OK. I know there are people who like the tonal shift, I know there are people who dont. Sadly I also know it isnt in the cards, the budget or the time table for RT to make 2 series set in alt universes, sad isnt it. But out of prospect, envision for a moment if you will that RWBY split into 2 timelines, each the subject of their own series. One following the darker rout and seeing where RT has that planned to go, the other following the rout I believe fans like me had it projected to follow, staying closer to One Piece in tone and being more lighthearted with school antics and...whatever you call the corgi fireball. If only it could happen everyone would get what they want.