Seasons: 2 (1 full season + on-going 2nd season) Original Run: october2008 – on-going (France)
Wakfu (Wah-k-ah-fu) is an animated show that many might have missed, considering it first aired in France! Based on a hit MMO Wakfu tells the story of a young boy Yugo who discovers he has a destiny far grander than he could have imagined. The show is populated with colorful characters, a fun and at times incredibly deep storyline, and Jaw-dropping animation done in Adobe Flash. Wakfu is one show that everyone should see.
Set in the world of Twelve (after the twelve gods that created it) after a horriable calamity known as Ogrest’s Chaos has shaken the very foundations of the world, a young boy (yugo) awakens to a mysterious power that allows him to create portals from thin air, and a message telling him to find his family. After an attack on his village Yugo decides to set off with a few mismatched new friends to discover the reasons behind the attack and possibly discover who his real family is (a better start to a heroes journey I wouldn’t know Kupo!).
At the outset he meets a young Iop knight known as Sir Sadlygrove Percedal and his shushu (demon) possessed sword Rubilax, a Enutrof treasure hunter by the name of Ruel Stroud, and the Sadida Princess Amilia Sheran Sharm and her Cra bodyguard Evangelyne. This well rounded misfit cast is the highlight of the show as each has their own distinct view of the world and their places in it. Very few times have I ever had a hard time finding something I didn’t like about the characters as each can (and will) grow on you over the course of the show. Tense moments of suspense and danger are often broken up by laugh out loud gags that can just as easily turn into tear jerking moments of extreme emotion. To say that you’ll feel a part of this group and end up caring about them like your own friends is not an understatement but a true promise.
The Personal journey that each character takes throughout the show helps set this ‘cartoon’ apart from most shows today. Yugo grows immesly as he discovers more about his true past and the powers at his disposal, going from an innocent farm boy to the hero he needs to be to save the land of twelve. Sadlygrove (grovy) also goes through a coming of age story of sorts as he learns what it means to be a Iop, a race of warriors who are more brawn than brain. I could go on but to experience these characters and their paths is one of the joys that this show excels in providing.
Now about the animation, the show is done using adobe flash and it will take your breath away. The characters are very active and full of life as they jump, run, and fall all over themselves. Eyes sparkle with hope or love and fight scenes will leave you breathless as each sword swing (or shovel in one case!) comes crashing into the ground. Without a hiccup in sight the show is a true piece of eye candy that only gets better as it progresses into each unforgettable setting. Easily, Wakfu takes the cake in best animated fantasy in this moogle’s library.
The last things I’d like to say is that Wakfu will make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, and you’ll probably end up wanting to learn French (if you don’t know it already Kupo). without a doubt a must see experience for anyone who enjoys animation at all, and one I plan to revisit as often as I can.
A beautiful Show with amazing character development from France, two seasons with more episodes to come, there is no reason not to see this right now!
I rate Wakfu 5/5 Kupo!