Welcome to Combing Through Comedy where Joe Heath of Minty Pineapple Entertainments is going to randomly watch comedy web series from Stareable and then tell you about them. Like… I dunno… are they funny?
Today’s show: Flagon.
Flagon is an animated parody of JRPGs about a woman named Mary who gathers a ragtag group of people to go on a treasure quest with her. This includes a very reluctant bartender, a depressed knight, and a badass elf ranger. Of course, they come across various obstacles along the way, but the way they deal with them is a delightful poke at gaming and fantasy tropes.
First off, the show is gorgeous. The animation is appropriately retro and CUTE. All of the characters are well-written and have very distinct personalities. The voice acting is top-notch. The music is catchy and sounds like it came from an amazing video game.
The show plays around with gaming conventions in a very meta way without going too far as to remove itself from its own reality. There is also a story here with some twists and turns and I’m excited to see where it goes in the second season.
The only negative criticism I have for it is that when Klara shows up, Mary immediately dislikes her. I mean, ultimately, she may be right for not trusting her, but it feels kind of like that whole “Women distrusting women” trope that is way overused.
But other than that minor quibble, everything else about it is a lot of fun. And don’t worry if you don’t know anything about JRPGs. You’ll definitely get more out of it if you do, but if you don’t even know what the J stands for in JRPG (which I don’t), the story and humor are strong enough that it doesn’t matter. Plus it’s like… really short, so you can just bang the whole season out on your lunch break (which I totally did).
The bottom line: Is it funny? YES.