Digimon Xros Wars: The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms
Mimi: Let me start this review off by saying that YES, the second arc is better. What a relief that Akari and Zenjirou are gone!
As far as the story goes, it’s not that different from before. Instead of visiting different zones to collect the code crowns, our heroes have to visit seven kingdoms to defeat the Death Generals. Once again, each kingdom has a specific theme, like Vampire Land and Cyber Land. The generals are your typical power-hungry, obnoxious, and “Mauahaha let me toy around with you!” evildoers, save for the last one, who is delightfully unique. The story is so straightforward that you could skip to the last general and not miss anything important. Then again, why would you wanna skip all the precious quality time that Taiki, Nene, and Kiriha spend together? =D
Um. I said precious quality time!
Ah! And that’s exactly the point of this season. It’s basically one big character development arc for Kiriha. After all, Nene had already changed, and there’s not much you can do with Taiki. It’s just fun to watch Kiriha’s personality clash with the other two. His new character design is a bonus. *drool* Oh, um…anyway! The three of them make a great team. They might not be the most original characters ever, but I have to admit that they’ve really grown on me by now. This arc also focuses more on Nene’s brother, Yuu, who receives just enough development at the end to prepare his main role for the third season. Overall, the human characters have become much more enjoyable to watch. The Digimon also have their moments, but Baalmon’s arc is still my favorite. ^_~
In my first review, I mentioned that I was turned off by the concept of the “Xros Loader” because it closely resembles the Pokeball. Well, it’s not so bad. I think it’s pretty cool actually that the characters can form their own armies! That’s something that hasn’t been done before (I think).
Well, now that it’s time to rate this season again, there’s definitely a lot more to consider. In the end, I decided to bump my score up by one and a half points because of the characters and the fantastic finale. Other than that, it’s still your average kids show with a formulaic plot, stereotypical villains, and individual stories that range from being silly and boring to dark and awesome. For instance, I didn’t care for any of the kingdoms except for the last two, which were focused on Kiriha and Yuu. What Digimon Xros Wars needs the most is a new direction. That means, no more visiting different lands with a specific theme, and having more originality/complexity. Personally, I’d even like to see the characters spend more time in the human world. With the director of Digimon Tamers taking over the third season, I can’t wait to see what new changes will come in Digimon Xros Wars starting next week!
Mimi’s Score: 6 Meeps out of 10 (Fine)