(Fair warning, I’m going to be swearing a bit in the review. It warrants it.)
Okay, so the episode has Cinder currently god-moding and going against the Big Good that is Ozpin. It’s like 30 seconds of badass before we see the evacuation of the students. Ruby learns her sister lost her arm, Blake’s apologizing to an unconscious Yang, Ren and Nora are injured and can’t go after their friends, leaving Ruby to go and bring Jaune and Pyrrha back.
Pyrrha finally kisses Jaune, only to shove him into a locker and then send him to Vale before trying to go against Cinder. Jaune calls Weiss and Ruby, begging them to save her. Cinder basically tames the giant ass dragon Grimm when Pyrrha comes to throw down. It’s a beautiful fight until the dragon shows up to try and save the former, when Pyrrha goes Magneto on Cinder’s ass until she loses her aura.
Ruby arrives just in time to see Pyrrha get killed and then goes super-mode, whiting out the screen until she wakes up several days later. Communications are down around the world, Ozpin is presumably deceased, and shit’s gone bad. By the time she’s woken, she finds her father waiting at her bedside. He reveals that Vale has been saved, but Beacon is fucked since the dragon Grimm is frozen but keeps attracting more Grimm.
Qrow then shows up and reveals that Ruby has a bloodline/magic power that her mother had, a trait from their silver-eyes. He then reveals that he has to pick up where Ozpin left off, and their enemy has gone to Haven. Ruby then goes to see Yang, who’s so dejected and detached that the life seems to be drained from her now that she’s lost everyone. Atlas has lost their credit, Weiss’ father took her back, Blake ran away without telling anyone, and Yang just wants to be left alone.
Time passes, and Ruby heads out with the remainder of JNPR to Haven without telling her father. The narrator then says some depressing crap, revealing she’s the Big Bad, Salem. Also Qrow can turn into an actual crow.
Okay, review time.
So, about the final episode of Volume 3. *Takes a deep breath* WHAT THE HELL, ROOSTERTEETH?
First you kill off Penny. Then Roman. Then Ozpin. And then you take away Pyrrha. Goddamn, you don’t cram that all into a single season! You space it out. And then there was the fact that Roman gets goddamn chopped all of a sudden and Ozpin just disappears. That’s fucking weak for major characters! At least Pyrrha’s death was a natural consequence of fighting a sociopathic bitch.
On the subject of a technical review, I can’t complain about anything, even the reveal about silver-eyes. That should have had more foreshadowing though. 5 out of 5.
Okay, the chapter starts with Ruby kicking ass and taking names, only for Neo to show up. Blake fights Adam, who is creepy and intends to make her suffer, and the rest of the teams fight against a bunch of Grimm and rogue robots and get their asses kicked. Velvet gets her chance to shine by showing off her Semblance, which allows her to copy the abilities of the people she takes photos of, until she gets blindsided by a paladin and Weiss manages her summoning of a knight’s arm and sword.
Back with Ruby, Roman and Neo are beating her senseless until Neo screws up and gets her parasol opened, sending her flying away while a Grimm suddenly eats Roman. Qrow and team Cardinal work with Ironwood, who is a cyborg as it turns out. Jaune and Pyrrha head to the vault while Adam continues to beat down Blake until Yang shows up. Then Cinder kills Amber with an arrow through the heart, Adam stabs Blake and cuts Yang’s arm off, and Ozpin tries to deal with an empowered Cinder.
Okay, review time.
Well, damn. It’s gotten really dark. Adam is a yandere, like Beast from Beauty and the Beast turned into an abusive asshole driven mad by his love abandoning him and can apparently cut through Aura like fucking butter. Ironwood is basically Robocop, and Cinder won. On the negatives, Roman shouldn’t have died by being eaten of all things, Jaune had one job and he failed at it by not looking towards the entrance, and while I liked the reveal of Velvet’s Semblance, I don’t really like that she was blindsided because people were just staring at her and not the giant robot next to her, or the fact that Weiss got her power-up by saving someone she hardly knows. It should have been one of team RWBY or Neptune.
Episode gets a 4 out of 5, because despite the negatives I liked it.
It’s gone down. White Fang and Grimm are attacking Beacon and Vale, with the heroes needing to act. Blake and Weiss are in disbelief, Yang is worried over Ruby, and Ruby is depressed over Penny as much as Pyrrha is at the notion that she killed her. So much so that she doesn’t fight back when a Nevermore comes after her and Ruby has to save her. Then it gets massacred by about a dozen rocket-launchers as everyone arms up to do their jobs.
Ironwood gets his moment to shine and then gives them their marching orders, while Roman causes more problems by hijacking the androids and making things difficult for everyone else. When he possibly killed Ironwood, Ruby goes to deal with him and Neo while Weiss defends the school and Blake goes to deal with Adam.
Cinder and her posse, meanwhile, continue to be assholes by broadcasting as a fucking dragon of all things emerges and spawns Grimm. As Pyrrha goes to see Ozpin, Cinder is watching and planning on making her next move.
Okay, review time.
Holy balls! This is everything I ask for. I… I have no proper words.
5 out of 5. Watch it.
Okay, running late for this week (Again) so I thought I’d cover last week’s episode on top of this one.
This episode starts with Yang arguing her defense against what happened, but because Emerald’s Sembalance is OP, everything thinks she just hallucinated the entire thing. Her friends are quick to back her, though Blake has reservations considering she believes Adam went down the same route (how these two things are related eludes me) and then learn more about her mother from her uncle, who invites her to help chase her down. Pyhrra, in the meanwhile, is stressed over the situation with the Fall Maiden’s power and Jaune tries to cheer her up. The two get close, then things get bad and she loses control over her power and runs off. Ruby begins looking into what happened to her sister after Velvet mentions Coco thought she saw something as well and sees Emerald and Mercury, who were supposed to have left, before the match between
So this episode was most set-up and exploring the fallout of the last chapter. We learned about how Raven is perceived from the others and see why Arkos was slowly forming… now for it all to go to hell….
Episode gets a 4 out of 5, because I’m an action-junkie and it was distinctly lacking there.
The episode begins with Penny and Pyhrra’s match announced while Ozpin watches on. Ruby tries to get past Mercury in order to stop the match, but the asshole stops her while the two fight. It’s a good match, with Penny actually putting up a decent fight until Emerald tricks her into making her attack seem more deadly and Pyhrra ends up cutting her in half. The Grimm promptly go rushing towards the town as Cinder stops the broadcast from being cut and then proceeds to give a “Reason You Suck Speech” about the different governments, stating her own had fallen. It starts going bad then as every Grimm attacks and Atlas’ ships are getting wrecked because Neo slaughtered an entire crew and freed Roman. And, to top it off, the White Fang show up with more Grimm.
Okay, review time.
Darkest hour folks. Penny’s gone, Atlas is humiliated, the White Fang are attacking, and all it took was a few people placed in the right places. Credit where its due, Cinder knows what the hell she’s doing. But screw Emerald! She’s caused more problems in the last three episodes than anyone else! She’s shamed Yang and Pyhrra! If she makes it out of this season in one piece, I swear….
Oh, episode gets 5 out of 5. Watch it.
This episode starts with a flashback to Cinder recruiting both Emerald (a thief with the ability to influence minds into hallucinations) and Mercury (who it turns out had an assassin father and prosthetic legs), with Roman being briefly heard before they go to see Adam about getting some men from the White Fang. He refuses, so they go and attack the Fall Maiden. Credit where its due, this probably was the best showing I’d seen and if not for the fact that she kicked up dust when she attacked, it would’ve ended a lot sooner. Anyway, she gets shot in the back, drained by some sort of bug Grimm linked to Cinder, and Qrow, once more, comes to the rescue by severing the link between her and Cinder, the latter of whom fled since she got most of what she wanted before going back to the White Fang and making her offer again… under threat of death.
In the aftermath of the last episode, we see that Yang’s attack and the resulting panic ended up luring in enough Grimm to start a mess of problems, it was a set-up by Cinder and Emerald, and Mercury is doing just fine. Bastards.
So, I liked the episode. I figured Mercury had some abuse issues by his comment with his dad before, but I didn’t know he killed him. I liked short-haired Cinder pulling that bow and sword accord act. The only thing I hate is that Yang and Ozpin’s reputations are going down the tube because of this, and hope that she kills Mercury and Emerald for it.
Okay, running late for this week so I thought I’d cover last week’s episode on top of this one.
This episode starts with Penny and her teammate (who honestly doesn’t have much of a personality beyond being a strictler for rules) stomping two minor members of Cardin’s team before Penny tells Ruby she wants to go to Beacon, which Ruby notes isn’t liekly with the leash Ironwood has on her. Then Weiss and Yang go against a pair from Atlas, one of whom has a minor grudge against Weiss for her father’s actions, and the others who is a basically a troll. The two work together to harass the pair until they split Yang and Weiss apart, with Neon Katt being too quick for Yang to land a decent blow and the Jazz magician using a sentienal approach to handle Weiss. Ultimately, Weiss has to throw both herself and the Jazz dude into a Lava Plume to weaken him enough for Yang to take him and then Neon out. As the Episode ends, Cinder gets her hands on Penny’s schematics and possibly control over her, while Ozpin has called Pyrrha up to his office to be the next guardian.
So this episode was… mostly set up for the next. The fight was subpar, but I did like the music. The real meat comes at the end, where we see two different plots unfolding, which I will go into next.
The episode starts with Pyrrha being called to Ozpin’s office. To summarize the entire thing, there are four women who have so much power they embody the seasons and the current Fall Maiden, Amber, was attacked by Cinder and had half her power stolen. Pyrrha is who they want to replace her before she dies, but to do so they’ll have to literally shove her Aura and Semblance into the younger woman, which they admit they don’t know what will happen to her.
Then we get to the first round of the finals and have Mercury vs Yang like the openings have been promising forever. These two go at it hard right until Yang goes Super Saiyan on his ass. Unfortunately, after she stomps him, Mercury cheats like a little bitch and makes it seem like Yang broke his leg unprovoked with either Neo or Emerald’s help and get her arrested.
I liked the exposition in the chapter and foreshadowing, but screw you Cinder and Mercury. She earned that win and you took it away… and if all it takes is a little panic like that to incite the Grimm, it’s a miracle these kingdoms hadn’t been overrun by now.
The episode starts with Coco and Yasuhashi against Emerald and Mercury. To say it was a curbstomp battle is an underestimation, but it was. Mostly I blame the fact that they chose the slow tank and the long-range fighter against the quick close-range fighter and assassin. That was a poor match-up and the villain duo are clearly experienced mercenaries, so that beating was legendary with amazing music.
Then we get shots of Qrow with Ruby and Yang, and Weiss with Winter. These two family moments essentially give us more insight into how their home lives and their thoughts, ultimately revealing that Weiss wants to move under her own power and likely has trauma due to her encounter with the knight, and that Qrow is looking at a bigger picture.
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A ninja in black…
The episode starts off at the party with Ozpin and the others, as well as Ironwood. Jaune and Ruby share a moment of being socially awkward until Ruby reveals Weiss is without a date and he tries to go ask her out, until he saw Pyrrha looking down and followed her to the balcony. Pyrrha couldn’t get a date, much to Jaune and my shock. She basically states she’s been placed on a pedestal so she’s seen as too unattainable and she wishes she came with a guy who was like him, who saw him for who he is.
Neptune comes out after she leaves and Jaune tears into him until he reveals he can’t dance. It does wonders for Jaune’s ego, but he ultimately tells Neptune to go tell Weiss if he really likes her. He sits by her and chat while Ruby and Yang watch as Jaune puts on a dress and dances with Pyhrra and Nora takes Lie onto the floor and they do a really good dance routine.
Team CRME, on the other hand, watches from above. Ruby, however, goes off to the balcony and sees Cinder dressed like a ninja. She decks a guard and the straight-up kicks the rest of their asses like no-one’s business. Ruby calls for her locker rocket and gets Crescent Rose when she sees the the knocked out guard and the fighting starts util General Ironwood arrives and Cinder vanishes back into the party to dance with Mercury as the episode ends.
I was expecting something drastic with all the foreshadowing, but time will tell. 4 out of 5!
Too much feels…
The episode has Ruby still in a slump over Blake not coming to the dance, but Yang assures her that she’ll be there. Sun and Neptune arrive then and ask about the dance, with Sun asking if Blake will be there. Dude has it bad for her. Yang, once again assures them that Blake will be there and proceeds to taunt her with a laser pointer in the library to get her attention.
We then go to a shirtless Lie Ren who gets dragged out by Jaune before he can get dressed. Jaune apparently really had it bad for Weiss, for some reason, and asks Lie for advice about girls since he’s apparently with Nora. The two deny it but, they’re not fooling anyone. Pyrrha arrives and tells him to tell her how he feels while being honest and he leaves to do so. You see, this is why Pyrrha can’t get him to notice she has feelings, she’s too nice to everyone. How’s he supposed to notice she like him? Nora agrees with me and tells her to practice what she preaches.
Meanwhile, with Yang and Blake, Yang tells Blake about how Ruby’s mother was killed and her father lost both her and Yang’s mother. Yang wanted to find her mother, who went missing, and then took Ruby with her to search for her. Note this was where Ruby was a toddler, so they were screwed if Qrow didn’t show up. Yang learned to take it slow after that, even though she still searches for her mother and tells Blake to slow down, not stop, and if she comes with her to the dance she’ll save her one.
Then we go to Jaune looking for Weiss, who is asking out Neptune out. You can see the exact moment his heart breaks in 10:02. He’ll get better I’m sure…
Anyway, night of the dance we have Ruby struggling to stand up in heels, Sun going with Blake, Blake dancing with Yang (yeah, Bumblebee-ship is going to go nuts), and Ozpin showing up to talk with Ruby about how moments like these are the memories you treasure. The video ends as Emerald and Mercury arrive.
Well, we learned more about Yang and Ruby so it answers much for me. Still can’t wait for next episode. 4 out of 5.
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So much awesome…
After the week off for the Podcast, the main show returns and opens with the lovely Pyrrha Nikos in all her glory kicking the collective asses of Team CRDL. It was glorious, showing that Pyrrha is the stuff of legends and earned her last few tournament wins on sheer badassery. Don’t get me wrong, those guys showed they were rather decent at fighting too, but she completely wrecked them and Cardin got it worse than the rest with that finish.
Then Mercury decides to give it a go. He’s okay in that he managed to actually disarm her, but he quits after she starts getting into it and cites she’s a renown fighter, to her ire. Blake, on the other hand, has been neglecting sleep to in her hunt for everything going on and even reject Sun harshly for a date. The others want her to take a break, but she brushes them off.
Then we have Jaune, who tries asking Weiss out with a Serenade. It fails epically, considering that she has Neptune in mind. Then we skip to him sparring with Pyrrha. He still doesn’t know what his semblance is, but the bigger issue is that we see beneath the cracks in her armor in that her skill has isolated her and Jaune is a clueless moron and innocently insensitive.
As it ends we skip to Team CRME discussing her ability and she gets added to the list and that Cinder can apparently take her in a fight.
5 out of 5, and a perfect continuation of the last one!