All Ages of Geek is excited to discover what is next on RWBY. We want to hear your fan theories. A community member Angelique wrote out some questions they have about what will happen next.
“Will Winter Schnee deflect from James Ironwood military? This is one of the many questions I have about the Schnees. We all know Winter is loyal to Ironwood. But what if she has to fight Weiss Schnee, her younger sister, then what? I truly believe that in this case blood will be stronger than duty. We already saw it when Winter gave Weiss a head start.
The other Schnee that I wonder about is Whitley. Weiss and Whitley don’t get along but I truly believe if Weiss just talks to him maybe they can reach an understanding. It is common knowledge that because of Jacques Schnee the Schnee family is not as close anymore.
So my hope is that maybe the Schnee siblings will come together in what little is left of their bonds. Because they’re still family and family is what keeps us going.”
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No matter how you take it, family fights. The closer you are to someone the more likely you are to have disagreements and fight. Comfort is both a blessing and a curse.
After reacting to the chapter, I’ll be talking about RWBY Volume 8, Chapter 1. The fight between Ruby and Yang represents many things. It represents how, well, sisters fight, but also that these two characters are on the path to their own character development.
While some people have stated they are upset or tired of Yang acting on her emotions here is my stance on that. Yang has suffered from PTSD, lost her arm, for a moment lost trust, lost her strength, and has been known to act on her emotions from the beginning of the series. Yang is a young adult, a time where everything is complicated. Hell, it’s complicated being a young adult but also in a time where there is a legit war going on. This is a huge moment for Yang and a time for her to explore her own independence and weaknesses.
The fight between her and Ruby shows us that both sides have flaws, and with those flaws, they are able to “act”. While Yang has to overcome acting on her emotions and rage overall, Ruby also has to form leadership for herself. Ruby has shown leadership before, but now is the time to prove what that leader role means to her. To show us all how she is growing up. To show us how these sisters will act on their own beliefs and morals.
Personally, I think people tend to forget that RWBY is a young adult story. These are teenagers growing up. Growing pains will happen. Things will be dark and complex. It’s a story of not just cool adventures and straightforward problem-solving. RWBY is complex BECAUSE the characters are growing up in a time of war.
While this is just my opinion, I believe the fight between Ruby and Yang was natural and NEEDED. I am the eldest sister of two younger sisters. As the firstborn many people can relate that being the first is sometimes not the best. You are the one who makes a lot of strange decisions. You’re the one who doesn’t have a foundation of what a “sibling” acts like. You also can’t base your decisions on a sibling only your parents/guardians before you. In this notion, Yang is showing this problem. While she is the eldest, she still doesn’t know how to control her emotions. Ruby on the other hand knew how to control her emotions much better than Yang because she can base her own flaws on Yang.
This fight will make the sisters grow with each other based on their own strengths, each finding out who they “truly are”. As cliche as it might sound to go on a journey of self-discovery in a Young Adult series, I think it’s much needed for these girls. These sisters. What are your guys’ thoughts on this?
With Volume 8 on the horizon, I thought I would list three of my favorite RWBY reacters/reviewers. Now, I honestly do not watch many reactors or reviewers. But these three are ones that I try to not miss a single video from. In no particular order, here they are. If you find any your interested in, go ahead and watch them!
The Judgmental Critter is one of my favorites and she isn’t talked about much. Her styles of videos for RWBY are reviews. She points out what she didn’t like and what she does like, while still remaining a fan of the show. She shows that you can critique a show, but yet remain a fan. She has also covered fan-made RWBY works like the SLVR Trailers. She seems to, at least to me, go into everything unbiased as possible. If she doesn’t like a character, she’ll admit it. Also for the beginning of Volume 7 and now Volume 8, she made bingo cards of what she wants to see happen. I honestly thing that is a great concept. Her videos are perfect to listen to while you do something else like work or even go for walk.
If you have been part of the RWBY community for awhile, you are not surprised to see him on this list. MurderofBirds, otherwise known as Arnold, does reactions to RWBY and personally, I find them entraining. Some say that his reactions are too over the top, but I don’t think so. MurderofBirds gets invested into every single scene, character, and fight which is wonderful to see play out. His investments into characters has led to some great moments. By great moments I mean the second half of Volume 3. Jokes aside for me, his reactions are perfect for getting comfy, grabbing a snack, and just watching thinking about what was going through your mind during those scenes.
ThatKaitoDan reactions are like having a friend watching the show. Their reactions feel completely genuine. I can’t think about anything else to say. His videos feels genuine, which I feel is rare in this day and age.
All Ages of Geek is gearing up for RWBY Reactions to Volume 8 and beyond. To start we have several RWBY theory videos prepped along with some upcoming discussions and podcasts with our community. Our upcoming podcast The Tooncasters will also feature full-length discussions about Rooster Teeth’s RWBY from the characters, plot, writing, and more.
Our reactions will be Early Access on Patreon (1 WEEK Ahead) and then be released onto our website and YouTube channel. Reactions will focus on the POV of characters while discussing “positive” aspects of the series. Patrons will also be featured on The Tooncasters to discuss RWBY and their thoughts on each episode.
There have been a few updates made on All Ages of Geek which included removing old reactions (Volume 5-7) due to copyright laws and also a few glitched files. We have taken your feedback into consideration and going forward will be more careful with footage for Volume 8 and beyond.
RWBY Volume 8’s release date is November 7, 2020 and runs for 14 episodes on Rooster Teeth’s website. What are some theories you guys have about RWBY Volume 8? Let us know down below!
First off, I must confess: I have never seen the RWBY anime. In fact, I didn’t even know about RWBY until I read other other articles my fellow writers have contributed to the site. But upon delving into some research, my intrigue was immediately sparked by the show’s description. The problem was that there are nearly 100 episodes to catch up on if I wanted to start the anime. Conveniently for me, the first volume of RWBY: The Official Manga is currently available to read. I decided that it might be easier to follow along with the story through the manga in its beginning stages.
The protagonist of the story is Ruby Rose, a scythe-wielding prodigal warrior with a huge heart. Written and illustrated by Bunta Kinami, the manga starts with her stopping a robbery at a Dust shop (upon further research I have learned this is also how the anime starts). Ruby is an aspiring huntress and showcases incredible combat skill and power beyond her years in dispatching the criminals. She then meets Glenda Goodwitch, who takes her to see the headmaster of Beacon Academy, Professor Ozpin. Ozpin praises her handling of the thieves and interviews her about becoming a Huntress. He invites Ruby to enroll in Beacon Academy, despite being two years younger than most first-year students.
Ruby starts her first day on Beacon’s campus with her older sister Yang as her tour guide. She immediately develops a reputation around the school and becomes known as the “grade-skipper”. One of the first students she meets is Weiss Schnee, heiress to the Schnee Dust Company and a cold girl in both personality and in Semblance. Weiss immediately takes a disliking to the “grade-skipper” despite Ruby’s best efforts to remain cordial. Other students are soon introduced, including the cat-eared Blake Belladonna, the sheepish Jaune Arc, and the esteemed Pyrrha Nikos.
Professor Ozpin instructs the students to report to Beacon Cliff for their first lesson. He aks them to descend into the Emerald Forest below and collect relics from the temple ruins. He also informs them that the first person they make eye contact with upon their arrival will be their partner for the next four years. Ruby hopes that she sees her sister first so that they will become the perfect pair. Ozpin further warns the students that the Emerald Forest is home to Grimm: monstrous creatures that take various shapes and forms and are capable of nothing but destruction. Despite this looming threat, Ruby is still more afraid of locking eyes with Weiss Schnee than any brainless beasts. Ruby must soon learn that she has to overcome all her fears if she aims to be a Huntress.
The first volume of RWBY: The Official Manga fantastically highlights all the familiar faces for fans of the anime while formally introducing them and the world of Remnant to newcomers. The black and white artwork brings the story to life in a new perspective from the anime’s colorful style. As I understand, the soundtrack is an especially beloved feature of the anime, which is obviously absent in the manga. However, it packs enough charm, character development, and action into its five chapters to treat readers to a similarly fun and heartwarming experience. I look forward to reading upcoming chapters and joining Team RWBY’s adventures. Hopefully after the third volume I can jump in discussions with the seasoned RWBY veterans at AAOG.
As far as setup episodes go, this one is also actually a pretty solid episode on its own. It has a lot of good if small character moments. The comedy, in the beginning, is also a welcome breather before things start to get extremely serious.
One of my favorite comedy bits was at the beginning with Weiss’ frankly horrible acting. It’s nothing super deep, but it’s just a fun little scene. Her tone at the beginning isn’t too bad, but her body language and expressions just get so laughably obvious that it speaks to just how utterly incompetent Cordovin and her guards are.
The little nod to Blake’s history with the White Fang is also a very good touch. It’s not something that’s come up before in the series too much (if at all really), so thinking to take advantage of it is fantastic. It’s something that should be taken into account way more often; it’d be a way of showing us what exactly she did during those years. She’s gotta have a number of accumulated skills even if a lot of them are rusty that could be a huge asset as they fight against Salem. Unfortunately, Volume 7 didn’t show us anything more on this front, so I doubt it’s something that’ll be touched on again.
Perhaps one of the best scenes in the episode is Qrow’s complete and utter freakout over the entire situation once he realises that things are going downhill and fast. It frankly reveals a lot about his character and just how much he blames on himself. Most of what he lists off is something that’s extremely far outside of his control and that his Semblance wouldn’t have any sort of bearing on. It’s…honestly pretty sad to see how much he hates himself. Of course, he is in a pretty dark place at the moment due to the entire Ozpin reveal, but even so, it’s just upsetting to see the man so down on himself.
Of course, it’s followed up by Ruby giving a Power of Friendship Speech™ to Qrow which pulls him out of his thoughts. But there is one moment in particular that stands out in it.
This is such an excellent moment of show, don’t tell especially as far as RWBY goes. Without him saying anything, you can just see the gears in his head turning. He’s starting to realise that Ruby’s not just a helpless little girl anymore, but a young woman on the road to becoming a full-fledged Huntress, wise beyond her years.
It’s likely that he’s also remembering Summer and how she sounded. Going back to V5 C11 “The More the Merrier,” we see Ruby give a similar talk to Raven and her expression is very similar to Qrow’s right before she says “You sound just like your mother.”
And, of course, the episode ends with Blake fighting Adam and it’s a pretty strong character moment for her. Even though she’s visibly frightened, she’s not backing down.
“Let go of the past, Adam. Do it for yourself.”
Of course, he’s a complete creep about it.
It shows just how far she’s come since the likes of Volume 2 in Mountain Glenn when she said she was somebody that just ran away from her problems.
All in all, it’s a solid episode on its own and a very good way to set up the rest of the volume’s finale.
RWBY V6 Ch 11: Lady in the Shoe
The episode starts off with Weiss questioning Ruby on wanting to go to battle between Cordovin in her massive mech suit and Team RWBY along with, Oscar, Qrow, Team JNR and Maria in a battle to stop Cordovin from preventing the entire team from getting to Atlas. I think it’s safe to say that we all thought Cordovin was basically power hungry in bringing out the shell of Megatron to take out an entire squadron of huntsman and huntresses.
And knowing Ruby, she fights it anyways.
The first shot was fired by Cordovin by launching a missile to the airship, which was shot down by Ruby, and Cordovin retaliated by firing what seems like an ice cannon which Weiss came in to block the shot from the entire team.
Jaune decides the best option is to distract Cordovin as long as possible until Yang comes back from checking on Blake, who is now in a battle with Adam. This battle against Cordovin would go on for the majority of the episode with close calls and plot progression that would continue on in the next episode, as the battle for this episode would end with the airship getting caught in the crossfire of battle and was going down after a missile that was fired from the ship was tossed back to them and it seemed like the ship was going down.
After that scene, it cuts to Adam and Blake having a battle in the woods with Blake mostly going in retreat to the point where he says “can you do anything besides run?” A bit ironic given Adam runs away from the truth.
What we thought was a possible scare in the fight where Adam swung his blade and probably cut off a limb was luckily just him cutting off Blake’s jacket and the fight would resume. This fight would reach its endpoint with Adam launching a barrage of hits, while calling Blake selfish and a coward in the process, but Blake spits back by calling Adam delusional, with him retaliating with a swing that broke Blake’s weapon. We then see Adam taking off his blindfold with him revealing a branding he got from the Schnee Dust Company firmly in his left eye, with it being permanently damaged from it.
Firstly, that’s a brand deal taken way too literally, and secondly, I honestly did think Adam was blind this entire time until this point of the show.
Adam goes on with one of his monologues of guilt tripping and spite towards Blake for her deciding to part ways with Adam until Blake got assistance from Yang who came in with her motorcycle and it hit Adam, and fell into the river. Adam and Yang goes into a battle of their own briefly in the last minutes of the episode, in a battle that felt like it had been building up since Adam cut Yang’s arm off in the third volume, with the episode ending with Blake and Yang together as one, ready to go into the final battle with Adam.
Both battles melded well into the next episode in what would be the episode that got everyone talking about the events within the episode.
RWBY V6 Ch 12: Seeing Red
As far as this episode goes, it’s a little hard to write too much in depth on it. It’s almost all action, wrapping up what Chapter 11 started. Fight choreography isn’t my strong suit, so it’s hard for me to comment on it.
The first half is just the Cordovin vs Ruby, Qrow, JNR, Oscar, and Maria fight and winning it.
However, there is a pretty good if brief moment to touch on here between Ruby and Qrow.
Qrow can tell what Ruby’s about to do as she walks toward the edge of the cliff and catches her hand to try to stop her.
She asks him to trust her and the look he gives her is just utterly heartbreaking.
You can tell just how much he doesn’t want to. He’s slipped back into protective uncle mode, trying to protect the little girl he loves so much. His little speech back in Chapter 10 didn’t help matters either. With as much as he blamed himself for, it’s not hard to imagine that he’s feeling like he’d be letting her walk to her death if she goes through with it.
But, of course, it’s Ruby, so she goes anyway.
The main body of this episode comes in the latter half with Adam and Blake vs Yang.
There is a lot that can be analyzed in what Adam says and does in order to manipulate the fight. This is just a brief episode review, though, so I won’t go into great depth with it outside of one moment.
After a combined attack, Blake gets thrown off the cliff and her aura breaks, leaving Yang alone with Adam. He sees Yang’s desperation and goes for what he’ll know will likely stop her in her tracks.
So, of course, her hand starts to shake badly since he purposely hit one of her triggers. (In this context, trigger is being used in a clinical way, not online vernacular. It means a reaction to an external stimulus that causes a reaction. Within the context of PTSD, it causes an emotional and/or physical response to a reminder of something that specifically resembles the traumatic event(s).)
It really does show Adam’s colors as a manipulator.
And it’s Yang, so she does manage to push past it and fight him by herself.
I’d be remiss to not mention the moment she uses her Semblance and just the crowning moment of awesome that’s capped off by the arrangement of Armed and Ready in the background when she catches his sword.
And then there is the elephant in the room: Adam’s death.
I won’t get into the drama on either side. I have my opinions like anybody else, but this isn’t the place for that. It’s just something I felt needed to at least be acknowledged as that is one of the big things when it comes to this episode.
Going back to just the context of things in-universe, it’s the close of one story and the beginning of another for these two. With Adam gone, they no longer have to fear the threat he poses. They can both begin on their journeys of truly healing for the damage and terror he inflicted on them. His reign of fear has ended, so they can keep moving forward.
The episode then ends with a horde of Grimm flying in, led by the Leviathan. Argus begins scrambling its ships to go destroy it, leading into the volume finale.
Overall, a pretty solid episode especially when strung together with Chapter 11.
RWBY Volume 6 Chapter 9 was a real tear-jerker. The thing that stuck out most to me was Juane coping with Pyrrha’s death. I think it was pretty clear throughout the first 3 volumes that they loved each other and if it wasn’t clear then, it was certainly made clear that Juane loved her in this episode.
He spends most of the episode deeply saddened and thinking about her and even visits a statue of her made in memory of her, placed where she trained before coming to Beacon no less and he’s seemingly inconsolable for the time being. How many of us can relate to Juane’s struggle with coping with the loss of someone he loved? Most if not all of us have suffered a loss of love at one point or another and no matter how many we lose it never gets easy. Things like:
“She should be standing here!”
“Why was it her that had to die?”
I’m sure many more questions cross his mind. Just as we all do, he goes through the all too human process of doubting, questioning why, feeling despaired and all that loss entails. But when we lose those we love it doesn’t truly have to be the end of them. Sure, they aren’t physically with us anymore but their memory, what they stood for, what they believed in and the impact that had on all they met stay with us.
On top of all these things, since they’re gone any memory of their legacy and the changes they tried to make must come from those they knew, it must come from us. Physical loss doesn’t have to be the end of a bond, all the things mentioned above are what make a bond live on beyond death but we have to choose to face the pain and continue clinging to those memories. And who knows, perhaps there’s a life beyond this one we will meet them in again one day. Will you allow their legacy to be forgotten in time or cling to their memories and build onto that legacy?
RWBY Volume 6 Chapter 8 is a great mix of comedy and drama despite the fact that it starts off with Team RWBY and crew in prison. Qrow keeps his sarcastic and joking demeanor despite being locked up, the Grimm Reaper comically and casually says these people are her enemies despite the fact that she clearly cares at least somewhat for them. The guards are comically aloof. I felt this was nice change of pace from the constant tension of the last few episodes.
We also get a great bonding moment between Reaper and Ruby as Reaper teaches her how to increase her power and tells her the importance of her eyes. Finding good in bad situations was a major theme in this episode I felt. Despite the revelation of Ozpin and Salem being lovers, Salem possibly being justified in her want to bring destruction and being imprisoned they still find the time to learn, joke around and strengthen their bond.
This episode really reiterated that there’s almost always a silver lining, another joke to be made, another important lesson to be learned, another to teach and much more. If there isn’t a clear silver lining to be seen then we can draw one ourselves and if there isn’t any relief to be found, we can rely on the strength of our bonds to be our relief even if the person isn’t physically there.
The bad and stressful situations in our lives can make this silver lining all the more clear and give us perspective. Whether it be that things might not be as bad as we think, or that they are but we can overcome them, the bad parts of our lives shouldn’t be dismissed or hidden but instead learned from. Like how Reaper learned to thrive despite the loss of her eyes, like how Yang learned to live again despite her PTSD and Qrow learned how to be a better leader despite his struggles. You can grow but the question, will you let the pain help you grow?
In RWBY Volume 6 Chapter 6 we see that team RWBY isn’t coping well with recent events, Qrow’s drinking has gotten worse and he’s gotten even more pessimistic than usual, calling everything stupid. Ruby is so tired she can hardly stand and on top of that there are Grimm hidden right under the well beneath them which they later end up having to confront despite how tired they are and their dire circumstances.
Such is life very often for us as well isn’t it? Problem after problem just seems to arise and we can’t catch a break even when we’re already down? The phrase “kicking someone while they’re down” is expressed very vividly in this episode. The unfortunate truth is that often, life doesn’t wait for us to recover from one tragic event before throwing another and another at us but there’s something the Grimm Reaper said that I believe is a great solution to dealing with this. It’s when Ruby is on the ground and she tells her to think about her loved ones instead of her fear of the Grimm in front of her which has the power to drain people’s will to go on.
There’s a profound truth expressed in this statement that thinking about our loved ones, our blessings and the good things in our life can help us continue on when life seems to have drained every ounce of willpower within us. The ultimate force in this world is love and nothing can overpower it if we allow ourselves to be overcome by it. However, in order to be overcome by love and be given strength by it, we have to choose it.
You see love is not just a feeling, it’s a daily choice we must make and choose to cling to so that the misfortunes of this life don’t overcome us in its place. Every day is a choice to let love in or keep it out and let ourselves be void of it and therefore void of the most vital thing to humanity. Some of us always have to fight to get by just as Team RWBY has to do but they have shown us that just as there’s no end to the circumstances life throws at us. There is also no limit to the power of love and if it’s true, no end to the influence of it. So will you choose to overpower the darkness of life with love as Ruby did or will you let life overpower you?
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