i love when people start explaining rwby through the character’s allusions. the raw power of going up to someone and being like “thor and mulan made out during a political rally held by robin hood, when a scorpion committed mass murder and framed pinocchio for it” like that’s fucking hogwild.
RWBY Episode 1:
A quirky, klutzy 15-year-old named Ruby Rose gets accepted to a school where she learns to fight monsters and gets into wacky shenanigans! But watch out, because a mean old bank robber is out to get her!
RWBY Episode 85:
Ruby's best friend gets framed for a mass murder at a political rally.
marrow seemed like he really didn’t want to use his semblance on the crowd. he grimaces, looks guilty and hesitates before using it. then, afterwards, because he used his semblance on so many people, he looks ill and sways on his feet, worn out from using his semblance in a way weiss usually does from overuse.
marrow is definitely shaping up to be the most interesting ace op, and i BET the others are going to give him a LOT of flack for this regardless of whether he could’ve stopped it or not.
Ren being flippant and constantly asking for more missions as the counterpoint of Nora following closely the political situation in Mantle is so interesting though. Because Ren is thinking in individual terms, of what he can do to help the situation, and how he can use his unique ability to protect people, he’s not interested in hearing people talk (onething his semblance seems to do his block sounds around him so he can sense better).
So we get scenes like these, where everyone is talking to Ironwood about making the situation better in Mantle and working with Robyn, only for Ren to derail the conversation (which, he thinks he’s getting it back on track) and ask for their new assignments. He’s interrupting Nora here, Nora who’s been talking passionately about how much harm Ironwood’s failure to act and communicate well in Mantle is hurting all of them.
Ren isn’t good at talking, sure. But mostly he doesn’t see the point at all. He doesn’t get that it’s by working together and communicating well that they can make the situation better. Ren isn’t unlike James on this one, when he thinks there’s no way Robyn would accept to be open to the idea of working with him and so won’t even try. There’s one fundamental disagreement that’s bound to hurt them a lot by the end of this volume. You can’t always fight your way out of a situation.