RWBY Play-by-Play 3: Black and Yellow Trailers

Welcome

This is the third installment of RWBY Play by Play.

As always, the spoiler rules apply. Use your judgement.

The spoiler thread was unused last time, but I think I’m going to keep adding it. I get a feeling it’ll come in handy in the future.

It has been brought to my attention that these trailers are mostly there to showcase Monty’s work, and he was more or less the sole animator working on these. The low budget and Monty’s very specialized expertise is what leads to the strangeness of incredibly fluid action and incredibly bad everything else (walking talking, that sort of thing). I will keep this in mind as the series progresses. As I told one commenter, the action is cool and all, but a show lives and dies on it’s narrative. I have been assured multiple times that things get better. I hope so.

I took a lashing for ignoring the music in the trailers. Apparently music is a big big part of this series and I wasn’t aware of that. I had sort of tuned it out. I will endeavor to keep the music in mind.


Black Trailer

Editor’s note: Something went a little sideways with the youtube rip. The screenshots might be a little crummy in this section.

This one also starts with a quote

Hopes, burdens, and liberation. Liberation is a hell of a loaded word, and we know that White Fang is a terrorist organization… I don’t know if there’s a connection there, but that’s something to keep in mind.

Ohhh, pretty.

Very pretty

So I assume this is the subject of our trailer. Long black hair, black stockings/leggings/whatever. Black trailer. The last girl was called White Snow, so is this one gonna be Black Blackerman. Coal Schwarzschild?

Kitty ears!

We know furries are a thing in this universe, she must be one of them. Given the furry revolt we know about and the furry terrorist organisation and the quote about liberation, there are a lot of hints and clue falling into place here. Coal Schwarzschild here is an evil furry terrorist. That’ll be interesting to see.

Blake! Hah, close enough. Her name is literally the old english word for black.

So here’s the question right? Do these people pick their own name when they decide what their favorite color is? Or do the parents name them normally and now she’s doomed to wear black for the rest of her life? What happens to a rebellious child who you’ve named Maud Mauve but she wants to run around in yellow sundresses?

Face shot

The most striking thing is her eyes. The shape and color of them. That is a really striking shade of amber. Jut that little bit of purple makeup at the edges, too. Gorgeous.

Also, that’s a bow. Not cat ears. Man, if jumping to conclusions were an olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. Not a furry then. Just a girl who likes to wear a bow. The poor quality rip tricked me.

It works for her. It’s cute.

“Okay…”

Is it just me, or does she seem uncertain about something?

Freeking sonic the hedgehog over here.

He’s on screen for like one frame. I like his design though. The face mask is a little weird, which means I can’t tell his eye color. I love that coat and slacks. Very cool suit. I wish I could get more detail on the design on the back of his jacket. I’m gonna guess that’s a katana at his side.

Man, he is who every 13 year old weeaboo wants to be. Except her can actually pull it off. Very cool.

And here’s our girl.

That’s either a ribbon behind her, or some sort of anime motion line. Is everyone in this show super freeking fast?

Found the bird someone told me to look out for

Dunno what it means, but I found it.

Ruby has an Uncle ~~C~~Qrow… And that bird is black…. And someone did say the bird is important…

Onward!

Nothing to analyse here. This is just dope.

Although, that does actually appear to be a ribbon. Wouldn’t that get caught on everything and pull it off her head?

Here we get a close up on ‘Pimp Daddy Weeb’

Even the mask as a cool design on it. Why doesn’t ~~Coal Schwarzschild~~ Blake get a cool mask?

Is that a shotgun shell extractor of his sword? Does he have a gunblade? COOL!!

Red shirt under black jacket, yummy yummy. Man, I love this design. Please be a main character so I can love you. I bet your soul is so gentle and delicate….

Got my wish

That is a fucking awesome design on PDW’s coat. It’s a rose of all things. Rose on the jacket, Ruby Rose, is there some connection there?

Her father maybe?

I would guess that this is Uncle Qrow, given the black and red and awesome but he’s not using a scythe so it can’t be him.

Please be a main character.

Yup, that’s a katana

More cool designs.

Scary Robots

Isn’t it usually the bad guys who have the scary robots? So that makes Blake and PDW the good guys right? Right?

Please be right.

Squaring off for a fight!

This is gonna be goooood. Ms Schwarzschild and PDW are gonna wreck house.

Is he staring into my soul?

I can’t tell.

Red katana. Because of course it is.

Still, he fired it from the scabbard. That was cool. Now he’s gonna grab and cut this robot to ribbons.

He even puts it away after he finishes the job.

That’s awesome. Wasn’t that an old samurai thing?

Man, that’s hot.

PDW blocks bullets.

Wait wait wait… There’s a sword in the scabbard. That’s also a sword. And the sword is also a gun

What? I just…what?!

Doesn’t a sharpened scabbard defeat the purpose?

“Let’s do this.”

As much as I love his design, and I do, oh baby do I ever, his voice acting is godawful. Why must you ruin this for me, poor production values? I was having so much fun.

He sounds like a bad actor pretending to be a good actor who’s pretending to be hard core and angsty but he’s actually just drunk and phoning it in.

Who would do that? Who would pretend to be a drunk actor?

Now I’m not so sure I want him to be a main character if that means I have to listen to him talk.

Maybe that’s too mean, but seriously. Bad voice. I had kinda been ignoring it up till now, but this is just too much.

Is that…a snowfalke?

It’s hard to tell, but it looks kind of like the symbol on Wiess’ dress. If it is, I have no idea what to do with this information.

It’s definately the snowflake

Now that gun that is also a sword that goes in a scabbard that is also a sword now was a ribbon on it.

And she throws it at people.

I can’t.

That booty, though.

And she uses the recoil of the gun to add impact to her strikes

We’ve seen that before. It’s a neato trick.

What is even happening here…

That is a really cool fight. Not really a lot to screencap, but just a really cool fight.

“Perfect”

No. It’s not. It’s far from perfect.

But we do learn here that this was some sort of raid on a train to steal something from people who have scary robots. Neato.

And whatever it is, it’s perfect.

“Move up to the next carrrrrr” Please. Make it stop.

More snowflakes.

I’m starting to think that snowflake symbol is extremely important. A main character wears it. She uses it to cast spells, and there’s a train full of snowflakes.

Blake continues to be pretty.

Also, turns out it’s not a raid on a train to take something. They’re going to blow it up.

Or maybe it’s both.

“What about the crew?”

What crew? I havn’t seen any crew. Maybe they’re hiding.

Also her voice actress is okay. She sounds fine and natural, but she also sounds like she’s pushing for emotion, instead of just being naturally emotive.

Better than the other guy, though.

“What about them?” Uuughghghgh

Oh, so his soul isn’t that gentle after all. Is he a bad guy? That’s unfortunate.

Daddy’s home!

Adam. PDW’s name is Adam.

Punt. lol.

Pucker Factor: 8.2

Kamehameha!

Ow.

Ow again.

Oh, is he absorbing it? Is that his superpower? Cool!

Nice. I love this shot.

Ow.

God damn, he is so cool

HNNNNNG

It’s so pretty, I can’t stop taking screenshots!

More snowflakes.

“Goodbye”

And it wraps up with a really pretty shot.

Why did she leave, I wonder? Her and Adam seemed like a good fighting pair. Maybe the whole crew situation was some sort of last straw? Maybe it’ll come up later in the show proper.


Yellow Trailer

This one also opens with a quote

But it’s kinda gibberish. Pretty people are symmetrical? Duh! Except for Weiss, who’s scar totally works for her. Weird.

I can tell from the boobs that this is Summer

And she has a color-coordinated motorcycle. Hot.

Heh, goggles

Bird!

I love everything about this. Everything.

Such a gorgeously minimal shot.

This girl has the sashay down pat.

Damn, she is gorgeous

Hey, it’s that guy! Roman Torchwick, according to my notes.

And who’s the red and white arm candy?

You can just see one of the suited dudes at the bar.

So..what is happening here?

Roman just walks away, and the other dude is not happy about…something…

I have no idea what to do with this information.

There’s some connections here, obviously. Roman is connected to this guy. They’re both connected to the goons, and it’s all connected to this nightclub. I just don’t see the connections yet.

Here we get a good look at the arm candy

The one on the left looks like she’s in a wedding dress, which is weird. They’re both putting off some serious loli vibes. Which is, ya know, ick.

Moving on.

Strawberry Sunrise. No ice With a little umbrella. Yup, bimbo.

Good voice actress, though. Between Ruby’s nasal older woman and Adam’s…whatever…it’s good to hear some talent.

Also, does strawberry sunrise strike anyone? Isn’t her sister red, and she’s yellow. Strawberry sunrise. I don’t know if it means anything but it’s a hell of a coincidence otherwise.

Also Weiss is connected to ice so… Maybe?

I dunno who this guy is, and this is the best shot we got so far, so that’s go to work!

I like his outfit. Not as cool as Adam, but definitely more suave and normal. Also, he’s kinda tall, no? His outfit also reminds me of this guy

Remember that guy?

Fuck that guy.

I don’t know if it’s actually a connection, but it seems strong. Maybe they’re his goons and Roman was hiring them for the hit?

Isn’t hiring goons expensive? And he didn’t want the money? All he wanted was the dust? That robbery seems dumber and dumber every time.

Or maybe they aren’t his goons and I’m way off. No way of knowing.

“Arn’t you a little old to have a name like Junior?”

She even sounds like a bimbo.

But here’s something interesting, right? She knew his name!. And I didn’t catch it right away, but “Junior” responded to the drink order. Junior, however, doesn’t know her name which is really weird.

Or maybe Blonde and Junior are code names? But I’m getting ahead of myself,.

Anyway, so the name thing means Summer set this up and the drink order was a signal. A signal she connected to her sister. Something unusual but sentimental. Very cool.

But here’s the kicker, right, if that’s her name on the gravestone, but she’s standing right here then…does that mean she faked her death?

Glossing over why she might do that, it makes sense then that she would use that drink as her signal, a little something to pay homage to her sister she left behind, and start using Blonde as a codename. Something recognisable yet not a give away.

The name makes sense because of the chromatic connection. But there’s a problem, Ruby visited Summer’s grave all sad and respectful, as is befitting someone actually dead. Which would imply that That Ruby thinks she’s dead, fair enough.

Except in episode one she wasn’t surprised at all to see Summer on the airship. Which means Ruby doesn’t think Summer is dead.

And Summer isn’t really hiding if she’s going to Huntress College.

Discrepency Detected

So what’s the resolution? The easiest solution is that my initial assumption was wrong, and Blonde isn’t Summer. Despite them being sisters. Despite the name connection. The facts just don’t line up.

Which means she didn’t fake her death. Which means she didn’t leave Ruby behind. Which means the drink order is just a signal then. It could still be a homage to her sister, but not one of sadness, just one of love. Blonde could still be a code name.

But a code name for what? Hard to tell. Maybe she moonlights as some sort of secret operative between classes? Weird career choice for a bimbo. Unless the bimbo thing is an act.

Maybe the bimbo thing is an act.

Aaarg, this is all too much, and it’s just a house of cards anyway. Let’s just move on and get more information.

Damn, Summer/Blonde/whatever-your-name-is, you have my attention.

“So you know who I am, you got a name, sweetheart?”

“Yes, Junior, I’ve got several.”

Called it. Codename. Alias. Drink signal. Hanging out at a bar.

Possibly faked death.

If this was a different franchise I’d think she was a shadowrunner.

“Call me sir!”

Okay, first off, ow?

Secondly, why? He was co-operating? Why the nutshot?

Tell me where I can find her

She’s a bounty hunter?

Well, if this target is being protected by Junior, the nut shot makes a little more sense.

Never seen her before, eh? I believe him. So ~~Blonde~~Sir was wrong. He’s not protecting her target. This is gonna end in violence, I can smell it.

She is really laying on the bimbo act, but damn she is violent

She’s gonna hit him

She hit him

C’mon Junior, oldest trick in the book! Flash your boobs at a guy to get his guard down, then hit him. Obviously.

Still though, I don’t understand why. She came in, crushed his balls, yelled at him about something he has no idea about, then suckerpunched him.

She is a terrible bounty hunter. And, I gotta say, I think she’s the bad guy in all of that.

Ow.

Ow again.

I’m sorry, did her bracelets unfold into…something?

I’m all about cool weapons, but that’s just a little bit too much unfolding to be believable. Like, way too much unfolding.

Pretty face, though.

That sounded like a shotgun

Are those shotgauntlets? Nice!

No, guys, come on! This can only end badly for you!

That looks familiar. Again.

This is not the smile of a sane person

MMmmm. Beautiful.

Ow. Again.

Yup. That’s a shot-gauntlet

Also, is that or is that not the sound from Halo?

She is a kickboxer. Words can not describe how hot that is.

D34db34r?

(I really hope that’s not his name. This feels like one of those details that’s gonna piss people off again.)

Wait, the music was diegetic again?! She hit the console with his face and it went all wonky, lol.

Melanie and Miltia. The loli twins.

Still. Ick.

I hope Blonde ruins their faces.

Miltia has claws. Weird.

Rockets

That’s useful.

Yet another cool fight. I love it.

Ow. Again. Right in the face

The face again!

I’m getting my wish! She’s ruining faces!

Red got wrecked, hah.

Thank god the lolis have petticoats, too. That would have just been too far.

Damn that footwork.

I love this shot. The look on White’s face is just too precious.

“Nooooo!” lol

LOL

Oh hey, it’s Weiss’ singing! Nice.

Oh my, this looks bad.

Is that a rocket launcher?

MIRVs. Cool.

This was just cool. Watching her shoot the rockets out of the air.

Ow. Again.

Oh, is this the part of the fight where she starts to lose a little bit to show that it’s serious business before she uses her superpower and wrecks house?

Trope alert. Sad when it’s this obvious.

Her hair’s on fire. I bet that means superpower.

Yup.

SSJ Blonde

Wham, wham, wham, wham. This looks so brutal. And painful.

Whoa, red eyes. Cool.

Hah, she broke his toy.

And is that some hair in his hand?

She is not happy about that. Take note: she loves her hair. Do not touch.

That’s a cool effect.

Drained all the color, except for her red eyes. Marvelous.

BAHAHAHAH

Was that the baseball bat sound from Super Smash Brothers?

…Ruby?

Ruby!

Yang. Her name is Yang.

Fuck me.

So okay, no faked death, that’s not her grave, she’s not hiding from her sister.

So who’s Summer then? Interesting.


Wrap up and Review

I am WAY over character count. The Black trailer alone wasn’t enough, but the Yellow trailer was surprisingly dense with information if you looked closely.

Sorry for not doing into much detail on the music again. I was over count as it was and the music was so awesome that it practically deserves it’s own post. Maybe. Sometime in the future.

That Summer thing had me going for a while. It’ll be interesting to see who Summer is, and how Yang is gonna handle the bounty hunter thing while also going to Huntress College.

The trailers were pretty cool, and set up some interesting questions. The action was top, even if the other production values just are not up to par. Still though, it’s good to get them out of the way and get back to the show proper. I have even more questions there.

They were effective trailers, to be sure, highlighting both the show’s strengths and it’s weaknesses. I think I have a better idea of what to expect.

Also, I’ll be able to talk about the characters without being convinced that Ruby is a fire mage. I tried to do less power-predicting here because the trailers were built to show it off, so there wasn’t much point.

Actually, now that I think of it, I never did figure out what Blake’s power is. Huh.

Other outstanding questions are:

  • What’s the deal with the snowflakes?
  • What’s the deal with Silver Eyes?

Still, it’s good to be moving forward.


Play of the Game

I could not stop laughing. I watched it over and over again.

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RWBY Play-by-Play 2: Red and White Trailers

Welcome

This is my 2nd installment in the newly titled RWBY Play by Play Reaction Diary. I seem to have ruffled some feathers with my last analysis by nailing one too many details on my first go. I hope this doesn’t become a pattern. The feather ruffling, that is, not the detail nailing. More than a few people are convinced that I’m faking it. Sadly, there’s nothing I can do about that.

The trailers were brought to by attention by several people, so that will be the subject of today’s reaction, review, and analysis. As always, if you have any feedback, positive, negative, or neutral, please leave it below.

Also as always no spoilers. No spoilers is a hard rule to enforce while still discussing the material, so I leave it to your own judgement and intelligence as to what’s a spoiler and what’s not. I know the risks of what I’m doing and I’m totally willing to accept them but still, please be careful.

I’m gonna try something new this time around and create a spoiler thread in the comments that I will minimize so you lot can talk about whatever and not worry about me seeing it.


Recap

Feel free to skip this section. This is just a place for any last minute thoughts about yesterdays entry.

So, we met our huntress (I have to stop calling them magical girls, no matter how great the temptation) Ruby Rose

She is apparently super strong and super fast and wields a unfolding mechanical gun-scythe twice her size

No fire powers as of yet, but I’m still holding out hope that she burns some poor bastard to cinders.

We also met our ballbuster Glynda Goodwitch

(still yummy), her companion Professor Ozpin

and if not the big bad, then at least someone with some actual fire power (har har) The Lady in Red

There was the clockwork orange guy, too, but I got a funny feeling he’s gonna be a minor character in all this.

And that really is it. They knocked over a shop for no particular reason, then skedaddled in an airship. Petty armed larceny and fucking airships don’t exactly go together, so it’s anyone’s guess what that was all about. If you have enough money and resources to run an airship, why are you robbing gas stations? It just doesn’t add up.

Oh, and Ruby has Silver Eyes. Which is important. Because it is.


RWBY Red Trailer

Does anyone else notice that this show seems to care about color more than usual? All the trailers are color names. Ruby is a color, technically. So it Rose, technically. Both of those are other names for red, and she does wear all red and she does have (fingers crossed) fire powers. But then again. so is eggplant, technically, I guess, so maybe I’m reading too much into this. Ozpin isn’t exactly a damn color and he’s the narrator!

So the first thing I notice is the music and how good it is. It very simple, but very effective. Just some sort of guitar playing single notes, a thumping drum, and some girl ooohing; but it’s so beautiful for it.

Well, that’s just a lovely shot, isn’t it?

Another One

Seeing as there’s not a lot actually happening, I’m just gonna try to focus on the music. It’s lovely. The screenshots are lovely, too, but there’s not exactly a lot to analyse. Ruby is red. End analysis.

Wait, nevermind. The music just got a lot less important.

Is that a gravestone?

I had to zoom in a bit to read it but it says Summer Rose. Thus Kindly I Scatter. Summer Rose. Rose implying that it’s a family member. You know who springs to mind when I hear the name Summer?

This girl

The older sister. I don’t know what this means. Is the older sister a ghost or something? Is she dead? Is this in the future? I can’t recall if we got to hear her name in the first episode. I’ll have to check.

Nope. Well well, this just got interesting.

Black the beast, eh

So these must be the Big Bad Wolf to get Little Red Riding Hood. Is there gonna be a woodsman? Maybe the professor? Then again, this little cutie is packing some serious heat so maybe this’ll turn out okay.

Jesus, duck or something! Burn ’em!

Oh, that counts I guess.

Teleportation. How interesting. I much as it pains me, I’m gonna have to let go of the idea of fire magic. Such a shame.

Ohhh, pretty!

…She is kicking their asses…

Hi there!

Dawwwww…

It’s all so pretty! I can’t stop taking screenshots!

Also, wow that’s brutal for a little girl. Just…brutal.

Oh, god, no…

Christ…

What’s the significance of this, I wonder?

High impact rounds? Armor piercing? Ammo of badassness +1?

Oh my god

Ammo of badassness +1 it is. O_O

This made me laugh. This made me laugh so hard

Noting but spent casings and body parts. This girl is crazy strong.

Remember this guy?

Fuck that guy

Strike a pose, sweetie. You earned it.

Holy crap. There are just…no words.

There are also no fire powers, but she doesn’t need them!

Did anyone else hear the Unreal Tournament announcer in their head? Double kill! Triple kill!

We didn’t learn a whole lot, other than someone is dead, possibly her sister, our girl is so strong it’s silly, and she’s not magical so much as awesome.

She has teleportation powers (or maybe just a flash step) and uses the recoil of her weapon to dart around and add impact to her strikes.

Still, what a spectacle.


White Trailer

It opens with an quote.

Their own sorrow, eh? To me it just sounds like a platitude, but I’ll try to keep it in mind.

There’s a voice, deeply distorted. I couldn’t really make it out, but the captions were helpful here. “Ladies and Gentlemen. Please welcome: Weiss Schnee.”

Weiss Schnee, I presume?

Man, talk about “white chick.”

Face shot

White hair, white dress, white skin, and her name means White Snow in German. (Yes, I happen to know German. Am I a faker now?) Remember what I said earlier about colors? This is a little too on the head to be a coincidence.

She is very beautiful. Ruby was more of a cutie, Summer (working name) was a hottie, but Weiss is beautiful. I note her heavyish eye makeup and what looks like a nasty scar. I wonder what the story behind that is.

Light blue eyes. Lovely. Completely lovely. I don’t know what it is, but the scar really works for her, instead of against her. Just that little bit of asymmetry.

I wonder what she’s like. Valley girl? No, she’s too pretty for that. The off-center ponytail implies..something. Maybe she has a fun side? Or a rebellious side? It’s hard to say.

Anyway, we should move on. Why are we welcoming her? Where are we welcoming her too? Let’s find out.

Some sort of performance

I don’t see any instruments, so… singing?

Singing

Mirror?

Um, I beg your pardon?

Okay, so I’m pretty sure this isn’t actually happening in the performance because there was that mirror transition.

Good to know the girl has moves

And petticoats. And a sword.

That’s an interesting pose

We get a good look at her weapon here. It’s almost like a rapier, except it lacks the fancy hand-guard. That’s not to say it’s not as fancy and elegant as the girl herself, but it’s not exactly a rapier.

Gun to my head, I’d have to say it looks like that fencing sword. Epee, I think they’re called. Except instead of a little ball on the end, it sharpened to a deadly point.

What’s that assembly in the grip? It has reds and blues, but I can’t pin down what it is. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Damn, she is fast

Ruh roh.

Something tells me this isn’t gonna be as easy as Ruby’s fight.

Ow.

But this is interesting…I note a symbol on her back. I wonder if that means something. Of course, it’s a snowflake. Obviously it was gonna be a snowflake. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

Guys, I found the symbol again

So is it like a transmutation circle from FMA? She has it drawn on her back, so she can draw it on the ground or something? That’d be neat.

Yeah, she’s fast and all but she’s not doing any damage.

Ow again.

This is is not going well for her, is it? What’s with the white flash, I wonder? Some sort of magical barrier?

I’m not the only one who thinks she’s losing

Damn, that girl has some pipes

Yeah! Get up! Kick it’s ass!

Wait what? This is where she got the scar?

So that implies that this is actually really happening. The mirror transition made me think it was an allegory for something, or that it was just a cool fight to showcase the hero’s abilities. But it really actually happened.

So that begs the question: Why? Why is she fighting this thing? Where? When?

…What?

Oh yeah

I get the feeling she’s about to limit break. Anyone remember FF7?

Oh, it turns!

The mechanism turns and rattles like a revolver chamber.

It stopped on red, and the blade turned red.

So is this how she enchants her blade or something? Is this her limit break? Why doesn’t she do this all the time?

ARRG, so many questions!

Oh yeah, she means business now.

Ice powers.

I guess that makes sense. White Snow for a name. White everything else.

She jumped on his sword, hah!

Why is she sad here? She’s finally winning.

Well, this looks familiar

Death stroke!

And such a pretty screenshot, too!

It’s disintigrating from within.

I have no idea what that means. Maybe she killed whatever was in the armor?

And a curtsy to wrap it up

This trailer was deeply frustrating. So many questions.

Basically, the whole who, what, when, where, why, and how of the armor. I’m gonna guess it was enchanted armor that she fought as some sort of test or something, but I can literally base that on nothing.

What’s the deal with her epee? What is the significance of the colors and the blade enchantment?

Her powers seem to include the ability to impart force on an object with snowflake symbols, and ice magic.

Why was she sad when the fight turned in her favor? Does she have a death wish? Maybe this is where that silly quote comes in, and she just has “her own sorrow.”

So. Many. Questions.


Wrap-Up and Review

This post has just hit the 12,000 character mark, which was the same as my first one, so I’m gonna wrap it up here and do the other two trailers tomorrow. Maybe 12,000 characters will be a good goal to shoot for, or maybe it’s gonna be way way too little. I’m still figuring out this format.

I think color is important. So far the two major characters have had names are that basically colors, with a very strong color motif in their design that matches their name, and the trailers are named after colors. That’s a lot pointing in the direction.

I find these trailers were very high in spectacle and light on information. However, it is a trailer and the entire point of a trailer is be to awesome and intriguing. The Red trailer was awesome, and the White trailer was intriguing, so we have that on lockdown.

The fighting animation is really striking. It’s so fluid, yet it also has such momentum. It stands in stark contrast to the strange, uncanny animation of the first episode.

We never did get to learn was Weiss is like. I suppose that will have to wait until she appears in the show proper.

The last thing I was to say is that more and more accusations of being a faker are piling up on the first entry. If people really feel that strongly, I don’t know what to do.

Thanks.


Play of the Game

Just, everything after Ruby loaded the Ammo of Badassness. Just… everything.

RWBY Play-by-Play 1: Ruby Rose

Welcome

Hello there. I am /u/TellAPhony and I decided to watch RWBY and write down my reactions. Like a journal, or a diary, or whatever. Rather than drum up some big announcement thread, I decided to just jump right in. I will be doing one episode every day for as long as it takes to get through the show!

My thoughts are recorded as I have them. The video is paused, screenshots are taken, thoughts are written, and the show continues. I hope you will enjoy it.

Also, if anyone has any idea how to get the screenshots to just appear, instead of appear as links, that’d be grand. Since I couldn’t make it work, I decided to just embed them as captioned links for now. Also any pointers on how to make it less wall-of-texty would be nice.

So, let’s just get into it.


Ruby Rose

I like this creation myth.

So, in summary, Man was born from dust into a world of monsters called “Grimm”, but they used their dust, which I assume to mean their inbuilt magical powers, to destroy these creatures and create civilization. However, If the narrator is to be believed, then bad jujumagumbo is on the horizon.

And this clockwork orange motherfucker has something to do with it.

Something else worth noting: all the minor characters are in black silhouette. That’ll make it easy to identify who’s important, then.

Who’s this other narrator, now? Wait, is this a conversation? The woman is the “bad narrator” and the man is the “good narrator”? That’s a neat idea, to have two narrators narrating different sides of the story in a conversation with eachother. Like some sort of chess match between the big bad and the big good. I hopw this trend continues.

“Things that require a smaller, more honest soul.”

I dunno about you, but I can spot a magical girl a mile away. This, my friends, is a magical girl. Magical girl animes arn’t my favorite thing ever, but they can be okay if done right. They always seem a little inherently sexist, but we’ll see how this goes.

Does she have a weapons magazine? That’s weird, a magical girl with a gun fetish, though it’s not unheard of.

Also, is it just me or is the animation a little…off. Actually, the overall quality seems a little low. Maybe better than a student project, but way less than a professional outfit. It’s a little offputting, but I don’t hate it. Not yet. Maybe I’ll get used to it.

Dust, I assume?

Very pretty. And it makes a weird sound I can only describe as “shimmery”. So is that the grand master plan, Bad Narrator, send Alex here to hold up dust shops? You’re an inspiration to every punk with a gun and a ski mask. Little do they know there’s a *magical girl * in that shop. I get the feeling this will only go badly for them. Let’s watch.

Wait, not there for the money? So this really is the grand master plan? Pretty low-stakes if you ask me. Maybe it’ll unfold.

“Crystals. Burn. Uncut.” I notice that the adorable old man grabs the red one. These shows us a few things. Dust comes in whatever form is in those wall tubs, but it also comes in crystal form. Cut crystals and uncut crystals. And crystals of various types. I suppose the different colors already gave that away but it’s nice to have confirmation.

Uh oh

I wouldn’t try it mate. This can only go bad for you. If only you had my magical girl spotting skills.

Oh my god the music. “They see you as small and helpless, they see you as just a child.” I’m laughing my ass off over here. This man is so dead.

“A warrior will soon run wild.

And here we have her: our magical girl. Isn’t she a little cutie patootie. Also, that’s a rather strange eye color, wouldn’t you say? Gray eyes. And the hair reminds me of cherry coke, black fading to red. With the read cloak-and-hood I’m getting a strong Little Red Riding Hood vibe. So would that make the creatures the big bad wolf then? Strong theming so far.

“Are you robbing me? Ohhhh…”

Cute voice. I can just pick out the older woman trying to sound like a younger woman in there. But, kudos on them for not going too high-pitched with it. Also, this dude is so dead. She does not feel threatened by the sword at all. This tells us that not only is she a magical girl, she knows she is and is comfortable with her powers. It’ll be interesting to see her in action. Considering her coloration and the name-drop earlier of “burn dust” I’m gonna go out on a limb and say fire powers. She’s gonna burn this guy to a crisp. Burn, baby, burn.

Hii-ya!

Oh man, that’s funny. She didn’t burn him yet, but she kicked the absolute tar out of him. My favorite bit is that Alex doesn’t give a shit at all. Nice

I wouldn’t try it, mate.

Told ya

Wait what? Is that an mechanical unfolding scythe twice her size?

This is a little weird. That thing might weigh more than she does. I’m gonna withhold judgement just for a bit, but that’s a little out there. Well, magical girl, right? Turns out her powers aren’t fire based (not yet anyway) and has more to do with super-strength. Fair enough.

THE MUSIC WAS DIAGETIC. Nice. Very nice.

Holy hell. Girl can fight. Super strength it is, then. Now it seems like Alex wants to get involved.

Hey!

Nothing to analyse here. I just thought it was a cute pose. Also, apparently this slipped by me, but the scythe is also a gun? This explains the gun magazine. Further, rewatching the scene I noticed she uses the recoil to move around. Interesting.

Cool airship

Two things to note here. Number 1, Alex has enough resources to apparently summon an airship. Yet he’s knocking over dust shops? This seems incongruous. Either we have some seriously bad storytelling, or there’s something else going on. Number 2, our magical girl is wearing enough red petticoats to block an anime upskirt shot. It would have been so easy to go for the fanservice, but they resisted. Nice.

Hello, Nurse!

Seems we have another magical girl. Or rather, magical woman. Pantyhose and a tight skirt, blonde hair in a severe bun, stylized cape. Oh yeah, she totally seems my type. Apparently, her magical girl power is to steal from Full Metal Alchemist. And is that a riding crop?

Green eyes. Yummy.

Magic missile!

“We got a huntress!

Okay, so magical girls are called huntresses. Probably because they hunt monsters. Good to know. Also, who is the hottie in the red dress, and who the hell pilots an airship in a red dress?

Magical girls can turn evil.

This is good to know. Apparently it’s this red woman who has fire powers, not our cute little red hero. Missed it by that much. Also, her power is apparently tied to her dress somehow? Those symbols are definately glowing.

That fight was so cool.

“Can I have your autograph?”

Dawwww. So our little red has a bit of hero worship. Interesting.

Apparently not

bahaha. No autograph for you.

Ohhh, so the older woman is a bit of a strict ballbuster. Meow.

“They stated it!”

“With a pat on the back, and a slap on the wrist!”

I wanna know what love is….. Please be a main character. Please please please.

Inb4 this guy’s name is professor something

Holy shit, it’s the dude narrator! I wonder if the woman in red is the bad narrator. Also, we have a name for our little huntress. Ruby Rose. I suppose the title made it obvious enough in hindsight.

Silver eyees.

They’re silver eyes. And they’re important somehow. Also, professor narrator is a bit a creep, no?

Signal academy. Okay, so there’s a magical girl academy. Magical girls are trained en masse. Huntresses are apparently an entire organization.

Damn, that girl can put away some cookies.

Uncle Crow, eh? And apparently professor whosit knows this Uncle Crow. “I was complete garbage before he took me under his wing” Was that a pun?

Hi-yaaaaa!

I think I just died of cuteness.

So the school is designed a train warriors. Huntresses. Call it confirmed.

According to Ruby’s stream of thought, Huntresses are trained in a very collegiate way. Some years at Huntress High School, then some years at Huntress College. So Signal must be Huntress High School then. So, what we have here is a magical girl high school anime. Way to think outside of the box.

All we need now is a love interest.

PROFESSOR OZPIN, CALLED IT. Headmaster of Beacon. Beacon being Huntress College. While he also moonlights as the Good Narrator.

Oh, okay, she gets to skip her last two years at Huntress High School. So what we actually have is a college magical girl anime. Still, a little in-the-box, but at least it’s better.

Bigger sister

Well well, isn’t she excitable?

Bigger sister indeed

O_O Put those away, you’re going to knock someone out with those…knockers.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. The best part is, she has an ahoge, which means we pretty much know everything we need to know about her. Carefree, excitable, bumbling. Also she’s blonde, so gotta crank up the bimbo factor a bit. Huge amounts of really messy hair. Gotta love the lilac eyes. Bare midriff, bicycle shorts, boobs hanging out. Those bracelets are a little strange. Maybe they’re a weapon of some kind?

Normal Knees? Trope alert.

Ah hah, so Alex is actually called “Roman Torchwick”

White fang? Terrorist group name if I’ve ever heard one. And were those furries? Oh geez, is there gonna be some big, on-the-nose, racism element?

Glynda Goodwitch. Weird name, but I’ll take it. Is that like Good Witch of the North? Blonde has some Rapunzel in her. Then we have little red riding hood. Also, maybe I’m crazy but I was getting some Wizard of Oz(pin) vibes from the professor. Maybe it’s nothing and they’re just referencing fairy tales, or maybe it’s a big big part of the story. That would be really cool if they wove a bunch of fairy tales into it.

Time of Peace. Good to know.

Another cool airship.

Who’s this?

Why is there a dude on the Magical Girl College Airbus? Is he wearing a hoodie? Wait, can dudes be magical girls too? If chicks are called Huntresses, then I guess dudes are called Huntsmen? Hunters collectively? Also, is he airsick? That’s not terribly magical. I’m gonna guess that what we have here is the wannabe Hunter.

This also means that it’s not technically a magical girl anime anymore. Hurrah! We have the bumbling blonde bimbo and the bumbling Aryan coconut. (Anyone seen Attack on Titan Abridged?)

Also, I’m gonna guess that he’s the love interest we’ve been waiting for.

And a cute ending about shoe-puke wraps up the first episode!


Review

This is is in a strange place. It shows a lot of promise, but the amateur voice acting and amateur visuals kinda hold it back. I’m going to stick with it though and see if it unfolds into something great. It’s a little too early to say much else.


Wrap-up

Well there you have it then. My inaugural post on my daily reaction diary or whatever the hell you want to call it. If you have any feedback on how I can make this better and less “wall of texty” I’d love to hear it. I’m not very good at reddit yet so I just did what I could. If you have any pointers please point them out.

Also, no spoilers. I made a lot of predictions here and most of them are probably wrong. Feel free to discuss the episode but please try not to ruin it for me. If it happens, it happens, that is the risk, but it would be nice to avoid it.

Further, if you think this is a terrible idea and I should leave and never come back just let me know that, too.

I thought it might be fun for you veterans to watch a RWBY newbie’s reactions as they happen. Relive those moments vicariously, ya know?

Lastly, does anyone have any ideas for a title for these things? I’m terrible at titles.

Thanks again!


Sources

Homura Aekmi –¬†http://gatakk.deviantart.com/art/HOMURA-AKEMI-314619285