DISCUSSION – Rooster Teeth’s animated series, RWBY, returns with a fourth volume. The volume’s plot will revolve around the events after the fall of Beacon as the entire world of Remnant slowly descends into chaos and how the main characters are coping up with this.
Volumes 1 to 3 have been about school, friendship and good things that have happened to the characters so far. They have developed so much as characters and we’ve come to relate with them very well.
In Volume 4, however, we’ve seen a huge chaos and destruction to what the characters have developed – these relationships and self-discoveries they’ve made. Volume 4 is the end of the fairy tale. Reality has hit hard for all of these characters.
To start off, Ruby, Jaune, Nora, and Ren, have teamed up and are on a journey to possibly defeating the people behind the attacks at Beacon? I have not fully understood what is actual goal set for Team JNRR or RNJR but this is the only logical thing that they should be doing.
Along the journey, we get to see how each character has been affected by the events in the Fall of Beacon.
Nora and Ren are somewhat coping with it. Ruby, however, has changed ever since the events at Beacon. She’s somewhat got a sense of seriousness and maturity in her – but the quirkiness is there, just toned down a bit.
Jaune, however, had been most affected by the Fall of Beacon after Phyra’s death. I am not quite sure if the somewhat romantic air around the two was canon or not but without a doubt, Jaune regarded Phyra highly. The scene in episode two where Jaune trained under the supervision of Phyra’s recorded video was very emotional. Rooster Teeth was stellar at orchestrating that scene. They showed that Jaune “was tired of losing everything” and how deep his sorrow is for Phyra’s death.
Yang still hasn’t come to terms with losing her arm. She is showing this depressed side of her which is very opposite to the lock-and-load attitude she’s displayed for the past three volumes.
Blake had reverted to her loner shell and is constantly pushing all friends away from her. Her character development in the previous volumes seem for naught. She is still afraid of getting hurt and her ties to the White Fang.
Rooster Teeth’s work on RWBY’s fourth volume has been stellar. The animations are smoother than ever. I would like to point the use of shadows and gorgeous lighting from the sunset in episode three. Gotta give props to Rooster Teeth for the new stuff in RWBY.
Looking forward to the rest of the episodes.