Blood Brothers Ep 5 Review || Script

Blood Brothers Ep 5 was posted on October 21, 2015, and clocks in at over 11 minutes long. With that said, I’m Knightmare, and let’s get started.

The episode starts off with us…jumping back to two years ago? We see young Aidan and Cobalt talking about when their father is going to take them hunting, and Cobalt expresses that maybe their father doesn’t want to take them hunting. The two lay down to sleep, but Cobalt wakes up to hear their parents arguing—which begs the question, did this not wake Aidan up? If they went to bed just a few seconds ago? A quick fade out and fade in would’ve hinted at a longer passage of time and not made this scene so curious.

Cobalt overhears his father insisting that Cobalt is weak, and that he’s leaving because they’re all a burden that he isn’t responsible for. Here we see more of the mother, which is great since I felt earlier that she wasn’t a character that was used well enough, and we see how the sickness is influencing her. She actually coughs up blood, hinting at some sort of…internal bleeding? But then, how long did this go on? How long can you survive internal bleeding? This is honestly a question because I simply am not sure. Their father then leaves, and the intro plays. The new song fits pretty well, and I like that we always see the brothers’ process to get where they are—such as the places they’ve traveled to. In light of the most recent arc, it’s easy to forget that these young pups travelled alone for a long period of time.

At 2:50, we get back to the episode, where we see Cobalt’s mental health detreating (sp?). Aidan is attempting to ground him, to warn him against his blinding anger. I really love this scene because Aidan is trying so hard to get through to his brother, who simply isn’t hearing him. It’s a really interesting thing that a lot of people do when they get upset—they won’t hear what you have to say when they’re in a state of duress. After declaring that Slate must die, Cobalt runs off.

We see Aidan sitting alone by the riverbank, where he has a flashback to when the brothers were younger and still making their travel across the land. This is a small, interesting deviation from the actual plot, which makes me wonder—what’s the purpose of this scene? To illustrate that they’re brothers and have had good times together? I already knew this, and I already feel for their relationship, so I don’t really know why this scene is here. Especially since it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, and we jump right back to Cobalt as he faces off against Dagger. Again, I have to make a nod towards Neon’s good use of music. The song that plays beneath their conversation, paired with the words and our clear understanding that Cobalt is suffering, really makes the whole scene feel unhinged. As Dagger says she’s made a promise to kill the two brothers, we make a sudden jump back in time to the previous night, where Aidan spoke with Hurricane on Cobalt’s fighting prowess. Their conversation overlays the actual fight with Dagger and…I dunno. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I guess I would’ve rather have seen the battle in its fullness and not have Aidan explain to the audience that Cobalt is actually pretty tough, when I already sort of figured that? Hmm. I’m really not sure if I like the handling of this scene or not. Also, when would the two of them hung out without Cobalt around? Odd.

With Dagger dead, Hurricane’s image comes to haunt Cobalt. She warns him against hate and vengeance, and he tells her to shut up as he leaves to go after more of the pack. Aidan arrives at the scene of Dagger’s death, and tracks his brother down. They speak, Aidan insisting he isn’t going anywhere as Cobalt expresses that he isn’t safe to be around anymore.

Now, there are a few things I need to say about this scene. First, I would believe Cobalt truly believes that everyone close to him dies if I would’ve seen more people get close to him and die. For goodness sake, his brother has been around since the beginning and isn’t even injured. Having their mother die, then his crush definitely isn’t a fun time, but he knew Hurricane for like, a day. So. This seems silly to me.

Secondly, the conversation is going fine but then suddenly, without warning, Aidan changes tones and inflections within two seconds. It’s really strange and doesn’t flow well at all.

After making the link between Slate and Cobalt, Aidan turns and walks away. It seems like the episode should end here, but we jump back into the past where we see the young pups and their mother, and Aidan asks when their father is going to take them hunting. We end on the note of Aidan and Cobalt leaving to go hunting together, and their sick mother looking on. This seems like another perfect end to the episode, but nope, we jump back to Cobalt facing off against his father, Slate. The music crescendos as Cobalt challenges his father to a fight, and the credits roll. Despite good setups for multiple endings, this one truly signifies the end, and I gotta say, I do really like this episode. I tend to be a sucker for anything that tackles mental health and the decline of the psyche, so I can’t exactly give an unbiased review. There were a few issues in the episode throughout, but I do really like this series, and I would say the positives outweigh the negatives. I’d definitely give it a look if you haven’t already.

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Dark Revolution Ep 1 Review Part 2 | Script

Hey guys! If you haven’t seen part 1, go check that out first~

Before we get started, I wanted to address something that may have been a little confusing. If you watched my first part of this review, I bitched about world building quite a lot, while congratulating it at the same time. Now, I want to talk about this for a bit, and explain why I like and dislike Ice’s world building in Dark Revolution. If you’d rather not hear me rant about this, skip ahead to this time in the video. All right, I’m going to assume you’re staying for this then, and go ahead and get started.

World building is tricky business, and can easily be too little, or too much if the writer isn’t careful. Now, I’m not an expert, and I don’t think anyone truly is, so take what I say with a grain of salt. They key to world building is introducing just enough to get the reader intrigued and make them feel as if they’re part of this world without overloading them. You also need to stay away from expositional dumps, where characters speak for the benefit of the viewer or reader. As an example, you wouldn’t want a character who turned to someone else and proceeded like so:

“Hey, you know the planet Sobek, the one with floating islands and where we’re going right now?”

“Of course I know that, that’s where I was born, friend of mine that I’ve known for six years.”

Honestly that was painful to write. Hopefully you understand what I’m saying though, you want the characters to speak and interact with each other as they would without an audience. If a character knows about certain aspects of the world, then they shouldn’t be explaining the details of such aspects to another character who knows about them already. This is super telling, and rather aggravating to watch and read.

Now, Ice doesn’t do this really with their series. It’s avoided that for the most part, give or take a few scenes that don’t seem to flow, but the issue I have is that, at a certain point, Ice began to overload me. Ice started off really well, noting the viewer’s intelligence and not talking down to them in their writing—and when I say ‘talking down to’ I’m referring to expositional dialogue which assumes the reader or watcher is an idiot. I really appreciated this at first, where I was thrown into this world but didn’t feel lost. Terms were repeated, such as Fee-yas, or however it was pronounced, in reference to our main characters. This helped me understand they aren’t human, and are instead a different species entirely. That is, if I am understanding properly. Regardless, they are different compared to me, so it works out all right.

But, as I mentioned before, at a certain point I became lost and confused as more and more terms and names were thrown at me that I had no context for. While lack of context can be okay if they are referred to more, or referenced to a few more times, I had already taken in so much with the series that I was just being overwhelmed. This could definitely be just me, but I feel like I needed a little bit more time to wrap my head around everything Ice was trying to introduce. Regardless, I applaud this massive world they’ve created, and I look forward to seeing more of it. Now, onto part 2 of the review!

When we left off at 13 minutes in, our MCs decided to head into town. We get a glimpse of more animals hanging about, suggesting our mains aren’t the only ones who can turn into different creatures, and Naboo and Mayon walk through the city streets. Naboo rudely mentions this place is a mess, and mentions an Emperor. Woah, wait, you’re saying there’s an Emperor? And this emperor allowed a city to be massacred? Or was the emperor the one who okayed the genocide? Was that the emperor back with that dude who wanted to be a man? Eventually, Naboo turns back into his animal form and sneaks behind some pots, listening in to some people talking about the Nameless god, one of which is the guy who stabbed their friend in the beginning. But…Isn’t it more telling if you turn into an animal to listen in? Doesn’t that reveal you’re from the city that was wiped out, or…? The conversation continues about how there’s still time to stop the Second Great Calamity, before one of the dudes notices them…from…over his shoulder…? Let’s be real, there’s no way he noticed them. If anyone noticed them, it would’ve been one of the people he was talking to.

Naboo and Mayon dash away, wondering the same thing, but are stopped by the closing gates. As they run to find their brother, Naboo is transported to some alternate time zone, where stabby dude greets him. Naboo attacks but is…pinned? By some black magic. Literally. It’s literally…anyway.

He introduces himself as the Demon of Destruction, claiming he’s the only one without a counterpart. I glanced back at the opening to find that there was only ten created by that god spirit, which means something, I’m sure. Naboo says all of this is just a myth, then we get a glimpse at his…hand? What. Okay. What. Destruction says he’s Naboo’s ally, says that he’s willing to help Naboo’s half-siblings escape if Naboo helps him with something. This proves that Naboo isn’t directly related to his family, which is something I questioned from the beginning. Destruction says he wants Naboo to create a tangible illusion, and this is where different elemental magic is referenced and sort of commented on, and I just can’t help but wonder…why didn’t they use any of these abilities when fighting in the city? Why have none of these come in handy, why didn’t anyway fight with them? I guess the reason why the appearance of magic throws me off is because it doesn’t seem to be used or noted at all in the first half of the episode. I mean, it makes sense that they can use it, I guess, because they can change forms, but since none of them used any other kinds of magic to fight with, I believed that there was no such thing and that form changing was the only kind of magic someone could do.

Naboo says he’s not adept at this kind of magic, and Destruction says he can pull strings to allow him to practice all the elemental magic and that he can teach Naboo how to create tangible illusions. So…why do you need Naboo to do this, then? This seems ridiculous. Why not do this yourself? Is there some sort of fingerprint left on magic spells that casts blame on the caster, meaning the caster can somehow be identified and Destruction doesn’t want to be directly linked to this?

We jump back to Mayon, who gets cornered by other creatures and humans alike. So…how do they know he’s from the city, exactly? Is his exact species somehow recognizable? Is no one else able to turn into a fox like him? Regardless, he…teleports? Away? Why didn’t he do this sooner? I mean, couldn’t he have teleported to a roof and scanned the city from up high while trying to find his siblings? I’m going to go out on a limb and say he can’t teleport more athan himself anywhere, which is why he and Naboo didn’t just teleport outside the gate, but now that he’s alone, you’d think maybe he’d…use this ability of his more liberally.

He meets up with his brother, who wonders how vanishing is possible—okay, but Mayon can teleport? So? I don’t see how this is surprising in the least? In the sky, a creature appears, and Naboo shows up and leads the group through a spoopy door. This teleports them outside the city. Big bro gets pretty upset at Naboo for creating what we now know was a Cheetu Dragon, the thing that everyone keeps mentioning, and that this was going to signify the beginning of the second Great Calamity, which’ll probably ruffle a few feathers in the city. You know. Everyone will just be a little perturbed. Little bothered. Just slightly.

Naboo then shows that he’s gone through a lot inside that time warp, and that he should be dead after everything he’s gone through. Which…makes me feel cheated. I really wish I could’ve seen this. The interactions between Destruction and Naboo, more world building between their arguments, see more of Naboo’s character and his growing fear of Destruction. I would’ve really loved to see this, and I’m bummed I didn’t get to.

The group laments that perhaps nowhere is safe anymore, and the episode ends rather suddenly. By that, I mean there was no big hurrah, or intense ending, or cliffhanger. Perhaps one more dramatic line would’ve sold me on the ending, but at this point I’m just being knickpicky.

And that was Dark Revolution! For all my bitching and whining, I did really enjoy this first episode. I think the animation is definitely something to be amazed at, the amount of effort and time that went into this is definitely apparent, and I did enjoy the music choices, though nothing really stood out to me as something striking or different. I mention this because I’ve been asked before to note music more often, and while my musical ear is not as well tuned as some of my comrades, I will make a bigger effort to note it. The story is definitely promising, and I do really look forward to seeing more of this series in the future. It has issues, obviously, but so does everything. I’d suggest everyone to go watch this, because I absolutely loved it, and I don’t pull punches when I find something I love.

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Dark Revolution Review [script part 1]

Dark Revolution Episode 1 was posted on Jan 23, 2017 by Icerift Fyera. It clocks in at over 25 minutes long, and with that said, I’m Knightmare, and let’s get started.

 

We start off with [clip] AHHHHHH NARRATION??? Vix-damnit. Well. Through this exposition dump, we get the world building for this series: two beings balance each other out, the bad-bean gets upsetti spaghetti, and good-bean has to lock bad-bean away. It’s not bad narration, and the visuals that go along with it are nice. I like the world building, but I will say it’s something I’ve seen a million times before. These sibling forces battle and one of them is defeated but that won’t last forever—it’s been done time and again, but I’ll be interested to see Icerift’s take on this. After the narration, we’re greeted with our first human characters, and…wait a second, is this a trailer? We get multiple characters speaking, and like an overview of stuff going on…and it feels like a trailer? Not part of the episode? That’s fine, I guess, but…I suppose I would’ve like some sort of warning? Idk.

The opening plays, and it’s short and concise—which I like—and we open on…someone…running. Okay, my intention isn’t to bash Ice here, but again, I’ve seen this a million times in this community—where we open on someone running away from someone else. And I know not all my other videos have addressed this, but I watch a lot of amateur series in what little spare time I have, and so many of them open this way.

This character runs as fires burn around them and sees some people down below. The ground collapses beneath them, but they are caught by this winged fellow who says [clip]. So…I’m going to guess that what you’re standing on somehow doesn’t count as rubble?

We get a name, Rahzeer, and we get a delightfully forced line [clip]. I’m not critiquing the voice acting here, I’m critiquing the line. I know Ice is trying to tell us these two are somehow related despite looking nothing alike, but I guess I never hear siblings say these sort of things to each other? And this may just be me and my brother who act this way, but unless I see Rahzeer somehow keep this semi-expositional way of talking through the entire series, I’m going to say this line should’ve gotten re-worked.

Rahzeer asks if his brother has seen three different people, and we get flashes of the ones he’s talking about as he says their names. I…think I like this? It’s not something I’ve seen before, but I think it works. Just don’t expect me to remember their names. I’m having a hard enough time remembering Rahzeer’s. His younger brother expresses concern as to if their friends have been killed, and Rahzeer gets suddenly extremely peeved and seems forceful? He grabs his brother and flies into the air and asks if his bro can see anything. But…why did you get so mad at your bro who was just concerned? Your attitude before seemed pretty calm? And then you’re taking your bro into the air, when I could’ve sworn you had eyes? And you could see yourself?

Rahzeer spots something and lands, and then yells at someone named Naboo. When I first watched this, I could’ve sworn he was yelling at his brother from the way this shot was composed, so it was a surprise to me to see the two characters actually spotted two other characters nearby.

Naboo is introduced, and is fighting some dude. He insists he doesn’t need Rahzeer’s help, but Rahzeer gives it regardless.

Rahzeer and Naboo banter about Naboo getting into fights, and Rahzeer tells him to take his brother and leave the city. But…why would the three of you go separately? That seems super dangerous. It’s like asking a wildfire not to catch things on fire. You just know this Naboo character is going to get into some trouble. We’re given the other brother’s name, May-on. These two leave, but come across some large creature with armor and fire. As I suspected Naboo tried to attack and Mayon had to pull him away. They get chased to a dead-end where some mysterious lightning character comes along and seems to protect them. Yaiku is the name Mayon shouts, and dear Vix, I’m getting concerned we’re going to have a massive cast in this series that I can’t keep track of. Yaiku leads them away, and turns back into his human form to help the others get onto a tall rock. He expresses that they should be safe from here on out before getting stabbed. But…where did this guy come from? We get quite a few shots of the area around them, how did no one hear or see this guy? How did we, the audience, not see this guy from the different angles we were shown? Also, I thought they were on a rock, not on dirt? KM is confused.

Naboo and Mayon escape, and Naboo rants about everything we basically heard in the narration. See, this is why I hate narration. The episode itself is doing a good enough job explaining what’s going on at the right times. Guys. Please. Narration is practically useless and mostly lazy. Unless you can somehow do it perfectly, and do it at the right time, and have phenomenal writing, I’m most likely going to get annoyed by its existence.

Naboo turns back to his four-legged form, and…I guess Mayon does, too? I mean, last time we saw him he was human but he’s canine now. That’s…chill. Confusing maybe, but not a big deal. The two rush off and we jump…holy shit, to four years later? Damn, I guess nothing else important happened in those four years? They just got away? Safely? Okay. I’ll take your word on it.

Mayon wakes up, apparently from having the same nightmare he’s had for several nights in a row, and we get an endearing scene between him and Naboo. I really like this scene, and the brotherly concern feels pretty heartfelt. It switches into a more hostile tone part way through, which, again, is pretty accurate to sibling interactions. The two go back to bed, and in the morning we’re introduced to more characters! Shit son, how many names am I going to need to write down? We’re treated to some people still being pissed about not finding the body of the Nameless god’s reincarnation, whether or not a child was really the reincarnation, and one dude storms out in anger. As this guy talks about his…audio…lines…suddenly get distant and not so good? Definitely something that happened during production and probably not anyone’s fault, but it’s definitely distracting.

The two of them sorta talk about becoming a man, I guess, with some sort of preparations being in place to make this so, and then they say…something about Maleksthel…? Mal-eek-thell? And Cheetu dragons? Okay. Okay, I’m all for being left in the dark about things, but I’m being overloaded with characters and world information, that I’m getting a little lost. What’s being referred to here, and why is it important? Why is any of this interaction important? Would it be better if we didn’t see all this, and instead just stuck with our main characters? I don’t know, because I’m confused.

Speaking of, we get back to our mains, and we see one of our fellows here, Naboo, doing some magic? Mayon wakes up, and starts to apologize for being super closed off the previous night, and Naboo is now totally chill with it? What happened to being concerned over your brother? Where’d all that brotherly love go? Did one night’s rest really calm you down and convince you that your brother is now fine, and you don’t need to know why that nightmare is plaguing him? I. Do not. Understand.

Mayon mentions that they’re running out of food, and they haven’t found anything “worth hunting down.” Okay, but isn’t any sort of prey a few proteins better than starving? You’d think you’d eat anything if you were that hungry. How’d they get food in the first place, anyway? They’re in a desert it seems, so unless they frequently go into town, as Naboo is about to suggest, then??? How did they get food, where are they carrying it, why are they concerned about going into town if they’ve visited it several times? I have so many questions. I really, really, do not understand.

Naboo mentions that if any of the citydwellers find out they’re survivors from O-zehn-bell, they’re done for. But it’s been like, four years, right? So why would anyone be really thinking about that? And that’s not me bashing on trajedies of entire cities being slaughtered, but the general populace has a really short memory. We are easily distracted and easily forget about terrible events. It’s unlikely anyone in town would even care if they found out, because people move on.

Then Naboo mentions they should just hunt for something around here…what the fuck? Okay, you just mentioned you might need to go into town, and you and your brother already concluded food around here is sparse and not worth hunting, so why are you saying this? This is such repetitive dialogue? I don’t? Get it?

This chick mentions something about Drawd and, again, what the fuck is a Drawd? Also, why do some of them have ears when they turn into humans, and others don’t? *deep inhale* Whatever, I guess! [clip at 12.14 about “fulfillment will watch over us] *stifled screaming* what the fuck is a fulfillment, is that a god? I don’t knowwwwwwwwwwww

As the conversation continues, Naboo reveals that this city they’re going into was the city that attacked theirs and killed everyone inside. Which clears up some questions about why they’re hesitant—sorta?—to enter this town. But that doesn’t answer why they’re near this town in the first place. Are they travelling somewhere? Or just staying on the move? Why? Can’t they find some place with actual resources and stay there, and keep a low profile? If they’re travelling somewhere, did they really come through this area unprepared, and want to risk entering a town where someone might recognize them and kill them? That’s another thing—how are these guys recognizable? It seems like others are able to turn into animals, so are all of them survivors of O-zehn-bell? And they’re somehow in the clear because they don’t have red eyes? Then why not just have someone with non-red eyes do all the city-going? I know some of these questions might be answered in later episodes, but to be honest, I’m having a hard time following the logic here.

Then Mayon mentions how this city couldn’t have come to help Ozhenbell, because it’s on the other side of the country. So is this a bad city or not? Were they allies who didn’t come to their aid? How the fuck are they allies with that great of distance between them? Did they attack Ozhenbell or not? With that, the group heads into town, and that’s where I’m going to leave this part of the review off at. Sorry for not making one giant episode, but boy, I’ve got a lot to say, apparently! Tune in for part 2 later, and let me know what you think of Dark Revolution so far! Make sure to give Icerift some love, as, despite all my nitpicking, I did really enjoy watching this episode. Make sure to follow me on one of my many social media sites, I’m Knightmare, thank you all for watching, make sure to hit like, subscribe, and I’ll see you guys next time!

Blood Brothers Ep 4 Review [script]

EP reviewed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3BSAbklHuI

 

Blood Brothers Episode 4 was posted on September 16, 2015. It clocks in at just over 14 minutes long, and with that said, I’m Knightmare, and let’s get started.

 

We open on our two brothers, who talk about needing to go past the human settlements in order to reach the woods behind them. Aidan expresses concern about going near humans, but Cobalt insists there’s no other way. I sort of love this scene here, because Aidan notices a hole in the fence, while Cobalt attempts to just push the fence down. It’s a nice characterization of the two brothers.

We get a flashback of the two learning to stay away from humans after a lesson by their mother, who…brings them to the edge of the forest…to show them…? Wait, okay, how long has it been since they first left their home? Is this a different road, or no? Because it would not only be ludicrous to bring two young pups all the way through the forest just to say “never go here again” and head home, but it’s also silly to bring them to a road in the first place. Why not sneak over here alone, then bring like a red cup or something back to show the kids that weird items like these are signals that humans are around and that they should stay away? The kids agree never to go near humans, and we are given the opening. Afterwards, we join back with our brothers as they comment about almost making it through the human settlement. Cobalt is then tackled mid-speech. We get a pretty humorous exchange between the two brothers, before the new dog gets off him and lamients that she didn’t expect him to fall so easily. Then…what? Why would you go to tackle someone if you didn’t expect to tackle them? Why would you attack someone with the thought that your attack might not do anything to them? This seems overall like a really poor plan. While the brothers banter some more, Hurricane, the newcomer, says: [clip]. …what. What is being said here? I can’t…I can’t hear it at all. Hurricane then demands the two of them come with her and we get this faceoff between Cobalt and her. Wasn’t she supposed to be a big dog? In this frame she looks to be about the same size as Cobalt. Why were the two of them unsure about taking her own earlier? There’s two of them, and one of her. Aidan has already proven himself to be a capable fighter, too. What’s the issue here?

They decide to follow her because Aidan is worried that an entire pack of dogs might come after them if they don’t follow her…but…I mean, if you took her down, or just ran, the likelihood of her getting back to tell her pack that there are rogues in their territory before the two of them make it out seems pretty low. I don’t…understand this logic.

They all make it back to the pack, where Hurricane proceeds to introduce everyone? In light of how her pack is revealed to be later on, this seems an odd and potentially dangerous choice. Her pack is rather vicious and unforgiving, so why would she risk appearing chummy with a rogue? Hurricane explains that she’s only in this pack because she didn’t have an alternative when she was younger, but now she’s older? And probably stronger? She’s obviously allowed to go out and patrol, too, so why not just slip away if you don’t like it here? Again, seems like flawed logic.

Aidan watches from afar with a smile before Dagger interrupts him, asking why he’s here. We get a hint of her personality, and she leaves to talk with Jaws, who comments on Hurricane’s friendliness with the hostages. See? This is why you don’t display your kindness around hostile packmates. This honestly seems like one of the worst ideas.

In the morning, the brothers are brought to see the alpha, and I must say, though I like the exchange between Cobalt and his suddenly revealed father, I wish there was more buildup. We get some really good pay-off, but it feels odd without the proper buildup. I wish I could’ve seen more of the brothers’ reactions before hand, and I wish I could’ve seen them looking up at him as the alpha’s true identity is slowly revealed. Here it just comes off as incredibly quick, and it takes me off guard.

As for the actual exchange, I don’t really have anything critique-wise to say. Their father does say “I’ll admit” a lot, which can be distracting and takes me out of the moment. Also, Aidan’s reactions are so…lackluster? Isn’t he surprised to see his father again? Even if he’s holding his outrage or emotions back so as not to be harmed by his father and his father’s pack, I would’ve liked to have seen more from him. …I guess I did have something critique-wise to say about the exchange.

Also, what’s up with this scene? [clip] So…what triggered this response from their father? Cobalt has been threatening him this whole time, why does he respond like this? No one has mentioned forgiveness, no one has mentioned wanting him to be their actual father? Weird.

Their father tells them to leave, and it appears like the brothers do, but…Hurricane comes to talk to Cobalt? At night? Okay, how much time has passed? Wouldn’t the two brothers be long gone by now? Or did they like, sit around to mope? I’m confused.

I’m also perplexed as to why Hurricane cares so much about him when they just met? Though I will say I really find the way Cobalt reacts to Hurricane trying to comfort him real and interesting. [clip]

Hurricane finds out that Slate wants the two pups dead and warns the brothers, insisting she’s going to come along. The brothers decide to leave on the most obvious route before doubling back to get Hurricane. Again, seems like flawed logic. Wouldn’t they have a better chance of the three of them running off together? Then it’d be three against two—assuming Slate doesn’t come along—and they’d have the upper hand. Seriously. Sticking together seems like the best option. This instant the brothers leave, Dagger arrives on the scene of the solitary Hurricane, saying her suspicious were correct. They talk a bit before any action happens, and I can’t help but notice the awesome song picked for this scene? Its slow build is really cool and holds a hidden layer of intensity that I thoroughly enjoy.

What I don’t enjoy is that Hurricane suddenly seems keen on just dying? Cobalt said he was going to double back for her, meaning that if she dies, the pups will come back looking for her and she’ll have put them in harm’s way. Meaning she needs to live, or find a way to tell the pups not to come back so as to keep them safe. Dagger kills her, saying that the pups are next. We flash back to our two main characters, who have now gone far enough to throw any trackers off their scent apparently, and the two of them talk about Hurricane in an endearing manner. Now this, this I really like. As the audience, we know what’s befallen Hurricane, and the two brothers don’t. We are already mourning her, and seeing them unknowing of her death is painful for us. And emotion and feelings are always amazing things to get out of a viewer or reader, so I applaud this scene.

The two brothers double back, and the music grows louder as they come across Hurricane’s body. The credits roll as Cobalt looks tearfully down at the body of someone he cared for.

Overall? The episode was more or less solid. It has a lot of good, enjoyable moments, and I will forever enjoy the banter between the two siblings. I also think a lot of the music choices were good in this episode, though it’s not my forte, so take that with a grain of salt. I have a few issues with the brothers just casually referring to their dad as a potential murderer, when they’ve never known him to kill someone else, and have only known him to abandon his children and his sickly mate. Yes, this is bad, but why do they so readily assume he’d be ready to murder them if given the chance before Hurricane tells him of the order she received? However, I still enjoyed the episode, and I find the ending pretty good, so I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested.

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TSH Ep 2 – Review

The Stolen Hope Episode 2 Review

Hey everyone! Make sure to check out the review of the first episode, here!

The Stolen Hope episode one didn’t blow my socks off. If anything, it made them slightly wet and uncomfortable. But this series has, currently, 8 episodes in it, with the second episode being published on March 29, 2015 and as I’ve said before, I have hope that this series will get better. So without further ado, I’m Knightmare, and let’s get started.

 

So we start off with a new character running to some sort of castle—how did this castle get built by cats? How did they manage this without thumbs? How is this cat wearing armor? Don’t know, and apparently, we’re not supposed to care. The voice actress here sounds pretty good, but her line delivery just seems…a little off. (open the gates) Seems so…relaxed for someone who appears to be in a hurry.

The guard seems more than happy to keep her waiting, which seems like a dumb move since we learn the guard is actually scared of Vixy attacking, and, I can’t help but wonder that, if this got back to the king, he’d be peeved.

Eventually Vixy gets inside and tells the baddie king that they have an opportunity to kill the king and queen. How did she get this info? Is she some sort of expert spy? Maybe the narrator told her, idk.

The baddie, Ares, asks about their (1:36). Yeah. You heard him right, he says quotes un-quotes. Not the right saying there, friend. But hey, at least we got the series’ name drop! Demands attention, doesn’t it? Except that it’s ruined by this really weirdly worded sentence (1:47) ‘we really do kill’ What…what does that…even mean…we even do? What is that sentence? Ugh. The audio is also super distracting here. I know the feeling is supposed to be intense as villains openly speak about their plans, but…it’s just distracting how it keeps starting over.

After the intro, we join our MCs again who are going to the recruitment center thing, and then proceed to make fun of a girl for her looks? What? Um, okay. Vesta, our MC’s best friend, then makes a comment on Apollo. Our MC is horrified her friend thinks Apollo, her brother, is attractive, while I’m left to wonder how Vesta didn’t realize this. I mean, one, she’s a friend, isn’t she? Wouldn’t she know what Apollo looks like? Two, can’t you see the family resemblance?

The Generals begin to speak and—actually, I really like some of these characters. Honsetly. I think a bubbly spy is a cool play on expectations, and General Dusk is badass. Some of the dialogue could do with a bit of tweaking, but General Dusk tho

So freakin’ cool

We meet a cat that literally licked his fur off—why?—who is also a spy. Don’t get why there are two spy units, but okay.

Some stuff happens with the queen recognizing Lunis, and the recruits are then left to choose different branches of military they’d like to visit. Lunis chooses to visit Caroline, who works with royalty in hopes of figuring out what the hell just happened.

Overall, I think this episode is better? Not much to it, and the animation and art style is improving, but it’s still nothing to write home about. When the close up shots show how lines intercept, it just feels sloppy.

But that’s only what I thought! Once again , I know that these things take months, if not years to complete, so that in itself is impressive. I’m still hopeful for this series to make some major improvements—I mean, just look at Alcatraz by Judepickachu! That series started off rough, and has become amazing. Make sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you all Sunday.