HTBSR ep 8

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Michelle's parents drop by for a visit in the hopes of taking Michelle on a family cruise. However, the Southern Roman does not trust the intentions of Michelle's parents.

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Here's a shocker. When did this series come out? I'll have to check.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the good old romantics in us can appreciate this cartoon. It's hard to find a well-acted cartoon on this site that ends on a painful note and comes close to shattering your heart. I don't know why you'd seek one out, but it's like a diamond in the rough around here. Now, this one may be termed Comedy-Original, but only half of that is true. It's more like Bittersweet-Original, or "DRAMEDY" Original. I prefer the former.

"How to be a Southern Roman" is a series that has gone for eight episodes. Who knew? This one deals with an encounter with Michelle's folks, who tempt her with a family cruise but the Roman senses something bad out of this.

You'd expect there to be a rebound or a upswing to events after they unfold, but leaving them as is is even better for two reasons. One, you can't expect a Hollywood ending at every turn, and two, troubles with parents aren't compatible with Hollywood treatments in the first place. This cartoon reminds us that this kind of emotional upheaval does not wash away so easily.

It's well-voiced and acted and it is well-scripted. It's also clean as a whistle so that counts for something amidst most of the sheer tastelessness that comes through Newgrounds. One thing I must add is that there is a certain level of psychological realism in the relationships depicted. This is what we need to see more of in Newgrounds' fare, and that includes the Noir and Serious sections. It's just too bad the cartoon ends so quickly.

Ryardo12345 ought to continue this series from this episode's showing alone. If you haven't seen the rest of it, why not view the other episodes? They might just put a smile on your face.

It's always good to see new episodes for this serie. But this episode felt cut short or something. I was expecting the Roman guy at the end to do something (probably by accident) to cheer Michelle up. But nothing happened.

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3.19 / 5.00

Apr 20, 2012
12:49 AM EDT
Comedy - Original