Since I started coming to TV Tropes, I've avoided using the word "cliche". But what else can you call a show like RWBY? It's story is formulaic and derivative: anime high school with a dash of Harry Potter. The characters are broad, boring archetypes: the naive and clumsy wunderkind, the spoiled one, the aloof goth girl, and the spunky big sister. Jean probably takes the dry, flavorless cake, though, as the even more ditzy, clumsy guy with no real skills but lots of potential
. The setting is boring, even when we venture outside of Hogwarts. The art style leaves more to be desired, with them attempting to use anime facial and body language without the flexibility of actual illustration. Even the animation, Monty's forte, is stilted and awkward outside of the fights.
And you know what? Normally I'd be okay with that. Given the talent behind the series, this is a show that screams "Excuse Plot". Monty Oum makes the best fight scenes around, and whatever plot there is to the story only exists to get us from one fight to another. Except it took us EIGHT MOTHER FUCKING EPISODES to get to the first real fight. That's two months, guys. As it stands now, this show has nothing
to offer that is worth two months of anyone's
As mad as it makes me, it speaks to the talent behind the show that I continue to watch it, for hope of improvement. Besides Monty's fights, there's fantastic music, good artwork, and terrific character designs (as the amount of cosplayers have proven). This is a show that either needs to do more or less with its writing. Either work on fleshing out the characters and give us a compelling hook NOW
, or crank up the Oumamater and give us more of his brand of violence. Sadly, I have seen no evidence of either happening any time soon.