My Thoughts on RWBY (Vol 1 & 2)

My Thoughts on RWBY (Vol 1 & 2)

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.

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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.

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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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Top 10 Female Anime Characters

I’m sorry for the long wait (2 months to be exact), I was finishing up classes these past couple weeks so I’ve had other things on my mind. It should be more frequent from now on.

I can always appreciate when an anime can make a female character right. There are too many that use the girls of anime as fanservice or give them a cardboard personality. All of the girls I have chosen for this list are not fanservice characters, and have great character qualities. I tried to get a variety from anime I watched a while ago and more recent ones. I’ve noticed I tend to talk about the same shows constantly, so I’m trying to mix it up a bit if I can.

Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)

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Many may know how I feel about this show. As it was my first anime, I will always hold it dear to my heart, and Haruhi was the first character I ever cosplayed as. And although I’ve broadened my anime spectrum, I always fall back to this show. Haruhi is a very strong character, and has dealt with many things going wrong in her life. The loss of her mother at a young age, going to a school knowing nobody, and being practically thrown into a club she had no intention of joining were all things she dealt with, but didn’t let ruin her life. She overcame these obstacles, and made the best of it. Plus she’s very outspoken and doesn’t let other people take advantage of her.

Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)

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Fruits Basket was one of my very first animes, and I watched most of it at a sleepover with my friends around four years ago. Since then, I’ve gone back to it and rewatched it one or two times, along with reading all of the manga (which is so much better I highly recommend it). Tohru Honda is such a sweet character, it’s hard to not like her. She’s caring and looks out for others even if they don’t ask her to. But the thing that impresses me the most about her is the fact she stays positive no matter what circumstance she’s in. Her father died when she was about two years old, and her mother died about six month before the show takes place, but she continues to see the good in everything, a trait I wish I had.

Maka Albarn (Soul Eater)

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As many know, I cosplayed as Maka last fall, so that already can tell you how I feel about this character. Before I watched this show, I had many friends who watched it, and they said I was a lot like Maka. They said this because at the time, I was straight-A student, and I loved reading. That’s all I knew about her before I watched it. After watching it, I saw that Maka is much more than a bookworm, but is caring, strong, and determined. She is constantly worried about Soul, since he would take any hit in place of her. She wishes he would let her take care of herself, so he doesn’t get hurt in place of her. She wants to increase her skills so she doesn’t have to rely on him for protection. She always wants to learn more, and to do better than she already is. I’ve heard some people find these things about her annoying, but I think she’s just looking out for her partner.

Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)

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This show doesn’t get enough recognition. As well as the main character, Shirayuki, who is supposed to be a form of Snow White. There are similar traits between Snow White and Shirayuki, but not many. The main one I see is they both are loved by many people. Shirayuki is hard-working, and kind to everyone she meets. She gives people second-chances and believes they can change their ways to make themselves better people. I love how accepting and open-minded she is, as well as being so determined to commit to something, she does everything she can to achieve it.

Celty Sturluson (Durarara!)

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Celty is by far my favorite character from Durarara! She’s so unique, and her design was very creative. She initially comes off as being the mysterious dark character, but in the end is very kind and wary of her impact on others. She knows that she can be the cause of trouble at times, and does her best to reduce it. So many people are interested in her (being an Irish fairy without a head and all) but she hates having so much attention on her and wishes to live a peaceful life. It’s cool to see someone who is so different from others still manage to live as a normal person, and it’s very impressive.

Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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I’ve already done a post about Winry, but it was my first one and I doubt anyone has read it. So, I’ll explain myself here instead. Winry is a great character, due to her profession, caring nature, and determination. She’s a mechanic, which at the time period of the show was rare. While it has a World War 2 vibe about it, there are still few women shown with a profession that requires physical strength. Majority of the military were men, and all of the other mechanics excluding her grandmother were also men. Her talent is insane for her age as well, and her determination to make a better piece every time she updates Ed’s automail is admirable. She also is incredibly caring toward the brothers, worrying about them as they leave her behind. Overall, Winry is a sweet mechanic who deserves love.

Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)

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I’ve seen Uraraka at the very bottom of people’s favorite My Hero Academia character lists, and I’ve never understood why. Sure, there are many other characters that are shown more throughout the show, but I’ve always been fond of Uraraka from the moment she came on the screen. She’s supportive of Izuku always, and will sacrifice herself so others can succeed. She always puts others first, even though she wants to be a hero just as badly as the others. Plus, she’s just a cute, bubbly girl, and who can hate that?

Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)

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Another character that I’ve always been fond of. Though, there was a moment I doubted her, but I won’t get into that for those of you who haven’t watched season two. Kayano was the first one to approach Nagisa during the new school year, and was very open to him. She’s friendly, and makes a good effort to help the others in their goals, even if her ideas fall flat. Though there’s another side to her (which again I won’t get into), I love her all the same. She learns from her mistakes and grows further as a person.

San (Princess Mononoke)

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I just cosplayed as San on Saturday for Motor City Con in Detroit, so it’s pretty clear that I admire her. Princess Mononoke is my favorite Studio Ghibli film, as I explained in Top 5 Studio Ghibli Films, and though San is technically not the main character and is absent for much of the beginning, her screen time was not wasted. She is firm in her beliefs, and nobody can shake her from them. She lives among wolves, which has made her strong and fierce. Also, results in her hatred for humans, but love for nature. She knows the forest spirits by name, and protects them with her life. I think of her as the Japanese version of Disney’s Pocahontas, but much cooler.

Hiyori Iki (Noragami)

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I’m also working on a cosplay for Hiyori, though it won’t be ready until the fall. I feel that in the Noragami fandom, Hiyori is often overlooked. Everyone’s favorite tends to be Yato, which I can understand as he is the face of the show. But, Hiyori is really the main character, and much more amazing than most people realize. In her first encounter with a phantom, she didn’t hesitate to attack it before being told that she could be killed easily. And even after that, she still thrust herself in the heat of battle. All while in her school uniform. Her parents are also rich, being doctors and all, but this is easily forgettable because she breaks the rich girl stereotypes.

Honorable Mentions: Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle), Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)

I hope you liked my list, it was difficult to narrow it down to just ten. If you think there were others who should have made it on my list, feel free to leave me a comment, I love seeing other people’s opinions.

Again, I apologize for my hiatus. It was never intentional, it just happened. But, I should be back for good, and another post should be up this Friday, the 26th. School was bogging me down, and now that my college classes are over, I have much more free time. Also, I have joined OWLS, which will mean I can participate in the blog tours! I should have one for June’s tour, so look for me.

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See you guys later!

Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome Part 2

This is a continuation of the last post.  I didn’t want to publish all of it at once since it was so long, but here is part two.  Enjoy!

 

  1. She’s freaking STRONG

Yeah, that’s in all-caps.  There’s a reason.  She’s got some superhuman strength going on in her arms.  Think about it, she’s using her arms every day, and what does she carry with her everywhere?  A WRENCH.  Not a purse, or a makeup bag, or any of that.  A wrench.  That in one episode of the original show, she knocked Ed, Al, two other guys, then Ed again on their backs with.  I don’t know how she managed to knock a giant 7 foot tall suit of armor over, but she did it.  Also, in Brotherhood, there is a scene where she picks Ed up by the back of his shirt and carries him all the way across the room and drops him like a doll.  I can’t even pick up a basket of laundry without my arms starting to hurt a bit.  (I’m a wimp, I know)  It’s so funny, because later, (Brotherhood still) Ed has to carry her on his back, and he STRUGGLES.  This dude who has had two limbs ripped from his body and comes face to face to death on a daily basis has a hard time lifting her up.  And she picks him up like he’s NOTHING.  I don’t know about you, but if I was in their world and I accidentally got Winry mad, I’d run out of there like my life depended on it.  I had one more point, but I think you’ve got the just of it.

BONUS: When she, Ed, and Al are in Rush Valley, she doesn’t care about any of the beautiful jewelry.  She wants to examine the craftsmanship of the various metal arms and legs.  And, you know, wrenches.  She’s nothing without her wrench.  I’m not a fan of jewelry myself, and I’ve always appreciated impressively built items.  I’m with her on this one.

  1. She’s a caring person

Despite her superhuman strength, she has a soft side.

 

*******SPOILER ALERT******SPOILER ALERT******SPOILER ALERT*******

 

Please, please, please, don’t read ahead if you haven’t gotten past season 2 of Brotherhood.  This is a major, major, major spoiler.  It wasn’t in the original, so don’t go off of that please.

 

 

Alright, I’ve warned you.  Now you can’t yell at me.

 

 

So, this is probably one of the saddest moments in Brotherhood, in my opinion.  I almost bawled.  When Winry finds out that Scar was the cause her parents’ death, she wants so badly to kill him, to avenge her parents.  But as she holds the gun pointed toward him, she can’t do it.  When she lowers the gun finally, there’s this super sweet scene between Winry and Ed.  It’s honestly one of my favorite exchanged between them.  I’ve watched the scene so many times I almost have it memorized.

It’s something along the lines of, she couldn’t shoot because she isn’t meant to harm other people.  She’s meant to help.  She makes prosthetic limbs for people all the time.  She saves so many people every day, and she never tries to.  It’s just what she’s always done.  It’s in her nature.  I just love this scene because it isn’t all awkward like a majority of their conversations.  It shows how well they know each other and the trust between them.  (If you haven’t noticed, I kind of ship them a lot.  I will also have a post about why I ship them later on.  It won’t be for a while though)

 

That’s basically all I have to say about Winry.  I’m sure there’s more, but for now, these four reasons are enough.  Thank you so much for reading this.  I hope you return for more content!  If you have anything to add on, please leave me a comment.  I will try really hard to respond to all comments, and I may use something you say in a future post.  Thank you!

Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome

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**Before you continue, I will assume that you know who Winry is, and if you don’t, it’s your choice to read ahead.  I will keep the major spoilers for all of my posts saved for the end, and I will warn everyone before I reveal anything.  Thank you!**

My first real post!  I figured that I should do something I feel strongly about, from one of my favorite animes of all time.  Well, two, I guess.  Before I get any questions, I love both the original Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I DO have a favorite, but I will explain that a different time.  It’s already an idea I have.

For this, I will be using mostly examples from Brotherhood, but I will include some from the original.  I got both sides, don’t you worry.  I know there are some very strong feelings against one or the other, but like I said, that’s for another time.

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. She is NOT, by any means, a fanservice character

I don’t care how busty she is, that’s not her fault, and she certainly doesn’t try to show it off.  Some may argue that she is because of what she wears while she is working on automail.  Sure, you can see her stomach, but who really cares?  She’s working on metal ALL DAY, don’t you think she’s going to get warm?  I certainly wouldn’t want to be wearing pants and anything other than a tank top.  Anyway, Ed doesn’t seem to care all that much, so why should you criticize her?  If there are no nosebleeds from a male character, I never really consider a female character fanservice.

When she isn’t working on automail, her outfit really isn’t revealing at all.  I mean, her shoulders are showing when she’s wearing her tank top, but again, who cares?  She’s a pretty teenage girl who works on metal all day, I think she’s allowed to wear what she wants.

I know this point really doesn’t have much to do with how she’s awesome, but I was searching for a picture for her on Pinterest for a drawing reference (yes, I draw.  It sucks, but I don’t care), and one of the possible tags was labeled “fanservice.”  I don’t know how often this appears, but I know this bothered me when I saw it.  I had to explain my reasons why at some point.

2. She’s not helpless

I know this is the cliche point made for “strong female characters,” but with Winry it’s different. She’s not afraid to cry for or in front of people she loves.  I think that’s one of the strongest things a person can do.  Though I can’t remember the exact quote, I remember her saying something to Ed about how upset she was that he never cried.  She explained that the reason she cries is for him.  She’s always scared that one day, him and Al won’t return.  It’s a heavy thing for her to carry all the time.  She waits at her house in Resembool, but she’s sitting there, worrying for them.  At multiple moments in Brotherhood, she has said “I hate waiting.”  It’s clear how annoyed she is with not being able to help them more.  But no matter how hard she tries, Ed just won’t let her come.  He’s worried that she will get hurt if she comes.

Despite this, at one point in Brotherhood, she does convince him to let her come on their journey in Briggs.  That was an awesome couple of episodes, I have to say.  For anyone who hasn’t watched Brotherhood, I won’t tell you when or what happens, but it’s definitely one of my favorite parts.  For people who have already watched it, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Part 2 will come the day after tomorrow.  Thank you for reading so far!

**This was my very first real post, so go easy on me.  I had no idea what I was doing**