27 May 2017

RWBY Chibi Season 2 Episode 2 Recap - Who You Gonna Call?

*note: this review has potential spoilers if you’re not caught up with the main RWBY series*

Salutations! The title alone for RWBY Chibi Season 2 Episode 2, Geist Buster, begs for this post to be riddled with 80s references, jokes and slang. (You did read the title, right?) How can I fall for such a cheap trick? There’s a lot a material for a girl to work with, but I’ll try my best not to push it too far. Are you giving me the, “Whatchu talkin’ ‘bout Willis?” face yet? Surely you knew I would not resist. Surely. Let’s check out what the beautiful ones are up to in this week’s episode!

RWBY Chibi Lit up by Literature

Our first short, “Book Lovers” starts with the belle of the bookish ball, Blake, immersed in a good book. Enter the RY of Team RWBY. An “innocent” question leads to monumental joy from the usually somber Baewatch #1, who is convinced her teammates have finally converted into normal, book-loving people. Look at this sheer happiness!

Screenshot: Hello Happy Kitty!
She likes big books and she cannot lie, these other kittens can’t deny/ When she sees a thick spine, with a story that’s divine, she hits a yowl/ Kitty got stacks!
Now to be certain, the Xiao Long-Rose sisters are not to be trusted. Do they want to expand their minds? Of course not! Their cheeky chuckles are a dead giveaway there will be no enjoyment of the written word. Heathens! #smh #icant #wtf

Screenshot: Feel the wrath of Team Xiao Long-Rose

Yang may be Baewatch #2, but dafuq you doing boo? What did books ever do to you? At least she continues to embody Pun-kelman-senpai’s sense of humor. Anyone else expect a punny book title and pause the video? Your unlocked achievement reward was book titles, “How to Arm Yourself” and “Another Pun” thrown from Yang’s right hand. Pure, freaking comedic GOLD!

Additional book titles: Slave to the Sword, The Man With Two Souls, The Sais of Passion, How to Read and Write: Part 1

Just Monkeying Around

RWBY Chibi Season 2 continues to give us Sun, as he swings his tail into action in the bump. It made me think of the old Fairy Tail bumps with Happy. We move on to a saddened Neptune attempting to clean and polish his Vale Junior Detective badge, lamenting its inability to shine. (Yet another song in your head!)

This short, aptly titled “Shiny Badge” continues with some peanut butter, cheeky lines from Sun and a super cute Zwei… and that’s really all I can say about that. I mean Sun and Zwei, in the same shot, what else do you need? Also once you watch it #ewwwwgross!

Gutbusting Geistbusters

The next bump stars fan-favorite villain and master of the permanent hair flip, Roman Torchwick. I always thought he’d go out with a bang, but he got Attack on Titan’ed instead. But I digress.

Best girl is back with her Wile E. Coyote-esque signs. She’s neat, petite and cruelly sweet - it’s Neo!! The one person who can kick Baewatch #2’s butt and I won’t mind. In "Geist Buster", Torchwick is devising a nefarious scheme to end the girls called Plan G. A sneaky little poltergeist Grimm is sent on its way to wreak havoc. Hello maniacal, evil overlord laugh!

Blake is literally not having any luck with books today. Chibi Yang punching at the air in an attempt to fight stray books is cuter than it should be. And Snow Angel works Myrtenaster to try to lend a hand, but all of their efforts fall flat.

The Devious Duo go on to destroy “Little Red”, when they find her with the other favorite kitchen ninja, Ren! His perfect pancakes quickly become home to a new host, causing our heroes pain and leaving Roman to believe he’s finally won.

Until Nora, Ms. Steal Yo Scene casually enters the picture. I don’t know how Samantha Ireland gets through her lines, there has to be hours of outtake laughter. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, but Torchwick’s plans burn out, thanks to the Valkyrie.

Screenshot: Nora, the hero we all deserve.
All she does is win, win, win no matter what.

RWBY Chibi Season 2 Episode 2 Final Thoughts

RWBY Chibi Season 2 Episode 2 was super short at only 2:57. I laughed, on the first and third shorts and I was grossed out by the second one. Well, honestly I did laugh at Mr Cool not being able to keep up; I’m so mean! It’s not my favorite episode but it was solid, in my opinion. That may have to do with the large amount of Blake and/ or Yang screen time. You’ve probably noticed, they’re my faves.

The RWBY Chibi wardrobe styling is pretty freaking amazing! The attention to detail for all the characters is quite something. From the rich value of the ombre on Blake’s tights, to the vivid red ruffles on Ruby’s skirt and boots, to the brilliance of Yang’s emblem, transparency of the sheer on her skirt, to the little, bitty lavender bandana at her chubby knees, and the way Weiss’s patterns stand out, these animators must love what they’re doing! It’s also noticeable with Neo and Roman, with all the little markings we know so well from their 2D counterparts. Who else just thought of this guy?

What did you think of RWBY Chibi Season 2 Episode 2? Did the adorable Zwei gross you out? Is Nora your hero? Comments are open.

Adventure Points:
  • Puns are fun! 
  • Plan G Easter egg
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