This series has some BIG flaws, but I like it regardless.
I will start by saying that, before watching RWBY, I had absolutely no idea of who Monty Oum was, and I didn't watch any of the stuff he worked into, like Red VS Blue. He was literally an unknown entity for me, and this was the first thing from him that I watched.
That said, let's jump to the review proper.
Let's not beat around the bush here, this series has some pretty evident flaws. For starters, the whole first season seems to be... Lacking in a truly driving plot, just varied scenes that build the characterization of some of the main characters. The one and only hint of a deeper and more overarching plot is shown right when the season is over. This let me bashing my head aginast a wall, shouting, demanding for more! You can't leave the threads hanging right after starting to weave them! That's a stupid writing decision right there!
Not to mention the overall length of the episodes often left me unsatisfied, feeling that more could have been done. And there are lots of clichés we have seen in anime and western animation series with a basis on the power of friendship. That said, what characterization the series has is solid, barring a few inconsistencies here and there that were ironed as time passed, the fight scenes were top notch, and it leaves enough hints of an interesting plot being visible in the near future to actually make me remain hooked. And I have to admit, I don't mind a few clichés here and there.
The voice acting is amateur-ish, it can't be denied. But I feel that this may have been an intentional decision, Stylistic Suck
so to speak, and it is not as jarring as some voice actings I have heard, so, while unproffessional and unrefined, it is by no means /terrible/, and it has both So Bad, It's Good
moments and genuinely good moments in which I like it and enjoy it.
I'll admit it, I don't have high standards when it comes to animation, but I can recognize horrible animation when I see it. There are bugs and off-model moments, but I had to watch the series multiple times before I could notice any but the most obvious ones, and overall the rest is not bad.
I can't say anything about the music, other than "It's FUCKING AWESOME".
Overall, it's an unpolished product, full of stains and flaws. But despite those flaws, it makes a genuine effort to be a good series. It's pretty good, with potential for greatness.