What makes a GREAT Digimon series?

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2021.09.26 01:33 tpcguts What makes a GREAT Digimon series?

I'm bored so I've been thinking about some of the reasons why certain seasons of Digimon is so fondly remembered, while others aren't. It's pretty much agreed by most fans that the first 3 season of Digimon represented the peak of the franchise, and the franchise haven't reached those peaks in years if not decades.
While it's a good thing every new series of Digimon tries something new, I think Digimon is a franchise that many writers are finding it hard to figure out why the first 3 season were such huge success. Even a director in charge of continuing the original 2 series stories, namely Tri seems to have failed to grasp the reasons for success.
So here's some of my reasons:

  1. The bond between kids and Digimon
Unlike Pokemon, Digimon is really all about the bonds between human kids and their Digimon partner. While the idea of bonds between trainer and Pokemon is something that has become a part of the franchise with mega-evolution, it's an idea that is a fundamental part of Digimon first and foremost.
Pokemon is all about collecting them all, and building a good team to win matches. But Digimon is first and foremost about having just one Digimon and learning to bond with them. Its origins lies in V-Pets, where people are supposed to raise them up from birth. How your Digimon evolve in its original incarnation really depends on how well you took care of it.
Hence the reason why seasons where those bonds being central to the plot simply do not do well with the fans and general audience alike. Frontier made the mistake of allowing humans to transform into Digimon, and forgot what made Digimon so special as a franchise in the first place. Xros Wars focused too much on the "collect them all", making it more about collecting all the Digimons rather than focusing on how the bond between human and their Digimon partner can allow both to become stronger.
While the reboot does reintroduce this concept back to the franchise, it has its problems which leads me to point number 2.

2. It's about kids learning and growing
Tying Digimon's evolution to the kids inner strengths is perhaps the best idea the original writers came up with. It turns a game mechanic/plot device (digivolution) into a vehicle for character growth. It creates an actual sense of adventure and journey for the kids as they themselves evolve and change as the story develop. The best Digimon seasons are not just about how the Digimon got stronger, but also how the kids themselves become stronger and better.
And this is why some season doesn't stick as strongly as others. The 2020 reboot and Xros Wars falls into a trap of not giving the main kids much room to grow. Certain characters are literally too perfect for there to be any real character growth. The end result is while you get to see how the Digimon unlock more digivolution with each episode, the kids practically stayed where they were before.
Whereas the reason the OG adventure managed to have appeal beyond its original season was because the kids have grown up and we want to see more of how they are like as older versions of themselves. It creates long-lasting appeal.
Even Tamers that did not get a sequel series always have demands by fans to see a sequel, simply because its character developed and grow with the series. There is a hunger for more of those characters as they become "alive" in the eyes of the fans. And being alive brings me to my 3rd point.
3. Relating the story to actual kids
Many stories aimed at kids is often trying to appeal to kids' desire to emulate what they see on screen. Kids want to be superheroes, ninjas and wizards because they look cool on screen.
But that's not possible with Digimon, because the core appeal is not about being Digimon but rather being a partner to a Digimon. I think many adult fans of Digimon all hope that one day we can have our Digimon partner as well.
Hence in order to relate the story to kids and engage with them, the best Digimon series tries to make the kids feel "real". It reduces the barrier of entry of having a Digimon partner to the kids watching the show. No, you don't have to be a super-awesome kids to have a Digimon partner. Any kid can have a Digimon partner no matter who you are, what your "flaws" are and etc.
Hence making the kids in the show feel "alive" with flaws and etc actually does a great job of relating the story to kids. Do you cry often? That's not going to stop you from having a Digimon partner. Are you clumsy? Not going to stop you from having a Digimon partner.
But what the first 3 season went above and beyond is to show kids with family situations of their own. We as kids saw how the kids on screen have actual parents they have to deal with. Going around in a magical land saving the world does not prevent you from having to deal with your parents in different ways. And having parents be such a pivotal part of the show reinforce the idea that the people we are seeing on screen are kids and aren't too different from the actual viewers of the show.

Conclusion:
This is just some of my reasons why I think some seasons of Digimon does better than others. It's something that is missing far too often in later seasons of Digimon, and as a result, they simply don't quite capture the attention of people as well as the first 3 seasons of Digimon did.
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2021.09.26 01:33 SkyfromCali Advice: Step Mom Will Not Accept Sister

My younger half sister (14) came out as a lesbian and also decided to change her name.
We have different moms but the same dad. My stepmother, her mother, decided that this was the most horrific thing that could ever happen.
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