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"Under Pressure"
(Chinmoku no Kaitei Hoēmon)
"Silent Whamon on the Bottom of the Sea"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) December 26, 1999
(En:) March 4, 2000
Written by (Ja:) Akatsuki Yamatoya
(En:) Jeff Nimoy, Bob Buchholz
Directed by (Ja:) Takahiro Imamura
Chief Anim.
Yoshitaka Yajima
Art Yukiko Iijima
Toei Animation

Whamon shows up in the group's hour of need, giving them the time and rest they need to prepare for the upcoming battle against MetalSeadramon.

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DA ep42 recap

Episode recap for Under Pressure.


All hope seems lost for the kids, until Whamon shows up, ambushing MetalSeadramon and carrying them away. Minutes later, MetalSeadramon begins a search with a group of Divermon, while Whamon finds a distant island where the kids can rest. After everyone attempts to fish on the island, Gomamon hears of some nearby Divermon from a school of fish and they're soon on the run. Whamon escapes by swimming to an area of high pressure in the ocean where the Divermon cannot follow, but MetalSeadramon catches up. When Whamon surfaces near a coast, Agumon digivolves to WarGreymon in order to fight MetalSeadramon. While the other Digimon defend the kids, MetalSeadramon attemptes to crush WarGreymon in his jaws.

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Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonists, and italicized characters appear only as a voice or silhouette.)

Humans Rookie Champion Ultimate Mega

Note: English dub appearances differ from original. See dubbing changes.

Digimon Analyser

DigiAnalyser-DivermonAnimation Ultimate
Aquatic Beast Man
Special Move
Striking Fish
MetalSeadramon: "Those Divermon—if it wasn't for their 'Striking Fish' attacks, they'd be useless to me."


(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

Agumon 1 WarGreymon
Agumon t Arrow RR.png WarGreymon t

Gabumon 2 Garurumon
Gabumon t Arrow R.png Garurumon t

Gomamon 2 Ikkakumon 6 Zudomon
Gomamon t Arrow R.png Ikkakumon t Arrow R.png Zudomon t

Tentomon 4 Kabuterimon
Tentomon t Arrow R.png Kabuterimon t

Biyomon 4 Birdramon
Biyomon t Arrow R.png Birdramon t

Note: English dub differs slightly from original. See dubbing changes.


Tai: "I never thought I'd wanna be fish food, but we'll be safe in here!"
Izzy: "Technically, it's a mammal!"

Tai and Izzy, as the DigiDestined seek refuge in Whamon's mouth.

"Cats land on their feet,
But we still need to eat.
It's Gatomon's wish
For some fresh flying fish!
'Cause I'm a kitty,
A digi-kitty.
Oh, yeah! Mreow!"

Gatomon's fishing song, accompanied by Matt on the harmonica.

Izzy: "Well, I've analysed the situation and I believe we can beat them with WarGreymon."
Tai and Matt: "Huh?"
Izzy: "He's a Dramon Destroyer."
Matt: "Dramon Destroyer?"
Tai: "Try speaking English."
Izzy: "Well, you see, the weapons on WarGreymon's arms are the key. They're especially effective against Dramon-type Digimon, hence the phrase 'Dramon Destroyer'. With these devices, we might be able to defeat the Dark Masters."
Tai: "Izzy, you're a genius! Dramon Destroyer, huh? Agumon, you're gonna eat those Dramon alive!"
[Agumon eats Palmon's large fish whole.]
Tai, Matt and Izzy: "Ugh!"
Tai: "That's not what I had in mind."

Izzy gives the group new hope to defeat the Dark Masters.

"I rule this ocean with an iron hand, an iron tail, and an iron everything for that matter."

-MetalSeadramon expounds on his qualifications.

"This is my moment to shine! ...Does my hair look all right?"

MetalSeadramon shows a vain side to his personality.

Tai: "Oh, come on! You think I'm too brainless to understand?"
Izzy: "Yes, but I'll tell you anyway."

Izzy can crack jokes with the best of them.

"What do you mean 'hopefully it'll work'? That's what the captain of the Titanic said!"

Mimi's not reassured by Whamon's plan of escape.

Other notes

Dubbing changes

  • The first scene in the English dub episode, featuring Whamon arriving to save the kids, was originally featured at the end of the previous episode.
  • Gatomon does not sing along with Matt's harmonica when catching a fish in the original episode.
  • In the original version, MetalSeadramon is defeated at the end of this episode, whilst in the English dub, the scene of his death, plus Whamon's sacrifice, is moved to the beginning of the next episode. As a result of the change, Puppetmon, Machinedramon and Piedmon are not featured in the English dub episode. Degenerations from Digivolutions are also not included.

Real-world references

  • Though the title may simply refer to the expression of being "under pressure", it may also be a reference to the Queen/David Bowie song of the same name.
  • When Mimi questions Whamon's optimism with his next plan, she references the captain of the Titanic, the ship famous for crashing into an iceberg and sinking on its maiden voyage.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Whamon announces the episode title in the Japanese episode.
  • Except for the first Digimon movie, this is the only time Kari is seen using her whistle (Gatomon also uses it in the final episode).

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