Why do I find Digimon so painful to watch now…?
Digidestened had digimon partners which allowed for team and character development. They learn to understand and carry out their destiny as digidestined by having their digimon partners.
Digidestened had digimon partners and the return of some previous members. This allowed for more character development and learning from each other and their digimon.
Some twists to the Digimon universe being brought even more fully and in new ways into the real world the digidestined continue to have digimon partners. In a universe where it is thought only a game this is important because it allows for them to have an understanding and connection of digimon and the digitalworld— which they need in order to carry out their battles.
They took the connection and partnership a step further with a new form of digivolution. This cemented the importance of the partnership.
I was horrified but continued to watch a few more episodes only to be disappointed. This show basically made the term “digimon” obsolete. How can you have a show called Digimon yet not have any ACTUAL digimon in it that are in need of being defeated?! The absence of digimon partners took so much away from the show, there was no actual character growth or interest left.
It is one thing to experience being a Digimon but they can’t truly understand Digimon unless they have a partner digimon. They can’t have a partnership with themselves…a partnership implies two individuals.
Unfortunately, even with going back to the partnership make up it just never got the spark back.