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RWBY - Volume One (2012/Flatiron Blu-ray + DVD)

Picture: B & B- Sound: B- Extras: B Main Program: A-

Welcome to Beacon Academy a school for future heroes, as four young girls are training together to fight the force of evil. An energetic heroine, a rich heiress, a girl with a troubled past, and a party girl, together they are known as RWBY, but before they can even graduate, can they survive each other?

In the animated RWBY - Volume One, we have Ruby, a young naive, optimistic who has always dreamed of become a heroine and she get the chance of a life time when she is enrolled at the Huntsmen and Huntress school of training. She is the leader and teamed up with 3 other girls, Weiss, a stuck up rich girl, Blake, a cat Faunus (cat girl), and Yang, Ruby's older sister. Together, they learn what it means to be a team and use their special abilities and powers to fight the evil creatures of Grimm.

This series is set in a world of magic, monsters and adventure, the humans are the protectors of this world they learn co-exist with the Faunus (other humanoid races with animal characteristics). While the animation was fluid and design was beautiful, the animation looked more like 2-D pictures than true 3-D, and any unimportant background character was only a black silhouette. Overall it made the series looked it was trying to be artistic or just too lazy to draw the extra details.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray is preferred over the anamorphically enhanced DVD, while both formats only offer lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes when a lossless mix would have been preferred on the Blu-ray. Extras come with behind the scenes video, fan art, cosplay, trailers and commentary.

- Ricky Chiang


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