Character Spotlight – Yoshino Fujieda

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Name: Yoshino Fujieda Yoshino “Yoshi” Fujieda
Series and Role: Digimon Savers
DATS Field Agent
Digimon Data Squad
DATS Field Agent
Catchphrase: This is the worst! This is the worst!
Partner(s): Lalamon
Sunflowmon
Lilamon
Rosemon
Rosemon Burst Mode
Lalamon
Sunflowmon
Lilamon
Rosemon
Rosemon Burst Mode
Backstory: Yoshino Fujieda was a trained pianist from a young age, a trait she shared with her sisters. However, unlike them, she had no confidence in her abilities. As a result, she withdrew into herself and became very introverted and meek. Still, she served on the field team for the Digital Accident Tactics Squad (DATS) alongside her partner Lalamon, who was drawn to the Human World by the song she played on the piano. While in the Digital World, she fell ill due to a computer virus that only affects humans alongside Ikuto. Due to this and an earlier confrontation with MetalPhantomon, she was forced to relive her failures as a child, further degrading her self-confidence. However, Lalamon’s song reminded her that she did play the piano well despite her stage fright, resulting in her confidence growing. Yoshino Fujieda was a trained pianist from a young age, a trait she shared with her sisters. However, unlike them, she had no confidence in her abilities. As a result, she tends to overcorrect, attempting to be very authoritative and confident, even though she doesn’t really believe it herself. She served on the Digimon dATa Squad (DATS) as a field agent alongside Lalamon, who was drawn into the Human World by the song she played on the piano. While in the Digital World, she fell ill due to a computer virus that only affects humans alongside Keenan. Due to this and an earlier confrontation with MetalPhantomon, she was forced to relive her failures as a child, further degrading her self-confidence. However, Lalamon’s song and a lecture from Gaomon reminded her that she did play the piano well despite her stage fright, resulting in her confidence growing.
Personality: Yoshino is described by other DATS agents as meek and emotional. She tends to avoid conflict where possible and backs down quickly from confrontation, as seen in her initial encounter with Masaru and Agumon. After the events of The Singing Voice That Awakens Miracles – Evolve, Lilamon!, Yoshino becomes a full member of the team, but fades into the background for the rest of the series. Yoshi overcompensates, and tends to be highly sarcastic and easily annoyed. In her earliest encounter with Marcus and Agumon, she was content to allow Agumon to rip Marcus to shreds after he copped an attitude with her, Lalamon having to remind her not to allow this. When travelling to the Digital World, and due to her being older than the rest of the team, she attempts to take charge and assert herself as leader, though the façade falls apart after her encounters with MetalPhantomon and the unknown virus. In Yoshi’s Biggest Battle – The One With Herself!, she comes to grips with her past and regains her confidence, fading into the background for the rest of the series.
Digimon Personality: Lalamon is a pushover until she reaches the Perfect level, though she does have the ability to put even Perfect-level Digimon to sleep with her Sing-a-Song ability. She supports Yoshino, though she has a more roommate-style friendship with her, often complaining about her attitude. Lalamon is a pushover until she reaches the Ultimate level, though she does have the ability to put even Ultimate-level Digimon to sleep with her Sing-a-Song ability. She supports Yoshino, though she has a more roommate-style friendship with her, often complaining about her attitude and her hygiene, once referencing disgusting habits regarding her nail clippings. Her voice is high pitched and screeches, which is a significant contradiction to her supposedly soothing abilities.
Portrayal: Yoshino is portrayed by Yui Aragaki with a very soft, medium-pitch voice. She has good emotional range when it’s called for, but it rarely comes to the fore as Yoshino is not as involved in the plot as the other four main human characters. Yoshi is portrayed by Colleen O’Shaughnessey, known in the franchise for portraying Sora Takenouchi and Angie Hinomoto in Adventure and Fusion respectively. She portrays Yoshi as forceful and sarcastic, particularly when dealing with the antics of Marcus.

Final Result: Yoshino Fujieda is an extremely weak main character, one of the weakest in the franchise. In a rare twist, the dub improves the character, as her sarcasm and incredulity at some of the stranger events of the series gives her more personality and a greater presence. The dub can’t fix her Digimon being easily defeated in battle so there’s a limit to what it can do, but overall, Yoshi proves to be a more interesting and fun character than Yoshino.

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