Fanime Campaign! Episode 1: Clean! Cluttered! Abnormal!- The Scooby- Doo Arc

Based off of Anime Campaign by @jelloapocalypse

When the Paranormal Show gets super spooked


@aiohiruas Benedict Ainley: Ying-Yang master

@DecroMcQuin as Falistor Egress: Spooky Actor

Wanderer Yeumun as Hal: Bucket Guy

@nikodrawsas Rivver: “Reverb

Minty Mintea as Atticus Atlas: Accidental Arsonist

Rikkubow/BluffMaster as the Game Master/Co-Gm

As usual, we’re back from hiatus again, only now we’re on Saturdays. This time it’s The Hall of Egress, the second episode that I conceived and wrote all on my own, more or less, after Walnuts & Rain. Initially I’d dismissed the idea for this one as irredeemably dark and unpleasant, but I kept tinkering with it til it finally worked, IMHO. Hope y'all dig it.

Finn The Human: A Journey of Growth (Redux)

     Finn the Human needs no introduction as a character on the hit Cartoon Network series Adventure Time.

     He can be considered the main character that the series revolves around and focuses most of its attention on. In a show with hundreds upon hundreds of colorful, strange, and outright weird characters, it’s important to have a character to connect to within the show: another human. And that’s where Finn comes in. He represents a human identity of growth and emotions while living in the magical world of Ooo. How Finn has grown and changed as a character is the most interesting and dynamic aspect of the show- in my opinion. This piece has less to do with the overall plot of the show in general, and more so with Finn as a character and how he has evolved within the world he lives in. For this analysis, its important understand Finn’s initial intentions as a character, what he was and where he has gone through years of adventures.

    Okay, I have a lot of ground to cover so bear with me for what you might already understand as I attempt to cover nearly 7 years of fighting demons and saving princesses in one contained thought.

    So in Finn’s eyes he started off as your everyday hero in the world of Ooo. In the first season, Finn can be seen as almost a “generic hero.” He has simple goals: adventure with his bro Jake and save princesses, but more specifically get the attention of Princess Bubblegum of the Candy Kingdom- the girl of his dreams. He sees nothing further than his current goals or what is going on in the “now.” It’s like Finn is the middle school kid trying to win the heart of the hot older girl from across the street. This marks the first stage of Finn’s character and where he will grow from here. The first major turning points of Finn’s character comes from the midst of literally crying over a piece of Bubblegum’s hair. He’s “all gummed up inside” after finally coming to the realization the PB is not interested in him at the end of season 3. 

You can feel the pain. It hurts. The only thing Finn wants is gone. He’s confronted with the fact that PB and him might be on two completely different levels. But in the wake of this grief, Finn would meet his match when the Princess of the Flame Kingdom came into his life.

     Wrapping up season 3 and starting season 4, the episodes “Incendium” and “Hot to the Touch” are the first encounters Finn has with Flame Princess. Little does he know how this relationship will begin to change Finn and shape the way he thinks about things. After time, a relationship begins to develop between Finn and FP and there’s another shift in Finn’s personality as a character. He’s growing up. It’s the same kid who couldn’t date the older girl but now, someone new who likes him enters his life.  

     Finn’s growth at this point is shown in the episode “Burning Low.” He’s worried about how he smells, about smoochin’, WHILE AVOIDING TIER 15. Never has Finn worried about stuff like this before. He’s growing into a teen trying to impress his first girlfriend. This rang true with my 16 year old self more than any episode of adventure time had before. He was dealing with older, more mature emotions as he was growing up. And with this new sense of maturity, come new thoughts and feelings. Feelings experienced before, feelings that would soon turn into a source of conflict.

     Again, fast-forwarding a bit, the relationship between Finn and FP lasts until their break-up in episode 30 of season 5, “Frost and Fire.” This is where Finn’s character once again begins to shift in a new and different way. Finn starts to have weird cosmic, emotional dreams about Flame Princess after seeing her beat up Ice King. In an attempt to recreate those emotions, he manipulates Flame Princess into fighting Ice King again. This moment forever marks a radical change in Finn’s character. Finn has always done the “right thing” and puts others before him, but now, in this moment, he gave into his own temptations and desires and did what HE wanted to with no regard for FP’s feelings or thought. One of the hardest results of this break-up is that Finn does not understand FP’s feelings and doesn’t fully understand WHY she is upset. For a time he foolishly thinks they will make up and everything will be alright, but its not.

Now, you can interpret Finn’s cosmic dreams however you’d like, but the main idea is what he did. Finn knew that wasn’t the right thing to do. But he did it anyway. After FP dumps him, as she RIGHTFULLY should, this is where Finn again begins to change in a drastic and depressing way.

     After his break-up Finn’s character’s growth, or what can be considered a lack thereof, is shown. Finn does what alot of people do after a long, nasty break-up: makes dumb decisions, contemplates life, and tries to rebound. A LOT. Like, immediately after in the episode “Too Old” where he gives one ditch effort with PB only to realize that they are STILL on completely different levels when it comes to maturity. It’s at this point Finn learns that it’s time for him to move on. He understand her emotions and knows it might be time understand his own feelings. Little does he know how much rougher his journey is about to become.

     Jumping forward, the two part season 6 opener is where Finn begins to hit a rough patch when his real dad, Martin, coming into his world. When he finally meets Martin, his expectations are immediately crushed with what a HORRIBLE guy Martin is. He clearly has no thought or care for any other character except himself. Martin can be seen as Finn at his worst, or even deeper, what Finn could become. This encounter literally tears Finn apart by his arm at the end of the episode. 

At this moment he was treated exactly as he treated Flame Princess in a way, and although he may not realize it, he knows it hurts. And so Finn begins season 6 lonely, devastated by the lack of love from his father, and armless. A traumatizing way to start a season. 

Following this, the episode, “The Tower” portrays a distant, lonely, and hurt Finn we haven’t seen before. He was torn apart by his dad, and his flower arm is a constant reminder of this. Again, he literally and emotionally lost a piece of himself. Finn had been through one of the roughest experiences in his entire life and with so much grief falling on him all at one time and he had to learn to deal with these emotions. 

     All of these different emotions come to a jarring climax in the episode “Breezy.” By this time, Finn’s emotional state is symbolized by his new flower arm that is beginning to die. He goes through the episode smooching random princesses at parties in attempt to fill his emotional void. The saddest thing Finn’s ever said was in this episode when he says he “doesn’t feel anything…” At this point, he’s officially “lost in the darkness.” He is lost and distant from the character he once was. This is a Finn who has truly hit rock bottom. This episode shows that Finn doesn’t know what he needs to make him feel better, but he knows he needs something.

     Again, you can take the actual meaning of this episode as whatever you want, it’s hard not to with the strongly hinted rape implications from two separate characters. But that’s for another discussion. Right now Finn is in a rut, and has tried doing anything it takes to feel better. At this point, Finn makes one of his last major changes to this point.  

      At the end of “Breezy”, Finn’s arm is returned with the help of Breezy’s love. In my opinion, this is how he gets his arm back. Breezy gave Finn the love he so desperately needed. In that selfless act he was able to feel again, he was able to feel- something. This is what restored his arm and “made him whole” in a way. Feeling this love is what Finn needed to be able to bounce back. Its that genuine love and care that gave Finn the push you need to get out of that rut and begin to laugh and feel again. He can begin to move forward. And so he does.

           Throughout the rest of season 6 Finn’s ready to change. Ready to grow. “The Mountain” is a great episodes that shows this. Finn is given a test of three choices: Flame Princess, Jake’s Finn Cakes, or a butterfly transport that clearly takes him further to his current goal. Finn chose the door he needed to go down instead of the one containing all his wants and desires. The door that literally leads forward. The episode “The Visitor” closes his emotional hang ups with his dad when he is subconsciously driven to Martin, who had crash landed on Ooo. This time, Finn does not give his father the power he did before. This is a Finn whose grown from his past experiences and learned how to deal with them in a a productive way. 

This encounter with Martin shows Finn that has to be the man that his father isn’t. He sees how Martin doesn’t care about anyone but himself, and he sees the path that leads someone down. He sees himself in Martin like he hadn’t before, his perspective has grown. Finn learns that he has to be the better person. And again, Finn moves forward.

     The end of season 6 and now in the midst of season 7, we see a Finn who has grown over the years from a generic hero to a young man with real emotions and thoughts. A real hero who has confronted his fears and doubts, and continues on past them to a better life. By this point he’s learned that life is full of temptation, pain, and heart-ache, but he also its full of friendship, happiness, and love. He is content with a life where he has to struggle for what he wants and he is willing to receive pain if it means he will also receive happiness. 

The season 6 finale, “The Comet” show Finns new perspective he’s got on life. The all-powerful comet gives Finn the choice of leaving this reality full of both negative and positive experiences; to leave them all behind, to be in a “new mode of existence” But Finn denies this opportunity. He has done so much growing and changing he is not so willing to throw that all away just for the offer of no more suffering.

    Finn has grown because he has earned his happiness. He has earned his title as a hero. He has not only seen what it means to be “the bad guy” but understands that life is not black and white. Its full of grays, blues, and magic. He lives in a world where he has to live with himself and make the tough choices. Not just for himself, but for everyone else. Season 7 now shows an older Finn. Take “The Hall of Egress” for example. 

At this point Finn is around 17 years old. He is not the same 12 year old boy who was gawking over Princess Bubblegum. One willing to adapt and learn in ways he never had before- to see the world through a different perspective. Finn lives on as a symbol: even if life gets you down, you keep moving forward and you stay open to new experiences, because you will always find the light within the darkness.

In the words of Jake,

omg I’m sorry if someone else has pointed this out before, if so I wouldn’t’ve seen it but!!

Dungeon train was on last night and if you recall the episode, they find this future telling orb that shows them how Finn’s gonna fight on the train forever but in the end he changes his mind and we see them washing dishes together in the orb right?

Look at Finn! This takes place during The Hall Of Egress!! So not only did Hall Of Egress show the dungeon train in the bg, we actually saw a “sneak peek” of Hall of Egress way back in s5! 

This means nothing I’m just excited about it thanks for your time!


“Anyone who’s found their lifeplans dissolve midway through the journey will understand, the idea that there is no map that you can make for yourself (or that anyone can give you) that can account for everything you’re going to encounter, that you have to surrender the need to control and foresee everything, and that the only way through is to charge, blindly and madly. But the episode’s most true-to-life moment comes next: Finn isn’t actually out of the dungeon.”

You can read the rest of the recap here: Dungeons and Midlife Crises in “Hall of Egress”


An Emmy Nomination for Adventure Time

Congratulations to cast & crew for their fresh Emmy nomination—their seventh consecutive—in the category of Outstanding Short-form Animated Program. The nod goes to the episode “Hall of Egress.” Kent Osborne, Jack Pendarvis, Tom Herpich, and Ashly Burch came up with the story, and Tom wrote and boarded it. Andres Salaff was the director. The stiff competition is made up of Robot Chicken, SpongeBob SquarePants, Steven Universe, and The Powerpuff Girls. Cheer for the team when the trophies are handed out in L.A. on September 18.


Multimedia artist Hilary White creates vividly colorful sculptural works that delve into the symbolic, the altered, and the literal exploration of the “now” within the framework of time. White has an upcoming two-person exhibit with Hannah Stouffer, whom she originally found out about through social media. White found that Stouffer’s range of material and aesthetic to be something she immediately connected with, and set in motion the beginnings of what would eventually become the exhibit titled “Ingress Egress” which opens July 24th at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

Interview: Hilary White Discusses Her New Sculptural Works for “Ingress Egress”