382nd G-View: RWBY Volumes 1-6

I have reviewed RWBY before but I am not proud of it. Also it felt premature because the show was just getting started and no one had an idea how big it would become over time. Big enough to become reasonably popular in Japan and the main quartet being playable in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle. With both myself having grown as a blogger and the series giving people a better idea of what kind of show it wants to be I feel like now is the time to write a better G-View. Think of this as a remake of my old RWBY (pronounced Ruby) review.

This review is dedicated to my dear friend OtakuGamerGirlIT who motivated me to pick the series up again. Our conversations have been splendid. Here is to many more as we wait for Volume 7.

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Figured I would use a cover that did not spoil anything while also having a less dated appearance.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy (It becomes less comedic as it progresses), Drama, Sci-Fi.

Number of Episodes: 70+ across 6 Volumes/Seasons. Episode length is inconsistent. They are between 10-24 minutes. There are also extras such as RWBY: World of Remant, some shorts and the RWBY Chibi spinoff.

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: The future-fantasy world of Remnant is filled with ravenous monsters called GRIMM, treacherous terrain, and more villains than you can shake a sniper-scythe at. Fortunately, Beacon Academy is training Huntsmen and Huntresses to battle the evils of the world, and Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are ready for their first day of class.

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The food fight that made me go “I’m watching this show to the very end. No more delays”.

The above description is only the surface of what the show is about. Let me give a description using one of my favorite franchises, Hyperdimension Neptunia. The first two seasons are like Neptunia Re;Birth 1 and 3. Season 3 is a game changer. Let me put it this way, it carries on a narrative and vibe similar to that of Re;Birth 2 with the setting of V-II(R) from then on. Nep fans will get what I mean. Put simply it starts off like a cool action series with some drama on the side in the first two volumes. While that remains the same as the story progresses the direction of the story changes greatly. The series takes familiar plot elements seen in other media (even Neptunia to an extent) and adds its own spin to it. Heck, Dust is like Magic/Aer, Aura is like ki/chakra/chi/The Force etc, the combat is a mix of fast paced martial arts, elemental weapons and magic along with personal abilities called Semblance that range from magnetism to nullifying/controlling emotions among others. There is a valid reason why emotions are important as the GRIMM (Similar to the “Heartless”) are attracted to negativity. It gets more complex as the story progresses. The main story of RWBY goes beyond the classic action/adventure setup of fighting monsters to keep citizens safe and world saving. Character arcs explore subjects like family, race, reason for being, discrimination, hierarchy, some politics but this is not at the forefront, legacies, traditions, revenge and of course…

 

Again plot elements familiar in other series but RWBY does its own thing with them. It also takes its time telling them. Basically if a favorite character has yet to get their time in the spotlight be patient. Their time will come.

As far as the story goes I enjoyed how it started and while the change in direction during Volume 3 was a surprise I welcomed it as well. The twists and turns have all been intriguing and the character arcs, both the short and ongoing, have been equally engaging, especially two in particular. Many of the battles, especially against larger foes such as giant GRIMM and mechs feel like video game boss fights and I really like that. The same goes for the grounded human vs human boss fights. The ones with magic, explosions and the like are more shounen-esque. Basically I really like the fights. Fun stuff.

RWBY Old

Team RWBY Old animation.

RWBY New

Team RWBY New Animation.

I will do my best to explain how the animation improves as the series progresses but it is better understood seeing the change than reading my description. The show is a Western CGI anime but faster than most JP ones. So the first two volumes run at around 40 frames per second and most of the characters look pale white with the majority of background characters being walking silhouettes. The settings themselves look like the beginning stages of developing towns, fields and dungeons in video games. It is around Volume 3 where the speed slows down to 30 FPS but in a good way because the overall animation gets a massive improvement with the characters looking much sharper and crisper and there being more life in the environment, proving once again that V3 is the game changing season. Think of it as jumping from the Playstation 2 to the PS3. The character designs look quite nice for the majority of the cast, the various GRIMM, vehicles, machines etc. The anime influence can be seen in the comedic facial expressions and high octane combat. Luckily it is not as fast as mainstream shounen. The strikes, slashes, elemental attacks etc can be seen and rarely feel like the action is too quick for the naked eye.

The soundtrack sounds like English anime rock songs which are nice to listen to. The soundtrack does its job.

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From left to right: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long.

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The CPUs, Neptune, Noire, Blanc and Vert.

Now when talking the main four when I first saw them I was reminded of the CPUs. Those being Neptune, Noire, Blanc and Vert:

Ruby Rose reminds me of Neptune with a little does of her sister Nepgear, meaning Ruby’s the energetic leader of the pack, almost always optimistic and wanting to do what is right. When struggling Ruby reminds me of what Nepgear went through in some ways. Ruby wields a scythe that also acts as a rifle. Her Semblance is super speed which she often uses to perform a Psycho Crusher like move. She is not “Speedster” fast but quite fast regardless. She currently has a “From young upstart to potential legend” character arc.

Weiss Schnee is pretty much Noire and a little bit of Uni. Weiss is an elegant tsundere ojou-sama who wields a rapier that can equip multiple types of Dust bullets. She makes a very cool new discovery later on. Her relationship with her onee-sama somewhat reminds me of Noire and Uni’s. Her character arc revolves around the family legacy.

Blake Belladonna is the Blanc of the group, meaning she is the calm and studious one. She does not have her short temper though. That trait was inherited by the next teammate. Blake uses a blade that acts as both a pistol and a hook shot. Her Semblance is creating afterimages. Her character arc is about her shady past before coming to the academy.

Yang Xiao Long is Similar to Vert only in them being mature well-endowed blondes. She intially has an easier time socializing than her imouto Ruby and is the hotheaded muscle of the team. Her weapons are combat gauntlets that can fire both bullets and ranged blasts. Her Semblance gives her a Hulk Boost. Her character arc is family trouble. Similar to Weiss but much more complicated.

There is another quartet who are equally as important. That being Team JNPR (Jaune, Nora, Pyrra and Ren). All I will say about Jaune is to give him time. He may not give a good first impression but he does prove his worth over time. The other three are pretty cool.

The rest of the cast, both allies and foes, have their cool characters and not so-cool ones. The villains are hit and miss. Some I really liked from the start whereas others I did not care for or got better later, not more interesting but more intriguing shall we say. A certain multi-colored foe I did not care much for suddenly became more interesting upon their return much later in the show. Heck, the 2nd biggest villain’s servants remind me of an edgier Linda/Underling and Warechu/Pirachu but more of a legitimate threat than recurring bumblers.

And now we get to the main reason I decided to come back to RWBY.

Yang and Blake's moment of truth

The buildup to this moment was worth it. So very worth it.

When I first heard about Bumbleby…”buzz” (could not resist) I was like “So it was like KorraSami in which it was a subtle buildup to that moment”. Having finished Volume 6 I can confirm that…no. Their romance had been building up for a long time. While they do have their own character arcs they also have a combined one, their relationship. It may be hard to believe but people who have seen fellow supporters having caught up can agree…it all began when Yang first said hello to Blake. The seeds were planted ever since. Without giving anything away they both have other things to think and worry about but the one consistent concern and thought they share throughout the show is each other’s well being and wanting to be together no matter the numerous obstacles that get in their way, especially a crimson nightmare. Heck, they even got the Symphogear treatment at the end of Volume 6 along with the staff and their voice actors hyping up the advent of this big battle. Again, totally worth it.

Check out this edition of Yuri Talk HERE where I go into more detail on Bumbleby’s story. (SPOILERS! Obviously)

As for other yuri content on the show, again after the game changing volume. Oh yes indeed. White Rose remains just a ship though. Not much to go on yet.

Overall RWBY is a pretty good CG Americanime. It starts off like an entertaining action-adventure with some dramatic moments and character arcs but near the climax of Volume 3 everything changes but it somehow found a way to stay compelling and fun to watch despite the comedy being greatly toned down by then. The main heroines are all great, the second leading team are cool with their leader eventually becoming cool himself, the side-characters are mostly cool, the villains are hit and miss. The presentation gets better as the series progresses and the yuri, both main and side are worth watching. Dunno who to recommend the show to but whoever finds this review intriguing are free to give it a try if they so wish.

Now to wait for Volume 7 to see what happens next in both the main story and Bumbleby’s relationship.

 

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23 Responses to 382nd G-View: RWBY Volumes 1-6

  1. OtakuGamerGirlT says:

    This is a wonderfully presented G-View and I’m very glad you decided to give it a second go. I’ve had a lot of fun discussing the show’s events with you as you caught up and I’ll be looking forward to doing so more when Volume 7 hits. What I find most intriguing about this show is that whether you love or hate it, you must at least respect it. To become big in Japan and be classified as anime is a big honor and doesn’t happen often. The Last Airbender and Korra are considered anime-like, but not even they went as far as to be given an official Japanese Dub. That means something and so in that respect alone RWBY deserves praise.

    The animation did start off a bit wonky, but the level that it’s at now as of Vol 6 is amazing. They’ve really come such a long way animation wise as well as plot wise. I am genuinely invested in this show and it’s become one of my favorites. The soundtrack is wonderful and the underlying Romance development between Blake and Yang is phenomenal. It’s always been about them, clearly, considering they were given such a major arc in the show. Watching their relationship blossom has been a beautiful journey.

    I’m excited for what future volumes will bring for them and for all the others. There’s so much amazing stuff to discover now, I can honestly see RWBY going on for another ten volumes and it’s good enough that I will look forward to the next every time. Can’t wait to read Part two and delve deeper into your thoughts on Bumbleby.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Thanks for getting me back into watching it, yes. Totally worth it.

      Well said about the show’s status in Japan.

      You know it’s funny when MLP: Friendship is Magic got a JP dub before both Avatar series.

      Much respect to how far the show has come.

      Bumbleby’s romance is definitely one of the best parts of the show.

      Oh yes. I too am super invested and ready to keep going till the end.

      Stay tuned for that.

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  2. As someone who’s been following the show every single year since a bit after Vol 2 ended and I found the show, I too am glad you decided to give the show a 2nd look.

    The show really has come a long way from where it started. At first, all the fandom had were warring ships, and some pretty big ships wars, even…and now it does indeed seem like the show’s creators are confirming some ships to be canon indeed, which is a relief. Go Bumbleby! (Was also very surprised and delighted to see another certain awesome side-couple in the newest season.)

    And also, I agree with everything OtakuGamerGirlT said.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yes. I made a wise decision.

      Bumbleby being my two favorite Team RWBY members and having them fall in love was a double win. Oh yes. That side-couple was a very welcome bonus.

      Same here. She nailed it.

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  3. Terkontar says:

    Seems I was right that Bumblebee would sail. Eh, I have mixed feelings about it – on one hand it’s nice to see my top 2 ship sail, but on the other I feel that it’s also a can(n)on that sinks any possibility for White Rose to become official. Oh well, I guess it’s time to get back to writing fanfiction.

    At least we’ve got to see a few d’aww moments between Ruby and Weiss.

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  4. mundanematt says:

    RWBY suck after monty died.

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  5. cirno9fan says:

    I’m not caught up on Vol 6, but I don’t like the direction it’s been going….
    I also think people might be getting their hopes up too soon.
    I hope it works out for you guys….meanwhile, things can only go wrong on my end…
    If there’s one character I don’t like….why does it have to go like this >_<

    The side stuff was nice.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Sometimes I wonder if you secretly enjoy torturing yourself watching moepocalypse shows or ones that take drastically dark turns like this one.

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      • cirno9fan says:

        I watch this with my brother. I would have stopped long ago if not for him. Not because of what you stated, but because the ending I wanted less than anything else is all that’s in sight. but again, I hope at least you can get what you want. I dont’ personally see it going that way, but it’d be nice if someone could be happy with the way the show went.

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  6. Mauron says:

    I was excited after seeing that side couple last season, and then we got that ending. It was quite awesome. A fight with the jealous ex to end the season.

    Hopefully RWBY Chibi gives us more Bumbleby content next season, and the main series develops White Rose some more.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Technically Grimmzilla was the season finale but why worry about minor details.

      Don’t have high hopes White Rose will also become canon but despite that it won’t stop the fanfics. It never does. Might as well enjoy them while they last.

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  7. Wanderer says:

    I suppose I should finish volume 6, then? I got sick of it after several episodes with everyone being assholes towards Ozpin, despite having seen with their own eyes the proof that not only was none of this his fault, he’d actually suffered worse than ANYONE because of it all.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Gods’ fault. That is all.

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    • Terkontar says:

      Well, he’s not entirely without a fault. Sure, he didn’t cause the Fall of Beacon, nor did his actions wipe out humanity the first time around, but he did not only withhold information from Ruby and Co., but also outright lied to them. He had his reasons, true, but they also had theirs to be angry.

      All of that said, I fully agree that the way some of them reacted was way over the top, especially seeing that poor Oscar – who is truly blameless here – was caught in the crossfire. I get that RT is trying to show us conflicts within the group to create drama, tension and whatnot, but… yeah, I’d say there were other ways to go about it.

      Don’t even get me started on Ruby’s speech of ‘we don’t need adults’… V6 was pretty good, but some writing decisions were just mind-boggling in my opinion.

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  10. LuzeriP says:

    After binge watched it for 2 days, I gotta say I’m impressed. The main characters are likable. Sometimes they got their worst moment but it’s not something that makes me hate them. It’s how the (teenager) character’s progress. Some were good, some were bad. But my job is just to watch. And I like what I watched. I even shed some tears here and there, not gonna lie. I rarely watch Ameracanime. I don’t watch Korra either. I tried but, I never got through it. I watched Aang, and it was okay. But RWBY was something else. The story and the script are anime-like. Maybe that’s why Japan loved it. Oh, I like all the fight scenes. Love me some good fighting sequence.

    Thanks for recommending it to me, OG-san. I read the post before this one when you mentioned it briefly and got my attention. The one with adult yuri couple with a kid. And sorry I asked you those questions while you already write it in here >.< I didn’t read this thoroughly, I wanted to watch the show really blind. So yeah, I can’t wait for Volume 7.

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