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"The Dark Network of Etemon"
エテモン! 悪の花道
(Etemon! Aku no Hanamichi)
"Etemon! The Stage Mounting of Evil"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) June 13, 1999
(En:) October 4, 1999
Written by (Ja:) Satoru Nishizono
(En:) Michael McConnohie, Jeff Nimoy, Bob Buchholz
Directed by (Ja:) Keiji Hayakawa
Chief Anim.
Tomoko Itou
Art Tetsuhiro Shimizu
Toei Animation
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Upon reaching the continent of Server, the kids soon arrive at a Pagumon village. However, Agumon becomes suspicious when he catches the scent of some Koromon nearby.

DA ep 15 Recap

DA ep 15 Recap

Episode recap for The Dark Network of Etemon.


Everyone is sleeping on Whamon except for Tai who is getting impatient. Luckily, out in the distance, he spots Server Continent. He wakes everyone up and they are all excited to arrive. Whamon wishes them luck on finding the Crests and leaves. He had however told the group about a Koromon Village that they could go to. Agumon smells the Koromon as he used to be one and they follow his nose into a forest where they find a village. However, in the village all they find are Pagumon. They carry Mimi off who had ran ahead and the group runs after her. When everyone catches up, they find Mimi happily taking a bath. Unfortunately, Tai and Izzy run in on her, infuriating Mimi, and their brief moment of panic quickly turns to embarrassment.

The Pagumon happily welcome the DigiDestined and their partners with food but Agumon knows that what he smelled was Koromon and he and Gabumon agree that there is something wrong here, along with a few of the others. While eating, Poyomon Digivolves to Tokomon making T.K. very happy.

That night while the group is sleeping, the Pagumon kidnap Tokomon. They run into some Gazimon who want to know where Tokomon came from. They tell them he was with a group of humans and then put Tokomon in a cage in a cave behind a waterfall. One of the Gazimon leaves to tell Etemon that the DigiDestined have arrived. Etemon is upset to learn that the kids got to Server sooner than he thought they would so he unleashes his dark network.

Meanwhile, everyone is searching for Tokomon. As Agumon is looking in the forest, he smells Koromon again. His nose leads him to the waterfall where he finds the cave behind it and a captive Tokomon along with many Koromon. They tell Agumon that the Pagumon came and locked them up so they could take over the village. As he is going to free the prisoners, some Gazimon appear and attack Agumon. He then starts shooting his pepper breath through the waterfall to make a smoke signal which Tai sees. Everyone is about to go look when the Pagumon start telling them not to. Then Mimi screams because there is a Botamon on her. They realize that the Pagumon lied to them all and they run away.

Tai arrives just in time to save Agumon who digivolves to Greymon. He easily defeats the Gazimon in one shot and the DigiDestined free Tokomon and the Koromon. But as everything seems fine, Etemon arrives. He uses his dark network and starts to destroy the village. Gabumon digivolves to Garurumon but before anyone else can, the dark network makes them dedigivolve. They realize that the only way to beat Etemon is to digivolve to the next level like Gennai said. They are all trapped in the cave when Tai's tag begins to glow as well as the whole room. The wall disappears and becomes Tai's Crest of Courage. The group is able to escape through the hole but Etemon is not worried as he is sure he will be able to find the kids.

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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 Fresh In-Training Rookie Champion Ultimate

Digimon Analyser

DigiAnalyser-PagumonAnimation In-Training

Lesser Digimon
Special Move
Tentomon: "Hmm...Pagumon. There are more to them than meets the eye."
DigiAnalyser-Gazimon Rookie

Mammal Digimon
Special Move
Paralyze Breath
Pagumon: "Look! Those are Gazimon. On the evil scale of one to ten, ten being bad, these Digimon are twelves!"

DigiAnalyser-EtemonAnimation Ultimate

Puppet Digimon
Special Move
Dark Spirits,
Love Serenade
Tentomon: "There is nothing entertaining about Etemon. He has the power to control anything electronic through his Dark Network."


(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

Poyomon 1 Tokomon
Poyomon t Arrow R.png Tokomon t

Agumon 2 Greymon 3 Agumon 4 Greymon 6 Agumon
Agumon t Arrow R.png Greymon t Arrow R Red.png Agumon t Arrow R.png Greymon t Arrow R Red.png Agumon t

Gabumon 4 Garurumon 7 Gabumon
Gabumon t Arrow R.png Garurumon t Arrow R Red.png Gabumon t


Matt: "I was only resting my eyes"
Joe: "Well, your eyes were snoring pretty loudly"

Joe complains about Matt's snoring.

"Logically, that can mean only one thing: she's missing."

Izzy quickly assumes the worst.

"I believe I said, "Don't go in."

Sora has an I-told-you-so for Tai and Izzy.

Mimi: "I feel just like a princess in a big beautiful palace."
Joe: "I once had a Chihuahua named Princess."

Joe remarking about Mimi's princess treatment.

"You measly little DigiDestined humans, thank you very much."

Etemon doing his Elvis impersonation.

Tentomon: "Does rock-n'-roll have that effect in your world?"
Sora: "Only on our parents."

Tentomon and Sora reflect on the Etemon's power draining attack.

Other notes


Biyomon with two beaks.

Continuity errors

  • Agumon is in his Greymon form before Etemon appears, but is depicted as Agumon between Etemon showing up and Gabumon digivolving to Garurumon. He is again depicted as Greymon, dedigivolving to Agumon, when Etemon plays his Dark Network Concert Crush.

Animation errors

  • In the scene where the rest of the group are sleeping on Whamon, Taichi "Tai" Kamiya has hair which is slightly shorter.
  • In the scene where the group is eating, Biyomon and Palmon are shown, and when Biyomon turns her head, she is briefly shown to have two beaks.
  • As the entrance to the waterfall cave collapses, Izzy appears in the middle of a shot as if out of nowhere.

Real-world references

  • Etemon's character is a parody of the Rock n' Roll singer, Elvis Presley.
  • During the party in the original episode, Mimi and Joe mention the tale of Urashima Tarō.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Etemon announces the episode title in the Japanese episode.
  • The Japanese kanji text on Etemon's trailer (笑天門) translates as "laughing gate of the heavens", and is, funnily enough, read as "etemon". The dub keeps the kanji on Etemon's trailer.
  • In the original version, whenever Etemon uses his Concert Crush attack, his own theme tune is played.
  • According to Joe commenting on Mimi's princess treatment in the English Dub, he mentions that he once had a Chiuhuahua called Princess.
  • In the Japanese preview for this episode, Ikkakumon and Kabuterimon are depicted alongside Garurumon during the battle with Etemon. However, they are replaced by Greymon in the aired episode.
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