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RWBY Season 3 my thoughts and feelings

For the initiated RWBY is a great web series from the guys that brought us Red VS Blue (Rooster Teeth) and if you do not know what that is, please return to the rock you where living under and stay there. RWBY  is a web series created by the late Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth Productions. The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become Hunters and Huntresses to protect their world from monsters ,called Grimm, as well as some other threats. Prior to the events of the series, mankind waged a battle of survival against the Grimm before discovering the power of a mysterious element called Dust, which allowed them to fight back against the monsters. In the present day, Dust is used to power abilities and weapons. Those who use these abilities to battle the Grimm are known as Huntsmen or Huntresses. The series focuses on four girls, each with her own unique weapon and powers. Together, they form team RWBY at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses. If this all peaks your interest then I highly recommend you go watch all three seasons before reading any further.

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For purposes of the Article I have decided to cover:

The Set Up

Season 1 and 2 where all just set up for the spectacle that was season 3. Which explains a lot, if you look back at it, not much happens in season 1 and in 2 things only really get under way towards the end of the season so 3 really was the real kick off to everything. It starts with an inter-school tournament, think Tri Wizard meets Chunin exams, if you get one of those references your cool, if you get both as me for a high five some time. In what I assume is a little homage to Pokemon the battleground can change between different environments which made for some excellent battle sequences, Yang and Weiss vs Atlas, is all I need to say. While all this is going on we are seeing the militarization of several factions due to the Grimm invasion at the end of season 2. Finally season 2 had the reveal of Yang’s mother which is where we left off and now we are onto season 3.

The Reveals

This season finally got round to showing us a lot including:

Nora’s Semblance

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This one was not really a  big surprise after all she is a Thor themed character, but if you have not figured it out she has lightning based abilities and it is awesome.

Uncle Qrow

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Qrow Branwen (pronounced “Crow”) is the uncle of Ruby Rose and Yang Xiao Long. He is a teacher at Signal Academy. He was mentioned in “Ruby Rose” as being the one who taught Ruby how to fight and wield her High-Caliber Sniper-Scythe, Crescent Rose. Once we meet him Ruby and Yang finally start to make sense, is confident, hot headed and arrogant, though underenath all that he is a big kid and loves his nieces more than even he would care to admit. Like Ruby he too is a scythe user, though his is far more flashy, with several different forms. Add in his constant state of drinking and you have quite the irresponsible but loveable badass. Interesting note we find out that he is Yangs biologcal uncle, but not Ruby’s also he was in a team with his sister (Yang’s Mother), Ruby’s mother and both girls father.

The Rest of Sun and Neptune’s team

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SSSN (pronounced “Sun”) is a team of students from Haven Academy in Mistral. The team is composed of Sun Wukong, Scarlet David, Sage Ayana and Neptune Vasilias. We already new Sun and Neptune but for the first time in the series we have seen clearly the full roster of this K-pop styled group.

More of Weiss’s family

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The Schnee family are a dinesty, with a heriditory Semblance, a wealth of resources and a long proud history as skilled warriors, we didnt know much else about them, other than what Weiss told us, but when her sister came on the scene we got a hint at how powerful the family truly was. Also how powerful each individual member of the family is, with their personal summons to use in battle and some very cool weaponry.

Blake’s ex in action

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Adam Taurus the current leader of the White Fang and the first male character to be introduced. He wears a Grimm mask over his eyes and his weapons of choice are Wilt and Blush, a rifle and sword which can merge. He first appeared in the “Black” Trailer, where we saw him kick a lot of ass, but there  he was the ally of the protagonist and now he is their enemy. By the end of season 3 the cool calm exterior he had in the trailer is gone and he is ruthless and crazed, looking to hurt Blake for how she hurt him, probably angry over the fact that he must submit to humans as well, I think this character may find redemption later in his death but for now he is hurt and wanting blood.

Why Cinder is allied with Roman and the White Fang

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In a brief flash back we see Cinder confronting the White Fang and pretty much forcing an alliance. Finally we see that Roman has joined up with here purely for survival reasons.

The abilities of Cinder’s two partners

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Emerald and Mercury have been a little bit of a mystery throughout the series, but you finally see that Mercury has enhanced speed due to cybernetic implants(not the only ones in the series). Emerald on the other hand has the ability to create illusions and uses this ability perfectly.

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TEAM STRQ

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According to Qrow they where the coolest team to ever graduate Beacon.

All of the members of STRQ are related to Ruby Rose and/or Yang Xiao Long:

  • Summer Rose is Ruby’s mother and Yang’s step-mother.
  • Taiyang is their father.
  • Raven is Yang’s mother.
  • Qrow is Yang’s uncle by blood and Ruby’s honorary uncle.

They mirror team RWBY in several ways, especially the colors, having two siblings, one adorable member (who is the leader) and a blondie. of course with this we finally saw Ruby and Yang’s father who makes a minor appearance in teh first episode and a full appearance in the finale.

Velvet’s Weapon

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Ever since the end of season 2 we have all wanted to know what this weird box was, well we finally got the answer. Velvet’s weapon allows her to make hard light copies of weapons she has photographed. She is shown to be skilled using these various weapons, even to the point where she can mimic exact moves that the original wielders have learned and used in combat. I suspect that she has the ability to memories and copy the abilities of those she watches, at least that’s my theory.

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With it she has been able to copy:

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  • Crescent Rose
  • Myrtenaster
  • Ember Celica
  • Gambol Shroud
  • Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang
  • Magnhild
  • Penny’s Swords
  • Coco’s Handbag

I want it!

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And so much more.

The Laughs

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As with always this series incorporates the comedy with the action perfectly much like both series of Avatar. The comedy really helps you take in the more dramatic and dark tones of season 3 because after all life needs the bitter and the sweet, plus the girls are just hilarious.

The Shocks

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There are many and I wont say anything about them because well it might ruin it for you so nope I am keeping my mouth shut.

The Finish

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In the end it was very sad that Monty Oum has left this world, but in leaving us he has created a world in which his fans can let envelope them and hopefully this will keep his memory alive. Improved animation, an amazing story and a fantastic soundtrack have made season 3 the best yet. Season three had many shocks, laughs and quite a few tender moments, but I just can not wait till season 4 comes around and hope you all feel the same.

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