The Nardio Review
Is RWBY Season 1 Worth Your Time?
What Should I Watch RWBY On?
RWBY is available to stream on Crunchyroll.
What Did You Think Without Spoiling It?
RWBY Season 1 is enough fun and has some great action sequences that you can forgive the kind of clunky animation and occasionally awkward voice overs.
Why it Works?
RWBY Season 1 is a fairly light-hearted action series that focuses more on character development than the actual fights. Don’t get me wrong, the fight scenes are a lot of fun and visually stimulating, but the real heart of the series are the characters. Each character has their own set of issues they try to deal with throughout the series some more successfully than others. It’s this struggle and insight into who they are as a person rather than just a character in an animated series that really separates RWBY from the crowd. You can relate to some of these struggles whether it’s the standard adolescent fear of not looking cool to deeper ones of fear of rejection, uncertainty about your path in life, not being able to connect with your peers because of your status and so on. While not all of the characters have the same amount of depth it’s still impressive that Monty Oum was able to do as much in such a short amount of time.
Then of course there’s the real threat of the Grimm, Torchwick and the White Fang. The adventures of team RWBY and JNPR during their training classes and undercover fights are fast, well choreographed and captivating. And with how short each episode is (between 5-15 minutes) you literally cannot look away or else you’ll miss the action. Are there some hokey parts? Absolutely and there are rare occurrences where it’s a bit overdone. Overall though, the fight scenes are fairly tight and generally resolve quickly. You don’t have to wait until the next episode to see if the good guys make it through. For the most part they do. Though the end results don’t always work out in their favor.
Story-wise it seems pretty typical. A group of teenagers are training to become monster hunters. Somewhere along the way they uncover a secret plot. They’re not exactly sure what it is or how big it goes but they’re determined to stop it. The story can be a bit weak, but ultimately it’s the interplay between the characters that help move it along. And since each episode is short you don’t really have to suffer through unnecessary dialogue, drama or flashbacks.
The animation of the series seems a bit inconsistent at times. Some episodes seem much smoother than others. The animation style in general might not appeal to everyone. I also had issues with the voice acting of some characters. For the most part they were good but there were times where I felt the actor didn’t really capture the full range of emotions that a particular scene needed. Still, the experience overall was so enjoyable these were minor points of annoyance.
- 40 episodes
- Available to stream on Crunchyroll
- Ongoing series