October 02, 2016

Three Weeks to Go.....UPDATED

Here's the first full length trailer for RWBY Season 4. It first aired at RTX in July and low quality phone cam pirates have been making the rounds since then, so it's a little disappointing that this has no additional footage after all the hype.

Still, it is very impressive in a lot of ways and unlike the fuzzy pirate versions, this gives a very good idea of just how much the production values have improved. Like seasons 2 and three this is a major leap the animation quality of the previous volume.

It's gorgeous, but the choreography is off. Monty Oum went to great lengths to make his fight sequences at least appear to be obeying some laws of physics. Inhumanely dramatic changes in momentum generally had some rationale, either they were the result of recoil, rocket boost, using leverage to redirect momentum or acknowledged wire work as with Blake's kusurigama inspired weapon. In this vid Ruby might as well be supergirl. That sense of movement and mass, and the implication of extreme skill is not present. In any of the "hang-time" movements (though the combat on the ground is pretty satisfactory in that regard). Monty Oum was truly a singular talent, and it is understandable that his sucsessors will go there own way, but this is the thing that stood out from this video...that and the fact that Ruby and Blake's new outfits are REALLY cool.

I also liked the  attention to detail with Nora and Ren's hair, which gives a good sense of the passage of time and the little system status icon "Local Area Only" which is a nice reference to the communications situation in the wake of the events at the end of season 3. 

Of course production values can be bought. The question is whether the story is any good. I'm hopeful. The last season ended rather jarringly and turned off many people but it was quite effective at surprising it's audience.  I found it to be quite pongniant and have been looking forward to the continuation.

With 19 days to go, it is probably time to review the current status of characters that underwent major changes at the end of last season.

UPDATE: OK...spoiler tag is not working, so the overview of major character developments goes below the fold. Note that sentence, which is an indicator of SPOILERS!

Totally dead...(Wait what? Who?)

Appears to be dead .

 Could actually be dead...

 Possibly dead.

Not dead at all, but AWOL.

Last seen in the arena, beside herself with grief griffons. Possibly dead.now.

Presumably expelled for plagerism.

She's not just merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead. 

Hilariously dead.

Dead inside.

I guess this is team JNRR(Junior) or perhaps RAVR. Whatever they are, they appear to be doomed.

Anyway, discuss....

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 04:35 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1  I didn't think RT would even do another series.  I'm still not sure if they're doing something great, or just don't know what they're doing.  Some of the gap between series appears to be explained now, anyway:  RWBY looks very different now.  Different software, updated models...looks like a ton of upgrades. 
Note: This is Ben's comment. I put his spoilers behind spoiler tags, but could not get it to post in his name. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Oct 3 20:30:36 2016 (KicmI)

2 Yeah, the new trailer warranted a massively updated post...
@Ben...I'm pretty sure that  
I do wonder about

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Oct 3 20:50:37 2016 (KicmI)

3 Qrow's not dead, he's just pining for the fjords.

Posted by: ubu at Tue Oct 4 08:51:41 2016 (SlLGE)

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