So, while browsing trough Twitter as one does, I came across an article by Twinfinite which talked about an animation called Wakfu and claimed to be “the Best Video Game Show You’ve Never Heard Of”! Naturally, I said bet and proceeded to binge watch it. Now I’m here to share my thoughts on the animation.
Wakfu: The Animated Series is a French animated television series produced by Ankama Animation, based on the video game Wakfu. The first season of 26 episodes began airing on 30 October 2008, and new episodes would continue to air into January 2010 on France 3. The show is animated with Adobe Flash software; all the production is done in France except the special episodes “Noximilien l’Horloger” and “Ogrest, la Légende”, both produced in Japan. The series is directed by Anthony “Tot” Roux, and character design is directed by Xavier “Xa” Houssin and Kim “Tcho” Etinoff.
Now a lot of people will tell you to watch Wakfu in french as according to them, it’s the “superior” version of the series, but I disagree. Wakfu: The Animated Series is perfectly watchable in English on Netflix. The story follows a boy by the name of Yugo, who manifested his powers at a young age and now has to set off on an adventure to find his true origins. Through his adventure, he is accompanied by the likes of Amalia, Percedal and many more as they face the obstacles that stand in their way
The first few minutes of the episodes already had my attention when a robotic-looking dude by the name of Nox, ambushed Yugo’s caretaker, Grougaloragran at the time. The two individuals got locked in combat and all I could ponder while watching this, was how smooth and well-choreographed the fight animation was in that fight. I knew this shit was for me the moment my man Grougaloragran spat fire like it was nothing. All the fight scenes in this animation that I’ve seen so far never disappointed me.
Like I ain’t saying it’s the greatest animation sequence to ever graze these beautiful eyes of mine, but their were great for an animation based on a game. I liked the narrative of the is animation too. The world feels alive and vibrant, and learning about the other races cultures, religion, how each race treats one another (whether it be friendly or showing prejudices), makes the whole world come together nicely.
It’s funny, I knew about the game from Steam. Steam advertised the game to me based on my recent interest, and I disregarded it as I wasn’t interested at the time, but now I’m intrigued. Of course, you don’t have to play the game at all to understand the lore, Everything you need is in the animation.
Aye man, if you got Netflix then you owe it to yourself to check out the series. It’s pretty damm dope. Thanks again to Twinfinite for sharing this with the world!