will make another post on my general opinion on volume 4, but one thing I
really, really loved is that Nora and Ren finally got some depth.
I mean I totally loved them before, I
fell in love with Nora at first sight, but it was only when two friends who
watched the show with me couldn’t stand her in volume 1 that I realised she
kinda isn’t much more than an annoying comic relief character, completely over
the top. (Well, everyone was a bit over the top in volume 1.) That changes
a bit in volume 2 and 3, but they didn’t really explore Ren’s and Nora’s
character. They showed us small bits of it and hinted that there was more to
them than what we’ve already seen.
It makes sense because in the beginning
Nora and Ren weren’t meant to be much more than side characters, they weren’t
meant to be important. That changed eventually, but they had to figure a lot of
things out first in general. I mean, at least to me it still completely worked.
I love Ren and Nora, I was desperate to find out more about them.
I don’t think it’s a big flaw their development
and backstory didn’t come earlier, but I’m just so happy we finally got to see
it. Because… what did we even know about Ren before volume 4? Really not that
much. He wasn’t much more than Noras calm sidekick. Which worked as long as the
focus wasn’t on him that much anyway, but this volume they used team RNJR’s
journey to give him his own arc, they developed his character, explored his
It was just the right time to do that.
I’ve been waiting for this ever since
volume 1 and it made me so happy they didn’t just make team JNPR and with it
Ren more important without doing anything with him, they just waited for the
right moment to do amazing things.
I think a thing that really, really
makes me love a show or a book is the feeling that there is more to certain
things than we see at first. Not focussing on a character at first because you
can’t just put everything out there right away, that just wouldn’t work, but hinting there is more about him, making people
crave for every tiny little bit of information until finally we get what we
wanted and it’s just utterly satisfying. Hinting relationships, conflicts, but
not giving it to us right away, just hinting that there is a reason Raven left
Yang, making us wanting to know why just as much as she does, all while
knowing we will get answers eventually. It’s so much more exciting than just
explaining the mystery and giving us the solution right after that, before we
got the chance to get invested in the thing we didn’t know itself.
The thing is I always somehow feel
anxious about things being hinted too much because I’m always so afraid I might
not get an answer. It really, really bothers me, not in a positive way. On one
hand it gets me really, really invested, it completely works. On the other hand
I am just a really anxious person about those things. It’s the thing that makes
me really, really love something, but I’m also a very impatient person, I
really have zero patience regarding anything.
In many ways I feel about RWBY the same
way I felt about the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and the ending of the
Raven Cycle was so wonderful and completely satisfying, I’m really, really
looking forward to what RWBY will give us.
They won’t let the chance slip to
explore all the exciting things they have hinted to us. Ren’s backstory being
explored helped me to enjoy the show more because something I’ve really, really
been waiting for finally got explored and it makes me more confident I will get
all the other things I’ve been waiting for so long eventually.