By Yuen Wong Yu
Translated by Stephanie Sheh
English Adaptation by Lianne Sentar
One: "Enter the New DigiDestined"
Adapts "Enter Flamedramon"
It's been three years since the defeat of Apocalymon, but now,
a new evil force has risen - the Digimon Emperor, a human boy out
to conquer the DigiWorld. On Earth, T.K., Kari and Izzy respond
to a distress call from the DigiWorld, but are stumbled across by
Davis Motomiya, who watches them disappear into the computer, and
is unable to convince his friends, Yolei and Cody, of what he has
seen. Meanwhile, in the DigiWorld, T.K. and co. meet up with Tai,
only to be attacked by an Airdramon under the control of one of
the Digimon Emperor's Dark Rings. The Digimon are unable to
Digivolve, and as the group flees, they come across a cave
containing five Digi-Eggs. When T.K. tries to lift one, it
releases five new D-3 Digivices - two of which go to T.K. and
Kari, while the other three go to the real world, into the hands
of Davis, Yolei and Cody, who use them to enter the DigiWorld.
Under Tai's guidance, they lift their Digi-Eggs and their partner
Digimon, Veemon, Hawkmon and Armadillomon appear. T.K. and Kari
also claim their Digi-Eggs, and when the Airdramon breaks through
the cave roof, the Digimon all Armour Digivolve and shatter the
Dark Ring, freeing it. The Digimon Emperor welcomes the
Chapter Two: "The Digimon Emperor"
Adapts "Ken's Secret"
When Davis plays against child prodigy Ken Ichijouji in a soccer match, he impresses the boy with his skills, accidentally cutting his leg with a tackle. Meanwhile, Izzy has deduced that the black spires the Emperor has erected in the DigiWorld are what are inhibiting normal Digivolution, and sends the new team to destroy one of them. However, they are attacked by the Emperor and a Deltamon under his control. Deltamon defeats most of the Digimon, leaving only Flamedramon, who is able to destroy his Dark Ring. The Emperor curses Davis's luck, and Davis notices a familiar cut on the Emperor's leg...
Chapter Three: "Spiraling Out Of Control"
Adapts "Ken's Secret," "The Emperor's New Home," "The Captive Digimon" and "Storm Of Friendship"
As the Emperor completes his latest invention, the Dark Spiral, Davis attempts to convince the others of his suspicion that the Emperor is Ken Ichijouji. The debate is interrupted, however, by Izzy, who has received a distress call from Agumon, who has fallen victim to a Dark Spiral. While Tai and the new kids search for him, they come across three new Digi-Eggs, but the Emperor and Agumon appear, and the Emperor forces him to Dark Digivolve into a viral version of MetalGreymon. The existing Armour Digimon don't have the power to defeat him, but by using the new Digi-Eggs, the kids Digivolve their Digimon into new forms, who are able to destroy the Dark Spiral. When Davis turns on the Emperor, he confirms Davis's fears - he is Ken Ichijouji.
Chapter Four: "Change Up"
Adapts "An Old Enemy Returns," "The Darkness Before Dawn" and "The Crest of Kindness"
Battles against the Emperor continue, but the kids realise they have to take out his secret base. Cody and Submarimon uncover it, just as the Emperor locates the Dark Whirlpool and uses its power to complete his powerful, genetically-engineered Digimon, Kimeramon. When the DigiDestined invade the Emperor's base, a fierce battle with Kimeramon ensues, giving the kids time to search the base. Davis uncovers its power source, the Digi-Egg of Miracles, which Digivolves Veemon into Magnamon. As the battle continues, Kimeramon runs out of control, bringing the base crashing down. The Emperor's partner, Wormmon, gives Magnamon his energy, powering him up enough to destroy Kimeramon with his Magna Explosion. The kids confront the Emperor on what he has done, but Tai tells them of how he lost his brother years before, and suspects that the power of darkness could have manipulated him. The Emperor refutes the notion... but nearby, a mysterious woman is watching the unfolding drama, and realises it's time for her to get involved...
Chapter Five: "To Forgive is Divine"
Adapts "The Crest of Kindness," "Davis Cries Wolfmon," "If I had a Tail Hammer" and "Spirit Needle."
Ken can't believe that Wormmon sacrificed his life for him, and leaves the DigiDestined to restore the damaged DigiWorld. The mysterious woman observes their repair work, and uses a technique called "Spirit Needle" to transform three Control Spires into a Tortomon, a Minotarumon and a Thundermon. Davis battles the Tortomon, and, with the help of a strange new Digimon, is able to Digivolve Veemon naturally, into ExVeemon, who destroys Tortomon. He meets up with Yolei and Aquilamon - Hawkmon's Digivolved form - who were attacked by the Minotarumon, then head to help Cody. He has already found help, however, in the form of the mystery Digimon - who, it transpires, is Stingmon, the Champion form of Wormmon. Ken appears and advises Cody to Digivolve Armadillomon naturally, into Ankylomon. Ankylomon destroyed Thundermon, and Ken then attempts to make his peace with the DigiDestined.
Chapter Six: "Evil Again"
Adapts "United We Stand" and "Fusion Confusion"
When Izzy detects a massing of energy at the site of the Emperor's crashed base, the DigiDestined spring into action. The mysterious woman, instigator of the danger, taunts Ken, causing him to arrive on the scene, just as the other kids and Digimon are battling Okuwamon. Ken has just received the Crest of Kindness, and believes he can use it to seal the impending explosion. When he and Davis team up, ExVeemon and Stingmon DNA Digivolve into Paildramon, who holds off Okuwamon while the two boys try to seal the base reactor. When the Crest fails, Paildramon destroys Okuwamon, and then the reactor. But Ken still can't forgive himself and leaves the other kids behind... as the mysterious woman's anger grows.
Chapter Seven: "Along Came a Spider"
Adapts "Arukenimon's Tangled Web," "Ultimate Anti-Hero" and "Opposites Attract"
The mysterious woman confronts the DigiDestined and reveals her true form - Arukenimon, a spider Digimon. As the Digimon battle her, Davis sends Kari and Yolei to find Ken, who is in a forest, trying to resist the pull of the "Dark Ocean." The girls locate him, and Kari saves Yolei when she falls off a cliff edge. They return to the battle in time, and Paildramon is formed, but when he injures Arukenimon, her partner, Mummymon, enters the fray and they escape to safety. The DigiDestined pursue them, but Arukenimon strikes back with her latest Control Spire creation - the mighty BlackWarGreymon. Paildramon is defeated by this new monster, but then Yolei and Kari are able to achieve a DNA Digivolution, merging Gatomon and Aquilamon into Silphymon, who is able to beat BlackWarGreymon back.
On the cast page for this volume, the listings for Davis, Yolei and Cody also include their Japanese names - something that the 01 dub did for its characters, but that the 02 dub did not - listing them as: Daisuke "Davis" Motomiya, Miyako "Yolei" Inoue and Iori "Cody" Hida. T.K.'s surname is misspelled as "Takakashi," as opposed to "Takaishi," and the trend of spelling his name without the periods continues. Silphymon is referred to as a she.
You thought that season one's five volumes were rushed in places? Well, baby, you ain't seen nothin' yet! 02 is compressed into only two volumes, and where the season one manga was content to simply go from episode to episode, retelling the anime as best it could, the 02 manga is much more altered from the anime, which, in some ways, makes it a more interesting read. In this volume:
Although the manga has been very consistent about using dub
names, terms and character portrayals, in 02, it sticks by the
Japanese chronology, giving the time between 01 and 02 as three
years, rather than the dub's four years.
Davis's portrayal seems more "hip" than even the dub presents him to be, having him make us of phrases like "dag," "mad skillz," "bling-bling," "homeslice" and "peace out." Justin Lam notes that this interpretation of the character seems to be based more on Brian Donovan's vocal portrayal of Davis, rather than Nimoy and Buchholz's actual English dialogue for him.
The first chapter establishes that Davis "loves noodles," nicely foreshadowing his future career.
An artistic error sees the Digi-Eggs of Sincerity and Reliability appear in place of the Digi-Eggs of Hope and Light for one panel on page twenty. Also, in the three views we get of the row of five Digi-Eggs (including the incorrect one), the eggs are never in the same order.
The title of chapter three misspells "Spiralling" as "Spiraling."
The picture of Arukenimon on the title page of chapter seven is copied directly from her animation model sheet.