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As we continue to move along the hit-or-miss Deva arc, we reach a classic example of the clashing styles within the third digimon season.
The first few, tightly edited minutes reveal more details on the origins of digimon themselves, and manage to keep Janyu more involved than usual. Funny thing, though. Why would the man in the yellow jacket give a blue card to some random kid? If it was intended to get into the hands of one of the tamers, the planets must have really lined up because that card went through one heck of a relay race to get to Henry. You might say that the intention was to recruit this kid as a tamer, but that's doubtful because (a) as will be revealed later, the Digi-gnomes were the ones performing this task, not Shibumi or the Mokumon that assist him and (b) no one bothers with this kid ever again. In fact, we never really learn the purpose of the disguised Mokumon. It's all a lot more contrived than it has to be.
The rest of the episode throws out several developments and forgets to do anything consequential with them. Janyu identifies Shibumi's algorithm in the blue card, which will become important later, reminisces over the digimon project he worked on and even learns that digimon are real! However, his reaction is way too subdued, which is irksome in a show that bothers to cover the difficulties in hiding a monster from the rest of the world. Rather than have Janyu properly discuss his thoughts on the situation with Henry, as would be expected in a typical sci-fi drama, we get a poorly integrated, crudely drawn battle sequence with a 100% perfunctory introduction for Rapidmon and his dinky missiles because this stuff is obligatory in a kids' show I suppose. It cripples the flow of the story and robs these revelations of any weight they might have otherwise gained; watch "Destiny in Doubt" from the second season, where multiple matters were blended better.
It's one thing to draw out the suspense, and another to diminish the importance of certain developments by devoting minimal time to them. This problem will eventually be remedied during the D-Reaper crisis, when the series embraces its sci-fi aspects. Because all that's left is a few measly minutes, Janyu processes the discovery of living digimon with the same amount of amazement one would expect when the family just bought a new lamp, and talks to Henry with a minimal sense of worry or concern. For that matter, why would Janyu be so intent on keep this rather innocuous part of his history secret in the first place?
The cliffhanger is unexpected, but is there any payoff?
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