Saban’s Digimon: Digital Monsters is one of the biggest hits among anime fans since the original Pokemon series. It’s been roughly a year since the first half of Digimon’s first season was released. Now fans of this show finally get the second half of season one in a complete eighteen episode, three-disc set. The second half of Season One sees the “Digidestined” as they were called through many more battles and more dimensions. At one point they have to fight to get out of the digital world when it’s blocked by an evil digimonster. Also revealed in season two is the revelation of a hidden eighth “digidestined.” That fans had to wait roughly a year for the continuation of season one makes it that much more worthwhile for true hardcore fans, even with only the American version being included.
The continued story in Volume two is just one part of what makes this set impressive for real fans of the anime genre and of Digimon. The bright, vivid colors help to keep viewers’ attention. There are those who might discount something as simple as coloring. But the reality is that something as simple as colors can play a very pivotal role in keeping audiences engaged. It’s purely a psychological issue. Had the digital world been full of dark colors, then that would have created a foreboding feeling, and thus giving the characters’ journey a whole different meaning. And it would have given audiences a whole different feeling in watching the show, too. It makes the show less “scary” for lack of better wording, and thus more suitable for viewers of all ages.
Just as season one ends, fans of this hit anime have even more reason to celebrate as New Video Group and Saban have released the Complete Season two alongside Season One: Vol. Two. Season Two picks up four years after the end of Season One. Audiences get a whole new team of “Digidestined.” There’s also a new threat in the digital world for this new group. The writing is just as impressive for audiences as the animation. It manages to live up to the expectations built from the show’s debut season, which would explain why the show went on for another three seasons after this one.
Season two comes in a full fifty episode, eight-disc set. Among those fifty episodes is a handful that was banned from U.S. television following the events of September 11th, 2001. That included the show’s landmark 100th episode, ‘Duel of the WarGreymon.’ That episode is here, as is the holiday themed episode, ‘A Very Digi-Christmas.’ Fans of the show will appreciate that those episodes previously banned from U.S. TV are included in this set. Also to be appreciated just as with Season One Vol. Two is the set’s packaging. Even with eight discs, those responsible for assembling it could have gone the old route with multi-disc packaging. Instead, all eight discs are placed on either side of their own plastic insert. This protects each disc, and preserves space on one’s DVD and/or Blu-ray rack. New Video Group and Flat Iron could have easily gone another route and placed the discs one on top of another as other companies do. The company could also have gone the slim package route in which discs are placed partially on top of each other. Neither of these packaging fashions makes much sense. Luckily for fans, New Video Group and Flat Iron went neither route. The companies went the much smarter route, thus making one more reason for fans of this modern classic anime cartoon to be happy. The same applies with its companion, Season One Vol. Two. Together, the packaging, animation and writing make both Season Two and Season One Part Two of Digimon good companions for one another and equally good sets for any hardcore fan of this modern anime classic.
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