(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.
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.
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Words of the wise…
Umm, well the team is stuck with Dr. Oobleck while the others go elsewhere and the professor takes them to a region that’s just outside of Vale where they were trying to expand once but the Grim overran it so they had to wall it off. They meet with a whole pack of Ursa not two minutes in and the dog gets found out not one minute before then, but his sense of tracking might prove useful so he stays.
The girls handle most threats as they come in, but Yang states she wanted to see Oobleck in action. He basically tells them that not all missions are violence and then grills Yang on why she truly became a huntress. She confesses she’s a thrill-seeker and if she helps people it’s a bonus. Weiss sees it as her duty for being part of her family, while Blake sees there’s too much wrong in the world and someone has to stop it even though she hasn’t figured out how.
With Ruby he takes her off while telling the other three to set up camp, before showing her a herd of really big Grimm and tells her that not all Grimm are mindless and those that are so powerful they’ve lived for centuries and learned, but are waiting for something. Ruby then asks why he wants to be a huntsman, and he states that he sees lives that could have been saved in the ruins and by teaching the next generation he’s giving them power and can save more lives than with a weapon. The questions he asked the rest still makes them ponder about it, but they notice he never asked her why she wanted to be a huntress.
Well, I wanted to see more action from Oobleck, but he makes a fair point and we learned more about the characters and Grimm…
4 out of 5.
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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!
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So much awesome…
The fourth episode starts out with Penny explaining to Ruby that she’s the world’s first andriod that can generate an Aura. Ruby takes it extremely well and Penny glomps her, explaining that General Ironwood and her father built her to save the world one day and to enter the torunament to test herself. She then hides Ruby so she doesn’t get in trouble with the guards when they take her away.
Yang and Neptune then enter the bad part of town, in Junior’s bar. You know the same bar she wrecked in her trailer. Junior’s men are terrified of her, and Neptune is enthralled by her. Blake and Sun, in the meantime infiltrate the White Fang meeting. She explains that humanity wanted to make monsters out of them so they wear Grimm Masks.
Roman appears during the meeting and riles them up against the Government, showing them he’s bought them a giant robot, Atlas’ newest line of defense that his client got. With Junior, Yang learns from him that after Roman got his men he never saw them again.
When Roman sees them, they shoot out the lights and then jump out the window with the giant robot chasing them. Sun and Blake calls in the others for backup and we get a car chase scene, where Neptune shows he’s just as badass with a halberd and Sun can create clones. They then work together in combination attacks. Weiss shows she knows the Haste spell while Yang gets stronger with every hit she takes like some kind of badass berserker.
Roman is about to get his ass kicked, when some woman named Neo crates a mirror clone of them while they get away. Damn, this reminds me of Pieces and Players, when they went through that first boss battle. So metal.
5 out of 5, and only because there’s no higher number in my reviews!
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Mood whiplash ahoy!
The episode begins with Glenda and Ozpin, watching as a fleet lands on their doorstep and General Ironwood appears. Glenda doesn’t like him, that much is obvious, and she steps outside. He and Ozpin make better talk, but Ozpin makes it clear he doesn’t like the fleet outside when they’re in a time of peace and if there’s any problems they will handle things tactfully. The general asks if he thinks his kids can win a war, but Ozpin says he hopes they never have to.
In the Library we see our two teams doing anything but studying, with Team RWBY playing a table top game. Yang pretty much dominates both Ruby and Weiss, but Blake doesn’t feel like playing as Sun arrives with his friend from the last time, Neptune…. who immediately flirts with Weiss.
Blake leaves out and curls up in her room, flashing back to what happened after the incident with the White Fang. Ozpin questions her on the incident, subtly making it clear that he knows she was once a member of them. Weiss comes in and asks her what’s wrong, she explains that things are getting worse and the fact that nothing is being done. Weiss reasons they aren’t ready, but Blake can’t take that so Ruby takes a vote and they all agree, but then she remembers she left her board game in the Library.
Ruby then crashes into Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury and welcomes them to Beacon as it ends. I’m still conflicted as to how Cinder can pass as a student, but okay then.
It wasn’t a bad episode, but it could have been better. Still, it’s hard to top last episode.
4 out of 5.