With DATS HQ destroyed and the Data Squad too late to prevent his destruction of the building, Kurata begins the next phase of his real motive. Intending to follow him as his next course of action takes place in the Digital World, the Data Squad uses an old digital gate owned by the Criers; during the journey, three new team players under Kurata join the fray and introduce themselves.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonists, and italicized characters appear only as a voice or silhouette.)
Cmdr. Sampson: "Chirinmon - an Ultimate Level Digimon! One of his special attacks is the Wind Cutter Sword which whips though his opponents like a hurricane! You want to stay far away from this disaster!"
Nanami:"As always, Kouki beat us to all the fun again! He's so bad!" Marcus:"Is this some sort of party I don't know about?" Ivan:"Hey, there's that other girl: a really cute one named Yoshi. I wonder if she'd go out with me. Probably not... But of course I wouldn't say that out loud." Nanami:"I told you before: everyone can hear you!"
-We can hear you too, Ivan
Starting from this episode onwards throughout all of his appearances, Kouki's lip ring in the original version is digitally removed in the English version.