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Reviews Comments: For a small, independent production... RWBY whole series review by willyolio

So, I came across this series because I was a fan of Monty Oum - this guy made the Dead Fantasy series, basically a fan animation involving Dead or Alive characters fighting Final Fantasy characters.

No plot, just lots of well-choreographed action. Monty was great at that. And I grew up watching Reboot and Beast Wars, with questionable-quality CGI action being part of my childhood.

And so, I happily watched the first two seasons of his series - part nostalgia, part genuine interest.

I came away with... mixed feelings. I think it actually doesn\'t have enough action, especially coming from a guy who made videos that were nothing but action. The first season opens well with the first episode, but the excitement immediately drops. The episodes are short, but even then not much happens. You have to wait until episode 7-8 to get the next good fight scene, and then nothing else for the rest of the season.

Season 2 is better, more scenes, better choreography, improved animation.

Season 3 continues the trend as well, as does season 4.

But... what hasn\'t improved is the writing. The character development, plot, and writing is... okay. It\'s a small web production, I\'m not expecting the next Breaking Bad. So it\'s fine and forgivable for the amount of manpower they had.

But it really straddles the line between a homage to anime tropes, to just being cliche. In fact, a lot of lines of dialogue are very predictable. Moreover, a lot of character development or worldbuilding is just.... forgotten or dropped. For example, within the first few episodes in season 1, we learn Ruby is a huge weapons geek and built her own weapon. Aaaand then it\'s never mentioned again and that aspect of her character plays no role in the story ever again. In season 4, they spent a solid 5 minutes telling some legend... that directly contradicts \"supplemental facts\" they released sometime around Season 2.

They\'re trying to build a big grand world with a huge cast of characters, but at the same time are clearly having trouble keeping track of it all. The writing and character development suffer for it.

All in all, it\'s okay. But you always have to add \"...for a small independent animation group\" to qualify every bit of praise. Honestly... I think ReBoot and Beast Wars were better.

Comments

  • SomeNewGuy
  • 7th Feb 17
Too bad they decided to throw everything good about the series away and turn it into a grimderp mess of pointless, shock value deaths, crushing hopeless, endless despair and invincible villains who never fucking lose...
  • CharlesIX
  • 8th Feb 17
Too bad they decided to throw everything good about the series away and turn it into a grimderp mess of pointless, shock value deaths, crushing hopeless, endless despair and invincible villains who never fucking lose...

Have you even seen V4.
  • SomeNewGuy
  • 8th Feb 17
Yeah and its literally nothing but misery, abuse and hopeless despair. Blake is self-destructing emotionally and mentally and becoming no better than Adam, Ruby is powerless to help Jaune\'s trauma and blames herself for it and very nearly loses her uncle, Pyrrha\'s horrendous death is almost-completely glossed over, the abuse and misery of Weiss is just sickening, and even the fucking color scheme has become bleak, lifeless and hopeless. The only character who had anything good happen to her was Yang, and even then its clear that Adam\'s actions are still taking a heavy toll on her psyche.
  • CharlesIX
  • 8th Feb 17
Yeah and its literally nothing but misery, abuse and hopeless despair. Blake is self-destructing emotionally and mentally and becoming no better than Adam, Ruby is powerless to help Jaune's trauma and blames herself for it and very nearly loses her uncle, Pyrrha's horrendous death is almost-completely glossed over, the abuse and misery of Weiss is just sickening, and even the fucking color scheme has become bleak, lifeless and hopeless. The only character who had anything good happen to her was Yang, and even then its clear that Adam's actions are still taking a heavy toll on her psyche.

Your exagerrating: Blake has started recovering Ruby is still determined Qrow didn't die both Cinder and Tyrian were horribly injured, a powerful Grimm was defeated, Ren defeated his inner demons and is closer to Nora, Weiss escaped, and nobody died, and you claim it's still grimdark?

Did you really watch the Volume or did you just go with what other people said about it.
  • MiinU
  • 8th Feb 17
crushing hopelessness

The season 4 OP says otherwise, as did the season itself.

Yang is recovering from her traumatic experience with Adam, she has a new prosthetic arm, and she's training again with her father.
Weiss stood up to her father and has used her time in confinement to improve her summoning ability and plan her escape.
RJRN embarked on a quest to find answers about the new enemy they're up against.
and even Ozpin isn't totally out of the picture and started a journey of his own.

invincible villains who never fucking lose

Yet, Neo realized she was no match for Raven and fled. Later, she and Roman Torchwick both died in the same episode, only moments apart. Cinder got insta-pwn'd by Ruby's last minute powerup, which has left her face scarred and she's barely able to speak. And scorpion-guy (I forget his name) got schooled by Qrow and was also forced to turn tail and run.

They don't seem so "invincible" if you ask me.

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