Digimon Ghost Game: Episode 34- Wall Crawlers

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This is the episode discussion thread for Episode 34, Wall Crawlers

A preview of the episode from the end of episode 33

Episode 34 airs Sunday, July 17th, 9am in Japan.

We expect the simulcast for Crunchyroll is shortly after at:
Saturday, July 16th, 7:30pm in California (Pacific)
Saturday, July 16th, 10:30pm in New York (Eastern)
Sunday, July 17th, 3:30am in the UK

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Starting with someone sleeping on a dark night with shadows crawling around isn't a bad way to start.

And we see a fiery figure drop a bit of fiery goop on them. And some pulsing as they transform into a salamander-like creature. And the Diginon leaves.

Hiro and Gammamon are cleaning, and Gammamon sees a gecko and Hiro explains it to him. The house is Hiro and his dads, which they're cleaning up, seemingly since no one is there normally now.

Hiro hears a noise and checks, the girl from before, with a diamond ring in the mouth. Hiro does not attack with his canoe oar he had grabbed. A window is partially melted, and the thing was clearly going after jewellery. Hiro recognizes the creature as seemingly Nanami, a girl he knew from schoo years before.

It appears Hiro was talking to his mom on the phone letting her know about the ring?

Hiro goes to her house to check on her, her mother doesn't understand why he would be there. Her parents look scratched up, but they let Hiro and Gammamon in. And yeah, gecko girl.

And the gang is together. Gammamon explains the hissing noise, Kiyoshiro tries to leave, but Jellymon finds it too cool to let him. Nanami escapes the house and jumps away. Ruli seems surprised that Hiro wasn't making it up.

Angora-copter away! And now we see there are many of the gecko-children. All being signaled on their cell phones, which all have corrupted screens, but some sort of voice coming out of them.

Melting the window a bit to reach in and unlock it is neat enough. And an alarm goes off. Gecko kid whacks Gammamon, but falls with him. And they find another ring. So someone clearly wants diamond rings and is having the kids do it for them. And we see them all collecting them, by spitting them up. into a pile.

Salamandamon and the ghost fire effect looks pretty good. It appears he is eating the ring, for power of some sort.

Kiyoshiro doesn't like any of this. Gecko kids are enough trouble, but jewel thieves also.

They're all staying the night at Hiro's house since it's the weekend. And geckos watch. And Salamandamon tries to the drop goop on Ruli.

Gecko-Ruli. Gammamon screams quite expertly. Kiyoshiro is freaked out as you'd expect, Angoramon is angry he left her alone.

Kiyoshiro points out there is a diamond shipment to a university for an experiment, nice to see him being helpful.

They follow Ruli as she 'not quite sneaks' off to meet up with the other gecko kids.

Kiyoshiro warned the diamond shipment ahead of time, they're all fake. And so the geckos attack for diamonds. Gecko kids don't seem to be aware. Everyone praises Kiyoshiro.

The geckos turn in their ill gotten gains to Salamandamon who praises them. It eats them, to gain carbon to burn hotter. It appears the diamonds weren't swapped out as Kiyoshiro warned them. Jellymon laughs, since they believed he was pulling a prank.

Tesla and Betel time. After a short fight Salamandamon laughs about an idea. It crawls up on a wall and sends the kids after them.

Digital space from Kiyoshiro. He's quite proud he's gotten rid of the gecko kids. But of course, it didn't work, they're in the space after. Salamandamon is aware they tried 'something' that failed and taunts them a bit, although not sure what.

Tesla points out hitting the water tanks should help. She has them all jump, then zaps the water all over the place to knock out the geckos. She is proud of her plan.

Betel grabs Salamandamon from behind and Salamandamon tries to fry him. We get some frame broiling effects. Betel says his fire won't lose to someone like Salamandamon. It starts to suck in the air to make a big boom.

Betel hits it with fire first before Salamandamon was ready. It seems confused. Betel used an explosion to blast out the flame. Salamandamon tries to apologize and asks them not to hurt it, it'll turn everyone back.

Nanami wakes up in bed and her parents are relieved. Ruli wakes up normal and Angoramon is relieved. Salamandamon apologies and says it won't do that or steal again, can it please eat the burning rock somehow though? Hiro will bring it some pencils, graphite, which should work to feed it. Angoramon talks puffishly. Ruli asks how they know Salamandamon (having no memory of what's happened.)


Hiro's Study Files goes over over Salamandamon as you'd expect. Ruli talks about the idea that you look uip at the ceiling and see a face, and nothing is really there.



It was... a perfectly serviceable episode. Kind of interesting, kind of boring. Not overly bad, just... kind of there. Reminds you that Ruli needs more to do.




Misa Watanabe was Salamandamon, returning to Digimon after previously being Plesiomon in Hunters. Fans would know her as Vivi in One Piece, Queen Beryl in Sailor Moon Crystal, Nozomi in World Trigger (plus many others). In other works she's the Japanese voice of EVA in the Metal Gear Games, Flint in Monsters Inc, Kristine Kochanski in Red Dwarf, among others.

Momo Ishibashi was Nanami. She was previously Floramon in Adventure:, plus various bit roles in Appmon.
 

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This was a strange episode. Can't say much about it. At least Kiyoshiro survived without getting mutilated.
 

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Higashi-Izumi University.

A university named after Higashi(mitarai) Kiyoshiro and Izumi Koshiro. The two geniuses.
 

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I really didn't expect Salamandamon got in this episode after the other Salamandamon got killed by Sealsdramon. That is pretty cool for Salamandamon that got to appear for more.

Not so much to say sadly. Hardly horror but I wonder if Salamandamon and Ajatarmon shared the same works for creating the liquids that can transform humans?

This animation surprised me. Oh boy Hiro hardly gets in the trouble but Ruli and Kiyoshiro always end up being the victims often...

I think human geckos are more horror than Salamandamon. Damn
 

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Why did the show choose this episode to suddenly remember Hiro has a mom? It's weird to me how nonchalant everyone is in this show about Hiro's lack of parents when he has a mom in the real world doing who knows what.
 

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Wonder if it's just the human gecko or in general if a human is being transformed by a digimon they will go to the digital space too. It's pretty interesting to explore, but I highly doubt we'll see that much more from it.

Overall not really the best episode, the human geckos are unsettling but not that scary either and the fight really reads more like someone just learned science and want to see how they can insert it in.
Though does earnt some chuckles that the institute disregard Kiyo's warning as one would expect if such situation arise in real life. Bet they regret it now that their diamonds just became fuel for Salamandamon. Oops. Funnily, considering Kiyo was a developer for their technology one would think he would have more weight if he used his name instead, though I guess he would need to explain how'd he know about it.

Why did the show choose this episode to suddenly remember Hiro has a mom? It's weird to me how nonchalant everyone is in this show about Hiro's lack of parents when he has a mom in the real world doing who knows what.
Well Hiro's mom was mentioned in the Arukenimon episode previously, but overall in Japan I think most people aren't too fussed about children living alone since it's generally considered a safe place and many of them are taught to be mostly independent. I'd usually just chalk it up to cultural difference
 

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Well Hiro's mom was mentioned in the Arukenimon episode previously, but overall in Japan I think most people aren't too fussed about children living alone since it's generally considered a safe place and many of them are taught to be mostly independent. I'd usually just chalk it up to cultural difference
I feel reasonably certain even in Japan there would be concerns about a middle school kid being left alone parentless for extended periods. And we've seen it before other adults in the show have asked Hiro where his dad is but he just quickly changes the subject so we know they're capable of doing it if they wanted to. This is just a common trope you see in a lot of children's fiction in everywhere from anime to Disney movies where they just try to write the parents out of the story so they don't have to deal with the kids always having to get around the parents to go off on adventures. But most kids media would at least come up with some explanation.
 

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Cool, they just blew up a water tank and electrocuted a bunch of kids.
 

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Episodes like this and the one with Splashmon makes me wonder why they didn't put these earlier in schedule if the Perfect levels were not going to be used while they could. Couldn't Thetismon produce an antidote to whatever Salamandermon did, too? They didn't bother asking Mummymon either. Maybe they thought going after the source would be more efficient since it isn't something deadly.
It was an OK episode, though. I liked the premise of it and the mystery of the geckos did pull me in.
 

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Salamandamon's pathetic-ness at the end of the episode made this a 10/10 episode and I won't hear anyone say otherwise.
 

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Not a lot happened so not a lot for me to say. I did chuckle at Kiyo thinking he was smooth by activating the Digital Space only for all the Gecko-Humans to still be there. It does beg the question of what exactly are the Digimon doing to influence humans like that but I have a feeling its just one of those things we're not supposed to think too hard about.

Hopefully next week will be Lamortmon's debut so something interesting will happen.
 

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it was a great episode in terms of pacing and selling its creepiness but it's easily an episode most will forget about when reflecting back on this series.
So, in other words, a good filler episode but with noticeable emphasis on the filler
 

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Well Hiro's mom was mentioned in the Arukenimon episode previously, but overall in Japan I think most people aren't too fussed about children living alone since it's generally considered a safe place and many of them are taught to be mostly independent. I'd usually just chalk it up to cultural difference
I feel reasonably certain even in Japan there would be concerns about a middle school kid being left alone parentless for extended periods. And we've seen it before other adults in the show have asked Hiro where his dad is but he just quickly changes the subject so we know they're capable of doing it if they wanted to. This is just a common trope you see in a lot of children's fiction in everywhere from anime to Disney movies where they just try to write the parents out of the story so they don't have to deal with the kids always having to get around the parents to go off on adventures. But most kids media would at least come up with some explanation.
But they did? They outright said she works overseas. And Hiro lives in a dorm, so lack of parents is a non-issue at the moment.
 

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It's Japan, I guess. They don't have the show 100% pre-planned. After all Ghost Game followed Adventure 2020 immediately. They probably write episodes several weeks before they're meant to air, then the execution Team chases the deadline. Somebody probably had the idea of an Episode using the 20 year old Flame lizard digimon to brainwash Kids 20+ episodes into the show and they were like "yeh, we can do this idea as an episode. Good Job, Todd".
 

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It might be Good job Taro-san but *ahem* The geckos were creepy a bit but you know, any pencils left might work. ...What about Charcoal? ...Anyway, these might be early episode really but at least next week should be good. I'll enjoy that. But after, who knows what's coming.
 

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*Insert infamous X-Men quote here*

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David Icke's worst fears are finally realized here, in one of those 'smells suspiciously like a leftover script from earlier on in the series' type scenarios.
Indeed, you could quite comfortably have inserted this in right before Sealsdramon and it wouldn't have looked remotely out of place.

Last time I mentioned how the presence of Ghost Game's support/returning characters really does a lot to enhance even fairly mundane episodes, and I think this follow-up suitably illustrates that point.
Even having Ruri and Hiro's childhood friend taken over by the Gecko-juice feels more like an afterthought that doesn't really do much to raise the stakes or make them more personal as seemingly intended too. The only real upside to that is giving us a cute moment with Angormaon at the very end.

Other than a few science lessons peppered throughout, the only real thing of worth noting is the idea of Human/Digimon hybrids being touched on, since they were also transported into the Digital Space.

In conclusion, an effectively creepy but otherwise straightforward plot with no real surprises or twists.
 

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Again after a week and a day, I finished watching the episode two hours ago. I think this episode was weak. I liked the concept of gecko-children/lizard-children/salamander-children. I liked how Hiro knew the girl from school years earlier and visited her parents' house to check on her. However, Ruli became half-gecko too easily simply while asleep and Salamandamon's goal of using the geckos to steal diamonds to fuel his fire was boring. The geckos also weren't very scary. However, the battle against Salamandamon was good. I loved BetelGammamon containing Salamandramon's fire despite it harming him
and ultimately defeating with an explosion he managed to create with the air. Nice ending with Salamandramon apologizing and returning all children to their original state and Hiro offering to feed him pencil. Interesting how Angoramon noted that in their era, pencil was no longer widely used. Remember Ghost Game takes place in the near future. Ruli is unable to remember what happened while she was half-gecko.
Hiro's Digimon Files were funny.
 
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