Digimon Volume 4 - Season 2 Part 1 DVD Review
second season is a bit of a
mix-up compared to the first outing as it's without an entirely new
characters thrown into the digi-mix. It's a nice combination of
introduces some new characters to the proceedings with Davis, Yolei,
Ken and doesn't toss the old cast aside either. The writers found that
was adequate room for expanding upon the original main characters and
some new ones into the mix that are also interesting.
it appeared as though
everything was going fine in the Digital World at the end of the first
it's certainly a place that faces brand new challenges this season. The
now has an Emperor who is determined to rule it and eventually take
world. Thus there is a new quest involving many returning characters
original DigiDestined team but it also begins a new storyline that
new characters, who are to become appointed as DigiDestined. The stakes
time around are not for the fate of the Digital World alone - or in
finding a way
home. This time around the stakes are in saving the entire world.
second season of the show offers
some good similarities and differences to make it distinct enough and
own charm as separate from the first season outing. The return of the
characters from the first year of Digimon was a great choice.
first season reached an acceptable level of closure for those
still didn't feel complete in an ideal way for fans and it was a
return to revisit these characters. This allows the show to give more
to fans looking for a new adventure with Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi,
fans felt the second year of
the show was a major disappointment and yet there was also tremendous
from fans who felt everything about it built upon the first outing in
interesting and satisfactory way. The series does build, but in an
direction. It dramatically shifts focus as it brings the natural world
forefront. Characters can be transported back and forth between the two
this time, and the stakes involve both environments.
season brings back the signature
brand of humor at times but everything has a newly added coat of
surrounds the intense plotlines, as the DigiDestined have to bring back
to the DigiWorld and save Digimon from the new "Digimon Emperor"
determined to make Digimon evil and to take over our natural world.
series is just as delightful in
its second season as it was in its first. The show is great
kids because it offers an opportunity to see characters of both genders
undergoing challenges with intelligence and skill, and it's a
storyline that dramatically excels in the craft of storytelling in
to many other creations.
volume contains only the
beginning of the second season, which ends up being the conclusion to
era of Digimon storytelling. The main
characters and the new characters introduced in this volume get a
develop some more over the season, eventually these characters close
series of storylines so that a new one can begin. In exploring these
however, fans will find that the series is still in its early footing.
expands the show by delving into the second season, which
features great action-packed adventure, fun characters, stellar
a well-told story. For fans of the original journey into the DigiWorld,
returning to the saga of the DigiDestined is great entertainment and is
the journey beyond being a nostalgia trip, with this volume set
first 21 episodes of the second season
(other-wise known as Digimon: Adventure 2).
presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of
1.33.1 (full frame) and it looks about as good as it did when it was
on television. The sources can be inconsistent occasionally and it's
the episodes as presented on this set come from a couple of sources.
fans won't notice the minute
differences in the encodes but it does appear as though some episode
more in interlacing and edge enhancement than other episodes: some
softer and others featured greater clarity in focus. It's a mixed bag,
consistently an agreeable (if unremarkable) presentation.
2.0 English language audio preserves the original English dubbing and
accompanying sound mix, but the original Japanese language version has
included (which is likely because of a combination of licensing issues
because some moments were edited in the North American version). The
quality is decent: clean, clear, and easy to understand. There isn't
this sound design but it gets the job done.
supplements are included on this
Adventure Vol. 4 is
the first volume edition
release of the Digimon series that contains episodes from the
season. Volumes 1 through 3 contained the entire first season of the
across the three releases. This three-disc release contains the first
episodes from the second season, which is picking things up four years
following the events of the first season outing. Season 2 manages to
continuing Season 1's story while expanding the Digi universe
what the first season established.
or not fans will want the
fourth volume release of Digimon is an interesting question: fans who
own the complete second season set or the complete seasons 1-4
gain anything from it (unless they must have everything Digimon
related). Fans who already purchased the first three
volumes of season one are encouraged to pick it up and to continue
Digimon universe within this volume,
which amounts to being the introduction of season 2. If you can't
afford to get
all of the seasons or the 4 season set it definitely isn't a bad
to get the volumes.
I'm certain that some fans might
prefer purchasing the stand-alone season sets or the four season set as
more content all at once. The discs included within this volume are
to the 3 discs within the full season 2 release. (You won't get the
from the complete season set release, though).
the disc content remains
the same and you get Digimon on DVD.
Just decide: complete season sets, complete set, or volumes? Pick the
that best fits your own collecting and any of these releases on DVD is
merit for Digimon fans.
one of the best children's anime series around and it's
one of those rare series that won the hearts of children and has
stay as meaningful and well-made for that audience over the years since
original series concluded. Regardless of the way a fan ultimately
own the series on DVD it's certainly worth adding to a 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.