Bravest Warriors was a concept that originally derived from a 7-minute animated short in Nicktoons' Random! Cartoons – a series that also established Pendleton Ward's other show, Adventure Time. I never truly got into Adventure Time, but would occasionally watch episodes that I felt were the funniest and simply because I loved Ward's quirky, but simple art style. Given the two of them, I would say I probably prefer the concept of Bravest Warriors, but that comes as a personal preference. The original short was a lot more child-like in nature and was (at least to me) reminiscent to the toons of the '90s and early- 2000s, which is why I seemed to enjoy it the most. When I initially heard that a new animated webseries of this short was to be launched, I was more or less ecstatic.
The first episode started out rough, though the story wrapped up cleverly. The minor vulgarity jokes in this episode felt out of place and generally unneeded, but afterwards, the show started to pick up more as it began to focus less on that aspect and more on the characters themselves. The humor, as well, improved and instead of the "forced" vibe I sort of got from a few of the jokes in the first episode (which I also felt was an attempt at being "edgy"), I found myself genuinely laughing at the clever bits in the episodes that followed.
The hand-drawn animation is superb for a webseries – considering a majority of internet animations are done in Flash – and succeeds in creating a show that is on-par with what can be found on actual television. The character designs are more dynamic than in the original short. I felt that the stories didn't always end perfectly and felt too abrupt, but this is excusable, since the episodes usually only run for about 5-6 minutes. I feel this is targeted more at a teenage/adult demographic, but I also feel that children aren't completely exempt.
Overall, this would likely appeal to fans of Adventure Time – as it shares similarities in both plot and humor – but I find that it was taken in a slightly different direction, especially considering the creators have more personal freedom than they would in a television studio. I really enjoy watching the episodes when I find the time and I am interested in seeing where the series will be taken. While it does have its flaws, I would say it's worth a watch.