|Original review author:||Mr.Jaybird written around March 2021|
|Start Date:||October 22, 2003|
|Genre:||Fantasy Adventure with furries and humans|
|Defining Flaw:||Interesting basic concept that degenerated into erotic furry fanservice, and now it is recovering from it, although kind of slowly and the fanservice still runs rampant.|
Despite the fact that the original review was made back in 2012-2013 and that it focused too much on its creator, The Luigiian's statement still persists: That TwoKinds is a poorly written anime/manga done as furries, that has a shit-ton of softcore furry porn and it was thinly-veiled as an excuse for the artist to draw almost-porn and get paid.
And aside from the "outdated" review and the extreme focus on the artist, it seems that the webcomic had somehow "improved." So, let's just dive back into this hellhole.
At first it sucked and now it is recovering from its downfall. Albeit, with a very slow pace and a heavy dose of YMMV, seeing as the ratio of plot to softcore porn content has only gotten worse. Also, see the background headline.
Story and Plot
The story is placed in the continent of Mekkan, where three races reside and is full of magic. The first race is that of the humans, the all-white without a single smudge of melanin sort to be precise, who are settlers that discovered the continent and its inhabitants. The humans can draw magic out of the continent without having to extract it via mining or picking up crystal flowers(yes, these things exist in the comic, and it is weird). They are being led by a king, although the ones who have a lot of power are a guild called the Templars. The second race are the Keidran, the indigenous furry inhabitants of Mekkan, some of them are tribalistic, while others are more civilized and they range from wolves to tigers, leopards, foxes etc. Unlike the humans though, they have to mine or do flower picking in order to use magic because they can't draw it from the earth but from the crystals. Why can't they do magic as well as human? Never explained, it just is.
The keidran also have shorter lifespans due to the fact that they age like animals. The third are the Basitins, who live on an island, isolated from the outside world, although they are split into east and west. The eastern Basitins are more militarized and have the ancient Spartan principle with Medieval European equipment, while the western ones are more tribal-like - the eastern ones are basically furry Asians. Out of the three, the Basitins can't use magic without going insane. They can also go insane while in the vicinity of a mana tower.
The plot begins when Trace Legacy, the main character, gets taken into the Templars. There he grows up, becomes an educated man and eventually marries a girl named Saria. They were about to celebrate something only for her to get killed by a Keidran thief, then Trace attempted to revive her through black magic, only to destabilize his mental health and turning himself into a piece of shit. He then dethroned the Templar leader, killed his advisors and strategists and replaced them with his own, waged war on the Keidran and violated the Geneva convention. He then went somewhere to fight someone only to get his memories wiped out, followed by waking up in the middle of a forest. This is where the comic starts (you first learn all that other stuff much later).
However, the plot goes haywire after a few chapters. At first, the comic consisted of 85% plot and 15% of horny shit that shouldn't be there. then, the porn increased to 33%, and now at time of writing this review (early 2021) it is at 50%, mixing with the plot and giving us the end result of lots of inconsistency. BUT WAIT, it gets worse. The balance between between the plot and the porn constantly changes, with the porn mostly overwhelming the plot to the point it just becomes annoying, confusing and stale - much like with Tina's Story.For example, there are a shitload of scenes with Flora doing things ranging from lying in bed with Trace to them doing other things, all filled with creepy and very horny dialogue, as if the artist constantly had to remind himself "No, I can't go full porn... I mustn't!" - but with all the actual furry softcore porn of the comic characters put up on the artist's DeviantArt, then we all know what's going on here.
Another thing is that Flora used to be a slave, which makes her character even more confusing, since its somewhat hard to tell if its slave conditioning or furry horniness that makes her want to fuck the main character so often. There is also another character called Kathrin, that is the result of selective breeding, which made her very attractive and was extremely valuable as a slave, a sex slave to be exact. She is also sterile due to her selective breeding. If you thought that "this is it about Kat", well guess what? There is more. Her owner, Eric, grew up with her to the point where they are basically step-siblings that love each other. Plus, Eric has developed a crush on her. A crush, on his step-sister and slave. I have no other words to say regarding this subject other than "set me ablaze". Good thing that Eric sets her free of slavery later on, although it only makes it slightly better. Slightly
Speaking of Eric, he is a well-rounded trader and a perverted painter that gets Keidran women to pose for him naked, so he can draw them and place his Masterpieces on the walls of his house's gallery, alongside with sculptures of them.
Oh, by the way, as stated earlier - there are no black or brown-skinned humans in the comic, at all. All humans white, because... reasons that are never explained. Why hasn't this joker been canceled yet just for that?
The art is most likely the reason why the webcomic is widely known, as it is quite good, and since the last review it had improved quite a lot over the years. The backgrounds are greatly detailed, the colors are more vibrant and lively and the lighting is just nice. The characters also look better. I got nothing else to say rather than that the art is quite great. However, there is a massive problem with the art, that being the character designs. Some character designs are alright, with a tiny amount of wank material that is left mostly untouched, (thank God) some are confusing and the rest are clearly just for fapping or waifu material that can similarly be used as fuel by the perverted.
First let's start with the characters who are alright. A good example here is Sythe who used to be a diplomat, trained by his uncle. He had an arranged a marriage with Flora (Who we are going to talk about later) to improve diplomatic relations between the Forest wolves and tigers, although the marriage ended up getting scrapped because she ran away. In the first chapters, he is seen wearing black robes. In chapter 12, he downgrades to a pair of pants, and stays with that up until chapter 15.
After this he downgrades to a loincloth and stays with it all the way to chapter 20, because he had to sell them for gold and rations. What kind of desperation is this?. The ONLY thing that is static in his design is the aristocrat-style pony tail that he has ever since his introduction.
Now, just a small rant about Nibbly: The damn thing looks extremely weird for a red squirrel, I mean just look at the damn thing, it looks like more of a mutated squirrel rather than a normal one. Especially the eyes.
Karen is the younger sister of Maren,(yes, her sister's name is Maren) the ditzy lady of the group and probably the most confusing character design of all. The cat ears were given by Trace, during his tyrannical years, because she was a fucking nuisance (as in, magical transformation punishment). Another weird detail about her, is that she is the only human character who isn't entirely white in the comic. Was Tom high while designing her? Probably not, but he was definitely out of his mind. But, I got to give him credit though, due to the fact that he makes great background art.
The Waifu material
In the third category we have almost every single female character in the webcomic, along with a few males, and Flora is the center of all of it. Flora is a walking, breathing mountain of Waifu, and porn material. Her character is developed in an extremely slow as fuck and painful way that makes me cringe. At first she seemed alright but she instantly turned to what we know today. She is the 2/3 of the cheese and beefcake and probably the worst thing is that she is the second protagonist. Plus, her design looks like it is purely designed for porn, what with her rarely ever actually wearing clothes.
The writing is the main problem of the webcomic. Characters can range from decently-written to needs more work and there is one status called almost none-existent specifically reserved for the character Miss Nibbly which is a fucking squirrel and pretty much serves as the mascot of the webcomic. Speaking of characters, development is present, although little and scattered all over the damn place, resulting in either halting it or developing it in a quick pace or painfully slow one One example of character development is when the character Natani talks to her old self in a dreamscape while comatose on a ship that started burning, which can be found here and continues there.
However, some character development is poorly executed and just ruins it. Another problem is how the author uses plot points. Like, for example, at the start of the Basitin arc, Flora says that she got a little fat, however, during the aftermath of the battle at the isle, a basitin doctor confirms that Flora is in fact pregnant. This plot point though falls flat on its face with a dagger. Why? Because they had sex a few chapters earlier. Another problem is the dialogue, which by now is fucking obvious. I mean, just look at the comic, the older pages dialogue is bad, inspired by anime (The entire webcomic is inspired by anime, by the way) to the point where you might say bruh. There is inconsistency littered in it and whenever there is some serious dialogue, it is kind of spoiled by the inconsistency. At the newer pages, it improved and made the dialogue, exposition and story passable, but some bullshit still persists. Overall, the writing got somewhat better over the years, however it is still in need of great, immediate medical attention
The dick and the bastard
This is a tiny rant about a couple of characters: Database Error, also known as Red and Roman cohort, and the highly anticipated Clovis
Red is somewhat of a jackass that sometimes jumps from the brawn to the brains and vice versa. He is pretty much modelled after a certain anime archetype which I know of, but hardly remember. Another fact about Red is he is the most vocally racist character in the entire continent, only matched by post-Saria death Trace. Over the passage of time, his character developed and eventually got better. Along with his racism, which was reduced by 30%. By the way, the reason why he also known as database error is because it says it on the site's character section.
Clovis, this piece of shit is the antagonist of comic and by far, the most anticipated character in TwoKinds to be officially introduced ever since he was referenced in the Basitin Isles arc, perhaps even surpassing The Elden ring in terms of anticipation. The character appears to be well-written and might even be a magnificent bastard. My problem with Clovis though is that it took Tom eight and a half fucking years to introduce him and he only made a single sneak peek in 2018. Well, Clovis did make an appearance before, although it was in one of Tom's side comics, which are non-canon.
The anticipation kind of reminds me of Kurtz from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. when the main character and the readers, after so long, finally meet Kurtz, they end up finding two of them: One in flesh and one in thought. In TwoKinds, however, we only see one Clovis, the in the flesh one. He also had three body guards named after Roman figures. These guys were: Brutus, Romulus et Remus. Brutus was the only bodyguard Clovis trusted and the most loyal friend to him. Unfortunately for Brutus (and the fans), he was considered a liability, a weakness to him, and so Clovis killed him in order to have no weaknesses. That was foreshadowed when he killed one of his men that went to save Brutus, which gives out the amount of of shit he gives about his personnel, which is not even the tiniest scheisse. Romulus and Remus are the bodyguards Clovis took with him to raid the Legacy estate. Romulus was sent to find Zen (Natani's brother) while his brother Remus was tasked with keeping watch. Remus went off to finish Sythe and his squirrel, by throwing a fireball at it. It didn't go well The irony is that Remus died like the one in the Roman myth, by fall.
Before Clovis, These guys were the original antagonists of the comic and they are pretty much shit. They were placed by Trace after the coup and ever since then, along with Trace, turned the Templars into the tyrants we know and despise. Why am I spoiling them, you might ask? Well, because they barely get any coverage whatsoever. First, we are going to start with Randal. He was the master architect that was sent to the Basitin Isles by Trace to build mana towers, so he could plunge the Basitins into madness. Aside from his shitty writing, he barely gets referenced or revealed until the arrival at the Isles. Plus, he gets killed at the climax of the Basitin arc, due to the fact that they hurt Flora, resulting in Trace turning to his dark self and killing both Randal and his subordinates. In other words, he was introduced to die.
Second is Ephemural, also known as neutral, is the lady with the iron mask and silver hair at the right corner. Quick exposition: she is one of the three demigods who were created by a higher god to "control" the races of the continent. Chaos controls the human race, while Order controls the Basitins. Neutral controls the Keidrans and she was shown to be the most "active" because she was shown more than the other two. Despite this, we only get to see her sporadically up until chapter 7, where Tom seemingly decided to stop showing her. The other two are only given the light once in the same chapter where Tom stopped showing the trio. Anyway, she is pretty much the great threat in Chapter 6 part 1 and 2 only to get her ass beaten and sent back to spectator mode.
Then, there is Euchre(what kind of fantasy name is this?) the master strategist, although his "strategical genius" has yet to be shown. He is introduced in chapter 4, where he stays until chapter 7. After that, he is pretty much nowhere to be found until he resurfaces at chapter 19, several years after he was gone. So, now everyone is curious about how the fuck was he able to enter the Templar. Well, he has the magical ability to transform himself to a human without a dead give-away.
Brahn, or what I would like to call "the corrupt politician" is the master seer(I don't know what the word "seer" means) and a shitter to say the least. After Trace's disappearance, he almost immediately started making a conspiracy, that will overthrow Trace and make him the new Grand master Templar, in other words, the new leader. He is given a sneak peek in chapter 9 shamelessly using his blind daughter's magical abilities for espionage. He is then introduced in chapter 18, and he is the most anime-esque character in the comic.
Last but not least, there is Edmund Sirus, the master spy, most frequently shown master templar and the most competent of the five. The man is a like fucking ghost. He is like those kind of people who ghost entire levels without killing a single enemy. Well, at least once, and takes the word "infiltration" and "espionage" to a whole new level. He was given his first formal introduction in Chapter 8. However, he also made "informal appearances."' One example given is at Chapter 2 and he makes these sporadic appearances throughout the comic. Unfortunately, these appearances ceased after Chapter 11. Tom with his ceasing, lads. He has the magic ability to hide his race with an illusion. Unlike Euchre, Sirus has one dead give-away that will instantly compromise his disguise: His bandaged arms. Tom could have thought of any small detail, like a cut finger. instead, he chose the highly-suspicious bandages that almost no-one bothered to question. The last guy that asked was brutally killed. Other than that, there is no explanation given about why he is wearing them. Out of the five, he is the only one who is kind of decently-written. I also kind of like this character because he is shrouded in mystery, but that point is defeated due to his insta-compromise bandages and the fact that Tom stopped showing him.
See? This is what I meant by inconsistency.
Jason Thomas Fischbach is a Korean-German, the creator of the webcomic and Mark Fischbach's (also known as Markiplier) older brother. He appears to be kind of more talkative to his fans after watching a couple of his streams, although he still avoids the forums and the subreddit. The forums part is pretty much obvious, since the forums are a little dead from what I saw, probably because of a) a subreddit was created and it was much favored than the forums and b) because of that French twat called Leoian, wreaked havoc on the forums due to his insanity and bullshittery. Another shitter that the Twoscheisses forums spawned, was the guy behind a webcomic called Hearts of wildfire, where after a review was made here about it the cunt threatened to kill the reviewer. Thankfully the comic lasted seven months before the creator pulled the plug. The third and final instance is shrouded in obscurity. Basically, a French girl made a fan webcomic called Twokinds:Alternity, that is all I know. So, far there hasn't been a cringy fan-fiction or a containment breach from the community...yet
Oh, one more thing, Before creating TwoKinds, Tom experimented by creating a comic called Halfkind, it was discontinued after 12 pages and it seems that it served as the prototype and basis of TwoKinds.
The webcomic did improve since the previous review, both in art and writing and it turned into a passable one. However, as I had stated before, the writing needs a lot more work, alongside with more character development and a great reduction on the fucking fanservice. I mean, Jesus Christ Tom, reduce the Goddamn Cheese and beefcake, it is still too much.
- TwoKinds (old) - the original review written by The Luigiian
- WikiFur article on TwoKinds.
- Project2nd - The insane rip-off of the webcomic, by the Leoian cunt I mentioned earlier
- Tom's words regarding the prototype.
- Hearts of wildfire - The cunt's webcomic who-threatened-to-kill-us review
- The artist's DevianArt page - guess how many highly suggestive pictures of the comic's female characters are here? Answer: Far too many. It's got everything from body pillow designs with the comic's ladies, to just straight up nudes
- While writing this review, I found out that I spoke way too fucking soon by stumbling upon this while doing the research necessary for the review. It's a really shitty looking survival RPG based on the comic. The damn thing also has a Steam page. It has been in development for five-some years, so it looks like another shitty forever-early-access piece of shovel ware
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