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I actually feel a little bad about this pick, since it’s the one EVERYBODY makes. At this point, being a Digimon fan who complains about Meiko is a bit like being a wrestling fan who complains about Roman Reigns. It’s such a cliche that it’s honestly a bit lame to keep on doing it… and yet, here we are.
I mean, good God, Meiko is a worse self-insert fanfic character than most actual fanfic self-inserts. All this character does is take over scenes, receive affection from the established characters, and feel sorry for herself in a calculated attempt to generate audience sympathy. Really stop and think about it for a second: if you removed Meiko from Digimon Tri entirely, if Meicoomon were just a stray Digimon running around on her own, what would actually change? What affect does this character have on the plot that wouldn’t have been achieved via other, previously established means? She’s completely and utterly POINTLESS!
And believe you me, it takes a LOT for me to dislike a character worse than I already dislike most of the goggleheads. I think Tai and Davis are utter jokes compared to Matt and TK. I think Masaru is a charmless idiot thug. There are debilitating childhood illnesses that I like more than Tagiru. Yet, even taken together, none of them damaged their series to the degree that Meiko did.
…although, at the very last minute, Meiko DID manage to infuriate Tai/Sora shippers, so even she’s not ALL bad *evil laugh*(If that rant didn’t drive you away, then be sure to read all the other Conventional Wisdom comics, and maybe even donate on Patreon!)
Yeah, I know, I’ve gushed about Taiki a lot already, but it really bears repeating. See, the Gogglehead is usually my least favorite part of any season’s lineup. I’m not the biggest fan of the hot-blooded hero tropes to begin with, and Digimon is often especially bad about presenting these characters as selfish, idiotic numbskulls rather than the team leaders they’re supposed to be. Taiki won me over immediately for NOT being that He’s a rare Gogglehead who’s actually believable as a competent leader, which is ESPECIALLY important given the whole Army General gimmick of Xros Wars. Yeah, he can still be a numbskull at times, but even then he always comes across as selfless rather than selfish, which just makes him that mush more endearing as a protagonist.
…yet I also feel like Takato is a better character. As much as I like what Xros Wars did with Taiki, he’s still an extremely simplistic, straightforward character. Takato, on the other hand, is much more nuanced and complicated, undergoing a much greater development over the course of the show. If Taiki is the idea embodiment of the Gogglehead, then Takato is the ultimate subversion of all those tropes: meek and shy instead of aggressive and confident, less of a leader and more the linchpin in a team of equals. As long as it’s done WELL, a trope subverted is a lot more interesting than that trope competently played straight, and while it’s a lot harder to pull off, I think Takato absolutely succeeds at that.
…part of me wants to tack on that I don’t dislike Haru from Digimon Universe either, but I still haven’t seen enough of that show to really make a decisive call either way.(This is the part where I include a link to more Conventional Wisdom comics and also beg for donations on Patreon)
Poor, poor Tamers. Poor over-achieving, under-appreciated Tamers. Beloved by a small, aggressive, uber-nerdy few and ignored by the masses entirely. You truly are the Deep Space 9 of the Digimon franchise. And I will love you ‘till the day I die.
Seriously, Digimon Tamers is EMBARRASSINGLY good for a merchandise-driven children’s cartoon. This show hits classic Doctor Who levels of trying harder than a kid’s show actually needed to try. Heck, Tamers is probably a better Grown Up Digimon Show than the ACTUAL Digimon for grownups we got years later! On an intellectual level, I can understand all the various reasons why this series never caught on the way Adventure did, but I still think it’s the crowning jewel of the entire Digimon franchise.
…although the first third of Xros Wars is right up there, too!(Don’t forget to go read all the other Conventional Wisdom comics, and maybe even donate on Patreon if you like what you see!)
I just really like Taiki, guys. I’m trying not to say too much because I still have to pick a Best Gogglehead later on, but I really, REALLY like Taiki. The Digimon franchise has a long, troubled history of presenting hot-blooded hero characters in a way that, to me at least, comes across as really obnoxious and annoying in ways that run counter to the show’s obvious intentions. But Taiki? No, I genuinely buy it when they say he’s a cool dude, and pretty much every relationship Xros Wars establishes for him is believable and satisfying as a result. And that’s ESPECIALLY important given the expanded leader roll that Xros Wars required- NO NO, WE’RE NOT THERE YET! *sigh* I just totally buy that Taiki is everybody’s best friend, okay?(blah blah blah more comics at Conventional Wisdom blah blah blah Patreon)