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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs in the System
60. Switcheroo
61. Bot-Tastic Voyage
62. Quarry's Quarry
63. Did You See What I Thaw
64. The Attack of Humungado
65. All Bots Great and Small
66. Time After Time
67. Pirates Ahoy

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 68: TURNING THE TIDE
(High Tide, you magnificent bastard, I read your BOOOOOOOOK!)





”In truth, High Tide has much to learn from the team as well.”

I love dogs; they’re my favorite animals. I was ecstatic when Noble briefly joined the crew back on "Rescue Dog" and I would not have minded at all if he was a permanent addition to the family, though I appreciated the route they went with instead. Adding new characters are either a cause for celebration or an invite to disaster and how they’re perceived and what they do can mean a world of difference. Bearing that in mind, I find Servo the robo-dog to be magnificently cheesy. Every time that dang thing semi-transforms and pops out a gizmo, I kind of purse my lips together. And he’s the one staying behind with the crew. I don’t know why this particularly pup rubs me the wrong way that Noble doesn’t. In comparison, maybe I just feel Servo is a little too…gimmicky? I feel weird using that term in a Transformers show. This is a franchise built on gimmicks. So why does Servo leave me with a dreaded feeling of Cousin Oliver Syndrome? As usual, I’ll wait and see how well he’s used for the duration of the show. Rescue Bots have always been more hit than miss, so the crafty canine still has a shot. I do like that Servo isn't just this awesome pet for Cody to coo over; Boulder spends a decent portion building an attachment to him, too. I like the idea of Servo being more than just "a bot and his dog" and Boulder definitely is the animal loving type.



There is much to celebrate with the introduction of High Tide. New robots are usually a plus in Transformers. It’s not just potential toys to pick up; I legitimately get excited to seeing more bots pop up, especially if their permanent members. High Tide doesn’t stay with the main crew, but he’s the first new bot in…well, ever! Evidently, the show must have gotten an increase in budget to create a new guy (and I know we’re getting more) and High Tide certainly leaves an impression. I’m just not sure the lesson was as smooth as it could have been.

“Turning the Tide” is a unique bully story. High Tide isn’t an asshole for no reason; it’s just in his nature to be rough with his crew to teach them vital techniques. This isn’t a case of some kid punching Cody for no reason or a bot coming out of nowhere and harassing Heatwave and crew. No, High Tide is a well-respected companion of Optimus and clearly knows what he is doing. His methods are blunt and hard to adjust to. I don’t know how military services work, but I assume soldiers deal with their leaders screaming at their faces because they need to built up a necessary mental defense to better serve out in the field, so the bully lesson is a strange one to attach it to.

But just for the sake of the plot, let’s go with it and see how it fairs. High Tide certainly doesn’t pull any punches, that’s for sure. He’s not going to baby anyone and I imagine that’s the case for a lot of military/boot camp/other related backgrounds. However, the episode makes it clear his constantly name calling and physical harassment are not conductive. Heatwave eventually has had enough of High Tide’s bullshit after a certain point and straight up tells him off like he should. No one should tolerant a bully. High Tide does realize at the end that what he did was not a good thing and that he needs to work on his attitude. It’s not just an anti-bullying message, but an episode about proper communication and teamwork through said communication. Optimus clearly sent High Tide not only to groom them for future rescue missions, but to undergo some bit of anger management from the Bots/Burns family. All well and good, buuuuut I felt the change of heart was a little too last minute.



Optimus tells Heatwave he has much to learn as High Tide does and I’m sitting here thinking, “Yeah, I guess?” This is probably why the tough drill sergeant act isn’t as convincing as I think it is to handle a bullying message. High Tide likely acts the way he does because it’s in his protocol. I’m going to assume this was even necessary during wartime (which I presume he served in or played a part.) There are moments where he goes off-limits on what is appropriate (if it wasn’t his gruffness, then it definitely was his disapproval of Blades leaving without permission to save a human), but if that’s the case, why should Heatwave go back and learn from him until he fixes his anger issues? The episode kind of compensates for it at the end when all High Tide cooperates; gives the Rescue Bots the gears they need; and lets them handle the majority of the rescuing, but the message was a veritable see-saw of “It worked” and “It Didn’t.”

My other problem is that after Heatwave is kicked off the ship, none of the other Rescue Bots attempt to join Heatwave. I feel like they should have out of friendship and loyalty. Teamwork and family has been the most important theme in Rescue Bots and for Chase, Blades, and Boulder to just stay put while Heatwave gets das boot is jarring. If anything, having everyone leave might have given High Tide some time to reflect on his actions, so his change of heart feels more natural.

This episode also begs the question of what High Tide’s job is if he’s from Cybertron. I mean, the robot navy, but…is there water in Cybertron? I swear there was at least one episode (probably from Transformers Prime, I can’t remember) where water was confirm to not be a thing that exists in that planet. Then again, Arcee did mention an oil bath, so maybe oil = water in Cybertron? High Tide does state Earth water is weird to him. Or again, am I just not suppose to think about this too much? Speaking of oil, that spill probably messed with the ocean badly. Oh God, I can’t imagine the damage this will have on the environment.
:star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS



BONUS OBSERVATIONS


CAMERA SPLATTER: Did water splatter all over the “camera” in the beginning of the episode? That’s pretty neat.

BUT APPARENTLY NOT ENOUGH BUDGET… to show High Tide transforming. They did that whole “Bot-is-covered-in-a-school-of-fish-while-they-transform” gimmick when he turns into his alt mode.

BEST LINE: ”Oh, the smoke alarm! Meatloaf must be ready! Dinner!”

Dani, that is an altogether frightening sentence.

WORST LINE: "Rescue Bots, surf to the rescue!”

Eh, not one of your best, Heatwave.



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:bulletblue:If you want to read my reviews for Rescue Bots Season One and Two, click here: neoyi.deviantart.com/journal/A…


PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs in the System
60. Switcheroo
61. Bot-Tastic Voyage
62. Quarry's Quarry
63. Did You See What I Thaw
64. The Attack of Humungado
65. All Bots Great and Small
66. Time After Time
67. Pirates Ahoy

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 68: TURNING THE TIDE
(High Tide, you magnificent bastard, I read your BOOOOOOOOK!)





”In truth, High Tide has much to learn from the team as well.”

I love dogs; they’re my favorite animals. I was ecstatic when Noble briefly joined the crew back on "Rescue Dog" and I would not have minded at all if he was a permanent addition to the family, though I appreciated the route they went with instead. Adding new characters are either a cause for celebration or an invite to disaster and how they’re perceived and what they do can mean a world of difference. Bearing that in mind, I find Servo the robo-dog to be magnificently cheesy. Every time that dang thing semi-transforms and pops out a gizmo, I kind of purse my lips together. And he’s the one staying behind with the crew. I don’t know why this particularly pup rubs me the wrong way that Noble doesn’t. In comparison, maybe I just feel Servo is a little too…gimmicky? I feel weird using that term in a Transformers show. This is a franchise built on gimmicks. So why does Servo leave me with a dreaded feeling of Cousin Oliver Syndrome? As usual, I’ll wait and see how well he’s used for the duration of the show. Rescue Bots have always been more hit than miss, so the crafty canine still has a shot. I do like that Servo isn't just this awesome pet for Cody to coo over; Boulder spends a decent portion building an attachment to him, too. I like the idea of Servo being more than just "a bot and his dog" and Boulder definitely is the animal loving type.



There is much to celebrate with the introduction of High Tide. New robots are usually a plus in Transformers. It’s not just potential toys to pick up; I legitimately get excited to seeing more bots pop up, especially if their permanent members. High Tide doesn’t stay with the main crew, but he’s the first new bot in…well, ever! Evidently, the show must have gotten an increase in budget to create a new guy (and I know we’re getting more) and High Tide certainly leaves an impression. I’m just not sure the lesson was as smooth as it could have been.

“Turning the Tide” is a unique bully story. High Tide isn’t an asshole for no reason; it’s just in his nature to be rough with his crew to teach them vital techniques. This isn’t a case of some kid punching Cody for no reason or a bot coming out of nowhere and harassing Heatwave and crew. No, High Tide is a well-respected companion of Optimus and clearly knows what he is doing. His methods are blunt and hard to adjust to. I don’t know how military services work, but I assume soldiers deal with their leaders screaming at their faces because they need to built up a necessary mental defense to better serve out in the field, so the bully lesson is a strange one to attach it to.

But just for the sake of the plot, let’s go with it and see how it fairs. High Tide certainly doesn’t pull any punches, that’s for sure. He’s not going to baby anyone and I imagine that’s the case for a lot of military/boot camp/other related backgrounds. However, the episode makes it clear his constantly name calling and physical harassment are not conductive. Heatwave eventually has had enough of High Tide’s bullshit after a certain point and straight up tells him off like he should. No one should tolerant a bully. High Tide does realize at the end that what he did was not a good thing and that he needs to work on his attitude. It’s not just an anti-bullying message, but an episode about proper communication and teamwork through said communication. Optimus clearly sent High Tide not only to groom them for future rescue missions, but to undergo some bit of anger management from the Bots/Burns family. All well and good, buuuuut I felt the change of heart was a little too last minute.



Optimus tells Heatwave he has much to learn as High Tide does and I’m sitting here thinking, “Yeah, I guess?” This is probably why the tough drill sergeant act isn’t as convincing as I think it is to handle a bullying message. High Tide likely acts the way he does because it’s in his protocol. I’m going to assume this was even necessary during wartime (which I presume he served in or played a part.) There are moments where he goes off-limits on what is appropriate (if it wasn’t his gruffness, then it definitely was his disapproval of Blades leaving without permission to save a human), but if that’s the case, why should Heatwave go back and learn from him until he fixes his anger issues? The episode kind of compensates for it at the end when all High Tide cooperates; gives the Rescue Bots the gears they need; and lets them handle the majority of the rescuing, but the message was a veritable see-saw of “It worked” and “It Didn’t.”

My other problem is that after Heatwave is kicked off the ship, none of the other Rescue Bots attempt to join Heatwave. I feel like they should have out of friendship and loyalty. Teamwork and family has been the most important theme in Rescue Bots and for Chase, Blades, and Boulder to just stay put while Heatwave gets das boot is jarring. If anything, having everyone leave might have given High Tide some time to reflect on his actions, so his change of heart feels more natural.

This episode also begs the question of what High Tide’s job is if he’s from Cybertron. I mean, the robot navy, but…is there water in Cybertron? I swear there was at least one episode (probably from Transformers Prime, I can’t remember) where water was confirm to not be a thing that exists in that planet. Then again, Arcee did mention an oil bath, so maybe oil = water in Cybertron? High Tide does state Earth water is weird to him. Or again, am I just not suppose to think about this too much? Speaking of oil, that spill probably messed with the ocean badly. Oh God, I can’t imagine the damage this will have on the environment.
:star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS



BONUS OBSERVATIONS


CAMERA SPLATTER: Did water splatter all over the “camera” in the beginning of the episode? That’s pretty neat.

BUT APPARENTLY NOT ENOUGH BUDGET… to show High Tide transforming. They did that whole “Bot-is-covered-in-a-school-of-fish-while-they-transform” gimmick when he turns into his alt mode.

BEST LINE: ”Oh, the smoke alarm! Meatloaf must be ready! Dinner!”

Dani, that is an altogether frightening sentence.

WORST LINE: "Rescue Bots, surf to the rescue!”

Eh, not one of your best, Heatwave.



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PREVIOUS SEASON ONE REVIEWS:
1+2. Pilot
3. Trust Exercises


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ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 4: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
(I think we need to put a limit on how many times this catchphrase should be used.)




”Gosh, I’d love to get out in the field…in a strictly non-confrontational capacity, of course.”

A major theme in Transformers Animated is the subversion of your expected role. Optimus Prime and his band of misfits stood out because they didn’t define what the greater Autobot machine philosophized. They were shunned for it, but it worked out in the end because they dare to individualize themselves away from the system. Strongarm states all mini-cons must stick to their chosen role, which makes me wonder if they have less privileges than standard Bots.

Robots in Disguise seems to be going down a similar road with Bumblebee’s team, though less on a societal structure (Grimlock might be an exception since he’s a Decepticon amongst Autobots and that alone could have potential for conflict) and more on a bunch of characters that have so little in common forced to work in a foreign world. Things have to change, including attitudes. “Trust Exercises” explored this through Sideswipe and Strongarm's constant tension with each other, especially the latter who had to learn to trust a former delinquent while said delinquent attempts to discard his rebellious past.

Now it’s Fixit’s turn. Bee’s right, he is a useful member of the team even if he’s relegated to background. Fixit is the Smart Guy; he has inside information on all the Cons they have to catch and provides the weapons and tools necessary to perform their duties. While Fixit frequently hides behind things and people when danger strikes, he’s not quite a milquetoast. There’s an eagerness to him; a spark so to speak. He's both legitimately scared and excited to partake on a covert mission, but “More than Meets the Eye” reveals it may be more than he can chew. I like that Bee didn’t hesitate with his decisions. There’s no “Yeah, Fixit, stay here in the junkyard where you’ll be safe because you can’t do shit”; he genuinely picked up on Fixit’s desire and asked him to go undercover. It might be better in the long run. The more he knows about their line of work, the better his chance of survival. Fixit ain't bad in physical combat either.

It’s all the more hilarious when the opposite happens to the powerhouse Grimlock because you really can’t do much as a giant, robotic dinosaur running around Earth without someone being suspicious. If this took place in Hollywood, then it’d be easy. ;D  This leaves Grimlock to boost Russell’s spirits, but it doesn’t really carry the subplot much.  All this attention to Grimlock’s alt mode leaves me wondering if the show will deal with it in the future? But how do you just get rid of a Dinobot’s Dino-mode?



Chop Shop is genuinely terrifying in appearance, a combiner who looks like the lovechild of Airachnid and Knock Out. His voice isn’t, but I don’t want to be in a room with five robot spiders. I can’t even handle real spiders! And oh wow, I have no idea what to make of or process Spider-Bot attaching Fixit to his arm. That looks kind of perverse, yo. One of his spiders snuck off the battlefield while the rest of him is back in stasis at the end, so there’s a lingering hint that he’ll be back for more. It looks like Bee’s team is going to build up a possible rogue’s gallery.



What is this kid’s deal? I’m going to guess Russell lived in a noisier or bigger neighborhood when he was with his mother, hence why he thinks living in a junkyard in the middle of nowhere is a downgrade. Well, yeah, it is, but what is up with this kid? He wants to go to an amusement park in Crown City, so why doesn’t he just go? The second episode established the city is only a bridge away. Why can’t he ask his father to take him there? Why doesn’t Denny drive his kid to the city? He can’t be that dense to see his only son is bored off his skull that he can’t indulge him for one day. What is preventing the man from taking Russell to Crown City? Is he banned there? Does he have bad history? This is the second time Russell laments because he can't go to Crown City despite being pals with robots that turn into vehicles that logically could take him there. It is literally a bridge away.

Shortly after he writes his emotionally draining poetry about the futilely of life, Russell runs into a group of kids against his better wishes. All of them are friendly and inviting, but being the moody little jerk that he is, Russell joins in the game and immediately leaves after like two seconds of failure. Like he straight up gives up without even trying. And he stays in his little corner despite constant support from one particular child, Hank (even if she’s a bit forceful.) Look, I get it, no one should make anyone do what they don’t want to do, but that’s not what the lesson is suppose to be about. It’s about Russell’s insecurity and fear that he’ll never be good enough. But the lesson feels oddly detached from his character arc. I mean, he doesn’t seem to have any social issues or anxiety - he easily bonds with the robots even if they aren't from around here. It's like he's deliberately sabotaging himself so he can be miserable on purpose. He's a new kid in a new neighborhood that he isn't used to, a decision likely out of his hands. That's enough to dour anyone's mood, but there hasn't been a convincing conflict that justifies his loner shtick. Usually when I dislike kid characters, it’s because they’re annoying little sugar twats that can’t sit still, doesn’t shut up, and often gets into trouble. I’ve never disliked one for being a sourpuss! I’m not asking for a deep, ultra-dramatic life story behind Russell’s woes, but I hope there’s more to it than simple boredom lest his misery spread like malaria. Seriously, kid, lighten up.  

I am grateful the writers did not go the bullying root with the other kids. It’s far too easy to set them up as little assholes for no reason other than to antagonize Russell and give him a conflict(though I’m tempt to say they should have gone this route just so Russell has a better reason for being such a Strong Sad), but they opt instead to be friendly and open. This includes adding Hank AKA Henrietta to their team with absolutely no scrutiny directed to her gender. I even like that she doesn’t look 100% tomboy, settling for a different character design that’s not cliché. Though I could have done without the sexist gender name joking (ha ha, the boy has a girl name, let’s all make fun of him, lol.) Hank’s peculiar interests and go-to attitude is exciting and I hope she’ll not only be a reoccurring character, but someone who’ll get in on the robots’ secret. She’s certainly better than Russell right now!
:star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS




BONUS OBSERVATIONS


AND A SIDE OF BUTTER WITH THAT: First the flobsters, now Bisk? When did Transformers get into lobsters all of a sudden?



I mean, I’m not really complaining, I think this guy is hilarious.

BEST LINE: ”You think I don’t know how to beat this attack, it’s just up, up, left, down, claw, claw!”
Less the dialogue itself (although it sounds like this was partially inspired by the Konami Code), but the way Khary Paxton nails the kookiness.

RUNNER-UP: ”Field work is fun, let’s find more humans we can fool!”

Simmer down there, Fixit.

SO BAD, BUT GOOD LINE: ”Grassterpiece.”

It’s so bad, but it’s good, but it’s so bad, but it’s good...

So is this mustached man going to be a reoccurring running gag? I want him to be like the guy who can’t get his ice cream from Lilo and Stitch where something bad always happens to his precious grass.


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THE REVIEWS

All the reviews I did in DeviantART. All shows listed in alphabetical order.


TRANSFORMERS PRIME (MOSTLY COMPLETE)


TF PRIME: SEASON ONE (INCOMPLETE: At the time, I wasn't sure if I was going to review each episode. I'm probably not going to be reviewing the rest anytime soon.)
Transformers Prime (First Impressions)
The First Eight or so episodes or something
Ep. 9: "Convoy"
Ep. 11: Speed Metal
Ep. 12: "Predatory"
Ep. 13: "Sick Mind"
Ep. 19: "Rock Bottom"
Ep. 20: "Partners"
Ep. 21 - 23: "T.M.I", "Stronger, Faster", and "One Shall Fall""


TF PRIME: SEASON TWO (COMPLETE)
27. "Orion Pax: Part 1"
28. "Orion Pax: Part 2"
29. "Orion Pax: Part 3"
30. "Operation Bumblebee, Part 1"
31. Operation Bumblebee, Part 2"
32. "Loose Cannons"
33. "Crossfire"
34. "Nemesis Prime"
35. "Grill"
36. "Armada"
37. "Flying Mind"
38. "Tunnel Vision"
39. "Triangulation"
40. "Triage"
41. "Toxicity"
42. "Hurt"
43. "Out of the Past"
44. "New Recruit"
45. "The Human Factor"
46. "Legacy"
47. "Alpha/Omega"
48. "Hard Knocks"
49. "Inside Job"
50. "Patch"
51. "Regeneration"
52. "Darkest Hour"


TF PRIME: SEASON THREE (COMPLETE)
53. "Darkmount, NV"
54. "Scattered"
55. "Prey"
56. "Rebellion"
57. "Project Predacon"
58. "Chain of Command"
59. "Plus One"
60. "Thirst"
61. "Evolution"
62. "Minus One"
63. "Persuasion"
64. "Synthesis"
65. "Deadlock"


TRANSFORMERS PRIME: PREDACONS RISINGS (COMPLETE)
PART ONE
PART TWO


TRANSFORMERS PRIME/RESCUE BOTS PREDICATION
Season Two Predication
Season Two Predication Results
Season Three Predication
Season Three Predication Results

TRANSFORMERS BEST/WORST DERP AWARDS
Best/Worst Annual One (TFP Season One)
Best/Worst Annual Two: BEST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Two/Little bit of Rescue Bots)
Best/Worst Annual Two: BEST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Two: WORST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Two: WORST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Three: BEST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Three)
Best/Worst Annual Three: WORST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Three)




BRAVE POLICE J-DECKER (An Episode-By-Episode Commentary - INCOMPLETE)

This show is very 90s Japanese shonen. Big surprise.

Initial Impressions/First Three Episodes
Episodes 4 - 10
Episodes 11-17
Episodes 18 - 24


DIGIMON TAMERS (INCOMPLETE)

Time to revisit my favorite Digimon series.

1. Guilmon Comes Alive
2. Digimon, Digimon Everywhere
3. To Fight or Not to Fight
4. It Came From The Other Side

5. Dream A Little Dream
6. O Partner, Where Are Thou



THE LEGEND OF KORRA (INCOMPLETE: Book 3 and beyond continues in Toonzone. SEE below)

Man, this show started off so well, then hurtled into disappointment. EDIT: Well, it's gotten better.

SEASON ONE
Ep. 1+2: "Welcome to Republic City" and "Leaf in The Wind"
Ep. 3: "The Revelation"
Ep. 4: "The Voice In The Night"
Ep. 5: "The Spirit of Competition"
Ep. 6+7: "And the Winner Is..." and "The Aftermath"
Ep. 8+9: "When Extremes Meet" and "Out of The Past"
Ep. 10: "Turning the Tides"
Ep. 11+12: "Skeletons in the Closet" and "Endgame"


SEASON TWO
Ep. 13+14: "Rebel Spirit" and "The Southern Lights"
Ep. 15: "Civil Wars, Part 1"
Ep. 16: "Civil Wars, Part 2"
Ep. 17: "Peacekeepers"
Ep. 18: "The Sting"
Ep. 19+20: "Beginnings, Part 1&2"
Ep. 21: "The Guide"
Ep. 22: "A New Spiritual Age"
Ep. 23: "Night Of A Thousand Stars"
Ep. 24: "Harmonic Convergence"

Ep. 25: "Darkness Falls"
Ep. 26: "Light In The Dark"



MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT (An Episode-By-Episode Commentary: COMPLETE)

I got nostalgic for this show. Not great, but still a good show worth watching on a lazy weekend.

My Life As A Teenage Robot Season One Review...ish
My Life As A Teenage Robot Season Two Review...ish
My Life As A Teenage Robot Season Three Review



SYM-BIONIC TITAN (COMPLETE...ish? I feel like I might revisit this show someday and write better, comprehensive reviews)

This show was too damn good to be cancelled. ;_;

First Impressions
General Review
Ep. 1 - 8 Reviews
Ep. 9: "Tashy 497"
Ep. 10: "Lessons In Love"
Ep. 11: "Fortress of Deception"
Ep. 12 - 14: "The Ballad of Scary Mary", "The Demon Within", and "I Am Octus"
Ep. 15: "Disenfranchised"
Ep. 16: "Escape From Galaluna"
Ep. 17: "Under the Three Moons"
Ep 18 - 20: "A Family Crisis", The Steel For" and "A New Beginning"



OTHER REVIEWS

These are reviews I did in DA that aren't thorough analysis (read: bitch and rant) and/or recaps of each episode of specific TV shows. Don't stare at them for too long, the snark may burn your eyes.


2010
The Venture Bros.
Earthbound
Turtles Forever and Link to the Past Manga
Phineas and Ferb
Titan A.E
Ouran Hugh
Alice in Wonderland (The Time Burton film)
Avatar (The one with the blue alien cat people)
Fairy Oddparents
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
MY Sister's Keeper
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Sailor Moon Stars
The Secret Saturdays
The Tenth Circle

Generator Rex (First Impressions)
Invader Zim
Generator Rex (Second Impressions)
How To Train Your Dragon
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Toy Story 3
Futurama Sixth Season Premiere
Scott Pilgrim
The Last Airbender, Despicable Me, and other small reviews
Transformers Animated
TUFF Puppy and Panty and Stocking First Impressions
Transformers 1986 Movie
Transformers Animated: The Video Game


2011
Revisiting Beast Wars
MOTHER 3
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
MiP: FiM Ep. 18: "The Show Stoppers"
Beast Wars (a small retrospect)
Bob's Burger (a small, small chatter on why it's good)
Cardcaptor Sakura
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Ghost Trick
Okamiden (and the Okami artbook)
Summer-Wars

Catherine
Professor Layton and the Lost Specter
Oban Star Racers
Firefly
A Song of Ice and Fire series

Zelda: Skyward Sword


2012
Tintin Movie (2012 Version)
A Monster in Paris
Bioshock and The Avengers
Wreck-It Ralph


2013
The History of Sonic the Hedgehog
Hyrule Historia
Super Wagon Adventure
A Cat in Paris
Cucumber Quest
Gravity Falls
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Kotoura-San
Mark of the Ninja
Nimona
Paprika

Monsters University/Despicable Me 2
Homestuck
Atomic Robo
Beware The Batman
The Last Of Us
Ni No Kuni
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated
Teen Titans Go
Xiaolin Chronicles

The Art of Journey
The Art of Korra
The Art of The Last Of Us
The Art of Mass Effect
The Amazing World of Gumball
Attack On Titan
Bastion
Fargo
Futurama Episode: "Meanwhile"
Girl Genius
Harmoknight
House Of Leaves
ICO
il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Making Comics

The Art of Prime
Mass Effect
Mystereobot
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (manga)
Paranorman
Parks and Recreation
Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
Regular Show
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Steven Universe
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (2012 version)
Thor: The Dark World
The Truman Show


2014
Frozen
Danny Phantom: The Complete Series DVD (Tumblr link)
The Last of Us: Left Behind
Professor Layton and the Azran legacy
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Tumblr Link)

Windblade #1 (Tumblr Link)
Ava's Demon
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Tumblr Link)
Blindsprings
The Last Mechanical Monster (Tumblr Link)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Shovel Knight
The Art of Naughty Dog
The Book of Life
Wakfu (Whimsically Tedious)



ARTICLES, RANTS, AND NON-REVIEWS

What it says. The DA articles that aren't reviews.

My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 1
My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 2
My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 3
Prowl and Birds: An Analysis on the Symbolic Connection Between Both
First Episode Impression: TRON: Uprising, Kaijudo, and Wander Over Yonder
The Importance of Names in Transformers Animated


15 Games Meme: (ONGOING):
1. Crash Team Racing
2. Child of Eden
3. Chrono Trigger


:bulletblue:TOONZONE ARTICLES:bulletblue:

These are all the articles I wrote for Toonzone.


THE LEGEND OF KORRA


BOOK TWO
13. Rebel Spirit
14. The Southern Lights
15. Civil Wars, Part 1
16. Civil Wars, Part 2
17. Peacekeepers
18. The Sting
19/20. Beginnings, Part 1&2
21. The Guide
22. A New Spiritual Age
23. Night Of A Thousand Stars
24. Harmonic Convergence
25. Darkness Falls
26. Light In The Dark
Recapping Book 2


BOOK 3
27. A Breath of Fresh Air
28. Rebirth

29. The Earth Queen
30. In Harm's Way
31. The Metal Clan
32. Old Wounds
33. Original Airbenders
34. The Terror Within
35. The Stakeout
36. Long Live the Queen
37. The Ultimatum
38. Enter the Void
39. Venom of the Red Lotus


BOOK 4
40. After All These Years
41. Korra Alone
42. The Coronation
43. The Calling
44. Enemy At The Gates
45. The Battle of Zaofu
46. Reunion
47. Remembrances
48. Beyond the Wilds
49. Operation Beifong
50. Kuvira's Gambit
51. Day of The Colossus
52. The Last Stand


TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED



SEASON ONE
1. Transform and Roll Out: Part 1
2. Transform and Roll Out: Part 2
3. Transform and Roll Out: Part 3
4. Home is Where the Spark Is
5. Total Meltdown
6. Blast From the Past
7. Thrill of the Hunt
8. Nanosec
9. Along Came a Spider
10. Sound and Fury
11. Lost and Found
12. Survival of the Fittest
13. Headmaster
14. Nature's Call
15. Megatron Rising, Part 1
16. Megatron Rising, Part 2


SEASON TWO
17. The Elite Guard
18. The Return of the Headmaster
19. Mission Accomplished
20. Garbage In, Garbage Out
21. Velocity


TRANSFORMERS PRIME


SEASON ONE      
1 -5. Darkness Rising Review                       
6. Masters and Students
7. Scrapheap                       
8. Con Job
9. Convoy                      
10. Dues Ex Machina
11. Speed Metal                   
12. Predatory
13. Sick Mind
14. Out of His Head
15. Shadowzone
16. Operation: Breakdown
17. Crisscross
18. Metal Attraction
19. Rock Bottom
20. Partners (NOT REVIEWED)
21. T.M. I (NOT REVIEWED)
22. Stronger, Faster (NOT REVIEWED)
23. One Shall Fall (NOT REVIEWED)
24. One Shall Rise: Part 1
25. One Shall Rise: Part 2
26. One Shall Rise: Part 3


SEASON TWO:
27. Orion Pax: Part 1
27. Orion Pax: Part 2                       
29. Orion Pax: Part 3
30. Operation Bumblebee: Part 1                       
31. Operation Bumblebee: Part 2
32. Loose Cannons                      
33. Crossfire
34. Nemesis Prime
35. Grill
36. Armada
37. Flying Mind
38. Tunnel Vision
39. Triangulation
40. Triage
41. Toxicity
42. Hurt
43. Out of the Past
44. New Recruit
45. The Human Factor
46. Legacy
47. Alpha/Omega
48. Hard Knocks
49. Inside Job
50. Patch
51. Regeneration
52. Darkest Hour


SEASON THREE
53. Darkmount, NV
54. Scattered
55. Prey
56. Rebellion
57. Project Predacon
58. Chain of Command
59. Plus One
60. Thirst
61. Evolution
62. Minus One
63. Persuasion
64. Synthesis
65. Deadlock


REVIEWS


Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: The Comic That Made Me Cry
Rayman Legends is a Game for the Epics
Transformers Animated: The Complete Series is Energon-y Goodness
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Ticks A Good Beat, But Needs A Good Wind-Up
Rick and Morty Season One Blu-Ray/DVD is Wubba-Dubba-Dub-Demented Fun
The Wind Rises: A Beautiful Mind



JOINT ARTICLES

Articles I didn't solely write myself; they were group efforts from Toonzone's staffs.

TRANSFORMERS WEEK: (A week long celebration of Transformers in time for the third movie, Toonzone wrote and hosted a number of articles on them robots in disguise.)

Best Episode Ever: Beast Wars (I chose "Possession")
Best Episode Ever: Transformers Animated (I chose "Nature's Call")
Transformers Prime - The Road So Far (This is the only article here that I wrote myself. Most of this came while Season One was halfway through airing at the time. I have a slightly better impression of Season One now, but a lot of what's written is still how I feel.)


BEST EPISODES EVER: (We pick selects shows and talk about episodes we love from them.)

Best Episode Ever: The Simpsons (I chose "Lisa on Ice")
Best Episode Ever: Avatar: The Last Airbender (I chose "The Waterbending Master")
Best Episode Ever: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (I chose "Sisterhooves Social")




:bulletyellow:TUMBLR NONSENSES:bulletyellow:

More stupid shit outside of DA, this time in Tumblr: Electric Bugaloo!

DANNY PHANTOM RECAP/MINI-REVIEW (COMPLETE)
1 -14: "Mystery Meat" to "Public Enemies"
15 - 22: "Fright Night" to "Doctor's Disorders"
23 - 36: "Pirate Radio" to "Masters of All Time"
37 - 45: "Reality Trip" to "Forever Phantom"
46 - 53: "Urban Jungle" to "Phantom Planet"



30 DAY CHALLENGE: JAK AND DAXTER (COMPLETE)
Day 1: How did you discover Jak and Daxter?
Day 2: What is your favorite Jak game: Jak II
Day 3: Which is your least favorite Jak game: Jak 3( COME AT ME, BRO.)
Day 4: Favorite Character: Jak (This is article is stupid long.)
Day 5: Who Is Your Least Favorite Character: None, really
Day 6: What mission do you love the most: Mar's Tomb
Day 7: What mission do you hate the most: 75% of Jak II's frustrating shit
Day 8: Who is your favorite couple: None, but I analyze all the canon couples

Day 9: What is your favorite gun mod: The Yellow Mod
Day 10: Do you Believe Jak is Mar: Not really, but I think his Uncle could be...
Day 11: Which eco is your favorite: Green and Light, also read my ramblings on the concept of balance between light and dark that Eco represents very well
Day 12: Who is your favorite Precursor: Certainly not the ottsel reveal nonsense

Day 13: Who is your favorite citizen: A bunch of people
Day 14: Do you like The Lost Frontier: Yes and no, and I explain why
Day 15: What’s your preferred Wasteland Vehicle: Probably the Sand Shark and Dune Hopper, but they're all bad
Day 16: How Often do you use the Hoverboard: A lot
Day 17: Dark Jak or Light Jak: Light Jak
Day 18: What is your Favorite Location(s): Various
]Day 19: Every collected all the orbs in Jak II and 3: Pfft, no

Day 20: Which moment shocked you the most: The Precursor's true form and Damas' death
Day 21: Which Opening/Ending is your favorite: Various
Day 22:  Favorite quotes: Various
Day 23: Toughest/Easiest Bosses: Most of The Precursor Legacy's was easy; Kor was tough
Day 24: Ever just go on a KG killing spree: No, but I talk about the Krimzon Guards a bit

Day 25: Favorite Jak and Daxter fanart: Yes
Day 26: Who is your favorite sage: Keira
Day 27: What is your favorite secret: Various
Day 28: Do you like Jak X: No

Day 29: Would you like to see another game: Ehhhhh
Day 30: Any unanswered questions: Not really


Let's Play (Blind) The Last of Us (COMPLETE)
I'm doing a blind Let's Play for this game on tumblr, so click the link and tag along as I follow the journey of a grizzled, manly cynic and his spunky, foulmouthed teenage companion in a post-apocalyptic world infested by Fungus Zombies. Plenty of tragic shit and Scissor-Bats to be had! Do keep in mind, I will heavily spoil, so read at your own risk!

Part 1: The Prologue
Part 2: Operation: Kill Robert
Part 3: Video Game Logic is Weird
Part 4: Something major is revealed here and I only just started this game! Also subways stations are fucking scary
Part 5: The Museum of DEATH
Part 6: Tess
Part 7: Bill (or why he's crazy awesome)
Part 8: Hunters and the Hotel of EVIL
Part 9: Cameos! Cameos! Cameos! :D
Part 10: Brotherly Love
Part 11: I HAVE A MOTHERFUCKING FLAMETHROWER (Oh, and some important stuff happens)
Part 12: This whole part is made of legit BADASS.
Part 13: Final Destination, Some Items, Joel Only
Part 14: The End



Let's Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion (INCOMPLETE)
My attempts to watch an anime I kinda sorta grew up with and watched a bunch of, but never really quite watched the entire thing. IT ENDS NOW!

1. ANGEL ATTACK
2. THE BEAST
3. A Transfer
4. Hedgehog's Dilemma
5. Rei I
6. Rei II
7. A HUMAN WORK
8. ASUKA STRIKES
9. Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win!
10. MAGMADIVER
11. The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still



:bulletpurple:OTHERS:bulletpurple:

Articles I wrote hosted outside of DA, Toonzone, and Tumblr.

Danny Phantom: Season 2, Part 1 DVD Review: "Hauntingly Good, DVD Bad" on Nickandmore.com
20 Best Episodes of 2012 on Nickandmore.com (This was a joint effort that I was part of.)
23 Best Episodes of 2013 on Nickandmore.com (This was a joint effort that I was part of.)
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 17, "Blue Hope" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 20, "Cold Fury" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 21, "Babel" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 22, "Love Is a Battlefield" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 23, "Larfleeze" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 25, "Ranx" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 26, "Dark Matter" Review
  • Listening to: None
  • Reading: None
  • Watching: None
  • Playing: None
  • Eating: None
  • Drinking: None
So apparently there is a limit to how much I can add in a given journal (60KB), so baring that in mind, I've decided to do some rearranging. The first Archive will be what it is: an archive of all my previous articles I've written. This one - Archive 2 - will host my current stuff, so all the current Transformers show and anything new I've written as of 2015 goes here. So on the off chance someone is interested in my stuff, it's all stored in these two archives. Whew. Some of these links go to the same page because I sometimes do multiple reviews under one entry.

I will put this specific journal link at the bottom of future journals. Also included are my Toonzone reviews, Tumblr ramblings, and any other outside stuff I've done beyond DA. Please tell me if any of the links aren't working for whatever reason.


PAST ARCHIVE
Archive 1

:bulletred: SPOILER WARNING: A lot of these reviews will spoil, so click with caution.



:bulletgreen:DEVIANTART JOURNAL ARTICLES/REVIEWS:bulletgreen:


THE REVIEWS

All the reviews I did in DeviantART.

RESCUE BOTS/ROBOTS IN DISGUISE (2015) REVIEWS

These are all my reviews of Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Transformers Rescue Bots. They are at the top because they're currently ongoing and I assume most of the peeps watching me are into this franchise. I clearly don't have a life.

ROBOTS IN DISGUISE: SEASON ONE (2015) - ONGOING
1+2. Pilot - Talking Points
3. Trust Exercises
4. More than Meets the Eye


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON ONE (COMPLETE)
1. "Family of Heroes"/2. "Under Pressure" (Premiere First Impressions)
3. "Hotshots"
4. "Flobsters On Parade"
5. "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock"
6. "Walk On The Wild Side"
7. "Cody On Patrol"
8. "Four Bots and A Baby"
9. "Christmas In July"
10. "Deep Trouble"
11. "Return of the Dinobot"
12. "The Other Doctor"
13. "The Reign of Morocco"

14. "Small Blessings"
15. "The Griffin Rock Triangle"

16. "Rules and Regulation"
17. "The Lost Bell"

18. "Bumblebee to the Rescue"
19. "You've been Squilshed"
20. "Countdown"

21. "The Haunting of Griffin Rock"
22. "Little White Lies"

23. "Shake Up"
24. "Rescue Boy"

25. "It's A Bot Time"
26. "Bot to the Future"


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON TWO (COMPLETE)
27. "Road Trip"
28. "Sky Forest"

29. "One For the Ages"
30. "Tip of the Iceberg"
31. "A Virtual Disaster"
31. "A Virtual Disaster" (April Fool's edition)
32. "Spellbound"
33. "Prescott's Bots"
34. "Blame the Gremlins"
35. "Feed the Beast"
36. What Lies Below
37. What Rises Above
38. Space Bots
39. The Island of Misfit Tech
40. The Vigilant Town
41. Buddy System
42. In Search of the Griffin's Nest
43. Bots and Robbers
44. Rescue Dog
45. Changes
46. The Riders of Midwinter
47. Movers and Shakers
48. Chief Woodrow
49. Odd Bot Out

50. The Griffin Rock Express
51. Double Villainy
52. Rise of the Heroes


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON THREE (ONGOING)
53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs In The System
60. Switcheroo
61. Bot-Tastic Voyage
62. Quarry's Quarry
63. Did You See What I Thaw
64. The Attack of Humungado
65. All Bots Great and Small
66. Time After Time
67. Pirates Ahoy



OTHER REVIEWS

These are reviews I did in DA that aren't thorough analysis (read: bitch and rant) and/or recaps of each episode of specific TV shows. Don't stare at them for too long, the snark may burn your eyes.

2015:
The Big O
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Daft Punk's Electroma
The Disaster Artist
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hotel Translyvania
The LEGO Movie
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Longest Journey/Dreamfall: TLJ

Monkeybone
Monument Valley
Persona 3: FES
The Rocketeer
Showgirls
Sister Claire
Sky Dolls
Super Mario 3D World/Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy
Transistor
Wakfu: Season 2 (Talking Points)



ARTICLES, RANTS, AND NON-REVIEWS

What it says. The DA articles that aren't reviews.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015): So Optimus...
Fresh off the Boat: And Now, A Lengthy Rant About Asian Representation
Power Rangers RPM is Something, Alright...



:bulletblue:TOONZONE ARTICLES:bulletblue:

These are all the articles I wrote for Toonzone.


REVIEWS


Tales from Earthsea: Patronizing Boredom in Fantasy Form
Space Dandy Aloha Oe Edition Goes With the Flow, Baby
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Has a Lot of Spark




:bulletyellow:TUMBLR NONSENSES:bulletyellow:

More stupid shit outside of DA, this time in Tumblr: Electric Bugaloo!

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA EPISODE-BY-EPISODE MINI-REVIEWS
Episodes 1-10
Episodes 11 -20
Episodes 21-30
  • Listening to: Cardcaptor Sakura OSTs
  • Reading: How NOT to Write a Novel
  • Watching: Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Playing: Nothing RIght Now
  • Eating: Nothing Right Now
  • Drinking: Nothing Right Now
:bulletblue:If you want to read my reviews for previous Transformers shows, click here: neoyi.deviantart.com/journal/A…




:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




ROBOTS IN DISGUISE: TRUST EXERCISES


(“You’re a meanie.”
“No, you’re the meanie!”
“I’m not the meanie, you are.”
“No, you are!”)





“That first step we’ve been talking in the woods? I think it’s being taking.”

It is a truth universally acclaimed that a team in shambles is in need of a good trust exercise. As the gang’s leader, Bumblebee logically takes the next step and introduces the idea of companionship and teamwork to solidify their goal to catch all the renegade Cons. Grimlock and Bee get along swimmingly, but problem child Sideswipe and by-the-book Strongarm needs a teeny bit of motivation. The result is typical: two opposite personalities bounce off each other, but somewhere down the line they have to work together. When Steeljaw has Strongarm captured, it’s up to Sideswipe to step in (along with Russell’s help) that eventually leads to the two getting a better understanding of each other. What I really like is that they didn’t go the standard route of putting aside their differences to team up against Steeljaw. Sideswipe distracts Steeljaw long enough for Strongarm to escape and kick the shit out of Steeljaw. It’s improvisation, one that Strongarm is grateful enough to thank, but not necessarily enough to buy Sideswipe’s fully come clean. It’s a small, almost unassuming “thanks”, but it carries bigger meaning coming from Strongarm. Baby steps, you know?

Sideswipe doesn’t want to trust; he wants respect. Bumblebee sees good in the kid and Grimlock simplistic one-note mind means Sideswipe is likely not as concerned on what the Dinobot thinks, but Strongarm deliberately judges him based on his delinquent act and it gets in his craw. Seeing as he wants to be treated as an equal only proves Bee’s assessment of him is right and he really is a good guy at heart (this goes without saying, he’s a rebel, not a genocidal maniac.)

If I felt Sideswipe and Strongarm’s interaction was largely standard, Grimlock’s interaction with Bee is not. When I think about The Big Guy, two archetypes bring to mind: they’re either dumb, aggressive lunkheads who want to punch everything or kind, gentle giants who just happen to be the strongest member of the team. Grimlock is in the first category. Grimlock is hilarious because his only motivation is to fight and fight some more, usually to the detriment of the other team members. In a surprising twist, this so-called Decepticon easily obeys Bumblebee and gets along fabulously without struggle. He’s not friendly per say and his lust for battle sounds like it could bite him in his metal ass if he doesn’t take it down a notch, but he shows empathy whenever he messes up and is just so dark giddy about this whole “catch the Con” quest. I theorize he acts this way because it is preferable to prison and he’s in a unique position where he can literally get into scuffles; something he is totally okay with doing because it means beating the shit out of Cons.


Alright, who's shipping them? Raise those hands, folks.


This complication means Grimlock is more of a wild card than Sideswipe. While the latter genuinely wants to do good, Grimlock’s morals a bit more loose. He has a good chance of screwing over the team and that’s what makes him fascinating. ‘Sides, I also really like his team spirit energy even if it benefits only him. It’s charming and funny to boot. I’m really liking Grimlock and I usually don’t cater much to The Big Guy characters.

While I like Fixit’s nerdy, neurotic behavior, I’m glad the creators did not dip fully into the stereotype pool and kept him as a socially awkward, geeky misfit. He snarks, giving him an edge that stands out from his unassuming form. Wouldn’t it be something if his biggest weapon isn’t his mechanical skills, but his mouth?

Other little things of note is the scene where Bumblebee admires Earth’s ocean. Aww, he really misses the place, didn’t he? You better call Raf, buddy! Meanwhile, Russell proves he’s not a useless human fleshling, but he still doesn’t have a striking personality, so meh.

Steeljaw is an interesting foe so far. He claims he wants to start anew on Earth and desires peace for him and any other prisoners who feel the way, but it’s clear the guy is bullshitting. His charisma, ability to lie at the drop of a hat, and a voice that glides on butter (brrr) means he has “manipulative bastard” in big neon signs slapped to his back. But is it so bad I want his speech to have some grain of truth? Robots in Disguise is operating under the belief that the Cons = bad guys. Nevermind the “No, DUH” factor and hear me out for a sec. The end of the war in Prime meant it fell heavily to the Autobots’ side and I suppose over time, word of mouth and propaganda got out that the Decepticons are the “villains.” Strongarm accuses Steeljaw of such and she’d be young enough to live in a world with that kind of belief. The meta answer is that it’s an all-age toy-driven show, so at its worst, it’ll stick with black and white morality as its central conflict between factions. But Transformers cartoons has dabbled with a bit of gray before (not to mention the ongoing comic series really goes out of its way to analyze both factions’ role after the war ended.) Animated’s Decepticons are rotten to the core, but the greater Autobot government gives incentive that perhaps the former group may be more justified in their reasoning than we think. Prime went out of their way to humanize and establish personal backstories and arcs for several Cons in an attempt to sympathize with their conflicts, even if we may not support what they do.

Robots in Disguise has a chance to go deeper. I don’t expect a philosophical thesis on the ethnics of morality and what is “good” and “evil” from a show primarily aimed for children (’sides, we got MTMTE for that ;D); I’m just saying there’s a good opportunity here to give Steeljaw depth and prove his words carry a seed of truth. After all, is he not a wolf, a creature known for its nobility?



...

...

Alright, I’ll admit it; he does look hot…for having an animal face. I’ve seen some confusion on the Cons obtaining beast modes since that seems to be a Predacon thing in Prime. I can’t remember off the top of my head, but is it really a plot hole? I assume the “beast” in the “Beast Hunter” title during Prime’s third season was more of a catch-all term than anything specific. The Predacons seem equivalent to dinosaurs in Cybertron, give or take a dragon. Airachnid is also a spider (well, half a spider anyway) which by definition counts as an animal form. So maybe it’s just a thing on Cybertron that Robots in Disguise decided to exploit. Maybe it’s a new craze that happened in between Prime and the present. Or maybe I’m thinking too much out of this.
:star::star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS



BONUS OBSERVATIONS


CROWN CITY …is also the name of a city in PBS’ Arthur. It literally only shows up in like one episode, but every time I heard the name, that’s all I think about.

TIPSY HIGH: The boat Bee and Grimlock takes barely hold them in. Should have considered the Burns’ Darby Eva; that thing someone carries four bots each weighing at least 3000lbs.

"I AM THE TERROR THAT FLAPS IN THE NIGHT... I AM THE WEIRDO THAT SITS NEXT TO YOU ON THE BUS! I AM..."



GRIMBEE!

BEST LINE: ”I don’t trust him, he’s too cool.”

Pfft. Well, sometimes the baddies tend to be several shades more awesome than the heroes. His ”It was a dark and stormy night” line is probably a good runner-up because the narrative treats it like the cliché line that it is.



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  • Listening to: Cardcaptor Sakura OSTs
  • Reading: How NOT to Write a Novel
  • Watching: Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Playing: Ori and the Blind Forest/Box Boy
  • Eating: Curry and Rice
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I found English episodes of Robots in Disguise. I can link the site for ya if you would like. It only has the first three.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No thanks. I'll wait for the American release. Thanks anyway.
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah cool. Thought I'd offer though.
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Valentine's Day, Neoyi...I know that's odd of a random guy to say but felt like being a nice guy.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the well-wishes, Happy V-Day.
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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LordoftheVillains Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy New Year!!!
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Happy New year!
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Somebody14 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Dude I remember first seeing you're work, it was wreck-gar playing a trumpet in the middle of the woods with lockdown and prowl. I love that comic man! :D

But I saw it on another website and the link brought me to deviantart for the first time so your awesomeness brought me here and I THANK YOU!!!!! :meow:

Stay awesome, awesome person. :iconilikeitplz:
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neoyi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your comment is awesome and you should feel awesome. Thanks for the compliment!
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Somebody14 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   Digital Artist
You're welcome :iconmeowderpfaceplz:

And I do feel awesome, I'm just making sure you feel awesome...cause you are 0w0
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NeoYi, you're the reason I even heard of deviantart. First thing I when looking for pictures of MegaMan, Sonic DP and such and the first thing I find is your Chess Piece comic...and the rest is history.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to know I was a (terrible, evil) influence. XD
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks...I think?
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry too much. I'm just self-deprecating myself since you mentioned Chess Piece. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I honestly cannot stand my own work on that anymore, so I tend to think of it harshly.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
So I made a Transformers Prime AMV to the TMBG song "Fingertips", I just figured it might be something you might enjoy. :J

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjvkH…

This song is immensely fun to make AMVs to, I wonder why more people haven't done it.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha Ha, that was pretty amusing. My favorite would probably be the "What is that blue thing" with Smokescreen because I am damn sure that was my reaction, too. Nice job ending it with the high-pitched Bulkhead scream.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I like the bit with Ultra Magnus advancing on him at the end. I didn't even plan for it to turn out that way, it just did. It's also kind of uncanny how effortlessly the second "Fingertips" segment synced up to the scene where Starscream kills Cliffjumper.
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lockdownthemoodyone Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I true lockdown fan here.
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Q: I was looking at your gallery and I was wondering........may you do a sailor Lockdown??? :D
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