Meimi's Character Study
The characters are most definitely the reason we keep coming back for
more. So let's look at them through my eyes. Spoilers? Of course.
The Chosen Children
Season 01: My favorite character in 01, mainly because he gets beat
up the most. Taichi is brash, self-centered (or so it seems),
optimistic (most of the time) and doesn't really think before he
acts. His crest is the Crest of Courage, the aspect of himself he has
the most to learn about. Oh, he'll run headlong into things but it's
not really courage until he realizes exactly what he's doing and the
consequences that can and will arise from his actions. Acts like he
doesn't care, but most likely burying things and/or shrugging them
off so he won't have to deal with them because he doesn't know how.
Next to Yamato and Koushirou, Taichi probably has the most to learn
from the entire experience.
Season 02: Still has the same haircut and the goggles *shakes head*,
but definitely more grounded. 02 Taichi is more sensitive to the
others, more willing to let others help shoulder the burden. Though
frankly, him just handing over his goggles and leadership to Daisuke
is really just bizarre. They don't know how well Daisuke will handle
it and even if Agumon can't digivolve, Taichi is still more qualified
to lead the war against the Kaiser.
Agumon: He's a flat out dork. Agumon is exactly what Taichi needed,
someone who depends on him utterly and yet is absolutely loyal to
*him*. Other than that, Agumon really has to go to the bathroom way
too much. Basically a good soldier until the Skull Greymon deal, which
really should have produced way more angst in him than it did.
War Greymon is better because he actually has more sense in his mega
form, but other than that he's just more aesthetically pleasing to
the eye. Dinosaurs aren't my favorite creatures.
Season 01: Yamato is hands down the angsty pretty boy of the season.
He has a definite problem with authority which of course puts him at
odds with Taichi the majority of the time. He's very self centered
thanks to his history, almost on a par with Mimi. He can't understand
the others, and it's probably because he can't understand himself.
He's obviously over-protective of his brother, which tends to produce
problems. His crest is the Crest of Friendship, and he certainly has
a *lot* to learn about that aspect of himself. Frankly, in the long
run he has the most to learn from the digital experience and the most
to gain from it. I really didn't like him all that much until he
figured out how to live with himself and his own inner demons.
Season 02: Can we say cliche? The rebellious, pretty boy from the
first season is now the front man for a garage band. I was
practically rolling on the floor in tears from laughing at this turn
of events. He definitely learned a lot in season 01 and it shows now,
he's more balanced, more understanding of what friendship is all
about and not as awfully clingy of Takeru as he used to be. And hey,
at least his seiyuu can actually sing.
Gabumon: Exhibits some working brain cells, though can be just as
much of a dork as Agumon at times. Gabumon is the epitome of a
friend, which was exactly what Yamato needed. He wasn't going to
leave Yamato alone no matter how much his partner might have wanted
him to. Unfortunately, he still ended up doing some pretty stupid
stunts to *help* Yamato out.
Season 01: The mature, tomboy of the group... or at least that's what
she's billed as. She's basically the mother figure in the group,
though her protective streak is killed before is really started
getting interesting. I really liked the Bakemon episode with her and
Jou, which not only highlighted her want to help the others but also
showed her impatience on doing so when she couldn't understand on how
exactly to do that. Her crest is the Crest of Love, and she
definitely has a lot to learn about it. Frankly, I was starting to
like Sora before we learned of the reason 'why' she didn't think she
*loved* her mother. It just... really... seemed... to be a stupid
reason to not love your mother, at least to me it did. She somewhat
redeemed herself during the battle with Vamdemon in Tokyo, but there
really wasn't enough of her during the Dark Masters arc to make a
good opinion of her stick.
Season 02: She's a bit more happy with herself and a bit more girly.
I guess the viewers are supposed to assume that she was tomboyish to
show that she wasn't happy with herself. Kinda silly if you ask me,
but whatever floats her boat. Still kinda dull, though we can at
least blame that on her not being one of the main characters for
Piyomon: Thankfully not as much of a dork as Agumon or Gabumon, but
she's close. She's a miniature, childish Sora who loves Sora whether
her partner wants her to or not. This is of course what Sora needed,
so there's our Deus ex Machina and everybody's happy. Unfortunately,
Garudamon is still pretty dull too, so there's not much to be gained
in the long run.
Season 01: My second favorite character in season 01 (he would have
been my first, but Taichi bled more). Kou-kun is a brilliant angst
boy. He can't understand the others and so he hides behind his
computer to avoid the conflicts that will arise because he doesn't
know *how* to understand them. He's very focused on solving the
problems that show up, to the exclusion of everything else which is
really played upon in his character development. I really like how
season 01 shows how this can be both good or bad which is determined
by the situation at hand. Koushirou's crest is the Crest of
Knowledge, which is really odd because he doesn't need to learn
knowledge, he really needs to learn wisdom. And as the season goes,
Koushirou does learn the wisdom he needs to know to help him cope
with himself, his friends and life in general.
Season 02: Koushirou has definitely learned the fine line between
entrenching himself in his computer and the necessary interaction
with other people. He's a well balanced character who's obviously a
lot happier now than he used to be and a lot less confused about how
he should deal with other people. He's still into his computer work,
but it's not ruling his life the way it used to.
Tentomon: Tentomon is a bug and his evolutions are really ugly bugs.
He has a really bizarre voice in the Japanese series too and it
really just make the bizarreness of his character worse. On the
other hand, Tentomon is exactly what Koushirou needed to make him
realize that there's more to life than just his computer. Kabuterimon
is still freakin ugly though.
Season 01: Oh my god, Mimi is the most insecure girl on the face of
the Digital World. I actually like her, when she's not acting like a
self-centered idiot. Mimi is obviously a sheltered only child. She's
been preened and primped to be a cute adorable girl who shouldn't
have to worry about anything at all because other people will take
care of her. Thank god the Digital World came along and saved her
from herself. Mimi whines, she complains, she wants the others to do
for her because that's all she's known up to this point. The others
of course ignore her whining and complaining and she soon comes to
realize that she's the only person who can do for herself.
Unfortunately, she has a breakdown before her newfound knowledge can
balance itself out in her mind so she has to go off for awhile and
make peace with what she is now and what she used to be. Mimi's crest
is the Crest of Purity, and I guess it applies to her as she always
is. It's not exactly what she needs to learn, but I don't really
think there is a good term for that.
Season 02: For some godawful reason, Mimi's parents decided to move
from Tokyo to New York. Mental instability must run in the family.
Mimi in season 02 can take care of herself and is perfectly fine
doing so. This Mimi isn't going to run away just because there's a
problem. Her fashion taste is a bit odd, though thank god she didn't
keep that stupid afro for long.
Palmon: As a plant, Palmon doesn't have a backbone and it shows.
Mimi's insecurity really make Palmon unhappy and it takes most of the
show for Mimi to realize her digimon's distress since Palmon
obviously has trouble speaking up for herself. In fact, it's not
until the Lillymon evolution where she actually grows a spine and by
then it's a tad bit late for her to be an interesting character. Oh
Season 01: Jou has a serious confidence problem, he doesn't think he
has any and for a good while it seems as if that's true. Jou's life
has been planned out for him by his father and he doesn't know
whether he can live up to it or whether he even wants it. That
uncertainty bleeds over into everything else that he does. Jou's a
bit of a klutz in season 01, though it's rather understandable as
he's closer to puberty than the others are. He also feels responsible
for the others as he's the oldest in the group, but his uncertainty
becomes a problem with that too. Jou has the Crest of Faith, which
the definition used is more along the lines of Reliability so the dub
actually did a decent job there. Jou is the epitome of a boy scout,
he knows how to take care of things, he knows how to look ahead and
plan for the things that might happen and frankly without him the
others probably would have fallen apart at the first opportunity.
Season 02: Wow, things do get better with age. Jou of season 02 is
down right sexy. He's more confident in himself and it really, really
shows. He's come to terms with himself and is still looking to become
a doctor, though I think it's more because he's discovered he likes
helping people than because it's what his father wants.
Gomamon: Gomamon is a treat to watch, he's happy, he's smart, he's
easy going and he's optimistic. He's the perfect foil for Jou's
insecurities. Gomamon helps Jou realize that he's more than capable
of handling whatever crisis may come. That and he's downright cute,
even if Ikkakumon is a strange cross between a walrus and polar bear.
And let's not even discuss the turtle ultimate.
Season 01: Takeru is a young child who is very dependent on his
mother because of the divorce. He can't really understand why the
others fight amongst themselves or why anybody would want to hurt
anybody else. He does know that he can manipulate the others to an
extent so they won't fight and basically ends up making a 'happy'
persona for himself later on because he has to be brave. This of
course has long lasting problems as we see later in season 02. He's
hurt terribly by their abandonment of him halfway through the season,
which they really didn't mean to do but had the same effect. Takeru
was really too young to be forced into maturing quite so fast and it
really wasn't good for him. Takeru's crest is the Crest of Hope,
something more that he embodies during season 01 than what he needed
Season 02: Takeru starts out seeming to be well adjusted and on the
surface for the most part he is. Unfortunately, he didn't manage to
get out of season 01 in one piece. He has nightmares about the past
and they fuel his *need* to destroy all the evil... *period*. He
seems happy, but is quite likely just a mask he's been making for
himself since the first season. He probably has just as many issues
as Yamato did in season 01, but hides them behind his 'happy' mask.
He fights with Daisuke, but most likely because Daisuke goes out of
his was to provoke Takeru and also because Takeru is familiar enough
with his own 'act' to recognize another for what it is.
Patamon: Patamon is cuteness personified. He's the weakest member of
the Digimon team in terms of Rookie power but certainly makes up for
it in later evolutions. Patamon has the soul of a child and fits
perfectly with Takeru. He gets confused, he gets scared, he gets
angry, he likes to play and he identifies easily with his partner.
Angemon is drool worthy and kicks major ass. Angemon is also the
perfect digimon for Takeru, he's got the type of motif and attitude
that makes his partner feel safe.
Season 01: Not all that much of a personality to nail down other than
she's sickly and very dependent on her brother and Tailmon. She's
kind, she's sweet, she's a target for possession and she can't stand
watching others get hurt when she could do something about it. She
identifies with Takeru because they're both basically the same age, she
looks up to him because he's been in the Digital World longer than
she has and thus probably knows more than she does. Her crest is the
Crest of Light which is just downright odd. I mean, the other crests
represented concepts that lurked within the other children. Where
exactly do you get Light from?
Season 02: Hikari has grown up to be a flirt, whether she realizes it
or not though I think she does. It's strange to note that she isn't
sickly anymore, which really there wasn't that much time for her to
instantly grow a proper immune system. Odd. Hikari is happy, helpful,
tolerant and seems to be well adjusted. She isn't of course, she
still has the random visitations, though far less than in the last
season, and depends on the others a bit more than she really should.
It's quite likely that she also hides behind a mask like Takeru does,
she doesn't seem to be capable of being mean or even unkind even when
doing so will actually improve things.
Tailmon: The most mature digimon of the lot, though her 'weakness' in
season 02 is awfully contrived. If taking her tail ring away was the
easiest way of eliminating the threat she posed why didn't Vamdemon
do it in season 01? The evil bit was an interesting twist though and
Angewomon is a bit cliche even if she is cute.
Season 02: Daisuke is designed to be a Taichi clone, and this really
hamper his chances in the beginning. He also goes out of his way to
brag, show off false bravado and basically act like an idiot to gain
attention. This is probably because he's emotionally neglected at
home. Daisuke is basically like Usagi is 'Sailor Moon', he cares a
lot but he hides it behind the persona of a klutz. Daisuke really
does mean well and he does succeed in winning when all else seems to
fail. Unfortunately, Toei really pushed Daisuke into being the second
coming in the later episodes of 02 and really did a disservice to his
character in the long run. They ignored his characterization and
simply made him into a rather boring hero who will always win because
good triumphs over evil.
Veemon: Veemon is much like Agumon, he's a dork. He's energetic,
optimistic, rambunctious and not exactly what Daisuke needs. Daisuke
is nowhere near being Taichi and doesn't need someone to be loyal and
dependent on him. Veemon really only succeeds in encouraging Daisuke
to be more of an idiot in the long run. They really could have done
better with this particular digimon.
Season 02: Miyako is a fun character. She's smart, she's blunt, she's
brave and she's easily hurt. Miyako doesn't want to hurt people but
comes to understand that sometimes it's a necessary evil to help
them. She displays a lot of bravado, but it's just about as fake as
Daisuke's. She hides her real self behind masks just about as much as
the rest of the season 02 cast does. She doesn't always understand,
but she is willing to try when it gets right down to it.
Hawkmon: The first digimon to not share the same gender as his
partner, you gotta feel sorry for him for all the ribbing he must get
for that. Hawkmon is a well balanced digimon, mature much like
Tailmon is. Though, the jogress shinka he has with Tailmon really
frightens me. What gender exactly is Silphymon? And how is it that a
decidedly Indian looking digimon came to have a British accent?
Season 02: Iori is another child who has had to mature far too fast
for his own good thanks to his past. He's serious, he's responsible,
he's unrelenting. He's also haunted by the death of his father and
really has trouble understanding things beyond black and white,
though he at least understands that there are a myriad amount of grey
areas that separate and fuse good and evil together. He's also really
too polite and it's really unsettling at times.
Armadimon: Armadimon is almost the exact opposite of Iori. He's laid
back and he doesn't really worry about things, trusting more that
things will turn out alright. His evolution isn't very impressive and
his jogress with Angemon is just down right silly lookin.
Season 02 - The Kaiser: The Digimon Kaiser is a sadistic bastard and
arrogant as hell. He's also not very much in touch with reality. The
Kaiser is Ken's creation to show that he can be as 'perfect' as his
brother was and is certainly a desperate cry for help from somebody
who doesn't want to be either. He's incredibly intelligent and
manipulative as hell. What more could you ask for in an evil villain?
Season 02 - Good Ken: The Ken that arises after the Kaiser is one
who's been broken into pieces and is trying to figure out how to put
them back together again. He certainly has a death wish but isn't
outright suicidal probably because of the guilt he harbors for what
he's done. He is completely and utterly baffled by his crest, the
Crest of Kindness. He doesn't know how somebody like him could ever
be considered kind. It's later shown that he's been manipulated and
coveted by certain other individuals because of his ability to travel
to the Digital World and because of the dark seed he has because of
his travels. Unfortunately, Toei sort of throws everything to wind at
the end of 02 and we don't really get a good explanation on what
exactly happened and why.
Wormmon: Wormmon is yet another bug and his evolution is the Guyver.
Frankly, I think they put him there more because Ken needed a digimon
to be a Chosen Child than anything else. They don't give him much of
a personality other than that unhealthy stalker persona he has for
Ken. I swear, it's scary watching him get jealous over the little
Good Digimon and Noteworthy Humans
Leomon: Nifty champion digimon who really was worried about the state
of the Digital World. Kept getting the short end of the stick, both
by constantly getting possessed by Devimon and later getting it from
Ogremon: Spent the Devimon arc being an evil dork. Later realized the
error of his ways, or at least the fact that he was a being an
obsessive bastard, thanks to Mimi and Jou's intervention. Still far
too obsessed with Leomon for comfort.
Gennai: Really weird old man who serves as the mentor for the
children in season 01. Takes a potion of insta-youth in season 02 and
runs around helping out the kids in the real world after
Qinglongmon make his appearance. Digimon or Human? Who knows, though
he looks remarkably like Ryo now doesn't he?
Kido Shin: He knows when it's time to hide from the very real
monsters. Tries to encourage Jou to make up his own mind about his
future and not let their father determine it.
Mr Ishida: An obviously driven man when it comes to work. Cares about
his children but obviously has some trouble relating to them. Married
and divorced Takaishi Natsuko for undisclosed reasons and
unfortunately didn't learn housekeeping during the marriage.
The Tachikawas: Care deeply about each other and are obviously mentally
unstable. They are extremely brave when a member of their family is
threatened, but they're still fluff-brains.
Ms Takenouchi: A very traditional seeming woman and very protective
of her daughter. Will go to whatever lengths necessary to assure the
safety of her child.
Motomiya Jun: Jun is extremely self-centered to the point where she
doesn't notice that what she's doing is really creeping other people
out. Probably as neglected as Daisuke which is why she's so
outrageous in her stalkings.
Ichijouji Osamu: A genius of a boy whose presence caused the neglect
of his younger brother. Seemed overly protective of Ken in what is
seen of him, but also quick to anger when the one he's trying to
protect doesn't obey him. Is later killed in an accident that is
Akiyama Ryo: Even less is seen of Ryo in the anime than Osamu. He did
star opposite Ken in the Tag Tamers game with a Veemon who jogressed
with Wormmon. That's about all that's known. He does look uncannily
like young Gennai though.
Qinglongmon: Let's milk the Four Gods legend for all it's worth.
Qinglongmon is an unimpressive digital version of the dragon god,
Seiryuu. Go watch Fushigi Yuugi for an impressive version.
Oikawa Yukio: Most definitely not a good guy, but still a human...
sort of. Sicko who was best friends with Iori's father and became
obsessive compulsive about the Digital World after the accident that
killed Iori's father. Possessed by the remnants of Vamdemon after
the Venom Vamdemon battle in season 01. Assumed to have started
stalking Ken afterwards. Lots of plotholes abound because of this.
Oikawa is shown to have been at Osamu's funeral with his long hair
look. Ken is shown to still be chibi at Osamu's funeral. Ken is shown
to be older during the Milleniumon battle where the dark seed comes
into play. The Milleniumon battle is assumed to roughly have happened
sometime during the time of season 01. Oikawa has *short* hair when
he gets possessed by Vamdemon. Oikawa is suspected of killing Osamu
to get to Ken. Toei really should have kept its facts straight,
because their timeline is really screwed up.
Devimon: I will always love Devimon if simply for the reason that he
was voiced by Shiozawa Kaneto in season 01. Such a sexy voice, it's
really a shame he died last year. Anyway, Devimon has the
demon/fallen angel motif going for him and can come off as pretty
sexy at times, even with the bull horns.
Etemon: He's just plain funny. Etemon is the Elvis impersonator of
the Digital World and frankly he's the most hilarious villain in 01. He's
just as bad as Metal Etemon too, so you get twice the laughs.
Pico Devimon: Look, it's a flying bowling ball! Pico Devimon really
should be given credit, he almost succeeded in destroying the
children and he was always loyal to Vamdemon. Of course, he got
shafted for it, but oh well.
Vamdemon: I kinda liked Vamdemon for awhile there, he had that smooth
vampire-esque deal going for him. Or at least I liked him until a
friend started going 'Look it's Bela Legosi!' every time he came on
screen. Venom Vamdemon was just really out there... he had a talking
crotch. Need I say more? Belial Vamdemon in 02 just makes it worse
dammit. How am I supposed to respect a villain if Toei keeps going
out of its way to make him look ridiculous?
Metal Seadramon: Another weirdo. A giant sea serpent with a Brooklyn
accent. Yeah... He was pretty relentless though and gave the kids the
worst of it, you gotta respect him for that.
Pinocchimon: What a sadistic little bastard. He gave them all grief
and he was just playing with them. He was terribly insecure in the
fact that he didn't have any real friends though. You can almost feel
sorry for him for that, almost. He also stalked poor Takeru and made
Takeru have to fend for himself and gave Yamato severe grief because
of it all. Fun.
Mugen Dramon: He had a network almost as impressive as Etemon's, but
he was still a pretty dull character. Nothing much to say about him
other than the fact that he liked to blow stuff up.
Lady Devimon: The sexy evil counterpart for Angewomon. She also had a
marvelous Japanese voice which really made me fall in love with her.
Piemon: I could have liked Piemon, almost did in fact. Then someone
pointed out how much of a ripoff of Kefka (Final Fantasy 6) he is and
well, the coffin was sealed. He's okay as far as villains go and his
battle was pretty entertaining. But all of his characterization was
borrowed so why bother?
Apocalymon: Really a waste of time and space. I figure they just
threw him in there to make it seem even more like an RPG with a final
boss. Oh well.
Archnemon: Now she was interesting for awhile. She had white hair
(which I really like on characters), had a hidden agenda and really
screwed around with everybody. Then they had her transform into a
giant bug and had Mummymon come and basically screw up the coolness
of her character.
Mummymon: Why bother? Etemon was the epitome of parody in Digimon.
Mummymon is just a boring second next to the King.
Demon: Why exactly was he in season 02 again?
Okay, I think that's enough for now. A bit longwinded, but I think I got my point across.