For any of you unaware, RWBY is not technically an anime, but is often placed in that category. It’s a web series by the animation studio Rooster Teeth and has been popular for a few years. I’ve been told countless times to watch this show, and about two months ago, I started it.
From the very first episode, I fell in love with it. It’s unique, and the animation in the beginning felt a bit like a video game. I’ve always wanted a show to portray a main cast of women that didn’t sexualize them and wasn’t a slice of life, as I’ve seen plenty of both of those varieties. This show is fantastic, and I recommend every single person to watch it if you haven’t already. No pressure or anything. It has hiccups, as all shows do, but I feel it’s strong in the areas it needs to be.
I have only seen the first two seasons, but I still wanted to discuss it a bit. I’ll be doing a second post about seasons three and four if this one does well, and eventually something on season five when that is released next month.
Let’s discuss a few things the show does beautifully.
For one thing, the sound track is absolutely phenomenal. I never skip the opening or ending, and all of the background music matches with the mood of the scene every time. Even though I would binge this show and hear the opening like five times in one day, I never got sick of it.
The animation they decided to use was a risk. It’s not something you see in most series. It’s more complex, and takes longer to animate. Though, even from the beginning, it was clear they had some idea of what they were doing. The first episode is a bit clunky, but the character designs and background made up for it completely. I have seen a small bit of season three, and let me tell you I gasped when I saw the improvements they’d made. Everything is so smooth by that point, and I’ll probably cry if it gets prettier by season four and five.
On to characters. I’m very picky about my female characters. All four of the main characters are lovely and unique, and I can’t help but love them. One thing media messes up with “strong female characters” is making them all intimidating and brutish. Why? Why can’t a female be strong and wear a pretty pink dress and lipstick? Those things don’t make women weak, which is what media tends to portray.
What I mean by this is the fact that two of the four wear dresses and heeled boots and are quite feminine, but are still portrayed in a strong way, is exactly what I’m looking for. The other two aren’t as “girly” but they aren’t immediately intimidating or brutish. They all can hold their own.
Now to get into some specifics. The four main characters are Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladona, and Yang Xiao Long. They form the team RWBY, which is an acronym for their first names. They attend Beacon Academy, and are training to become huntresses, who fight off monsters, the Creatures of Grimm. There’s more to the story than just this, but that’s it in its most basic form. There’s a main villain whose name I cannot remember who’s introduced in the first episode, and his accomplices are shown fairly heavily.
The other team the show focuses on is team JNPR (Juniper), which stands for Jean, Nora, Pyrra, and Ren. They are close friends with the members of RWBY and I quite like them as well. I could get into their characters, but I just wanted to state how much I like the fact they were included. The show would be a bit stale without some support characters.
Personally, my favorite character of everyone is Blake. I was struck by her because of her introverted nature, and her love of escaping in books. She does work together with the others, and comes out of her shell, but something I like is the fact they never try to pull her out of being introverted. They don’t try to prevent her from spending time by herself. But they do let her know that they are there for her no matter what.
I also want to talk a bit about my second favorite, which is Jean. I was a bit surprised by how much I liked him, and when he’s first introduced, I figured he would be a jerk. He’s actually one of the sweetest, dorkiest characters ever and I love him so much due to it. I can’t really put all of my thoughts here, since that could take up an entire post in itself.
So, that’s what I think about RWBY. At least, where I’m at. I know it gets a lot darker and intense after where I’m at, and we’ll explore that in the second part of this. Wish me luck that my heart doesn’t break, and I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s probably one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written.
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