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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…
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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 57: UNFINISHED BUSINESS
(In space, Giant Eel eats you.)


”We left it behind, the one mission we did not finish. Some days it’s hard to call myself a Rescue Bot.”

When I saw the Energon Eater, my initial thoughts were, “Ahh, maybe they created a giant space eel based on sparkeaters because the latter are terrifying abominations of robotic nightmares.” In a way, Double E can be seen as that, but Rescue Bots have a tendency to introduce a level of horror in spite of its preschool-targeted tone. With “Unfinished Business”, the episode leaves you with the idea that the crew the Rescue Bots couldn’t save prior to arriving on Earth might have been the unfortunate victims of Double E. Sure, the episode also feigns hope that they’re alive, but it’s shrouded in suspicion and the episode takes a decidedly somber, nightmarish tone.

This is an excellent Chase episode. Out of the four, he’s dutiful in a way that fits his strict, to-the-point lifestyle. Once Heatwave tells Cody the story of the Energon Eater, it forces Chase to confess the guilt he felt for leaving them behind. In spite of the passage of time, Chase seeks out the ship and confronts his demons. It’s simplicity leaves plenty of room to deliver a feeling of melancholy.

There’s also a certain build up of anticipation thinking for a second that perhaps you might see other Cybertronians, but that would likely require animating new character models for what can only be assumed to be a one-episode deal. They worked around it though, but it gave it a sense of something larger in the Rescue Bots world beyond Griffin Rock. It works as a one-episode kind of thing; expanding the universe of Rescue Bots wouldn’t work. Their lives IS Griffin Rock. ‘Sides, the show is part of a bigger continuity anyway. But it sure is nice to see their pre-Earth mode again, too.

My only gripe is the B-Plot with Heatwave and Blades. They’re left to fill in Chase and Boulder’s shoes while they’re off. While we get a couple of moments of the two trying to handle the Burns family and the respective activities Chase and Boulder did prior, it’s relegated to a five minute spot and never built upon and I think this is a plot that could have been put to better use.

Beyond that, “Unfinished Business” serves as a nice companion piece alongside “Phantom of the Sea” as a depressing, yet ultimately hopeful look on second chances.

And isn’t Blades like extra adorable cutie-patootie in this episode?! He’s such a ham!
:star::star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS

BONUS OBSERVATIONS


POWER TO THE RESCUE: I don’t really get why Heatwave spouted this. Why couldn’t they stick with “Roll to the Rescue?” Did they not have wheeled vehicles back in Cybertron? I ask because Blades is confirmed to at least have a land alt mode before he became a chopper.

IT WAS ANOTHER TUESDAY FOR MRS. NEEDLELANDER; SHE TOOK A LAMP: Mrs. Needlelander might be the biggest badass of the entire show. River flooding? Don’t care, she’s going to calmly and silently go in the house and get a damn lamp. Massive tidal wave heading in her direction? Whatever, it’s all a damn Tuesday for her. This lady just stood in a burning building until she was rescued, she doesn’t give a crap because this is just another day for her. I bet you dollars to donuts, Mrs. Needlelander has lead a very full life.

ROBO-LOVE: That girl Heatwave saved from the river will forever have her life changed because she now realizes robots are hot.

”WE HAVE FAILED OUR FIRST MISSION ON EARTH:” This line confuses me because why is Chase stating this? In season three? They already had a first mission on Earth…back in episode one! Is this a scripting error or am I missing something?

COP VS. POLICE: This statement also confused me when Charlie declared they’re “police”, not “cops.”  I know the latter is just another way of saying "police", but I assumed they meant the same thing? So I did some research to figure out if there was a hidden meaning. Well, kinda? Cops were a derogatory term back in the days. Nowadays, it’s mostly an informal version of “police.” So I guess Charlie’s comment is more alone the lines of how he views himself and his job—with great respect.

PICTURES OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN: GOD BLADES YOU. So is that Energon Eater in Optimus’ base back in Nevada, Jasper or some other government base elsewhere? Because if it’s the first, did it get destroyed when Megatron and his cronies blew up the damn place in Prime?

BEST LINE: ”Ooh! I’ve seen vampires on TV. Energon Eaters are way more scary; they don’t brood handsomely.”

Blades, living on Earth long enough to judge human standards of beauty.

RUNNER-UP:

”If you are in need of help, please respond. I am not selling anything.”

Okay then, Chase. Good to know.

WORST LINE: ”Eat our stardust!”

Insulting others do not become you, Boulder. Best stick to construction.



____________________________________________________________________________________________

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Discovery (A Transformers Animated Fancomic): Read the entire thing here. Placed there for archival purpose. Recently cancelled.

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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…
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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 57: UNFINISHED BUSINESS
(In space, Giant Eel eats you.)


”We left it behind, the one mission we did not finish. Some days it’s hard to call myself a Rescue Bot.”

When I saw the Energon Eater, my initial thoughts were, “Ahh, maybe they created a giant space eel based on sparkeaters because the latter are terrifying abominations of robotic nightmares.” In a way, Double E can be seen as that, but Rescue Bots have a tendency to introduce a level of horror in spite of its preschool-targeted tone. With “Unfinished Business”, the episode leaves you with the idea that the crew the Rescue Bots couldn’t save prior to arriving on Earth might have been the unfortunate victims of Double E. Sure, the episode also feigns hope that they’re alive, but it’s shrouded in suspicion and the episode takes a decidedly somber, nightmarish tone.

This is an excellent Chase episode. Out of the four, he’s dutiful in a way that fits his strict, to-the-point lifestyle. Once Heatwave tells Cody the story of the Energon Eater, it forces Chase to confess the guilt he felt for leaving them behind. In spite of the passage of time, Chase seeks out the ship and confronts his demons. It’s simplicity leaves plenty of room to deliver a feeling of melancholy.

There’s also a certain build up of anticipation thinking for a second that perhaps you might see other Cybertronians, but that would likely require animating new character models for what can only be assumed to be a one-episode deal. They worked around it though, but it gave it a sense of something larger in the Rescue Bots world beyond Griffin Rock. It works as a one-episode kind of thing; expanding the universe of Rescue Bots wouldn’t work. Their lives IS Griffin Rock. ‘Sides, the show is part of a bigger continuity anyway. But it sure is nice to see their pre-Earth mode again, too.

My only gripe is the B-Plot with Heatwave and Blades. They’re left to fill in Chase and Boulder’s shoes while they’re off. While we get a couple of moments of the two trying to handle the Burns family and the respective activities Chase and Boulder did prior, it’s relegated to a five minute spot and never built upon and I think this is a plot that could have been put to better use.

Beyond that, “Unfinished Business” serves as a nice companion piece alongside “Phantom of the Sea” as a depressing, yet ultimately hopeful look on second chances.

And isn’t Blades like extra adorable cutie-patootie in this episode?! He’s such a ham!
:star::star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS

BONUS OBSERVATIONS


POWER TO THE RESCUE: I don’t really get why Heatwave spouted this. Why couldn’t they stick with “Roll to the Rescue?” Did they not have wheeled vehicles back in Cybertron? I ask because Blades is confirmed to at least have a land alt mode before he became a chopper.

IT WAS ANOTHER TUESDAY FOR MRS. NEEDLELANDER; SHE TOOK A LAMP: Mrs. Needlelander might be the biggest badass of the entire show. River flooding? Don’t care, she’s going to calmly and silently go in the house and get a damn lamp. Massive tidal wave heading in her direction? Whatever, it’s all a damn Tuesday for her. This lady just stood in a burning building until she was rescued, she doesn’t give a crap because this is just another day for her. I bet you dollars to donuts, Mrs. Needlelander has lead a very full life.

ROBO-LOVE: That girl Heatwave saved from the river will forever have her life changed because she now realizes robots are hot.

”WE HAVE FAILED OUR FIRST MISSION ON EARTH:” This line confuses me because why is Chase stating this? In season three? They already had a first mission on Earth…back in episode one! Is this a scripting error or am I missing something?

COP VS. POLICE: This statement also confused me when Charlie declared they’re “police”, not “cops.”  I know the latter is just another way of saying "police", but I assumed they meant the same thing? So I did some research to figure out if there was a hidden meaning. Well, kinda? Cops were a derogatory term back in the days. Nowadays, it’s mostly an informal version of “police.” So I guess Charlie’s comment is more alone the lines of how he views himself and his job—with great respect.

PICTURES OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN: GOD BLADES YOU. So is that Energon Eater in Optimus’ base back in Nevada, Jasper or some other government base elsewhere? Because if it’s the first, did it get destroyed when Megatron and his cronies blew up the damn place in Prime?

BEST LINE: ”Ooh! I’ve seen vampires on TV. Energon Eaters are way more scary; they don’t brood handsomely.”

Blades, living on Earth long enough to judge human standards of beauty.

RUNNER-UP:

”If you are in need of help, please respond. I am not selling anything.”

Okay then, Chase. Good to know.

WORST LINE: ”Eat our stardust!”

Insulting others do not become you, Boulder. Best stick to construction.



____________________________________________________________________________________________

:heart: STUPID FANCOMICS:heart:


Discovery (A Transformers Animated Fancomic): Read the entire thing here. Placed there for archival purpose. Recently cancelled.

:heart: OTHER STUFF:heart:


Archive
If you ever want a list of links to all the reviews/rants/analysis/time-wasters I wrote.

My Twitter: Follow me ramble in 100+ words or less here.

My Tumblr: Lots of pretty pictures I like.

REQUESTS: No, I do not. Sorry.
  • Listening to: Monument Valley OST
  • Reading: Various
  • Watching: Various
  • Playing: Nothing Right Now
  • Eating: StuffingStuffingStuffingstuffingStuffing...
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This journal is merely to serve as an archive to the many shit I review/analysis/rant about. Nothing more. So any one who likes reading my shit, but can't bother to scroll through the journal links, they're all here. 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.


: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. All shows listed in alphabetical order except for Transformers which is up top because this is likely what the current batch of followers likely wanna read (and disagree with it.)

TRANSFORMERS PRIME/RESCUE BOTS REVIEWS

These are all my reviews of Transformers Prime and Transformers Rescue Bots. I clearly don't have a life.

TF PRIME: SEASON ONE (INCOMPLETE: At the time, I wasn't sure if I was going to review each episode)
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


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
47. Movers and Shakers
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


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



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
Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015): So Optimus...


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


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


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



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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
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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 56: PHANTOM OF THE SEA
(Dani’s fanfic name is “Heli_Gal 42.”)


”You were right, Cody, I’ve never been good at waiting. I missed you. I had to grow up without my best friend.”
Rescue Bots is a tongue-in-cheek series. Characters in-universe will frequently lampshade their situations and often peppers their dialogue with genre savvy observations, particularly from Blades' mouth. Occasionally the writers will pull a wink and a nod with a minor meta subtext for fans watching the show. The best kind of cartoons are the ones that knows it’s all-age: these specifically hit the right target ages yet squeeze in a little something for the grown-ups without ever needing to alienate the two.

All of this is just a fancy way to say “Phantom of the Sea” is one, giant metaphor for shipping.

Actually, is "metaphor" the right word to use in this context? Maybe "tribute" or "homage." Either way, this episode was written for us.This episode was written for us. Dani squeals over the tragic love story between the Captain of a lost ship and his lover and plays a part in getting them back together (albeit from the sideline more than anything.). She literally made her pairing canon. Alright, there is something inherently creepy about Dani fangirling over two actual people instead of an in-universe fictional pairing (at least it is to me, I find it a bit weird to ship actual living people), so it was probably wise the episode decided not to overplay this element.

The Dani subplot is a minor incidence over a genuinely captivating mystery. The episode falls under the same level of melancholy that centered on season one’s "The Griffin Rock Triangle" and the underlining creepiness of "Countdown." When the Burns kids and the Rescue Bots end up stuck in a void, you get the heebie-jeebies. When they return to Griffin Rock to find ten years have passed, you feel sadness. Charlie, Frankie, and Doc never stopped looking for them; they never lost hope. The time travel is extremely brief, but they play their emotions to the best of their ability during. Imagine being in Charlie’s shoes; the man has lost every single member of his family—biological and metal. The only thing he could do is cling onto hope and patiently wait out the ten years. I especially love the inclusion of a desperate Older Charlie asking his children to stay with him in the future, even if it'll be an adjustment.

Kudos to the animation team for adding the necessary details to age up the characters, including minor background cast. My only gripe is that I would have considered changing Frankie’s hair, mostly because she literally has her younger face slapped onto an adult body. Still, it looks like she became a first responder, a fitting callback to season two’s "The Griffin Rock Express."

“Phantom of the Sea” is able to conjure the proper emotional residue to weight the consequences of time travel. Much like Lilian waited for her beloved, Charlie; Frankie; and Doc did the same. The power of love, man. While you won’t be seeing dramatic bouts of tears, the solemn air it sends is more than enough. Added to a lovely, depressing soundtrack (seriously, it’s gorgeous) and the episode is a real winner.
:star::star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS


BONUS OBSERVATIONS


MUSICAL MOUSING: You can briefly hear Morocco’s theme song when the crew is talking about him. What a nice little touch.

The phonograph music that plays in the ship sounds vaguely Professor Layton-ish.

BEST LINE:

DANI: *sigh* Lillian waited for him. Every ten years, she would see the ship appear just for a few moments.
CHASE: What a horrible story!

CHAAAAAAAAAAAAASE!




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  • Playing: Vib Ribbon
  • Eating: Pretzels
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PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game



:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!



RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 55: TOO MANY KADES
(WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? WAS IT YOU, JERRY? YOU HAD ONE JOB, JERRY!)


”Four more Kades!?”
“*groans* Just what the world needs.”


Actually, “Too Many Kades” is a fantastic episode devoted to our lovable (individual subject opinion varies) jerkbag. I’m particularly stunned they are able to create so many variations that explore Kade’s personality. I previously considered "Blame the Gremlins" as the best Kade-centric episode, but "Too Many Kades" exceeds by delving deeper into the redheaded misfit.

“Too Many Kades” is a frightening prospect. I mean one Kade is a hassle; do we really need four more? I can’t even imagine what the animators had to go through to ensure each Kade model wasn’t confused for the other. Leaving aside the possible moral and ethnical ramifications of cloning blues (because this is a preschool show), the episode smartly chose to give each of the clone Kades their own individual personality. Red Kade and Orange Kade respectfully deal with his anger and stupid side, traits Kade has displayed the most. But “Too Many Kades” goes a step further and introduce Green and Blue Kade, his compassionate and intelligence representatives. I’m glad the show went the extra mile to prove Kade is more than a muscle-bound jackass. I personally dug the intelligent one because it’s realistically bordered to Kade’s level of smarts; simple things like strategizing basketball moves or memorizing police codes (I don’t except the real Kade to possess Chase’s encyclopedic knowledge, but living with first responders means he is likely up-to-date on the rulebooks) that is within range for a fire fighter. Even Orange Kade is less an idiot as he is a simpleton who knows what he's doing when push comes to shove.

Kade is a hotheaded, oftentimes, bullying man. He shows off and has an ego the size of the K-T asteroid that wiped off the dinosaurs, but the episode proves he’s more than the sums we do see. He's all of them. Kade can be clever. He can be empathetic to other people’s feelings. He is exceedingly good at his job and takes it seriously. He can have his D’oh! Moments or he can apologize for his misdeeds. “Too Many Kades” ultimately proves the power of teamwork, but it also emphasizes one individual is a complex soul with multiple quirks, skills, and reactions. Kade is more than a prideful jerk.

If there was one thing I would have fixed, it would be the scene where Kade apologizes to Haley. This is resolved off-camera, but I think it was essential to see it face-to-face. Haley doesn’t get a lot of opportunity to shine and it sometimes boggles me why this woman—who sounds patient and caring—would date Kade of all people. Well, alright, I already wrote an extensive paragraph above on the why, but this is why this particular moment should have stood out. I think we needed to see Kade apologize and make up with Haley.

Nobody gets a new dinobot mode today and I’m not complaining one bit. When Boulder received his mode, the episode specifically centered on him and ensured a reason for getting a Triceratops alt mode. It’s easy to push the dinosaur-centric theme episode after episode in a bid to shill the merchandise, but it looks like the writers opt to spread it out as a running arc for season three. I like the breather room this gives; it creates natural stories and doesn’t feel like the product is as forced. I also like it because it means the Rescue Bots can still utilize their boat mode/Energize tools/whatever. Yeah, all of this is to sell toys, but you know what, I’d rather they use what they have now and as frequently as they need to instead of dashing it away as yesterday’s play thing because it doesn’t sell anymore in order to focus on the shiny new thing. It’s not toy-centric, but this is also why Blades still uses that shovel claw, an item introduced way back in episode three.And yes, because I'm a miserable old dot; I also approve because it’s a huge step from the fetch quest items, doodads, knickknacks, and other flipflaps the cast of Transformers Prime discovers in-between killing Vehicons. Half the shit they find are destroyed by the end of the episode or archived away instead of logically using the damn things in their fight for reasons they never attempt to explain.
:star::star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS



BONUS OBSERVATIONS


PETTYPAWS, PETTYPAWS EVERYWHERE: I feel like the multiple Pettypaws this is an accurate representation to some of the funnier elements in Tumblr.

OVERUSE: Okay, I know I said the Energize Tools still have their uses above, but did Boulder really needed to use that grip claw to pry open a stuck car door? Seems like his own hand could have done the job because, you know, robot. And Boulder would be gentle enough to pull it off without injuring anyone. Just saying.

”YOU’RE A WITCH:” Blades’ theory on Kade’s strange behavior.

BEST LINE: ”Thoughts pop into his head alright…like balloons.”

Nobody has any faith in Kade. …Rightfully so, but still.

Just about any of Orange Kade’s non-sequitur phrases can fit in this list, too.





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:bulletred: HUGGGGE Spoilers! Readers beware!



If you would consider, please drop everything and go see The Book of Life. I’m not going to be too preachy the rest of the review, but it’s a POC-centric narrative using Mexico’s celebratory Day of the Dead as its chief background. Meaning it physically stands out from a sea of all-white casts and that alone has merits, but its narrative and themes tread familiar, relatable grounds, ensuring it’s accessibility to anyone willing to partake in this gem.

A group of trouble making students is sent to a routine class trip to the local museum. A saintly tour guide leads them to a secret sector of the building hosting a vivid display dedicated to the grand tradition: The Day of the Dead. There she regales in an epic tale of 1920s era Mexico, in the town of San Angel. Two Gods of the Dead, the achingly beautiful La Muerte and her lover Xibalba decide to wage a bet when the latter desires to rule Muerte’s Land of the Remembered over his dank and depressing Land of the Forgotten. They will pit two mortal boys to win the heart of their childhood friend, each God taking the side of one boy. They are Manolo Sánchez, a child from a long and proud line of hot-blooded bullfighters; Joaquín, son of a noble warrior who died protecting his home; and the spirited María, a girl who continuously defines her restricted role based solely on her gender.

The Book of Life isn’t particularly bold with its tale; love triangles, grand adventures, and a villain constantly played up until his untimely reveal are weaved into a neat little basket. Its core theme is a “Be Yourself” lesson, for Pete’s sake. It also has this amusingly weird running pattern of children living under their father’s shadow or having the patriarch figure butt into their lives despite their wishes.  Manolo desires to be a musician in spite of his father’s wish to live up to the Sánchez name and become a bullfighter. Forever under his father’s shadow, Joaquin vows to live up to his legacy as a famed soldier, but feels he can only accomplish this if he only looks out for himself. And María is frustrated at her father and the town’s dated ideals of how a proper woman should behave. It's an ageless tale to be sure and by all accounts, it plays it largely straight. But The Book of Life is exceptional for what it DOESN'T do.

The central motivation for the movie centers on love, but its characters never succumb to shallow romances and cheap montages. The film doesn't reduce it's core "two men fighting over one girl" trope into its barest sum; it's about three characters with their own personality and dilemmas that are just as entangled over romantic woes. In ninety minutes, the movie gracefully explores Manolo, Joaquin, and María's story, enabling them as dimensional, individual characters.

Manolo’s tale is the closest to playing the narrative straight, but his journey opens up a few doors I don’t usually see in “Be Yourself” stories. He doesn't want to be a bullfighter despite a talent for it, but he isn't hesitate to use the skills he's learned to get out of a physical jam. At times, it saves his life. This doesn't betray Manolo's goals and it's his poignant musical score that tames the bulls his family has killed over generations. He literally soothes the savage beast. His mother Carmen is dead at the start of the film in that whole "too good for the earth" sort of deal, living room for his flawed father to roughhouse his son into a situation Carmen would not have approved of. Usually dead mothers never factor into the story outside of grief remembrance from the central protagonists and sometimes as a passive guidance at a crucial moment. Carmen one-ups the role she's stuck with by taking a more active involvement in her son's life. Because The Book of Life deals with the afterlife, she is free to journey alongside her son's mission and lend support. The same holds true of the rest of the  Sánchez family tree. I like how the movie liberally takes the concept of death and treats it almost like an afterthought, a view that would appropriately fit with the Day of the Dead. Manolo and María's hook up is predictably inevitable, but the film charmingly ensures believability behind the why. The two are equals; Manolo never denounces who María is and respects her decisions. This is best evident in the battle with Chakal where the two fight side-by-side. Even his woos come off genuine and sweet with nary a sinister, entitled motive in sight.

Manolo is a consistently pure figure, leaving his rival Joaquin to take the opposite approach, but they share the same coin. Like Manolo, he has daddy issues, but takes them in crasser, selfish decisions. Joaquin is a showboat and compensates in his egotistical glory. While Manolo willingly lends bread to an old lady, Joaquin asks for something in return to relinquish his'. He's incapable of empathy and eagerly blames Manolo without seeing reason or flirt with María in spite of her true feelings. He easily sets himself up as a rogue antagonist (a terrible, terrible plot device to use in a love triangle, BTW), but eventually proves he's not the hoity-toity doof he makes himself out to be. Manolo's death opens up a wave of feelings he hasn't really come to terms before: caring for someone other than himself. The grief causes him regret and in an admirable move, he hesitates to marry María despite everyone pushing him to. He understands his boisterous nature produced did more harm than good because he so badly wanted to live up to his father's legacy. There is sympathy to his motives and it works because the film ensured he is a good person from the start in spite of his flaws. He casts off the invulnerable-granting medal that Xibalba gave him (secretly so he could win the bet) and symbolically loses an eye, a cue that he will be honorable from here on out.

A sad, routine prominence of a love triangle between two men and a woman is that the latter is often nothing but a prize; a damsel in one distressed package for them to fight over. María rarely fits the description. She is the object of love to two men, but Manolo sees her as a person and the film does the same. María is a feisty woman with considerable physical skills and determination without sacrificing her feminine grace. She's kidnapped at one point, but it barely lasts a minute before she is freed and joins the battle with her own resourcefulness. The sexism she encounters is a bit on-the-nose, but necessary in the decade she lived in and never preachy. I like how they treated María's decisions when it comes to her pick of men; she chose Manolo because he treats her like an individual instead of a bargain her own father pulled in order to get Joaquin to fight Chakal.

Furthermore, the focus of love extends to the instigators of this whole event. The Gods La Muerte and Xibalba are madly in love in spite of their estranged nature and the latter does whatever he can to impress La Muerte, even if he has to resort to cheating (though the movie implies deception is standard in his bag of tricks.) Lu Muerte may have Xibalba’s wings pinned, but like our heroic couple, they are an equal set, able to chide and praise each other. I am especially impressed with Xibalba; his ghastly appearance (and a face that oddly resembles My Little Pony’s Discord) would easily put him in villain territory, but he is a multifaceted character who's amoral and mischievous than genuinely malicious. He takes his loss with grace and eventually guides our hero to victory. Also La Muerte has a kickass design. She is absolutely stunning! I've seen action figures of The Book of Life cast around, but is there one for her? Because I would love to own one.

The point I’m trying to make is that as much as love guides these characters, it’s not what encompass them as a whole. Each of them has their own personalities and problems that they must overcome.

I was also surprised the Land of the Remembered scenes weren't a major factor until the last act of the movie despite the trailer stating otherwise. Rest assure the afterlives are properly foreshadowed and festivities of the departed are a constant presence throughout the film. The Book of Life miraculously pulls certain quirks that a lesser film would not have been able to successfully employ. It’s frantic, but never obnoxiously so, giving it an energetic feel than sugar-infested nonsense lesser animated films mandatory relapse to. It knows when to slow down to emphasize the emotional moments. I cringed when Manolo started singing Radiohead’s “Creep”, fearing the rest of the pop songs they sing would be a detriment to the film, but the rest works leaving that particular scene the only real narmy moment of the whole movie. The rest of the score is given a Mexican, fiesta flavored makoeover that enriches the musical portion of the film. The animation largely dabbles with marionette designs for the central cast, but constantly pops in with flashy traditionally animated sequences and standard CGI for the museum-goers. It’s always coated in color and details are plentiful, but nothing dazzles more than The Land of the Remembered, a carnivalesque, rainbow world of endless fun and entertainment that makes dying a treat.

The Book of Life is really, really damn good. It’s a shame it isn’t making back the money it spent to create this film and its sadder knowing it took fourteen years for the creator to actually make the movie. Shun any naysayers who thinks a movie needs a white-centric cast and setting to reach an audience. I don't know much about Mexican culture and I certainly won't claim I do (and I hope this review doesn't offend anyone, feel free to correct me on anything, please), but it possesses a timeless tale that occasionally subverts narrative expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie. Even if it fails in the box office, it’s still worth sitting down for. Mexico truly is the center of the world.
:star::star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS



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Somebody14 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
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
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  New member 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  New member 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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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, I don't have any plans to do more Sailor pictures. I doubt Lockdown would be much of a Sailor Senshi anyway. He'd probably fit one of the villains role. ...Maybe?
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ok. :)
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ninitynine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
hey, weren't you the one with a danny phantom fancomic?
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you're going to have to be more specific because I'm not the only one who did DP fancomics. ;)
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ninitynine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
it was in a website, and it was cancelled, also it had mature content
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess it's mine? But that's still very vague. :/
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Kaliko08 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Girl New legend of korra season has already aired
last Friday 3 episode showed
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm aware. I've already watched them days ago.
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