Similar to what I mentioned in my review for episode 28, the website was down when this episode aired, so while I was able to record my thoughts for the podcast, I wasn’t able to post my review, so the opening and closing thoughts for this post are written after the podcast discussion almost a week later.
Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 29 “Escape the Burning Jungle”
Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 29 Review
Taichi falls over and Agumon tells him to stand because who else will save Hikari and Taichi then tells the rest of the group what happened and that he’s going after Hikari. Koshiro is going to continue investigating the rocket incident and Tentomon reminds him to not forget about meeting up. Which I find hilarious because it’s what I felt happened last time… Also, most importantly, Mimi has found many nice gem stones and Joe is now in a hot spring with MANY Nanimon.
A huge group of Megadramon fly over head – still no sign of Gigadramon, sadly – and begin to shoot at the forest because they saw the episode title. Herds of Allomon are also in the forest, as is some machine Digimon, what I think looks like a Trailmon or Locomon? Agumon then senses something and stops running. A bunch of trees turn out to be Woodmon, which is actually pretty cool. A bunch of Budmon (Lalamon’s baby form) and a Lopmon are watching over head.
The Woodmon ask Taichi if he has come to destroy the jungle. Wow so I guess the Woodmon are actually good guys this time, so this is nice to see. Suddenly there’s a huge noise, which Woodmon says is the hunt. Apparently it’s a Digimon looking to commit vore again, so Taichi gets the DigiVore flashback to Groundramon.
Is Taichi about to participate in a filler episode? Turns out that this may be the case! A lopmon falls over as the group are running away from the fire and Taichi saves her, Lopmon then just stares at Taichi blankly, because that’s just apparently what we do now.
Woodmon say that they will fight but basically get eaten by the Allomon very easily. Agumon evolves to Greymon in a full sized evolution clip (as in, includes the shots of the baby Digimon), which we haven’t seen for quite a while actually. Taichi gets the Digimon to escape while Greymon fights with the Allomon.
Meanwhile, Koshiro fills in the rest of the group with what’s happening in the Human world and how a few satellites have some control system issues but he can’t see what the huge problem would be which is what worries him. Koshiro will continue to investigate. I love how Mimi and Joe are just both having the time of their lives during all of this.
Okay, the Digimon I thought was Trailmon is actually Tankdramon. Who I don’t think we’ve seen before in the anime and he looks super cool. He destroys a Budmon, Taichi is here to save the filler-day. Not really sure why Taichi hasn’t evolved yet, but Greymon is able to destroy three Allomon by throwing a Megadramon at them, which is actually pretty cool. I am loving all the action in this episode.
Alright, now we get an evolution to Metalgreymon. Again, it’s a fully animated one, which I always feel the need to point out how long or short the evolution sequences are in an episode as it seems to be a good indicator of how plot-heavy’ an episode is.
MetalGreymon is able to destroy a few Megadramon fairly easily but struggles when it comes to fighting Tankdramon. So i think the power levels in this season are actually more complicated than in previous seasons.
Woodmon are impressed that Taichi and MetalGreymon are fighting for them. MetalGreymon starts to lose in the fight against Tankdramon and Taichi is actually thrown off MetalGreymon, which must be a first for the season, at least for over twenty episodes.
Taichi does the shounen ‘we can’t lose in a place like here and I have to save Hikari’, and it’s here I’m starting to worry that we’re shounening again until Sora shows up and they let Garudamon actually save the day FOR ONCE. I was so prepared to be disappointed, honestly.
Then there’s a pretty good fight where Garudamon punches multiple Digimon in the face and MetalGreymon Alteros mode gets to finish him off, but overall it didn’t come across as ‘MetalGreymon soloed the bad guy again and overall looks super cool.
The fight, however isn’t over as Allomon and Megadramon are still around, as is a Parrotmon, which is great to see. But the episode ends.
In the encyclopaedia, we learn about SkullKnightmon, Koshiro had to ask around as there wasn’t much information. SkullKnightmon is probably competitive and surprisingly sensitive and he wonders if that’s true. Dark Knightmon is next week!
Rating for Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 29
Yeah, I definitely liked this episode more than I should have, however, this episode is a good show of the fact that filler and slowing down plot in general isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Also, it was great that the writers actually let Sora DO something and it was great to see that ‘hitting harder’ doesn’t always work – both of these things not happening have been my main complaints for this season, so that’s likely why I enjoyed this episode so much.
Or maybe my standards have just dropped.
Or, perhaps, as I was still on pain medication from my car accident last week, I was just enjoying a lot of things…
So what were your thoughts on Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 29? Let me know in the comments or in the discussion thread on /r/Digimon!
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