RWBY Volume 1

Media Monday
Webseries Review
No spoilers!

Rooster Teeth is a web-based company that produces a lot of interesting things – (nerd orientated) talk shows, game play throughs, and animated web series to name a few – and my best friend loves it. RWBY is one of her favorite of their shows and she’s been trying to get me to watch it for ages. She’s very proud that she finally managed (by buying us tickets to the Volume 2 in-theater showing (we missed Volume 1 because of school)). So before I could go see Volume 2 I had to see volume 1. Of course, I put it off much longer than I should have (I literally watched half of it the day before the special showing and half of it the day of), but I did watch it and I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Rwby is available pretty much anywhere. You can buy it on DVD, blu-ray, or iTunes or watch it on Rooster Teeth’s Website (for free!), Netflix, or Hulu. I personally watched it on Netflix and I think that’s probably the best way, because then you can watch it all as one big ‘movie’ rather than watching it an episode at a time (because most of the episodes are only a few minutes long and I feel if you watched it that way it might get ‘skippy’ and you’d loose some of the continuity. But if you don’t have Netflix or Hulu, hey, its free!

The Plot

The future-fantasy world of Remnant is filled with ravenous monsters, 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.

Okay, so I need to be honest with you, and say, I did not read any summary, synopsis, or review before watching this show, which may have been why I, at times, felt that it was going nowhere (because I had no idea where it was supposed to go!).

The Characters

Ruby Rose

I thought she was the titular character, and I thought her name was Rwby, but no, as it turns out, RWBY is actually the name of her ‘team’ that shows up later, so her name is, in fact, Ruby (or Little Red Riding Ninja).

Yang

Ruby’s sister that I’m very fond of (except for one thing that I talk about down in the ‘animation’ section. She’s funny and protective of her lil sis (but also knows when to take a step back and let Ruby handle it).

Blake

Blake is a lot more than she seems, although, personally, I found it to be a little predictable.

Weiss

Weiss annoys me to no end, but I guess maybe she has some redeeming qualities? I mean, at least she’s cool and fights well. Even when she starts doing good things – like helping Ruby – its for her own good and so she can succeed.

Pyrrha

She’s basically Wonder Woman, actually. She’s got the shield and lack of social skills that WW usually has (if you doubt me, watch DC Super Hero Girls and you will no longer doubt me).

Jaune

He made me think of Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy in that he had no idea what he was doing, but he tried so hard to impress girls (and to help).

Cardin

Cardin doesn’t really become important until later, but he is a big part of the second half of this volume. He’s a pain and definitely my least favorite character.

The Animation

Its video game-style animation, which isn’t really a bad thing. Its pretty and it works for the show, but its not of the highest quality. It is low budget, but considering that its done by an Indie Company – Rooster Teeth – its great and it shows that a lot of care went into the creation.

The costumes are fantastic and I can think of very few things that have better costumes (maybe Pokemon, because thats what these make me think of) and it seems very anime-based. Everyone has big boobs and tiny waists, but thats true on every show, so I can’t count off points for that.

Another thing similar to video games, is that they have ‘aura’ that can be measured by ‘scrolls’ and tell you if you’re healthy or not (like the HP bar in video games). It even falls into ‘the red’ when they get injured.

My biggest complaint – animation wise – is Ruby’s older sister Yang. She’s pretty, yes, very pretty, but the animation on her hair leaves much to be desired. Imagine watching Disney’s Tangled if Rapunzel’s hair was always glowing and that would be what it feels like to watch Yang on-screen.

Overall

I really liked it even more than I thought I would. I knew I would like it, Bailey said I would and she has a pretty good idea of what I like (did I mention she bought me Mulan socks in return for going to this? She clearly knows what I like).

Its an excellent show with everything I like: fantasy, adventure, minimum love stories(unless you count Jaune/Everyone) , no love triangle, and (pardon my french) bad ass girl power. The best way I can sum it up is “if Superheroes were in the Fantasy genre, instead of Sci-fi.”

There are a lot of life lessons to be learned, about friendship and being a leader (some of my favorites are below in the Social Media section),

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