The funniest screenshot was definitely the cartoon shot of Sepikmon knocking Takuya over the head with his boomerang and Takuya's head bobbling and seeing stars. I can't believe the dub cut that scene out! It was hilarious. As an alternate, I would choose this as my screen shot of the week...
Tomoki and Takuya's faces are hilarious when Shamamon tells them they're both in particular danger and unlucky. The reaction is so perfectly drawn, and right after an even better sarcastic face where they both gave those "do you believe this stuff??" looks. The whole bit is so awesome! The exaggerated cartoon faces are so well done in Frontier!
What I like about Episode 11 is the randomness of seeing Digimon in the fortune-telling village. We saw Doggymon! The use of magical powder by Grottomon definitely seemed out-of-place a bit. But then again, Vamdemon was a digital vampire, so who's to say magical dust is crazy...? The vibe I always get from Frontier is: Digimon is now an established series, with 3-seasons of an anime under its belt, not to mention a video game, card and toy lines of product, defining it. Frontier always felt like someone completely new, who knows nothing about Digimon just came into Toei, and they said, here's an inventory of all the Digimon. The premise is kids traveling to a Digital World on an adventure. Write us a story. And that was it. I feel like the writers have no knowledge of the previous seasons. Like did they know Togemon was Mimi's digivolved partner when they decided to use a Togemon as the schoolhouse teacher in Episode 8? Did they know Vademon's past with Koushiro, stealing his curiosity, when they made Vademon a fortune teller, or did they just look at the inventory and say "he looks like he could have some psychic abilities, let's use him." That randomness permeates this entire season, but did give us a DigiWorld with three colored moons and a monorail Trailmon system that defies gravity and logic! And it is a reason I love this season.
I've always loved Frontier for its cartoonish elements, but on this watch, with May and Jay's analysis, I'm really seeing how lazy and sloppy the writing is. It's one thing for things to be resolved a little too conveniently but quite another for that resolution to be contradictory to previously established realities. I still love the settings, animations, gags, characters, music, OP/ED, and those stand-alone settings and villages that conveniently set the stage of each episodic story. And I still have it in my head that Tomoki, Kouji and Takuya do a fair bit of growing and maturing as the story goes along, I will be so disappointed if this is all my nostalgia glasses and not real. Tomoki's growth and fair casting for his age is what made him my favorite DigiDestined of all. You can argue his dumb action of trying to walk the rail home in Episode 1, but I thought it was fitting for a rash decision an upset kid might make who is unwillingly away from his home and family. To just say, well screw this, I'll walk back the direction I came... not well thought out... but Tomoki doesn't take a long-view of things (yet.) The only question I always had was, did Tomoki get bullied all the way down the elevator in the RealWorld and onto the train platform?? that's a lot of bullying! I just hope this "growth and change amongst the boys" torch I carry for Frontier isn't all in my head, but is a noticeably reality by the end of the season. Tomoki, Kouji and Takuya are favorites of mine. izumi and Junpei...? meh.