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6) A Couple You Wish Existed
Instead of pining over the pairings that we wanted to see, let’s talk about one that actually would have made its season better- Kari and Ken.
The parallels between the two are obvious. One is possessed by the light, one is recovering from being possessed by the darkness. Both are tormented by the Dark Ocean, and at times both support each other in resisting its call. There’s a shared empathy between the two that nobody can understand. Yet the connection is mostly subconscious; they help each other without pondering just how alike they are. What if they did, and what if the feelings brought the two together in a different way?
The impact of a romance sprouting between Kari and Ken adds some real drama and conflict to the second half of Zero Two, particularly as it concerns TK and Davis. I have a theory that TK’s aggravated state in the episodes preceding Angemon’s DNA evolution is due to his realization that Kari no longer needs him to protect her (and possibly that she doesn’t see him in any romantic context). Add in her falling for Ken, someone he takes a while to fully trust, and we might have a stronger, less ambiguous, reaction.
While Davis is quick to accept Ken to the team, there surely would have to be a little strain on the relationship if he believes Ken is horning in on his girl. Zero Two is the season that emphasizes the interpersonal relationships of the children more than any other. It would be fitting to introduce an element of romance, one that truly and totally gums up the works and adds spice to a second half that takes forever to get going.
Yoshi/Anybody: We hear so little from her family and she’s in the unique position to have a credible significant other for her to worry about/to worry about her. Imagine him not knowing/understanding what she does. Imagine him believing Kurata’s “official story” about the dangers of Digimon.
Tai/Sora: Okay, this one’s just pining over a pairing I wanted to see. Old habits die hard.