The second episode of Digimon Adventure 2020 was a worthy follow-up to the season opener, packed with action while introducing us to other characters with overwhelming us with too much, too soon. It felt like we were given just enough to grab our interest in seeing where several side storylines go. It might seem to be moving fast given that we get a glimpse at Omnimon so soon after it started, which had me wondering if they are relying on a public that was already aware of the characters. That said, given that this is a new take on the show, there is no way of telling so far. Either way, the pacing and growth of the storylines kept pace with the animation, impressive that the series has found that balance after only two episodes.
"War Game" introduces us (once again) to Yamato (Matt) and Garurumon. While not offering a lot of background, it is heart-warming to see that Yamato is the same lone-wolf, alienated boy he was. Yamato was always my favorite character, so I am looking forward to seeing how his character will develop along with the story. Garurumon however, is just as friendly and the voice of reason to Yamato as he was before.
The story picks up where it left off previously, Tai meets Yamato and introduces him to Koshiro who is still in the real world guiding them to where there seem to be cyber-anomalies. I liked how they are able to work as a team no matter how much Yamato still wants to remain alone. It truly feels as if this is a continuation of the movie. I honestly had to rewatch the movie after this episode. That said, the animation was on point. I loved the battles and how crisp everything looked. I know I mentioned the pacing before and I do not have an issue with Omnimon appearing. However, does that mean they do not necessarily need a connection among themselves in order to evolve with them?
I do think more time was needed in order for a relationship to be established between the characters and their digimon, and I have a hard time buying into them blindly believing in their digimon so soon after meeting them. Other than that, it was a quality episode. It felt like it went by in a blink of an eye and I cannot wait to see where this goes. While I missed the Brave Heart song playing while they digi-volve, I liked that they did not waste a ton of time with the transformation scenes. I wonder if they will be able to leave cyberspace along with their digimon. I also am looking forward to meeting the rest of the digi-destined kids, especially to see them and their partner digimon working together again.