Wakfu (2008 IMDb)

Viewing

Review refers to the first season.

Categorization

French heroic fantasy, steampunk. Clear Japanese influences, including a shout-out to Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007).

Subject

Tween-to-teen heroes and one fanatically greedy old man band together, eventually taking as their quest to prevent a mechanical genius from sapping the Tree of Life to fuel a 200-year reversal of time, which is a trick to undo the loss of the genius's loved ones.

Commentary

Nice character designs. Mostly half-assed Flash animation, but some very cool battles. Really bad worldbuilding.

animation series

Special:

Noximilien l'Horloger (2010 IMDb)

Commentary

Character design by Yuasa Masaaki, but the story subtracts from the idea of Nox as simply thinking the ends justify the means. Adds very little.

animation episode