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Book 1: The Invasion
Book 1: The Invasion
- "To fight the Yeerks, Elfangor gives the kids the power to turn into any animal that they touch, because apparently a bird, a bear, an elephant, a tiger, and a gorilla can take down an entire alien army equipped with flying saucers and lasers and whatever ridiculous thing Visser Three is building this week."
- "Oh and Tobias gets trapped as a red-tailed hawk. He will spend the next ten or so books complaining about this even though he totally did it on purpose."
- Adam and Ifi discussing the cover:
Ifi: I think the full-body transformations were more awkward than just the heads
Adam: Well, that can be true, but I find it a bit strange how it is Jake's head and torso, and then for the rest of the transformation it just shows his head
Adam: Itís also a lot more cgi-ey then the other covers
Ifi: He morphs into just a head.
Adam: I see.
Adam: Now it all makes sense.
Adam: They could morph into individual body parts?
Adam: Suddenly that makes the scene in a later book where Rachel beats away a controller with her own severed arm even more awesome.
- Followed by a picture of the cover from the rewrite series◊ with the caption "Whatever, it's still better than whatever the hell this is meant to be."
- Discussing everyone getting only a few morphs:
Adam: I still think it was remarkably stupid of [Tobias] not to get a battle morph.
Adam: I mean, they were right there.
Ifi: Nobody got enough morphs.
Adam: They should have all gotten morphs of each thing.
Ifi: They were like, "Okay I got like one animal, we're good."
Ifi: You do not go home until you acquire every living thing in the Gardens.
Adam: Or even, "Okay, Marco took the gorilla. Well, I guess he has dibs on that one."
Ifi: And they were like, "Hey, look dolphins. Naw. When could those ever come in handy? It's not like we live in coastal California."
Ifi: Animorphs is about the action, first and foremost. I'm sure if it was YA it would be romance with a background of, "Like, aliens or something, but none of that is important compared to our LOVE."
Ifi: I hate the whole world.
- The last lines:
Ifi: Plus, we had different books aimed at us. Iíd never encountered anything like this before. My section of Borders was all about ponies and the magic of friendship.
Adam: I'm very sorry.
Ifi: You ought to be.
Book 2: The Visitor
Book 2: The Visitor
Ifi: Gimmie a break. I'm reading pdf's. Not all of us have spent over $400 in Animorphs merch.
Adam: Clearly you need to prioritize better
- The entirety of the redneck paragraph:
Ifi: We have the group flying around in bird morphs for the hell of it, when some rednecks start shooting at them. This came out of nowhere and seemed like it was basically thrown in there to preach about the evils of hunting.
Ifi: I mean, if you shoot at a bald eagle, you're a jackass. But this was just silly.
Adam: Those poor rednecks!
Adam: I felt sort of bad for them
Ifi: I didn't even know there were rednecks in California.
Adam: There are rednecks everywhere
Adam: Anyone could be a redneck
Adam: Even you
Adam: Fortunately, five kids have been granted the ability to turn into animals so that they can stop them
Ifi: All rednecks, everywhere?
Ifi: But seriously. I know it's just a throwaway scene, but there is no part of it that isn't completely ridiculous. They're in the back of a freaking pickup truck! Drinking beers! Shooting at endangered birds! Speaking in southern accents!
Adam: One has a pony tail
Ifi: Why is this in a book about aliens.
Adam: Guys drinking bear in a pickup truck and shooting endangered birds is pretty alien to me
Ifi: That's because you live on Long Island.
Adam: I do like that this book starts out all in medias res and the like
Ifi: And Rachel throws the gun into the ocean because guns are evil. This is incredibly ironic because she will go on to slaughter countless sentient aliens with her paws.
Adam: Well, she has the right to bear arms
Ifi: That was terrible.
Ifi: That was really terrible.
- After the scene where Rachel "gets accosted by some college guy":
Ifi: Yeah. That whole scene was just...what.
Ifi: I guess it was just an excuse for her to morph into a bear and scare the shit out of him, but it came off as awkward and forced and just WRONG.
Ifi: Elephant, rather.
Adam: She doesn't have bear yet
Ifi: wank wank wank
Adam: What I am wondering is just what sort of neighborhood this is
Ifi: No aspect of this scene makes sense.
Adam: It's enough that they have an alien invasion, but they also have hillbilly captain planet villains and errant rapists everywhere
Adam: The housing prices must be very cheap
Ifi: I'm gonna say fuck it, let the aliens HAVE earth.
Ifi: It clearly sucks.
Adam: It'll probably set them back more than anything
- The duo talks about how the color of the cat on the cover doesn't match the one described in the book, which segues into a snark at the new cover.
- The most action packed part of the book:
Adam: It is a bit funny that the most prominent action sequence in this book is a bunch of kids and a talking bird trying to catch a cat
Adam: It sounds like a plot out of sesame street
- The start of Visser Three's Alternative Character Interpretation as a guy obsessed with cats:
Adam: But yes
Adam: Visser Three is totally a cat person
Adam: I can completely picture him in a small apartment with nine or so cats
Ifi: It was pretty funny.
Adam: Giving some catnip to Mister Fuzzywinkles, or whatever the heck Applegate likes to call her cats
Adam: <Who's a little fuzzy head?! You is! Yes you is!>
Ifi: Oh dear.
Adam: Excuse me, I'm going to go make a Visser Three lolcat
- Followed by "[image removed for being unfunny]"
- As well as talking about how hammy Visser Three is:
Adam: It seems that Visser Three is completely unable to end his sentences with a period
Ifi: He's hamming it up.
Adam: He is such Saturday morning cartoon villain
Adam: <THIS CAT DISPLEASES ME! KILL IT NOW!>
Adam: <MY GRILLED CHEESE LACKS GOUDA! I WILL END YOU>
Adam: <MY PILLOW HAS NOT BEEN FLUFFED! NOW MEET YOUR END!>
Ifi: Are you done?
- On everybody failing to notice Visser Three landing a ship with no cloaking in broad daylight:
Ifi: So Rachel gets taken to Visser Three, who lands his ships right in the middle of the construction site with no cloaking whatsoever.
Adam: Subtlety, thy name is Visser Three
Ifi: No, seriously. Rachel just looks up and sees them.
Ifi: Apparently the rest of the city is blind and deaf and on vacation.
- On highly explosive spaceships:
Ifi: Oh right. They explode a Bug fighter by driving into it.
Adam: You'd think those things would be a bit more stable
Adam: I mean, flying out of the atmosphere puts a lot of strain on a vehicleThe earthmover had ground forward and slammed into one of the Bug fighters. The Bug fighter had exploded.
——Book Two, The VisitorIfi: That is incredibly poor design.
Adam: Itís like some sort of spaceship version of Every Car Is a Pinto
Book 3: The Encounter
Book 3: The Encounter
- To start the review:
Ifi: The adventures of emohawk
Adam: They even have an angst version of the standard recap for us to enjoy
Ifi: You know, I was way too hard on the last book.
Ifi: It was not NEARLY as angsty
Adam: Aren't you grateful to have this to make up for it?
- Adam and Ifi claiming that Animorphs takes place in the Captain Planet universe:
Adam: I'm telling you, this series takes place in the captain planet-verse
Adam: They fight poachers, crazed hillbillies, and evil used car salesman
Adam: The Yeerk invasion is really an afterthought
Ifi: Are there any sexy mad scientist ladies?
Adam: Well, there's the one who ends up torturing Tobias in a later book
Adam: She even has the facial scars!
Ifi: Okay it is official.
- A couple paragraphs in and the review still hasn't really started because now our duo are talking about Animorphs' presence on the internet:
Adam: I'm grateful that this series was popular before the internet rose to prominence. The amount of horrifying furry art that could have resulted could easily have been much worse
Ifi: Oh that is true. I didn't even consider that.
Ifi: I think furries prefer cartoons, though.
Ifi: And anthro style. Not full animal.
Ifi: I think?
Adam: And sonic
Ifi: I don't know where the main Animorph fan communities are hiding, come to think of it. They're certainly not on ff.net, because that site is a joke.
Ifi: I checked out the Animorphs section a few weeks ago, I think.
Adam: And what did you find, pray tell?
Ifi: Well, there was this one fascinating fic that opened in the Yeerk pool.
Ifi: And there was a charming little girl in the cages, where they keep involuntary hosts.
Ifi: And while she's there, she strikes up a conversation with the Hork-Bajir next to her and proceeds to convert him to Christianity.
Ifi: It was then that I punched clear through my monitor.
Ifi: So I don't actually know how it ended
Adam: Zeus ends up killing them with lightening
Ifi: We can only hope
- Ifi referring to the female red-tailed hawk in this book as "that slutty hawk".
- Adam getting hungry for some reason:
Ifi: Then, mid-plot, Tobias has a nervous breakdown for like thirty pages.
Ifi: It's been building up, but it really starts when he kills a rat.
Ifi: And then he totally flips out, flies around the mall, and then goes AWOL for a few days, leaving everyone to worry.
Adam: That scene made me hungry
Ifi: Uh okay
Ifi: Want to explain that?
Adam: I am a terrible person
Adam: You should know this by now
- "Wait, what would you call it if Ax were to kill someone with an axe?" -Adam
- Finishing off the review by discussing romance:
Adam: Now, as far as I can tell, you are a girl. Can I get your stance on this?
Ifi: They can't even hug!
Adam: They do, but it is just awkward for everyone involved
Adam: Just like in real life!
Ifi: I mean, it makes sense that there are relationships within the group because they are like bonded by trauma and whatnot.
Ifi: But Tobias and Rachel have no clue what to do about any of it so we just get these awkward scenes with them sitting there staring at each other.
Adam: I repeat my statement from earlier
Ifi: *flies away*
Adam: Romance, folks!
Book 4: The Message
Book 4: The Message
- On Cassie's Dad's indifference:
Ifi: Cassie almost gets caught by her dad, but he is totally indifferent to the fact she is standing in the barn at like 3 AM
Adam: And that she is a furry
Ifi: "Do you have a tail?"
Ifi: "Uh. No?"
Ifi: "Okay. Go to bed."
Adam: *mutters* "Damn, I need to lay off the expressoÖ"
- On the strange dreams that Tobias and Cassie are having:
Ifi: None of the other Animorphs really know how to react to the dream thing, though Marco makes a really odd Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood reference."I've had weird dreams about falling from way up high and when I finally land I'm in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood talking to King Friday."
——Book Four, The MessageIfi: Uh ok Marco
Adam: So now we know what Marco does in his spare time
Adam: He watches PBS shows
Adam: Suddenly I find him easier to identify with
- Adam and Ifi discussing plot convenience.
Ifi: This series is convenient as all hell
Adam: Well, they do mention that there are days where nothing happens,
Adam: Would you like a chapter where Jake has difficulty writing an essay on 18th century economics?
Ifi: Don't be ridiculous
Ifi: He's in middle school
Adam: An essay on the civil war then
- When Cassie and Tobias look suspicious while loitering:
Adam: So, to no oneís surprise, someone sees them, and they start getting shot at
Ifi: With a SHOTGUN
Ifi: Who the hell brought a SHOTGUN to the secret alien meeting?
Adam: Less suspicious
Adam: Or possibly more suspicious
Adam: I can't quite tell
Ifi: "We...we have lasers."
Ifi: "NO WAY MAN THIS SHOTGUN IS THE BEST."
Ifi: "I FUCKING LOVE THIS SHOTGUN."
Ifi: "I CALL HER VERA."
Ifi: "ALIENS RUN IN TERROR BEFORE DOUBLE-BARRELED SHOTGUNS, MAN."
Adam: Great way to be taken seriously
Adam: Well hey, aliens or not, a shotgun is effective for blowing big messy holes in people
Adam: Öwow that did not come out the way I intended
Ifi: No, tell us more about blowing holes in people.
Adam: MOVING ON
- On Jake's sudden interest in Cassie:
Ifi: Jake and Cassie make googly eyes at each other while shoveling manure
Adam: He apparently has a picture of her on his dresser
Adam: Aren't these kid's 13?
Ifi: Actually yeah, that is odd.
Ifi: If he has a picture of her, it should be hidden because he'd be embarrassed
Ifi: Not in a frame in plain sight
Adam: And it isn't like Cassie is someone he would logistically be spending a lot of time with before the whole alien invasion thing
Adam: She's his cousin's best friend
Ifi: Jake you're a creeper!
Adam: His cousin who he was previously not very close with
Adam: And she's apparently had him over for dinner
Adam: With what I just said, makes absolutely no sense
Ifi: Creepers gonna creep
Adam: I must make an image macro of this
Ifi: Yeah you do that
- Once again, this is followed by "[image removed for being unfunny]".
- Cassie is not angsty enough.
Ifi: Cassie doesn't angst very well.
Ifi: She's going to have to work on that if she wants to be a proper Animorph
Adam: She can take lessons from Tobias
- The weirdness of Tobias trying to use a watch:
Ifi: Tobias gets a watch!
Adam: I have mixed feelings about the watch
Ifi: 1. It's a good idea
Ifi: 2. It's pretty funny
Ifi: 3. It's symbolic
Ifi: 1. WTF
Ifi: 2. How does that even work
Adam: I mean, he has good vision, but that doesn't seem like it would be in his line of sight
Ifi: And how could they get it tight enough to fit on his leg?
Adam: Duct tape
Ifi: Did you just decide that.
Adam: The universe decided that.
Ifi: So, yes, then.
- The debut of "Jesus Whale"◊.
- The brilliant plan of Jesus Whale:
Ifi: Cassie believes she can find the Andalite from the information the whale gave her when they, like, mind-melded
Adam: So instead of locking her up in a nice padded cell where she belongs, they decide to follow the whale's advice
Ifi: The plan that they come up with is...
Ifi: It's so
Ifi: I just
Ifi: I don't
Ifi: I'm going to just copy and paste it"We morph into seagulls," I said, picking up the plan we'd worked out. "Then we fly out into the shipping channel. We land on a tanker or a container ship or something that's going the right direction. We morph back to human, rest up, let the ship get us closer, then jump over the side, morph to dolphin and go the rest of the way."
——Book Four, The MessageAdam: ...
Adam: Yeah, I got nothing
Ifi: Anyway, the plan actually works because apparently the ship has no crew.
Adam: Or else it is piloted entirely by deaf mutes who can't feel vibrations either
Ifi: WHERE IS EVERYONE
Adam: They went to go commune with the whales
- Ifi gushing about Ax:
Ifi: Oh Ax, I want to take you home and cuddle you
Adam: So we now know what Ifi's ideal man is like
Adam: Six limbed, blue and with a weaponized butt
Ifi: Yes thatís right
- In reference to Taxxons:
Ifi: That is incredibly poor design.
- I expected it to be like the shark - hard, tough, unyielding. It was not. It was like hitting a soggy paper bag with a sledgehammer. The Taxxon burst like a dropped watermelon.
——Book Four, The Message
Adam: How on earth have they survived this long?
Ifi: I'm surprised they weren't all wiped out by a freak breeze.
Ifi: By the way you guys are all murderers so congrats.
Adam: Iím pretty sure they were by the first book
Ifi: Yeah but this was the worst so far. And they are totally unbothered by it because Taxxons are ugly anyway.
Adam: Cassie does seem upset by it
Ifi: For exactly one line.
Adam: It'sÖbetter then nothing?
- Visser Three's weekends:
Ifi: No way man he spends his weekends looking for awesome morphs
Adam: This is what he does instead of playing golf
Ifi: Golf is boring as all hell anyway.
Ifi: And the Taxxons eat the flags
Adam: It was the flags faults for looking so tasty
Ifi: Oh sure blame the victims
- On the book's romance:
Ifi: Cassie and Jake do the exact same romantic confession thing that Rachel and Tobias did in the LAST book when they thought they were gonna die.<Jake?> I said. <I wanted to tell you...>
<Yes. Me, too, Cassie,> he said.
——Book Four, The Message
<Rachel...I never told you...>
<You didn't have to, Tobias,> she said. <I knew. Good-bye.>
——Book Three, The EncounterAdam: And then in the next book we have that with Marco and Ax
- Talking about how Ax combines the DNA of the 4 human Animorphs to make a unique human morph:
Ifi: Actually, I wanted to talk about the DNA blending thing he did.
Adam: Go ahead
Ifi: He took DNA from four different people and made a composite of them. This skill could come in useful in many situations, but it's never used again, as far as I know.
Adam: I mean, it would make enough sense that he couldn't use this for different species, but Iím sure there's still some practical use for it
Ifi: I bet you could totally make a liger.
Adam: Öthis is probably true
Ifi: Isnít that what you learn in Andalite school?
Adam: He wasn't paying attention
Ifi: Itís okay I forgive him
Ifi: JUST AS JESUS WHALE FORGAVE US ALL
Adam: *cue Latin chanting*
- The way the review ends: with a Lisa Frank journal cover◊.