Reviews: React, Watch, Believe, Yikes
Could be much better
If this was simply Team RWBY riffing on Red Vs Blue, this would be the fanfic we waited for. The author's later attempt at making the RVB cast watch RWBY is mostly that, and worked just fine. Even if the snark depends on the characters taking a comedy shows completely serious, it's amusing and often funny. But no, the writing has some glaring problems, and when it falls, the story between RVB episodes (not to mention some long-winded reactions) become a time to say goodbye and just skip for an easier read.The characters are changed into aggressive, potty-mouthed and perverted caricatures, and it gets even worse with the implementation of alternate personalities (and seeing a particularly annoying one getting more and more space to the point of being a character of their own is grating). Creating new backstories - which is slightly justifiable by the author starting way early in the show, but it's hard to swallow them being repeated over and over until the sudden retcon to add what's actually canon - and adding weird stuff such as "aura modes" doesn't help. And then there's resorting to shock value - wanton graphic violence! disgusting toilet humor! - and the frequent mispellings, which are glaring when they're beside the right way in the episode transcripts. In-between, the author lets Team JNPR just live a mostly filler story with songs from the RVB soundtrack. Weird, but more bearable than what is done to Team RWBY. In short, all flaws in this fanfic detract a lot from the parts that actually work. Uknown hero, the triumph won't be yours.
Why is this in the RWBY fanfic rec section? None of the characters are in-character, their background is heavily AU at best, and the author has seen fit to make it so that MULTIPLE characters have Split Personality disorder, so 1 character is in fact 2 or 3 or more. And, he's even added in his own unique power-up for what I can only describe as unnecessary drama. You know Ruby's speed Semblance, and the roses she leaves behind. Well, here, all those roses are covered in Ruby's blood, and her clothes spontaneously dye themselves white, just to be dyed red by Ruby's blood.
It's filled to the brim with random Retcons and the characters are constantly out of character. Also, the only original character in the story is annoying. And that's her only purpose. Apparently she's relevant to the plot, in some way, which hasn't been revealed in the last three years. Remember when I said all the characters were out of character? Well, they're all assholes. The only difference between them is that they randomly revert back to their original personality for a few seconds. And the Retcon is the random memory lapses the characters suffer, in a failed attempt to make the story relevant to the latest episodes of RWBY. Honestly, it could just be an AU where Yang is adopted, but NOPE. They all had brain-farts apparently. Unpleasant experience. Do not recommend. Edit: Also, why is this on the Fanfic Recs for RWBY Crossovers? This isn't a crossover, they're just watching Red vs. Blue. That doesn't count as a crossover. If it's something to do with the JNPR chapters, then why are the JNPR chapters a thing? They have literally no point other than fan service.
React, Watch, Believe, Yikes
This was started back in 2013, so be careful if the characters having different backgrounds and personalities is something that will bother you. For example, in this fic, Yang is an orphan that was adopted by Ruby's family. I know that it bothered me, so I felt that it deserved a warning.
React, Watch, Believe, Hilarity
Ha ha ha ha ha. HA HA HA HA HA! Ha ha, oh, right the review started. Sorry about that. Was just reading the latest chapter and... just read it for yourself. Seriously, this series somehow manages to take the hilarity of the original Red vs Blue seasons and multiples it by 11 with the simple addition of team RWBY's reactions. Or at least it starts out that way. Within just a few chapters another story begins to develop within RWBY itself, a mix of standard crack fic madness and taking all the fan conventions to the absolute edge and beyond. Blake goes from having just one awkward moment with a romance novel to being a secretly perverted Yaoi (possibly Yuri) fan, Weiss's bitchiness begins to turn her into Church, Yang literally falls in love with the vehicles in the canyon, and Ruby... Well, remember how much sugar Ruby ingests on a daily basis in show? Just imagine how she would act after eating Beacon's entire stock of sugar puff cereal. Trust me, it's FAR worse than you think. Underneath all this wanton insanity and fun there is the hinting of something far more serious as RWBY begin to recognize the voices of people they know in show, but it never attempts to usurp the fic's inherent comedy. Overall, a must read for any dedicated fan of RWBY, if only so that you can keep abreast of common fandom characterizations and such. Oh and if Mr. Uknown hero happens to be reading this, (as he is now aware of his recommendation on TV Tropes) thank you for the awesome story and hope to hear more. Cheers!