In reply to AutumnOnFire
I think you're misinterpreting the intention of the Geist fight. It's the first fight of the Volume, it's not meant to be incredibly difficult. There's not a great deal of stuff at stake hear, beyond the Geist continuing to mess things up for the villagers, so viewing the cut-aways to more comedic moments as "wasted" is silly since the intention of the fight is just to present a cool and occasionally goofy action scene anyways. It would be different if, say, they cut away to a silly scene with Jaune while the rest of Team RNJR was getting slaughtered by Tyrian. I'd understand frustration there. In here, it just helps us have a good time. Now, it's totally fine if you didn't find those scenes funny, but that's not the same as them being pointless.
The same could be said about the wasted scenes added for style. It's whole purpose in that scene is to be cool to look at, and it doesn't really break your suspension of disbelief unless you really force it because these are cool people that do cool things all the time. It's a few seconds of stylization that adds a bit of flair to this incredibly stylized universe and helps it come to life.
I think you're sort of looking at iconography the wrong way. The fact that everyone can recall what happened in the V4 fights is entirely the point of what makes them so well-structure and iconic. Sun's little exchange with Roman was pretty to look at, sure, but it was also just a mish-mash of attacks that you could never properly remember beyond just being aware that they indeed clashed. And that was the entire fight between Sun and Roman. People don't really remember the fights from V1 and V2, they mostly remember that fights happened and that they were cool, along with having a vague idea of what it might have looked like. It was very much like a hack-and-slash game. You really can't tell what's going on in detail but it all looks cool and memorable. Which is fine, there's nothing wrong with that style, but I wouldn't ever call it better than what V4 did.
At the end of the day, it's all a matter of opinion, but I remember tons of moments from V4 in way clearer detail than I do moments from V1 and V2. Just to name a few, Blake jumping on Sun's clones to reach the Grimm Dragon was nicely choreographed and stood out, that one awesome sequence in Qrow vs Tyrian just before Qrow is disarmed is amazing to look at, super memorable, and way more smoothly animated than anything else in the entire show, and Team RNJR's manouvre to subdue the Nuckelavee was clever and exciting to watch. And the important thing to note is that these are just a few of the stand-out moments from the fights in V4. The point I'm trying to make is that the viewer has a very clear image of what happened in the entire fight, beyond just seeing a pretty light show. That's how I define good choreography.
Also, I actually mentioned the lack of physics. It looks goofy as heck, but even with that in mind, I still found that V4 fights were just more fun to watch.
I'd have to say that you're flat out wrong in regards to characters emoting in fights. Just take a look at the climax of the Geist fight, or basically anything with Tyrian in it. Or especially the Nuckelavee fights. Characters just express a lot more emotion now.
Of course the adults were shown being fast for show. Because that scene was meant to show you something from Ruby's perspective, just how fast these older, better fighters move. It's so different from the rest of the fight because it's meant to be what the character sees, hence why it looks so different. Again, it isn't pointless, it has a very clear purpose which works well to make these fighters seem unbelievable. There in a whole new level of power, they're not supposed to feel like anything we've ever seen before. Nobody actually got hit in that fight, to be fair. That was the nature of the fight, they were both so evenly matched. There's nothing wrong with a fight being like that, a fight doesn't need to involve everyone taking a shit ton of damage to be engaging. Seeing Qrow and Tyrian go blow for blow like that was just a tense as anything else, and actually helped build up to the one injury that Qrow sustained in the entire battle, at least on-screen.
I'd again have to disagree that this fanimation does a better job than what was presented in V4. Tyrian's fight against RNJR was a lot more kinetic and bouncy, it really felt like Tyrian was dancing around with the students rather than properly fighting them, and his movements were so well portrayed that he had an overwhelmingly alien feel to him, which helped convey just how above the students he was. This fanimation made the characters feel way closer in terms of power than that fight did, unless I'm misremembering it (which would be a criticism against the fight anyways)