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03/12/2019 11:34:51 •••

Could've been worth the hype, but no

I first came across mention of RWBY in late 2013 but dismissed it having never been a fan of web animation. Early in 2014 a number of friends from a site I administrate spread the hype to me, and I was drawn in by the trailers - which lied.

I already knew that the series probably wouldn't be non-stop action but I was still expecting something at least a little edgy. Finally a web animation that would suit my tastes.

The first episode promised a lot, but I could pick out every minor moment of amateurish animation from the start. The series may be colourful on the surface but that surface is flat and there's precious little else. The plot is also quite dry; what could have been excellent was discarded in favour of lightheartedness and an attempt at kid-friendliness. If Monty wants a kid-friendly show he should get a TV deal, half the point of the internet is that it's a way around censorship.

Given the political subtext (which I noticed even before reading the YMMV page) and the aforementioned waste of any potental for original plot ideas in favour of trite lightheratedness, I have come to like this show less and less every episode I watch. I'm holding out for Volume 2 in hope of a genre shift to something darker, but it's far from likely that such will happen.

All the references to darker material such as A Clockwork Orange and Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials further enhance this issue; it feels like the show is mocking me.

And the one thing that bugs me most? Not one character or group which has turned its back on Dust in favour of rationality and science. I don't care of Word of God says Dust isn't magic, it's close enough to qualify. A positive portrayal of the use of magic or psuedo-magic, of any kind, switched me off from the start.

Overall, I'd say wait for a shift to darker material or avoid. At the moment RWBY is a dull, unrealistically positive cliché-fest. I find it hard to belive that a series with so much hype could be subject to my first use of the word "cliché" on this site but... well, you see my problem now.

See everyone else's reviews for problems or praise you can be bothered with, but this is my opinion and I stand by it no matter how many fans disagree with me.

05/13/2014 00:00:00

What's wrong with portraying magic positively? If it existed, it would be tremendously useful, as well as scientific.

05/13/2014 00:00:00

I'm struggling to understand this a bit, is it because of themes specific to RWBY or do you just really hate magic?

05/13/2014 00:00:00

Is there a reason positive portrayals of magic and the opposite of gritty/dark turn you off, or do you just not like that?

05/15/2014 00:00:00

^ Given that the reviewer chose to name their account doomguy, I would guess it's the latter.

05/15/2014 00:00:00

I like this review. It reminds me of the 90's.

09/09/2018 00:00:00

You might as well call this:

\"Review of RWBY by an edgy 16-year-old who doesn\'t understand that dark and good are not synonyms\"

09/20/2018 00:00:00

I think your review was well reasoned and I\'m glad you\'ve decided against continuing. This series isn\'t worth the money it makes, but here we are, with the dozens of sycophants who have to resort to insults to get their points across.

03/11/2019 00:00:00

Dude, edgy is not inherently good. There is nothing wrong with kid-friendly. Kid-friendly and excellent are not antonyms. Also, RWBY DOES get a dark shift and most people say that\'s what killed it. Edgy is edgy, light is light, good is good, bad is bad. And as for your line that you were expecting at least a little edgy, I\'m pretty sure the racism established in the world qualifies. Also the explicit mention of terrorism in the finale is very edgy

03/12/2019 00:00:00

It\'s a 5 year old review man. I think you had better things to do than bump this.


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