The Cinedigm June 2, 2018 Blu-ray release of "RWBY: Volume 5" provides good fodder for a sultry summer afternoon marathon (rather than binge) viewing of the latest (and perhaps final) American anime adventures of teen warrior princess Ruby Rose and her titular Justice League, It is equally awesome that Austin-based Rooster Teeth shows this girl-power franchise as much love as its older boy cousin "RvB,," which gives actual video-game characters hilarious dark-humor voices.
The Unreal TV post on the steelbook release of "RWBY" V 1-3 summarizes the origin story of Ruby and her fellow "chosen ones" entering Beacon Academy for training as the huntsmen and huntresses who are the guardians of their galaxy. The review of the V4 Blu-ray recaps their post-Beacon adventures, The action in V5, which feels like the beginning of the end from the first episode, is divided between Ruby and her core group arriving at Beacon sister-school Haven Academy and other characters in her 'verse having the own excitement. Of course, it all comes together for the epic V5-ending story arc.
The entire V5 looks and sounds perfect in Blu-ray, but the opening images are potentially budget-busting scenes of RWBY reboot RNJR and their guide Uncle Crow in a tunnel leading to a surprise destination that the team soon discovers is Haven. Learning that school is out for summer explains the empty halls and headmaster Leonardo Lionheart holding down the fort by himself. The audience learns well ahead of our heroes why Lionheart does not seem to live up to the reputation that his surname indicates.,
The kids soon learn that their mission (which they do accept) is to further their training so they are properly prepared for what can be considered the Infinity War of Haven. The basic concept is that a plot to rule the world involves grabbing a maiden who is a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the witches of "Oz." The reason for this is that this girl has the necessary mojo to collect one of the six relics that the aforementioned plot requires. The subsequent introduction of a Thanos-like villain further contributes to the Marvelous vibe of these chapter in "RWBY."
Difficulty regarding determining an ability to counting on Crow relates to his drinking problem that is associated with depression that largely stems from earlier events in the "RWBY" saga. However, he still attempts to play roles that include generally recruiting rookies for the upcoming battle and locating a needed ally.,
The Cousin Oliver of the group is young Oscar Pine. A reveal soon after the arrival of this shy and stumbling tween shows the importance of not judging a book by its cover,
Dreamy blonde em boy Juane Arc brooding over not having discovered his special ability (i.e., semblance) despite the girls on the team being fully developed in that regard provides fully realized foreshadowing, The philosophy this time is whether the meta power defines the personality or the personality defines the meta power.
Other friends, foes, and combinations of the two are having their own reunions while engaging in their own adventures.
The final few episodes seem full-on video-game as the prelude to the Battle of Haven occurs. Guys good and bad rise and fall in roughly equal measure until the final outcome that either leaves the world in a temporary state of peace or in a pile of rubble (possibly with the population being one-half of the level of the pre-conflict number.)
Cinedigm does fans a real solid with the extras. We get a booklet with the "RWBY" adventure Mirror Mirror." We also get a full bonus Blu-ray that is loaded with special features that include separate character shorts that focus on Weiss, Blake, and Yang from the series. The must-see short is "5 Years of RWBY." This one discusses the origins and evolution in terns of the story and the increasingly strong production values. We further get numerous tributes to the late Monty Oum without whom there would not be "RWBY."
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