Digimon Fusion Season 2 DVD Review
The second season of “Digimon Fusion” hits DVD.
In the 24 episode second season of “Digimon Fusion” (the sixth series of the “Digimon” franchise), Mikey Kudo (a human kid) and Digimon Shoutmon travel to Digimon to free it from the grasp of the evil Bagra Empire led by Lord Bagra. Before they get to Lord Bagra, however, they must venture to 7 Kingdoms and defeat the Dark Generals that rule each land. Along their journey, Mikey and Shoutmon pick up some help in a “The Wizard of Oz” esque fashion in the form of rebels named Christopher and Nene.
Other key things to look for in this season include Fusion Fighters (essentially freedom fighters), rescue missions, Nene’s brother Ewan, traps, Fusion Fighters recruits, the Digital Underworld, Prison World, the Dark Stone, Lord Bagra’s brother Axeknightmon, and the Code Crown.
While obviously aimed at a younger audience that is deeply entrenched in this universe, “Digimon Fusion” has a surprising amount of depth for a cartoon (especially when compared to something like the recently reviewed “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX”). There are actually quite a few adult oriented ideas explored here about heroism, sacrifice, consequences, friendship, death, and, yes, even WWII parallels. Sure, the series is loaded with the expected creatures, villains, fights, powers/weapons, and book length terminology that tend to populate this genre of series, but there’s a darker edge to this series that I found refreshing.
Ideas aside, the series is still deeply flawed. There are far too many characters (at least there are subtitles to identify them though), the story plays out like a repetitive fantasy RPG, the jokes fall flat, the battles go on and on, etc. It’s very similar to other mediocre kid oriented shows at the end of the day, but at least it has some interesting content that separates itself from other toons.
Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The Toei Animation is gorgeous even in standard definition. The animation is easily the best part of the series.
Audio Tracks: English Dolby 5.1 Surround and Dolby 2.0 Stereo. How do they sound? The voice acting is extremely hit-and-miss, but the tracks are quality.
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