I love this show, I understand that there are some flaws with it like any show on the air, I just usually look past them and look at the show as a whole. But there's one thing (well two but the first one is so minor and so early on that I kinda just poke fun of it now) that I really can't get over. It's Blake and Yang, not that I don't like either of them or the bee ship but I think feel like everything with them since Alone Together last volume has been way too.......easy.
I mean Yang, a character who has shown to have serious abandonment issues stemming from her birth mother leaving her and her father, was rightfully angry and mad at Blake for leaving her after Adam hurt her and shattered her confidence. Blake's reasoning is something that's understandable, in fact it's a pretty common conflict if you look at the super hero genre, in which someone threatens her loved ones and goes onto disable one of them. And I don't even mind her response in running away, what my problem is that everyone is instantly accepting of her choice because 'She feels guilty about what happened.'
To me, guilt does not in always warrant forgiveness, if you clip someone's car and are genuinely sorry? That's one thing, it's a human mistake that anyone can make. But Blake left her partner, whom had shared her issues with in a attempt to help Blake through her own, after she had been mortally wounded trying to protect her and she runs away? The pretense being that she does it to protect Yang and them but in reality it's just too late, Yang is already hurt and running away made it worse. Now I'm not demonizing Blake, there is debate on whether she really had a choice in leaving because of her outlook on the situation and that's better saved for another time. Blake is scared and goes home because she wants a place where she can feel safe, that's understandable and really human so I don't have a problem there.
However the issue I find with all this is how the response is from her other team members.
Ruby and Blake haven't had a lot a time together in comparison, and we don't really see much of what Blake's leaving meant to her, which in retrospect Is sort of weird but considering the sparse screen time they have together, it's not unsurprising.
Weiss and Blake have had a more complex relationship due to Blake's species but Weiss puts faith in Blake that honestly is somewhat fitting since she was in a similar situation with her father.
But Yang's is what frustrates me so much! I mean her and Weiss's conversation about being alone and being left is great and I love that they share that with one another but the ending to it is what drives me nuts. Yang has had a more personal relationship with Blake than Weiss had, and her leaving really only affected Yang because of how much Blake meant to her. Weiss trying to be positive and give faith that Blake will return isn't wrong or anything but the fact that Yang blindly agrees with her is what frustrates me so much! Yang was left in a state of depression because of BOTH Blake and Adam's actions, while Adam's had a bodily and psychological effect on her, Blake's was emotionally wrenching.
Blake isn't responsible for what Adam did to Yang, she is responsible for what SHE did to Yang. And she doesn't face any consequences for it. Yes she blames herself and feels guilty about what she did but that does not instantly remove her of her effect it had on Yang. Where she should have been criticized or perhaps ostracized by Yang in the Volume 5 finale, she is instead welcomed back as though she's absolved of all that she directly did to Yang. Whether it was her choice or not there is never any feelings of betrayal or wrongdoing on Yang's part where there organically would be.
Blake is not the villain but she is acted as a force that in the grand scheme of things wounded Yang, her reunion with Yang shouldn't be met with open arms because Weiss conveyed her feelings of family that her team brings to Yang but should be met with a criticism by Yang on why she left, is it ok for her to return after doing such damage to her, and if she should even trust Blake again.
I approached Volume 6 with a cautious optimism and that perhaps due to time they couldn't flesh out that reunion and subsequent conflict. However the only hint we get about that conflict is that when Yang is doing a simple task she inserts herself as a way of recompense. It's a interesting idea but Yang's fallowing speech about how 'Things will be ok eventually' lessen the impact of Blake's actions. The next scene we get is the infamous Barn scene where Yang an Blake have the first time they've been alone together since Burning Candle. Blake assures Yang that she isn't leaving.......but Yang has no reason to believe that. Instead her frustration comes from Blake thinking she's incapable of protecting herself.
It does fallow up on the scene from the Argus Express, however I personally found it to come from out of nowhere since Yang has shown herself to be perfectly capable on the Train during their fight with the Grimm right in front of Blake. Again it's something I personally didn't understand so it might have clicked with others. But the fact that she says that she's not leaving seems far more potent than 'I'll protect you.'
And the most frustrating of all is that after this scene where there is clearly tension between the two? It's gone after that, the next time they're together their banter is light and friendly, almost flirtatious. Which while satisfying to see, is also somewhat jarring considering the last time they were together.
The fallowing fight with Adam however is personally flawless, and strangely cathartic as Adam throws out criticisms at Blake which aren't entirely unfounded from his point of view. But because they are from Adam, they're given a toxic standpoint and are ordained as hate on the character where they could be actual points of debate. IS Blake a coward? Up until her return to RWY in Volume 5 it could be argued that she is but ultimately overcome it. She does run away from trouble in a number of points but she later recognizes it as a flaw and works to correct it.
They're legit criticisms of Blake. However because they're from Adam as a mouthpiece, they're thrown off as simply spiteful words. Not that Adam, a manipulator and abuser who constantly resorts to violence to get what he wants, should be taken as model in any sense.
I still hold out hope that things are not settled between Blake and Yang and that their will be some conflict in their relationship due to Blake's leaving since that is what hurt Yang the most. But if not then that's fine as well, there might have been scenes where they talked but had to be cut in order for more important scenes like the Pyrrha statue scene or the Apathy to take place. That's how these shows work, content has to be cut in order to shorten the run time. I just wished that the conflict between them was put on a higher point that it is.
This is mainly my own personal issue with a singular point in the show, and if you agree or dissagree don't be afraid to leave a comment and explain your own view. I love talking about this show and the Bee's relationship especially.