Dual Arms Verbatim Part 1

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2 and a half years of work have led to this - my little 14 minute epic. To give fair warning, anyone in the mood for straight up action or comedy will probably be disappointed. But it is my hope that those ready to dive into a new world full of fantastic technology, false words, and rising snow will find much to enjoy in Dual Arms Verbatim Part 1.

Those who would like the fullest appreciation of the story are encouraged to peruse the "World" section of the menu, (I've designed it to have no spoilers, save perhaps slightly in the NAU part of the factions).

If you could spare the time, I'd really appreciate any constructive feedback you guys can offer on my work, so if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for me, please leave a review. I can't guarantee a response to each, but be assured that I read every one. Thanks!

EDIT 5: Subs finally active and pausable! Note again that due to a bug, subs are reactivated at the beginning of each scene, regardless of whether they were active or not. I have structured the subs to disappear in several dialogue-less areas, so it may not seem this way, but they are there. There is no known fix to this, but I hope it doesn't inconvenience you too much. Just turn them off if in doubt.
If you come across any other bugs, (including typos and such) please PM me with them (don't review just to tell a bug - pm's are easier for me to keep track of). Thanks!
The previous version added an extra's section with some links. Concept Art is also finally active!

Anyone who wants more Dual Arms after seeing the movie and REALLY cant wait for part II may appreciate seeing the Verbatim Trailer here http://www.newgrounds.com /portal/view/537880

And if you don't mind some...crappy animation, you can also check out the chronological sequel to the Dual Arms Verbatim plot - Dual Arms Precipice http://www.newgrounds.com /portal/view/411273 It was made before starting Verbatim some 2 years ago, and it shows. My skill was even less then than now, and it has sound problems similar to Verbatim (though it DOES have sloppily done subs). But the plot there is a bit more understandable and in a sort of strange spoiler PRECIPICE CONTAINS THE FINAL FATE OF SETH FROM THIS VIDEO. With that in mind, those who liked Verbatim may enjoy it, so take a look.

EDIT: Woot - Daily third! Thanks to everyone who voted. Rest assured, part 2 WILL be made; you WILL one day see the conclusion of Dual Arms Verbatim, should you choose to do so. With that in mind, please bear with me another few years whilst I set everything in order. T_T I hope the conclusion will rise to your expectations! Thanks again to all who watched.

EDIT 3: FRONT PAGED! YEAAAAAAH. Thanks again to everyone who liked the work, and thanks to Tom for giving me the opportunity to get some more feedback. Part II will come people! Look out for it!



How do you fit that much AWSOMENESS INTO A FLASH!!!???!!!???!!! No im not kidding. :\

RPGsrok responds:

You spend more than half of your years in high school perfecting it. No I'm not kidding. =)

Thanks for reviewing!

Excellent work.

Being an animator of my own drama series, i can definitely appreciate the work that you put into this piece. Good luck on part 2, I'm looking forward to it.

RPGsrok responds:

You gotta do this sorta thing to really grasp what's involved. XD Good luck with your own efforts! And thanks for reviewing!


Persona 3 music... nice choice, it fits well^^

RPGsrok responds:

Ironically anyone who knows the game gets a little distracted there simply from recognizing it ^^ But thats a price I'm willing to pay. Persona 3 FTW! xD

Thanks for reviewing.

kudos for the effort

i can clearly see that alot of effort was put into this, but as i see it most of it was a half assed attempt at making a mediocre anime something.
i stopped watching it halfway through, i really liked the superb backgrounds
i can tell that just by looking at them you put more effort into them than the characters themselfes or the dialougue etc...
but seriously most of the characters look really ugly you should study how to draw anime or something similair, at the first scene where the girl types stuff on the keys the wrists, arms and fingers are supposed to move, all i saw was floating hands and key sounds.
the shading was really poor, it looked like it was just a spot on their skin when theyre moving as if the light is coming from the camera which is folowing them.
the voices were half assed i could barely tell what the characters are saying even if i turn up the volume.
overall nice attempt but you are trying to do something too big too fast and too soon.
please accept this constructive criticizm.

RPGsrok responds:

I respectfully reply that although I don't claim my work to be perfect, far from it in fact, several people appear not to share your opinions on how the characters turned out. Nevertheless, I take all criticism into account. Thank you for remaining civilized in your review.

So far so good...

Loaded relatively quickly and was a good way for pass 14 minutes. XD. The voice-over work could have a better quality and the graphics were choppy, but I'm writing that off as the aesthetics of the whole thing.

It's good to see Newgrounds isn't about random acts of violence and mature jokes all the time. I'll be looking forward to Part 2.

RPGsrok responds:

My sound design could certainly use refinement, and as an individual, I could only smooth everything out to a certain extent while still finishing the animation overall in a reasonable timeframe. I wouldn't say its an aesthetic taste, just some of my limits as, essentially, a bad producer XD.

I hope to show anyone I can that animation everywhere doesn't have to be about childish fancies or random violence and jokes. Verbatim has no illusions of being a comedy, and what violence you'll see in it has meaning. I hope you'll still be around when the second part hits!

Thanks for reviewing!

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4.13 / 5.00

Jun 20, 2010
12:47 PM EDT