domingo, 30 de octubre de 2016

Demasiados personajes para introducirse en una sola escena

Muy poca caracterización para hacerlos interesantes

La entrega número 41 de Bad Animations presenta una nueva serie de sprites llamada “A New Day”, creada por Destrayter. Es un comienzo decente para un nuevo animador que me ha motivado lo suficiente como para grabar mi tipo de contenido que menos me gusta, a pesar de que suela ser el más compartido.

A veces recibo sugerencias para analizar contenido interesante que no ofrece suficiente material para un guión, otras soy yo quien lo encuentra. Esa ha sido mi rutina durante cinco años en los que mi criterio ha cambiado bastante porque ya no se espera lo mismo de una webserie que hace seis años. Es el único de mis programas que podéis encontrar completo en Dailymotion.

La animación por sprites se ha vuelto mucho más interesante que fanfiction de anime y videojuegos. Se puede notar el intento de Anew Day por diseñar unos sprites aunque se limiten un poco a recolores. Está a medio camino de ser algo bien diseñado, seguro que a los cinco episodios le da por hacer un remake.

Claramente inspirado por FlashEstudio, Anew Day es un comienzo decente para un animador y un buen intento de innovar en el panorama spritero. Pero se queda a medio camino por los problemas típicos que van desde referencias gratuitas a canciones reconocibles en vez de contenido menos manoseado. Es un experimento confuso pero interesante que procura limitar las referencias videojugabilísticas a gags visuales, pero no puede evitar los cameos rancios.


Reparto rebuscado y por desarrollar

El piloto ha establecido muy poco y no explica nada de los protagonistas fuera de su característica principal. Disponemos de un argumento tan simple como comprar leche y el ataque de un monstruo salido de la nada. Los personajes incluyen al batlante protagonista, su mejor amiga, el negro, Zurfura la fantasma (el más interesante y creativo), Rakzol, el odiado, la chica tímida, la novia de alguien, uno sin poderes (que no se explican) y una Ashe subdesarrollada.

El lenguaje es modernillo sin caer en humor basado en memes, pero no se explota como para poder sacarle sustancia o personalidades. Demasiados personajes para introducirse en una sola escena y muy poca caracterización para hacerlos interesantes. Demasiado meta para ser gracioso y demasiado pronto para su humor auto-referencial, ni siquiera sabemos la fórmula. La mezcla de estilos podría ser una gran fuente de comedia y la realización de lo que Pikeyo intentó hacer en su día, que aún no se ha explotado en sprites.

El concepto está tan perdido que en el peor de los casos podría ser una versión mejor de John Show o los nuevos episodios de Pesadillas del Infierno. Otro defecto es que evita incluir directamente personajes de videojuegos, pero los logra colar como cosas que ven los personajes. Es como un punto medio entre parodiar y tomárselo en serio. Ni siquiera sería necesario modificar los sprites si el sentido de sátira espritera estuviese más presente.


La esperanza de que mejorará

Por el lado positivo, es un buen uso de expías y podría considerarse el equivalente espritero de One Punch Man de desarrollarse bien. Al menos, podemos decir que es la mayor promesa de 2016 en el mundillo y ha logrado romper la barrera de los diez minutos en el primer episodio.

Espero que se consiga suficiente fanart para el segundo episodio que mejore el apartado visual y ayude a la experimentación. Incluso el estilo de las cartas de presentación mejorarían lo vagos que lucen los no fantasmas. Una revisión humorística del guión a lo Leslie Nielsen o Digimon Resumido podría pulir el estilo, así como no descuidar la consistencia de las interfaces.


Para finalizar, voy a recopilar las frases más graciosas del Bad Animations que se mostrarán en el primer “Best of BA” antes de que Zurfura debute en el Revengeverso: Hay gente que dice “molaba más BA cuando se oía mal”. Vale, ya la música de Naruto me está dando un poco de cangrenita. Y aquí me está dando un poco de epilepsia. Pokemon, ¿Pokemon? Pido permiso para utilizar covers y aunque no me lo den, la uso porque no me conocen, así que no me pueden demandar. Como las máscaras que venden en los chinos del Pato Donald. Estoy muy involucrado en el unicornio y la leche. La de Naruto otra vez: TSUN. ¿Y esta cinematografía qué cojones? Baja un poco la cámara. Ahí hay un fantasma, un Mecoboy o no sé qué es. Zurfura4Lawl, Ghost Waifu. Es como un intento muy Breadwinners para hacer humor moderno…

A new sprite series

Decent start for a new animator

The 41th installment of Bad Animations dealt with the pilot episode of “A New Day”, the first series of the newcomer animator by sprites Destrayter. “BA New Day” encouraged me to try more of these commentaries even if they used to be the content I like making the least. But it’s still my most shared Spanish content, even more than “Aitor Molina Vs.” and I receive suggestions that I would love to fulfill if they don’t offer enough material to write a script.

Sometimes I am the one who finds interesting stuff to comment and noting it has became a huge part of me, since I’ve been doing this for five years. It’s the oldest show by me you can entirely find online, ordered and linked in its own tab of my blog. If those videos disappear from Dailymotion, tell me to reupload.

I should point that my criteria has changed since I started Bad Animations because there weren’t that many sprite-series. Which six years ago was a great video, nowadays is regular and repetitive. By sprites, you could find interesting fan-fiction mixing videogames and animes, today you need actually creating.

Since you can point a real effort to make sprites, it is half way to be something well-directed. The designs will probably improve after three or five episodes, like some of the mugshots and the title card. It distracts a lot trying to fit characters with a little effort alongside simple recolors. Specially because the pictures of the text-boxes just change the hair colors like a bootleg Donald Duck mask.


Half way to great stuff

Inspired by FlashEstudio, A New Day is a decent start for an animator and a good step to improve the sprite genre. But it shares the same problems from its predecessors like using gratuitous anime songs as openings instead of obscurer music that could be associated with this series. It distracts even more when the title of the song is on-screen and reveals where it’s from.

Other blatancies include, instead of shoehorning videogame characters like most of the sprites do, putting them on the intro justified as an “in-universe spin-off”. That’s even worse than the stolen robot designs from Oscar’s Nightmares from Hell! Having cameos from famous characters on TV like easter-eggs is ok, but giving them screentime when they are irrelevant to the plot doesn’t make any sense outside of pandering to the viewership you are trying to avoid.

So we have a confusing but interesting approach which takes inspiration from videogame-themed visual marvels like Scott Pilgrim. The first view doesn’t clear if they are inside a videogame or the universe is just bizarre since they have life-bar and magic unicorns.

Then, we have a too simple plot with the main character having to buy milk, reuniting with his one-dimensional friends and fight a random monster. It’s still better than most of plots and characters in sprite-series, which is sad when the roster is composed of: the main, her best friend, the black guy, Zurfura the ghost, Rakzol, the unpowered, the hated, the shy girl, someone’s girlfriend and the uncharacterized minor of the group who does “cute cajuai” stuff.


Convoluted mess with nonsensical plot

Not everything has been established, the episode doesn’t really explain who the characters are outside of their single characteristic. The main, that’s how he calls himself, meets with his friends to talk modernly without directly falling into random humor, even if it’s very meme-ish. For example, the annoying brat says “Nyan Cat Attack” but it’s a regular dash instead of something creative.

Too many characters to introduce in a single scene too little characterization to make them interesting. Too meta to be funny and too self-referential to be creative. The world should be at least more defined before breaking the fourth wall like Deadpool, who didn’t become a meta icon until many years later.

Jokes like the black guy or the main character would be funnier in case of being self-aware, like Rakzol or referencing how crazy a six-armed monster is. Too many mixed styles like Pikeyo and Scott Pilgrim makes a better John Show with the newest bad episodes of Nightmares from Hell.

The mixture of character-styles could be used for comedy like Gumball, which would be unique for a FlashEstudio animation. On the other hand, expies are properly used, like the ridiculous characters from One Punch Man. The derivative characters are hidden enough, at least not physically. It’s the most interesting new sprite-series from 2016.

It’s also mentionable that the first animation ever from the creator can be longer than ten minutes, because animators need years to achieve that. The ghost girl Zurfura is amazing because is not as one-dimensional and derivative, even her name sounds like a Norse god!


A half-baked parody

A New Day mostly lacks a bit of self-parody, I think that a Gag Dub like Digimon Abridged by GilZab or Friendzone Team would help a lot, or a humorous script-rewrite like Leslie Nielsen’s movies or Cuzco. Even the sprites wouldn’t be needed to change if the vague designs are acknowledged.

Crazy interfaces like life-bars made it difficult to get, but at least interests enough to tie-in a bit with the Revengeverse, at least with the ghost. The avatars could evolve into being represented by the drawings themselves instead of the recolored sprites.


I hope there is enough fanart for the second episode to make it more visual and getting to other stuff that could work or not. Even the title card style would be an improvement over how lazy the non-ghost designs look!

Aitor Molina Vs. Niggapokon: 2016 Halloween Special in ENGLISH




This animated-review hybrid Halloween special is Friendzone Team and FlashEstudio's contribution for the 2016 edition of Red Ribbon Reviewers

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2015 submission: The Fantasia Revenge
2014 submission: AMvs Música Catastrófica (only in Spanish)
2013 submission: AMvs Hateful Comparisons - Vete a la versh vs. Telegordo (ENGLISH translation)


AITOR MOLINA (AM): John DiMicco is a fascinating man.
At this rate, he needs no introduction! It’s sad when your series has better reviews than episodes. After the Retropokon first year anniversary special, where Doctor Pandemia appears for some reason, John decided to make a soft-reboot. It means that he started his continuity from zero with remakes of the episodes he liked the least. John’s Monster was the first, based on the first installment of the entire Johnverse. Surprisingly, it was good! Not amazing, but we weren’t expecting something spectacular coming from John.
AM: Interestingly, it’s the best remake of a bad first episode I can think of in any webseries…
John Show is the equivalent to level zero in an audiovisual product for the web. Absolutely every problem you could have with any particular webseries could be applied to a Johnpisode. Since the John’s Monster remake had a positive reception by people who couldn’t stand the originals, it was used as a template for every single remake. They were just longer, “epic” with quotation marks, with more characters, most of them stolen, BORING RPG battles and a new storyline. Since I already analyzed the Bizarro John Remake with Nostalgia Skapokon, people use to ask me to talk about the others.
AM: My answer is NOOOO, because that would require repeating mistakes.
You have the entire outlook between the original review that inspired the remakes, Bizarro John and this special. Adding a continuous storyline to a selection of improvable episodes isn’t a bad idea*. Specially if it’s going to culminate in the supposed ending of the series. Yes, of course it will… Episodes like the Horror Mansion or Bizarro have MORE than TWO versions. John will recycle his own content** until leaving the web or achieving perfection, which isn’t going to happen. The new plot details Darkpokon’s rising, who is a Nostalgia Skapokon doppelganger. It wants to destroy every universe because… it’s a Weegee.
*”Special appearance by Auronplay”: Reference to “Bad Animations 33: David Chanatos in Maniac Mansion”, which was advertised as a collaboration with Spanish youtuber Auronplay just for having audio clips from him. The same way that John acts like Panpizza from Rebeltaxi is actually in the Darkpokon Saga.
**Abe Simpson: “OF COUUUUUUUURSE”
AM: No, seriously, that’s his explanation!
-And who is Oellam? And why… (I then realized that Oellam is Malleo backwards)
It’s also Bizarro John, the CD-I King from John vs. The King in the remakes and has some surprise appearances in Retropokon. The John Show finale after the Darkpokon Saga is basically a bad version of what The Dreamscape Kingdom* could have been if it had been made as a movie or Halloween special. But it wouldn’t have stolen characters… or had RPG battles… Even if John was going to appear. Analyzing Darkpokon would be losing time for repeating mistakes and because Skapokon actually says everything in his video-commentaries. On the other hand, the Johnpisode I want to talk about isn’t an actual episode, but a self-parody. Sometimes, John makes mockbusters of the same episodes he’s going to release, like if that would hype them more. They are videos made with even less effort, but way shorter and digestible than the originals. In an ironic twist, they are more recommendable than the show itself! They are similar to Asperchu, a series that parodies and abridges at the same time the Sonichu comics and all the Christian Wenston Chandler lore.
*You are hearing part of its soundtrack, composed by Lasaro. At least, this music is used on AMvs and War of the Consoles.
AM: So we’re going to review the joke version of Darkpokon. Since I’m reviewing it ironically, I will need this*.
*Housecoat used for ironic reviews.
The purposely bad-spelled title perfectly establishes the tone with a Windows Movie Maker color effect. He saw the necessity of writing “Thank god” between parenthesis, putting in the perspective of his viewers for the first time. Even if it would be way more creative if that was put in the real Darkpokon. The first scene shows us one of the infinite versions of John DiMicco, called Johnz or John Badman, watching pornography with his robot that has the personality of stealing jokes. (If I had one!) I think they mistook the design.
ROBOT: Joke number one, Ane Igartiburu!*
*From the previous AMvs, that robot automatically searches for jokes online, depending the topic. It mocks how the humor in Spanish Affair (2014) feels like it was found by looking for stereotype jokes in Google.
That’s better. A minimalistic version of Skapokon irrupts the scene singing and overlapping with the auto-read text.
-What? I can’t hear anything, dude! Can you take out the fucking music of balls!
A hilarious twist from the real version John would release soon is that every name is changed to criticize how the memes in the style of Dolan, Gooby and Farfour. The antagonist of the episode is Niggerkon or Niggapokon, who unlike its counterpart, is actually dark-colored.
*Niggerkon’s introduction and explanation of Mumbo Jumbo*
AM: Fuck irony! I won’t need this!
Three seconds, three damned seconds, and it’s already the most offensive and transgressor thing I’ve ever seen in my life! INTENTIONALLY! Don’t you understand it? This is intentional humor! He perfectly knows the topics he’s touching. A humorist could need YEARS to find the desired satirical style. John found it EVEN BEFORE releasing the original version.
DUN DUN!
Johnz meets with an army of memes, a very visual representation of how he steals characters in the least creative way possible. John’s group is at the same level.
Deleted Scene
Another improvement over the show is the fact that he erased the unavoidable 5-minute RPG battle AND NOBODY complained in the comments! (Steven Star reads a bizarre comment)
STEVEN STAR (SS): And that was my last contribution inside the Wikia. Then, it was closed. I couldn’t believe how fast everything changed outside the Wikia. When I was a child, I once saw a lawler, but now they are everywhere. This damned exterior of the Wikia goes too fast. The Wikia insurance put me in a residence and offered me a job as a dependent in a supermarket. It’s a very hard work, but I try to rise to the occasion, even if my hands ask me to write my own moveset.
-Try to put two bags like the lady has said.
-Yes, yes, sir, I’m doing it.
SS: I think that the responsible doesn’t like me. Sometimes, I go to feed the birds after the work. I always think that maybe John appears to say me hi, but he never did it. No matter where he could be, I hope he’s alright and making good friends. I can barely sleep at night. I have nightmares when I’m taken out of the Wikia. I wake up scared, sometimes it’s hard to remember where I am. I might try to get a gun and mug the supermarket to kill the responsible to assure my moveset and at the same time being put into the Wikia. I may be getting too old for this nonsense. I don’t like being here, I’m tired of always being afraid and I decided to leave. I doubt that someone could care. Who is going to miss someone from the Wikia?
There goes my last contribution outside the Wikia.
JOHN: Who is going to miss someone from the Wikia? Say to Agito that I don’t have hard feelings for his appearance in Bizarro.
AGITO (A): He should have died inside the Wikia.
In an unexpected turn of events, Niggapokon DEFEATS Johnz and achieves his perfect black form!
GANCHITO (G): Aitor, what are you watching? (Screams)
AM: Ganchito, it’s me!
(Actual frame of the episode)
To bookend, Swagmaster is the one who saves the day and gets John’s waifu. At last, it’s revealed that everything was a montage by Swagmaster to be the star of the show. And the real John, the one that sucks for his absence of self-awareness, defeats him.
AM: And that was the best thing that John has done in his entire life!
I’m happy that, after so many John incarnations like the old one who is now fat, the new and apparently definitive, the GoAnimate one, John Badman and John Goodman…
AM: He managed to publish the definitive Johnpisodic experience, even if it was a joke.
ASHE: Hi, I’m Ashe!
AM: Oh, sorry, I was late and I couldn’t buy candy. Do you want some caramel vodka? Wait, I don’t know if you are at legal age. What about black vodka?
ASHE: No, let’s do a special collaboration!
AM: Wait… Ashe, right? Had we previously met?
ASHE: Yes… I’m Ashe from FlashEstudio!
AM: FlashEstudio is still active? What a great new! Hey, where are you going?
ASHE: I have to make a meme before leaving.
AM: A meme…
ASHE: Yes, a meme for FlashEstudio!
AM: Why would you want a meme? You’re with some of the most promising and interesting spriter animators of Latin America. Just give them time to publish some episodes and the memes will make themselves.
ASHE: No, no! It doesn’t work like that! You have to repeat memes to earn viewers! You don’t know anything! Meme is mor gud!*
*Reference to Lego Spanish Movie
AM: If you aspire to a viewership that’s only there for the memes, they won’t appreciate the most important topics of your work.
(Ashe finds the Yrion Diary)
AM: Return that book.
(Ashe turns a page)
AM: You come to my house to make memes like I know you my entire life, and you don’t even introduce yourself!
ASHE: I’m AAASHE!
AM: Just for having a name and physical aspect, you assume that everybody must know you! It’s the first time we meet and you pretend to automatically like each other? Should I admire you just for the fact that you exist?
ASHE: Oh, but my story is too complicated to reveal it like it was nothing!
AM: SOORRY, I will wait until you’re given the Nobel Prize of Literature with anticipation, because it’s probably SO GOOD that you get nominated even before publishing it! Seriously, do you casually know who Rakzol is? I ask because he could be someone important in this universe. But in mine not! He pretended to have fortune and glory at the expense of other people just for being conceived! You act like his counterpart! You are exactly the same!
ASHE: But… I’m a girl… and adorable.
AM: Suuure you are… Get out of my house.
ASHE: What an interesting book… Can I borrow it?
AM: Leave my book, witch!
ASHE: I perfectly know what all of this is about, and you are way stranger than I thought. Now that you say I’m a witch… Zakilak… Kanpo… Haramberentzat…!*
*”Dicks out for Harambe” in Basque
AZATHOTH (AZA): Who has invoked me? Who dares to wake me up from my eternal sleep? Nyarlathotep!
NYARLATHOTEP (NYA): It was Nyog’ Sothep!
NYOG’ SOTHEP (NS): Liar, it was a human female!
AZA: Then, humanity will suffer the worst of all evil!
NYA: It seems to be a problem, Azathoth!
AZA: WHICH???
NYA: Humans currently have John Show.
AZA: The flying spaghetti monster’s cunt… Then send Darkpokon.
DARKPOKON (DPK): Jua jua jua, I’m so bad, that’s my principal characterization, the second is not having characterization.
AM: Take that outside my house!
ASHE: Watch what you are surrounding with! It’s exactly what you deserve! You cannot aspire to something better!
DPK: Jua jua jua, it’s time to destroy the world… Starting with the mosquitoes in this room!
AM: Is this what you wanted? Taking a poor devil out of its canon to put it in another and confuse him?
ASHE: This book says they did that to you.
(Ashe is kicked out)
ASHE: You know you’re here for a reason! You’re nothing more than phantasmagoria! Phantasmagoria!
AM: Oh no, I hit a woman… And I liked it!
DPK: Jua, jua…
AM: Take a rest, dude.
DPK: Jua?
AM: You were supposed to be bad, but I don’t see more mosquitoes in this house. Good job! Do you want to be my mosquitera*?
*”Mosquito net”, female
DPK: Are you giving me a utility? Robots need a task to be valuable in society!
AM: Yes, if humans were just as easy…
G: It’s Agito, the guy in a mask that creates awareness of Lawl X!*
DPK: Jua jua jua, a worthy opponent for my superevil superpowers of impartial evil of doom!
A: Get back!
AM: Are you really going to take my mosquitera?
A: Of course I’m taking it! I asked for it before! I’m still the second best active lawler and soon, the best Aviewer*.
*The canon reviewers in the Revengeverse
G: (Laughs)

AM: What are you laughing about?