RWBY Trailers: A Runthrough

Hello everyone! Mashy here.

So before I kick off the liveblog of RWBY Episode 2, I was suggested to rewatch and give you my opinions on the first four trailers. I have seen them before, so this part is still not actually live. It’s more like a trailer review! With screenshots.

Ah well. But at any rate, here we go:

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Oh! It’s Little Red Riding Hood.

It’s a really gorgeous first impression, by the way. All props to the animators of this series – they pulled out all the stops for this.

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The music right after this reminds me of Dark Pit’s theme from Kid Icarus: Uprising.

A cross? Interesting. I noticed that her silhouette at the end had crosses on it too. Could it be symbolism, or just a character detail?

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*dramatic pose* is the camera getting this

I heard someone say once that the trailers were made more to show off the weapons more than the girls themselves, and that does seem accurate – though you can see little hints here and there that Ruby isn’t exactly stone cold. A couple times she has a smile on her face.

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Look at that gore, oh noooooo

It’s animated so fast I barely have time to react XD Not that that’s a bad thing.

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Ah, this pose is much better!

There’s Ruby done! I love the detail of the bullet casings.

Moving onwards to Weiss, whose trailer was my favorite last time, I believe.

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I notice she has a scar here, and the fight we just witnessed must be how she got it! (I had to watch the whole thing and then go back and continue this post because these trailers move so darn fast.)

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Unnecessary yet totally awesome shadow effect here.

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I would conjure giant snowflakes just to sled all over the place.

Hmm, well, magic-saber-wielding, piano music-ing, ice-skating, knight-fighting graceful lady is still in the running for my favorite. Plus, Weiss is incredibly reminiscent of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Which is also awesome.

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Weird but neat technomagic saber thing.

Yep, that must be how her scar was made. I like that this cut is big, but the end result doesn’t go all the way down her face. Some scars do heal at least a little.

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And there’s Weiss’ trailer! Now, do I like Ruby’s or hers better? Er…I knew what my answer was last time, but tough choice. I’ll give you the final rankings at the end.

For now, onto: Blake!

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Oh hey, I actually got the sidebar to go away again in this picture.

STORY TIME WITH MASHY: When I was a kid I was very determined that every original character I made was one hundred percent original, no overlapping allowed. Had too similar a name to something that already existed? Not allowed, change it! I remember taking two characters and being insistent that their exact names would NEVER pop up when I googled them. Anyways, I had an OC who I wanted to look unique too, and since she had the combination of extremely pale skin, black hair, and goldish eyes, I was always on the lookout for a character described too similarly in a book or something like that. But no, for years my character was successfully unmatched in appearance.

…And now Blake comes along. Goshdangit.

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Monsters to knights to flat-out robots? All right then…

I see you there, with your purple-not-black magic and purpley color scheme. This is RWBY, not RWPY! (I do notice the thing red, white, black and yellow have in common, but I won’t mention it for fear of getting angry comments.)

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Don’t know who the redhaired man is, hmm…Ooh! Roman Torchwick’s long-lost brother?

Good gosh you two, get your voice acting under control.

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*music kicks in* oh man you know what’s coming

This reminds me exactly of facing a boss fight at the end of a game. The mooks are defeated, the music swells up, some kind of monstrosity marches forth to kill you…

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And that there is Blake’s introduction. If there ever was a case of “one of these is not like the others” for trailers, that might be it!

No matter; on to the last video, Yang’s.

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Hi there, Roman! Nice to see a familiar face.

Never mind, Blake, you’re off the hook in terms of unusual trailers! Seems like each one upped it a bit in terms of modern settings and weapons. Ruby’s was the most vague, featuring nothing but a fairy-tale-esque girl in the middle of the forest, and it escalated from there, straight into…a club. All right then. This one has the most defined plot, too. Made it hard to narrow down the screenshots I took.

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Welp, we know her personality right off the bat.

Oh my god Junior no – you can’t – you can’t just try and do that, okay?! Did you forget what she just did to you? And that you basically just threatened to kill her? What do you THINK is gonna happen?!

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Note to self, anyone with a distinct design Should Be Remembered

This is your second general reminder for all characters to please have their voice acting be safely contained and manageable. Not aimed toward anyone in particular, though, of course. What screenshot?

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Yang used gauntlets before they were c- haha no they were always cool

Interesting; I hadn’t remembered that Yang’s weapon also had magical properties. Or if not Yang’s weapon, Yang herself. That’s three for four, isn’t it? Ruby’s scythe, while the most impressive, didn’t have any shiny glowy qualities to it. So I guess it all balances out.

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see the moon symbolism, see it, huh huh huh

And thus we end up with the trailers coming full circle…and the sky has two moons for some reason???

Those trailers are pretty cool! My rankings for favorite are the same as ever; Weiss’ was the best, followed by Ruby’s, Yang’s, and finally Blake’s. Not that Blake’s is the worst trailer ever, but it doesn’t really have the same good balance of plot vs pretty action as the others. Ruby’s and Weiss’ were vague enough so that we were intrigued but didn’t really care about the plot – we were fine with just watching these girls take down monsters with cool weapons set to cool music. Yang’s had plot, but it was extrapolated on a bit better. Blake’s was the most confusing of the bunch.

But that’s all right. I’ll take a break, and then try to get to liveblogging episode 2 tonight! See you then!

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