RWBY Volume 2 Screening

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As I mentioned on my review of RWBY Volume 1, the reason I watched the first season was because of a special screening that I was going to be attending with my best friend.

The Showing

If I had to pick the most insane thing that ever happened to me, I’d pick this. Because I don’t know how else to explain the insanity, I’ll be giving a play-by-play using the timestamps on the text updates I was sending my mom.

I literally woke up the next morning and had to get out my phone and look at the photos to prove to myself that THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!

  • 6:40 pm
    • I arrived at the theater and met my BFF’s sister
  • 6:50
    • My BFF finally arrived and joined us.
  • 7:00
    • Credits start
  • 7:15
    • They start Volume one and we all get confused (because, remember, its supposed to be a showing of Volume two)
    • Someone leaves to get a manager
  • 7:20
    • We still don’t know whats going on
    • Someone else leaves to get a manager
    • We start laughing about it
  • 7:25
    • The screen goes blank
    • Someone from the theater comes in and says they think they can have it running in about 30 minutes
  • 7:50
    • The screen is still blank, so someone comes in and says we can watch Volume 1, and “as soon as we have Volume 2 up and running you can watch that.”
  • 8:53
    • Volume 1 is still playing
    • “Volume 2 will start at 9:30” – the manager
  • 9:42
    • Volume one is over by this point
    • “It should start in ten minutes or so” – the manager
  • 9:53
    • Someone starts playing music from RWBY (it has a pretty amazing sound track) on their iphone and we have an impromptu karaoke session
    • I have been forbidden from sharing the video of my BFF singing with anyone
  • 9:57
    • The manager comes back in and says “it will be a few minutes”
    • A man stands up and says “Sir my chair just broke” and holds up the cushion from the bottom of his chair.
    • We all laugh.
    • The manager looks so done with us
  • 10:00
    • My BFF starts using me as a pillow and her sister as a foot rest
  • 10:15
    • All hell broke loose
    • The man who broke the chair cushion was asked to pose with it
    • Someone offered him a sharpie
    • He signed it
  • 10:19
    • Other people start signing the chair
    • At some point a worker for the theater comes in and catches us signing the chair. He signs it to and tells the man – dubbed “Broken Chair Man” – that he can keep it.
    • We made a hashtag on twitter: #BrokenChairMan (I’m linking to it in case you don’t believe me)
  • 10:25
    • Someone started playing Taps on their phone
    • We held a funeral for the chair
  • 10:36
    • Volume 2 is FINALLY about to start (like, they started some quick previews and everything)
  • 10:40
    • My BFF’s sister leaves and makes her walk her out
    • A RWBY chibi episode starts and my BFF has to run to get back to see it
  • 1:18 am
    • It is finally over and we all head home
    • Broken Chair Man took the seat with him, I believe.
    • The manager gave us the contact info of Tugg (the company that sent them the wrong volume) so we could complain to them instead. I’m not sure anyone did, we had too much fun (and the theater gave us free refils all night to keep us quiet)

Volume 2

Volume 2 was much, much better than volume one, and if you’ve read my review of volume 1, you’ll know that I really, really loved it. Like, a lot. But volume 2 was much better. It had a more diverse cast of characters – everyone in Volume 1 was white! But not so in Volume 2! – and the background characters were fully animated, so they weren’t just black shadows.

The storyline was also much better, and even funnier (it starts with the most epic food fight ever) and it also managed to incorporate social issues (and my favorite teacher, Professor Ooblek, got a huge part).

Theres not much else I can say without spoiling anything, just know that if you liked Volume 1 this one is so much better!

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RWBY Volume 1

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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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