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Wakfu Kickstarter Rewards

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Last year Ankama had a successful kickstarter that ended up at $483,524 CAD in the end. To be honest, it’s been so long that I forget what the initial goal was. To raise enough for a dub or for the bluray release itself? Well, whatever. Here we are.

I feel pretty lucky since my package arrived in short time and didn’t seem to be missing anything major. There was no smug duck sticker but that seems to be a problem that everyone has. And after looking at the comments for the kickstarter, it seems like other people have had major issues with their rewards so I’m still grateful mine is okay.

Maybe it’s because I got lucky that I want to give Ankama the benefit of the doubt. The kickstarter raised way, way more money than expected which came with a lot of people supporting them and a lot more responsibility for a smaller-ish studio. Granted, I guess that doesn’t excuse the fact that certain people paid for certain things and didn’t get them. Or that the quality of the BDs is lacking.

I haven’t listened to the dub personally (I only had time to watch the new episodes yesterday and I wanted to watch them in original french) but I know there were lots of audio issues as well. I want to rewatch season two so maybe I’ll watch it in English so I can see for myself if it’s as messed up as people say.

Well, whatever. I’m still happy for Ankama and all things considered I’m really happy with what I got.

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Monty Oum: 1981 – 2015

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Can you match my resolve?

If so then you will succeed

I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.

– Monty Oum, October 6th, 2012 1

I don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard over the death of a “celebrity” before. Perhaps because despite his fame, Oum didn’t seem very celebrity-like. In the tales and stories that have come out in the last few hours, everyone describes him an insanely hardworking person with more drive and determination than the average person could possibly possess. Despite that, fans and friends describe him as easy to approach and someone you were better for knowing.

It’s seeing how he has touched and inspired fans so much or how deeply his friends and colleagues are grieving that drive home that he wasn’t some distant celebrity but just an anything but regular guy. Someone who just simply wanted to create anything he could and stopped at nothing to achieve this.

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Legend of Korra Final Impressions

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I can’t believe it’s over. I can’t believe almost everything else was wrapped up in a satisfying way. I can’t believe that a show that started off so terribly and seemed to only get worse, some how got so amazing.  I can’t believe it ended that way. And I can’t believe how happy I am.

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12 Days of Anime: #06 – The Gayest I’ve Ever Been

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Following up my post about a ‘controversial’ music video about shitty nerds who try to limit and control female sexuality, my next day post is about how thirsty I am for a character who doesn’t speak a single word from a shitty show that everybody hates.

Let’s get the record straight. I don’t think RWBY is good at all. It’s a decent enough time killer if only for the excellent choreography in it’s fight scenes. It’s also fanservice because I’m such a big Rooster Teeth fan. It’s a shame that it’s so blasé-anime. It wants to be an anime so it does everything cliche and done and nothing new or interesting. It has the chance to be progressive and creative but wastes it on bad, insensitive jokes and done to death stories. RvB gets so emotional and intense and so well done and it’s a goddamn show that started in Halo multiplayer. How is this as generic, unfunny and bad as it is? How is that possible?

Hey well, let’s look on the bright side. Neo.

Neo is introduced earlier but just a glimpse of her is seen and she doesn’t do anything. When she does appear to finally do something, she still doesn’t speak but the fight that ensues is so goddamn good and I was sweating bullets because something about it was so alluring. A mix of her graceful movements, her wonderful character design/outfit and her constant smug expression had this minor villain not only steal the show for me but also instil the idea of beautiful Neo/Yang hatesex into my mind and was the best part of a mediocre second season (though lots of Joel was great because hearing him in a just slightly more serious role was nice).

Hopefully she’s back next season and she still makes my heart go doki doki.

 

Legend of Korra Season 3 Final Impressions

Korra S3 was amazing. It was action packed, had interesting new characters, good comedy, no stupid romance subplots and ended on a surprisingly poignant note that will have serious ramifications for the future. It was a great season that is easily on par with ATLA when it was at it’s best.

And I never thought I’d praise Korra after the just ok first season and absolutely abysmal second season. At first I wondered, is season three only good because of the previous seasons being bad? But no. Long before it ended I knew that wasn’t the case. It’s just great on it’s own.

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Legend of Korra S3 Midseason Impressions

First impressions? Was too lazy to do em. So I guess these are midseason? Man the whole ‘airing two episodes every Friday’ thing is hella weird. Does Nick hate this show that badly? Well, not like I blame them…

Well, you know what? So far season three hasn’t… it hasn’t been… it’s not… bad. It’s not great but compared to the past two seasons it sure is. Does it compare to ATLA when it was at it’s best? Nah. Nah son. Of course not. But it could still be worse. It could be as bad as season two.

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Korra Season Two Final Impressions

Hey! Wrote this back in November or December around when Korra ended and I was so disappointed, disillusioned, and disinterested (and any other word beginning with dis you can imagine) with Korra that I didn’t finish completely writing this and post it. So before I watch the beginning of S3 and force myself to write something up on that, here’s a few of my numerous complaints with the wreck that was S2.

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Miraculous Ladybug: Recent News and Thoughts

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You know, when I put the current poll up it was only because of the Wakfu kickstarter. In jest I added the Miraculous Ladybug bit because we’ve been waiting a long, long time for our French Toei cartoon, right? Well, never would I in a million years have guessed that the poll spoke true and it’s prophecy would ring out across the land. Sirening the end of an era of waiting, bringing forth a new world of darkness and despair.

Our French Toei cartoon is dead.

Well, the cartoon isn’t dead. It’s not really a… ‘cartoon’ cartoon any more. It’s entirely CG. News was scarce for a long time. Zagtoon flip flopped around and it was unclear what the future of the series was, as the series was pushed back farther and farther from the original posting of that wonderous pv around the end of 2012. Now it has recently come up that the series will be airing soon but as completely CG. This is, apparently, due to budget and they could not afford otherwise. I seem to recall the series was rumoured to have an unusually large budget though? So I wonder if that’s really the case. I saw an article about the series mention that they wanted to appeal to children of the world and since it IS airing on Disney over here, I imagine that had a big thing to do with it. There was mention of keeping Toei’s style (I can’t recall if that’s the best wording to use) and direction but from the CG teaser, that didn’t seem overly abundant.

You may be asking yourself, what is Miraculous Ladybug? It is a french multi-media series that started as a comic about a girl named Marionette Cheng who lives in Paris and after coming across a pair of magical earrings that gives her the power of luck and allows her to transform into a superhero. The PV was super cute and made even better with the addition of Toei’s signature style.

What is Toei? Really? Toei Animation is a company that known for, in recent years and related to the style of the show, Precure, Saint Seiya and my personal favourite, Kyousougiga. Among countless other shows that I’m sure you know and love.

The result was an absolute dream. A beautiful looking French magical girl show that was planned to simulcast across the world. I believe that part still holds true. I’m very disappointed as I know many others are. These things happen I guess.

If this ends up being false (which seems highly unlikely at this point, let’s be real) I’d be beyond happy.  Will I still watch the series? Eh. Probably. To be honest, I’ll still PV it and it’ll still probably be really good. I just think they might have shot themselves in the foot with the CG being more appealing to children of the world thing. Kids today could use a flashy superhero/magical girl cartoon. I might be biased. I try to look at it from another point of view but it’s so difficult after such a long wait and such a disappointing result.

The original translation of this news came from here with some evidence from here and the fact that the site for the show/Zagtoon no longer lists it as a mix of CG and 2D but solely CG that was changed when they released as CG teaser for the show.

Wakfu Kickstarter Success

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I couldn’t do a post about the kickstarter when it started because of personal reasons and because, well, AB was down a lot especially at the end of January. When the site was stable again and I had free time, it keept feeling weirder and weirder to post when there was week left, and then three days left and then 48 hours left, etc. So I feel a bit guilty!

But the kickstarter to fund an english dub was an overwhelming success. If I recall correctly, the initial goal of $80,000 was certainly funded within 48 hours, if not the first day. The end result? $483k. At the time of writing this, the number reflected on the kickstarter is a bit lower as expected when it’s actually time to pay and all.

I was disappointed I couldn’t donate more. I would have loved to, of course. But even at the Adamai tier ($75), it was pushing the limits of what I could afford and I’m sure I’ll regret it in a few weeks. Not in October when the finished product is set to arrive.

Originally it was supposed to be April but as stretch goals were met, the second season was added and within the last 48 hours of the Kickstarter, an additional brand new episode was funded. This is on top of the three new 45 minute episodes that will be included. I believe they’re too take the place of the movie announced a few years ago that ended up in development hell. From what I heard, the reason the movie wasn’t made and the reason season 3 isn’t a thing is kind of lack of funding? That the tv stations that aired it wasn’t happy with some of the content and wanted a more child friendly show, something the creators weren’t willing to budge on. If that’s the case, it might explain why Doofus was of  such a different tone.

But as the guys from Ankama state in the final update of the Kickstarter, this may lead the way for a third season. Showing the demand is overwhelmingly there. Though, as much as I want a third season I’m glad they did a kickstarter for the dub and for the blurays instead of a third season. The initial goal was low, under $100k so manageable. I think trying to reach $400k or however much would have been needed to fund another season might have been a really big feat. I know for a fact that there were those who pledged without ever having watched the series (though I’m sure they’ll love it!) and if the KS had been for another season? I kinda doubt that would happen

And the dub offers a new world of possibility. The voices of Eva and Tristepin sounded really fitting and kinda perfect. Which is waaaay different from the test dub released a few years ago. Tristepin sounded like a terrible canadian stereotype and it would have ruined a lot of his more serious scenes later on. If the dub is consistently of that quality, I’ll be beyond happy.

And if it gets released to Netflix, iTunes, Hulu or to TV itself (I could easily see this playing on Teletoon or YTV here in Canada) that could very well generate the extra revenue it needs for the S3 we so covet.

Wakfu is a show I love very, very dearly. I watched this Kickstarter with bated breath from start to finish and couldn’t be happier for Ankama. It’s months away but I’ll be waiting just as excitedly for the finished product and I’ll watched the show for the billionth time. So to anybody who happened to support the kickstarter, Ankama or the show, thank you.