Native to a war-torn world, Horse knows how to brave all kinds of danger, as long as she and her Rider are together. When an unknown magic separates them and banishes Horse to the colourful Centaurworld, she is determined to find her way back to her own world as quick as possible.
In this new strange lands, Horse has to build on her own strength and the help of a peculiar herd of centaurs to succeed. Shall she be reunited with Rider?
(This review only relates to S1)
Songs! Emotions! Chaos! Animation! If you’re looking for something unconventional and not too long, this is a fine series Netflix has created. I would describe Centaurworld as the love child of the random whacky storylines from Adventure Time and the emotional songs from Tangled: the Series. At first, it takes some getting used to, but when you just accept whatever is happening it is actually quite enjoyable. Casually throwing in seasoned Broadway stars like Kimiko Glenn, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Lea Salonga the performance of the songs in this musical series is sublime. And to be honest, they’ve got me waiting for the second season with anticipation.
Well, this series was an unusual ride…
In the first scenes, you’re thrown into a cool, grim fantasy setting with a corresponding art style and a hauntingly moving song sung by a warrior girl to her war horse. I thought I was hooked. Then the story abruptly brings you to the titular ‘Centaurworld’, a colourful and nonsensical world inhabited by bubbly centaurlike creatures. A stark contrast, to say the least.
It took me a while to adjust after the initial switch. Perhaps I was a little dissappointed I didn’t get to see more of the world promised in the first scenes. However, the premise of the story – a horse trying to find her way back to her rider – resonated enough with me to keep me watching. Also, there were well-sung songs, and that’s something I can always appreciate.
I’m glad I sticked with this series. Though the humor was not always my cup of tea – too random, abstract, or simply childish – there were also times I wholeheartedly chuckled. Furthermore, this series contains some sincere emotional character arcs and intriguing worldbuilding. In my opinion, the first season is stronger than the second, which seemed to lack any sort of coherency, except for in the finale. Also, I wasn’t necessarily a fan of season 2’s additonal characters.
The voice-acting of Centaurworld is truly excellent, and the same applies to the singing. Kimiko Glenn is just… wow; and there are many more great musical-talents (such as Renée Elise Goldsberry!?). As such, this series blesses as with a score of memorable songs, of which ‘The Nowhere King’ will always haunt me.
Those who ever enjoyed Adventure Time should give Centaurworld a try.