Videos are a great format to discuss theories and talk about opinions. They're more eye-catching than text and are often quicker to understand. In The New '10s, many channels on YouTube began popping up that were centered around discussing theories and analysis' about series. Fandom-specific analysis channels rarely last long as is. The creators often end up bored and broaden their videos to analyze more than just one work. A very common format for analysis vidders, especially in fandom specific works, is to have a character avatar. The videos usually feature art of the character to the side and images of the discussed work in a box. This makes the video feel more "alive" while also avoiding Youtube copyright rules, which are triggered by video and/or audio but not still images. It's uncertain where this format began but it seems to be from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom.
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Channels on Anime and Manga
Channels on Film
- The Nostalgia Critic started out as a review show of 1980s and earlier films. In the 2010s he rebranded himself to include recent films and analysis of films.
- Every Frame a Painting does in-depth videos on film theory, production, and individual movies.
- "Jack's Movie Reviews" does in-depth analyses on film.
- "Lessons from The Screenplay" is a channel that analyzes films and their scripts.
Channels on Literature
- Warrior Cats:
- Tenelle Flowers is an animator that focuses on Warriors animations. She has a series of videos called "Simmy Speaks" where she mainly discusses Warriors topics. She uses a cat fursona.
- LZRD WZRD has a series of Warriors analysis videos. His fursona is an orange cat with a blue handkerchief around his neck.
Channels on Music
Channels on Video Games
- Game Theory (Web Show) is one of the most popular examples out there. It focuses on video game related theories. It has several sister series such as "Gaijin Goomba", which discusses Japanese topics in gaming, and "Film Theories", which is movie centered.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Dr. Wily has many of Zelda theory and analysis videos.
- Macintyre focuses on Zelda theory and analysis videos but also has videos for other Nintendo series. He occasionally does collab videos with Commonwealth Realm, another popular Zelda (and Nintendo in general) analyzer. Both helped popularize several theories, such as how the Twili are descendents of the Sheikah and how there was a Sheikah genocide prior to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- VortexxyGaming doesn't post often however she has done several Zelda theory videos, such as how she believes there was a failed "Hero of the Floods" prior to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
- Noah Caldwell-Gervais does in-depth video critiques of video games and game series, mostly Western RPGs, immersive sims like Deus Ex, and shooters. His analyses are notoriously extensive, e.g. his examination of the original Mass Effect trilogy clocks in at 2.5 hours. He is also branching out into the Travelogue Show genre, after his success at crowdfunding allowed him to fulfill his dream of traveling across continental US.
- Extra Credits is one of the oldest video game analysis channels, doing short weekly videos about various aspects of video gaming, from culture and production to design and writing.
- Mark Brown makes two different analysis series on his channel: Game Maker's Toolkit, where he examines individual games, overarching themes, and trends in gaming; and Boss Keys, where he dives deep into the game design behind boss battles in The Legend of Zelda series.
- Errant Signal publishes 10-20 minute videos (often multi-parters) examining whole games, individual levels, and overarching tropes.
- Folding Ideas does analyses of both video games and movies, as well as tropes common in both media.
Channels on Western Animation
- For examples of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic analyses, see MLP Analysis. Some standout ones:
- My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap is more of a comedy series, and the creator DWK would be the first to insist he's not an analyst. But his commentaries have enough genuinely interesting insight that people frequently treat him like an analyst anyway.
- "Digibrony" started out as Friendship Is Magic analysis channel. His ponysona was a light purple unicorn stallion. Eventually he phased out the Friendship is Magic angle and switched to analyzing anime. The channel is now called Digibro.
- Bronycurious was originally a pony analysis channel using a blue unicorn stallion ponysona. Eventually he began going by "Tommy Oliver" instead. The ponysona was too eventually phased out and the channel began discussing other media too, though My Little Pony videos still pop up.
- The Mysterious Mr. Enter is a review channel for animation who reviews in an alliterative manner on which ones are greatanimation (Admirable Animation) and which ones are horrible animations (Animated Atrocites). He also has a separate review for episodes related to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Channels on Real Life
- TREY The Explainer is an edutainment Youtuber focused on prehistoric creatures, mainly dinosaurs. He creates videos about animals and biology to help people learn more about them. He also has a series of videos where he debunks cryptids or analyzes works like Steven Universe and Jurassic World from scientific viewpoints.
- Alternate History Hub produces videos focusing on Alternate History.
- Shadiversity is a Youtuber who specializes in analyzing castles and weapons and armour, and anything medieval or fantasy-related.
- Skallagrim reviews weapons (mainly swords), Historical European Martial Arts, and medieval swordsmanship manuals.
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