In the land of Remnant, where boys and girls train to become huntsman and huntresses, 4 color-coded girls team up to fight the mysterious shadow organization in this action-packed animated series from Rooster Teeth.
Gray G. Haddock
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The story takes place in the world of Remnant, which is filled with supernatural forces and shadowy creatures known as the Grimm. Prior to the events of the series, mankind waged a battle of survival against the Grimm before discovering the power of a mysterious element called Dust, which allowed them to fight back against the monsters. In the present day, Dust is used to power magical abilities and weapons. Those who use these abilities to battle the Grimm are known as Huntsmen and Huntresses. The series focuses on four girls, each with her own unique weapon and powers. Together, they form a team at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses.Written by
RWBY is a good show. Really, it is. Is it an absolutely immaculate show? No. Is it great? At times, it's awesome. But it has it's flaws.
It's also an indie web series production that, with every minute of viewing, you can sense the passion and work that went/still goes into it.
I felt the need to write this review as Volume 6, the volume many agree to be the best written volume of the series, ended months ago and Volume 7 will be starting soon. If you've researched anything RWBY related online, you might notice there are a ton of "hit" pieces online on it. For reasons that are, to a fair extent, unwarranted (don't want to get too spoilery), this show is notorious for attracting one of the worst "hate-doms" I have ever seen for a show ever (worse than many shows that are of much lower quality). I felt that especially after Volume 6, RWBY deserved to be reviewed fairly.
Now, before I go off on praising the show too much, let me explain the three biggest issues it has.
The first is potential. This show has a ton of potential. Why is that bad? Because the budget and writing is not always able to live up to that. This problem is LARGELY mitigated if you're binging the series, since you don't build unrealistic expectations or "head-canons". However it is still a present problem that (if recent signs are any indication) is something they're improving on.
The second is budget. From it's inception RWBY's budget was not the best, and it's early animation (Volume 1) can probably best be described as that of a DIY project. This changes quite a lot over time, and part of the fun is seeing the massive leaps in graphics as each season progresses. However, this leads into the last problem.
It's overly ambitious. Aside from one unfortunate volume that suffered from internal issues at the parent company (Volume 5), it is extremely apparent that the staff of this show pour a lot of time and effort into it, trying to realize the vision that RWBY's late creator (Monty Oum) had for it. However, because of it's indie nature and budget, it falls short. Episode runtimes range around 12 - 30 minutes on average (~5-10 in Volume 1) and, with a story and world of this scale, and a very large cast, some plot-lines are not always fleshed out to the extent other shows are capable of. In fact, you might say it's quite an achievement that it's been able to do as well as it has. As a result there is quite a lot of head-canon out there to cross the gaps in information, that when disproven, seems to contribute to the hate-dom overall.
Also on another note, while Miles and Kerry, the writers of the show, are pretty good (at their best, e.g Volumes 3 and 6) they, along with many involved, are not seasoned hollywood veterans, which sometimes reflects in things like dialogue. The fact that in spite of everything, this show manages to be more interesting and engaging than half the live-action shows on television, I think says a lot about it.
TLDR: This show is called RWBY, and like it's title, it's an imperfect gem. There is definitely something magical about it's appeal, despite it's flaws. I recommend giving this indie show a try and sticking with it.
Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about it's "fanbase" (especially on sites like YouTube). If I were you I'd avoid it like the plague unless you're able to find a good smaller community to engage with.
Also one final note: Volume 4/5 have some pacing related issues. Before Volume 6 I would've given this show a 7/10, but afterward I can definitely say it deserves the 8/10 rating it has now.
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