I really like RWBY and I enjoyed Volume 5 but it has a lot of problems. There was a lot of good stuff in Volume 5, but the problems weighing it down are significant, and since a lot of people are happy to heap nothing but Praise on it and since I paid money to see it on Rooster Teeth first and want what's best for the series I'd like to highlight what to me are the biggest problems right now with RWBY.
The #1 Problem would definitely have to be the Choreography and Pacing of characters and their movements and reactions during scenes. This was way off in Volume 5, it all felt very unnatural and clunky.
I kept expecting Ruby to do something but she just stood there rotating in place, why? Did they just not know what to do with her? Did they just not have the animation budget or schedule?
Why did all the villains gather up and just stand around together during a big fight?
What's with a big Faunis army just showing up out of the blue with no indication to signal that they were arriving? Yeah I know the troops were rallied and all that but the way they're introduced onto the scene just seems so ham fisted, like some admin in a videogame just spawned a bunch of crap in the middle of town. I can give it a pass because they're faunis, and because police do launch surprise raids, but still.
What's with the way all of the White Fang are synchronized in pausing and showing hesitation then like someone flipped an aggro switch on a bunch of mobs all immediently start firing?
There were delayed reactions throughout the season. The pregnant pauses were bad enough but when a gasp reaction is delayed for villains to enter together and make cool poses it's almost like one of those youtube parody videos. Timing way off this season for all sorts of things especially any time a character is about to react to just about anything, watch for it, there will almost always be something really off about it.
A big part of what took me out of the season was the way characters would delay reactions until after animation sequences, or be idle then initiate animation sequences, it was almost like watching a videogame.
The problem with bad Choreography even crops up in the intro video, I'm not dissing the intro in general the song is great and there's a lot of cool stuff about the intro but there is a major dissonance between the lyrics and the images especially around where Nora drops down and points at the screen, adorable but the lyrics are something like "hopeless and no way to win" and here we are having a kawaii moment.
The Timing is off for just about everything, characters just idle around a lot, problems with the way characters idle between animations and the way animations are queued up make the show less fluid and more videogame like than in previous seasons (clipping issues aside). Sometimes it's like both sides of a conversation were recorded and animated in completely different buildings and just cobbled together with no editing.