My concerns and hopes for the remainder of Blake's arc in volume 4
Blake ran for two very clear reasons, that much is certain. But five episodes in, the writer’s have only addressed one of them.
When Adam swore to “destroy everything Blake loves”, he started with Yang, which is symbolic in its own right, but I believe he very well intends on killing Blake’s parents, hence why she’s run to them. To tell them, I believe. And so far in the volume, that makes sense.
My problem is that the writing has made it seem that Blake has all but forgotten rwby, especially and most importantly, Yang. The amount of depth and storytelling these two have that they have yet to touch upon, can honestly deserve an entire volume on its own.
Which leads me to think that if they don’t shift at least part of the focus of Blake’s arc toward what happened with Yang soon, we may not see that whole arc be resolved for a long time.
Arryn had tweeted many months ago that one of her particular voice acting performances this volume was incredibly “emotional”, and that gives me hope that Blake’s arc will indeed, shift toward Yang and her. Shipping aside, there’s some serious stuff that needs to be addressed. Blake ran for two reasons, remember this.
For her family
And to get away from Yang, thus keeping her from further harm. That and the guilt she must have suffered. Blake probably couldn’t look Yang in the eye now.
So far, only the former has retained focus, whereas the latter reason is fading away seemingly.
Which is an incredibly poor writing decision, in my opinion. I believe there’s still time to turn it around, but so far, I’m growing a little disappointed with Blake’s arc this volume.
She’s my favorite.
Which makes it more saddening to see her character being handled a little less well than I’d have hoped…
Here’s hoping the writers manage to address all the unresolved issues concerning Blake, (and yang) and that they do it well.