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The best part? It's pretty good.
In an attempt to improve upon his first attempt of an original animated series, AnimatedJames made C-Students, a slimmed down and cleaner cut animation that expanded on the original concept of Seniors. The story mostly follows our main three characters, Kevin, Penny, and, August, who are pretty much mixtures of the 7 characters from Seniors. Probably the most notable change actually comes with these characters. Their voices are much more clear and well acted and that's exactly what James was going for. In fact, the audio is much clearer than C-Students, save for maybe one or two characters but remember, internet cartoons aren't usually performed in a major network studio.
So the audio is clear, but that doesn't mean characters are interesting. So how they stack up? While I could go in to the extra bullshit about the Blonde Bitch, sassy black teacher, or the pseudo macho gay Italian (which I should have been offended by because, you know, I'm a whop), I think we should just stick to making profiles for Kevin, Penny, and August.
Kevin, the somehow British kid in an American high school, is a complete douche. That's about it. Oh, okay, there's more to him than that but that's the outstanding quality we get from him. A total slacker whose only conquest is to get laid (perfectly summing up the vast majority of people I met in high school), Kevin mostly pines for the touch of his vaginal clad equivalent Scarlet, who rejects him constantly and blah, blah, blah, it's actually pretty funny. I normally can't stand animated relationship quarrels like this but it really is played off for laughs and pays off well. The line about MTV for example:
"Don't you watch MTV? Hot girls always go for the complete asshole! I don't understand it, but then again, I don't question it either." -KevinKevin's a good friend and the sex and idiotic jokes simply ooze out of the guy. The oblivious cloud of hormones, british swagger, and blatant moments make the character, making up for any negative attributes you might find.
August, voiced by the series creator himself, plays the straight man with a love for sarcasm. He keeps the group together and serves observer for the audience. For the most part he's a kind guy, really the heart out of the three. Honestly though, I can see why someone might find him more vanilla than every one else, after all he could have just as easily been a Mary Sue considering he's basically just James in disguise. There's not much to say, he's an established character with nothing incredibly excellent nor anything awful. However, this is what drives the characters along with a level head and just makes it more fun for viewers. Yes, he's average, but don't we need that to contrast with all the other shit going on?
Yes. Yes we do.
And now we meet my favorite character, Penny. What you think she's my favorite because she's my waifu? You sick fuck,
While everyone else is usually doing stuff like appearing out of other peoples' stomachs or having homoerotic fantasies (James, if you're reading this, thank you for that first one), Penny is the one dealing with a problem a lot of us have probably faced: Rejection. While it's initially played for laughs, she tries to keep fitting in, but her spirit is broken when she hears her getting mocked in the halls. This causes a break down and, yeah, it was very surprising to see James try something relatively emotional like this. It's personal, it's real, and it was one of my favorite elements of the cartoon.
I'm rambling at this point but I really do enjoy Penny. While she steals good comedic lines, the emotional point really got me, which makes for an overall great character. I mean shit, she wanted to go to a Reel Big Fish concert! Who the fuck doesn't like Reel Big Fish? Heretics and North Koreans, that's who.
So the characters are pretty good, but what about the story? The humor? Well guess what, they're great too...until the end.
It starts with, as I've said, Kevin trying to get with Scarlet. This scene sets the tone immediately to tell you "Hey, this is some cartoon shit so get ready." Literally first scene is just Kevin pulling his best Looney Tune moves and it's a great starting point. From here, Kevin i shot down and August tries to talk sense in to him, basically by reiterating that Kevin has no shot at all with her, but he should act like a gentlemen.
Cut to Penny's opening, conversing with Scarlet, Applebloom, and the cunt bunch who mock her offer to go see musical gods in action because apparently that's being a hipster. Again like I said, she's rejected by others and eventually brought to Kevin and August's group, which includes twins named Dom and Tom, and a lesbian named Nicole, whose daydream gives us...this moment.
|Do you want Porn? Because this is how you get Porn.|
From here we get more recaps on what's going on. Lesbian looks, Student's not doing homework, Kevin's desperate attempts at getting back with Scarlet, it all leads to even more well timed animated humor. Yet again we get another good line from Kevin about the American hang up with the word "cunt" and it too is both funny and true.
Soon we figure out where we get the name for the series, as August, Kevin, and then later we find Penny all getting C's on the project they turned in. We also get another scene from Mr Italian, but this time it turns out to be another sexy fantasy.
|We can only imagine how hard this must have been to make.|
Then it totally fucks up.
Yes both the ideas that Kevin and August give conflict with each other, but this doesn't mean they have to excessively argue over it. And an argument doesn't require a musical number. Yes, it does lead to a pretty funny dance sequence and some site gags, but it just does not fit. The song has that kind of generic tune you here in a lot of musicals and the voices aren't exactly Broadway quality here either. I mean this just had nothing to do with the cartoon at all, it's not even set up to have a musical number.
Does this ruin the whole cartoon? Of course not. It's still a great piece of entertainment and the style is unique. I've watched it several times and with each viewing I've found something new that I enjoy. Final thoughts? I love the callbacks it gives to other shows, the style it has in terms of humor, and the writing is well done, especially for an internet cartoon. Keep the emotion, keep the characters, especially keep the cartoon humor, but step up a few of the actors' mic quality and any future musical moments need to be dropped immediately. Unless you can get Reel Big Fish. James, get Reel Big Fish.
8/10; more episodes please