Volume 5, Chapter 8: Alone Together

RWBY: Volume 5, Chapter 8: Alone Together

Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are each entangled in journeys of their own, but they all share one destination: Haven Academy. Whether it's the promise of ancient relics, mystical maidens, or simply more power, it's clear that the stage for the next great battle for Remnant has been chosen. The question is, with so many players in this game, who's going to come out on top?

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  • fake_account_hd

    6 days ago

    Its been A full season since people died

    • Minenime4theWIN

      5 days ago

      Well the white fang lady was deliberately killed in her first episode so I think that makes up for it.

  • fake_account_hd

    6 days ago

    Blake Just Punched a motherfucker

  • fake_account_hd

    6 days ago

    BlmB Teasing. 

  • davyt_0247 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I hope to see some LGBT characters on the good side of things.  I'm not usually a shipper, but I'm kinda hoping Ladybug becomes a thing, or at least one of RWBY is a lesbian.

    • seraph56 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      It's definitely Yang.

    • Minenime4theWIN

      5 days ago

      Yang being a lesbian would be like: "Oh, she's the tough girl so she must be gay." also "she's got mommy issues so she likes girls". I honestly don't feel like anyone in team RWBY is going to get in a relationship with anyone or show romantic feelings for anyone soon, they have too much fighting to do and there has been no character developement in that direction, I think we've got team JNPR for that. That being said, Bumblebee does have a song and they do have strong feelings towards each other, but if it happens I think it will take ages to. Right now the only ship that looks plausible is Renora.

    • Ninja_tude

      5 days ago

      Couple points to this thread.
      While Bumblebee may have a song, that comes from Jeff and isn't really to be considered "canon"


      As for RWBY and their sexuality, its unlikely any of them are lesbians, though that doesn't mean they are heterosexual either. Ruby herself is the only one who hasn't shown any romantic flags towards anyone
      Weiss: Neptune
      Blake: Adam and Sun* 
      Yang: every shirtless guy at orientation lol

    • SylestalPyre

      5 days ago

      *clasps hands together* Please leave Ruby single, please leave Ruby single...

      Weiss, sure. Blake, definitely Adam at one point, I still feel like Sun is up in the air. Yang? I feel like that's just her with everyone. She did wink at Blake, she did check out guys, she must've definitely at one point went around teasing every guy/lesbian at Beacon with hormones n stuff, because she's Yang.

    • ConnorPresto

      5 days ago

      Thing is, I think they're slightly pushing a OscarxRuby ship (Ruscar? Oscby? OZby???!!) It kind of feels like that's the line they're going down. I mean, Oscar is clearly smitten.

  • Celtie

    6 days ago

    illia: im jealous of adam for blakes love

    -proceeds to join adam, worship him, and betray blake-


    hmmm.

    • SylestalPyre

      5 days ago

      I think that was actually angst for Blake never noticing her, but yup, Ilia's logic is a rollercoaster off the track.

    • bitchesinferiorrjsuperior

      5 days ago

      Illia and Adam have the same mindset, which is why they are both White Fang members. I think she can live with being on Adams side, but that is pretty funny 

  • n3rt3195

    6 days ago

    upon my second watching of the video, I realized something. With how much Weiss talked (quite accurately I might add) about Blake and her walls and not letting people in etc., it was pretty cool seeing the contrast in her character “now” (which I think is a month or two behind the RWYJNROQ timeline) where she invited Sun into her life with the meeting with Ilya. It shows a lot of development for her in a subtle way, and we can attribute that to sun himself because he’s the only friend she’s had around during this growing period (she retreated after beacon, showing that she was trying to put her walls back up). The episode even kinda goes out of its way to fake us out by acting like she was still the old Blake and that she was going to hide the meeting from him. She’s learning from Sun that she doesn’t have to be and do everything alone, and that she can be more effective with the help of her friends, which has been the main theme of her arc since she ran away.

    I’m also happy with how they’re starting to show Yang’s softer side with her abandonment issues, although I feel like she should’ve harbored some feelings towards Ruby for leaving too, but that’s just nitpicking.

    Also, Ghira going berserk mode makes me very excited.

    • EZ-E590 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      Why should she harbor feelings toward Ruby for leaving? She let Yang know she was leaving (as Rubys letter last volume pointed out) and, as she said in Chapter 4 to Raven, Qrow promised Yang he'd look out for Ruby during her journey to Mistral. Raven, Summer Rose and Blake all left Yang without warning or without telling her why they were leaving or where they were going. That's the big difference and why she was looking for Ruby while she was on her motorcycle through Anima. Simple as that. 

  • Hurgablurg

    6 days ago

    No redemption arc for Illia. She's a thirsty moron.

    • davyt_0247 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      I agree, she's unredeamable

  • datfrostydoe

    6 days ago

    these eps go by so fast :/

  • Chicxulub

    6 days ago

    Last time I saw a werewolf vs 2 brothers , it was in The Wolf Among Us ... Didn't end well for one of them ...

  • simoninja

    6 days ago

    wow illya is lesbo who would have thunk

  • eambah2905

    6 days ago

    Is it just me, or do Ruby's eyes look more brown than silver now?

    • cj_hope

      6 days ago

      I know it annoys me...

    • Omegafire18

      5 days ago

      I imagine it's mostly because of the lighting. In real life, people's eyes can change color depending upon that + other factors, so this is little different imo

  • The0man0himself

    6 days ago

    The Hype is real. Who thinks Tuscan was Ghiras bro? Unlikely but somewhat possible.

  • TabbyRoberts

    6 days ago

    Let's get real, who else thought of the Fall Out Boy song?

  • ace2017

    6 days ago

    Why do I feel like that both of Blake's parents will die....Ilia is actually there at the house and was waiting for Blake and Sun to show up. THEN she gets dragged to Mistral after the death of her family. 

    • joeeoj

      6 days ago

      same 

    • davyt_0247 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      I am thinking the same

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

    6 days ago

    Red flags flying for Ghira please let me be wrong....Not as worried about Kali,don’t think she’s gonna die.... Sun Wukong you beautiful Son-of-a-bitch I’ve never been so happy to see you! Liked the episode keep me coming.

    • joeeoj

      6 days ago

      R.I.P Ghira 

    • Jardex22

      5 days ago

      They've already killed one girl this season.  I could totally see Kali diving in to save her husband from a fatal shot.

  • Angelusica

    6 days ago

    best episode so far this volume

  • darkbane23

    6 days ago

    Don't have much to say, just that this was a solid episode, with a newly found change of pace ramping up near the end, which I feel most people have been craving.


    I'm really afraid for Ghira and Kali, though. I really hope they somehow make it out ok....

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

    6 days ago

    Critique, Commeny, Predictions & SPOILERS 


    1st off... LOVED the Episode as usual. :)


    Critique & SPOILERS:

    I usually have no issue with the storytelling, maybe little ugs here and there but nothing major however having the white fang in white fang gear plus Finick & his brother attack the Belladona house seems unwise  - I mean what if someone saw them entering or leaving then the bodies are discovered... If that happened they wouldn’t be able to cover it up and the feared backlash would be swift and complete. 


    PS. I’m just talking about not disguising themselves. I have no issue with who’s involved though I am a little surprised the Fox brothers are onsite... It seems out of character from their usual puppet master role.


    Comment & SPOILERS:

    FINALLY Blake’s dad in a fight... I can’t wait!!! :)


    Predictions & SPOILERS:

    1. Sadly Blake’s dad dies and maybe even sadder Ilya kills him and Blake witnesses it. 

    2. I can’t decide if Ilya lives or dies & if she dies Blake kills her but I’m leaning towards her living and escaping. The Fox brothers certainly get killed by Blake’s dad though but he’s badly injured which is when Ilya kills him just as Blake & Sun arrive. Might be to cli chiche though so I’m likely wrong on at least parts of this prediction. 

    3. Blake’s mom lives but if she dies I think we’ll see Sun become a LOT more serious and way less happy go lucky going forward. 

    4. This spurs Faunus to join the fight and travel to Mistral.  

    5. Adam goes even more bat shit crazy. 


    If this all happens I wonder how the Blake arc adapts... 


    • chuxfhux

      6 days ago

      “Spoilers” infers you’ve already seen the episode, and unless you’re a time traveller into the future or work for the rooster team for the RWBY production. What you have under spoilers is merely commentary opinion.

    • cj_hope

      6 days ago

      Alright, it is explicitely said in the episode ''Necessary Sacrifice'', that the White Fang doesn't care about other Faunus seeing that they are using violence. That they will kill anyone standing against them. They will use FEAR to get to their goal. 

      And also, most faunus just want to live peacefully, hence why it was so hard for Blake and Sun to recruit faunus. All of them want changes but none of them want to actually do anything since they just live in Menagerie for a peaceful life. 

    • Jardex22

      5 days ago

      1.  It's a possibility.


      2.  I'm not seeing any form of redemption for Ilia at this point.  More then likely, she'll walk Adam's path and meet the same fate.  Maybe there's a chance if a Human shows her kindness, or she witnesses an act that showed not all Humans will turn a blind eye.


      3.  At this point, I'm wondering if Sun is considering returning to school.  He did attend Haven after all, so a reunion of SSSN could be in order.


      4.  I'm pretty sure either the attempted attack alone could prompt the Faunus to action.  Hopefully we don't need a martyr on top of that.


      5.  This is pretty much guaranteed.  It makes me wonder how far off the edge he'll go before the Fox brothers abandon him.

  • Bad4Caboose

    6 days ago

    good ep and finnaly all hell is loose, 

     when blakes dad went to town on his assailants i thought he is gonna pull a weapon but no he just went bare chested roared and pounced, ill be honest that moment was a little weird, i know he is supposed to be a definition of manlyness with a touch of beast, still he is not wolverine and perhaps it would have been better if he kept his clothes on and pulled his claws in silence or said something coz that roar was clumsy

  • ksxa2

    6 days ago

    Okay I predict that next episode is either a WOR or no episode at all. 


    On a different matter, all the people here who whine and complain about "lack of action=RWBY is going downhill," stop equating over the top non-stop action to good writing, because they are two completely separate things. 


    If I am to make a proper critique on RWBY's flaws I am going to say it's that, it needs more work on balancing certain aspects particularly the action, pacing, execution, and exposition. Each volume can't just be mostly this or that. Volumes 1 and 2 may be considered the "all-time favorites" for many people, but I actually found them to be among the weakest volumes. It had great action and whatnot but it was severely lacking in terms of story substance. Among my biggest gripes on those volumes however were the poor story arcs like the Jaune being bullied and the school dance issue to which I think they could've been done better. Hence why for me Vol 3 was the best for it had a great balance of action, character development and such. 


    On another issue, I somewhat feel that the backstories and screen time of Team RWBY can get a little shoved in my throat. Yes, I get how "tough" their lives have been but to go into exposition after exposition on them a number of times can get stale. I understand that they're the main protagonists and all but having other interesting characters around kind of make things complicated. In all honesty, I'm now interested on JNR screen time more than ever because I've practically had my fill with Team RWBY's backstories and screen time. Watching RWY in this episode lament how Blake left and everything makes me ask myself this, how is JNR handling Pyrrha's death? Has JNR ever been shown together and expressing their grief over the lose of Pyrrha? Another question would be, has Pyrrha's parents ever been shown if they ever heard of their daughter's death? This is why I feel that RWBY are somewhat hogging a lot of the spotlight. 


    Then there's Jaune who became one of my most favorite characters. I grew fond of Jaune because I have a soft spot for underdog type characters like him. However, I felt that he got the short end of the stick with those weak character arcs in Vols 1 and 2. I mean will he ever get to have some proper story telling and backstory? Such as what was his father and grandfather like if they were indeed "great heroes" as he so described? What are his motivations now? Furthermore will they ever show his 7 sisters? I even find him more interesting than Ruby because unlike her, I love how he's been shown clearly defined flaws and weaknesses without the need for exposition. Ruby on the other hand has been nothing but exposition on how amazing she is, add the fact that she's a silver-eyed warrior she's now this Jesus analogue basically making her a borderline mary sue. But I doubt Jaune will ever get any attention because RT is too focused on RWBY and everything. 


    If I elaborate more I feel that I would be writing a wall of text, but overall, I may like RWBY and all but that doesn't mean I don't acknowledge that its pacing and writing still needs a lot of work.

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

      6 days ago

      i felt the same way about Jaune. not comparing him to Weiss but i liked how we showed a character who was not all perfect and how his flaws and good qualities were expressed through out the volumes and how he has grown to becoming a much better person. but there are also the ideas of why Penny was built, the death of Summer, religion, the moon and various other things I've wondered about since i first found this series. i also feel that getting every sing detail about everything major that goes on in the series would take away from the story just a bit, knowing that the episodes are not 23 minutes long where they could cram a bunch more information in there. so i guess overall we have good content but it just needs a better balance in dynamics in the events taking place in the volume... though i didn't proofread this to see if it made sense, i do feel that later volumes are going to get better and better at making this show one of the best pieces of entertainment ever!


      ps. we could use more Zwei too

    • ksxa2

      5 days ago

      @GenesisMurray And that's another issue I have to criticize regarding RWBY, on how its throwing so much things at once that it can be clunky in trying to delve into them.

  • mitchellwrig

    6 days ago

    fear doesn't snuf it out, quite the opposite actually it ignites it, how does she not see how hypocritical the white fang are. they literally fear the humans and what they can do whether they admit it or not and that causes them to hate the humans. and what the are doing will not end in a good way for either side. my prediction for the future of the white fang is that it will destroy itself from the inside, slowly as people start to hate their leaders because they try to instil fear into their subordinates which will lead to an uprising and eventually the disbanding of the white fang.

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

      6 days ago

      You’re right, after so long of being afraid eventually the fear turns to hatred. She’s either been baffled with Adams brilliance or blinded by his bullshit.

    • Ninja_tude

      5 days ago

      Fear leads to anger
      Anger leads to hate

      Hate... leads to suffering........

  • rebornnora

    6 days ago

    Wheres the fighting at? WHERE THE BOOM BOOM SLICE SLICE KICK PUNCH SCENE AT? already episode 8 and there is mostly standing and talking.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      Hopefully Ghira's fight is where they've diverted the attention of the choreographers, and won't leave us questioning if the writers have forgotten how Aura works.  RWBY still has capability for fantastic fights like with Tyrian and the Nuckalavee, despite some over-dramatic proclamations.  But scenes where there HASN'T been any attention paid to the fighting are obvious, and do take us out of the show.  Trifa (the spider woman) and her partner were knocked out with single blows.  But compare them to the showdown with the Malachite Twins, in the Yellow trailer:  A pair of club dancers, with no real role in the show, managed to give and receive more blows than the elite assassins of the White Fang.  How can that be?  

      Also worth noting that half the blows in that scene relied on people coming in from off-screen.  Blake is knocked down by someone landing on her, Sun takes out his target by landing on them, and Trifa is taken out because Blake grabs her from outside the shot, then we cut to a punch.  This seems to be a trick to imply that a blow is powerful without making the effort to account for however-the-heck Aura works.

    • monkeyhero1

      6 days ago

      Honestly, DragonTurtle2 is right. Only hench and regular grimm used to go down with weak blows, as they were generic characters who probably didn't use aura. Now, it feels like they're downplaying any combat that's not a big fight, as even characters with developed abilities, including Blake herself, went down to one hit. It would have made more sense if she did not struggle gettig up, but got immediatly wrapped by Trifa.

    • Omegafire18

      5 days ago

      In all fairness to Blake's example, she deliberately walked into that trap knowing she'd be ambushed (see how she called for Sun deliberately at the end). So likely, she was merely playing along as if that blow had really hurt her

    • Darren117Yee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      Hrmmm... standing and talking, that's all they ever do...

      Did you forget that Rooster Teeth STARTED WITH RED VS BLUE? Or that rvb started with just standing and talking? Seriously you should pay attention. If someone is talking, ya might want to listen. Fail to do even this, and all ya prove yar self to be is a simple adrenaline junkie.

      I'm getting sick and tired of answering this stupid question... they are still just standing there, and they are still just talking.

      -... soooo, what are they talking about?

  • maddog2201 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Weiss the voice of reason. 

  • zehd

    6 days ago

    If Illia was jealous of Adam why did she join him? GIVE ME YANDERE ILLIA!!!

    When Weiss clenched her fist before saying she is there for Yang, then Ruby's BFF-sense tingled and entered the room.

    Love the Spider Faunus.

    • ConnorPresto

      5 days ago

      Yandere Illia? She turns into Yuno from Mirai Nikki, I may just die. Imagine it: Blake hiding out after the death of her family, suddenly a hole is punched through the wall next to her head and theres just Illias eye as she really creepily says "Blakey?" Sends shivers man

  • StandingAroundTalking14

    6 days ago

    Oh thank god Blake. I'm so glad she brought Sun and didn't believed Ilia was still telling the truth. 

    • luminedracone

      6 days ago

      If you watch Blake after see finds the note, it seems like she knows that Ilia is still there watching her, and that is why she told Sun she would meet up later just to tell him about the meeting once they were out of ear shot. You can even hear the rustle of leaves once Blake walks away from the edge of the balcony.

  • uber_weiss

    6 days ago

    that non ugly spider faunus can Commit BDSM on me with her web~♡

  • lochness89

    6 days ago

    Fear snuffs out hate? WRONG

    I prefer the Yoda philosophy.

    Fear leads to Anger.

    Anger leads to Hate.

    Hate leads to Suffering.

    • maddog2201 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      Technically it does, but not in the way you think, all it does is stop people showing it outwardly.  If you fear repercussions for your hatred then you're not going to be open about it.  

  • Cr00cy

    6 days ago

    Please let Ghira beat the shit out of this 2. 

  • BlakesTrashyWaifu

    6 days ago

    I WASN'T READY Also Someone force Ilia to come to the good side already, and give her a cookie goddamit. Also why does Blake have so many love interests ? No one can resist dat bellabooty LMAO

    • Ninja_tude

      5 days ago

      I won't lie, I'm starting to find it more and mroe irritating how much Blake focus there's been across 5 volumes where anything character driven is related lol

  • lunaluma

    6 days ago

    And Surprise, This episode shares it's title with a Steven Universe title.

  • ElfKingLegolas

    6 days ago

    So we now have confirmation that winged Faunus are a thing. Well my fanfics will be better now!

    • Ninja_tude

      5 days ago

      Just keep in mind we're not sure he can fly. May only be able to glide. Not to rain on the parade but if you have balance issues there's a loophole lol

  • DragonTurtle2

    6 days ago

    When they first mentioned Blake, I thought Yang might crack her cup, or something along those lines.  I suppose it's for the best that the show can convey emotions without obvious actions like that.  But I REALLY don't want Yang to forgive Blake overly quickly.  Even if she does bring herself to embrace Blake and fight alongside her, the pain should still be there.


    No doubt that people are going call Ilia's reveal unnecessary 'pandering' or something cynical.  I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt to critics and say they AREN'T homophobes, just that they're cynical about inclusion, or making romance prominent in general.  The way the romantic angle was worked in also felt organic and relevant.  Ilia is hurt that Blake didn't acknowledge her romantic intentions.  But that's also tied to how she feels betrayed that Blake didn't see her dedication to the cause, and openness to extremism in the first place.  Ilia actually becomes indignant at how Blake didn't reach this conclusion sooner.  This was something really hard to pull off; normally, when a villain acts indignant, it's just because someone is stepping on their ego, either by insulting them or just denying their goal.  This happens even when creators are trying to portray villains as morally gray or relatable, but can't stop creating scenes with villainous cliches.  But Rooster Teeth managed to execute it here!  Ilia's desire for someone who sees her for all her qualities AND faults also feels very poignant for a Faunus with the traits of one of the greatest camouflagers in the world.


    I've also seen some people take this as a sign that Blake is bisexual.   Ilia had romantic feelings towards Blake, but where were the signs that Blake had felt feelings towards Ilia?  Blake does look sorrowful about the revelation, but I didn't interpret that as someone who can feel romantic attraction for a woman (not that I wouldn't welcome that).  I interpreted it as Blake feeling remorse for not acknowledging how her comrade felt, and remorse for how that same comrade has abandoned affection for violence.  I'm not seeing evidence that Blake could have returned Ilia's feelings, but I'm not seeing evidence she COULDN'T either.  It just doesn't seem like the show was trying to confirm anything about whether Blake feels that way towards women, just that Ilia does, and she had hoped she could get a response from Blake.   


    Amongst all this focus on the romantic reveal, I'm worried we won't point out weaknesses in the full scope of the scene. 
     Ilia's lines felt very stilted at moments.  Particularly "You know what snuffs out hate?  Fear."  It doesn't sound at all like an angry young woman being torn apart by her conscience, being guilt-tripped by her ex-crush, or raging against a world that doesn't care about right and wrong.


    Seems like we're in for a pivotal showdown with the Albain brothers.  Hopefully that will be the episode where they've diverted the attention of the choreographers, and won't leave us questioning if the writers have forgotten how Aura works.  RWBY still has capability for fantastic fights like with Tyrian and the Nuckalavee, despite some over-dramatic proclamations.  But scenes where there HASN'T been any attention paid to the fighting are obvious, and do take us out of the show.  Trifa (the spider woman) and her partner were knocked out with single blows.  But compare them to the showdown with the Malachite Twins, in the Yellow trailer:  A pair of club dancers, with no real role in the show, managed to give and receive more blows than the elite assassins of the White Fang.  How can that be?  


    Also worth noting that half the blows in that scene relied on people coming in from off-screen.  Blake is knocked down by someone landing on her, Sun takes out his target by landing on them, and Trifa is taken out because Blake grabs her from outside the shot, then we cut to a punch.  This seems to be a trick to imply that a blow is powerful without making the effort to account for however-the-heck Aura works.


    Also, shouldn't Weiss's dress smell absolutely RANK by now?

    • NathanJacks2

      6 days ago

      It's also possible the Illia was just jealous of the way Blake looks up to Adam as a leader, and wished that she got the same amount of attention as Blake gave to Adam. You could see after how commanding she was with the other White Fang so it's possible she wishes that she was able to have more power and people that recognised said power.


      Or this theory is wrong, and there is a hidden romantic interest that Illia holds for Blake.

    • monkeyhero1

      6 days ago

      Illia is not all that well written, honestly. About 90% of her character is the cliche "leave this place, or else I will have no choice but to kill you" which gets quite insufferable at times, while 5% is following direct orders, 4% is the "I must do whatever it takes to accompish this ominous goal" cliche, and 1% is a incredibly forced "I'm gay" to justify such cliches. She's one of the worst characters in this show, as even Mercury and Emerald, who barely had any screen time other than doing evil stuff, had more developement for their motives.

      P.S. Stop copy pasting part your comment everywhere without editing in the slightest, especially when it's irrelevent as a reply.

    • EZ-E590 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      @DragonTurtle2 They have NOT forgotten how Aura works. It's not a 24 armor that's put up at all times. It needs a conscious focus. You can still get blindsided with attacks you don't see coming and get knocked out or killed. As TVtropes.org explains: 


      • One common fanon interpretation of Aura is that it is a form of 24-Hour Armor: a shield that is always on and will deflect incoming attacks. This actually goes against how it is depicted in the show, where characters are frequently dealt knockout or even lethal blows by attacks that come abruptly or without warning, such as Coco getting knocked out by Emerald in their battle in the Vytal Festival or Yang's injury from Adam's sudden sword strike at the end of Volume 3. Ren clarifies in Volume 5 that it takes a conscious effort to use Aura for protection; with enough training, it can eventually become second nature.


  • tehportalz

    6 days ago

    by the way, GET OUT OF MY HOUSE is a great meme too..

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

    6 days ago

    Is it just me that has a feeling of growing connection between Weiss and Yang? I don't know if it's just friends or romantic, but it definitely feels like the connection between them in this volume is growing faster than it did in other volumes and with the other characters. Funny to think they used to hate each other.

    • mazanaka

      6 days ago

      They hated each other?When was that?

      I only remember them being paired for a second round in the tourmnament where their (few) vocal interactions were neutral at worst.

      Earlier in the seires I can't even remember them directly adressing each other.Weiss was struggling to find understanding with Ruby,while Yang brought Cat-girl out of her moody shell.

    • Omegafire18

      5 days ago

      I dunno, the dual 'Oh not you again!' and 'Yeah, what's your problem with my sister!? She's only trying to help!' - 'She's a hazard to my health!' seemed like they got off on the wrong foot early on :P

  • towerpower123

    6 days ago

    So of course the only confirmed LGBT character in the series sets out on a revenge murder spree. Are you kidding me Rooster Teeth? Do you really want to add to that old trope of the only gay representation being jilted lovers becoming sadistic murderers???

    • meta72

      6 days ago

      It's a trope for a reason. Why not just appreciate the story and the art and the rest of the work that goes into this show? 

    • Omegafire18

      6 days ago

      Any old cliche is also a trope, and yet some of those are used well.

      ^Just because one LGBT person goes on such a rampage doesn't automatically mean that all such people are like that. Just that this particular example is thus far

    • atha

      6 days ago

      I don't see it that way, but more like a person who was heart broken for someone who didn't return the same feelings for them; eventually, driven to madness and jealousy. But...I can see what you mean by that, they only gay that was revealed so far turned into some sadistic murderer. Also, don't clump one person into a whole community. It's not like one bad apple, will end up defining all.

    • Tumchiethescot1

      6 days ago

      It really doesn't matter that she's lesbian, that is not relevant to the story. Ilia could've just as easily been a guy, and the story would not have had to change at all. Please stop expecting creators to treat LGBT characters any different from straight characters, it's bad for the creative industries we love so much, and can make our favourite studios feel strangled by their own communities.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      I don't see how we could call her a "sadist."  She she doesn't take pleasure in causing pain like Cinder, Neo, Tyrian, Mercury, Emerald, or any other character working under Salem (Hazel being the exception so far).


      The way the romantic angle was worked in also felt organic and relevant.  Ilia is hurt that Blake didn't acknowledge her romantic intentions.  But that's also tied to how she feels betrayed that Blake didn't see her dedication to the cause, and openness to extremism in the first place.  Ilia actually becomes indignant at how Blake didn't reach this conclusion sooner.  This was something really hard to pull off; normally, when a villain acts indignant, it's just because someone is stepping on their ego, either by insulting them or just denying their goal.  This happens even when creators are trying to portray villains as morally gray or relatable, but can't stop creating scenes with villainous cliches.  But Rooster Teeth managed to execute it here!  Ilia's desire for someone who sees her for all her qualities AND faults also feels very poignant for a Faunus with the traits of one of the greatest camouflagers in the world.  

    • bitchesinferiorrjsuperior

      6 days ago

      +Towerpower

      No offence but that is the dumbest comment on this website. 

  • tehportalz

    6 days ago

    “ALONE” but “TOGETHER” good meme rooster teeth... good meme.

  • Burtoni

    6 days ago

    Am I the only mildly irritated by the increasingly short episodes?

    • Bothorn

      6 days ago

      I haven't minded. This series may be big, but it's still a web series. As long as the animation keeps being amazing and we get some good story progression here and there I'm happy.

    • mazanaka

      6 days ago

      at least plot is moving again.Bit by bit...

  • Fiolioco123

    6 days ago

    Great now waiting for this is going to drive me nuts. 

  • shadowspark

    6 days ago

    And then the shit hits the fan!

    I really think that only Weiss could have that talk with Yang.

    I don't have much more to add there so off to Blake. I think things are even worse for Ilia than I thought if 'that' was revealed. I'm sorry, but she from the get-go had no problem hurting people and didn't hide her hate towards humans... so the very fact that she had room in her heart to love is somewhat impressive. I rather feel it was only because she was close friends with Blake that that was even a thing, but Adam aside, how could she feel the two would ever work out? Yes, both were in the White Fang and she says she doesn't like hurting people, but she didn't have to break her human friends teeth for laughing at what happened to her parents, she could have left. With just her statement, it doesn't matter if a human strikes a faunus or lives beside them, so long as there is a single human who doesn't like them, all are responsible. Now, contrast that with Blake who only wants her people to be seen eye to eye with humans instead of like their trash. If the two got together, they wouldn't last long with such conflicting ideals and would eventually end up at each others throats for it. Now, back to the present, my last prediction seems even worse than before. If she does break Blake's heart, she will break herself as well...Vegetable or Machine now seem like the only two outcomes if this works. If this attack fails, I suspect she's going to run away...now that I think about it, its probably the third option here. Whether Blake's parents live or die, I doubt her own parents won't come to mind, making her realize she's because just as bad as the humans she detest so much. The problem with her zealous attitude, its a double-edge sword, she might leave altogether realizing she's basically become a human (in her mind)...or worse...

  • blacklightn

    6 days ago

    weiss comes in with coffee. Wife material

    • LethalPianist

      6 days ago

      You mean waifu material ;)

    • zehd

      6 days ago

      You mean Weissfu material!

    • hajlakan

      6 days ago

      Weiff material

  • SkAnarkist

    6 days ago

    So the first decent fight scene in 3 episodes and it gets cut off a minute after it starts

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      Seems like we're in for a pivotal showdown with the Albain brothers.  Hopefully that will be the episode where they've diverted the attention of the choreographers, and won't leave us questioning if the writers have forgotten how Aura works.  RWBY still has capability for fantastic fights like with Tyrian and the Nuckalavee, despite some over-dramatic proclamations.  But scenes where there HASN'T been any attention paid to the fighting are obvious, and do take us out of the show.  Trifa (the spider woman) and her partner were knocked out with single blows.  But compare them to the showdown with the Malachite Twins, in the Yellow trailer:  A pair of club dancers, with no real role in the show, managed to give and receive more blows than the elite assassins of the White Fang.  How can that be?  


      Also worth noting that half the blows in that scene relied on people coming in from off-screen.  Blake is knocked down by someone landing on her, Sun takes out his target by landing on them, and Trifa is taken out because Blake grabs her from outside the shot, then we cut to a punch.  This seems to be a trick to imply that a blow is powerful without making the effort to account for however-the-heck Aura works.

  • ZaccyM

    6 days ago

    I swear RT if you kill Ghira or Kali than we, the fans, will riot!

    • Crystalize

      6 days ago

      Again we need a truth button on the mods

    • NMONEY98 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      Listen: here's how it'll play out-

      Sun and Blake save Kali, get to Ghira just as fatal blow is delivered.

      Sun and Blake save Kali, get to Ghira just as fatal blow is delivered, but Kali RKO's outta nowhere, and takes the death blow herself.

      Sun and Blake split up, Sun saves Kali, Blake goes to save Ghira, gets her ass beat, and Sun shows up and saves her before the fatal blow.

      Sun and Blake split up, Sun saves Kali, Blake goes to save Ghira, gets her ass beat, Sun shows up and takes the death blow meant for her, giving her a character reset to the end of Vol. 3 for Yang to help her with next volume.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      Seems like we're in for a pivotal showdown with the Albain brother.  Hopefully that will be the episode where they've diverted the attention of the choreographers, and won't leave us questioning if the writers have forgotten how Aura works.  RWBY still has capability for fantastic fights like with Tyrian and the Nuckalavee, despite some over-dramatic proclamations.  But scenes where there HASN'T been any attention paid to the fighting are obvious, and do take us out of the show.  Trifa (the spider woman) and her partner were knocked out with single blows.  But compare them to the showdown with the Malachite Twins, in the Yellow trailer:  A pair of club dancers, with no real role in the show, managed to give and receive more blows than the elite assassins of the White Fang.  How can that be?  

  • Crystalize

    6 days ago

    Weiss has done a 360 with her charcter developement. Hurray! Get out the party hats. #NiceWeiss

    • Nardgo

      6 days ago

      I think 180 is what you're looking for.  360 would mean she is back where she started. I can never see season 1 Weiss acting the way she did in this episode.

  • bitchesinferiorrjsuperior

    6 days ago

    Illia is a pretty cool character but she seems just as lost as Adam is. I mean, even if Blake wasn’t into Sun how do you expect her to love you when you resort to killing to send a message to humans? She could never love an extremist like that. You could make all the difference if you just join the Belladonnas 

    • Crystalize

      6 days ago

      I wish there was a +1 true mod on here.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      Ilia is hurt that Blake didn't acknowledge her romantic intentions.  But that's also tied to how she feels betrayed that Blake didn't see her dedication to the cause, and openness to extremism in the first place.  Ilia actually becomes indignant at how Blake didn't reach this conclusion sooner.  This was something really hard to pull off; normally, when a villain acts indignant, it's just because someone is stepping on their ego, either by insulting them or just denying their goal.  This happens even when creators are trying to portray villains as morally gray or relatable, but can't stop creating scenes with villainous cliches.  But Rooster Teeth managed to execute it here!  Ilia's desire for someone who sees her for all her qualities AND faults also feels very poignant for a Faunus with the traits of one of the greatest camouflagers in the world.  

  • Crystalize

    6 days ago

    I am so sorry for Ilia. Her crush is getting sent back to the guy she's jealous of.

    • SaxNinja

      6 days ago

      I'm not. She ain't got the stones to go against Adam for the girl she loves, who is clearly into men, which seems to be the whole reason Ilia has beef with Blake. If she REALLY loved Blake, she wouldn't have pulled that alley move in the first place. Ilia is the first confirmed useless lesbian in RWBY.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      +Sax Ninja 

      The way the romantic angle was worked in also felt organic and relevant.  Ilia is hurt that Blake didn't acknowledge her romantic intentions.  But that's also tied to how she feels betrayed that Blake didn't see her dedication to the cause, and openness to extremism in the first place.  Ilia actually becomes indignant at how Blake didn't reach this conclusion sooner.  This was something really hard to pull off; normally, when a villain acts indignant, it's just because someone is stepping on their ego, either by insulting them or just denying their goal.  This happens even when creators are trying to portray villains as morally gray or relatable, but can't stop creating scenes with villainous cliches.  But Rooster Teeth managed to execute it here!  Ilia's desire for someone who sees her for all her qualities AND faults also feels very poignant for a Faunus with the traits of one of the greatest camouflagers in the world.  

  • petch123

    6 days ago

    Ghira.....vs.........Hazel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Burninh311

    6 days ago

    ghira is gonna die... let's face it 

  • Timewaster98

    6 days ago

    I was hoping Bellamomma would turn all badass when she picked up the gun

  • NotLyan

    6 days ago

    SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENING.

  • Timewaster98

    6 days ago

    No one told me anout that Marshawn Lynch cameo with that Beast Mode scene lol