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Umichan Dark Winter

rated 4.36 / 5 stars
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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 4 / 5 stars


the animation was ok but the story was lam what was this about? why did thay attack her? and what the hell was with the black flooting ball things?

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Vortex00 responds:

to be explained later.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Looks good

This was fairly entertaining to watch and it was good to see all of those voices and songs. The animation was simply gorgeous at least in terms of how the camera worked and the background. The downsides was that the character animation could have been better. It is a little hard to take this seriously when her breasts bounce as she is running. I don't know, maybe if she was hotter, I wouldn't care. This still has a great atmosphere to it and really keeps you guessing.

There was not that much action but you are trying to first set up your characters and story. Congrats on managing to make it into the Christmas 2009 section. This could use some more dialogue as it got confusing. What matters is that it does seem to have an original design and for the most part it works. The transition effects are good too.

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Vortex00 responds:

Thanks. hopefully I can get better at animation and story telling.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Her head and shoulders....and knees. First off, good job in making the legs not look like penises. xD! But! They are very....unproportionate. I'm not saying that a little meat looks bad, but to her figure and face, just looks like she has chubby legs, with a slim top...Scratch that, just went back to the first scene. I swear she doubled in size when she started running xD (Well, Maiko sounds like a ditz...Mmm, just wasn't expecting a voice from her xD!) Ah yes, the knees. Very important when running....As if you don't add it in, it just looks like the person is moving like a penguin. You know, waddlin? (though she's wearin white stockings, I guess you can't really do much about it...Or can you?) Anyway, on to the shoulders. They are flat and almost non-existent. It makes her movement and when she's on the ground, seem very awkward. I'm comparin the Maiko Fanservice and UMICHAN:maiko v2 with this.....I guess the art looks better in motion than V2, but her overall body looked better. And the example of what her shoulder would be for M-Fanservice. And finally, Her head....Oh her head. You made it too ovular, compared to the circular ones of the past. I'm not...Well, yeah, it looks pretty bad honestly. Her forehead is very....Screw it. Maiko Glamorous or Fan service's head figure looks loads better than the one used in this current one. But, yer improvin. And yer actually releasin animation So keep up the work, don't fall down on the art quality (xD!)) And good luck on the future.

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Vortex00 responds:

It a lot easier to draw a static image than it is to animate one ><
I'll get it right eventually... or not... hopefully so.

Thanks for the review.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Good but could of been better

This flash had an interesting combination boons and banes.

First of all, character moved kind of clunky. To me the smoothness of any flash is important. If you could improve that, I think it would been a lot better. However on that same note I think you got the drift of snow down almost perfectly. The snow had a good feel to it.

Second, part of the animation was kind of smeared. A good example of this is the area around trees. It just doesn't feel realistic.

The lip sinking was another thing that I think could use some improvement. The way they moved their mouths, reminded me of a bad anime. However I also understand that the human mouth has been giving animators trouble forever. So this is kind of understandable.

Finally, I did like how the character was drawn. I can tell you have spent a lot of time drawing and perfecting the small details of this character. For that I say, good job!

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Vortex00 responds:

Thanks for the feedback. I'll get better as I do more stuff like this.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I'm not sure if it's my comp

but the scenes go a little slow, I have no idea what to rate it cause of that, so I'm giving it a seven, cause I think others might be having my problem, if you don't experince (or however you spell) please delete my comment so I can fix my rating

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Vortex00 responds:

I don't get lag on my end =/