One of two things...
Either a profoundly deep story of love hate and revenge, OR some one smoked a bad joint, possibly both.
I watched this video having never heard of Homestuck or any of the artists involved in it's production. I would liken the experience to getting my head stuffed in a bag full of pretty lights in a drug induced haze, before being beaten half to death with a croquet mallet. I had not a fucking clue what was going on, and it kind of made my head hurt. But regardless, I liked it.
So I went to check out Homestuck.
Fast forward about four days of spending literally every free minute reading the aforementioned "webcomic". I've just now watched the video for the second time. Now, I know what's going on.
I can still appreciate the technicalities of the work: the consistent (and appropriate) animation and art styles; the music itself and it's seamless integration into the flash as a whole; character and world designs; etc, etc. But now I can also appreciate the underlying story behind the thing. The bag has been replaced with what I now understand to be a fenestrated panel through which I can see another point in space/time; the mallet has been removed completely. This raises the end product above my initial, positive impressions to a level far higher. Now that it has meaning and purpose, I view it as art.
No, seriously. It is that aspect that makes this possibly one of the best flash animations I've ever seen. Technically, it plays slightly like a slideshow, yes. But anything else would detract from the style of "Homestuck" as a whole; fluid and/or extended animation would ruin this work. I find the balance to be perfect, at a contrast to some of the other commenters.
Also, without the music, it would be nothing. Give the composer of that shit a pat on the back.
If this were a review for "Homestuck" itself, I'd continue here. I'd really like to, but alas, this is not the platform to do so. So before I get any more carried away, I'll just recommend - to anybody who is even vaguely interested by this animation - that you go start reading the accompanying story right now. From the very beginning. Give it a chance. You probably won't regret it.
To the author of the flash and "Homestuck" itself, I say I think you're a bloody genius and I can't wait for 11/11/11. I hope you ship merch to the UK.
Just finished a three-day archive crawl
I saw your problem sleuth a while ago, but I started in the middle and didn't really catch on.
Now, Im up to date with your homestuck, and you have sucked three days out of my life. all of the days. there's shit to get done, and i'm here puzzling through temporal shenanigans.
Lousy stupid Goddam masterpiece.
waiting for 11/11/11! oh, and your hero hoodies!
It's amazing but
I'm a MSPA reader from a long ass time ago, and this flash, well, it's amazing, but not perfect. Besides the shitty and inconsistent anime drawings that are all over the video, all that tweening that could easily belong to a low budget Canadian cartoon bothered me. Especially during the nearly 3 minutes of seeing Jade moving planets and that jazz.
But hey, you can ignore that, because the rest of the video is pretty fucking cool. Seeing more action related to the kids who are the real stars of this show, and Mr. Hussie really knows how to surprise you doing the unimaginable.
You'll never know what happens next on Homestuck!
Of course, since I am a dedicated Homestuck fan, it is nearly default for me to enter a 10, but that, obviously, isn't the only reason. Now, it really disturbs me when I see a review giving it a <7 is just rated as useless by my kin of fandom just because it didn't praise or worship it. So, as a message to all Homestuck fans: don't rate a review badly because it is 'unorthodox'. Reviews like Deadwriter's were all true and making some very valid points. They may not refer to every human being in current existence, but nothing ever does. Please read their reviews as thoroughly as you watch[ed] the animation, and try to make a good impression. We don't need a bad repute echoing here as well as Tumblr, which once again is not due to every Homestucker, but I do persist as well as digress. tl;dr, don't be conceited nor biased, fellows. It is nay well.
Now, to move onto the animation and criticisms and whatnot. The music was overt and very outstanding, and its flamboyant changes in tone and tempo - especially the marvelous crescendos & dynamics - were exquisite. And I shalln't forget to stress how easy the [amazing] phantom notes were to hear!
The story points that developed in this animation were wondrous, and the whole prospect of Dave and Rose not destroying but rather CREATING the green sun was most definitely an interesting as well as perplexing one. Hopefully, Lord English, who is now to be released after the simultaneous destruction of both binary universes took place, will mix it up a little, but not a bunch. Another massive of string of plot points is the last thing my brain needs, and hopefully Act VI will be, for the most part, straightforward and a bit more linear now that all necessary plot points have been pretty much taken care of.
As the thane of arbitration and mind, this was a most pleasing animation. And guys, don't worry about the whole 'slideshow' style as Deadwriter pointed out - it isn't really supposed to be fluid. The primary purpose of this is to usher in the conclusion, which will then usher in the epilogue, which will then usher in a new adventure, which is a Double Ushering Reacharound, and shall result in the immediate assimilation of all infidels. So, if you took the painstaking time to read this entire body of hogwash and tomfoolery pertaining to unmitigated antics of a wide variety of audiences, please read Homestuck if you haven't already - and, if possible, bare with Act I and II. For most, they're kind of boring, but trust me - it gets more action oriented later on!
HAVE A GOOD AFTERNOON!