Reverso, created by Clement Lauricella, Kimberly Honma, and Arthur Seguin (or ArtFx, maker of Terraform, which I talked about not too long ago), is the story of a boy with an extraordinary ability. And by extraordinary, I mean unfortunate and problematic. But damn does it make for good watching. SPOILERS
Think about this for a second: what if he’s not the only one like this, or even the only one that has this kind of thing happening to him? How shitty would that be? What if there’s like an X-Men thing going on, and all the guys with cool powers are palling around, solving mysteries in their mutant machine—and this guy is just stuck have the personal gravity of a planet way the fuck out there in space? Actually, come to think of it, he has a pretty awesome power. Did you watch until the end of the credits? Dudeman there can fucking stay alive in space, which aside from Australia and cancer, has the highest track record of not liking anything that likes to breathe.
So Dudeman can live basically anywhere and not die. Which is awesome. You know what else is awesome? The fucking animation. Holy crap, this is a great short. From the stylistic approach it takes to the world, to the hints and clues about what happened to Dudeman’s mother, to the beautiful fucking shot of the sky we see as he’s falling into the abyss of space. This short is absolutely beautiful to look at, and the story itself is damn good.
Goes like this: Dudeman has a reversed gravity to him, which makes daily life difficult. He lives at home with his father, and his mother is gone (at the beginning, assumedly dead). His job sucks; his home life is a little dull. I have to say, I loved how this ended. It kind of builds up to the whole “he’s probably going to fall into the sky” thing, but the way that it’s delivered is beautiful.
All in all, a fantastic if not bitter/sweet short. Gotta thank io9.com again. And fuck, ArtFx, stop being so damn good!