I watched RWBY a while ago, when volume 3 was the last volume out. It had gotten my attention enough to give it a shot, but it took a lot of time to get there. Literally, it was the end of vol. 3 that made me go “Oh, this show is actually interesting now” when volumes 2 and 1 just seemed like a generic hot chicks with swords sudo anime web series, tropy characters and all.
So because of that, I dropped RWBY. I had watched the first four episodes of volume 4, and there was so little going on I got disinterested. I was watching it when it aired, and I’m just not a watch an episode one at a time person. I still would see people talking about how great RWBY was, and a friend told me volumes 4 and 5 were great and they had just watched them. So I had taken about 2 years off from watching the series, since I was watching volume 4 when it was airing and a volume comes out once a year.
And man, waiting and binging volumes 4 and 5 was a great choice. The show, although I see some people complain about the slower pacing, really reached a depth I didn’t think existed when in volumes 1 and 2 it was nothing but big fighting set pieces. Volume 4 took the time to slow down, let the aftermath of volume 3 take its toll on the characters, and allowed them to grow, breath, and develop. When the fights came into the picture, they had weight behind them, because the story had built to that point. I can’t see the fights, and honestly would love for audio description to be added to the show, because there are huge chunks of just awesome music, no dialogue, and then I have to read the RWBY wiki for transcripts to see what happened in the stretch of the episode that has little dialogue. They have a lot of show, not tell in the series: which totally works, not knocking RWBY for doing that. But those stretches of show not tell have no audio queue’s, and usually just footsteps for a few minutes with flashy sound effects that don’t really tell you what’s going on in the scene. Like I said, you just have to deduce what happened, or look up what happened via transcripts.
I guess that’s also a big part of why I liked the slower pacing. Less fights, meant more auditory going on because the characters were talking, and moving the plot along with dialogue. And then, the fights had weight, and were a liiittle easier to figure out about half of what was going on. Volumes 4 and 5 were both slower paced, and getting our heroes back together so the overarching bigger plot to take place with every character having grown through their trials in the volumes.
It was just…nice. No other way to put it. I felt a connection with the characters I hadn’t felt before, and didn’t see them as “The cool one, the one who’s a tomboy” Characters that I didn’t even like before had arcs that made me like them. If for some reason, you were turned off from RWBY volumes 1 through 3, but saw that there was a spark of something there that interested you decently, but not enough to want to continue watching, try watching volumes 4 and 5. The show really starts there if I’m being honest, the first three seasons just feel like a prologue.
You an RWBY fan? Did you like it from volume 1, or did it take a while to grow on you. Would love to hear in the comments!