The six DigiDestined, assisted by DigiDestined all over the world and Oikawa's gathered children, destroy MaloMyotismon. Oikawa is left dying in the dream dimension and uses the power of ... See full summary »

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Shakkoumon (voice)
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Gennai / Punimon (voice) (as Steven J. Blum)
Tifanie Christun ...
Yolei Inoue / Biyomon (voice)
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Davis Motomiya (voice)
Doug Erholtz ...
T.K. Takaishi / Jim Kido / Yuri / T.K.'s Son / Kari's Son (voice)
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Agumon (voice)
Neil Kaplan ...
Silphymon (voice)
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Gomamon / Tentomon / Haruhiko Takenouchi (voice)
Michael Lindsay ...
Joe Kido (voice)
Dave Mallow ...
Shakkoumon (voice)
Mona Marshall ...
Izzy Izumi (voice)
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Kari Kamiya (voice)
Edie Mirman ...
Gatomon / Silphymon (voice)
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Sora Takenouchi / Sora's Daughter (voice)
Derek Stephen Prince ...
Ken Ichijouji / Veemon / Imperialdramon / Derek (voice)
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The six DigiDestined, assisted by DigiDestined all over the world and Oikawa's gathered children, destroy MaloMyotismon. Oikawa is left dying in the dream dimension and uses the power of the dimension to help restore the Digital World to its original state. Twenty-five years later, when everyone in the Real World has a Digimon partner, both groups of DigiDestined are grown and their children now hold the responsibility of protecting the worlds. Written by Anonymous

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MaloMyotismon: The dying of the light, and no one to rage against it!
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An imperfect, but satisfying closer to the second Digimon season
4 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'd be lying if I said that the project to evaluate this season was not approached with some degree of trepidation. Naturally, getting to one of the focal points of controversy within this franchise worsens this. Nonetheless, for the sake of completion I have laid out my comments and thoughts on this season finale. Seeing it from a more mature perspective, my verdict is as follows. Though somewhat rushed and fraught with idealism, "A Million Points of Light" is a well-animated and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the Adventure storyline.

I've always claimed that this final conflict is better than the one from season 1. It's more original, feels grander, with the villain nearly gaining dominion over both worlds, and involves more than the kids waiting around for a miracle to save them. Not to mention, we get a pretty good display of MaloMyotismon's powers. Every time the partner digimon blast at him, he blasts back even harder, all while coating the Earth with darkness. The writers just couldn't help giving in to the age old blunder of the villain wanting the good guys to live long enough to witness his triumph, but never mind.

It's curious that the writers opted to have MaloMyotismon defeated by means other than sheer strength, given the obvious intention to quickly close the series. The idea of overcoming him by, in essence, the optimism of life goals, has not appealed to all, and that is an understatement. It smacks of idealism, borders on mawkishness and is certainly not helped by the flimsy voice acting of the spore infected children. That being said, idealism is not inappropriate for this type of show or for motivating kids (even "The Simpsons" acknowledged that in the episode "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"). The overall impression is not "believe and you can do anything", but rather "having goals will help you endure hard times", and that is a good thought. It lines up with the running theme of uplifting others, which has served this series well.

By far, the best assets of this finale are the visuals. The artwork remains just as pleasing to look at, with the desolate, gloomy setting being a good alternative to the stale desert settings from the past. Many memorable sights are to be found. The light beams from the digivices, the gloomy atmosphere at the old camp site, MaloMyotismon's screaming darkness attack, the Giga Crusher…these are images that lingered in my mind long after watching the episode. Beyond that, some of them are tributary, which befits a finale. Seeing the older characters back at the old camp site brings a great old-fashioned feeling and the animators were even nice enough to recreate the "waterfall" effect from the very first episode. Call me a sap, but simply seeing all these characters together after the victory is enjoyable, though arguably perfunctory.

As far as "tying up loose ends" goes, it's pretty hit-and-miss. Involving the kids from the World Tour in this manner was a good idea, giving their existence a bit more purpose and setting the stage for the eventual coexistence of the two worlds, which humans were trying to accomplish the wrong way (hence Genai's efforts). We also get closure on Gatomon's lost tail-ring, and a very moving ending to Oikawa's story. I think it's fitting that he was able to enter the Digital World, but his mistakes prevented him from doing so in the way he originally envisioned. It's yet another case of a villain actively repairing the damage he has caused. Most fans seem to hate the World of Darkness plot point, not without some justification. I too lament that it was not integrated more thoroughly, but it complemented the main storyline sufficiently that I simply accept it as another element of the world that this series takes place in.

Now, for the big point of discussion: the epilogue. I think it's…passable. Though it further affirms that the writers were rushing to end the series and begin working on "Tamers", I'm not going to go overboard and call it a failure. The main issue is that, again, the pacing is brisk. There's so much for us to take in about these guys' futures and hardly enough time given to allow the audience to process it. In fact, a strong case can be made that this finale should have been an hour long, with maybe the final 15 minutes devoted to the characters' thoughts on their experiences. Not to mention, it would have made more room for pure action. I don't take much issue with their professions. Even as a kid, my only reaction to Matt becoming an astronaut was, "hmm, that's kind of neat". Knowing that these characters went on to lead good lives and continued to display the same unity they once did is far more important to me, and that's where the epilogue's greatest success resides. The one outcome I do find puzzling is Yolei being content as a housewife, because it conflicts with her personality. Unlike most, I like Davis' dream of owning a noodle cart. It's difficult to explain, but perhaps it's just so spontaneous that it becomes amusing. It's not like the writers tried to hide the fact that it comes out of the blue (even the other kids recognize that).

As a side note, I'd like to point out one interesting detail. BlackWarGreymon's sacrifice in sealing the gate actually did have one significant result. Oikawa using his life force to repair the damage to the digital world was only possible because he was forced into the dream dimension. It would have been nice for someone to acknowledge that.

Though marred by several things, this is an ending that does what it has to. It doesn't exactly encourage retrospection like the rest of the final arc did, but it does provide a satisfying farewell to characters that we have come to care about. On that level, it is worth a watch.


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