Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33 “The Hikari of Dawn”

Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33 “The Hikari of Dawn”

Following on from last week’s review and, of course, our podcast discussion episode, it’s time to watch the 33rd episode of Digimon Adventure: (2020)!

Opening thoughts

Alright so…Digimon Adventure 2020 episode 33…hmmm…I am actually fairly nervous going in to watch this week’s episode – last week’s episode was a solid 5/5 for myself as well as Quinn and Evie on the podcast, so I’m fairly concerned that episode 33 won’t be able to keep up the quality.

This episode also may confirm or disprove my theory that Tailmon is currently DarkKnightmon – if this theory is confirmed, great, Digimon did some very soft foreshadowing and it explains why Hikari is so fine with being kidnapped.

However, if the theory proven false, it really makes Hikari seems even more of a plot device and less of a character.

In any case, episode 33 has a lot of expectations to live up to, especially with how much I enjoyed the previous two episodes, but I’m still not really expecting too much.

But hopefully I’m wrong and we get another enjoyable episode.

Also, I’m calling it, the English dub of this episode will have another “Darkness Before Dawn” titled episode, which we’ve seen several times before in various seasons.

Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33 “The Hikari of Dawn”

Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33 “The Hikari of Dawn”

Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33 Review

Oof, that was a long preamble in my opening thoughts, but, what can I say, I’m nervous going into this episode…

SkullKnightmon is holding Moon Milleniumon, we then see a hoard of Vademon who seem to be worshipping Milleniumon, who sleeps within FAGA. Millienuimon wants a resurrection and a new body, or something. Hikari watches on with her dead little eyes.

Koshiro is keeping us (and the chosen children) updated with the ISS and the other satellites. Joe and Gomamon stand up, but Blossomon wants them to stay and Gomamon says that they must really like them. Meanwhilem Mimi is being celebrated, as she should be.

We then see a hoard of Kokuwamon, who appear to be escaping something – more black lightning! Taichi sees Maildramon flying overhead. They all arrive at this huge canyon or meteor impact site. More crystals emerge from the ground..and suddenly the animation quality and art style improves a TON from how it’s been in this episode.

Sora recognises this as being like from Lopmon’s memory. Taichi calls out to Hikari, who is standing in SkullKnightmon’s hand and looks perfectly content to be there – so it HAS to be Tailmon right? SkullKnightmon and Hikari glow and Vademon says that Hikari must fulfill her duty. Hikari looks like she is actually smiling.

The Vademon continues to say that Hikari and SkullKnightmon are sacrifices. SkullKnightmon then evolves to DarkKnightmon and Patamon says that Hikari is resonating with DarkKnightmon. Agumon says that he and Taichi should save Hikari, and then he evolves to Greymon.

However, DarkMaildramon attacks, but Birdramon comes in to save them, which is just what she does now. DarkKnightmon then summons hoards of Evilmon. Patamon evolves to Pegasusmon and fights them. This is really great team work action going on here. Also, Takeru looks pretty cool.

Hikari starts to fall in some darkness portal, Taichi reaches to her, but she just smiles, says something inaudible, and sinks into the portal. Taichi and Greymon fall and look completely depressed.

The whole atmosphere of this episode is so creepy and fantastic. Taichi says there’s no time to think and Greymon evolves into MetalGreymon. Meanwhile, inside DarkKnightmon, Hikari sees a light!

MetalGreymon and DarkKnightmon fight as Birdramon evolves to Garudamon to fight DarkMaildramon and obliterates him! So I guess DarkMaildramon is NOT Tailmon, as cool as that would have been. Pegasusmon is still fighting the Evilmon hoard.

MetalGreymon becomes Alteros Mode, which is great that they didn’t forget he existed, however, this is not enough. Hikari, inside DarkKnightmon, is speaking to the light and asks if that’s what was calling out to her, she then gets surrounded by purple goop,

Beams of light shoot from the ground and Taichi thinks there must be a reason Hikari didn’t take his hand. DarkKnightmon appears to be dying and Taichi charges forward, while Hikari walks towards the light, and we get more dialogue from her than we’ve ever had, which is nice.

Hikari sees a holy ring, which becomes Tailmon and we see Hikari’s Crest as she and Tailmon join hands and Tailmon’s form fills out. Some dark creatures form from the goop and Hikari grabs Tailmon, runs, and calls out for Taichi.

MetalGreymon evolves to WarGreymon but the animation looks suddenly very nice. WarGreymon pierces through DarkKnightmon and attacks the dark entities which are after Hikari.

Something, something LCL….Something something Evangelion..

After the battle, Taichi says he told Hikari not to wonder off and they join hands. Hikari finally gets a character. The gem stops glowing and Vademon all groan with dissapointment and it’s hilarious. Milleniumon says they can wait until the next opportunity.

Taichi, Agumon, Hikari, and Tailmon, float down in a pink orb, and Tailmon and Patamon reuinite. Tailmon says she’s been waiting a long time for Hikari. She says she’s a Holy Digimon. So I guess she has her memories, which could be interesting.

So, did DarkKnightmon EAT Tailmon or is he Tailmon or what’s going on there?

Anyway, in the encyclopaedia, we are introduced to Pegasusmon. Koshiro says that Pegasusmon looks very cool, but when he said that, Kabuterimon went quiet. Tailmon is next!

Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33 “The Hikari of Dawn”

Rating for Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33


Ugh, was not sure whether to give this a 4, 4.5, or a 5, but I settled on a perfect score because, while it wasn’t as good as last week’s episode, it definitely did not disappoint as I expected – Tailmon was calling out to Hikari and was…sort of…inside DarkKnightmon.

It’s definitely at the bottom of the episodes that I rate as a 5/5 and I’m nervous for next week’s because I still don’t hold much high hopes for the rest of the series.

Oh well, the podcast recording is in a few hours and, once again, I’m worried that I’ll be alone in liking this episode. But, having said that, I wasn’t last week, so maybe (dark) lightning can strike twice…

So what were your thoughts on Digimon Adventure 2020 Episode 33? Let me know in the comments or in the discussion thread on /r/Digimon!

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