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RWBY: Black's episode SUCKS: How to Fix

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 5, 2013, 12:05 AM

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I really hated this episode/trailer. Video linked below, with reasons listed under the video. Edit: added links to the superior Red and White videos, and I highly recommend watching them:

Red roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6… and White roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6… were so much better.



Character Design
So she's another generic looking cat-girl who's boring, boring to look at, and her outfit looks stupid. Her voice acting is BAD. I've heard 4kids stuff sound better than this. And why did she betray him at the end? If I wanted a sex fetish chick with ears, I'd go hang out on FA where they're at least drawn better. A gun/whip blade? Again? She's a lamer version of Red (who at least was deadly) unlike Black.


 Lol What?
This is not how I was expecting the 3rd main member to be dressed for combat.


Don't Overshadow the Main Character!
Also, why is the male character, Adam, not only more interesting, but way more cool and effective. His sword with a shotgun sheath was far more effective at killing stuff than that retarded whip/gun thing. His design stands out, has more charm than whatever that overstuffed blouse + hotpants + overcoat visual mess that Black wore. Yeah, sure, design lifted from Code Geass and bleach, but at least HE was interesting! If you're going to tell a story about four different girls doing badass things with tragedy and pain as a backdrop, THEN DON'T HAVE THE SIDE MALE CHARACTER OVERSHADOW HER!

 
Knock knock, Viz here, we want our copyright back now.

Music
I wasn't paying attention to the forgettable music because the terrible voice acting, blurry animation, and boring fight scene got in the way. Which is a HUGE shame, because I love the music in Red and White.

Character Design - Fix
What needed to have happened is something that Red Letter Media said about Obi Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn. There needs to be a re-write where Adam and Ms. Boring are merged into one character called Blake. She'd have the design of Adam (with a female body of course) and his katana shotgun instead of another re-hashed gun scythe/whip thing. And she'd be alone, or with a revamped Adam being a helicopter pilot or something playing backup or transport in the background trying to keep up with her antics and gun/swordplay. Then Blake would be interesting, have a real role other than side-kick and she wouldn't look like a badly drawn attempt at ripping off Zatana from Young Justice. At least the Code Geass mask and Renji's hair/outfit from Bleach looked cool and distinct.

I thought I'd leave this video with one final comment:
I'd rather hang out on 4-chan during Caturday while beating off to images on Fur Affinity with the 4-Kids version of One Piece looping in the background than endure this abomination one more time. I'm going to go watch Red massacre hordes of werewolves, and then go watch Code Geass, because this cheap knock off isn't worth my time.

Here's hoping that Yellow makes up for this mess.

And the worst offense of all. She's supposed to be one of the four main women!

Adam: "Let's do this!" - Adam taking charge and displaying leadership.

Adam: "Buy me some time!" - oh yeah Blake is so important . 'go distract it for me, so I, Adam can do something badass and effective.'

Ms. Boring: "Are you sure?" - are you sure? wtf? do you not know you're fighting to survive? do you not know Adam's powers?

Ms. Boring: "goodbye...." - what? what just happened? did little miss sidekick really just abandon the guy who just one shot a giant mech? why?

And this is our third lead guys.
oh yeah, i bet her story is going to be so awesome...






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:icontazerbrosinc:
Tazerbrosinc Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student General Artist
sorry to be posting this thing, sense this is sort of long dead but....

I don't know.... alot of peoples fav is blake, shes one of mine as well with nora and yang. Its definitely your (very strong i may add C:) opinion that shes boring and predictable. I do agree with the fact that adam did steal some attention, but they were partners in the trailer, and blake is more swift less-critical attacks, rather then large critical hits like adam. Also sense he didn't seem to care about the crew members that she mentioned saving, she disconnected the cars, to save the crew members, and my theory is so she could have a bit of a fresh start because she realized no one else in the white fang cared about innocent people being caught up in it, though thats just what i speculate.
And about blake being generic, plenty of other people could say that about all the other characters, including adam. Considering how nora seems quite a bit like pinkie pie from MLP, and how theres always that priss/bossy/whiney girl like weiss in friend circles on shows (like rarity, also from MLP), the socially awkward girl thats always trying to be friends with everyone, but sort of fails at it, ruby, and so there simply has to be a removed/mysterious person with a sketchy past but strong opinions somewhere (and we all know jaune is the useless liability to the group). If you look at alot of "friend circles" in animes and other animated shows (Tokyo mew mew and a few other so called "girly" shows come to mind), it pretty common to see (in some or more shows) similar characters, or even just similar outlines of the personalities. If you don't agree i don't mind (and please don't be rude), i'm just sharing my opinion as you did about blake. Shrug 
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:iconsemc:
SEMC Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate your response, but I've never watched the show. I probably never will either. I loved the hype of the trailers and loved the music of the first two. Alas the Black and Yellow trailers were a huge let down. I frankly don't care anymore, and I'm currently watching Red vs Blue season 12, and enjoying the story so far. I just don't want to subject myself to shitty dubs, no matter what culture produces the show. I'm sensitive to sound, and there's only so much pain I can endure.
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:icontazerbrosinc:
Tazerbrosinc Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, i understand. Personally i've never had the patience for animating. I mean i'm not a really impatient person, but just having to draw the same thing over and over changing it just barely really annoys me, so thinking of the time it takes bad voicing and a bit of cheap shit animation  doesn't really annoy me if the plot is good (though at a few parts in the animation, mostly in episode 6-8, i'm just like "what the fuck was that?). But the first 3 episodes of the second season are out and in my opinion there cleaning up the chunkiness of the movements a bit, things are some-what smoother. I just think the reason you hate the black and yellow trailers is because in the white and red trailers theres really no talking, only fighting, so you can focus on the music more and how bad ass they actually are (well i don't really care for weiss but her fighting style is cool i guess). But if you listen to the music of the black trailer alone then you can hear it, rather then just listening to mechanical weapon noises (that are OK for sound effects) But i don't like the style of the yellow song "I burn", it actually rather annoys me. Well, if your willing to ignore the cheap animation its a good anime. Though i do think when they first started animating it they didn't think it would be as big a deal as it has become.

I don't know if you like the style of music, i know the singing could be better, but in my opinion its good until about 02:39, because the male singer rreeaalllyy annoys me, everything else, but when he's singing alone is great, But here is the theme for blake From shadows if you want to listen to it alone.
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Aerrow235 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
ok, seriously. Its a Katana/Cleaver/TEC DC-9/ Chain Scythe... That's pretty obvious, and you would have picked it up, if you weren't busy looking for flaws.
if you're going to watch a show, watch it for the plot, and the content/action.
Don't look for its flaws, and point them out to other people.
That's a Critics Job.
Are you a Critic?
Didn't think so.
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:iconsemc:
SEMC Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Trailer. Not show. Learn to read. Also look at the date. Perhaps observation and reason are not yours to command. Also, reading a wiki to understand a show/episode/trailer/book is a failure in presentation and story telling. Still haven't watched the show, and people like you are a good example of why not.
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Walter666bonham Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Damn what a storm of opposite opinions. makes for good reading. Neat review of the Black trailer. That I have to say.
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:iconsemc:
SEMC Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you liked it. Been a while and people are still finding this thing.
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:iconwalter666bonham:
Walter666bonham Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I was bored and wanted to know the community response to RWBY. You didn't disappoint.
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:iconsemc:
SEMC Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I could help. I honestly haven't watched the show yet, and at the time I wrote this, the yellow trailer hadn't even come out yet. My appraisal of the show as seen from the trailers and the first half of the first episode is: I'm curious, but I'm gonna wait until I'm bored before I feel like slogging through a shitty American Engrish dubbed anime. If I can get access to the Japanese dubs (someone else below you mentioned that they might exist soon) with English subs, then I'll try harder.
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Walter666bonham Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I haven't watched it either. I waited till all the episodes are out. I plan to watch it soon. I am going to take it with a grain of salt and treat it like Season 1 of RvB meaning it might be rough in some points (Even Though season 1 was manly saved by Caboose and the writing). Also that hopefully the voice acting will improve next season and on.
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