This is getting tense. Fantastic job on the shots, architecture, and everything.
This episode is lovely as always, but the one thing that was mildy bothering was the helicopter noise loop during the landing on the castle; it was very obvious that it didn't loop together very well. Everything else is perfect though.
NÒ000000 LYOD SHOULD SURVIVE
The "Castle" series has been good thus far, but this is the part where things start to really get tense. Throughout the chapter we get an authentic sense that this is a military op and that the soldiers being sent in are experienced and calculated, not just cannon fodder.
And because there's not a lot of action, we get a chance to really immerse ourselves in the world they're traversing, which, by the way, is BEAUTIFULLY designed. You really get a sense of the size and scope of the castle during this long trek, and, if you're appreciative of the little details thrown in regarding the architecture, it NEVER gets boring.
One hindrance in this chapter lies in the voice acting however, as we see the quality and delivery of most of the characters isn't up to par with most other cartoons, not just on Newgrounds but in general. The only two voices that stand out are Romanov's and Etrius', and I'm fairly certain they're the same person. Because of this problem, the other characters are hard to get into and care about, and therefore forgettable. That being said, the design of the characters handles the memorability problem partially. Each character has a unique look to them, giving them some individuality. This doesn't totally make up for the voice acting, but it helps.
The animation is terrific in this chapter. The lighting (especially the red against black shots) is superb and creates a "dead world" sort of atmosphere. Even though it's a bunch of stick figures, everything feels believable. I never sat there watching it and thought, "Yeah, it looks that way because they're stick men." These feels like real human beings, complete with facial expressions and hand motions that any normal looking human would have/do.
Great development story-wise. I've seen it before, but I still love the way the "Castle" parts unfold, leaving us in mystery all the way up to the last bits, and then POW! This is a perfect example of what made classic Newgrounds cartoons TEN TIMES better than what comes on nowadays.
Bravo to the creators!
Nice But i dont understand whats the beggining?? is there a castle 1?