, Karim Musa's alias, is an Italian
internet reviewer, and he's pretty much the
go-to online Caustic Critic
when it comes to this kind of Video Review Show
among the Italian audience.
His style is, more or less, the one popularized with The Nostalgia Critic
and The Angry Video Game Nerd
, as he reviews both sucky video games
and (especially) just-as-sucky movies.
However, his style evolved soon enough into something more unique
, which is most likely helped by the "Universal Squallor" logo pictured above standing for an actual studio; said studio was never actually meant to be entirely
about reviews in the first place. Yotobi himself said so.
However, we were talking about the stuff he reviews. Yep, sucky stuff. How sucky, you ask? Well, so far he has reviewed Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
, the infamous E.T. video game
, Epic Movie AND Disaster Movie
, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
, "Manos" The Hands of Fate
... the list goes on; you can pretty much guess where this is going.
His channel is right here,
although none of his videos have English subs at the moment.
This Web Original series contains examples of:
- Acting for Two / Talking to Himself:
- He plays a father and his son in the mock commercial for the diuretic Sodiaspurg AND Jack and Locke in a small LOST parody in his Puma Man review.
- Berserk Button: This guy loathes everything ever made by The Asylum. Imagine how much he loved doing a review comprised entirely of Asylum movies.
- Brick Joke/Tempting Fate: One of his Running Gags is pretending to have a stroke after watching "trash scenes". In the review for The Story Of Ricky, it really happens.
- Canis Latinicus: "Ad Minchiam" note
- Caustic Critic: Despite having the same knowledge as other online reviewers about tropes and how they work (and how cinema works in general), he's kind of more nitpicky about it. However, there's quite a few reviews of movies he has enjoyed.
- Character Development: Compare his review of Troppo Belli and his more recent review of Alba Kiara: while he equally and absolutely loathed both, in the latter he was much more able to keep his cool and looked more offended and bored rather than downright freaked out.
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: When addressing Supaidaman's status as a Widget Series, he uses a Japanese commercial featuring "a raccoon with giant testicles". Apparently, he doesn't know about Tanukis, whose portrayal in Japanese mythology is supposed to be just that.
- Cut His Face With A Pencil: What Scribble threatens to do to Yotobi if he ever thinks about calling him for another review.
- Darker and Edgier: Alba Kiara. Mostly because he really hated that one.
- Deadpan Snarker: A staple for any Caustic Critic, Yotobi's pretty damn good at snarking.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: He ends his review of the E.T. videogame (you know the one) so pissed at its ending (or lack thereof), he punches the screen so hard he crashes it.
- Gag Censor: Two for Alba Kiara: an audio one where he replaces copyrighted songs with kids' songs, and a traditional one covering nude scenes with dogs grooming themselves.
- Genre Savvy: Yotobi, as stated above, is aware of the "So Bad, It's Good" definition. In a crossover review with another Italian reviewer, "iltizioqualunque"note , the latter shows he knows the concept of "Willing Suspension of Disbelief" when discussing a shot of the Daily Bugle represented by a door with "Daily Bugle" written on it.
- Gilligan Cut: As a Cutaway Gag when first describing Supaidaman.
"Watching it was like kissing for the first time. Or making love for the first time. Or going on Chatroulette for the first time. (cut to him in a dark room, in front of his webcam) Is... is that a penis?"
Yotobi: "Just...how much random stuff is happening at the same time? An Alien Invasion, a crashing spaceship, a dinosaur monster, a cave with a weirdo living in it, a life-saving spider-bracelet—"
(cut to a famous-in-Italy old-school Milka
Shop customer: "... and then there was a groundhog packaging the chocolate bars!"
- Gushing About Shows You Like: Invoked by Yotobi, who, despite snarking a lot throughout the review, made it pretty clear that he absolutely loves Supaidaman.
"In 1978, a live-action series about Spider-Man, set in Japan, was made. There are 41 episodes and one movie in this series by Toei. We're gonna watch the Pilot Episode, and believe me when I say that each and every expectation of mine about it was
utterly demolished. In a good way, of course."
- Hollywood Atheist: Averted! Yotobi is an atheist, but he doesn't make a big deal about it, nor is he a Jerkass about it.
- MST3K Mantra: Invoked by Yotobi in the aforementioned crossover review of a borderline-homemade Spider-Man film.
iltizioqualunque: "... don't ask?"
Yotobi: "Exactly. Same thing applies here."
- Nice Guy: As snarky and nitpicky as he is, Yotobi qualifies. To clarify, as stated below, Yotobi's speech patterns are Sophisticated as Hell at worst. Usually, he swears at least once in each review, but rarely more than three, four or five times. This is also because he tends to be very polite - and brutally honest at the same time - in reviews, which is mirrored in his review of the Italian movie Amore 14 ("14 Love"). This movie is, simply put, a Teen Drama depicting a 14-years-old girl's first experiences with love... and sex. He's shocked at the mere concept of the movie; it gets worse when the movie shows the female lead starting to think about sex... looking for a Porn Stash... comparing, er, "sizes" on paper... and by the end of the review - where these kinds of "discoveries" reach their logical conclusionnote , Yotobi is utterly horrified. He couldn't even be explicit about the subjects he mentioned in the captions because he personally felt dirty when doing so. When someone is that freaked out, you can't help but feel a bit sorry for the guy.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He mocks Puma Man for this.
- One of Us: In case a bookshelf with various manga volumes on it, another with an original Buzz Lightear cardboard spaceship on it, and a Darth-Vader-featuring "The empire needs you!" poster on his wall didn't give it away already (see also Genre Savvy above). Another video also suggests he's a brony.
- Precision F-Strike: Yotobi isn't afraid to swear. Just don't expect him to swear often.
- Rant Inducing Slight: Troppo Belli, aside from being a flat, uninteresting movie, generates one because it has, as main "actors", two guys with no acting training whatsoever who were chosen only based on their looks.
This is why Italy is falling apart!
- Repeat Cut: Used as a parody of Supaidaman's own repeated cuts.
- Relax-o-Vision: Used in the review for Japanese Spider-Man due to his arachnophobia, and again in the teenage-sluttiness-related AlbaKiara movie. In the former, all close-ups on spiders are replaced with cute kittens; in the latter, sex scenes are replaced with dogs licking their nuts (it's pretty much Played for Laughs).
- Running Gag: Some reviews have their own running gags.
- Self-Deprecation: At the beginning of his Mega Piranha review.
"I've been making videos for two years, and this is the first time I noticed that 'Welcome to a new review' has no meaning whatsoever."
- Shown Their Work: Aside from Yotobi's own knowledge of how cinema works, there's his partner in the crossover review of an obscure Spider-Man Live-Action Adaptation made in 1969. Said partner, another Italian internet reviewer (known as iltizioqualunque; "il tizio qualunque" means, more or less, "the everyman"), has an astonishing knowledge of the Spidey mythos.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: In his Puma Man review, he remarks that the score is more appropriate for a Soy-based product and he demonstrates it.
- Spit Take: Invoked in his Birdemic review, when addressing the movie's Special Effects Failure.
"Okay, so we've come to one of the movie's most crucial scenes. Do you think this was done with CGI, or with puppets? If your answer was "puppets"... you wish! I wish those were puppets myself, I'd have settled with puppets like
L'albero Azzurronote 's Dodo. Seriously, he would have been enough. But in my entire life, I have never seen sucky CGI effects...
this sucky. It's impossible to describe, and if I show the scene in question, I swear, no comment will be needed at all. So, three... two... no, no, I need one thing first... hang on, I'll be back in a moment...
(comes back with a glass of water) Here I am. With a glass of water. If you have water on hand, please take a glass of it, as we need to do that one thing with the glass of water when there's something unexpected. Three, two, one...
(footage of the Special Effects Failure
(bursts out in a hysterical fit of laughter) Oh God, I'm having a stroke."
- Stunned Silence: In this moment OF his Dark Souls LP.
- Take That: Often enough. His Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing review opens with one.
- When describing Dragonball Evolution, the movie's atmosphere (a mixture of sci-fi elements, Teen Drama, and action) is immediately addressed by Yotobi's girlfriend with:
"The movie, contrary to the manga, feels like a new Smallville episode. Just watch!
(cut to a quick montage of scenes from the movie set to the Smallville
opening theme song)"
- That Came Out Wrong: In the above-mentioned crossover review, we have this exchange.
Yotobi: "We see a robber entering an office in order to kidnap a girl, Dr. Lightning's daughter."
iltizioqualunque: "On a side note, that mask is just awesome. We like it very much."
Yotobi: "You can find it in online catalogs, filed under 'amateur porn'."'
iltizioqualunque: "And how do you know that?"
- This Is Gonna Suck: As is the case for any hammy online reviewer who makes a big deal out of a movie's flaw, Yotobi's reviews can be told apart from each other by their openings. One review in particular, the one for the Italian movie "Troppo Belli" ("Too handsome"), opens with him sobbing in a corner, a treatment he didn't reserve even for the Seltzer and Friedberg movies he reviewed. Yeah, you've read that right. There are movies that are even worse. The movie's infamy is common knowledge in Italy, to the point that when Yotobi begs other Italian internet reviewers, they don't even want to have anything to do with it.
"If you wanted to review Troppo Belli, that's your business."
- Trolling Creator: Averted. Sure, there's quite a few instances of "Take That, Audience!", but it's very tongue-in-cheek.
- Understatement: The opening to his Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing review.
"I've read some reviews here and there... in which the game was given a one, one point five... on a ten-point scale... and then I said to myself, 'Wow'. How bad could a game suck, in order to get a one in reviews? Eh... enough."
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: As of the Supaidaman review, Yotobi appears to be arachnophobic. When the Pilot Episode has a Gross-Up Close-Up of a spider, he's not amused.
"While Peternote is riding his bike with his little brother, he finally sees the SPIIII—UUUUUUUUGGGH—yuck! Way, way,
way too close to the camera! I'm arachnophobic!! Do you want me to die?! (cue the spider's reflection in "Peter"'s eye) Argh... not again!"
"Well, I have no choice but to swap every shot of the spiders with superimposed cute kittens. (cut to the edited scene) Muuuuuch better."