RWBY episode 11 and 12 Review and Recap
Volume 3 is over and it left us wanting even more. It has an even bigger cliffhanger than the other two volumes and episode 12 felt far more like a finale than it previous volume endings. I am getting ahead of myself with all this so let’s dive on to the review.
Episode 11, Of Heroes and Monsters, we start things off with Ruby on the stolen airship and the Gimm Dragon circling around Beacon Academy. I love the Grimm Dragon and how it looks. It looks threatening and feels like some type of Alpha due to the lesser Grimm flocking to it. Now I do have one question about this Grimm Dragon, what is its backstory? Is there some type of legend based off the Grimm Dragon? Is there a way to defeat it and if so, with what? I guess will have to wait and see until future episodes. It is around this time Neo makes an appearance and we see her outfit change. It looks like her clothes are transforming or transitioning. Now I’m having a hard time trying to pin down what her semblance is but it has a lot of “Smoke and Mirrors” vibe going on. Kind of like an altering perception type of semblance different to Emerald’s illusions. Now Neo alerts Torchwick and we see that he isn’t too happy about Ruby coming in to ruin his fun.
The episode then goes back to Beacon where Blake reunites with Adam. Oh deities the tension is intense! Now I had believed that Blake and Adam had some form of history given to both her trailer early on and how she had spoke of him back Yang was asking whether or not they (Ruby, Weiss, and Blake) believed her. So when Adam and Blake finally met up I had expected to see more pieces of that history. Right away not only does Adam manage to creep me out but he also scares me. He calls Blake his love which leads me to believe that they were a thing back in day. It may have started out as mutual then turned abusive later, given the information we have been given in the past episodes. Blake is terrified to see Adam and we see that in her facial expression. Whether or not it is due to him killing someone in front of her or him finding her is a bit… of a mystery for now. Blake could have just ran like she has done in the past. Yet when Adam calls Blake a coward we see her going to confront him. However she is afraid of Adam, thus giving him the advantage in the fight. We also see that Adam has some kind of hold on her mentally. Now it is also in this scene where we get hints about Adam’s weapon. When Blake’s and Adam’s swords make contact we see sparks come off the swords. Normally when two swords make contact in battle we don’t see sparks fly off the blades. This seems to imply that there is either some type movement or that it may be dust infused. This would explain how he is able to use his semblance the way he had in the Black Trailer a bit.
We then shift to the other teams that went to help Beacon. Even though it looks like they have the upper hand in the fight, they are slowly becoming weaker. This isn’t due to fighting the Grimm or the White Fang but the Paladin Mechs that went rogue. In fact it is the mechs that are draining these teams the most. The teams aren’t able to do enough damage to the Mechs to where they can catch much of a break causing them to place most of their efforts in combating the Mechs. Now it is this scene where we finally get to see Velvet’s weapon which is awesome. While her weapon may make her (in my eyes) one of the strongest it is also extremely limiting. Back when Ruby is talking Velvet, we see her take a photo of both Sun’s weapon and Ruby. The photo she takes serve as a one time fuel source, given how the once she uses the weapon it disintegrates. This is why back in Volume 2 Coco told Velvet not to waste her weapon. Her weapon is a “In case of emergencies” type of weapon given all of this information, and even though that is the case we see that in Volume 2 Velvet is a martial artist without it. We do see Weiss manage to do a summoning glyph (kind of) when she goes to help Velvet. We only see the arm of
the Knight with his sword from the White trailer slice the Mech in half. We see that it completely leaves Weiss exhausted. This seems like this could be Weiss’s strongest ability once she gets a better hold of it.
We shift back to Ruby and her fight with both Neo and Torchwick. She appears to not be able to land a solid hit on either one of them. Both Torchwick and Neo compliment each other in battle so much that they seem to be in sync with one another. Ruby does however starts making like a detective and asks Torchwick questions. Since Torchwick is a guy that loves to hear himself talk, he starts giving some information. He doesn’t spill everything but it is enough to imply that Neo and himself may be unwilling participants in this attack. Now whatever Cinder has on him to make him willing to work with her is for the most part unknown. Also Ruby doesn’t seem to look like she has learned her lesson about fighting without her weapon. She could have very easily died for trying hand to hand combat on a stolen airship and fighting this way when her opponents have weapons. He does go on to tell Ruby that this is the real world and spirit doesn’t mean anything. Spirit that we know Ruby has a lot of. He also tells her that if she wants to be the hero she has to die like a hero. He is interrupted by a Grimm swallowing him whole. My one question about that is Torchwick really dead? Other than Grimm evaporating/dissolving once dead, we know almost nothing about them. Like how do they digest their meals? We do see Ruby kill the Grimm afterwards causing the airship to crash. She lands at the docks of Beacon and that is pretty much the last we see Ruby, at least for this episode.
We go to see how Glynda, and Qrow are handling things down in Vale. We also see Cardin lending a helping hand. I am a bit relieved that they didn’t make Cardin or his team join the bad guys like many had expected. I still would have liked to see his entire team fighting this with him. Oh well perhaps later on we will see more of them. It is also here where Ironwood meets up with them. I was surprised to see his whole right side of his body is robotic. What happened to him to cause him to have his entire right side “replaced” (lack of a better word)? We finally get to see Qrow’s weapon in its final form, which is so cool! I was shocked for a bit since he says nothing before lunging towards Ironwood, but we see that he is fast. His scythe looks a lot like a scythe Death would use, adding to the coolness factor for me.
The end of the episode does shift back and forth a lot. Kind of distracting to me, but it was decent enough to the point where it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. We see Yang meet up with Weiss asking if she had seen Blake. She and Weiss then agree to split up. Weiss looks for Ruby while Yang looks for Blake. I do happen to ship Blake and Yang, so to see tiny things that make the ship possible made me happy. Now back to the Blake and Adam fight, we see that Blake is still very much so on the losing end of it. Adam is not even breaking a sweat, and makes the fight more personal by slapping her. He does make good on his threat by going after the things Blake loves starting with Yang, who shows up at the worst time ever. Again tiny things making my ship possible (insert happy noises). He stabs Blake to draw Yang’s attention. It is here where we see him disarm her. Too soon, too soon. Adam’s signature slash we saw in the Black trailer is the very same that severs Yang’s arm. Yang is my one of my favorite characters so to see this happen made me upset. When Adam goes to finish Yang, Blake gets in his way. He asks her why does she hurt him this way before going to cut off her head. Thankfully it was a shadow clone but man it got me tearing up a cool minute. Adam is by far the creepiest and craziest I have seen in the show so far. Blake managed to hold her shadow clone long enough to get herself and Yang out of there which was pretty awesome.
While this is happening, Pyrrha and Jaune are going down to the vault with Ozpin. I probably was the only one thinking but Jaune shouldn’t be running with his sword. He can be clumsy and falling
now would be just the lamest way to go for him. He does keep asking Pyrrha question to which Pyrrha responds with that there is no time to talk about it. It is here we see the transfer of the Fall Maiden’s aura into Pyrrah while Jaune is to be on the lookout for anything that may prevent it. Now we know Pyrrha is in agonizing pain by her screaming which distract Jaune who’s only job was to stand watch. It distracts him long enough for Cinder to kill Amber and take the rest of the power. He only had one job! This does end up with Pyrrha and Jaune being ordered to leave Ozpin behind to fight Cinder on his own. Yay we may finally get a fight seen with him.
In episode 12, The End of the Beginning, it was wild (for lack of a better world). We start off with Ozpin and Cinder fighting in the vault. The only problem I really have with this is that it was far too short for my taste. From what we saw from the fight, the intensity of the it does make up for it being so short. Cinder finally has the Fall Maiden’s power and she is using every ounce of it. As for Ozpin, I can’t really say what his semblance is but we do see a bit of his fighting style. He seems to be more of a disabling fighter. For instance that 50 hit combo he does on Cinder, it looks like he was aiming for pressure points. Now the speed and shield he uses in this fight I don’t think it is his semblance. I personally believe that he is in fact the Wizard from the Four Maidens. Since he is such a mysterious character, even now, I don’t think we will really know for sure until much later. His weapon is what makes me believe that he is far more of a disabler. His cane is a stick with a mechanism in the handle. No blades or dust of any sort, just a stick with a mechanism in the handle. I really wanted to see more of this fight just to see Ozpin’s fight style. The fight ends with Ozpin in his shield charging at Cinder while she is shooting fire at him.
We shift to Beacon to see it is being evacuated with Professors Port and Oobleck being in charge of it. Looks like they both made it out of the stadium with barely a scratch on either one of them. I would have loved to see that fight. We also learn that Vale is secure which make sense due to Beacon being the main target of the attack. Ruby also reunites with Weiss at Beacon. Now Weiss seems to have recovered from her exhaustion and is ready to fight. We see that Ren, Nora, Yang, and Blake are no longer able to fight. This leaves only Weiss, Ruby, and Sun the only ones able to fight. I really like Sun’s character here because he feels more like a leader and tactician than in previous episodes. He is telling Ruby that this is fight that can’t be won and that they have to retreat to get a better hold of their strength. In this we see Blake holds Yang’s hand repeating “I’m sorry” over and over. The shipper in me screams in joy at this. It looks like Blake blames herself for what had happen to Yang. A blame that is probably going to last for a while. We see Ruby going closer to the edge with her seeing Yang get hurt. We seen her lose Penny and it is that same look in her eyes. Less that Penny’s death but the shock is visible in her eyes. Sun’s comment is what keeps her from breaking down. Nora and Ren however refuse to leave Jaune and Pyrrha behind despite the wounds they have. I can understand their refusal, I wouldn’t want leave my friends behind. It is here where Ruby promises to find them and bring them back. She isn’t going to lose one more person and is willing to throw her life if it means saving someone. This is what makes her a hero and a leader in my eyes. The willingness to sacrifice for the sake of others. Weiss goes along with Ruby knowing that she will need help, leaving Sun no choice but to stay behind.
We shift to the Dragon circling the tower and see Jaune and Pyrrha finally exiting the tower. Jaune immediately goes to call for help and Pyrrha is looking back to the tower worried. She is listening to the fight raging on between Ozpin and Cinder. It then goes quiet which the fight is over. It is when the hear Cinder going to the top that Pyrrha realizes no one will arrive in time to save the tower. She makes a decision to try to buy time so that help can arrive. Jaune won’t have any of it and is trying to stop her. It is here we get the Arkos kiss. Now I ran around my house screaming “ARKOS IS CANON!” Over and
over like a crazy person at seeing the kiss. It puts him in enough shock for Pyrrha to shove him in a locker to send him to Vale. She tells him to send help that she will hold off Cinder. Jaune calls Weiss begging her to help Pyrrha breaking down emotionally. It hit me in the feels pretty hard. Of course Ruby and Weiss have to get through the Grimm to get to Pyrrha. We also see that Cinder is able to communicate with the Grimm Dragon with ease.
The fight between Cinder and Pyrrha is one of the strongest fights I had seen so far. Pyrrha is at the very low end of strength to combat her now that Cinder has the Fall Maiden’s power. Of course Pyrrha is outmatched in this fight. What unnerves me is that Cinder can grab Pyrrha’s sword without hurting herself. The mere fact that Cinder melts Pyrrha’s sword shows that Pyrrha is outmatched. Forcing Pyrrha to use her semblance is what let Cinder have the upper hand. Although Pyrrha’s semblance is strong. Using debris to attack Cinder made the fight all the better for me. Ruby and Weiss seeing that they are struggling decide to use the move they had used on the Nevermore back in Volume 1. Weiss creates a “road” for Ruby to run on the side of the CCT. When she gets to the top, she sees Cinder kill Pyrrha. I cried for Pyrrha. However is she really “dead” we see everything but her headdress evaporate. There might be hope for her yet! It is here we see Ruby snap. She screams while a silver/white light flows from her eyes.
Everything then fades to white. We hear Qrow say that the tower has fallen, and that they have to fall back. We don’t see anything during this and I like the contrast here from episode 7. Black resembling the villain’s talking and white is our heroes talking. Qrow is the one to recover Ruby and I think it was due to him looking for Ozpin. It would explain the cane being in his possession later on. We go back to Patch to find that Ruby was out for a few days. Her dad finally gets some screen time and a speaking role after being seen in the first episode. I actually like the caring dorky dad vibe he gives. Sure I would have loved it if he were a badass but this works too. Now he doesn’t want Ruby to know too much about what happen because he is afraid that Ruby would go running off to fight again. Ruby and Yang are basically all he has left so to see him try to keep information away makes sense. It is only when Qrow asks to talk Ruby privately where we see tension forming. I want to know why does Taiyang have issues with Qrow? Also it appears that Ruby and Yang shared a room up until Beacon due to there being a second bed in the room. It is even color coded. Red on Ruby’s bed and yellow on Yang’s bed. It is also fun to note that Ruby has Grimm action figures which was cute. However Yang isn’t in the room with Ruby so it may have been something they did in the past.
Qrow asks Ruby what did Ozpin tell her on the night she met him. How would he know that information? Did Ozpin tell him? It is here where he explains what had happened. He tells her that those with silver eyes were destined to fight Grimm and that they were capable of freezing them with a look. It is also a trait she shares with her mother. The fact that the Grimm Dragon is frozen surprised me a bit. Ruby Rose the one who is powerless without her weapon, capable of freezing Grimm with a look… it will take some getting used to. It is also here we learn that Qrow was working under Ozpin all this time. He does drop a hint that Haven is where the trail leads before leaving. Of course before anything she goes to check on Yang. I think volume 3 as a whole served to break Yang. She gets framed, loses her arm, and loses her friends. She lost so much that she doesn’t really seem to care all that much anymore. It broke my heart. We learn that Weiss’s father came to get Weiss to Atlas, and that Blake just ran without saying goodbye. Yang is feeling all sorts of hurt right now and it shows. She couldn’t even return Ruby’s “I love you.”
We get a time skip and I actually like that we get here instead of Volume 4. It feels smoother to me in terms of pacing. We do get the end season voice over where we see what everyone else is doing. We finally get to see who has pulling the strings and I must say I’m surprised. A humanoid Grimm in what appears to be a different dimension? Oh the next Volume is going to be epic! We do get an end credit scene and it shows that Ruby may not be without help (aside from Jaune, Nora, and Ren).