I was talking to a friend about the joke going around that Weiss and the Boys would pull some shenanigans at the movies so I doodled something dumb and it just escalated from there,
This took way to long for me to finish. The bulk of the reason is because of how I found myself stuck in the writing process multiple times. I knew the topics I wanted to cover, but couldn’t put down into words what I thought and found about them. Hopefully, I won’t hit such a block when writing the rest of the videos for RWBY Volume 6
I want to talk about one or two things that happened in chapter 4 of volume 7 that struck me a bit. I’ll be light on spoilers, but I’ll also add the RWBY spoilers tag just to be safe.
In episode 22 of season 2 of My Hero Academia when Shouto Todoroki & Momo Yaoyorozu fought against Aizawa for the final exam, Aizawa at one point referred to Yaoyorozu as “just a child at 15.”
As much as we get caught up with seeing some of the UA students as very self-capable characters with how they display their quirks and their combat prowess, they’re still kids in the eyes of pro-heroes. I like when stories with that kind of hierarchy between older and younger characters effectively remind the viewer about that.
Without getting into it much, chapter 4 of RWBY volume 7 had a similar moment that made me think this. Despite the main cast having unlocked their semblances, upgraded their weapons, formed team attacks, landing strategies and knowing the deep, dark secrets of their world, it’s important to take a step back and remember that, “oh yeah, they’re still technically kids in the grand scheme of things.”
For all the show’s faults many critics point out (some of which I don’t agree with to this day), I think Miles & Kerry are doing something right to have the story make you think that. And, not to be a broken record about it, but it would not surprise me if this more-or-less aligned with what Monty intended out of the characters, as stated in the above video that was snipped from the volume 1 blu-ray behind-the-scenes special.
If that sounds familiar to anyone, well it should considering that I quoted what he said, word-for-word in one of my videos. That’s not the only time and place Monty brought that up either. He has mentioned this in other panels and interviews. And while, the whole, “age the characters by ‘x’ years when the show is ‘x’ years old” is not totally there, keep in mind that Monty had a lot of things in mind that either could not happen right when he wanted them to be or were changed, even when he was alive and he totally understood and expected that.
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Whelp, this is the big one… in more ways than one.
After 8 months of script writing and revising, audio recording and re-recording, video editing and other arrangements in-between, we’re finally here. In the last installment of this video trilogy, I tackle a rather controversial opinion regarding Monty Oum’s vision. Everyone at this point is obviously entitled to whatever they feel about RWBY’s current direction. But this video, as well as this whole topic is less about what to feel regarding the direction and more about addressing the matter of whether the direction itself is a result of Kerry Shawcross & Miles Luna straying from Monty Oum’s vision or not. I do believe we can talk about that, but it needs to be done with as much gravitas and willingness to be better educated as possible.
- What Exactly was Monty Oum’s Vision for RWBY? - List of Sources
- Everything is a Remix Remastered - Kirby Ferguson
- Netflix’s Castlevania & Why Anime is NOT a Brand - The Cartoon Cipher
- Similar But Different, RWBY Music Analysis - Joshburger
And the previous two videos:
So, for those remaining aware, I mentioned a couple of days ago about how a lot was getting done for my third video about Monty Oum’s vision for RWBY. As of now, I’m practically done with the bulk of editing and all that’s left is some tweeking, background music arranging, testing and rendering.
I’ll update again soon on whether this will be the date, but I’m aiming for this Thursday! Until either that day or whatever other day it may be, I’d figure that I tease a few things here and there. My first teaser, well it may not seem much right now, but let’s just say within the first several minutes you’ll find a few tidbits of information to be intriguing. Maybe even a touch… electrifying.
Hey y’all! Remember how back in June, I first put out a video regarding what Monty Oum wanted out of RWBY and how since then, I’ve put out the second part and a teaser for the third?
And as an update, yes I’m still neck deep working on the third one. There are a handful of reasons why this third one was taking so long. Some are due to setbacks behind-the-scenes, such as finding an alternate way to acquire new footage, needing to revise parts of the script I was dissatisfied with to make it stronger which also meant re-recording audio.
But another reason has to do with the scale of this third video. As you can tell if you look above, the first video was shy under 20 minutes and the second was about 40 minutes. This third video, it will run at over an hour long. I’ll be frank, some of that was unintended. I didn’t exactly mean for it to be that massive and I apologize if that will bother anyone. I’ve tried my best to trim some clips and speed up the tempo of my words to get from one point to another, though without being too fast about it of course.
However, the main reason this video will even be that long is because I plan to cover as many bases as possible. If part 1 was about providing a clear timeline of how RWBY came to be and the key people assembled into working on the project and part 2 was about contextualizing the concepts Monty Oum had in mind for RWBY, both on a superficial level and on an in-depth one, part 3 will lay down just how much of Monty’s vision had been maintained after his death.
It’s that big of a question to answer and I know it has been a focal point for many discussions in RWBY discourse, both in good and bad faith. There’s only so much I can cover without making the video even longer than it already is, so I can’t promise every thought about Monty’s vision, good or bad, will be addressed. But due note that in some cases, if I don’t cover it in the video, that may mean that there simply was not much information about that specific RWBY-related thing in the first place. The point to approaching working on making these videos the way I have been is to have Monty, Miles & Kerry speak as much for themselves as they could.
Also, since the RWBY companion book was released, many have pointed to that as the ultimate source for talking about Monty Oum’s intentions with RWBY. There are definitely a handful of pieces of information exclusive to that book. However, there are even more things that can’t be found there or anywhere else but certain sources and I plan to extract and contextualize them to make my points. My goal in this third video and the two other ones is to help provide as much insight about Monty’s vision and the reality of many things people have speculated and assumed about. Once this video comes out, I hope to see less, “Monty’s rolling in his grave”, talk and more healthier, educated discussion on the matter.
Anyway, as for when the video itself will come out, well, a lot has been done this past week alone. If I were to divide this video into three parts, the first-third is 100% complete, the second-third is 80-85% done & the last third is 70-75% done. Compared to a little over a week ago, I estimate that I was only 50-60% (maybe a bit less than that) done with the second & third parts. So at this rate, if things go well and I don’t get distracted or burnt out, I may be done by some time next week. We’ll see what happens.
And with that, time to get back to work!
Here’s my remake/redux of my RWBY Fan-Trailer for Volume 1.
Coldcut - Everything Is Under Control (DJ Kentaro Mix)
It was a lot of fun coming back to this to revamp the visuals and try new ideas.
So here’s more Inktober stuff! Previous batch can be found here!
I’ve come to understand that the 30 day challenge is just not for me, especially since I’m currently juggling this between something else I’m working on. But considering this is my first Inktober, I’m A-okay with that! Plus this will give me time to balance out a bit of time picking up on things to learn from.
The drawings are as follows:
- Ren & Sorian from The Boy Who Fell
- Colette from Tales of Symphonia
- Birdy from Birdy the Mighty: Decode.
Birdy the Mighty!
Being a Toonami Faithful usually means you are passionate about the block. For me, I’ve always leaned more towards the production aspect than programming when it comes to what grabs my attention. I was ecstatic to finally get the opportunity to have my very first interview with the SVP/Creative Director On-Air for Adult Swim, Jason DeMarco to discuss all kinds of topics geared about the…