Digimon: Digital Monsters: Season 1, Episode 45

The Ultimate Clash (8 Apr. 2000)

TV Episode  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
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Matt doesn't understand why they have to be in the DigitalWorld and we wants to leave RIGHT NOW! (Yes, he has BIG issues right now). MetalGarurumon and WarGreymon battle while Matt and Tai ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Seth ...
Tai Kamiya / Motimon (voice)
Michael Reisz ...
Matt Ishida (voice)
Philece Sampler ...
Mimi Tachikawa (voice)
Wendee Lee ...
T.K. Takaishi (voice)
Sora Takenouchi (voice)
Mona Marshall ...
Izzy Izumi (voice)
Michael Lindsay ...
Joe Kido (voice)
Tifanie Christun ...
Biyomon (voice)
Kirk Thornton ...
MetalGarurumon (voice)
Palmon (voice)
Gomamon (voice)
Agumon (voice)
Patamon / Tokomon (voice)
Kari Kamiya / Mysterious Entity (voice)


Matt doesn't understand why they have to be in the DigitalWorld and we wants to leave RIGHT NOW! (Yes, he has BIG issues right now). MetalGarurumon and WarGreymon battle while Matt and Tai have a fist fight. This was Puppertmon's plan all along, to get all the DigiDestined to destroy each other. A strange light suddenly appears and takes over Kari's body. The kids find themselves flying through the air and are surrounded by computer images from the past. They learn that the crests represent the best quality each of them had four years ago. Finally, they are told how and why each of them where chosen to be a DigiDestined. If any of the kid's special quality is ever lost, that child's Digimon can no longer Digivolve. After that was all over, Kari returned to normal, but was very weak and tired. Matt still wants to be alone and leaves again. Mimi doesn't want to go on with the goup either and stays behind too. Joe doesn't think that Mimi will be safe by herself and stays with her. They ... Written by Anonymous

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The kids finally get some straight answers
30 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

An important episode, the Dark Masters arc sees its apex here, boasting a memorable fight and some of the most intriguing revelations of the series. Episodes revealing the past have always been amongst my favorites, and this one does a commendable job with what it has.

The storyline is interesting, several key questions are answered and we get to see the most of Genai's history that we ever will. Wargreymon's fight with Metalgarurumon is one of the greatest in the franchise, with a good demonstration of both digimons' powers, and parallels well with the fistfight between Tai and Matt. Most people seem to focus on Matt's behavior here, but I think Tai makes a stronger impression because he is not acting out of impatience or aggression; he is legitimately correcting someone who has clearly overstepped his boundaries. It's also interesting to see a little more light shed on the fight between Greymon and Parrotmon, as well as the origin of the digimon partners. I especially liked the moment when Gatomon finds out why she was born alone. But…there are a few faults to be seen.

Despite all that it gets right, this episode is a testament to the writers' difficulty in having different story elements tie together. The mysterious being that possesses Kari is a wasted opportunity, as she never appears again and her sudden appearance just as Matt is asking all of these questions is a little too convenient. The explanation for how the eggs got to File Island is rather weak and an unconvincing reason for why everything had to turn out the way it did, not to mention it only inspires more questions concerning the tags and crests.

The final few minutes pose the biggest issue. When considering Matt's obviously unstable behavior, it makes little sense that the group would be so quick to forgive him. It would have been a great demonstration of Tai's maturity as a decision maker to tell Matt that he had broken their trust, and some time is required before he can work with them again. Ironically, Matt is the only one talking sense here, which is indicative of the fact that during his remaining appearances in both series the writers will go very easy on him. Nevertheless, the sheer enjoyment factor of this episode helps one to look past this.

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