|Review authors:||Jacob Jones and FernandoLemon|
|Authors:||"Curran" (writer) and "Nekonny" (artist)|
|Start date:||May 15, 2010|
|End date:||November 7, 2016|
|Genre:||Furry, manga wannabe, failed comedy|
|Defining flaw:||Awful writing|
OK, here's the deal: a fellow user named FernandoLemon tried to review this webcomic. Unfortunately, he couldn't do much by himself. So, I decided to help him out; and we worked together to fix his mess to the best of our abilities.
The very belief that they thought this was a good idea.
Story and Plot
The story starts with a girl named Sammy that decides to buy a Chinese iPhone knock-off known as iMew to save money. However, after using it for a while, she realizes that it's slowly turning her into a cat because we all know the Chinese are magical people capable of doing anything.
She manages to hide it from her boyfriend Raf, but her best friend Lydia does find out. Then shit hits the fan after the cat breaks the charger. They go to the mall to find a replacement, but since the phone is rare, they fail miserably. On their way back home, they bump into Lori, a character who acts like a bitch for no apprent reason, and her pet ferret unsuccessfully tries to steal the iMew.
Sammy and Lydia decide to go to Chinatown next, since they're looking for someone who can understand the phone, and they're welcomed to a festival celebrating the Year of the Cat. They find a store that sells iMews, but the salesman tells them that it needs an updated card and just shoos them away.
One pointless cheesecake scene later, Lori's ferret steals the phone again, which leads to Sammy turning into a cat some more, this time taking a more feral look. They go to Lori's place and get the phone, but for some reason she decides to murder Sammy. Lydia rushes back to Chinatown to get the new 2.0. chip, and succeeds. Sammy becomes human again and everything is back to normal. Then it sort of ends.
The next arc is hardly any better. Sammy turns into a cat again because she's an idiot, then drops the iMew (and Chinese Salesman isn't there to help) because plot, leading to a crossover with Katbox's own Addictive Science. After several pages worth of nothing, Lydia is transformed by another character, then a different character fixes the phone and Sammy and her are transformed back. The end.
The one good thing I can say about this webcomic is that the art style's not too bad. Like hundreds, maybe even thousands of other webcomics out there, it uses an anime/manga style. Now, to the artist's credit, the panel layout is very neat. Plus, he's capable of drawing facial expressions, even if most of the time he half-asses it with classic anime clichés like the sweat drop or cross-popping veins instead.
Despite all that, the art has one giant problem, and that is the way the arist handles the backgrounds. They're always either empty, photos or weird gradients. There's even some pages that have all three!
As a final point, I should mention that the second arc mixes in Addictive Science's artstyle, which is sketchier, cruder and overall uglier (and also forgets to add backgrounds). That's that.
Let's cut the crap. This was a donation-based webcomic. As such, it's pretty darn obvious that the authors didn't care about the end product and just wanted to get their greasy hands on your money.
As mentioned above, this is a comedy. If you thought it might be funny, or at the very least amusing, then boy are you wrong. Every joke is either stupidity (mostly from Sammy), complete randomness or old internet memes...
No kidding! Sirs, I hate to break it to you, but the way the punchlines are delivered in this webcomic can be summed up in one word...
Another thing, sometimes the authors resort to walls of text to show us what's going on.
A little tip, that only works for important speeches or heated arguments. Using that style of writing elsewhere is not going to get you anywhere.
And then there's parts where it's obvious they were out of their minds while writing. For example, when Lori's ferret steals the iMew again. He chews on it for a while, but it doesn't get activated despite being unlocked. Because as Smartphone owners, we all know they only get activated by human fingers and plot convenience, never animals or even our own asses, right?
Or how about The Year of the Cat festival? I'm sure it's there only for plot convenience (or maybe cheesecake convenience, because what's the use of catgirls if you can't see them in all their feline glory?) because it's actually a Vietnamese celebration.
Finally, remember the panic about the battery life? Yeah, not only does Sammy keep the phone on at all times, but she uses it constantly, too. You probably own a phone. You don't need us to hold your hand on why this is dumb. And you can ask your nearest 10-year-old why getting an upgraded chipset doesn't give you unlimited battery life, but that might imply a 10-year-old is paying more attention to the plot than the writers themselves.
Finally, let's talk about the characters.
...wait, there were characters?
...oh, yeah, I remember now. That's just because they were so one-dimensional and flat that you could sum them up in about two words each. Seriously! Sammy is bland, Lydia is boring, Lori is bipolar, the Chinese salesman is a stereotype and Raf is a dumbass.
The only character that has something resembling a personality is Eddie, who's not even that likable. And he's Sammy's fucking cat!
To not go on for too much longer, I'll be blunt. The artist's other webcomics, Caribbean Blue and Paprika are about furries, ani-maids and the weeaboo culture in general. And Curran is the writer of Las Lindas' bonus comics. Sweet dreams!
Overall, iMew should have been scrapped while it was still on the drawing board. Yes, the art is somewhat good, but even that can't save this piece of cat puke.