RWBY, the animated series by Rooster Teeth that desperately needs closed captions so I don't have to keep rewatching episodes to understand all the dialogue due to my awful hearing and ADHD, is often mistakenly pegged as just another kids' show, but it's so much more than that. Right from the get-go, RWBY sets itself apart with a unique combination of mature themes, complex characters, and a richly crafted world.
It's got plenty of deep storytelling, emotional depth and damage, and action-packed sequences. The series goes deep into topics like loss, betrayal, and the moral complexities of war, which are far from the typical and simple "good versus evil" often found in children's shows.
Each character is impeccably written and meticulously developed, displaying their struggles, failures, and growth, making them relatable to a more mature audience. RWBY isn't just about flashy fights and cool weapons - it's a story about real emotional journeys, the kind that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you think.
One of the standout aspects of RWBY is its willingness to explore dark and challenging themes. The series doesn't shy away from depicting the harsh realities of its world, including political intrigue, discrimination, and the heavy cost of conflict. With each season, we are exposed to increasingly complex narratives that question the nature of power, freedom, and choice. The characters, young as they are, face situations that test their ideals and resilience, often leading to moments of intense internal conflict and moral issues. This depth is what sets RWBY apart from the usual fare aimed at younger audiences. It's a series that doesn't just entertain - it provokes thought and emotional response, resonating with an audience that appreciates storytelling with substance.
In nine gorgeous volumes and 116 episodes, spinoffs like RWBY: Ice Queendom and RWBY Chibi, and a few video games, we've been given a world full of heavy and inspiring stories and unforgettable characters. But how do these nine original volumes rank amongst each other?
Let's take a look at how I personally rank them.
SPOILER WARNING for those who dare venture past this slide - I will be spoiling the events of each season! Beware of spoilers! Go finish the show!