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Blame it on Ryo
敵か味方か? 伝説のテイマー秋山リョウ
(Teki ka Mikata ka? Densetsu no Teimā Akiyama Ryou)
"Enemy or Ally? The Legendary Tamer Ryou Akiyama"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) October 14, 2001
(En:) February 16, 2002
Written by (En:) Seth Walther
Toei Animation
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Rika Nonaka, Renamon, Kazu Shioda, and Kenta Kitagawa are waiting at the banner the Tamers placed when they entered the Digital World, hoping that the others will check back there. Rika and Renamon leave to search and tell Kazu and Kenta to wait for them to return. Meanwhile, Takato Matsuki, Guilmon, Henry Wong, Terriermon, Jeri Kato and Leomon are searching for Rika's group and decide to check the flag. They arrive to find no one there. Guilmon notices Renamon's scent and starts to follow it. Renamon notices that Kazu and Kenta are following her and Rika. Rika gets mad at them, but an extremely fast data stream transports them all to a new area in the clouds, which is filled with gears. Rika freaks out at the guys for being useless. They all notice a ticking noise and follow it to a clock. The clock's second hand is stuck, so Rika goes to fix it. Clockmon warns Rika not to, but he is too late. All the gears stop moving, then Megadramon appears from beneath the clouds. Renamon attacks, but is hit away. Rika digivolves Renamon into Kyubimon. Kyubimon's attacks fail as well, and she is hit by a missile barrage from Megadramon. Rika catches Kyubimon, and Megadramon dives at them. Suddenly, Cyberdramon appears and starts to delete Megadramon. His Tamer Ryo Akiyama appears and stops him from finishing Megadramon off. Cyberdramon ignores Ryo, forcing him to use a whip from his Digivice to stop Cyberdramon. Ryo then introduces himself to Rika. Hagurumon got hit in the fight, but Ryo fixes him. Kazu and Kenta realize that Ryo is Ryo Akiyama, the 'Digimon King'. Meanwhile, Takato's group has reached where Rika's group was hit by a data stream. They decide to check out the building that they arrived at. They find a strange box, which closes up on them and flies away. Elsewhere, Makuramon is searching for Calumon while riding the dragon Deva, Majiramon. Calumon arrives at the flag, and decides to take it with him. That night Kenta, Kazu, and Ryo are talking, and Ryo talks a bit about his past. Kenta and Kazu start teasing Rika about the fact that Rika always was runner-up to Ryo in the Digimon card tournaments. Rika takes off to find a way out on her own while Kazu and Kenta stay with Ryo who plans on going home to the real world soon.

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

Digimon Analyser[]

Rika: "The tall one's Clockmon; champion level. Special attack: Tempest Fugit."
Rika: "The other guy is Hagurumon. Rookie level. Special attack: Cog Crusher."

Rika: "Megadramon, a virus dragon Digimon. Uh-oh, he's ultimate level! Special attacks are Parry Force and Darkside Attack."
Rika: "Cyberdramon, another ultimate. Special attack: Desolation Claw."


Renamon 1 Kyubimon
Renamon b Arrow R Kyubimon b


Oh, what I wouldn't give to see that world. It would be fabulous. It would be wonderful! Well, it'd be okay, I guess.

Clockmon has an... Interesting speech pattern.

Other notes[]

Dubbing changes

  • In the dub, Rika recognizes Ryo from having previously faced and lost to him in a card battle. In the original, she only gradually makes sense of who he is, with both of them even agreeing that they had never met before. She feels demeaned for having been lower-ranked at the card game in general before Ryo's disappearence, not for having literally lost to him.
    • Rika has a line added in voiceover, thinking "Not him", in an effort to emphasize this change.

Real-world references

Miscellaneous trivia

  • This episode introduces Ryo Akiyama, the only character to travel across two continuities; he also appears in Digimon Adventure 02.
  • Japanese Title Card: Ryo and Cyberdramon.