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TOME - Episode 04 - Fraggedquest

Gamecrazed, alone in the woods one day, is invited by Alpha and the others to join in a quest, so they can relax and enjoy TOME like regular players for the first time in a while...but their day of enjoyment is in danger of being blown apart by an old enemy, lookin' to stir up trouble. Our heroes split up into groups, seeking three pieces of a cursed statue that holds a monster inside it for them to fight against. The REAL monster might just turn out to be something else entirely! Can they triumph over EVIL!?

Created by Chris "Kirbopher" Niosi, with music by Weston "Kajetokun" Durant, featuring special guest voices of Deven Mack Jr. (Beyblade: Metal Masters) and Mick Lauer (Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal). Join the adventure in the Terrain of Magical Expertise!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

When my sister mentioned that this had been released while describing it as "filler", I was immediately disappointed. "Isn't filler supposed to be exclusive to properties existing in radically different media? Like the manga-anime deal?"

Upon watching with low expectations for the story, I was pleasantly surprised in almost all areas. Rather than simply filling time, a decision that would make no sense in this medium, you seem to have rather used this episode to develop the universe and the characters. This is good. Showing off the new art assets is cool, too.

Revealing more about how the hell things work is always a good thing. The presence of questgivers and associated quest content, the brief depiction of 'hax' in action, automated lockouts for compromised battle grids, Alpha's ability to blast right through said lockouts, and the foreshadowing that is the Shadowguard Beast all effectively flesh out the world where the characters live.

The dialogue is better still than EP3, though there are still a few lines that I think could have been improved. One in particular sticks out in my mind, Kirb's use of "fairly certain" in casual conversation seemed forced. Who chats like that? Usually people either talk casually or use overly big words to enhance the comedy of their speech, and "fairly certain" falls in the decidedly-off middle ground between the two. "Pretty sure" would have probably felt more natural.

Rockoon got a tad more detail to him as well, I like that. An implied past in roleplaying, apparently did his raccoon research, finds his own voices entertaining but tiring on the chords, the works. I found him entertaining but slightly generic in his first few appearances but I think he was better in this one.

Exploration of the main five was also well done. I'm intrigued by the circumstances that GC says keep him from meeting the others, I'm curious as to the nature of Nylocke's falling-out, I'm interested in the real-life meetup plotline and hope it gets a mention in the future.

I do think is episode ended a bit weakly, though I guess I may have been spoiled a bit by the first episode's intense ending clip and all the ones after it have been a tad underwhelming. This one in particular was predicable and a tad slow on the delivery, not unlike the old Road Runner cartoons but without the timeless appeal of watching Wile E. plummet out of sight and crash in a blast of smoke and debris.

The music is starting to repeat more noticeably. Character theme songs are starting to define themselves. This is good.

This may or may not be the best episode yet, but it's definitely right up there. Keep up the good work, and take as long as you need on EP5. Within reason, of course.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

there were lots of upgrades on this episode! the art was better, the movements were more fluid and the voice acting was amazing.
the voice acting has always been really good, but you guys really outdid your selves. great job and great episode :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This series never fails to entertain and only getrs more pro every episode!

Keep going everyone and maybe you guys can start a kickstart to continue and make blurays of the entire season! I'd certainly want one!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

does someone know the song you hear at the part when the girl roleplays with the old man?


Rated 5 / 5 stars

love it geting funnyer beaer and beast off longer keep it up

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