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"Back to Nature, Back to Battle"
(Machi no Tomoshibi o Mamore! Digimon Tachino Kiken na Kyanpu)
"Protect the Light of the Town! Dangerous Camp of the Digimon"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) July 15, 2001
(En:) November 3, 2001
Written by (En:) Seth Walther
Toei Animation
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Takato and Henry take their Digimon on a school camping trip, but along the way, they find another strange Digimon who is absorbing the nearby electricity.


Digimon Tamers Episode 16 Recap

Episode Recap for Back to Nature, Back to Battle


In this episode, many classes from Takato's and Henry's school are going on a camping trip. Due to not wanting to leave Guilmon alone, Takato enlists most students of his class (which by now know about Digimon) to help him smuggle Guilmon in the bus without being seen by the teachers. To this effect, they surround Guilmon and march together to the bus entrance. As Takato distracts Miss Asaji with his camera, Guilmon is pushed to the last row of the bus. Terriermon and Calumon however, manage to get in inconspicuously by acting like stuffed toys. To Guilmon's discomfort, Takato has to sit on him until Miss Asaji falls asleep. Once she does (thanks to sheer stress coming from the heat, the constant flirting from Toshiaki Mori as well as the energy of her students), he manages to have fun during the trip, even when Kenta is singing (apparently very badly).

After setting up the tent, Kazu and Kenta provide cover for Takato so as to let him enjoy a bit of time with Guilmon, Henry and Terriermon, who soon find a mountainside with a view of Tokyo, and relax for a little bit. Soon enough, they detect a Bio-Emergence, and even spot the Digimon in question; but due to its perceived weakness and small size/signal, both Hypnos and Tamers refrain from attacking it, the Tamers reasoning that it was best to let the Digimon enjoy the camping rather than be constantly fighting. However, a series of black-outs cause the gang to get suspicious, while Mr. Mori manages to scare the kids and himself with a campfire story.

The next morning, The Tamers, and the Digimon go for a swim in a nearby river, privately from the rest of the class. Suddenly, Impmon shows up, voicing his disapproval of the Digimon's playfulness. However, with a little offer to play with him, as well as a bit of splashing, soon everyone is in the water and even Impmon enjoys himself. The joy is interrupted by the arrival of a possessed owl that warns the Tamers of the might of his master, the Deva. Thus, the Tamers are forced to track down the Digimon that Bio-Emerged earlier. Henry correctly deduces that for the signal to have increased, it must have fed on electricity (due to it having caused the blackouts), and thus the bird Deva (Sinduramon) must be heading for the nearest source of power, the dam. To fight him, the Digimon Digivolve to Champion. Although overpowered, Gargomon and Growlmon manage to gain the upper hand and Growlmon blasts Sinduramon into the water where his own electricity destroys him. Yamaki is relieved that he is dead, but is worried who could have been powerful enough to destroy such an opponent. Later, Takato and Henry have Growlmon and Gargomon stand on their heads in an attempt to get them to de-digivolve.

Featured Characters[]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)

Humans Rookie Champion Ultimate

Sinduramon (19)

Digimon Analyzer[]

Takato: "Sinduramon. Uh-oh! He's an Ultimate!"


Guilmon 1 Growlmon
Guilmon b Arrow R Growlmon b
Terriermon 2 Gargomon
Terriermon b Arrow R Gargomon b


Guilmon: "You can't see your house from here."
Calumon: "How do you know?"
Guilmon: "Because you don't have a house."
Calumon: "Oh yeah!"

Guilmon: "Hehe, your ear is tickling my foot!"
Terriermon: "Your foot is tickling my ear!"
Calumon: "I wanna tickle something!"

Impmon: "That's typical, a chicken ruins my fun."

—I want to know how this is typical for him.

Other notes[]

Animation errors

  • When the buses drive away from the school, there is not a single person onboard them.
  • When Impmon says that Henry and Takato have their Digimon on a short leash, he is a darker shade of purple.
  • After Impmon gets splashed, Terriermon has no eye brows.

Real-world references

  • The Owl's speech pattern in the English version, is written in the style of a stereotypical Baptist preacher, as opposed to the much more robotic monotone of its Japanese counterpart.
  • Kenta's song is based on "Michael Row the Boat Ashore".
  • Henry says "Elementary, my dear Takato", a reference to the phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson", attributed to Sherlock Holmes.