A new Ultimate level Digimon, Merukimon, crosses from the Digital World to the real world in search of Biyomon. Biyomon has become attached to Kristy. Marcus, Tomas and the rest of DATS ... See full summary »

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Marcus Damon (voice)
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Yoshino 'Yoshi' Fujieda (voice)
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Agumon / GeoGreymon (voice)
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A new Ultimate level Digimon, Merukimon, crosses from the Digital World to the real world in search of Biyomon. Biyomon has become attached to Kristy. Marcus, Tomas and the rest of DATS battle Merukimon but he is too strong and he takes Biyomon back to the digital world. However, the memories of Kristy remain fresh for Biyomon, who vowed to always protect her. Now as a Champion Level, Aquilamon, he returns to the real world to deal with these persistent memories. Aquilamon digivolves into Garudamon as he tries to defeat Marus and Agumon. But this new digimon cannot remember his relationship with Kristy and actually attacks her! Although Kristy is unharmed, she is heartbroken that the digimon has forgotten her. Marcus is distraught over his inability to stop Garudamon and protect his sister. Summoning new found strength - and transforming Geogreymon into Rizegreymon - Marcus defeats Garudamon and returns him to his original form, that of the egg of Biyomon. A tearful Kristy shares a ... Written by Anonymous

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Suffers from a problem practically endemic to this season
4 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

The thing that surprised me the most was the director of DATS, who is the first person on this show that actually looks Japanese. "The Rise of Rizegreymon" is more or less made in the same vein as "Grow Mon Grow" from the third season. It's essentially a string of action scenes that provide the hero with a challenge and a lesson, crammed into the same story. Marcus has been more amusing than expected, but the way he unlocks a new power is as perfunctory as it gets. Rather than suffering consequences from his recklessness or fixation on winning, he just wills more strength to protect his family. Just like with Takato in "Grow Mon Grow" this personal jump lacks any sense of fulfillment.

Nothing new is revealed concerning Merukimon, which is disappointing and doesn't build intrigue since he has already had his first full-blown appearance. Admittedly, one little innovation that I really like is the detail that digimon lose all memory of their previous life after being reconfigured. This would have been valuable in "Digimon 02", making some of the kids' discomfort with destroying an opponent more convincing. Biyomon continues to be a mere plot device, as the subplot with him wildly flying about, searching for Kristy, only exists to give Marcus a challenge to overcome, and will be all but forgotten by the next chapter. Admittedly, the thought of essentially being driven mad by a single memory is unsettling, but the episode reduces that notion to a simple feral state, which really isn't that impressive in a show like this. Endgimon's predicament in the original version of "Hurricane Touchdown" was far more interesting. When Kristy showed up, shouting his name, trying to talk sense into him and sulking over his defeat, I was unsurprised that I still didn't care.

Problems aside, the final scene has some really good stuff going for it, namely the animation quality and somber images of Marcus on the verge of defeat. Watch it without sound and it would be right at home in a more mature series. Rizegreymon himself is pretty cool, sporting a look and abilities that are more distinct from his predecessor, and the shot of him shooting down Garudamon is great. Overall, average and artificial, but the final scene is promising.


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