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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.
- Bright Guardian Akira does Warriors analysis' and has a cat fursona.
Channels on Music
Channels on Video Games
- Game Theory is perhaps one of the most popular examples out there, to the point where many would consider it a Trope Codifier of sorts. It focuses on video game related theories which employ lots of science topics as well as some plain old Wild Mass Guessing. It also has several sister series such as Culture Shock, which discusses cultural (read: Japanese) topics in gaming, Film Theory, which is essentially the same as GT except it's movie, tv show, and web video-centered and has its own channel, and The SCIENCE!, which is much more science focused (i.e. it discusses things like "how much force do the giants in Skyrim need to hit the ground with in order to send you flying to space? And what other things would happen if they did hit the ground with that much force — we mean, other than sending you to space?) and used to be on Shoddycast before migrating to Game Theory, at which point it was subjected to severe Bowdlerization.
- 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.
- Summoning Salt is a Youtuber who does history videos and analysis' on speedrunning. More specifically, how the runs have changed over the years and how new records came to be.
- VaatiVidya is one of the most well-known Dark Souls lorists out there, jokingly describing himself as a "Professional Item Description reader." He mainly does videos narrating the otherwise indecipherable lore of the characters from the Dark Souls games. He also was a major contributor to the creation of the "Giantdad" meme.
Channels on Web Video
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 great animation (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 is a channel that produces videos focusing on Alternate History. There is also a secondary channel named Knowledge Hub, which produces videos analyzing real life topics (usually history and/or geography-related).
- 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. He also often analyses (and scrutinizes) the display of such items in fictional media. Oh, and yes, he also started the "End Him Rightly" meme, so there's that.
- The YouTuber Thuderf00t (Rational Wiki article) focuses his videos on analyzing and debunking all those supposedly revolutionary inventions that pop up on Kickstarter every once in a while. He also does videos criticizing "crazy feminists" and "religious extremists", and that's all we're gonna say here, folks.
- Forgotten Weapons is a YouTube channel (and blog) that analyzes rare and mostly forgotten firearms as well as their historical background.
- Kurzgesagt (a.k.a. In a Nutshell) is a Munich based, animated infographics channel that analyzes and explains several scientific, astronomical, and technological topics as well as current, real world issues through the use of what many agree to be one of the most astounding displays of stylized infographics and internet animation to ever be shown across a screen.