A drama with a need for flair
The story has a decent pace as far as shorts go, my initial impression is that of suspense or maybe even a thriller, a rare flash trait. It's just enough to draw the viewer in and keep them wanting more.
I'm seeing a double edged sword effect in the art. On one hand, you've taken the time to do the shading and lighting in your characters and background. Though you miss out on other things like giving characters a bland look or style, and tiny details such as the officer's badge. (Name was there, but it felt like a last minute bolt-on)
The animation is unbelievable at points giving the characters a staggering look, animation and art should go hand in hand.
I'm enjoying the voice acting so far, though it's not the best, it's working. From time to time I hear hear breath hitting the mic (though that's no reflect on the artist, just the actor.)
All in all, keep evolving.
Flashy, but simply floppy
Now I've sure you've heard it plenty times before, but maybe I'll say it just once more: the Audio. I see this is one of your older animations being published in 2006, but I figure I'll still cite that.
Aside from the audio, another thing that bugged me was small gaps within the animation; such as when a "demon" would be sliced there would be a simple line. I'm not sure if that was intentional, but it seemed to bug me as being too simple.
Other in that, the writing is fun as usual, it's like boondocks, with swords (haha).
Now the one thing here I've alwasy tried to figure out is if your trying to set an underlying message in your Necropolis series. Seems like a silly question, though some people choose to tell a story just to tell it, and people misinterpret a story for something else entirely.
That aside, this particular episode was just an amazing watch from start to finish. The dialogue was well written, and didn't fall into the standardized "anime" sap that we usually get. Given the animation, it feels all to familiar (evolve vs church), but not without being refreshingly original.
The audio selection set a perfect tone, it immediately drew me in and told me: "this is cool, so pay attention" that is for a lack of better words.
Your style is simply fresh, and you make on a website that has so many others simply trying to fit in.
Hehehe, nah there's no real overlapping message, though I do throw in bits and pieces of my personal views in once and while. But if I was going to pull something out of my ass that I'd hope people would take from my cartoons is that there aren't really any heroes or villains in the world, just a bunch of random ass people with random ass motives for what they do, and man-made gauges to measure the purity of said motives. Of course, that's a far shot from mafia-minded Christians fighting against money-hungry wizards. I dunno, maybe I'll find some creative way to slip that in :P Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed it
Animation has flair, but where's the story?
To begin with, my one personal tiff, is the mixture of Marvel and DC characters in your previous entries, most true fans don't want to see the universes mixed. Not to mention, there are way too many characters in both universes to manage. We'll see how that plays out in later episodes.
On a higher note, the voice acting is absolutely keen, your actors have hit the points, and personalities of each hero. Though with so much going on, your characters and story are lacking depth. It's almost as if we've jumped into the action to soon, and now were looking for the story.
The current villain in this adventure, (which im sure you've heard plenty of times now) has that familiar anime-feeling. Even though the action scenes involving him were impressive, it was lacking in the originality department. Your animation is good, though the verdict is still out for the actual character design.
To summarize: the series is OK so far, but not much better than that.
Part of me is enjoying the pacing, the other isnt.
To clarify, when I look back on this series, it seems to open up just too quickly without much back story (albeit this is based off a novel you've written before.) I feel as if there could be more explanation to whats going on.
Though the part of me that enjoys the pacing, feels that for a sequel stand point, this is great. As were still exploring our enemy, developing our characters, and setting the tone for this series.
Your voice actors (in this segment), are doing just fine, I alwasy enjoy it when they're doing more than reading blankly from a script. The ambiance is there, those slight beeps, atmospheric whoosh, paint the scene perfectly. There could always be more, but one should never over do it.
All in all, great short, keep em' coming.
Note: Of course, I already know these can be watched as full episodes on your website, so I've had an easier time following through than most maybe. It might be a good idea to make a note of that in each short. Just a thought.
Yeah I do, I always did and people still want to see it as a stand alone. And I understand what you mean by jumping right into it. I used the first scene of Act 4 to give a quick flash back in terms of what happened in the 3rd book. Not in depth but enough to paint a slight picture of the situation the world is currently in.
A lot of it was my fault, as I was writing the scripts like I would write the novels. Where it's more character development through the dialogue and such. I learned my lesson with the first few episodes that, the type of writing does not translate well to an episodic flash series >_>. This episode though, which is expected to be completely finished by October is going to be a lot more fun.
And the scripts to come 5 and up I actually included direction, another mistake I made in the past, I never gave direction to the VAs, just was like "here's a script" lawl. That's my bad. But it improves. The first two scenes of this are the shortest. The next one will probably be massive.
Great Pace, lacking ambiance.
So far your pacing is nice, with 5 mins an episode, you can truly take your time and develop your characters. You never want to rush things like that, cause you always want your audience to care about the characters on some level.
Your animation skill is improving, so I won't critique you on that this time. Only thing I can say is keep it up, smooth animation always beats flashy animation in my opinion.
You could do with more ambiance, or background sound effects. Make the scene come to life. Feint noises such as town chatter, or the forest at night. It's several little things that make an animation great so keep that in mind.
Thanks for the review, I realized the lack of ambiance a little late in the production. When your almost done small details slip your mind haha. I'll keep it in mind for the next one
Now this was worth watching, the writing felt great and the story kept a decent pace. The fight scene between Sonic and Prime was also great, not very original, though the angles and transitions were on point.
The Voice acting seemed to be better here as well, as each character's lines were flowing perfectly along without pause. Even BlazingGamer (who I've usually had a problem with as Sonic) seemed much more into the role than before. Nero was a nice touch, though his acting seemed to bother me a little as well, though it was probably more his microphone than him.
Overall, great job.
Few spelling errors within the subtitles.
Always remember, if you're going to add subtitles, don't half do it.
The story is moving along nicely, not as smoothly, but at least it's found its pace. The action is ok, though it seems simple at times, not to mention we've seen the dbz-style sprites fights plenty of times so it's always nice to see something tha stands out. The Sonic and Amy part was a nice touch, though it's timing felt off.
I keep finding myself cringing at BlazingGamer's voice acting. Nothing against it personally, though he just sounds tired, that un-enthusiasm doesn't do Sonic any justice.
Origin story with promise, acting lacks heart.
Even with sprite animation, if you decide to add actors, they have to be up to snuff. Just listening to actors read their lines without any real enthusiasm makes even a great animation flop. Aside from Viremaster, I felt the others (even Rina-chan unfortunately) were dragging their feet. (or voices in this case). Here I hope to see improvement.
As for the story so far, it shows promise, an origin story to Sonic. So you've got your path to follow, let's just see where you take it.
Art is great, though animation seems stiff..
Clearly the art style is stunning. This is the first of your work that I've seen, but I'm already hooked. The voice actors compliment the characters so far.
My one current complaint, is the animation: It feels a bit rough this episode, it doesn't go along to well with the art. Slow down the pace a bit, and keep the animation fluid. The art will only improve as time goes on.
Cannot wait to see what this will evolve into..
Thank you! I understand what you mean but the animation seems a bit rough. I'm still learning and growing as a animator. I'm try to show improvement each episode. Hopefully the next one won't disappoint.
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