Welcome to Great Overlord Golan the Insatiable!

Hello everybody! Today we have quite the interesting pick. I need to stop taking recommendations from friends, its Golan the Insatiable!

GOLAN THE INSATIABLE

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CREATED BY: Josh Miller

STARRING: Josh Miller, Mary Mack, Rob RiggleAubrey PlazaMaria Bamford, Rachel Butera, Matt Silverstein, Nick Rutherford

NO. OF EPISODES: 12

GENRE: Adult Animation

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United States

960Golan the Insatiable is a demigod warlord who reigned the dimension of Gkruool with an iron fist before he was banished to Earth by rebel forces. Golan ends up at the home of the Beekler Family in the town of Oak Grove, Minnesota, befriending the family’s goth-like daughter Dylan, who becomes his follower as he learns about Earth’s customs while causing havoc in Oak Grove as he plots to return to his world.

In the season two reboot of the series, Golan is summoned (by Dylan) to Earth, rather than banished there. He stays with her after finding out that his acolyte Kruung has overthrown him for control of Gkruool during his absence. Besides learning about Earth’s customs and causing havoc in Oak Grove, Golan plans to build up his power so that he can return to Gkruool and take revenge on Kruung.

GolanTheInsatiable_YNL204_1280x720_464458819579I seriously have to stop taking suggestions for series to watch from a handful of very certain people. This time though, they actually found a series I liked for the most part. The voice actors, while initially hard to not find annoying, grew on me as well as their characters. I am excluding Dylan’s sister, as she is just that annoying character written to be annoying as all hell. Golan’s character design is overly ridiculous, making him a casual ogre who really just doesn’t give a shit. Yeah, I think that works.

There are a number of drawbacks to Golan the Insatiable that are readily apparent, but I am just going to breeze through a handful of them. You can pretty much skip the entire first season of Golan, since the second season serves as a reboot. Instead of rebooting the series with new stories though, they take the longer 20 minute format (instead of the original 10 minutes from season 1) and expand on each the episodes. It initially bothered me, since three of the six episodes are just retellings from season one, but it made each episode even more ridiculous and over the top.

PROS:

  • ADHD.
  • Voice acting cast (for the most part)
  • animation.
  • Golan’s personality and character design.

CONS:

  • Season 1.
  • Season 2 reboot of 1’s stories.
  • Only three out of six episodes are new.
  • Longer format doesn’t always work, feels forced.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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ADHD Presents: High School USA!

DISCLAIMER: Hello everybody! This month we are taking a different approach for our weekly Wednesday posts. Anime Club will be temporarily postponed (Consider it a Season 2, mainly just so I can catch up on my list of shows to watch) and for the month of July we will be taking a look at Fox’s Animation Domination High-Def shows. This week we have High School USA!

HIGH SCHOOL USA!

STARRING: Vincent Kartheiser, T.J. Miller, Nathan Barnatt, Mandy Moore, Zosia Mamet, Jake Johnson, Dino Stamatopoulos

CREATED BY: Dino Stamatopoulos

GENRE: Adult Animation, Satire, Black Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

High School USA! is from Dino Stamatopoulos (the stop-motion “Moral Orel” but also “Mr. Show” and “Community”) The look is pretty much Riverdale High, with an Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Moose in place (no Reggie), except the Archie analog (Vincent Kartheiser, who also voices Bat Warthog Man on “Axe Cop”) has dysmorphia, the Veronica (Asian) makes out with the Betty, the Jughead is named Blackstein (because he’s black and Jewish, I guess) and the Moose is a sensitive bully with a fat, abusive mother.

Turn it on, and just tune in for the musical intro. If after a few rewinds you aren’t reciting the lyrics over and over again to your dog watching the show with you, then you may not be human. With the intro you get the added bonus of a pretty funny show and its getting even funnier because the adults are starting to get more and more involved.As a matter of fact High School USA! as a whole is a show that is a lot of opposites which is probably the reason why this is going to stick around a bunch longer.

Featuring the vocal talents of Vincent Kartheiser, Mandy Moore, Jake Johnson, T.J. Miller and Ike Barinholtz, USA! was created by suspected genius Dino Stamatopoulos, who was a writer on all of your favorite influential comedy shows: Late Night with Conan O’Brien (a part of the original writing staff), The Ben Stiller ShowMr. ShowTV Funhouse, and Community. He’s the creator and writer of the former Adult Swim series Moral Orel and the officially currently on hiatus Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, and his specific knowledge of Swim’s brand is on full display on his Fox show. For one thing, it looks just like the Archie comics, so the subversiveness is baked in, and in it’s headier moments plays like a live action Roy Lichtenstein painting. For another, Stamatopoulos loved to give Moral Orel episodes a creeping sensation that a WTF moment was just around the corner lurking in the next scene, with the expectation usually becoming reality; in the pilot episode of High School USA! that moment came when the two female characters started to make out kind of out of nowhere (the trailer indicates that the shock value will get ratcheted up with dick picks and S & M in later episodes. Fox wants you to believe this is a cartoon Porky’s).

Too give you a quick example:

“The plot of “Bullies!” found T.J. Miller’s Brad being shunned for being accurately labeled as a bully, and he is treated the same way an outed homosexual would by intolerant idiots. The joke continues past its expiration date; your mileage may vary depending on your interpretation on whether its a joke on the ignorance and mob mentality of high school students or if its a string of dumb gay jokes. It’s a plot that would not be out of place on Moral Orel nor South Park.”

People need to know that High School USA! is a rude animated satire of high school narratives with many jokes and situations parents will find offensive. There are many sexual entendres and images: animated near-naked bodies, a girl sitting on a toilet, a mother making obscene hand gestures. There are jokes about rape and suicide, and rough and insulting language, though no cursing. The female characters on the show are portrayed in a sexist fashion, always in short dresses and concerned with shopping and dances. Teachers, parents, and other authority figures are weak and useless. Characters scuffle and punch each other; blood flies from noses.

There are a couple of laugh out loud moments that don’t rely on raunchiness or comments on touchy subjects (mostly involving Brad; one playing on the show’s time period against its incongruous aesthetic), but like South Park the spotlight will be on the raunchiness and the comments on touchy subjects. I may have just explained why the advertising for this show has been virtually nonexistent.

PROS:

  •  Controversial subjects.
  • Dark satire of “Archie” comics.
  • Animation.
  • Superb voice cast.

CONS:

  •  Many of the laugh out loud moments relies on raunchiness.
  • Definitely offensive to the wrong audience.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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ADHD Presents: Axe Cop

DISCLAIMER: Hello everybody! This month we are taking a different approach for our weekly Wednesday posts. Anime Club will be temporarily postponed (Consider it a Season 2, mainly just so I can catch up on my list of shows to watch) and for the month of July we will be taking a look at Fox’s Animation Domination High-Def shows. This week we have Axe Cop.

AXE COP

STARRING: Nick Offerman, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt, Tyler, The Creator

CREATED BY: Malachai Nicolle, Ethan Nicolle

GENRE: Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Axe Cop was the invention of 5 year old storyteller Malachai Nicolle, whose 29 year old comic book creator and artist older brother Ethan made into a popular webcomic. Nick Offerman provides the voice of Axe Cop, a man who, if the opening credit voiceover is to be believed, came to be “at the scene of ‘The Fire,'” when “The Cop” found “the perfect axe.” There is a season four of Arrested Development amount of exposition that drives the humor — the characters continually have to explain this random universe the show lives in where dragons are a mode of transportation; hyrbids named Army Chihuahua and Grey Diamond need to explain their etymologies; bad dudes like Dr. Poo Poo need to thoroughly go over their evil master plan; Axe Cop has to discuss the constant developments of said plans — it all drives home the conceit that a child is in charge of the storytelling, but it’s a joke that gets old fairly quickly. (Fortunately, there is a distinct beginning, middle, and end to the stories, so there was a limit made presumably to Malachai’s influence.) The superheroic Axe Cop is based on a popular Web comic by brothers Ethan and Malachai Nicolle; it first appeared in 2010, when Ethan, who draws the pictures, was 29, and Malachai, who makes up the stories, was 5. The comic, which moves with dizzying dispatch, is a wonderful thing, a serious translation of a child’s mind through the practiced hand of an adult. There is very little irony involved in the presentation. Some of this quality survives into the Fox cartoon, though there is an extra layer of adult knowingness interposed, which dissipates the magic of the original and makes one question the source of any idea or line of dialogue. (A low-budget YouTube version, which minimally animates the comic frames, better preserves its flavor.)

There is nothing wrong with Axe Cop, but it’s a bit unfortunate that all of the attention between the two shows is focused on it — its first two episodes play simply like a Saturday morning cartoon that adults would enjoy if they happened to be watching it. This makes all the sense in the world when you know the back story.

The first episode, in which Axe Cop (played with more than a hint of Ron Swanson by Nick Offerman) and his sidekick Flute Cop (Ken Marino), help Bat Warthog Man find his missing friends, does more or less follow one of the Nicolles’ existing comics. But interpolated lines like “This jump leads to space and that’s really high” or (of a villain), “He’s asleep because it’s past his bedtime,” are an adult’s impression of a child’s voice. And a line like “All right, bro, we don’t have time for your back story” is just grown-ups talking to grown-ups.

PROS:

  • Animation.
  • Plot Structure.
  • Decent amount of laughs.

CONS:

  • Plays more like a Saturday morning cartoon.
  • Personally not a fan of the voice cast.
  • All Nick Offerman dialogue sounds like Ron Swanson.
  • Disappointing dialogue.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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