I won’t lie, it never takes much to get me to like something, but it takes a lot for me to go full fan mode and RWBY (pronounced Ruby) is a series that has me enthralled. Before watching it I will warn you that season 1 may be a bit of a tough watch but it’s totally worth it for what comes next, just remember season 1 is pretty much the pilot for everything else. RWBY takes place in the world of Remnant, a world filled with dark demonic beasts known as the “Creatures of Grimm.” Prior to the events of the series, mankind waged a desperate war of survival against the Grimm. Those brave few that battle the Grimm are known as Huntsmen or Huntresses. RWBY focuses on four girls, each with her own unique weapons and abilities. Together, they form team RWBY at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses. Along with team RWBY we are introduced to a host of other characters, who help round out this fantastic cast of eccentric and energetic characters.
One of the series best points is that it has a group of strong female leads. Yes at times they are left battered and bruised, emotionally and physically, but no matter what the girls always rally and find their feet. I know we live in a time that has many strong female leads, but it annoys me a little when that aspect of the story is shoved down my throat. Dear readers do not get me wrong I feel that women need a bigger place in pop culture, but RWBY puts the women front and centre and never makes a huge issue of it, which I think is just wonderful. These are strong women defined by their individual strengths not their gender. Another fantastic aspect about this to me is that I feel that the lack of sexualisation of the characters also really helps this point, I know they are supposed to be teenagers but lets face it, that has never stopped certain fans before – I am looking at you people who purchase body pillows!
One more aspect that RWBY has going for it is that like series such as Legend of Korra, RWBY never feels that it has to dumb things down, if anything the series has gotten deeper and darker as it went on. Rooster Teeth have crafted a tale that though it’s full of out of this world fight sequences is also surprisingly emotional, I cannot lie, the end of season 3 seriously had be tearing up. I think what makes this so satisfying is it’s just a slice of life, an extraordinary life, but life none the less. Sometimes it makes you laugh, others cry, it’s never one thing but many and in the end that gives the series real staying power.
Since this series is about a group of teens training at a school to fight and hunt monsters, while using fantastical inhuman abilities, it has drawn comparison to Harry Potter and Naruto .Personally to me the show is very different but if you are a fan of either series this will be a show worth watching. And like both those series this one can run deep, with the possibilities for more stories and a strong fan base this series will certainly go places.
So if you have a few hours to spare check RWBY out on Netflix, Youtube, Rooster Teeth’s homepage or pick up the DVD copy, I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.