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- May 19, 2017
One also has to consider that HeracleKabuterimon was among the first Ultimates to ever be introduced in the franchise, so it might've been worth promoting (and in another case of irony, it was the only Nature Spirits Ultimates to not appear in the initial anime..... hell, throw in Holydramon's appearance in the 02 movie, and you can even extend that to 1.5). Meanwhile, MetalGarurumon had to be created entirely for the anime (WereGarurumon couldn't even get a definitive Ultimate in Nightmare Soldiers, with it instead going to Mammon.... but then again, maybe that was intentional, with the plan being to introduce an Ultimate Greymon and Garurumon in the newly-starting anime, and the fact that they were original Ultimates may've been a huge selling point).While people talk about Matt being Tai's best friend a lot, it feels like Izzy more naturally fits into that role.
This kind of leads me to a thought I’ve long held over the years. In that I personally feel Koushiro deserved his partner to reach Ultimate far more then Yamato did in the original Series.
Not only did he have an overall better dynamic with Taichi, but I think Heraklekabuterimon would have been much better received and utilised more then poor Metalgarurumon was. Japan loves its bugs after all, and he would have had the likes of Venomvamdemon and two Dark Masters to tussle with. Plus he just looks cool.
Obviously you’d have to rework things like the trigger for the Warp Evolutions, but it’s doable. Even ‘Our War Game’ allows for it to work with minimal changes. I’ve seen the odd fan design for Omegamon with alternate arms.
Of course I’m biased since I love Tentomon’s line. And for all the issues I have with Tri, Heraklekabuterimon’s debut (and brief fight with Mugendramon) was a highlight.