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Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode #36 Anime Review

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The last few episodes had been going up and up and now it’s time to go down.
© Akiyoshi Hongo, Fuji TV, Toei Animation

What They Say:
“OPERATION SATELLITE SNIPER”

Taichi’s group reunites with Koshiro and Tentomon after rising to the surface. Koshiro figures out a plan to stop the International Space Station from crashing into Tokyo. Will the Chosen Ones make it in time?!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It’s about time that the ISS threat concludes. I have been so ready for this to be put behind us. The people working in Houston and Tokyo are trying to figure out how to deal with it but they cant come up with a solution. I wrote about this before but the ISS threat has never been carried an emotional weight as compared to the earlier crises. They are faceless people running away from Tokyo and going into shelter but it doesn’t have any sense of dread to it. There should have been an emotional tether to make this threat have some aspect to make people care.   

Koshiro is the only man for this delicate job. In a moment of absolute astonishment, Koshiro breaks into time and space and acquires infinite knowledge. Koshiro analyzes the situation and comes up with a plan to save Tokyo. Everything has to according to plan or else Tokyo is doomed. They come across a yellow pillar of light where two ancient Digimon fought in a tremendous battle that left its make on the heavens. Komondomon is the best dog ever with his all-purpose body and his wonderful fur. But that comes to a stop as he can’t climb up the yellow pillar of light. He gives up a cheering roar as the Digidestined go flying off. He will be severely missed. 

© Akiyoshi Hongo, Fuji TV, Toei Animation

Time starts working in the Digital World as they only have 20 minutes to save Tokyo and we get to say goodbye to the ISS. The timer keeps going down as they fly over the pillar and Koshiro’s head goes to the worst-case scenario. Koshiro takes the mantle of leader and performs a first-class job. It’s been a while but we’re getting a montage scene again. Taichi and Sora put their faith in him as he proves his worth. Takeru and Hikari join them as well but they’re just there to go along for the ride. 

A new digivolution for Agumon occurs as he digivolves into Blitzgreymon. I would have liked this digivolution to occur under different circumstances. For one, it takes away the spotlight from Koshiro who was on a roll in this episode. Second, it doesn’t have the special spark that occurs when there is a new digivolution. It just happens and that all there is to what should be a joyous occasion.  It does fit with the biology theme that this season has been going. Its Darwinism at its finest, you have to adapt to your surroundings.   

© Akiyoshi Hongo, Fuji TV, Toei Animation

In Summary:
The last few episodes had been going up and up and now it’s time to go down. Everything that goes up must come down. If this episode only has the first five minutes and the last five minutes, then it would have been a bit better. The ten minutes in the middle just drag on and is boring filler. I do have to give it brownie points for breaking away from the conventional digivolutions. Metalgreymon expected Digivoluton form is Wargreymon but it breaks the mold as he digivolves to Blitzgreymon. I prefer if it had waited thought and given a chance to Koshiro to digivolve Tentomon to a new mega. This was their chance to shine and some of the momenta were taken away from them. 

Grade: C

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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