Anime Review – RWBY
If you’re a fan of anime and you’re also a regular observer of things that happen on the internet, you’ll likely have at least heard of RWBY. Brainchild of the late Monty Oum, RWBY is a colourful and vibrant anime that will keep your eyes glued to the screen throughout the duration of the short episodes. From the backing of Rooster Teeth, who became Oum’s employer, RWBY was featured as a web series of short episodes which kept people coming back for more. Rooster Teeth went on to say that RWBY was responsible for 9% of their monthly views on their YouTube channel, which for a group as large as them, was pretty impressive.
RWBY, pronounced Ruby, is set in the world of Remnant, a place filled with terrifying creatures known as the “Creatures of Grimm”. In days of old, people used to run away and try to survive from the onslaught bestowed upon them by the Creatures of Grimm. That is until an element known only as Dust appeared, allowing the people to fight back against the creatures. Now, Dust is used to allow people to fight back against the creatures by ways of various abilities and weapons. Those who use the power of the Dust in the fight against Creatures of Grimm are known as Huntsmen and Huntresses.
RWBY features a school made to train Huntsmen and Huntresses, following in the path of four girls who make up team RWBY:
- Ruby Rose
- Weiss Schnee
- Blake Belladonna
- Yang Xiao Long
Whilst these four train in the ways of becoming Huntresses, the Creatures of Grimm are out there… And they’re not the only things that go bump in the night. With criminals taking to the streets, such as Roman Torchwick, a villainous soul who is hellbent on stealing Dust, the Huntresses are in for a major battle.
Music and Voice-overs
The music of RWBY is absolutely top-notch. The series features a mix of different music styles, but predominantly features a fast-paced intense rock-inspired score. The OST is something truly intense to listen to, something that gets you pumped for each episode. All of the music in this series was created by the highly-talented Jeff Williams, so if you can find a few minutes of your time, click on the link above.
But of course, as is true to most anime, the real focus is on the voice-overs, of which the characters are portrayed wonderfully. They all have a clear sound to them, getting their voices across wonderfully. There’s no murmuring, no stuttering and it’s quite pleasant to hear an English accent which doesn’t sound completely out of place.
Artwork and Animation
As is true of most top anime, all of the characters are incredibly distinctive and the style has its own unique look. The lead characters are all very interesting visually – However, if I could make one tiny critique: I think Roman Torchwick is a bit too similar to… Another villain that exists. Y’know, something involving something clockwork… And an orange. However, similarities between Roman and Clockwork Orange Droogs aside, the style suits the character. Even if I keep thinking “Droog” whenever I see him. As always, here on GeekOut South-West, we believe you should make judgement for appearance yourselves. Here’s our RWBY gallery:
Perhaps the westernisation of this anime is what makes it great? Perhaps it’s because it’s not gone through a traditional route? Perhaps it’s all of the fandom surrounding this amazing series? Whatever the case may be, something has translated really well here and Rooster Teeth should be proud of what they’ve accomplished with this. It’s a shame that Monty Oum won’t be able to see the complete series, but he clearly put everything into this – and in return, we’ve been given an amazing animation. If you’re used to traditional anime, this might be a little bit tricky to get into at first, as it’s all CGI and animated using software called Poser… But if you’re willing to look past the computer-generated imagery, you’ll be able to watch a true anime. One with a lot of heart, some truly memorable characters and intriguing back-story behind characters.
If you’re not a fan of CGI, but are a fan of anime, I would still implore that you watch this. This isn’t just some run of the mill production: This is something that people have poured their hearts into and it’s a visual and audible treat. Give it a watch, but now we go over to you. Have you watched RWBY? What do you think about it? Do you think Rooster Teeth were onto a winner with this series? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.