(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.
Weiss runs with Ruby in tow to meet her sister, Winter, who seems like even more of an Ice Queen than her at first but is clearly concerned about her well-being. Their reunion is cut short when Qrow shows up and calls her out on showing up, picking a fight she quickly obliged in. We then get an awesome action scene of the two of them wrecking Beacon’s Courtyard in an awesome fight until Ironwood shows up to drag them both off after Ruby says hello to her uncle and Penny.
In Ozpin’s office, Qrow gets on Ironwood about bringing in the military, but he states he did it to show their enemies they aren’t afraid and they’ll protect them. Ozpin points out it also brings questions of what they are defending them against with such a large force. We then see that Cinder is unconcerned with his appearance as she arranges the next match.
Qrow is a constantly sloshed troll of a cool uncle… he’s a freaking DMC character and I love him for it. Winter was basically an older Weiss, but I’m wondering what the past is between her and Qrow cause they went at it hard real fast. It was cute seeing the RWBY girls cheer on their relatives too, no wonder they became so skilled when they have great role models to look up to.
We also gain more intelligence on a conspiracy for the benefit of mankind and see they all have everyone’s best interests in mind, so it’s a good episode that combines plot and action.
The Match starts and once again we see that Pyrrha is in top form as she manages to fend off her attacker while the rest don’t fair as well with a sniper in the trees. Ren gets shocked by a cattle prod (which is easily the most surprising weapon in the series from being so bland, if practical) and when the guy tries to do the same to Nora he learns that her Semblance lets her absorb and use electricity so he was screwed.
Jaune then sent her to the mountain to do a Thor impression while Ren distracted the Sniper and Pyrrha blocked a shot meant for her before she pretty much destroyed the section of the forest the sniper was in and then came down to knock the rest back. Unfortunately, because they didn’t agree on a team attack name they get bogged down by the conversation until Jaune just has Nora hit them with her hammer and wreck all of them at once.
We then cut to Qrow getting sloshed and jaded before we get an all-girl team against Sun’s all-guy team. Neptune’s flirting gets Weiss angry and then he retreats to the enemy side because he’s afraid of the water. The fight starts and one of their teammates gets immediately thrown out of the ring by a tornado before Sun puts that bow staff to good use and take one of team Indigo down.
Then the pirate-looking dude not only swashbuckles on top of a mast but has a hookshot in his gun that he uses to rope the girl he knocked down and use her as a counterbalance. Then he gets hit in the nuts and goes down, so Sun tells Neptune to stop being useless. Neptune electrocutes the water they were standing in and Qrow leaves as someone important to Weiss arrives, probably her sister.
So, Team JNPR has improved but they’ve still got kinks they’re working out, Pyrrha is still MVP, and Nora is the Mighty Thor. Team SSSN is basically all fun and huge dorks, though the fact that someone named Neptune is afraid of the water is just hilarious and sad at the same time.
Even with Monty Oum’s tragic passing, the folks at Rooster Teeth were still able to continue the RWBY series thanks to the notes he left behind. Once more, I’ll do simple a simple summary on the show and give you my opinion on it, but I recommend you go watch it on their website.
To begin, the video opens with Ruby at her mother’s grave and telling her about all the adventures she’s gone through at Beacon to this point before returning in time for her team’s match. Needless to say, they win it and decide to get a meal to celebrate, only Weiss’ credit card was declined for some reason. Luckily Jaune’s team showed up and decided to eat with them, where we learn that Ren and Nora are apparently orphans and Jaune still has some self-esteem issues, but they wish them luck regardless.
Emerald’s team also passed their match, with Neo in disguise and curb-stomping some poor chump, and because of how the Tournament is structured Yang and Weiss will be heading to the next match instead of all four of them. With that information in mind, we come to a close as Team JNPR takes the stage for their next match.
It opens with Ironwood looking out in the distance at night until Glynda comes out and, contrary to her previous interactions, gives him a pep talk about trust after complimenting him. We then cut to RWBY, with the others faking sleep until the professor is asleep before they contemplate the meaning of being huntresses. Weiss admits that her father is a corrupt executive and being a huntress is a way to redeem her family name, Blake joined Beacon after realizing that White Fang went off the deep end but she doesn’t know what she’s going to do afterwards and runs from challenges, and Yang just goes with the flow and loves adventure. So Ruby is the only one who really joined simply to be a huntress while the others see it as a job.
Later on Zwei wakes Ruby up to go potty when they run across White Fang members patrolling and Ruby and the dog chase them before falling into a literal pit trap into the enemy territory and getting knocked out and the dog fetches the others. The White Fang members take her to Roman, so she’s screwed, and Oobleck goes on a lecture about the underground village where bad stuff happened and he whips out his weapon and tells them they need to find Ruby.
It’s 5 out of 5 obviously.
All the feels….
This episode features mostly emotions and new outfits as the team begins the investigation after class, where Jaune promptly gets shot down again for a date with Weiss. Where is Pyhrra during this?
Anyway, Wiess and Ruby planned on heading out to get files from her father’s company about the shipments, while Blake and Sun would find the White Fang’s base and see if they could learn more, while Yang and Neptune go to meet with an old contact of hers in the wrong part of town.
Ruby and Weiss split when they run across Penny, leaving Weiss to go to the communication room. She gets the information, but she avoids talking to her father and sister, Winter, over the line because of some emotions that weigh on her shoulders. It’s a humanizing moment.
Ruby, on the other hand, tries to get Penny to open up about what happened weeks ago when she left the group. She says her father was upset and she wasn’t supposed to talk to them, but when they stop at an android exhibition, the things Blake and Adam cut through in drones, two security guards spot her and she flees. Things happen and that poor dust seller is about to run over Ruby by accident when Penny grabs the truck and stops it.
Obviously, that set off some warning bells and Ruby asks for answers. As the video ends, Penny reveals she’s not a real girl (Pinocchio anyone?).
It was a deep episode, giving more insight into the mask Weiss wears and Penny’s true identity. 4.5 out of 5.
A bit late to the party, but I wanted to let everyone who visits know about a great new web animation from the people at Rooster Teeth and Monty Oum, the guy behind Dead Fantasy.
Mankind lived in peace until the arrival of “The Grim”, malevolent creatures who emerged from the darkness to attack humanity. To fight back, mankind created a magical energy source known as “Dust” and used its power to not only drive back the Grim but catalyze the growth of civilization across the planet. In the present day, “Hunters” are trained in special schools to harness the Dust and become protectors of the peace.
One such trainee, an idealistic girl named Ruby Rose, is scouted by the elite Beacon Academy and allowed to skip two years worth of training to attend. Once there, she is placed into a team with three other students: Yang Xiao Long, her boisterous big sister; Weiss Schnee, the heiress of the Schnee Dust Company; and Blake Belladonna, a mysterious and aloof girl. Though initial tensions are high, the forces of darkness are preparing to return and the four girls must learn to work together to have any chance of surviving.
The episodes are released every Thursday with five out at the time of the posting.