| "His Master's Voice" |
(Dagomon no Yobigoe)
"The Call of Dagomon"
| (Ja:) Fuji Television|
(En:) Saban Entertainment
|Airdate|| (Ja:) June 25, 2000|
(En:) October 21, 2000
|Written by|| (Ja:) Chiaki J. Konaka|
(En:) Craig Doyle, Jeff Nimoy, Bob Buchholz
|Directed by||(Ja:) Hiroyuki Kakudou|
| Chief Anim.|
Kari begins having strange visions of another world—a world separate from the real world and the digital world—and things soon escalate when she completely vanishes.
Lately, Kari's been having strange dreams. After getting scared by T.K. accidentally making her jump, they run into school. As they run in, Gatomon confides in Patamon about Kari’s bad dreams, and how Kari refuses to talk about them.
In class, T.K. mulls over Kari’s silence. Meanwhile, Kari is mulling over her dream. As she does, she realizes that the classroom is beginning to fade and a thick fog envelopes her. When the classroom disappears entirely, she finds she is in ankle-deep water. Back in the classroom, T.K. sees Kari seem to fuzz over, as if she was on a T.V. with bad reception. ‘Kari!’ he cries, standing up. The entire class looks round and stares at him, including Kari, whose outline is back to normal. Then they turn to look at Kari. Suddenly, Kari closes her eyes and falls to the side in a faint. A friend catches her. The teacher sends her to the nurse’s office. As she walked to the nurse’s office, Kari convinced herself she had fallen asleep and dreamt the water and the fog. She sees a vision of her younger self. She begins to hear water dripping. She turns to see a shadow of a Digimon with glowing red eyes. She screams.
At the end of class, T.K. runs to the nurse to find Kari, but is told she isn’t there. Confused he runs to check the girl’s bathroom, library, staircase and the gate to the digital world. Suddenly, he sees her sitting outside. He runs outside to talk to her. She tells him what happened, and how she’s scared the digimon are going to take her to ‘their world’. In his worry for Kari, T.K. tells her he cared too much about her to let her go without a fight. Kari stares at him in astonishment. Embarrassed, T.K. stutters an excuse and runs off.
After school, Kari walks out alone, and stares at the beach across the road. As she crosses, Gatomon spots her from her tree, and jumps down to the pavement. Suddenly, Kari’s outline begins to fuzz again. A lorry goes past, and when it’s gone, so has Kari, leaving only her bag.
In the computer room, Cody, Davis, Upamon, DemiVeemon, Poromon and Patamon are watching Yolei upgrade the D-3s. T.K. walks in. Patamon asks him what the matter is. Gatomon bursts in and tells them that ‘Kari’s disappeared’.
Kari opens her eyes, and finds herself at a beach. There’s a lighthouse nearby, however, the colour of the whole place is very subdued, and the lighthouse is emitting black light.
T.K. tells the others that she might not be in the Digital World. Davis says he must have hit his head, and Yolei complains she can’t find Kari in the Digital World. Cody loses his temper and shouts at them to stop talking. He says they mustn’t go into the Digital World blindly, and should wait until they pinpointed Kari’s location. T.K. repeats that she’s not in the digi-world, and runs out to the beach to find her. Patamon and Gatomon follow. T.K. says he should have realised she needed help. He then realises Kari must be in a different dimension.
Kari is exploring, and notices a cave. She wonders if it’s the way back home, and goes in. She calls in the cave, and realises it’s a tunnel. As she goes deeper in she hears hoarse voices calling her name. She sees shadows like the one she saw earlier. They ask her to help them. Kari notices the creatures look ill, and asks if they’re digimon. They reply that they’re Scubamon. They say they don’t know how they got to the tunnel, that they were ‘serving our undersea master’, and then suddenly were in the tunnel. Kari then sees Dark Spirals on the Scubamons’ arms, and realised the Digimon Emperor had something to do with this. The Scubamon tells her they had summoned her to help them because her trait of light allowed her to free them. She reaches forward, and grabs a Scubamon’s arm. A purple light shines from the spiral, and the tunnel begins to collapse. They all run out. An Airdramon is circling ahead, and a Scubamon says it serves the Digimon Emperor. It attacks. Kari begins to despair.
Patamon, Gatomon and T.K. are on the beach, shouting Kari’s name. Suddenly, a purple light appears, and they see Kari in the middle of it calling T.K.’s name. The three jump into the light, and are transported to the strange dimension. Seeing Airdramon, Patamon digivolves to Pegasusmon. Gatomon is unable to digivolve – Kari’s d-terminal was in her bag, which is back in the real world. Gatomon realises that there’s a Control Spire in the lighthouse, and tells Pegasusmon. Pegasusmon destroys the control spire, and Gatomon digivolves to Angewomon. Pegasusmon and Angewomon easily defeat Airdramon. Angewomon then destroys the dark spirals on the Scubamons’ arms. Their bodies begin to pulsate and shift. They stand up, a completely different shape. They reach forward for Kari, and tell her she could be their queen. Angewomon scares them back into the ocean with a warning shot. As they retreat, they tell Kari they had thought she would help them revolt against their undersea Master, but they had clearly been wrong. They said to beware of their Master, who would come for her. Kari, Angewomon, T.K. and Pegasusmon then re-enter the purple light back to the real world. Kari asks T.K. what he had meant that morning when he’d said he cared for her, and he once again stammers out an excuse. She then tells him she cares for him too, and they both chuckle.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonists, and italicized characters appear only as a voice or silhouette.)
(Number indicates order of occurrence.)
"You're gonna quit? Give up? Just like that? Look Kari, I care too much about you to let anyone take you without a fight!"
- —T.K., to Kari during the school break.
"Ah, what the heck. I got nine lives."
- —Gatomon making a snap decision to follow T.K. and Patamon through the portal to the Dark Ocean.
"Hey, T.K., remember this morning when you said you really cared for me? What did you mean by that?"
"Huh? Oh well, you know, it was just... stuff."
"Well, you know what? I care for you too."
- —Kari and T.K., after escaping the Dark Ocean.
- Gatomon digivolves to Angewomon but the DigiDestined lost that power when they gave up their Crests between seasons 1 and 2.
- When Kari sees a flashback of Tai and herself in the school corridor, Tai's black armband appears to be missing.
- In a distant shot of Gatomon dozing off in the tree near the school, her ears are completely pink.
- In a close-up version of the aforementioned shot, when holding her paws together, Gatomon appears to have four claws on her left paw instead of three.
- Gatomon's tail ring can be seen during digivolution, even though she lost it. This is a result of using the same digivolution sequence from the first series.
- The dubbed version of this episode is one of the more confusing of the series, partially because the original Japanese version was so enigmatic, with so many open questions being left hanging that would never be picked up on.
- The dub largely omits the specific concern that is plaguing Kari—the idea that she is not as strong as Tai—and just plays it as a fear of not being strong enough in general. This leaves the brief vision she has of her and her brother as something of a non-sequitur in the dub.
- Building upon that omission, when T.K. goes looking for Kari after class, the Japanese version has him angry at her for comparing herself to her brother. The dub chooses to take the relationship between the characters a bit further, by having T.K. tell her he "cares too much about her" to let her be taken away.
- Precisely what was really going on with the "Scubamon" is left unclear: were they actually captured by the Digimon Emperor, or was it all part of their ruse to enthrall Kari? The dub essentially opts for the latter explanation (with the subsequent episode's recap for this one calling it "all just a trick"), stating the creatures are revolting against their undersea master and that they want Kari to lead them; the Digimon Emperor does not appear to have played any role in this, and they have merely used his trappings to dupe Kari into aiding them. In the Japanese version, on the other hand, the Emperor was responsible: the creatures explain that they have been mesmerized by the Dark Spirals into "worshiping a new god" (the Emperor), and that they have called upon Kari to be their "bride", so that they can procreate with her and create legions to battle him. When she refuses, they return to their "old god" beneath the sea.
- The Japanese version of this episode features a lot of silence, and a generally bleak, morose tone; the dubbed version fights back against this, filling nearly every moment of this silence with characters' thoughts and random background chatter and jokes to an extent far beyond the show's normal level of added dialogue.
- In the original episode, when Kari attempts to free the Scubamon in the cave, her image song Holy Light is played in the background.
- A moment when some Scubamon are killed by Airdramon's attack is removed from the English dub.
- Later on, in the episode Genesis of Evil, it's revealed that Ken Ichijouji also traveled to the Dark Ocean, soon before he became the Digimon Emperor.
- The English episode title is named after the painting by Francis Barraud, His Master's Voice, made famous as a trademark in the music business. The Japanese title, is named after The Call of Cthulhu, by H.P. Lovecraft.
- The writer for this episode, Chiaki J. Konaka, who would eventually become the head writer behind Digimon Tamers; incorporated various aspects and homages to the stories of H.P. Lovecraft in this episode such as true forms of the so-called Scubamon being based on the Deep Ones of Lovecraft literature.
- In the opening title of the Japanese version, a column of digicode appears displaying the following:
- This translates to "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" (フングルイ ムグルウナフ クトゥルウ ルルイエ ウガフナグル フタグン?), an occult phrase from H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu which means "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming". Later, when Hikari is alone, she walks past a sign that reads (インスマウス Insumausu?, lit. "Innsmouth"), a fictional town in Cthulhu Mythos.
- Kari announces the episode title in the Japanese episode.
- This is the first time in the series that a Digimon is actually killed, which is unusual, as the DigiDestined of this series generally avoid killing any Digimon, good or evil, whenever possible.
- Despite the ominous appearance of Dragomon at the end of the episode, his storyline was never developed.