The art is middling to good, most animations very smooth and nice, with potent realism. The epicness of the battle is entailed by the enormous introduction compared with the piddly-length fight scene. In usual fight flashes, the fight is supposed to last at least 10x the duration of the intro, and even then people beg for more. Sure, have an intro, but don't let it drown your piece.
The characterisation of the two people was unique and different for each one. The two were mainly identified by their respective weapons: one gladiator has a sawblade, or what looks like Auron's blade in Final Fantasy; and the other has a 'twister', some deadly boomerang slicing thing. The battle that ensues after the build-up is tight and compact, with a lot of style. This flash grasps your attention span from the beginning to beyond. Now make it longer.
The idea behind this to make two gladiators fight in the ring is not a terribly original one, but most stick movies aren't supposed to have much of a plot anyway. It was just starting to look good and then the credits came up, ensuing in the perfect "WTF!" moment.
The art style is generally well used, even if it doesn't have excessive amounts of detail, it serves the purpose of the flash. The music was epic but had elements of cheesiness in an all-out brawl that lacked subtlety. What we liked about, for example, the SHOCK series is that the stick figure hero has a lot of wit and quick thinking that we struggle to keep up with. That makes that 'wow' factor.
Overall, unlike SCTE3, I'm a fan of stick fights, if made well. They demonstrate good animation ability without having to be an artistic Van Gogh. :) What I would recommend are two things: the first is obviously the length, to make the fight scene at least 10x longer; the second is to incorporate a storyline and plot to form a backstory behind these characters. That's one thing that most stick fights lack.
Thanks for letting me watch.
--Production-- = 16/20
--Watchability-- = 16/20
--Genius-- = 15/20
--Flair-- = 16/20
--Tilt-- = 15/20
OVERALL SCORE: 78/100
VERDICT: Quite Excellent! [A-]
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