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A Youtube channel dedicated to analysing a series or format

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Proposed By:
Pichu-kun on May 27th 2017 at 5:59:11 PM
Last Edited By:
Koveras on Sep 20th 2017 at 11:23:20 PM
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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.


Examples:

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    Channels on Anime and Manga 

    Channels on Film 

    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.

    Channels on Music 

    Channels on Video Games 
  • Game Theory (Web Show) is one of the most popular examples out there. It focuses on video game related theories. It has several sister series such as "Gaijin Goomba", which discusses Japanese topics in gaming, and "Film Theories", which is movie centered.
  • 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.

    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 greatanimation (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 

Feedback: 10 replies

May 27th 2017 at 9:09:02 PM

  • We have an article for the MLP Analysis community as a whole.
  • 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.

May 28th 2017 at 7:01:55 AM

  • 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.

Sep 11th 2017 at 11:30:16 AM

Why this isn't getting more comments and examples is beyond me...

Channels on video games

  • 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.

Channels on film

Sep 13th 2017 at 2:06:06 AM

  • The Mysterious Mr Enter is a review channel for animation who reviews in an alliterative manner on which ones are greatanimation (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.
  • Todd In The Shadows, is a music reviewer whose face is covered in shadows as he breaks down the details of pop songs, one hit wonders, and Madonna's filmography.
  • Shadiversity is a Youtuber who specializes in analyzing castles and weapons and armour, and anything medieval or fantasy-related.

Sep 19th 2017 at 9:05:11 PM

Anime & Manga

Sep 20th 2017 at 12:42:08 AM

Needs some Rolling Updates and the last hat...

Sep 20th 2017 at 5:56:13 AM

I took it upon myself to update the write-up. Is it good for launch now?

Sep 20th 2017 at 2:49:11 PM

^ Thanks. I was going to add the examples eventually, but I kept on procrastinating.

Sep 20th 2017 at 5:08:32 PM

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