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Psycho Essence #1 The surviving Dwarf

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The Candy Salesman demonstrates a contagious hallucinogen to Giuseppe, who then infects his son Hubert, who experiences through this the story of a dwarf in a city, that got destroyed by a zombie apocalypse, who gets commissioned by a knight to seek the wizard. After a long journey he finds the wizard´s castle. Meanwhile, several children listen to the tale of the dwarf. The wizard hands the hallucinogen over to the dwarf, to plant it into the groundwater, to medicate the zombies. Hubert calls a huge horse, which is the hallucinated form of his father. The children fly on the horse to a desert temple, which contains zombies. Meanwhile the Brain Research Institute holds a council. Chairmen are Giuseppe and Lamaduil, the parents of Hubert. We learn, that the zombification is caused by the loss of the ability to hallucinate, and the healing through the hallucinogen has failed. Also at the council is the wizard, who was disguised as the candy salesman. The children get overrun by zombies and the dwarf commits suicide.

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originally aired in september 2016 on Youtube

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That was certainly weird. Pretty interesting in its weirdness, too. It had some coherence and wasn't just randomness. I would have preferred the characters to be spazzing out less when they aren't on the hallucinogen. Just gets a bit repetitive. Some of the effects and backgrounds legitimately looked very cool, like the character transformations, for instance, that of Hubert at the start when he shrivels up and the kids disintegrating at the end.

The actual story itself is quite interesting, but I think it could be a bit less nonsensical in the sense that it just seems like everyone's going to random places and random things are happening, and I don't think it was explained well what the zombie thing was all about, though I think it was an issue of wording in the subtitles. I read it as people losing the ability to hallucinate and losing the ability to become zombies. Still, reading the description, there's way too much weird stuff that you seem to have worked out in your head but that just isn't shown here. Why did they go to the temple? The horse was the father's spirit form??? People weren't turning into zombies because of the hallucinogen but in spite of it?

I'm all for surrealism and surreal stories, but I just think you went overboard with the randomness and weirdness because it can be very hard to tell what's supposed to be happening when stuff is this weird. There were parts of it done right, some really quite atmospheric and impressive-looking things and pretty fun surreal character designs.

Schuschinus responds:

Thanks! 3D animation was new for me, thats why I went full experimental.

Grammar needs something like mathematical parentheses.
1. lose ability to (hallucinate+become zombies)
2. (lose ability to hallucinate)+(become zombies)

The second one is meant. From what I know, LSD lowers the treshold to our subconsciousness and children have naturally a low treshold. So I made this setting, where hallucinations are a sign of a young and healthy mind. People lose this ability, and become zombies because of that. Their physical appearance mirrors their braindead state. They try to heal the zombified people with contagious hallucinogenes, that spread like a counter-plague. But it fails.
The origin of the zombie plague will be further explored in the following episodes.

You can extrapolate, that the father is the horse, because he neighs in the beginning. They go to the temple, because the council is there. But I admit, that I didn´t work out these ideas.