Mr. Enter Sees Red: How One of YouTube’s Most Controversial Critics Engineered His Own Backlash

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Jonathan Rozanski is a prolific, neurodivergent animation reviewer from Chicopee, Massachusetts. He originally started off on YouTube with a channel he called Brovania wherein he attempted to perform let’s plays of all the titles mentioned in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. However, he eventually grew disillusioned with the project. In addition to the book’s myriad factual errors, he had problems with its glaring omissions of certain classic games and inclusions of decidedly unimpressive titles. Mr. Rozanski chose to end the project prematurely, saying after the fact that he hated the book.

It was in 2013 that he found a new calling: reviewing animation. Thus, on February 20, 2013, he reemerged with a new alias: The Mysterious Mr. Enter (stylized TheMysteriousMrEnter). Mr. Enter started his new career by reviewing the series premiere episode of the popular show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He originally stuck to discussing episodes of that show before moving onto another project in July of 2013 he called Animated Atrocities. Living up to its self-explanatory title, it was a show in which he would review pieces of animation he considered to be of a subpar quality – the first to face his wrath being the SpongeBob SquarePants episode entitled “The Splinter”. Citing Doug Walker of Channel Awesome as his chief inspiration, Mr. Enter approached the subject with all the sarcasm and vitriol one would expect from your typical, contemporary Angry Critic show host.

Animated Atrocities was intended to be a placeholder series to tide his audience over in between seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Said series ended up taking on a life of its own when it became a smash hit with fans of the Angry Critic genre; his first episode eventually amassed over 900,000 views. Even better, he enjoyed making these reviews, claiming it provided much catharsis to tear into something truly heinous. As a result, Animated Atrocities became his flagship series, allowing him to build a career on the platform. Following a rough childhood and a period of adult ennui wherein he had zero prospects for the future, it seemed that things were finally looking up. He got off his Social Security disability program, and now had a lucrative job as a YouTube content creator.

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Adventures in the Magic Kingdom

The late eighties marked Disney’s resurgence after nearly two decades of underperforming films. During their return to relevance, an up-and-coming gaming console known in North America and Europe as the Nintendo Entertainment System emerged. It revitalized the North American gaming industry after its severe crash in 1983. As many of the games on this platform became bestsellers, companies owning famous, successful franchises would license their properties to developers so they could capitalize on this rapidly growing trend. Unfortunately, many of these titles wound up being transparent cash grabs, as these largely unknown companies would put only the bare minimum amount of effort into creating them.  Products that could hardly be considered finished lined the store shelves alongside earnest efforts, waiting to swindle enthusiasts out of their hard-earned money.

Disney themselves would follow suit, allowing a company to turn their IPs into video games. However, in an unexpected move, the developer to whom they gave permission was Capcom. By this point in history, the company had made a name for themselves with classic arcade games such as Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Gun.Smoke. Their success continued in the home market once they released the first installment in what would become their most well-known franchise: Mega Man. Capcom gathered their most talented programmers, creating adaptations of DuckTales, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, and Tale Spin among others. Many of these efforts continue to be highly regarded to this day as some of the finest examples of licensed games in the medium’s history. Another one of the games released during this time was Adventures in the Magic Kingdom. This stands out slightly among Capcom’s other Disney-based games in that it’s an adaptation of a real-life location rather than a show or movie. It also generally isn’t remembered as much as their other Disney games. Does it nonetheless have a place in the NES library as an underrated classic?

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