Volume 4, Chapter 1: The Next Step

RWBY: Volume 4, Chapter 1: The Next Step

It's been several months since the Fall of Beacon, and the world of Remnant is still recovering. Tensions are high, lives have been lost, and the members of Team RWBY... are divided. Each of our heroines now faces a journey of their own. While some must search inward if they ever hope to move on, others will venture out into the world in search of answers. Alongside the remaining members of Team JNPR, Ruby Rose has begun the long trek to the kingdom of Mistral, but the road ahead is full of surprises. New friends and enemies await, while the threat of an even larger catastrophe draws near.

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  • azorahai

    1 year ago

    One episode in and I already hate Tyrian. He's so fucking annoying.

  • Remnance

    1 year ago

    Oh my lord.  That was so cringe worthy and painful to watch.  What sixth grader doesn't know how to spot a weakness in a monster.  They covered that in first season.  This whole episode was an insult to the series and the original creator.

  • normalguycap

    1 year ago

    I'm not expecting fireworks or even improvement anymore so my comments should be easier on them since my standards are lower. I doubt I'll even stick with the show very long since they want to milk it for 8-9 volumes allegedly. 


    This is almost a completely different show now and almost all relevance to the previous ones is practically irrelevant except for old character memories. I honestly wonder if the first three volumes will have much relevance at all over time due to such giant and radical changes after only 3 volumes. This isn't Final Fantasy 6.


    Marvelous improvement on art and animation, but it would a terrible thing if they didn't improve so it is expected. But they are the hardest workers so excellent on them anyway, facial stuff was greatly improved but they still need to correct animating weight and impact. Writing is still very cliche and it's still style over substance and coherence, but whatever, it's supposed to be mindless fun right. Kinda dumb that they defeated the monster just by hitting it really hard.

    Sound quality was great and interesting. New voices were well cast. Wow, they really got Chris Sabat huh. Wish I could have heard how that conversation went down. They lost Yuri Lowenthal which is good in my opinion. Now Mercury won't have guaranteed plot armor.


    I swear to god though if Naruto-rabbit-mom turns out to be the root of all Dust or some shit...

    • SirLucidus

      1 year ago

      "This is almost a completely different show now and almost all relevance to the previous ones is practically irrelevant except for old character memories." 


      Well ya know, except for small stuff like Pyrah's death, Yang's arm, the destruction of Beacon and the CCT, Weiss's entire character arc from being conceded to being open, Ruby seeing her friend LITERALLY TORN APART, Everything Blake cares about being slowly killed by a monster she used to know as her friend... ya know, minor, irrelevant details.


      Also I mostly agree with what you said but that part especially kinda bothered me, I don't mean to spread hate

    • clover_jevins FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Good criticism would be nice if the Rooster Teeth team took this in 

  • RRTGP

    1 year ago

    Don't get me wrong, I could wait for this to come out and I enjoy watching it but there were some points that made me cringe a couple times. First at the fight scene being that it was sort of drug along too long. The second being when Ruby's face got really big while laughing at Jaune's hoodie. I can't complain with the rest of it because of how well done it is and how much they have improved and hope they continue to do so just not so bad anime-y. 

  • mnc0009 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Now I just need ruby's scythe to have an on board computer that powers up to say "No worries Ruby, I'm combat ready." :'(


  • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Interesting now. Cinder's song (RWBY Vol 2 Soundtrack, Sacrifice) makes more sense...


    "...What if all the plans you made

    Were not worth the the price they paid?

    Even with the lives you stole,

    Still no closer to your...

    Goal..."

    Maybe I'm overthinking it, but it's probably directed towards Salem? Funny how it foreshadows...RWBY has a lot of that.

    • donut70

      1 year ago

      One of my favorite things about RWBY is the incredible foreshadowing so far.

    • clover_jevins FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Or directed towards Adam because it's Blake's song and makes sense

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      @Clover_jevins, Sacrifice is clearly Cinder's song :p do some research.

  • Boot-knife

    1 year ago

    just a couple observations:

    1) in keeping with the wizard of oz theme, I think the young boy is this story's Dorothy. 

    2) salem's theme sounds a whole heckin lot like a minor key "twinkle twinkle little star ". Maybe hinting that she's responsible for the crumbling moon?

  • LordOzma

    1 year ago

    Waaaait a minute... It just occured to me... When Hazel says that "they dealt with their kind before" (talking about maidens with silver eyes... talking about Ruby) then... erm... but didn't Ruby's mother have silver eyes too? Could they have been the ones to have killed Ruby's mother? Just a thought...

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Great theory but we have to assume that there are other silver eyed warriors currently alive On this present day in the world of Remnant. They seem to know/be familiar with the silver eyed warriors and their capabilities, so just 'one' silver eyed warrior (Summer) isn't enough to gather the amount of data they have. It's a rare trait, but it doesn't mean there's literally one person left with it.


      Although I wouldn't be surprised if that's what RT goes for.

    • LordOzma

      1 year ago

      Well, that goes without saying. But, still this grants the possibility that they might be behind Summer's death, and so they might become targets of Ruby's rage. Also, I sure as hell wouldn't be surprised if one of the quatuor (probably Hazel, whaddya know?) would be some sort of infiltrated agent on Ozpin's account. That'd be seriously badass.

      I kinda thought about some sort of character that would be exactly that, some ill-mannered hunter who would've been a friend of Krow's, and it just turns out the looks of the character I had in mind back then (just after the end of S3) was almost the exact same as Watt's. To be honest I was kinda surprised to even see such a character, can't wait to see how it all turns up! :)

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      im convinced that they are responsible for summers death as well, which wasn't my issue. Was just saying that we can't assume that summer is the only silver eyed warrior salems group has encountered and killed. They just seem to know too much about these warriors. Even called Ruby a 'novice' (Hazel).


      As for episode 2...I got hit hard...

  • Darkblade27

    1 year ago

    i theorize that the farm kid is a reincarnation of ozpin


    Or something like that xD

    • mildevon

      1 year ago

      I feel more like it has to do with the Spring maiden due to the eyes, Farming, and just general placement in the episode. Is that really a dude? 

    • Leon_Mercury

      1 year ago

      @mildevon I hope so with a voice that deep. Also, the chest looks more brawny than flat-chested.

    • WyrdWizard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      I was thinking pied piper cause of his patchwork cloth

  • Raideog_Glas

    1 year ago

    Good work Jaune! Rather than save Pyrrha's circlet, the last piece of her, to give to her parents when you will inevitably run into them in Mistral this volume or the next, you melted it down for yourself! Good job! Have fun explaining that to them! Tbh though I really wish he had waited to give it to them and then they could have decided to let him keep the circlet, the scene would have been a lot more poignant than the weak "From a friend."

    • Omegafire18

      1 year ago

      Considering the fact that Pyrrha gave her life to try and stop an evil individual, it'd have been more appropriate for what's left of her to continue in that same fashion; trying to stop the rising tide of evil

      Pyrrha's parents would know that much. And also, not everyone actually keeps the keepsakes of lost loved ones, or wants to - sometimes it's just too painful, or it ties into the point above, among other reasons; Jaune's decision is pretty reasonable all-in-all

      It's perfectly poignant as is too imo

  • origamipete

    1 year ago

    this was so awesome! The animation quality is amazing, the character designs are fantastic, the sound design was wonderful and the music fit perfectly, it was a great way to start off the new volume after the long wait! I'm so happy!

  • SirGorilla

    1 year ago

    Why won't the video play in IE11 ? Only works in Edge browser..

  • Dragonheart51

    1 year ago

    The Merc has been irked. 

  • ARBY117XYZ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Great idea for a new shirt, put a silhouette of Ren's gun and under it write "It's also a boomerang"

  • Jaune-of-Ark

    1 year ago

    I just want to say that I have been EAGERLY awaiting Season 4 all this time, and my expectations have been met and exceeded 10 times over! I LOVE THIS SHOW!! Thank you Rooster Teeth!!!!!

  • JCSEA_Hunter

    1 year ago

    Already watching this for the 2nd time. Already love it and can;t wait for more.


    On a side note, I'm a new site member and hoping to get along with the rest of you!

  • Fezzydragon

    1 year ago

    guy with the freckles is cute!

    • JCSEA_Hunter

      1 year ago

      I'm sure there is a significance to him.

  • Fezzydragon

    1 year ago

    did anyone notice Jawnes belt? he has prrya's belt!!

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Pyrrha's 'sash'

  • MrRoosterBot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    GREAT EPISODE! When's the next one?

    • Kilelito FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      in like... 6 hours or something? Maybe not even?

  • Beastmodemacnosa

    1 year ago

    awesome I watched it like 5 times now

  • Athlinde FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Anyone else not even seeing a "Up Next" for episode 2?

    • ChaoticKoalas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Not just you.

    • Kariru

      1 year ago

      Yeah that's kind of worrying me a little bit. No new RWBY news (except for the team being in London/Paris not sure) since episode 1 last week. That makes mw wonder if there will be a new epispde today. 

    • Athlinde FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Like, this isn't the first time an RT/AH video hasn't had an "up next" alert, but the frequency in which that's happening is a little frustrating.  I know they're all doing their best though, just even a super short thing like, "hey, episode is running late, expect it soon" or a "due to ____ we will be unable to post episode" etc. would be greatly appreciated.

    • Blood_XIII

      1 year ago

      After the entire site broke for the whole weekend for the Vol.4 premiere, maybe they're just not wanting to have people camp the page like that again and cause the whole site to shut down. After all, it got SO bad that they had to essentially re-schedule the release time because people were mashing refresh on the page

  • dpla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I just rewatched this a moment ago.  Not sure if it's today or last Sunday, but the crew must've reuploaded a newer version, because the outline error surrounding Nora at 16:50~ is gone from the FIRST streaming.  Good for them.

  • secretslushie

    1 year ago

    Salem's theme music is amazing.

  • secretslushie

    1 year ago

    Did there really have to be ANOTHER time skip? The fall of beacon happened in autumn, then it skipped ahead three months to winter, and now it's summer again? It just feels like they're doing it as a means of glossing over the deaths of some of our beloved characters. Don't start a grieving process that you can't finish, writers!

    • Soundwave3591

      1 year ago

      just wait until the new episode....

  • Harrythebird

    1 year ago

    i feel like death in this show won't be completely finalized. not saying anyone will come back but pyrrhas quote and how in volume 1 ruby takes a knee under her dead mother. think that would be kind of cool

    • zatharis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Ruby's mother isn't actually dead. She's just been missing a very long time and they thought she was dead. She's who saved yang on the train

    • talethelost FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      @Duirn Did you even watch season 3? That was Yang's mom. Ruby's mom looks just like Ruby in the picture, while Yang's mom looks like a black-haired version of her.

    • zatharis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      @TaleTheLost sorry. I think I've been infected with stupid

    • Harrythebird

      1 year ago

      Its ok pal

  • justingovas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    hope this ep will be a more blake and yang episode

  • SoulKeeper562 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    The new episode will be out in an hour.

    • duskinoracle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Thanks, I was wondering. happy morning.

  • Ghost2126 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Where's the new episode? Thought episode 2 was gonna come out today

    • xyronic15

      1 year ago

      I think it's coming in about half an hour sadly I have to wait till tmrw

  • Bcom976

    1 year ago

    Loved this series so far, really liking the new animation style.

  • rnjr94

    1 year ago

    3rd time watching. Still great :D

  • JacobA0007

    1 year ago

    Robertr that is very true she needs her team back wise needs to get her team back so YANG NEEDS TO GET HER SEXY TOP HALF IN THIS SEASON

  • robertr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Just a thought, what if the power of "silver eye's" negates the power of all magic, "the crippling weakness" Salem refers to, perhaps the silver eyes are a counter to the magic of Remnant, also the look on Rwbys face as they were leaving town was almost painful to watch, she misses her team

    • CaptainCherryz

      1 year ago

      I had never heard any one RWBY say magic. So, no idea how Rwby get nullify "magic" since it never mentions in it (unless it does, and I missed it like a idiot XD).

    • Kariru

      1 year ago

      Maybe "the Crippling Weakness" thing is a Good effect that the Maidens powers cause. Because they were meant to be used to help people, and to do good. So maybe Salem considers that a weakness because her goal seems to be to destroy humanity. 

  • ItzJezbin

    1 year ago

    i paused the video for like 20 minutes and still it didnt load

  • Obsolete13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    man I miss Monty

  • tsunadesama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Around what time does the next one come out?

  • ItzJezbin

    1 year ago

    i am watching the video in the lowest quality provided which is 240p

  • ItzJezbin

    1 year ago

    why dosent my video load 

  • Spiritet93

    1 year ago

    Everything about this episode is beautiful. I was in the verge of tears THAT'S HOW GOOD IT IS

  • theninjawalrus

    1 year ago

    If Pyrrha was completely vaporized/dustified by cinder, how is there any of her armor remaining?? 

    • pnakasone FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Cinder was holding Pyrrhas headpiece after she was vaporized. Pyrrhas broken Miló(sword) and Akoúo̱(shield) where possibly recovered as well.

    • elliexer cheeky little rascal

      1 year ago

      Honestly I'm a little more confused by the fact that her parents didn't want that last little piece of their daughter.

    • J3SZ1LLA FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      If you watch the previous season finale, her crown was still left. Qrow must have picked it up when he picked up Ruby.

  • Raifive56

    1 year ago

    The first episode is... a bit so so. It's not bad, but not that good either, and I still prefer the old animation to this one. I hope this season still got the exhilaration like from the previous ones

    • ChurchismFan

      1 year ago

      I think this episode is like the first ones from the first three volumes. Setting up the story and situation with a little action at the beginning and plot exposition for the majority so that we aren't thrust directly into the story with no background. Especially with the time skip from the last volume that we didn't get have with the others.

  • ItzJezbin

    1 year ago

    the video dosent load properly for me

  • epicdude69

    1 year ago

    Anyone think the fight coreo is really bad? There's so much offscreening of the hits, the flashy teleporting thing they do feels cheap and lacks the impact the previous seasons had. I wouldn't mind if they didn't overuse it and made ruby spent 75% of her fight in the form of an amorphous blob of red. honestly feels like they used that so much to avoid the animation work of the fight 

    • guitarguy212 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Yeah, I'm hoping Ruby's dash stops being used so often. It gets quite annoying.

    • Blood_XIII

      1 year ago

      I believe it's an evolution of her Semblance, OR a visual representation of it that previously wasn't possible due to limitations of animating in Poser. Now that they're exclusively in Maya there's more potential to show what the characters are capable of in MORE than the ways you've seen before.

    • meiousei

      1 year ago

      We still need to remember that Monty is not animating this....

    • LeifAshryver

      1 year ago

      i like her dash and it shows how she's grown in the past 6 months as she's gained more control over her semblance. however i do agree with you that they should keep the "kill shots" on screen, and not cut away two times in less than 30 seconds.

  • Bilbo212 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I beginning to love that the hem of Ruby's cape has gotten tattered. On one hand, It's sad to see something so dear to our adorkable heroine get damaged. But, at the same time, it's such a subtle and fitting way to show a significant change in her character; the type of change that never goes away. The same kind of reflection is shown in the rest of team RNJR with the modifications they're giving to their arms and armor. Everything up to this point had basically been theoretical. But now, they have some real experience.

    Amazing that just a small change in a character model made me realize this...

    • pnakasone FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Just daily wear and tear with out the resources to keep it repaired on the road for several months would cause it to get tattered along the hem. 

  • GENAR FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I know it's a long time to say this but Ruby really grown, she about the height as Nora maybe a even a little bit more 

  • CalebAllen1

    1 year ago

    The animation looks a bit smoother and the detail looks great too

  • smileygamerhd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    when you realize where jaune got the metal

  • Hypergeor

    1 year ago

    so when is the next episode?

  • grosenberg0706

    1 year ago

    Great idea adding her headpiece to his sword. Brought tears to my eyes. And I'm someone who watched all of Clannad without crying.

  • treeline

    1 year ago

    Tyrion: "twisted little monkey demon" (Clash of Kings)

  • KS17984

    1 year ago

    TYRIAN LOOKS LIKE A SALAMANDER DOES HE NOT