I’ve had many people tell me over the years that they prefer Pokemon to Digimon because in Digimon, “they cry too much”. I think they’re missing the point. Digimon presents real stakes in the lives of children that barely reach the age of 12. Of course they’re going to cry, of course they’re going to fight and banter and despair. They’re thrust into an unknown world (or experience) where danger lurks at every corner and they have no to trust or rely on but themselves.Everything concerning the crests and individual traits reflect a deep introspective into the psychology of these children, as they fight against evil. In order to survive, they have to trust their digimon partner, but to evolve, they need to learn about their fears and weaknesses, overcoming them in a lonely and personal quest. The journey is tough, beyond petty fights to see who’s the best: it’s a story of friendship, of insurmountable courage, of inner strength, love, and responsibilities that no ordinary child could handle, but still manages to.