Special! Beijing’s Picks: Best RWBY Moments

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THE HYPE IS REAL GUYS!!!

Holy mother of cherry I’m so ready for RWBY V5.  If yesterday’s trailer wasn’t enough to beyond hyped for V5 then I don’t know what will.

Honestly, I could probably go on forever about all that I am looking forward to in V5 (the animation, YANG, Weiss leaving home, OSCAR, the stakes, BLAKE’S EARS MOVE, and lol, Sun’s abs disappeared again).  However, despite the excitement for new things to come, it is always important to remember the old things that passed.  And so, we have been brought to where we are now.  In an effort to pay homage to RWBY, I have complied a short list of my favorite scenes from each Volume of RWBY.

This was an exceedingly difficult list to compile.  There are so many beautifully amazing scenes in RWBY and it is so difficult to pick just one from each Volume.  However, as much as it hurt my soul to do, I did pick only one from each.  Additionally, I somewhat wanted to put the rest as honorable mentions, however, then the list would become too long.  Perhaps I’ll make a separate list for those one day, but now is not the time for that.

Now, before we begin, I just have to say that this is all based on my own opinion and is heavily biased for obvious reasons.  These really are just my personal favorites and I am in no way saying that they are the “official best moments ever!111!1”.  Please feel free to disagree with me, and hey, if you do, why don’t you tell me about it in the comments?  Now, without any further delay, I present to you, The Best Moments from RWBY (in my opinion)!

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Volume 1: Blake is a Faunus!?

Blake Kitty

Do I even need to explain why this moment was amazing?

Honestly, we all know why this was a great moment.  All of Blake’s amazing character development started from here.

In an instant, the mysterious and cold character we once knew vanished, and was suddenly replaced with a warm and relatable young woman.

The Blake we know and love now (the one who is fragile and somewhat broken, the one that is afraid, the one that puts up walls to protect herself) was born in this scene.

Volume 2: Why are we doing this?

baseline established

This is definitely not one of the most memorable or intense or even fun scenes in V2, but it is definitely one of the most important.

Does anyone remember what happened here?  Because in all honesty, I somewhat forgot about this scene myself.  Now, you’re probably wondering “but wait, if you forgot about this scene then why do you consider it the best one in ALL of V2?”  And that is a completely fair question to ask.  After all, there were some pretty amazing fight scenes in V2.  However, as amazing as the fight scenes were to watch, and believe me I know, I really do think that this simple talking scene between the main girls is one of the most important scenes in this Volume.

Here, we get a clear-cut insight into each of these wonderful women’s minds where they answer, at least what I believe to be, the most important question there is.  Why?  Why are they doing all of this?  Why are they risking their lives?  What is worth fighting for so much that they are willing to put their life on the line for it?

With each answer a baseline is set.  This is where the character development starts.  Clean, clear, and simple.  Everything that happens from here on out is built upon the answers that these young women give.  And even if we don’t exactly remember this scene frame by frame, the thought of it always lingers in the back of our minds as we watch these characters shift and grow.

Volume 3: Penny’s Death

Penny NUUU T^T

I can feel my heart clenching just thinking about this…

Penny’s death was hard-hitting for everyone.  Here was this sweet, innocent little girl who just wanted to have friends.  She didn’t deserve it.  Yet, it happened.  And not only did it happen, but it was done at the hands of a scared and beloved girl who also, only wanted to have friends.

Yes, other dark scenes may have been more hard-hitting, however, this was the first cut.  And honestly the most shocking.

Up until this point, everything has been fine.  Yes, we knew that the stakes were high, that there were some shady things going on behind the scenes, and that the prospect of death always lingered in the back of our minds.  However, this is when that prospect turned into a reality.

In an instant the entire tone of RWBY shifted.  It was no longer a fun, lively show about these young women who were going to some fighting academy.  At this moment we, and the characters, were suddenly faced with the cruel reality.  This isn’t a game.

Volume 4: The White Knight

Weiss is badass

This is in itself is hella amazing.  The fact that symbolism is also a huge part of it is just a bonus.

As you may already know, the “knight” (hybrid Grimm thing) was a test that Weiss’s father set up for Weiss.  If she could defeat it, she could go to Beacon Academy as she wished, if not, then she would stay in Atlas.

In many ways, Weiss defeating the “knight” was an act of defiance against on Weiss’s part against her father.  However, even though she surpassed this test of his, she was still being controlled by him.  She won, but the test was still on her father’s terms.  She ultimately was still playing her father’s game.

However, now with this scene, Weiss has mastered her semblance, and has brought back the thing that was once sent to end her, but instead, it now stands by her side.  Here, Weiss has fully escaped from her father’s control and as the broken window suggests, is now free of the cage she was held in.  She no longer plays by the rules of her father’s game.

Weiss has both physically shattered the cage she has been held in, and while also metaphorically shattering the rules by which her father forced her to play by.

Do we need any other reason to call Weiss best girl?

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And that’s a wrap!  Well looks like I found where the missing list item from last week went.

I really, really hope that you enjoyed this special edition of Beijing’s Picks and are now even more hyped for V5!

RWBY has really been one hell of a rollercoaster ride and with the direction Rooster Teeth seems to be going now it seems that we will be in for even more amazing ups and downs.

Thank you all for reading and let’s have a great V5!

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RWBY: It IS an Anime

Anime.  What is it?  And what is it not?  Don’t ask me because I don’t know.  And neither does a good majority of the anime community.

Let’s be real here, as much time as we all spend watching anime, not many of us really know what defines an anime as an anime.  Sure, we know that an animated series or movie created in Japan is anime.  That’s a no brainer.  But, when we are confronted with shows that look like they’re anime, but not made in Japan, or shows that have elements of an anime, but again, are not made in Japan, the lines become heavily blurred.  This is where conflict arises.

It really depends on who you ask in the anime community whether a show is an anime or not.  Some specifically restrict the heavenly title of “anime” to series and films only made in Japan.  However, you can ask someone else and they will tell you that as long as it’s in the style of anime — big eyes, over exagerated expressions, ect — then yes, it is an anime.  Then there are people who will shrug and say that they don’t know and move on with their day.  Normally, I am that last person.  However, that doesn’t exactly make for a good blog post does it?

If you ask me, it really doesn’t matter whether these questionable shows are anime or not.  A show is a show and as long as it’s good and I like the art style then I really don’t think it matters.  I’ll watch what I want to watch; end of story.  If you don’t agree then that’s completely fine as well.  As long as you don’t create a superiority complex around that, or begin picking on people because they either are a “nerd” for watching an “anime” or accusing them of not being a “true anime fan” because they watch something that’s a questionable anime, then you do you.  My point is to just be nice to other people.

However, I digress, despite my heavily neutral standpoint on this issue, I would like to put my two cents in on this argument.  I personally lean towards the side of “if it’s in the style of anime, then it’s an anime”.  This is because I feel that it’s slightly exclusionary to put labels on these shows that fall into a grey area just because they are not made in Japan.  Furthermore, there are a couple of points that support these questionable shows.  Here, I will be addressing them while using RWBY as an example.

I could use several other series as an example — Avatar: The Last Airbender for example — but because I am a enormous RWBY fairy, I shall be using this series as an example.  Plus, I haven’t watched any other questionable series — that I know of anyway.  Sorry.

Wow, this is a really long intro.  If you haven’t skipped over it yet, I applaud you!  However, this is getting too much even for me, so let’s begin!

1) It Adheres to the Japanese Meaning of the Word “Anime”


Huh. Uh, well last time I checked, RWBY is an animated series. Can we move on now?

2) It Adheres to the English Definition of the Word “Anime”


Key words, “style of animation originating from Japan” and “a Japanese style”.  Nowhere is it stated that the show must be from Japan.  The requirements for a show to be an anime are very loose, and therefore shows that a lot of the so called “standards” a show must meet in order to be categorized as an anime are very much so made up by the anime community.

Furthermore, the couple of optional things that the definition gives as notes to identify a show as an anime are things that RWBY meets.  Colorful art and characters?  Check.


Futuristic setting or fantastic themes?  Check.  Violence?  Check.


Sexuality?  One word.  Yang.


I think it’s safe to say that RWBY fits the English definition of anime pretty well.

I think that’s that then.  Of course if you don’t agree then that’s completely fine.  This isn’t exactly the debate of the century here.  I do however reccomend you watch RWBY regardless of this topic.  The animation is nice and it gets better and better as the series progresses.  The same can be said about the plot.  If you enjoy video games you will probably enjoy this series as well.

This was a rather silly post, and I don’t think it went anywhere but I still hope you enjoyed reading it all the same.  However, if you are going to take away anything from this post then it should be to just be nice to people, and not harrass others because of silly issues like this.  Just be nice to people.  End of story.

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