The past years have been interesting for independent animation on the internet, especially on the platforms YouTube and Newgrounds, where new amateur animators experiment by creating original pieces or works dedicated to their favorite characters. One of the characters that most caught the attention and the hearts of many fans is ENA: a girl that looks like part of a cubist painting and lives in a world that is just as surreal. ENA, created by Joel Guerra, debuted in the short film Auction Day on May 27th 2020.
The episode, almost three minutes long, presents the protagonist and her friend Moony attending an auction, and very weird things happen, though the characters react as if everything was normal, because this surreal world is their daily life. In fact the animation reminds of the video games from the 90s, with polygonal constructs and drawings with pixelated outlines. Furthermore, the series often uses electronic music and sound effects similar to those used in video games. Every episode explores different places, occasionally using a first person point of view (through ENA), that simulates the game experience, together with the introduction of key items obtained by the protagonist by interacting with other characters. The series accounts for a total of three episodes that constitute the first season: Auction Day, Extinction Party and Temptation Stairway.
|Girl before a mirror,|
Pablo Picasso (1932)
|Moony in Auction Day|
The episode Temptation Stairway is at the same time an ending and a beginning: after making her wish in front of the great Runas, ENA’s story ends on a happy note, although ENA is not only the protagonist but a species in this surreal world, as you can see in the last episode. Therefore this is the end of blue and yellow ENA’s adventures and the beginning of the story of a second ENA, this time red and white!
On March 25th 2021 the continuation of the ENA series was announced with a teaser for Dream BBQ, which in September was revealed as a short interactive game instead of an animated short film. To this day we have a trailer, more detailed than the previous teaser, and part of a song from the soundtrack, composed once more by METAROOM. Dream BBQ will be the beginning of ENA’s second season and is based on the theme of nightmares. The future of ENA’s universe is very promising, with an incredible potential due to its anthologic nature. I hope to see much more from Joel Guerra and his team!