Okay, so I put my money where my mouth is and did a binge watch of Data Squad. It's now my favourite Digimon series after Tamers, and continues the trend of all post-Adventure series being "Digimon meets X", in this case "Digimon meets Gurenn Lagann." The real fun was recognising all the English voice actors: Takato became Guilmon, Guilmon became Mr Owl from Winnie the Pooh, Sora was the relatable straight-woman, Crispin Freeman was the World's Greatest Human (as it should be), and everybody was playing second-fiddle to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance-era Raiden.
Since we're talking villains, I thought Merukimon was a great sympathetic foil, Gotsumon was surprisingly threatening, the Bio-Hybrids were fun distractions and the Royal Knights were once again terrible. But the highlight was Kurata, who shifted brilliantly from a Starscream-esque coward to a despicable despot in one move. His arc rivalled Myotismon's in intensity, and the final battle against him was awesome.
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