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Umichan Dark Winter

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Dec 24, 2009 | 10:38 AM EST

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Try to watch on a pretty good PC! Else it may run slowly for you.

Tried to adjust the quality so it'll load smoother

This is my first real attempt at an animation only flash; I normally stick to games when it comes to flash.
It was a pretty daunting task for me trying to finish this in time as I didn't start as early as I should have.

There's a button that returns you to the main menu in the bottom right corner of the screen as it is playing.

For those of you following along, or familiar with my submission last winter, UM: snowball Holiday, this takes place right after the end of that game.

Maiko is on her way home from her last snowball fight with Luma.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Games are better

I thought the movie was good, but not great. Dark Winter needs some ecchi humor. Instead of flash movies, you should do games with alot cutscenes.

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Vortex00 responds:

It's not that easy for me to think of humor, I do see what you are saying though.

Indeed, I should.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Not bad

For your first "real attempt" at animation in only Flash, I'd have to say you did a pretty good job. As others have noted, the characters body movements and especially mouth movements were a bit off. However, other details such as the snow falling I thought were done very well.

The voice seemed very quite compared to the other sound effects. It might do some good to make it a little louder.

The ninja style running scene was amusing, which I don't think it was supposed to be.... I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but she looked overweight in that particular scene compared to the rest of the Flash.

One thing that particularly bugged me was how close together her eyes were in some parts. It looked like her was squished or something.

Overall, this was a fine animation. Your art was very pretty and I can appreciate the effort that goes into Flash such as this.

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Vortex00 responds:

Thanks, so now.. enough people have mentioned her being fat during the running part for me to actually care ><

i'll tweak the things you mention later on. or maybe apply it to another project.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


well those drones have horrible aim but meh short little cheesy

Vortex00 responds:

w/e you say lol.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Kinda Nice...

When your animation her use layers for her body parts and face. If you just draw the whole thing it wouldn't look as good. If you look at her in that animation you'd see that her side were kinda rough. This is what happens when you draw her then animate. If you look at some animators you'll see that they use lots of layers for their characters while animating. The results of animating this way is much better than the method you used there.
Another thing you could improve on is lip syncing. When people talk, they don't just open their mouths for words to come out. The mouth usually opens in different ways as a person is talking. For example, if you say 'snake' with your mouth open the word comes out as 'hake'. I hope this review helps you.
P.S: I'm not the best of explaining things so I suggest going to YouTube for some animating tutorials.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

ah so your not dead :P

you really need to pick up the pace, it was like watching it in slow motion, i think you could have really speeded things up ALOT... some nice graphics and some understanding about the story... but its major downside is how long it takes to get through the story...

i think alot of people will comment on how slow it runs as well... i dont know if its just my computer but it felt like an age for things to get moving "story wise and animation".... athough there wasnt really that much of a story so far anway... looking forward to what else you do... but thats my major problem with it... "make it move quicker and smoother!"

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Vortex00 responds:

Yeah I didn't test it out on different computers, so the animation might be laggy, I wouldn't know.

It's just not as faced paced as submissions normally submitted on here.. quick and to the point. I'm not trying to match them so much. Just doing my own thing, at the speed that I felt like it should have been.

I was trying get the viewer into the surroundings at the start.. dark, cold and silent, while watching, waiting and calculating from above.

I have a few things coming in January.

Thanks for the review. Yeah I'm not dead lulz >_>;