I really can't even say anything that could compare to how amazing this is. I just loved it, period.
You're now my favorite animator on this site.
You most certainly earned it! I can't even fathom how you pulled this one off!
Now then, animation wise...well good GAWD. Your style is fantastic! Like, seriously, you probably don't even realize how good it really is! There was not a single moment in the movie that dragged at all, and that's HARD for music videos. Most people when it comes to these things reuse as many shots as possible, drag it out as much as they can so as to not put in the effort they need to put in and just straight up slow down any excitement and style they had going for them. I just wanted to let you know that you've got it! Not one shot was noticeably or shamefully reused, and the experimentation with them really work out! Effects are everywhere, the camera is dynamic, and motion the characters have in them is phenomenal! You certainly didn't take the easy way out! Another thing is that your tween use is perfect! Most people just don't get how to do a good tween, but, let me tell ya', the tweens in this are tasteful and perfected! And I haven't talked about the art yet, have I? You've got a scribbly style to your characters, but there's not ONE bad drawing in this whole movie. Not one. The JPEG files in this usually wouldn't have worked if it came to some other animator, but you've really got it down, and it compliments the crap out of your work! Believe me, Skaijo, you've got me well impressed!
Now let's talk about sound. The music you've chosen for this is FANTASTIC. Being a fan of the Japanese music to start off with, I was already excited when I heard the song start up, but it went so far ahead of my expectations! The song had this great and catchy chorus that I'll be humming for at least a month and then some, and the style throughout the whole piece was great, with it's own unique twist of pop rock that I've yet to hear within a flash or just anywhere for that matter! What gives this flash the style it has is how you used the song to the flash! All of the flash moves in the tempo given and takes full advantage of the energy of the song, making some really great moments and climaxes! Great choice!
As for the feeling of the flash, I can't even explain it. There's something so great and magical about how this makes me feel that I can't put it in words. It's got it's charm in the characters, the intensity of the action and not to mention your trademark brand of humor (the easter egg with the note passed around was the wittiest and most sarcastic thing I've read in a while, not to mention all the other secrets, too)! I'm still not sure if you quite understand what you've made here, but believe me when I say it's much better then you think. I don't know why, but there's this unmistakable feeling of happiness I felt watching this, and the climax of it all literally gave me goosebumps, and it still continues to do so!
I'll be honest, I first heard of you through the Professor Layton series, and, yes, it was hilarious. But I realize now that you are SO MUCH more then just some humorous video game parody series, and I'm so ecstatic that I've managed to come across you and your flash work, as it truly inspires me to do so much more myself. What I like most about it is that it looks like you've had tons of fun making it, too, and that's very important!
By the way, I'll say that this is the best work that you've submitted thus far. I've seen Don't Trip and The Love I'm Searching 4 and they were both incredibly impressive, and I also saw the stuff you're currently working on and it looks to be even better then anything you've made yet! You've got unmistakable talent.
Overall, this is the best flash movie I've seen in a long time, and it's the best one I WILL SEE in long time. I'm not quite sure why this one in particular means so much to me, but it does, and I thank you so much for making this. And plus, I'm sorry this was so long, but I really wanted to pour my heart out, and I think you'll appreciate this nonetheless!
5 outta' 5, 10 outta' 10 and favorited!
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Thanks for much for the two loving reviews. I love feed back and a good pat on the back over numbers and ratings any day. It's like a letter you wrote me, and I really appreciate it.
I was in a really good mood when I made this animation. I think what happened was that I finished Pick Up: Act 2, which I pushed myself so hard and for so long that I kinda got burned out and wanted to just make something, on my own, for fun--that I can try new effects on and animation styles--with the added confidence that working on Pick Up had offered. I tell you, this was entirely a fly by the seat kind of animation where I'd think of what the next second of animation would be only when I reached it. It really helped keep the animation fresh and I really enjoyed what came out of it overall. This is definitely one of my most proud pieces of work that has plenty of personal homages, favorite show references at the time, and humor that reflect my life when I made this. In case you'd like to know, I've long since given the characters names that I never really felt I could get away with by mentioning in the animations since they're so short:
Main Character (girl with the black sword): Uli Unmei
Little Sister of the Main Character (and also the little girl seen at the end of Don't Trip): Ilu Unmei (same as Uli, but backwards)
Ilu's friend (the one with the beedy black eyes, and also the character wearing yellow in The Love I'm Searching 4): Melon
Aunt of both Uli and Ilu, and de facto parent/guardian: Jacki "Big Tits" Unmei. She's named after the song Jackie Big Tits by The Kooks.
I'm glad you saw what I'm working on. Of all of my animations, This is UNMEI most closely matches the tone I want to go for in my next major project--in fact, I will crank it even further with action and love. But most importantly, just good vibrations that viewers like you will pick up on for def.
I've been a fan of the Trip series for awhile now, and I've just not decided to review. After watching Don't Trip, I'm really impressed at the level of improvement This is UNMEI has! Not to say either of them is bad, they're both excellent works of art that I can, and have, watched countless times! If you ever make another video in the Trip series, or in pretty much anything, you can count me in as a viewer. This is really great stuff, enjoyable to the max! Good work! Be proud! XD
The Love I'm Searching for is the last major animation in the trip series. There's a couple of shortie Trip Impact animations too. Thanks for all the love!
This is the best flash that you have ever submitted and a masterpiece in its own right. I think this is beter than some of your sillier flashes, even though this was still pretty silly by normal standards. In case anybody is wondering, the newspaper says, "Last night, the leading doctors...something". There are just so many crazy images going in the animation. The pills themselves look great superimposed as a monster or coming out of a bigger pill or whatever. It also is flawless as a music video.
Thanks for spending the time to say this on my older, much lesser known about projects. I loved making this one especially and it's a nice thing to come back to and watch myself to psyche myself up for the day. I appreciate the love!
LOL in alot of your flashes I notice some small writing that I always stop to look back and see, there always small comments on the flash or just something random and funny