A Molehill Out of a Mountain (Digimon Frontier: Episode 06)

(Check out the previous episode review HERE)

In the lore of Digimon Frontier, there were ten Legendary Warriors who restrained Lucemon after he became the tyrant of the Digital World. Now that Cherubimon has appeared on the scene and threatens to destroy the Digital World by absorbing all of its Fractal Code (presumably to build the world anew to his own specifications at some unspecified future time), the Legendary Warrior’s Spirits have appeared as ancient artifacts that the chosen ones, or Digidestined, must track down and use to fight back.

That said, our original cast of kids who arrived in the Digital World for this purpose could have numbered far greater than ten in number as there were at least dozen of children in the Shibuya Station Underground Terminal back in Episode 01. This means that some of these children will become spooked and turn back to their own world, thereby not embracing their destinies by virtue of their own free will, or worse, some children will be unable to return to the Real World or find ‘Spirits’ and will probably become trapped in the Digital World or be killed by aggressive, evil Digimon following Cherubimon’s orders.

As our protagonists number only five, however, there are five open slots for other Digidestined to become Legendary Warriors if their temperaments are suitable to the particular ‘Spirits’ they are able to find. Because Digimon is not a 12-26 episode kind of series, much of the series’ first half will be spent in powering up our characters and introducing them to other characters who will recur throughout the remainder of the series. As such, we can expect that our protagonists will begin to meet the other Legendary Warriors in the coming episode. And in fact that is exactly what happens beginning with Episode 06, immediately after all of our protagonists have gained the ability to Spirit Evolve.

The episode begins as Koji scales a treacherous mountain path barely wide enough for one to traverse by foot. He finds a cavern wherein a group of KaratsukiNumemon are locked up behind bars. Just as Koji attempts to help these Digimon out, Grumblemon appears behind him and throws him out of the cavern and off the mountain.

At the foot of the mountain, there is a bustling Digimon city wherein the others try their best to find food. Unfortunately, Bokomon is broke and Zoe’s human money is worthless in this world, so the group are turned away from every eating establishment including the one run by the Golden Armor Digimon Kongoumon. The very presence of a such a Legendary Digimon, presumably with the strength of a Golden Rapidmon or a Magnamon, who has devoted his life to cooking food and making a profit rather than fighting back against Cherubimon’s evil forces and the increasing fracture of the Digital World is a bit confusing. But hey man, it’s a free country, at least until Cherubimon takes total control that is.

Luckily for the Digidestined, they find a sign in town that seems perfectly directed toward themselves both in their state of hunger and in their designation at Digidestined with the power of the Legendary Warriors: ‘Heroes Wanted: All Your Meals For Free!’. J.P. narrows in on the message and alerts his friends to it. Within the building adjacent to the sign, they find a group KaratsukiNumemon whose eyes alight with joy once J.P. explains that he and his friends are the heroes that they have been looking for.

The KaratsukiNumemon lead the Digidestined toward their village in the mountains along a treacherous path with inverted loops hitched onto a cargo Trailmon. There, they find that the village is oriented on the face of the mountain in such a way that only slimy Digimon like Numemon could live there without falling directly to their doom upon the rocks below. Fortunately, the KaratsukiNumemon have invested in a series of rope ladders that allow the Digidestined to reside in this domain while they learn the story of Grumblemon who has arrived to steal their mountain’s Fractal Code, was unable to find it and thereby decided to kidnap all of the female KaratsukiNumemon in the village to spur on the men to find the Fractal Code for him. The Digidestined also find Koji within the village whose fall was miraculously cut short by the villages outer gate.

The food of the village, many-colored cabbages and heads of lettuce that taste of what one wishes most to eat (steak, chicken, potatoes, even asparagus in Takuya’s case), is exquisite and the KaratsukiNumemon are more than accommodating. This all changes when Takuya mentions that they will surely be able to defeat Grumblemon with the help from the ‘Spirits’ of the Legendary Warriors. After this revelation to the KaratsukiNumemon, they begin to act differently toward their heroes and insist that the Digidestined rest for the night before beginning their journey in the morning. All the while, the denizens of the village restrain the Digidestined and their friends Bokomon and Neemon while they sleep and tie them to sticks overhanging the cliff-side where they can be cut free to fall to their deaths at any time.

The Digidestined awaken to find the KaratsukiNumemon pissed off that Legendary Warriors came to their aid. Their reasoning is that Grumblemon himself is apparently the new holder of the H Spirit of Earth and is thereby a Legendary Warrior himself. The KaratsukiNumemon believe that the Digidestined, likewise Legendary Warriors, must be cahoots with Grumblemon and only came to the village to trick its denizens, waste their time, and force them to give up the location of the mountain’s Fractal Code. When Grumblemon himself appears to warn the KaratsukiNumemon to help him find the Fractal Code, he makes it apparent that he has connection with the Digidestined whatsoever.

Next, the KaratsukiNumemon free the Digidestined Legendary Warriors from their binds and a battle ensues in which the combined forces of Agunimon, Beetlemon, and Lobomon are unable to defeat Grumblemon who is himself in his H Spirit form. Kazemon and Kumamon fly off and free the female KaratsukiNumemon during this battle, only to return just as it begins raining and Beetlemon uses the rain’s cascading motion as inspiration to strike the mountain side with a Thunder attack that brings rocks cascading and sliding down toward Grumblemon with enough force to finally defeat him.

Or so he thinks. Grumblemon possesses the next form of Spirit Evolution and in his current form he activates this B (or Beast) Spirit of Earth using a Slide Evolution technique that releases his most powerful form as Gigasmon. The combined attacks of all the Digidestined in their H Spirit forms are not enough to even put a dent in Gigasmon’s defenses, and what’s worse is that the rock slide uncovered the mountain’s Fractal Code beneath its face. Gigasmon takes the code and plunges the area into chaos, destroying the KaratsukiNumemon Village and sending everyone plummeting hundreds and thousands of feet into the void below.

 

Ciao for now,

The Digidestined Cody

[Continued HERE]

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