| The Search Result is Haru Shinkai! Gatchmon Appears! |
(Kensaku Kekka wa Shinkai Haru! Gatchimon Arawaru!)
|Airdate||(Ja:) October 1, 2016|
A new adventure begins as a boy becomes a main character.
On October 1 at 3:48 PM in the Unknown Deep Sea, Gatchmon dodges mysterious tentacles while Haru Shinkai is playing with his smartphone. Gatchmon performs a search and finds Haru, eventually diving for his phone and declaring him his Buddy. As the app icon on his glows, Haru desperately tries to stop its emergence but ultimately fails, releasing Gatchmon.
Earlier that day at Fujimizaka Middle School, Haru is at the school library checking out books, unaware that he is being watched by an analyzer that declares him a main character candidate. Outside, his childhood friend Yuujin Oozora is playing soccer to the cheers of his teammates and fans, and Haru's crush, Ai Kashiki, watches. Distracted by her, he is unprepared for the soccer ball that he catches with his face. This draws the attention of Yuujin, who decides to head home with Haru. The analyzer watches their trek home as Haru and Yuujin talk. Haru calls Yuujin a main character, but Yuujin counters that he believes Haru is also one. The watcher then hacks the streetlights to separate the pair; Yuujin walks away, but Haru's attention is drawn by a vending machine that asks him if he is a main character. He hesitates, and the message disappears, but not before dropping an Appli Drive. Cameramon reports to Leviathan about these events. At home, Haru plays with the new device, and he decides to search online, leading the events of the beginning.
Gatchmon introduces both himself and the concept of Appmon. Haru plays with his digital manifestation, leading Gatchmon to believe that Haru is ignoring him, but Haru proves that he is listening. Gatchmon then tells Haru to insert his Appmon Chip in the Applidrive to perform Appliarise, allowing Gatchmon to physically exist in the Real World. Haru refuses and asks why Gatchmon chose him, but Gatchmon says that it's the result of his search. Gatchmon then begins to fade a little, having used up his power.
Haru's attention is drawn by his mother, whose messaging app is on the fritz. Gatchmon reveals that an Appmon is the cause: Messemon. Unfortunately, a virus has infected Messemon, which Gatchmon believes to be from the creature that chased him before. Haru then discovers that someone is posting embarrassing photos in public, beginning with Haru and then Ai, though Yuujin comforts Ai. Haru flees in shame and frustration, eventually discovering Messemon once more. Gatchmon gives chase, and then Messemon enters an AR-Field. Haru uses the Applidrive to enter this digital world, where Messemon incarnates and attacks. Messemon turns messages into attacks, so Gatchmon tells Haru to appliarise him, but Haru is too scared. Despite being continually attacked, Gatchmon tells Haru he believes him to be a main character as well as his Buddy. Eventually, as he watches Gatchmon being beaten down, Haru decides to stand and actually be a main character. Declaring himself to be as such, he unlocks his Applidrive and appliarises Gatchmon.
Gatchmon attempts to perform a search for Messemon's weakness, but Messemon's relentless attacks stop him. Haru helps out, inputting a keyword for Gatchmon to search in the Net Ocean. The search is successful, letting them come up with the plan of simply ignoring the message to ignore the damage, as the words can only hurt you if you let them. The plan is successful, allowing Gatchmon to get close enough to attack. Gatchmon's attack purges the virus from Messemon, after which Haru obtains Messemon's Appmon Chip. Cameramon watches this and then teleports away as Haru and Gatchmon exit the AR-Field. Yuujin meets up with Haru afterward and talks with him, but at the same time, whatever is observing Haru upgrades him from main character candidate to main character. The two of them part, but as Haru walks away, Yuujin watches him, his eye glowing ominously red.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)
Appmon Data Lab
"We're gonna find your end through search!"
- —Gatchmon after first getting Appliarised.
- After meeting Haru, Gatchmon claims the boy almost drowned him. Yet, in "Dive into the Net Ocean! Follow Super Hacker Rei!" it is shown one can breath the Net Ocean's water.
- Haru getting hit with a soccer ball may be a reference to the fact that he is an atypical Digimon protagonist while previous ones, such as Taichi "Tai" Kamiya, Davis Motomiya, and Takuya Kanbara, were all associated with the sport.
- The eye catch features Gatchmon.