I love RWBY. The character designs have me hooked, there's an undeniable spirit and charm that permeates the series of amazingly-fucking-coolness straight from the series creator himself that had me hooked from the first trailer. The music is amazing and they've put together a world I've been compelled to play in for the better part of a year now. It's action is amazing and a far cry from your standard "panels of action" anime, featuring excellently choreographed sequences that can be described as nothing short of awesome. Cut, print, scene. Those were my truthful, but necessary words to start this on. A perfunctory hundred words to flesh out my perspective and why the following is what it is. Because I love RWBY, but it's kinda garbage. No, I'm not asking for mindbending complexity or the consistency of a studio backed with hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's a show about the four title girls defending humanity. ...assumedly. Because that's where shit gets weird. There are gangs, a civil rights conflict (which up until Volume 2 was surprisingly full of primarily caucasianish characters, huehue), a villainous conspiracy and a vast world we don't know much about and kept in a boring little town like Vale. Oh and there are monsters who wanna kill everyone, but really, everything is pretty chill so far. Volume 1 started off with a bang, giving us an interesting worldbuildy bit spoken by Cortana herself, followed up by a robbery and an awesome little asskicking sequence, courtesy of one Ruby Rose, our protagonist! Who's primary traits as far as we come to know by the end of the volume are that she likes cookies, wants to be considered normal and needs to do some major stepping up to become a leader. I could go through the other girls up to that point but it'd be moot. The non-action episodes could arguably be identified as character building during that Volume but really, the only one who gets any of it is Jaune Arc. (Writer's pet and blindly worshipped male lead extraordinare.) After the mess of time management, fight sequences that could be counted on one hand and jack shit revealed on protagonists, save for Blake, we get to Volume 2. Increase in overall quality, Jaune time, useless meandering around the plot and a disappointing as hell climax. Ugh. Be better, V3.
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