Digimon 30 day challenge
Day 29: favorite quote.
*All quotes here are translated from a Brazilian fansub, so they may not match English official sub.
It’s actually a dialogue from episode 35 of Adventure:
Jou: (sad face) How will we be able to pass that fog?
Gomamon: Jou, didn’t you learn it at school?
Jou: Of course not! They don’t teach how to make fires and wash dishes at school.
Gomamon: (blinks) So what do they teach?
Jou: It doesn’t matter what they teach. I’m worried about that fog!
It’s subtle, but shows a big change in Jou’s character. Remember that in early episodes all he wanted was to go back home and to his normal life as a student. He worried too much about little things. I don’t remember if he actually talks about school, but it is easy to conclude that he cares too much about studies. This is confirmed here (a dialogue from earlier in the same episode):
Jou: 54? This is my lowest grade in eleven years of life!
Gomamon: Cheer up! In life, we have ups and downs.
Jou: (smiles) I have to tell my parents I’ll be late tonight.
Along with being another scene that subtly shows Jou’s growth, it shows that Jou is a good student. Also, he shows more than once in the show he plans to be a doctor in the future, which means he has to study a lot.
In episode 53, this change in Jou’s character is not subtle anymore:
It’s true. At the beginning all I could think was to run away from this place [the Digital World], but here I learned many things I wouldn’t have studying for the entrance exams.
And in Adventure 02 there two moments in which Jou shows that his studies are not his top priority anymore:
1) In episode 5, he is talking to his friends before classes begin, and one of them mentions an upcoming test. His digivice reacts, alerting that Gomamon is in danger. He tell his friends that he’s going to miss all the school day (including the test) and runs to Odaiba Elementary.
Gomamon: You came…
Jou: Of course! Even though we’re apart I still worry about you.
There is also this line in the same episode (he says it to Iori after he tells Armadimon he missed kendo practice because he wanted to):
I missed a test today as well, but it’s no problem because I wanted to be here. They call us the Chosen Children, but it’s us who choose what we have and what we want to do.
2) In episode 16, when Iori goes back to the real world to get Jou, he is the middle of a test. He leaves the test to help the gang.
Iori: Jou-san, I’m sorry! How can I make up to you?
Jou: Don’t worry about it! I was very shocked at first, but there was nothing else you could do!
Iori: I’m so, so sorry!
Jou: I told you, it’s okay!
Jou gives Iori a lot of life advice, he so wise <3
Jou shows that, even after 3 years, the Digital World (and Gomamon) holds a special place in his heart, to the point he abandons his duties (a.k.a his studies) for it.
And, in the epilogue, he becomes the first Digimon doctor. Surprise!
And he has Gomamon to thank for all this. If it wasn’t for his cute aquatic Digimon, he wouldn’t have grown so much.