October 30, 2016

RWBY Season 4 Begins

When last we left our intrepid heroes in team RNGR (or JNRR, there is some disagreement on this point) they had struck out across the continent in the hopes of finding out who was behind the destruction of Beacon Academy, and the devastation of Vale.

This episode takes place between 6 and 18 months since the last one and there have been some developments....

This person, despite not a whit of dialog, seems to be significant.

We do learn several things, including the true nature of Pumpkin Pete, but mostly that three years of practice and a major increase in budget allow for a tremendous boost in quality. This looks gorgeous! The fight sequence was much more in the spirit of Monty Oum than the trailer, which I was somewhat critical of. the voice work is still very good and the pacing is excellent. 

On the debit side, most of the new additions to the villian side seem to lack the panache of the ones we know, and seem to be mimeographs of cardboard cutouts, though their screen time was brief and that may well change moving forward.  

This series went through a dramatic shift in tone and direction at the end of last season to something rather darker than many of its fans had grown accustomed to. That hasn't changed, however it is refreshing to see that the show has not lost its sense of humor or heart. This season is starting off promising.

Note that as I type this, RWBY is not on Crunchyroll's front page, but it is viewable there

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 01:43 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Can't emphasize the graphical enhancements enough.  I was amazed at just how good it looked.  It's not anime quality yet, but it's certainly better than most Adult Swim shows. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sun Oct 30 12:55:24 2016 (vZvpB)

2 Although to be fair, Rocky and Bullwinkle had better animation than a lot of the Adult Swim shows. Not counting the Anime.

Still, for the best Flash-based animation, nothing comes close to Wakfu.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Oct 30 21:34:21 2016 (5Ktpu)

3 Okay, having watched 4-1 on the RoosterTeeth site, I have to say the animation IS significantly improved.

I'm not a huge fan of the 4th wall breakage (Or whatever term you use for the giant head or floating letters stuff). I think it's possible to do humor without hanging a flashing neon sign on it.

Does the Big Bad make you think of the woman from the new Star Trek movie?

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Oct 30 22:02:34 2016 (5Ktpu)

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