is a 2008 French cartoon by Ankama Animation set within the world of an MMORPG of the same name, which is set 1,000 years after the production company's other MMO, Dofus
. The whole show is completely kid-friendly, since the target audience is 8-10 years old
, but tons of jokes are aimed directly at older audiences
and fans of the game
, is full of Fanservice
, and the plot itself matures enormously
The first season follows a group of adventurers aiding The Hero
, Yugo, in his search to find his true family
. Together, they battle their way through various dangers
, all the while being chased by Nox
, a time-manipulating madman
powered by the energy of all living creatures (the wakfu
), which he harvests through swarms of parasitic, robotic bugs.
The series is planned to have 52-episodes over the course of two seasons (although one of the creators said that a third might be possible). The first season ended on June 5th, 2010, and included a bonus 27th episode (not included in the slated 52) exploring Nox's past. Season two began airing February of 2011, and an animated movie is planned for 2014. Currently, it continues life as a French manga (what could have been animated as season three if technical difficulties had not stopped that).
From a technical point of view, Wakfu
is drawn with vectors using the Adobe Flash
program, and follows a lot of anime clichés
, though the final work is quite unique (and tends to be pretty awesome). It is also notable that the series is animated almost entirely in France, which is rare considering the costs of such a production. Ankama's sister company in Japan is responsible for the animation not done by Ankama proper, the bonus episode "Noximilien" was animated by Madhouse
, and a 52-minute feature on Ogrest was made in collaboration with Studio Ghiblinote
is considered a "cross-media"
, consisting of the animation, the MMOG, and a trading card game. However, the animation has generated four other Spin-Offs
by itself: a series of shorts called Mini-Wakfu
, which supplies some useful background information
on the two games (Dofus
); a browser-based MMORPG, Wakfu: The Guardians
, which uses the same engine as Dofus
and allows the player to "replay" the episodes of the series through small dungeons, with characters similar in appearance and powers to Yugo
; a series of graphic novels titled Wakfu Heroes
; and a Beat 'em Up
called Island of Wakfu
for the Xbox LIVE Arcade
that acts as a Prequel
for the series. Ankama has recently released an English trailer and a Kickstarter for a home video release (and English dub) in North America
— that raised over six times
the required amount. As of September 14, 2014 the first season of the English dub is available on Netflix.
This series and The Guardians
have a Character Sheet
Not to be confused with My Waifu
, Wok Fu
Wakfu provides examples of:
The Legend of Ogrest provides examples of the following tropes:
The "Noximilien" bonus episode provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: A really noticeable change in character design is present between Wakfu and its "Noximilien" special. The eldest (judging height-wise) child and Nox's wife have black hair in the series, while being blonde in the special — in addition to the wife's massive character redesign.
- Art Shift: And how. It was animated by a completely different team and directed by Masaaki Yuasa, and as such the animation is quite reminiscent of Kaiba.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Noximilien slowly loses his grip on reality under the influence of the Eliacube.
- Ignored Epiphany: Noximilien returns home to see that his family has left him. He reads a letter from his wife and realizes for a moment what is happening to him. He packs up to get ready to join them. Then the clock starts ticking...
- Limp and Livid: Noximilien, as his sanity begins to slip.
- Locked into Strangeness: Noximilien's hair turning from blond to white.
- Mad Eye: Noximilien acquires one at the end of this bonus episode.
- Meaningful Rename:
Noximilien: My children called me "Daddy", my wife called me "Milien". From this instant, the world shall learn to call me "Nox"!
- My God, What Have I Done?: Noximilien realizing that his family is dead because of his obsession with the Eliacube.
- Rage Against the Heavens:
Noximilien: I'll fight time — that great, deceiving fool! Soon I'll be as powerful as the god Xelor! Yes, even more powerful... [...] DO YOU HEAR ME, XELOR?! I'll surpass you and I'll bring back my family!
- Sanity Slippage: The whole damn thing.
- Special Edition Title: The whole usual sequence from the season 1 credits opening plays normally until the aforementioned "Jump" moment, where it does a time-reversing-effect like in episode 26 (complete with reversed music), ending with a close-up of the Eliacube.
- Start of Darkness: The whole bonus episode. Even the following Mini-Wakfu episode contributes, by showing the creation of the first Noxine.
- Twitchy Eye: Noximilien at the end of the episode.
- The Watchmaker: Noximilien's profession.
Goultard the Barbarian provides examples of the following tropes:
- Bloody Murder: Katar, the villain in the short, uses his Prehensile Blood to wrap around Goultard.
- I Have Your Wife: The villain kidnaps Goultard's wife and children in order to lure him into a fight. He kills them before Goultard arrives, and taunts him about it in order to make Goultard angrier. This is actually all part of a plan to get a parasitic demon that feeds off of rage to see Goultard as a more appetizing host and jump from the villain into Goultard. The villain doesn't get to enjoy his newfound freedom for long, however, as Goultard kills him immediately afterward.
- Pilot: Before the actual show was made, a short called Goultard le Barbare was used to perfect animation techniques. It can be watched in French here (starting at ~18:15).
- Super Strength: Goultard is shown to have an insane level of strength even as a kid.
Mini-Wakfu provides examples of:
Wakfu: The Guardians provides examples of the following tropes:
- Anti Poopsocking: In the MMORPG, you can only sell your wares through your haven bag while you are logged out.
- Crapsaccharine World: Everything is colorful and a bit of chibi-style, like the characters... until you get to know more of the background story.
- Green Aesop: Barring certain areas and certain materials, resources and monsters don't reappear of their own accord once you've collected or slain them. If you want to fight or craft anything else, you need to collect their seeds and replant them.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: N... just N. (For the non-francophones: in French, the letter "N" sounds like "haine", meaning "hate".)
- Nice Hat: Each and every Eliatrope has a magnificent hat.
- Sdrawkcab Name: The "Island of Emrub", which is "Brume" ("Mist") backwards. Also fitting to the first Wakfu episode title, "Child of Mist".