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Such Sweet Sorrow
夢見る力こそ 僕らの未来
(Yume Miru Chikara Koso Bokura no Mirai!)
"Dreaming Power is our Future! The Biggest Dreamer"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) March 31, 2002
(En:) June 8, 2002
Written by (En:) Adele Lim
Toei Animation
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Gallantmon mode changes into Crimson Mode and battles the ADR-01: Jeri Type Agent of the D-Reaper. After a fierce battle, Gallantmon Crimson Mode finally destroys the Jeri Type Agent by punching his fist through it. Jeri finally awakens from her long depression, realizing the meaning of destiny that she had sought since first meeting Leomon. Meanwhile, MegaGargomon is out of ammo, while Sakuyamon energizes Justimon with the remains of her fighting energy in a failed bid to destroy the Reaper. The Reaper is finally dragged back to the Digital World by the Digimon Sovereigns.

It is revealed that Janyu has uploaded the Juggernaut program into Terriermon as part of Operation: Doodlebug; later, MegaGargomon activates the Juggernaut in the D-Reaper's vortex, which is located in the link between the two worlds. This causes the flow of the vortex to reverse direction, reversing the D-Reaper's evolution, but the protective effects of the Red Card soon wear off, and the biomerged Digimon are devolved into their respective composites, putting them in danger from the paralyzing effects of the D-Reaper. The combination of the fact that they are in a quantum bubble and the reverse flow of the vortex creates a reverse time effect that devolves the D-Reaper back to its original, harmless form as it's sucked into the vortex. Also, Jeri and Calumon, who survived because Calumon somehow protected them with a forcefield, are saved by Takato and Guilmon who reach her by Guilmon flinging Takato to the two with his tail after they degenerate. Fortunately, they are then saved by MarineAngemon as the chaos of the D-Reaper disappears into the hole.

During the end course of the battle, however, Janyu realizes that the Juggernaut program, in being a vital instrument of the defeat of the D-Reaper, would also create the same effect that was originally intended by Yamaki: it would force all the Digimon back into the Digital World. If they do not return, they will disappear completely, as the D-Reaper did. After the battle, as the phenomenon occurs to the horror and sadness of all the Tamers and their associates, with the Digimon degenerating into their In-Training forms, save Calumon and MarineAngemon. Janyu reveals to his son Henry that he knew after examining Terriermon that this side effect would occur, and expresses his guilt. As the Digimon leave, Janyu attempts to comfort Henry by telling him the pain of losing their friends will ease with time, though Henry, crying, just silently shakes his head, causing Janyu to collapse in remorse.

Months later, Takato confides that life in Shinjuku has returned to a state seemingly like the times prior to the arrival of the Digimon and his first moments with Guilmon. He states that the lives of all the Tamers as well as their family and friends have returned to normal, with school and life continuing as if all their amazing adventures had never happened. However, the Tamers continue to remember their Digimon, for they promised they would always be friends when the Digimon returned to their world. Takato though, says he still visits the old places their group of Tamers spent time in hopes of finding Guilmon and to remember his friend. While strolling by the abandoned rest area in the Guilmon Home, Takato decides to look into the hole that Guilmon dug when he first found an entry point into the Digital World. He is shocked to see that the gate to the Digital World has reappeared.

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 In-Training Rookie Champion Ultimate Mega Other

Digimon Analyser[]

No Digimon were analyzed in this episode.


(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

Gallantmon Crimson Mode 1 Guilmon 2 Gigimon
Gallantmon Crimson Mode b Arrow RR Red Guilmon b Arrow R Red Gigimon b
MegaGargomon 1 Terriermon 2 Gummymon
MegaGargomon b Arrow RR Red Terriermon b Arrow R Red Gummymon b
Sakuyamon 1 Renamon 2 Viximon
Sakuyamon b Arrow RR Red Renamon b Arrow R Red Viximon b
Justimon 1 Cyberdramon 2 Hopmon
Justimon t Arrow R Red Cyberdramon b Arrow RR Red Hopmon b
Lopmon 1 Kokomon
Lopmon b Arrow R Red Kokomon b

Guardromon 1 Kapurimon
Guardromon b Arrow RR Red Kapurimon b
Impmon 1 Yaamon
Impmon b Arrow R Red Yaamon b

Gallantmon Crimson Mode 1 Takato Matsuki
Gallantmon Crimson Mode b Arrow RR Red Takato Matsuki t
MegaGargomon 1 Henry Wong
MegaGargomon b Arrow RR Red Henry Wong t
Sakuyamon 1 Rika Nonaka
Sakuyamon b Arrow RR Red Rika Nonaka t
Justimon 1 Ryo Akiyama
Justimon t Arrow R Red Ryo Akiyama (Tamers) t


Henry: "Terriermon we're coming for you, are you OK? Say something, anything!"
Terriermon: "Momentai."

—The fitting thing to say at the moment!

"The nightmare finally ended. It still seems strange that a misguided program could do so much damage believing it was doing the right thing. Maybe we have more in common with the D-Reaper than we'd like to believe. But today we won by coming together, which makes me believe there's hope for us. All of us."

Yamaki brings us home with a witty moral.

Henry: "The park's never looked more beautiful."
Kazu: "Dude! Everything looks beautiful! I could kiss the dirt!"

Even though I thought I would never be the same, the world soon went back to normal and after a while so did I. Life became exactly as it was before I met Guilmon. Kazu still made bad jokes and Miss Nami still gave too much homework. Sometimes I go by our old hangouts just to see if he's there. Don't know why I bother, 'cause he's never there. Most times I'm OK but there's this one thing that bugs me: a promise I made to a friend—a promise I don't think I can keep.

Takato saves all sentient life, receives no recognition and loses his best friend in the process. All and all, a pretty sad ending.

Actually, scratch that! I think I'm going to keep that promise after all!

—Disregard previous statement.

Other notes[]

Animation errors

  • Terriermon's eyebrows are missing at one point.

Dubbing changes

  • The Japanese version states that the D-Reaper cannot be destroyed, while in the English dub Janyu implies that the D-Reaper was destroyed after being devolved by Juggernaut.
  • At the end of the Japanese version, when the Digimon were leaving, there was no dialogue from Janyu, and Henry originally shook his head towards him as his way of forgiving his father.
  • During the Japanese version of the epilogue, Primary Colors is played in the background. This was replaced by generic music in the English dub.
  • Takato's narration during the Japanese version of the epilogue was shorter, with him just saying that his life went back to the way it was before he met Guilmon.

Real-world references

  • The title is possible refrence to the quote "Parting is such sweet sorrow," from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • This episode's Japanese title card is Gallantmon digivolving into Gallantmon Crimson Mode.
  • Upon its premiere English airing on Fox Kids, it was combined with Jeri Fights Back to form an hour-long season finale. This was also the final episode to premiere on Fox Kids.