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You know, in many ways I relate to Akko from Little Witch Academia. One of those ways is that Akko doesn’t favor the boring, old-timey ways of magic, and she wants magic to be fun. That’s exactly how I feel about Lord of the Rings. To me, this trilogy is old and tasteless, for reasons I will get into now.
Story and Setting
A young Hobbit named Frodo must suddenly leave his peaceful life in the Shire when he is tasked to take the One Ring and go on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring, before the Dark Lord Sauron can reclaim it and become unstoppable. On the way, he forms and enlists the Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of armies from all the main races. And that’s probably the best part of the whole trilogy! I like seeing races work together.
Otherwise… there’s not really much to comment on. The main story is pretty simplistic with nothing especially surprising or mind-blowing.
The setting is also a great part of the series. It’s not the most impressive fictional world, but it feels very atmospheric most of the time. One of my favorite scenes was “Light the beacons!” It made me wish we had a quest like that in Breath of the Wild. Just climb on top of mountains, burn beacons, and they would all form a shape. Like a cute li’l smiley face.
There were a few epic moments here and there, like the Undead Army, or when the female warrior killed the overhyped demon general. But, all in all, I really didn’t care for anything in the story. I didn’t care if anyone survived or died, no parts made me sad, I was just waiting for it to get done. Combined, the movies were 12 hours long, and they were just a lot of deadness.
There were very few characters that popped out to me. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Aragorn, because that Undead Army was pretty badass.
Let’s start with Frodo. It seemed like Frodo was the main protagonist of the first film, but there’s just nothing remarkable about him. The only two things you can say are that “he misses the Shire” and “the One Ring is corrupting him.” That was the only conflict he struggled with throughout all three films, and in the end, he couldn’t even fight the corruption himself! If it wasn’t for Gollum ripping off his finger, he would’ve given in. Now, we had a few sweet moments between Frodo and Sam, but he was unremarkable overall.
In fact, he was SO unremarkable that he barely has any screen time in the next two films! His entire mission feels like a side-plot, even though his mission is the most important. Aragorn essentially replaces him as the protagonist.
And as for the villains… they are utterly forgettable. Lord Sauron was practically nonexistent, Saruman was Count Dooku’ed in the third film, and all the other minions were just… minions. Oh, and Gollum is the center of a lot of parodies. That’s all I can say about him.
I truly don’t understand why nerd culture holds this series in such high regard. It’s just… so boring. The protagonists barely pop out, the villains are forgettable, and the story is completely plain. In an era of much more lively, energetic fantasies like Harry Potter, Fairy Tail, One Piece, or many others, which work to emphasize the beauty and wonder of their worlds or their supernatural settings, aided in part by diverse, flesh-and-soul characters, Lord of the Rings is just ancient. It’s ancient and tasteless, with only a few scenes possessing even some life and energy.
Anyway, speaking of good taste, I’ve got a Tea Party to get geared up for. …Oh, Akko, you poor thing…
· Nice atmospheric setting
· Some epic battles and moments
· Some sweet character moments
· Plain story
· Protagonists don’t pop out
· Villains are forgettable
· Films are too long with little substance (kind of like Breath of the Wild, actually)
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The Kids Next Door Gameverse
The Kids Next Door Gameverse is an ongoing fanfiction crossover series. It begins after the ending of Codename: Kids Next Door and contains a massive array of crossovers from Nintendo, Avatar, One Piece, Fairy Tail, and almost any series you can think of.
The Gameverse begins as the Kids Next Door are entering a wide new universe, learning of the existence of alien races, gods, and meeting people with super-powers. As the KND combat more powerful villains and face new challenges, they continue to learn the secrets of the universe, grow stronger individually and as a team, and learn to deviate from their old traditions.
Be warned that the first few stories have pretty cringe-worthy writing. The writing steadily gets better over time, and the story becomes much more engaging during the Nextgen Series. If you want, you can begin the Gameverse starting from the Nextgen Series since the writing and characters are improved, however some of the concepts may come off as confusing without reading the First Series.
Regardless, once you are amerced in the Gameverse, you will be on an exciting journey, full of diverse locations, fun and likeable characters, complex stories, deep philosophies, and relatable morals.
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