I'm the maker of ThunderFerretProduction's "Avatar Abridged" Series. I voice Zuko and also do pretty much everything else. That being said, I haven't gone crazy yet... ri
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I’m not certain if this can be considered un-biased (I made it after all), but Existence of Mako was a weird point in my Abridged Career (while also the first part). My friend (SirJosbourne) and I had always wanted to be like TeamFourStar and produce an Abridged series, so when #TIBA came around we saw it as an excuse to make an abridged style video… but we didn’t actually want to do a “Legend of Korra Abridged Series” we weren’t sure what we wanted to do. But I knew a lot about the footage of LoK, making trailer mashups for five years, so we went with it.
Honestly this video represents some necessary growing pains, where we slapped together a script we didn’t think out and just ran with it. It gave us our first experience with recording and recording equipment, this is also when we first started recording with Brichouse (who voices Sokka on our Avatar Abridged Series), who sadly didn’t get much to do in EoM.
At the editing stage we ran into immediate problems, our script was too long and some of the scenes just DRAAGGED, we weren’t gonna make the ten minute time limit, so we removed unnecessary scenes, because I played Mako (and could record him last, on my own) we could mold his dialogue to suit all the material we had to drop and mess around with. But it was also a double edged sword, where we inserted new material into scenes that couldn’t sustain it. A good example would be the “Cookout Scene” where our foray into retakes made it worse. Our material with Asami fell flat, and this when a good editor would have just cut her cookout material, but instead we double, triple and quadruple downed on it. While I am a feminist I’m just embarrassed by that material… mainly in that we couldn’t make it funny, we just made it boring.
It was also my first main foray into doing voicework and it shows, my performance as Mako is passable at best. There’s nothing more tedious than an editor who had to edit himself, because he’s gonna keep recording that line until it’s exactly what he wants, but it’s still not enough. With EoM I just lost patience and went with what we recorded. This is a lesson I took to heart when I started voicing Zuko for Avatar Abridged, nothing’s ever gonna be perfect.
That being said, if there’s one part of this video I am proud of… it’s the ending. An ending so ridiculous that it inspired the entire video where Mako reaches complete zen in his understanding of the universe and simply disappears. Because of the ending I’ve had complicated thoughts on remaking this video with a new script, but keeping that ending intact, I suppose I’ll keep having those thoughts… maybe put in some Westworld Jokes for good measure.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed listening to me ramble, I wouldn’t recommend this video, but I can’t stop you, hahah… I’ll see myself out.
One way to describe this show: Pretty Ballsy. I adore My Hero Academia, and I also can’t help but like what JoyRide has done with the show, transforming it into something that’s entirely different, a deconstruction of a superhero show that was already a deconstruction of superheroes. It reminds me somewhat of Something Witty Entertainment’s “Sword Art Online Abridged” in how there is so much effort put towards character development.is prime fodder to create conflict in the other characters and their relationships to each other that is just so compelling (thankfully because the performances are also strong, as is the editing). The show even includes nods to popular MHA ships.
That being said, there are some hiccups, lip sync isn’t always up to the job (but it’s MHA, a show with very complicated animation so that makes sense).Casting choices are interesting, and while it’s clear the editor has out a great deal of effort into this show, the artistic flourishes are sometimes distracting and may put some off.
The jokes at times are strong, but always play second fiddle to plot and character (which can be an issue for those wanting a more traditional abridged series). The show is made with a seasonal focus, different from other shows (or even my own) where focus is always one episode at a time. While that helps episodes release on something resembling a schedule, the approach can hurt the humor. A joke might not work when set to animation, or not be entirely fleshed out. (They may do pickups with new material to fix that, I don’t know). Some jokes I can’t help but dislike isbut even that has an impact on the plot.
That being said, JoyRide has clearly made MHA their own and I’m excited to see how this continues.