When we say cult, we mean it: aside from attracting prime ratings on French television since its 2008 debut, Wakfu has an equally rabid fan following worldwide—earlier this year the kickstarter for an English debut surpassed its goal by some 600%, raking in nearly $500,000. The show follows the adventures of Yugo, a boy blessed with Portal-like teleportation powers in a world similar in look and feel to Ragnarok and Maple Story. It debuts on Netflix Sept. 14th, so the question is: to binge watch, or not to binge watch?
Check out mah review of Wakfu!
"I watched only the first 3 episodes and the show is meh."
I laughed out loud. Too bad that dude will never get to understand how Nox is so exceptionnal.
Pfft, yeah. Although this kind of review concerns me, because really the first six or so episodes are the weakest in the series? Which is often the case for a show, but it sounds like Wakfu’s cult-hit fame is going to mean people are expecting utter, mindblowing awesome from the first moment of the opening credits, without acknowledging that Wakfu, like pretty much all TV shows, takes a few episodes to really hit its stride.
I also think it’s unfair to say that basically, you’ll only like Wakfu if you like RPGs in general and the Wakfu MMO in particular. Like, “get party together and either get some MacGuffins or get to a MacGuffin Location” is the standard start of pretty much every ensemble story in existence. See: Lord of the Rings (get to Rivendell and form up the Fellowship), Star Wars (get a crew together to rescue Leia), Avatar: TLA (get a group together to get Aang to the Air Temple), etc. It has nothing to do with RPGs except inasmuch as RPGs borrowed this trope from existing stories, because it works.
Also, I do love Nox!
In other words, this reviewer is panning the entire show based on only its weakest episodes and a distinctly resentful attitude toward the idea that a show with an MMO tie-in could possibly be any good.
(Oops, I soapbox’ed… XD )
Haha, that was certainly the concern I had when I wrote the review, but then again, since it’s debuting on Netflix soon, I didn’t have time to marathon it until it got good. I suppose I should’ve labeled it a “First Impressions” rather than an in-depth review, which is why I wanted that ‘3-episode’ disclaimer in there. But I totally understand how some shows get a slow start.
As to the ‘party-building’ aspect of the first few episodes, I think my main beef is that people ‘joined the party’ before I really got a chance to care about them. 3 episodes in and I’m not really sure what a character bio of Yugo would say, aside from ‘he’s an energetic boy!’, and I do think 3 episodes is plenty of time to develop some character. I compared it to video games because in that situation, I’ll totally invite people I don’t know to join my party, but that’s not necessarily something I’d like to watch in a show.
On that note, can anyone tell me when the show really starts to hit it’s stride? I do enjoy the animation and wanted to keep up with it, but I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, how much time I’d have to invest, etc. etc.