Streaming Platform: Amazon Prime
Number of Seasons 1
Number of Episodes 12
The series was based off the Critical Role Podcast, where a group of friends are playing the popular role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons for the internet audience. They run through several campaigns and are quite entertaining. The Dungeon Master is Matt Mercer, a well-known voice actor who has worked for the American adaptations of Anime such as Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Demon slayer. Matt has also voiced characters in video games like Overwatch, League of Legends, and many others. His group also consists of very talented voice actors which include: Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, and Travis Willingham.
Matt wanted to make an animated short based on their first campaign. The group went on Kickstarter to crowdfund the project. The 22 minutes animated short would cost $750,000. Within an hour they reached their goal and within a full day they unlocked all the stretch goals and the first four 22 minute episodes were funded.
The show focuses on a group of mismatched adventurers named Vox Machina. The group consists of Percival the human (gunsmith), the brother and sister half-elves Vax (Rogue) and Vex (Ranger), Pike the gnome (cleric), Keyleth the half-elf (druid), Scanlan a quirky gnome (bard), and finally Grog the goliath (barbarian). The group has been under a dry spell recently. Idle hands do the devil’s work. This group gets into a fight and as all classic barfights end out on the street. Low on funds, they respond to an ad by the kingdom to battle an unknown enemy who is terrorizing the land and destroying the towns, and killing its denizens. Several heroes have been sent but none have returned. The group arrives at the palace and is hastily sent on the task with no confidence from the governing entities.
When they arrive at their destination the group discovers everyone’s worst nightmare in the game. The cause was an ancient blue dragon. This leads the team into a slew of adventures for the kingdom and is quite a shocking surprise with twists and turns that you won’t see coming.
The team that animated this show is the very same one that animated the Amazon Prime series Invincible. The art style is a much-upgraded form from the original Dungeons and Dragons series in the ’80s and is Targeted at a more mature audience with violence, Gore and Adult themes, and Language