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- Jun 17, 2015
This is exactly the beef that I've had with the series since the change in designs started taking a more dramatic shift in Savers, and especially in Xros Wars. Thanks for explaining it so well! It's interesting to think that it probably started with the Mega/Ultimate forms, but it totally makes sense.First is that Appmon's monster design is not a major upheaval for the series, put Shoutmon, Gumdramon andGatchmon all in a row and they wouldn't look out of place next to each other.
At the same time the original, to quote Bogleech:... heavy emphasis on 'monster' ...“'grotesque' organic detail... “usually frightening looking...” design approach started being supplemented and slowly replaced as early as the Pendulums.
There's still lots of beastly and scarred looking Digmon in the Pendulums but you also have often gold colored, rather clean looking Megas; even Perfects were starting to look a lot cleaner*. And if Touma is right in his D-1 articles,vaccine Digimon, the nicest looking of the bunch were the ones who were the most popular so the move to “clean sleek details, with a 'shiny new sports care' feel.” was just Digimon going with the flow. It can be a bit of a shame for those of us who like the older approach and feel it's more distinct and unique but Appmon is just another step in what has been a long series of steps away from the earliest design ethos, not a revolution.