon hold the ability to combine and form better and bigger digimon. A little odd at first, but I accepted it. The show reached its prime when it came to Ken making his ultimate resolution to change into a good character. He finds that there’s more to power, and allows himself to become accepted into the digidestined group. Despite the awesome battles, the very last bit of the ending was rather disappointing. It suddenly no longer became a show about beating the shit out of evil monsters, but about kids believing in their dreams or some shit. Not as heartwarming as the first season was, but still great nevertheless. After the second season, I thought this series had met its end. I was sad. I rolled up into a corner and cried. Then the movie was announced. And then there was Jesus.
To be continued!