Analysis Channel

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.

A note on the vocabulary: As used here, the term "analysis" is synonymous with "critique" and distinct from "review". A review is a subjective opinion on a piece of media intended to help its audience decide whether to buy said piece of media or not. A critique/analysis is a technical breakdown of the subject intended to explain why it mattered and/or still matters in the bigger scheme of things.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Captain Disillusion is a YouTube channel entirely dedicated to debunking viral fake videos from the web. There's also a weird subplot about time travel going on, but don't worry about it.

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  • 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.

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