Digimon Adventure 02
Episode 38: “Holy Night the Big Digimon Reunion!” / “A Very Digi Christmas”
The Christmas Story
Note: All the names are and plot points reflect the Fox Kids dubbing, since that’s the once I’m familiar with.
As the episode begins, Ken, now a member of the team, shyly invites the other to his Christmas party. The Digidestined accept, as “Davis Claus” also leads a plan to present the original Digidestined team their Digimon for Christmas.
After reuniting with their Digimon, Tai, Sora, Jyou and Izzy (and Jun, too, of course!) go to a concert Matt’s band (THE TEEN-AGE WOLVES) is throwing (Note: the band sounds soooo 90’s – they remind me of Spin Doctors). But the music is interrupted when a control spire appears and Digimon run rampant. The rest of the kids, who are playing cards at Ken’s party, soon join the older group in sending the Digimon back to the Digi-World. Everyone gets a good night’s rest with their digital friends, but awake in the morning to find that control spire have appeared around the world, beginning the Digimon World Tour arc.
While this episode isn’t particularly Christmas-y (no Santa Claus, Christmas cakes, or snow – and certainly no Christian symbols), it does present us with some Christmas spirit-y moments. The first is a major scene for fans of the series – when Sora prepares to give cookies to Matt. Although never developed much (except in fan fiction writers’ minds), the love triangle between Tai, Matt, and Sora is displayed here, as Sora becomes nervous around Tai while she waits for the concert to begin. Tai asks if she wants to join her, to which she responds no, “I want to be available in case Matt is free afterwards.” Blushing and laughing nervously, Sora calms down a bit when Tai maturely encourages her to go to Matt.
The other significant heart warmer has to do with Ken, who continues to develop his relationship with the Digidestined through his party. Funny enough, while the kids are deciding what card game to play next, Davis actually suggest “strip poker” – Fox Kids snuck that one in there.
You can watch this episode legally through Hulu.
Christmas Spirit Score
If This Episode Was a Christmas Song, It Would Be…
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” – The biggest gifts of the episode are the Digimon returning to their owners and Ken finding a “home” of sorts among his new friends. There’s also a tinge of sadness with Tai getting turned down by Sora.
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
Kari gives a super quick version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” near the end of the episode:
Twas a Digimon Christmas and everyone was busy
Especially the likes of Tentomon and Izzy
Jyou played with Gomamon, Matt and Gobuman ate
Palmon saw Mimi – isn’t that great?
Cody and Upamon shared a little sushi
While Perurumon sat on Yolei’s tushi
Tokamon went caroling, Ken’s thankful for friends
While in Davis’ dreams, the fun never ends
Unseasonably warm – you might want to get out and enjoy some holiday music, if you can find, say, a nice band made of high school girls.
On the first day of Christmas, anime gave to me… friends for a former emperor.