Web Video: Jetters Abridged
is an Abridged Series
of the Bomberman Jetters
anime. It was created by ThornBrain
of Sgt. Frog Abridged
, and it is written and voiced with fellow MidnightFrogs
BigTUnit1 and codeblackhayate as Team Bulge Bomb
Shiro is a young Bomberman whose brother, "the legendary Bomberman" Mighty
, disappears suddenly after the first episode
and is presumed dead. Shiro takes up Mighty's position in the Jetters
, an intergalactic crime-fighting team pitched against the outrageous thief organization, the Hige-Hige Bandits
, all while sorting out his issues with his late Jerkass
brother, and slowly losing his mind when he realizes Mighty might not be dead
. Shiro's teammates include the easily irritated Shout
, the doddering old scientist Dr. Ein, the Cloud Cuckoolander
extraordinaire Birdy, and the unloved and useless pair of Bongo and Gangu
On the opposite end, Mujoe is the incompetent but sympathetic
captain of the Hige Hige Bandits who must deal every day with a useless robot workforce, his alcoholic father/boss Bagular, unrequited love for the local bartender Mama, and a massive crotch bulge that makes everything he says sound wrong. His teammates are the Mad Scientist
Dr. Mechadoc, an army of the group's namesake robots who only speak in "Hige's"
, the one Hige with a deep voice
who speaks English, and the mysterious cyborg Max.
Where the original series
is largely a Monster of the Week
kid's cartoon with lots of Character Development
, Jetters Abridged revels in its sheer insane ridiculousness.
Character personalities and motivations are flipped on their heads, relationships are thrown around for the hell of it, and Birdy talks
The series does not have a consistent update schedule, to the point of it becoming a running joke outside the series. They promoted the series on Something Awful
while doing Let's Plays
of Bomberman Hero
and the Bomberman Jetters game
, both of which influenced their portrayal of the characters. Episode 3 was released on November 30th, 2011, Episode 4 the next year on September 3, Episode 5 the next
year on June 21 and Episode 6 on Valentine's Day, 2014
.Also Birdy has a Twitter
. And a Q&A blog
This series provides examples of:
- The Abridged Series: One with a take on its characters and writing that managed to attract fans who normally don't like Abridged Series.
- The Ace: Mighty. And he knows it.
- A Degree in Useless: Episode 1 features a mockery of both DeVry University and Communications majors.
- Affectionate Parody: The series takes a chunk of its humor from poking fun at the original series and the video games.
- Awesome but Impractical: Mighty's visor, which covers one of his eyes. Shout lampshades its uselessness and potential for hindrance in Episode 2:
"He always had to wear that stupid visor. I bet he didn't even see that side of the cliff."
- Bad Boss: The mole boss in Episode 4, who actively overworks and mutilates his employees.
- Big Brother Bully: Up to Eleven with Mighty, when flashbacks reveal that he taught Shiro how to fight by using bombs on him.
- Black Comedy: Death is used frequently as a comedic tool.
Shiro (smiling): "We're horrible people."
- Breathless Non Sequitur:
: "...About twenty-thousand light years away, a woman is about to be hit on by a very ugly shark. But that shark hates tobacco smoke, aaaand... Beat
... I lit her a cigarette!"
Mighty: "And I killed the shark!"
- Housing Bomber to Max in Episode 5:
"You look like Mighty. All my furniture just fell out."
- Brick Joke:
- Louie's death in the first episode. It becomes a running gag every episode after.
- Mighty kills a shark in the first episode. At the end of the episode he gets attacked by an unknown laser, which the writers confirm is from the shark's brother.
- "If a showerhead could talk, it would probably say 'Ksssssssssshhh...'" "'...sssssshhhh, squeak squeak. You take too fucking long to shower'. That's what my shower would say to me."
- Shiro dreams about cobras raining down on him at the start of Episode 5. Later on he summons a rain of cobras in real life.
- Broken Aesop: Mighty's "The bomb is in your heart", seeing as he's an asshole.
- Butt Monkey: Bongo. Everyone hates him for no reason whatsoever.note
- Cloud Cuckoolander: All of the characters are nuts, but Birdy is the standout. Everything he says is a One-Liner or thought comparable in style to Steven Wright and Jack Handey, though he says it in such a cool-headed, calm and collected manner that you can't tell if he's insane or just really deep. If there was ever a case of Makes Just as Much Sense in Context, Birdy said it, mostly because what he says is never in context to begin with.
Birdy: *Over radio* "Hey Mighty."
Mighty: "What's up, Birdy?"
Birdy: "What's your opinion on paper-mache?"
- Comically Missing the Point:
- Shiro in Episode 4, long after the Jetters have become homeless:
Shout: "Shiro, why is it whenever you move, you put us deeper into the red?"
Shiro: "It's my favorite color."
- Shiro in Episode 6, discussing Sibarelu with Shout:
Shout: "An ice comet describes love perfectly. Beautiful, and seldom found, but it can hurt if you cling to it too tightly."
Shiro: "Like a cat's tongue. That shit is rough."
- Mujoe in Episode 6, when he and Mechadoc are discussing defeating the Jetters:
Mechadoc: "...You have to turn the tables on them completely."
Mujoe: "Hmm. Well they are kids' tables. Probably low to the ground anyway."
- Couch Gag: Something different happens with Mujoe at the end of every title sequence, usually involving the bulge.
- Cross Over:
- Birdy made two separate vocal appearances in Sgt. Frog Abridged, both of which referenced Jetters Abridged. The writers are still deciding if the two series take place in the same universe or if Birdy is just that transcendental, given that Jetters Abridged is written to never reference SFA.
- According to the SFA Ask Blog, Ask GiroDoro SFA, the Keronians have tried to invade Planet Bomber, only to fail. Giroro and Dororo make a comment on how lucky they are that the super-strong Bombermen are peaceful.
- The Chew Toy / They Killed Kenny: Louie, who dies in every episode, sometimes several times. Though his death is never seen and often happens with no viable explanation, the characters will usually acknowledge the death, and after the first episode it's pretty easy to tell when Louie has died.
- Deadpan Snarker: Every character at some point. It is co-written by ThornBrain, after all.
- Death from Above: Shiro twice summons a storm of cobras in Episode 5.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Bagular emphasizes how foolish Mujoe and Mechadoc are in Episode 5:
"You fools! You foolish fools! Fooling around foolheartedly!"
- Depraved Bisexual: Implied with Bear Bomber, who makes out with everyone on Sibarelu regardless of if they needed the face-warmth or not.
- Description Cut: Where are Bongo and Gangu when Shout needs them? Floating away in a random underground river.
- Designated Hero: Mighty in-universe. He fights crime, rescues orphans, rebuilds dams, etc, but he also punts children like footballs, kidnaps girls to pass them off as distressed damsels on whole other planets, and apparently hits on women like a total sleaze. Everyone lampshades it to hell and back. By Episode 5, it's clear that he was a Bunny-Ears Lawyer: complete Jerk Ass, but was otherwise great at everything.
- Dirty Communists: Bajira and his butler in Episode 3.
Butler: "Instead of red with pride, I am red with rage!"
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Bulge Bomb" is sung by ThornBrain and BigTUnit1.
- Double Entendre/UnEntendre: Most of Mujoe's dialogue is this, due to his eye-drawingly large bulge.
- Dub Name Change: Subverted with Shiro. His name is shorted from "Shirobon"note in order to make it sound more like a name and easier to say. However Episode 6 shows that his full name is still "Shirobon", but he doesn't go by it.
- Empathic Weapon: Parodied. "The bomb is in your heart, not in these...bombs..."
- Establishing Character Moment:
- Shiro: Happily dropping bombs into the nearby village.
- Birdy: "My grandfather's dead." Or "What's your opinion on paper-mache?"
- Mujoe: "Hey, what happened to my pants?"
Hige Hige Mook: HIGE!
Mujoe: And don't you forget it!
- Mighty: Singing the Superman theme.
- Bongo: Everyone hitting him.
- Gangu: "Wow, I offended myself by saying that!"note
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Episode 4, after Shiro and Shout murder Bajira from Episode 3 and feast upon his flesh.
- Expy: Bajira in Episode 3 is The Count, which annoys his butler to the point of (attempted) homicide.
- Funny Background Event: In Episode 6, after Shout and Shiro are resuscitated by Bear Bomber via second base, Pommy Dragon offers Shout hot chocolate to wash the taste out of her mouth. The camera then cuts to show the entire platoon of Hige Hige Bandits also drinking hot chocolate.
- The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Birdy knows Talking Heads and The Bee Gees.
- Has Two Thumbs and...: A variation in Episode 4. Dr Ein asks "Hey! Who else hates their job?!", finger snapping can be heard, "This guy!"
- Heroic BSOD: Shiro is in the middle of one at the start of Episode 5 as the obvious death of his brother is finally starting to hit him. Comes back in full force at the end when he realizes Max might be Mighty.
- Hijacked by Ganon: An inverted running gag in the series. The people that hire the Jetters are always more evil and a greater threat than the Hige Hige Bandits. Hell, as of Episode 4 the Jetters are more evil than the Hige Hige Bandits.
- Hypocritical Humor:
"Kids aren't allowed in the Jetters! Except for me..."
- Also Dr. Ein in the same episode:
Bongo: "I know your pain, Bongo. We'll take the jo-"
Ein: "Shut up, Bongo! God! You're so insensitive! Anyway, disgusting ant creature, we'll take the job out of pity."
- Idiot Hero: Defied. Thorn specifically wanted Shiro to not be a stupid protagonist like is found in every other abridged series (including his own), though Shiro could still exhibit naivete due to being a child. Every other character, however... Let's just say there's a reason BigTUnit1 calls the Jetters a "ragtag team of suck".
- I'm a Humanitarian:
- A variation in Episode 4, when Shiro and Shout murder and eat a humanoid pig character from the previous episode.
- Played traditionally with Pommy Dragon in Episode 6.
- Jerk Ass:
- Mighty, and it gets worse with each episode despite him only being in the first episode.
- Everyone has their moments, even the mild-mannered Birdy:
Birdy: "Oh man."
Shiro: "What is it?"
Birdy: "A man with no corners. You're not very smart, Shiro."
- Jerk Ass Dissonance: Played with In-Universe. It's clear that Mighty's a jerkass hero that everybody inexplicably loves, but nobody denies this either. Shiro even straight-up admits to Mighty being a jerk in the first episode.
- Kafka Komedy: Nothing goes right for the Jetters. Protect a treasure from the Hige Hige Bandits? Their client is a bigger threat to the universe than them. Stop the new villain? End up in jail for genocide. Finally get out and get back to work? They're broke and they lose their house by the next episode. And so on and so on...
- Large Ham: The villains Mujoe and Dr. Mechadoc. BigTUnit1's inspiration for the latter was Mark Hamill's version of The Joker.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Mechadoc.
- Metaphorgotten: Mighty to Shiro in Episode 1:
"You're never going to be a great Bomber unless you learn to understand: The bomb is in your heart, not in these... bombs...
Have I made myself clear?!"
- Most Annoying Sound: Invoked with Top Bomber's "Guru guru" and "-ururu" verbal tics. In-Universe, Mujoe hates him because of it.
- Mushroom Samba / Art Shift: The dream sequence/cold open in Episode 5.
Shiro: "Lick the frog, you said."
- Mythology Gag: Episode 3 included a few references to Thorn and Travis' Lets Plays of the Bomberman Hero and Bomberman Jetters games.
Dr. Mechadoc: "Bomber...Change!!!"
MAX: "Hyper flyyyyy..."
- Episode 4 also featured "Redial" as elevator music.
- No Indoor Voice: Gangu
- No Mouth: The Bombermen. Thorn loved editing the first episode.
- Non Sequitur: Not that Birdy doesn't say things in-context. They're just usually this.
- Once per Episode:
- Louie dies.
- Mujoe changes up his laugh, or laughs in a way that is not even a laugh.
- Someone says "For fuck's sake!"
- The "BUUUULGE BOOOOMB!" section of the opening is changed up, usually involving an explosion or something happening to Mujoe.
- One-Scene Wonder: Birdy. He had to be purposefully pulled back to this after Episode 3 when Mugiwara Yoshi noted that Birdy's overuse in that episode was more annoying than funny, to which Thorn and Travis agreed.
- Overly Long Gag: Mujoe's Alphabet Plan in Episode 5. It spans about 2/3rds of the episode.
- Patron Saint: Meta example: Word of God says Jack Handey and Steven Wright are Birdy's patron saints.
- Physical God: The Bombermen have the powers of gods, including creation from nothing, revival of the dead, and instant killing, (when Louie gets involved, all three can apply). Mighty lampshades this in the first episode.
- A God Am I: Averted. Though the Bombermen have god-like powers, they are responsible with them and treat them like a part of growing up.
- Preemptive "Shut Up": Mujoe to Top Bomber in the Episode 4 Post-Credits.
- Quietly Performing Sister Show: To Sgt. Frog Abridged.
- Refuge in Audacity:
- Mujoe's entire intro scene is one big "Hey look! He has a giant bulge in his crotch!" The kicker: he's sensitive about his bulge every point after.
- This exchange in Episode 3 about Shiro's trap for the Hige Hige Bandits:
Shout: "Wow! What'd you use? Pepper spray?"
Shiro: "Nope. HIV. Hige Immunodeficiency Virus."
"Are you sure...?"
- Running Gag:
"You'd better B prepared, C?"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Mighty only disappeared because he got pissed off about something and ditched the team.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Shiro's quest to find answers to his destiny on Sibarelu. The whole quest was in his imagination to begin with, but it only culminates in a "behind" pun.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Birdy sings his own version of Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" in Episode 3, because Travis sings his own lyrics to songs when he doesn't know the rest of the lyrics.
- Song Parody:
- The theme song, "Bulge Bomb", is a parody of "Car Bomb" by Negativland, and instead of car parts it lists off various silly things in Bomberman Jetters and the fan translation (hence "'Fire' in English is called 'Fire'").
- Birdy provides his own lyrics to Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" and The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" in Episode 3.
- Housing Bomber's two lines are parodied from "Brick House" by the Commodores.
- Mechadoc makes one when revealing his robot ostrich.
- Mujoe has one at the prospect of Bagular taking him to the Father-Son Dance.
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: Mujoe's ringtone is AC/DC's "Big Balls".
- They Called Me Mad!: Dr. Mechadoc, for his "giant metal ostrich". The usual use of this trope is subverted, due to Mechadoc going through with making the ostrich because people thought he was crazy.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Oh peanut butter and suck!", "Oh, jelly and balls!" and "Oh, banana fuck pudding!"
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Episode 5 shows that Mujoe has a very strained relationship with his father.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Have we mentioned Mighty's a Jerk Ass?
- Verbal Tic:
- Like in the original, Bongo ends most sentences with "Bongo", even if it's just a one-word sentence.
- Also like in the original, Top Bomber says (with rolled R's) "Guru guru", the Japanese onomatopoeia for spinning. However he also ends every sentence with "-ururu", and thus Mujoe sends him to a nebula.
- Vocal Dissonance: One of the Higes is named "Deep One" for good reason. He's also the only one who can speak English.
- You Monster!: Shiro has this about himself and his own team after they kill Bajira and feast on his cooked flesh.
"We're horrible people."