While searching for Gatomon's tail ring, Yolei, Kari, Ken, and their Digimon stumble into the Dark Ocean. When they are attacked by Blossomon, another of Arukenimon's creations, Gatomon and...
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While searching for Gatomon's tail ring, Yolei, Kari, Ken, and their Digimon stumble into the Dark Ocean. When they are attacked by Blossomon, another of Arukenimon's creations, Gatomon and Aquilamon DNA digivolve into Silphymon (only after Yolei slaps Kari in the face, something Kari did earlier in the episode). Written by
A claim I often make about "Digimon 02" is that it does the best job with the relationships amongst its characters. This doesn't necessarily mean that they are done perfectly or even fully capitalized on, only that they are more strongly defined and resonant. Whereas some people say "they could've done more with this", I say "they could've done more with this but what was done works well". "Opposites Attract" is, in my book, an exemplar for how this stuff should be handled. Frankly, if the rest of "Digimon 02" had followed suit, the cast would have been at least as strong as the one from the first season.
The art direction and editing are more effective than the previous episode, with some rather fluid animation for the kids, particularly the moment after Yolie slaps Kari, and the smart idea of showing multiple evolution sequences simultaneously to save time. The setting, being the World of Darkness, is naturally atmospheric, and the fact that the trio is constantly moving around makes the story feel more dynamic.
The key accomplishment is that, as with the team-up between Davis and Ken, Kari and Yolei actually facilitate one another's personal growth. The apologetic Yolei comes to worry about someone else for a change, and Kari gains a support in battling her fears. Over the course of the story, the relationship between the two girls is thoughtfully considered (for Digimon, that is), with the dichotomy in their demeanors made clear early and brought up in several interactions. Both have their own ways of dealing with concerns: Yolei openly voices them and Kari keeps them to herself, preferring to put on a facade. It recalls behavior from such episodes as "The Samurai of Sincerity" and "His Master's Voice", and it is apparent that they can mutually benefit from this team-up. They're different, yet see the positives in each other that they don't tend to see in themselves. Both are strengthened after actually opening up and understanding each other better, yielding another substantial introduction for a DNA digimon along with an entertaining end fight. Admittedly, I would have done without the slapping, but the clear improvement in communication is always beneficial, and something that rarely felt earned in the third season. By the end of the episode, it's believable that they have struck up a good rapport.
On a more basic level, the portrayals of the two girls are more refined than usual. Kari manages to retain an endearing quality while also being visibly troubled by the situation. It's a real credit to the animators and Lara Jill Miller's voice work. Yolei is kind of likable here. True she's still impulsive and not very tactful, but not a deliberate burden. She's trying, and the episode makes sure we never forget that; maybe that's why Kari gets a chuckle after her rambling. Ken also gets a chance to show that he is still very much wrestling with the demons of his past, a problem that amounts to more than mere guilt. Overall, my only real gripe is that, sadly, further revelations on the World of Darkness will be quite scarce, and with that there is a lost opportunity for this relationship to be significantly expanded upon.
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