All in all, the pieces of this puzzle fit together quite well. The animation was top notch. The voice acting was absolutely superb in comparison to the actual Professor Layton games. I would love to this extended out into a mini-series compared to just a random short.
WOW the graphics were one of the smoothest on NG, if it was longer it would have been even better
Sorry about that. I will try to keep things at a minimum of a minute... or release a compilation. I suppose.
I enjoyed the animation. Solid fluidity in the motion, the voice of Layton was spot on.
However, I have two major complaints. point one is that of the oft-before mentioned parallax, which moved about 2-3 times as fast as it should have in comparison to the rest of the characters, and gave a poor sense of motion throughout. Seriously, if the background moved only half as far as it did it would have been amazingly well done. It was perfect in the beginning, and right on the words "Now Luke..." All the rest of the time, the camera looked like it was being swung around by a caffiene addled monkey having a seizure. the second complaint is that of the relationship between the hair of the lady, and her eyes. Her face looked crowded by the desire you displayed of showing both in full, and to top that, they didn't follow the same rules that Luke's eyes+hair did.
Complaints over, I think everything else was nailed wonderfully. You didn't draw the characters off model once, even when whirling around Layton's side, or the rubber hose effects of limbs, or when dragging massive motion blur. The sound was balanced in a way I could only describe as Glorious. Luke's voice could have used a bit more work, and perhaps a little more time hearing the actual character's voice, but, all in all, Lip syncing was perfect, the slap and musical stabs were timed wonderfully, and the still shots and moving shots balanced the animation well, despite an overactive parallax. \
Bitch slap for helping out