Is it possible that someone can make stories using an IP that is just as jaw dropping, if not better than the one that the creator of that IP made. Today I will be exploring this question with a game called Undertale, and an animated series called Glitchtale.
For those of you who do not know what either of these two projects are I will quickly sum both of them up. Undertale is a game that explores the human condition of morality through its mechanics. If you haven't played the game yet, then you need to stop reading now and play it. The game will cost you about fifteen dollars, but it's one hundred percent worth it. This is one of those games that you need to play fresh, and completely untouched. The animation on the other hand is called Glitchtale, and it's so well made that the only way I want to describe it is Undertale, the television show. Glitchtale explores how you make an animated television show, off of a game whose story is shown through mechanics instead of visuals, text, and sound. Instead of trying to take the story, and break it down into twenty minute episodes, it instead takes the idea, characters, and setting of Undertale, and creates a show around that. Something that I think some people in Hollywood should learn a thing or two when they make their next video game movie adaptation.
Now Undertale is my favorite game that I have ever played, and Glitchtale is my favorite animated series. Something to remember is that in both categories I include multimillion dollar projects. However, even including bigger budget projects, I still like Undertale more than Bioshock, and Glitchtale more than Steven Universe, my previous contenders in both categories.
But enough praising two flawless projects, let's get back to talking about the topic at hand. Is Glitchtale just as good, if not better than Undertale. For those of you who still can't tell, Undertale is a master work, and one of the best examples of the power of video games as metaphor. But, is Glitchtale just as powerful as Undertale. The short is, yes, yes it is. The long is, going to take some time to explain.
Glitchtale, being a animated series, is scripted, so it's impossible for it to be an exact recreation. Mostly because Undertale's universe has a lot to do with parallel worlds and the power of determination. However, that doesn't mean it's any weaker for it. The first season of the show is less story heavy, and more focused on action and the moral. And on both fronts, it succeeds with flying colors. Glitchtale has some of the best choreographed action scenes I have ever seen in my life. Also, just as a reminder, when I say best, this includes big budget projects like movies and Tv shows. The moral gets a bit preachy in the last episode, but I have absolutely no problem with that. The show, through visuals, and some outstanding sound effects, really help you get the message of forgiveness.
The second season however is where the show really begins to shine. I really want to avoid spoilers for the second season, it's just phenomenal, but I will say this. The second season focuses on what happens after the events of the games, and the only word to describe the quality, is perfect. The plot feels believable, the characters are realistic, both canon and new, but what makes it as strong as it is, is the plot twist. I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it, but if you haven't seen it, then you need to immediately.
In conclusion, both Glitchtale, and Undertale, are equally perfect. Until I saw Glitchtale, I never thought that someone could make something using an IP just as good, if not better than the creator of that IP. So, for those of you who love Undertale, and want to see something just as perfect, watch Glitchtale. Glitchtale takes the characters and ideas of Undertale, and seamlessly transfers it into a scripted, series.