im gonna ramble abt centaurworld for a second bc i just binged it and i have Thoughts (tm)
okay! so like, first off, before i get into the things i Didnt like i will just say i did genuinely enjoy the show. the animation was really really fucking good, the music was amazing, the voice actor for horse absolutely killed it, all of that rocked. the more like, darker and serious aspects of the show i really enjoyed! the lore seems really interesting? the villain was SUPER fucking cool? i think for a kids show it did a really good job of talking about serious subjects like war, grief, trauma stuff like that without making it feel too silly or presenting it in too complicated of a way for younger kids to understand. it was a fun thing to binge, i liked it.
onto stuff i. didnt really like SLKGREG
first off im not gonna talk abt the humor too much bc like. its a kids show. i dont like going into kids shows expecting much more than wacky hijinks and fart jokes because like. yknow. theyre kids shows. i know that aspects of the humor are not for me and that is totally okay. BUT-
i feel like, idk how to feel about the tonal whiplash KSLDGJ like, youll go from one moment a battle with this super evil badass looking monster, everyones literally getting suffocated by it and nearly dying? youre like whoa holy shit this is getting serious- WHAM FART JOKE HAHA idk it kinda makes it harder to take the things the creators clearly want you to take seriously, well, serious.
i have the same issue w/horse's design later like. first of all, the concept of her body being morphed into a super cartoonish horse after being more of a semi realistc design? horrifying implications, i kind of dig that. HOWEVER, seeing her stand next to rider is so. weird? idk. kinda wish she changed back, i get why it had to be like that bc shes feeling more connected to that world and all its just a personal preference i liked her initial design way more lol
also as much as i loved horse and rider the rest of the cast was kiiinnda eeehhh? i liked wammawinks development, the stuff about her backstory was really interesting i just wish they kinda went into it more. her and horse bonding was also really nice and touching but the rest of the main cast never really. bonds with horse at all? theyre just kinda there for comedy relief. were supposed to believe horse starts thinking of all of them like family but. we dont really see that.
i do like zulius and glendale i wish they got more actual character development bc theyre both nice and i actually found their hijinks kinda funny. the giraffe and the bird though could just like not be there and i dont think id miss them LMAO
all in all its a cute show that i think really shines when its focusing on world building, horse and rider. i dont necessarily agree w/ppl who say we shoulda just gotten only them in their world the whole time bc i dont think that was the point of the show, but i do wish we got some more world building and backstory for centaurworld and everyone in it so we could feel more invested in them. like there was apparently a war THERE too not crazy long ago bc wammawink was a kid when it happened, the other centaurs know about it too bc they talked about it in ep 1 but. other than wammawinks dream stuff that one time no one in the main cast really talks about it much or reacts to things like youd think someone living in a post devastating war society would?
like how long ago were the two worlds cut off? clearly some war shit still happened not super long ago, but it was long enough that the centaurs have no idea wtf horse is when they first see her? MAYBE wammawink does, bc she doesnt react as much as the others, if thats the case how old IS she and what does she know about these wars???? who the FUCK is the nowhere king, whats his deal with the woman (i cannot for the life of me remember if she had a name or not im so sorry), why is he goop was he a person or a centaur before or something?
like theres some really compelling things that if they do get a s2 i hope they go into a bit more. id recommend it if youre bored and have some time to binge something. its only 10 episodes so its very bingable. if youre unsure the entire first ep is on youtube so like, if that doesnt vibe with you you prooobably wont like the rest. if you can handle the humor though the lore is actually pretty interesting so its worth sticking around for i think