Why, this is the happiest murder I've ever seen. Even the dead body was dancing with joy. XD
Seriously though, this is the 3rd adaptation of Cupcakes I've seen here on Newgrounds. I understand that it's the quintessential screwed up MLP fic, but can't we throw in an adaptation of Parchments or something into the mix? XD
Anyway, the animation, aside from it's evil inspiration, was pretty good over all. Sometimes the characters moved like they were paper cutout puppets, but most of the time it was good. I also read the Mystery Pinkie-Pie Theater 3000 (look it up, it's funny) riff on Cupcakes, so I know the story, and for someone who hasn't read it, you did a pretty good job of capturing it in all of it's horrific, blood caked glory. But I'm taking points off for not showing Applebloom wearing Diamond Tiara as a cooking apron and cutting up Silver Spoon at the end.
Good job, or at least as good a job as can be done with an adaptation of Cupcakes, but maybe for your next animation you could do something that doesn't make people cry out in teary eyed horror. XD
Cute little flash, with a song that I simply cannot stop listening to. I thought the :the Game: style ponies in the background were a funny touch, and the spinning Pinkie-Pie reminds me a lot of how Pinkie-Pie is in the show. I especially love how bewildered the human looks as Pinkie-Pie circles him, like he's been shocked into apathy about the situation. Over all, a cute little flash for a quickie, and it turned me to a great song, so good job. ^^
Oh, and to those who demand Fluttershy, she IS in the flash. She's the one singing the song. >:3
I find it rather interesting that nobody openly contested my review of TOME: Hackers, in which I counter pointed many of the tired, poorly justified complaints people had, which can mean one of three things:
1: None of the negative reviewers after my post actually read my post, which is sad because it shows that they don't even bother to read other posts to see if the same crappy complaints have been previously brought up.
2: None of the negative reviewers after my post could come up with anything to counter my points, which is sad because it means that they don't think their complaints through before vomiting them all over the internet.
3: None of the negative reviewers after my post cared about what I had to say enough to counter it, which is sad because it means that they have absolutely no right to bitch and moan about how Kirbopher "doesn't listen to criticisms".
So, if you're curious about what I have to say about the criticisms about this flash, then please go read my review of TOME: Hackers, because all the criticisms given here are the same. Of course, any negative reviewers are welcome to counter-counter point my arguments, so long as you're able to do so in a way that doesn't just devolve into a rant accusing me of being a stupid pre-teen who doesn't know anything about art.
Moving on to the flash at hand, I still found this one just as enjoyable as the first one, more so in fact. It didn't feel quite as rush paced as the first, and the humor was enjoyable in this one too. I also liked how you redid the battle grid into a more defined area with boundaries, rather than the first episode where it seemed to be just an infinite plane area. It seems more fitting this way. Keep up the good work, and don't let the negative reviews that keep rehashing the same tired old complaints get to you.
On a final note, to all of the actually good flash animators out there who feel the need to flame bomb Kirbophers animations for not adequately explained reason, I'm here to say to you that you don't get to animate things the way you want to anymore because you aren't as good as Hayao Miyazaki. If you don't get the irony in the statement I've just made, which I really hope you do, but if you don't, then you should sit down and think very hard about what you're doing.
First, for the video. I found the characters to be annoyingly enjoyable, perhaps because of my knowledge of them from watching TTA. The art style did seem slightly less refined than TOME Episode 1, but this was just a quick episode, so it's excusable. The humor wasn't entirely to my taste, but I didn't find it painful either. Over all, it does a fairly good job of establishing Rockoon and Doubling, and I can appreciate it for what it is, so not bad.
But there's still the problem of the people who are giving their "criticisms".
So, this time I forced myself to read all the previous negative reviews before writing mine (something I should have done with my review of TOME Episode 1), and then went back and watched the flash again, keeping in mind all the criticisms that had been brought up. And doing so was very enlightening: It showed me that these flame bombs thinly veiled as constructive reviews hold no bearing on the video, because none of them effected my ability to enjoy the flash, and in fact I barely noticed any of them. Seriously people? You're going to criticize his lip syncing and voice acting?
First of all, the voice acting is far above average for an internet video, and yes, the characters are annoying. They're supposed to be. Second, if you're going to let something as minuscule as the lip syncing put you off the whole animation, especially when the old loop mouth cycles were use in conjunction with proper syncing as a time saver, then you have no business watching videos on the internet in general.
I also have read a lot of bile about him using gradient shading in the first episode. So what? I didn't care that it was gradiently shaded, and neither did 95% of the people who reviewed it, and while the art may not have been crafted out of pure inspiration by the hands of the god king of artists, it wasn't even on the same planet as what you guys are describing it as being.
Next up is the criticisms about the plot of the series. If you were intelligent enough to do any research, you'd realize that most of your plot grievances are coming in about 7 years too late, because this series is a reprisal of his older series, TTA, and is thus going to follow the same general plot. The humor, while not the best, was also not as abysmal as you people make it out to be. I'll even admit that it didn't particularly get to me, but I understand enough about human beings not to count that as a negative, because humor is as varied as the people who come up with it, and this isn't meant to be the kind of humor that you die of asphyxia laughing over it anyway. And to DamonandSky, you should go do a little research about Kirbophers previous series, TTA, before you go telling him how hackers do and don't work in his fictional world.
In short, perhaps it's not Kirbopher, our us, who is the problem here. My advice to all the negative reviewers is to stop watching these videos if they upset you so terribly, get that stick the size of the World Tree you have stuck up your ass removed, and try to enjoy things without having to nitpick the hell out of everything that 95% of people barely even notice, much less get upset about, because as much as it must hurt you to hear this, not everyone has your incredibly snobby sense of art direction, and they're going to do things their way, because even if you think it's ugly, the majority of other people enjoy it.
On a final parting note, I do understand most of the criticisms you people bring up, and acknowledge that they are, in fact, valid issues. The problem is that they are all very small issues, noticed and cared about by few, and which overall don't detract very much from the enjoyment of the flash by the majority of the people, so while your arguments are valid, they should not be making you so upset, and you certainly shouldn't be stating them so strongly, so often. Kirbopher wants to do things his way, so just respect that, let it go, and if it bothers you so much, you have no obligation to watch any more.
I've been waiting for more from Alpha and the others from TOME for a long time, so this is a welcome sight. :)
As for the episode itself, I love the new style, trading sprites for animation, and the voice acting is very well done. I am a bit bothered by the pacing and character establishment. They seem to be a bit rushed, which isn't good given the reprisal of the characters apparent histories together. Alpha also seems to start off with almost complete control of Kagemamoru, as opposed to the original where it made him view himself as some kind of god, and accepts Kagemamoru's power more out of a desire for power than a naive desire to help someone like in the original. Over all, I'd say we need a bit more explanation of the characters relationships with each other, and the pacing should be adjusted a bit, but I'd love to see more of this rebooted version, and I'm sure that plenty of other people would as well. :)
On the surface, a flash animator strives to express his imagination through his art form. But the parasites say NO! Your animations must make sense! Your imagination scares us, and must be hidden from the world!
Bioshock references aside, you people should just shut up if you don't have anything constructive to say about the flash. For instance, the animation, while incredibly fucked up and surreal, was quite smooth in it's strange transitions, and this was a very welcome break from the standard animation style of the Awesome series. It's like you took all of the strange things that often happen in the other Awesome animations and condensed them down into a single animation. Keep up the Awesome work.
It was pretty funny, but there are some things that could be improved. I would have made the animation a bit more fast paced, showcasing more achievements for progressively silly and humorous actions. The animation flows, but maybe a little too much, I got the strange feeling that the characters were made of jelly while watching it. XD That and the sound issues that you mentioned yourself aside, I think it's a funny idea that could do to be expanded upon. :)
Yeah, I only did about 40% of the achivements I had planed to do, and I understand what you mean with jelly XD
And maybe I could do something with the sound, that would be great :P
I love how this episode works to expand the back story, and as always, it's a spectacle to behold. I also felt that the dialog was better in this episode too, Omega and Xero didn't state the obvious as much as in part 1, and Xero returned to his normal snarky personality (although he doesn't deliver the lines as flowingly as he did in episode 3). It's a joy to see Askad return as well, and I can't wait to see what role he really plays in all this. Also, Kary with the Tricky mask is really, really scary, and I am really liking her character. Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to see the next installment.
Once again, a fantastic animation, taking Madness to new heights. The animation flows well, and the action sequences are a wonder to behold. However, there is one thing that bothers me, and that's Omega and Xero's dialog. Mostly Xero's, but it doesn't seem as well written as it was in previous episodes. Xero isn't nearly as snarky as he was before, which I feel detracts from his character somewhat, and both Xero and Omega seem to state the obvious a bit more in this. Still, it's a wonderful video, keep up the great work.
This is one of the better Madness animations on the site. It takes the easy to use fast paced animation style of the Madness series, and blends it with a really good, if short, story arc. It could have done to be a bit longer, but next to the top notch voice acting and music, this seems inconsequential. Perhaps you could make a series out of this, I'd certainly enjoy seeing more of it. Great work, and happy Madness Day.
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