AppliMonsters Episode 36: The Election Comes to a Close!

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Digimon Universe AppliMonsters Episode 36: The Election Comes to a Close! The Demonic Hand Draws Near Eri!

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Air Time:
Saturday 10th June - 9.30am (Japan)
Saturday 10th June - 1.00am (UK)
Friday 9th June - 8.30pm (EST)
Friday 9th June - 5.30pm (PST)

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Update- Episode 36 is streaming freely at TV Tokyo's website for the time being at the time of this edit (11:51pm Pacific, 6/9/2017.)

Raw Japanese with no subtitles, as expected.

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/appmon/streaming/
 

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Pretty nice episode; the staff likes Eri too much to actually put her in an actual damsel in distress situation. The preview looks pretty intense; featuring an actual fist-to-fist fighting scene.
 

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Nice episode, even though there isn't a whole lot of fighting. It's made me realize that the whole Appliyama plot appears to be as important to Appmon as a series as the Leviathan one. That's probably why we feel there's too much filler in the series, we are used to thinking the show is meant to be mostly fighting the big bad's lackeys and we considered the idol plot as secondary. After seeing this episode I feel that from the writers stand point that isn't the case. It could be that it's done this way to attract young girls as well as young boys.
 

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Well that was uh... quite the amazing episode! Astounding episode even. One of, if not the best episode in all of Appmon I'd say. This episode to me solidified Eri as easily the best character in the show right alongside Yuujin. I love the little montage we had of her as she grew throughout the series with her insert song playing in the background. Got me a bit emotional. I wish I could understand what was being said throughout the episode because the entire bit with Rei seemed to be extremely interesting.

Knight totally has a thing for Eri

And what do you know? Sleepmon is still relevant!
 

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  • E R I - C H A N
  • OH SHIT SLEEPMON APPEARED
  • OH SHIT THE MEN IN BLACK APPEARED
  • OH SHIT YUUJIN IS NOT WITH THEM
  • NOW THEY KNOW THAT L-CORP IS LEVIATHAN
  • NOW THEY KNOW THAT KNIGHT IS EVIL
  • That KnightxEri scene was disturbing...
  • ERI=BEST DIGIMON GIRL
  • MAIN 4 ULTIMATES VS ULTIMATE 4 HYPE (THIS WON'T END WELL
  • GLOBEMON VS CHARISMON HYPE
Sorry for the capslock, this episode was awesome and the past week's one better!!
Still, I wonder how will they struggle with the Ultimate 4, knowing that all of them (except Fakemon) are actually weaker than the heroes. Maybe the time limit will screw them up? Still, why they don't have a Time Limit?
It's also worth pointing out that in the preview, Charismon was glowing red. Either:
  • It's that Alf=Ein attack (Either that or it's the brainwashing technique)
  • It's the Burst Mode (One the Applidrive, if you spam the button while you're appliarize them is playing the appliarized Appmon will enter the Burst Mode and be stronger. Is like that Touch feature from the DUO, but sligthly weaker)
This is the Appmon I knew!
 

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so who want the hackmon ringtone?
 
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Oh snap! Plot is happening now! It's such a refreshing change!

There's a lot to unpack here. First, there's the culmination of Eri's character arc. Overall, I'd say it's been a pretty satisfying one. Seeing her start as an annoying pretentious loudmouth, and learning more and more about her goals and motivations as she works on her career and tries to give back to her mom is just satisfying. Even more satisfying is seeing how all that hard work has paid off and turned her into a badass action hero. Her scene where she gets the 'big reveal' directly from Knight and she quickly recovers and turns the confrontation into a defiant speech, complete with kicking the MIB's assess and jumping off the huge yacht? That's a pretty powerful scene for anyone, let alone a female character in -DIGIMON- of all things.

But there's a lot more going on in this episode than just Eri's self-actualization. We also see Astra's genuine pride and investment in his friend, which is a huge change considering how he and Eri started out (and still sometimes act like). Haru also gets some real leader moments here, quickly organizing everyone once a threat is apparent.

And there's Yuujin's mysterious absence, which is brought up by Haru twice in the episode so you don't forget it. They are building something up here!


Rei's part in the episode was brief, but holy-crap-so-immensely-important! He gets into L-Corp to try to get some unrelated data, and winds up FINALLY figuring out L-Corp is related to Leviathan! I had to really reflect on how I feel about this being considered "a big reveal". Obviously, the audience has known about L-Corp's and Leviathan's connection since the first episode. But have the characters? Is this genuinely a surprise to them? What do they know about Leviathan (and what DON'T they know that would keep them from being able to make the connection)?

I think, apart from the possibility of them seeing the L symbol on the phone-like-structures in the AR Field... there's really only one thing that points to a possible connection to L-Corp. That both L-Corp and Leviathan start with "L". Which is obvious in a narrative because there aren't thousands of buzzwords that start with L, but in real life, not everything that starts with L is related to eachother...
Even the attack on WaffleOS doesn't implicate L-Corp, since from the AppliDrivers' point of view, ALL of Leviathan's flunkies' attacks have been random acts of messing up app-related things. Sure, L-Corp obviously profited from the attack, but we only know about that because it's important to the story. Any of the other random appmon-of-the-week attacks could have resulted in major shifts in contract-holding for various companies due to the fallout of unexpected dangerous technology failures.
So... yes. I'm okay with the AppliDrivers being surprised by the revelation of L-Corp as Leviathan. But... it still wasn't a very satisfying reveal for me. Luckily, Eri was badass enough through it that it kept things entertaining.


Back to Rei, we see some serious development for him that I almost missed. He's finally starting to properly open up and connect with the other characters. His outright devotion to Hackmon, to the point of nearly sacrificing himself, shows a huge change from the "I have to stay alive at all costs to save Hajime" mantra he was telling Haru and the others at the beginning of the show. And once he -does- save Hackmon, the two of them just tacitly agree to immediately seek Haru for help. And in a bit of thematically-appropriate but still overly-coincidental timing, they get to give the "big reveal" about L-Corp at the exact same time as Knight does to Eri. Cute.

The swan paddleboat that Haru and the others use to get to Knight's yacht reminds me of the one from Adventure and that just makes me happy.

Oh yeah, and we get a proper dramatic cliffhanger this episode for the first time in... ever?
The Ultimate Four get summoned, the heroes are trapped in an AR Field, and things are about to get even more serious. I guess this means that the next few episodes are out of sync with the airdates in the real world for a bit (I hope for the rest of the series. Just give me a continuous plot for the next 15 episodes, Appmon, PLEASE!)

- I'm a little disappointed that it appears that Izumi isn't going to be an antagonist.
- Where the hell is Yuujin?
- Bootmon's name is finally revealed!
- Rei falls into the AR Field into apparently the Dark Web where he comes face-to-font with Leviathan himself? So the thing chasing Gatchmon in the first episode really WAS Leviathan, not just some Viramon?
- Not gonna lie, I hate everything about idols and idol music. But I'm glad to see appmon give a female character a decidedly-feminine story arc, and treat it seriously and pack in as much drama and character development as possible without resorting to a romance plot. I don't see how anyone can say Eri is a poor character. It's not even like the idol thing is the only part of her character...
- Sleepmon Sleepmon SLEEPMON~ (I kinda hope he's Leviathan's personal bodyguard and transforms a la Belphemon Rage Mode.)
 
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Yeah Having the same symbol doesn't mean you are related, because if that was the case then Nazi and Buddhist are the same because they both have swastika.

Everyone seemed to love this episode, I can't wait to see it.
And my nightmare of possesive Knight ship come true.
 

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My Good Friend salman said:
Yeah Having the same symbol doesn't mean you are related, because if that was the case then Nazi and Buddhist are the same because they both have swastika.
WHOA.
What if L-Corp is based on the nazi?!
Wait no, that'd be too controversial and dark for Digimon standards, let alone Appmon.
Still, that's a nice analogy
 

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My Good Friend salman said:
Yeah Having the same symbol doesn't mean you are related, because if that was the case then Nazi and Buddhist are the same because they both have swastika.
WHOA.
What if L-Corp is based on the nazi?!
Wait no, that'd be too controversial and dark for Digimon standards, let alone Appmon.
Still, that's a nice analogy
We already have real nazi in all but name in digimon *point to Kurata and his minion*
Human supremacist and Anti Digimon group.
 

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Added the stream link to the first post
 

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What if L-Corp is based on the nazi?!
Wait no, that'd be too controversial and dark for Digimon standards, let alone Appmon.
Still, that's a nice analogy
We already have real nazi in all but name in digimon *point to Kurata and his minion*
Human supremacist and Anti Digimon group.
Uh, guys?

So, great episode! Pray God the rest of the series will be like this. We've had all the inane crap we can stand, and it's time for some plot and some real action.
 

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Like others already have mentioned, I also pretty much like the episode. Especially for some of its little moments like Rei seeing the real Leviathan, Astra hiding the fact that he's crying, a chair for Eri where should could stand and shout her Explosive Pants, Sleepmon, or pedololi Knight. Even his introdution was funny: "I'm Unryuuji..." and Eri guessing whether it was Knight or some another name. One thing makes me wonder, Izumi acted in this episode very strange. She wasn't as cheerful as she usually is. One would say that it is because she lost to Eri, but throughout the series it didn't look that she even cared about that position. And Yuujin surely will apppear in the next episode, however I kinda feel that he won't be on Haru's side. This current AR Field was opened by Knight, so I doubt he will be able to enter it all by himself. Unless he's Knight's ally.

One think I don't really like about this episode is that how they rushed to give Haru the info that the L-Corp is connected to Leviathan. It reminded me what the staff did with Xros Wars, they also rushed with giving info, because they had to cut the number of episodes. I kinda feel that the same is going to happen with Appmons. Especially this info was so easily given out. Rei without any troubles entered the L-Corp, and found a super secret room with floating Sleepmon? With super cautious Knight as its CEO? It looked like Knight wanted and allowed Rei to hack the system to find out that the L Corp is Leviathan. Or he wanted Rei to personally meet Leviathan. But for what reason? And I understand that Knight is obsessed with Eri, but I don't get what he wanted to achieve by telling Eri the truth... It looks like that Knight in reality is a traitor, and saboteur, and also wants to take Leviathan down, but from inside. I can't find any other explanation for his behaviour.
 

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Uhhh... Eri didn't win. She got tenth place in total popularity. Just low enough to not be one of the Nine Gods. Izumi is still the top Idol.

Eri just decided that she was still happy with getting so close to her goal and managed to bring so many smiles to people. So it was still a victory. (And uh, obviously she can still continue her career and possibly become top Idol someday.)

That was part of what made her suspicious of Knight when he invited her to the L Corp yacht. Especially since Izumi and the others weren't there.
 

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We already know they are going to lose even if the preview show they put up a fight.
I'm more curious on what happen next, who will bail them out of it? Yuujin? Minerva? Or possibly... Bootmon?
 

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You're so right...

This episode was very cool! Eri earning 10th place is great as we know she had like 235 or so before this election.

Rei getting in danger and helping them to rescue Eri after that...cool^^
 

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My only concern right now is pretty much biased but enough to make me quickly draw about it:

Offmon where are you
 

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I figured Eri got 10th place because when her name was called there was an information screen shown with a pretty prominent 10 on it (though I think I also saw a 14 on it, so that was a little confusing; must be her age).
 

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A wonderful episode. Everything was horrific and serious. No room for standard grade enemies. Even cute Sleelmon didn't look as innocent as he used to. His presence on that white room was really unexpectable and the ominous sound that could be heard when he was showing for the second time was really annoying. I still can't think about a reasonable explanation for his ubiquity. It still seems to me that he act's like a spy in his sleep mode. I still believe that his presence near mienumon was because Leviathan couldn't trust her that much and just called him back to the deep web after loosing bootmon, or for another serious problem to investigate the problem. As we saw in this episode, Rei could detect and hack all security cameras but didn't have a single clue about Sleepmon's presence in the room. I think his mission was to find out what happened to bootmon. Not to mention that the computer was connected to Bootmon's AR field. His undetectability was his most terrifying feature in this episode.

To me, a Knight vs Sleepmon plot is highly possible after conclusion of the ultimate four and Bootmon's plot. He might also become Knight's buddy at some point.


Still no sign of black appli driver and the chips of Warudamon, Cometmon, and Scorpmon, and Montana chan is still a mystery.
 
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