So I finally in some candy based insomnia got to watching another episode of RWBY to review. I watched episode eleven and the thing is despite being Juane focused well...
The issue is despite there being things I like this series seems to be diving so straight faced into cliché that it just kind of gets on my nerves.
I mean the series at first was revealed to all take place at a "special" academy, then we got the friendship work together stuff, then the over the top expressions, now there is going to be a tournament, there is also the pointless bully character that just eats your time, and they even got a chick with animal ears now. Animal ears that clips through hands too.
It is just at times like the writers watched a bunch of anime and just regurgitated the basics without doing anything with it. I mean I'm not saying it is the worst representation of these cliché elements I'll give it that.
The issue is though that it makes me so uninterested in watching the show I half the time think I should just wait until all the big fight scenes are compiled together and skip the plot entirely. Which I don't want to do but even if a show is known for its action scenes you should still be able to make someone give a damn about the context around that action.
Yeah so I admit there have been a chunk of RWBY episodes coming out and I haven't been reviewing them but there is a reason. College has started back up and I have a job now so over all my time has been less. Then when I get free time I'm getting ahold of Pokémon Y to distract me or this weird alien thing called a social life I have now pops up.
I'll still review RWBY it will just be a much more when I have the time type of thing over a when the episode comes out a day later type of thing.
Beyond that I've been working on a Halloween piece for awhile now so that has been overriding what little writing I can do.
Also been thinking about doing an article on how Kreia is the greatest female character, if not greatest character, for another gushes article. So yeah let me know what you think about that in the comments.
Still if you want my random thoughts still in short bursts I do have a tumblr at..
So the Barenaked Ladies have a new music video and it is coming to us through Rooster Teeth. Now I could try and do a long form analysis of this song and meaning but instead I'm going to talk about my love of BNL and the connection to my childhood in my new segment Johnel Gushes About Stuff He Likes (JGASHL).
You see I first discovered BNL the same way many my age did...
Seriously at this rate I think I might try and play a personal six degrees with this franchise.
Now I'll admit this dub had a tendency to just shove popular songs into the movie at times and it is a little weird to see. I mean at least it was good stuff like this and Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Actually come to think off the only bad song in the film was made for it last I checked.... which I'll be an angel of mercy and not link in this video.
So unlike most that probably forgot about it until going to college getting all nostalgic and looking it up on youtube someday I had my Dad.
Now my Dad introduced me to things like Dr. Demento and Weird Al in the past. In fact those who remember my Christmas songs list should remember that the Pokémon song in that is actually from a CD my Dad owned. So anyways when I expressed interest in the band he gave me to borrow both his copies of their albums Gordon and Stunt, both now burned to my hard drive for safe keeping, and a love affair was born.
I'm not really going to get into the history of the band or anything for I can either a. talk about that later or b. I might be writing something about them for another day. So instead I'll leave off with my opinions on this new song.
The result is I really like it. Now maybe after more listens it might change but right now it really has that feeling I like from them. Goofy but you can feel the meaning behind it. The video is also really funny pulling a great constant gag at juxtaposition that really ups the crazy to levels unseen in this type of joke before I think. Though a couple of zombie shots looked like stock footage from one of Rooster Teeth's other shows but it could just look similar and if so I don't really mind.
So yeah that is it. Listen to the song above about five times and then look more of their stuff up. I'd suggest Maroon as a good starting album if you don't go with Gordon or Stunt.
So back again into the world of RWBY to review another three episodes in a row. Now lately I've been getting exposed to more anime and some more current series through an anime night they do at the local card shop I frequent. This of course has colored my perceptions of a show like this that takes many of the outer designs of the medium into itself. As such this week I'm more positive towards the series but at the same time I'm not elated as I maybe should be. Also this is the ending to one anime I was exposed to called Free.
Just look at. I think this is what yaoi fangirls see every time they close their eyes.
Anyways on with the actual review.
So we end the saga of our characters fighting in the woods with Episode 8. This is actually one of the longest episodes to date primarily because it has a large fight scene with the giant scorpion monster and a giant bird monster.
In fact I think it might be sign that if you see a long episode it is most likely that there is to be a more elaborate fight scene.
Though at the same time I'm a little lost one some of the power these creatures had. For in this episode both the giant bird and scorpion require a full team of four to beat each yet in the last review we saw two giant snakes being killed by Revolver Sloth. So is he just more awesome? Is there a classification system? Are they making it up as they go? Does the difference between mammal, bird, reptile, and insect affect things? Can you cast summon bigger fish in this universe?
This episode also seemed to spell some character development of Ruby and Chazz actually starting to get along.
Beyond that we also learn more about Nora. First I finally figured out what she is. She is Pepper Potts from the Iron Man Armored Adventures TV show. No seriously it seems like they have the same personality. Heck just wait to see if she starts text/contacting in some form everyone constantly. Also her weapon is a grenade launcher that turns into a gravity hammer. I have no complaints for that is a cool weapon.
Anyways at the end we also see were the title comes from. The classes when grouped into teams are named after the combination of their first initials. Though in this the names are actually sounded out meaning RWBY is said as Ruby.
Though there is a brief scene were it implies Mr. Clockwork Orange from the first episode has some sort of evil plan to set into motion. Not that it plays into the next two episodes at all.
First I would like to say that they now have a generic uniform model. I hope this means more modeled extras for the future.
So this first half of The Badge and The Burden involves team RWBY decorating the shared room they are going to have. In what could be the shortest 80's style montage ever. Though that might be because there is only the length of the average 80's montage for the whole episode.
We only focus on team RWBY for if we focused on team JNPR (Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, and Lie Ren) we'd have to point out how the facility is possibly damaged for letting teenagers share a room coed. Honestly I wonder how many coed teams have disbanded in the class due to sudden pregnancy.
Also we get to see that the students are taught here by President Taft!
Yeah bet you didn't see that bombshell coming did you suckers?! Well ok I think he is supposed to be a reference to Peter and the Wolf by his name of Peter Port but screw that he is President Taft.
Episode ten is easy to sum up.
1. Chazz fights a pig monster and changes into her battle outfit out of nowhere.
2. Chazz and Ruby's relationship has its character development undone over leadership or something.
3. Chazz and Ruby's development is back to status quo in a couple of minutes.
Yeah besides hinting at Oz making some sort of mistakes in the past nothing really feels accomplished in this episode.
So yeah that was RWBY for the past few weeks. I hope no one is disappointed by the new format but if you want me to do weekly one episode reviews with more in depth analysis feel free to mention it in the comments.
Ruby: Destroyer of Nature
Weiss Schnee= Chazz
Glynda Goodwitch: McWitchanimetits
Oz: Wonderful Wizard of Washington
Nora: Hyperactive Ear Lashing Lady / Pepper
Lie Ren: Revolver Sloth
Peter Port: President Taft
Extras: Anti Spiral Clone Army (ASCA)
Also when it was just by Cracked Staff I should have known.
Now I like Cracked at times but the first item on this list really messed with me. Now I might have an issue with the other listed items, except Other M because well Other M, but I just want to talk about something mentioned in the first one.
Basically for some reason it makes a claim that Ellie's emotional break down after hacking up the face of someone that tried to violate her is sexist because she does it around Joel.
I will repeat that apparently a 14 year old girl freaking out after hacking the face of somebody up after almost being violated is sexist of the game makers because there is a male character that she is breaking down to.
It is baffling that out of all the more real cases, Other M, you could really talk on the first thing is to drive right into stupid town were context, character, and logic don't matter. Well that and apparently the 14 year old girl doesn't count as a child but whatever.
So yeah this was probably a ramble and I might do a better run down some day but for now leave anything you want to say in the comments.