Review: RwBy “PVP”

 

Overview.

Shit didn’t just hit the proverbial fan, It splattered across the room, ricocheted back at the fan, and penetrated the walls with such force that the adjacent rooms will never remove the fucking stench!

It seems just about every theory from last week by Tumblr & Reddit proved correct with the White Fang finally making their move and the fact that things weren’t going to end well for one of the fighters in that particular match up. Even a fan last week predicted it after seeing Episode 8 with his/her “Fan Art” which can be found here.

I can’t be the only one who noticed this but while Cinder was giving her speech, Jaune seemed to recognize Cinder’s voice? His reaction was as if he knew her.

For Pyrrha’s side let’s all put this in her perspective: She was asked to become a Guardian of the World, which at first seemed a fairy tale in her mind. Then not only was she asked to sacrifice her entire life forward as a sole guardian, she then is told that this would require the sacrifice of a life. Either the old guardian, who she would steal her life/powers from, or her own self. One path, living as someone who knew they took the life of their predecessor, and the other with a possibility of ending your own life. These last few episodes portray beautifully, the pressure and stress that this situation has placed on her. You slowly see her defenses falling, and her composure getting heavier.

I personally have more respect for Pyrrha, for taking these events with a heavy heart and mind. Knowing they are extremely heavy options to take.

Many fans already predict that Pyrrha is going to go for the maiden power, she has to, she’ll feel forced to and I’m scared of what will happen to her. It’s the curse of Jen Brown and the characters she tends to portray, they’re all incredibly gifted and are implanted with more artificial power. The thing is, what goes in, isn’t what comes out. I expect this will turn Pyrrha’s world upside down and she’ll be a different person. (Which is why I previously made a comparison to her and Jean’s Phoenix Force powers from X-Men a while back.)

I estimate that Ironwood after all this will have a lot to answer for. Why is it that Penny was able to be cut in half by her own wires so easily. Has she not got aura? I thought she did. Why is it that her aura didn’t act as a protective barrier for her as it does humans? Her aura wasn’t low, she didn’t seem to even take any hits?

This episode is essentially, “Checkov’s Gun” because the next few episodes, need to top themselves after this.

Cinders verbal jab at Ozpin about how he is training huntresses and hunters to be ruthless killers had me thinking. Ozpin is clearly based on the wizard of Oz who was known for not being what he seemed. What if Ozpin turns out to be evil in his own way? I don’t know how yet, and it could also be complete shit but I had to throw it out there.

Ruby knows what happened to Penny. She knows that Pyrrha was the one to actually kill her. Even if they all know that it was not really Pyrrha’s fault, do you think Ruby will still be friendly towards her? Will Ruby even like Pyrrha anymore? Or will she always have this part of her that’s reminding her who it was that had been forceful enough to rip penny apart?

Despite how much of an intense cliffhanger that was, There were five noticeable plot-holes:

1. Aside from asking how did the White Fang hoard all those Grimm on their aircrafts, Is Why did Atlas have a Prison Ship close-by for the Coliseum and not put Torchwick in a Prison far away from the fucking place?

2. Why would Mercury just let Ruby go? I mean emotionally hurting her and confusing her is kinda expected of a cruel villain but we all estimate she now has valuable information. Why not capture or kill her? I mean I’m glad Ruby isn’t physically harmed but he isn’t very smart just leaving her like that knowing that he can walk just fine and has sinister intent.

3. How the fuck do her own School Teachers (Including Ironwood) not know of Phyrra’s Magnetism Semblance? She revealed it in season 1 to her own peers but nobody else? She’s a star-student with brilliant fighting skill but not even her own teachers knew? Do they not keep records of all their semblance powers within their schools?

4.We know Emerald has powers that can work at a very particular distance but how far can they reach? It’s never properly explained the extent of how far or close she was to the Arena when she was working her Powers and fucking with Phyrra’s head.

And finally 5. I’d like to point out that Ironwood was completely emotionless to Penny’s Death but was only upset about being exposed for the war-mongering douche-nozzle that he is. I never got the impression that Ironwood cared about Penny as anything but a weapon because as far as I can tell, We never seen any moments of them interacting.

It took me a bit to realize why this episode bothered me so much. When Yang punched Mercury, it took about 10 seconds for 8 armed guards to surround her and another few more seconds before the paramedics came for Mercury. You’d think that both of these groups would have a heightened sense of alertness after watching what Yang did to Mercury, 100% ready to come to the aid just in case someone goes to far again.

Penny is literally in pieces and neither the paramedics, nor the guards come. The guards might have a reason- they’re a bit preoccupied with the few hundred Grimm pouring into the kingdom, but the paramedics? The people who literally have nothing to do but help people who are hurt? They never come for Penny. I understand that she’s an android so there’s no reason for them to come in the first place, but we know people have really good prosthesis thanks to Mercury… the fact that they never even came to check up on her…

And everyone else’s reaction… everyone seemed to be in horror at what Pyrrha had done, but no one was angry like how they were at Yang. No one was genuinely disgusted that a student could’ve potentially been murdered- dismembered- right in front of them. They were just “oh, Pyrrha did something bad” “oh? A robot?” Penny suddenly lost every ounce of humanity we know she had and just became this thing. This pile of things on the floor. Ironwood wasn’t particularly upset about it and seemed more concerned about covering his own ass. The Dr. Light-looking motherfucker didn’t seem to be too upset either, just a small twitch of his finger as he watches his supposed “daughter” get physically maimed.

Many fans already predict the possibility of Penny being rebuilt- if Ironwood chooses to rebuild her. But the one thing that I’m taking away from this is that Remnant literally doesn’t give a fuck. So many people saw Penny at the dance, so many people potentially interacted with her while she was at Beacon. And so many people just seemed disinterested in the fact that this girl just got ripped to fucking pieces.

I don’t think Penny is really gone, this was more about sending a message (and emotionally damaging Pyrrha as much as possible). But Penny’s a robot so I’m sure her personality could be reloaded into something else. (Rooster Teeth is still selling merchandise of her at their website.)

At least the people in the tournament stadium don’t need to worry about an ambush. Their only worry is the grim birds. I can’t wait to see the military in action. In a way it feels like real life, where the people are kept in the dark about everything the leaders are doing, which is what Monty probably wanted to portray but with more exaggeration. I mean the soundtrack music can tell you that. I want to know why they had to end it so soon.

Shit got far too real far too damn quick. Knowing Rooster Teeth we’ll have to expect another “World of Remnant” after this one before they can move on to the last episodes of the season but Holy Crap! You know I’ll be watching.

David King

A Self-Styled Punk/Goth/Gamer Otaku with a demented style of humor, who's also an avid fan of specific video games such as Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, Fighting Games and almost anything from SNK. Along with unusual tastes in specific Asian foreign films, Action/Horror comedies, slacker comedies, martial arts films, And also a frequent contributor to the Fighting Game website Fightersgeneration.com

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