Digimon Season 2 DVD Review
one of the best children's anime
series around and it's one of those rare series that won the hearts of
and has managed to stay just as meaningful and well-made for that
the many years since the original incarnation of the show was
creative and energetic anime focuses on a group of kids (known as
who have become intertwined in the Digital World and must save it and
season is a bit of a mix-up compared to the first outing as it's
entirely new group of characters thrown into the digi-mix, as it's a
combination of characters: it introduces some new characters to the
with Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken and doesn't toss the old cast aside
There is room for expanding upon the original main characters and to
new ones in that are also interesting.
continues for the characters four years after the events of the first
While it appeared as though everything was good in the Digital World at
of the first season, it's certainly something that faces new challenges
season. The digiworld now has an Emperor who is determined to rule it
eventually take over the world. The new quest involves many returning
characters and character-specific moments for the original DigiDestined
but it also begins a new storyline that involves the other new
are to become newly appointed DigiDestined. The stakes this time around
of the fate of the Digital World alone or in finding a pathway home
(one of the
main areas of importance the first year) but saving the entire world.
season of the show offers some good similarities and differences to
distinct enough and with its own charm as separate from the first
outing. The return of the main characters from the first year of Digimon was a great choice. While the first
season reached an acceptable level of closure for those characters, it
didn't feel complete in an ideal way for fans and it was a pleasant
revisit these characters. This allows the show to give more closure to
looking for a new adventure with Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe, and
the second year of the show was a major disappointment and yet there
tremendous support from fans who felt everything about it built upon
outing in an interesting and satisfactory way. The series does build,
but in an
unexpected direction. It dramatically shifts focus as it brings the
world to the forefront. Characters can be transported back and forth
the two worlds this time, and the stakes involve both environments. The
also brings back the signature brand of silly humor at times but
a newly added coat of darkness that surrounds the intense plotlines, as
DigiDestined have to bring back peace to the DigiWorld and save Digimon
the new "Digimon Emperor" determined to make Digimon evil and to take
just as delightful in its second season as it was in its first. The
great entertainment for kids because it offers an opportunity to see
of both genders undergoing challenges with intelligence and skill, and
well-written storyline that dramatically excels in the craft of
comparison to many other creations.
marks the end of the original Digimon
era of storytelling, because with the conclusion the writers managed to
the main storyline well for both the original characters introduced and
new characters just appearing this season. I definitely appreciate the
of the writers to bring closure to fans. This essential element is a
fundamental reason the show is successful artistically. Future seasons
all new characters.
second outing features action-packed
adventure, fun characters, stellar animation, and a well-told story.
of the original journey into the DigiWorld, returning to the saga of
DigiDestined is great entertainment and is worth the journey beyond
being a nostalgia
trip, with this fantastic collection containing the entirety of the 50
season spread across an eight-disc set.
presented in the original broadcast
aspect ratio of 1.33.1 (full frame) and it looks about as good as it
it was broadcast on television. The sources can be inconsistent
and it's clear that the episodes as presented on this set come from a
notice the minute differences in the encodes but it does appear as
episode feature more in interlacing and edge enhancement than other
some episodes are softer and others featured greater clarity in focus.
mixed bag, but it's consistently an agreeable (if unremarkable)
2.0 English language audio preserves the
original English dubbing and its accompanying sound mix, but the
Japanese language version has not been included (which is likely
because of a
combination of licensing issues and because some moments were edited in
North American version). The sound quality is decent: clean, clear, and
understand. There isn't much to this sound design but it gets the job
only extras are a printed 32 page booklet featuring a Digimon:
Season 2 Character Guide and a
Gallery featuring more than 40 sketches of Digimon.
into something even more ambitious
with the second adventure as it added several new characters into the
without leaving behind the originals, and the challenges in the
became even more complex when the fate of the entire world became mixed
the overarching journey.
anime series is a great one and it is still enjoyable for longtime fans
worth rediscovery (or discovery). The PQ/AQ is decent quality and while
collection lacks much in the extras department, it gains some
for containing every episode of the 2nd season (all
50 of them!) in one reasonably-priced collection.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.