**Volume 6 Episode 7; "The Grimm Reaper "**
Alright, so this is only my fourth review I have don’t so far because I only decided to do this earlier this volume, so I have not talked about much other than team RWBY, so strap in because in episode seven we get the remainder of team JNPR back in action and I have some thoughts.
Before we talk about JNPR, I think I should start at the beginning of the episode, with the Grimm reaper. Beyond having an awesome name like Grimm reaper, her power set includes, two scythes that can be pulled together and silver eyes. I can’t tell the animators enough how much I enjoy, not just the effort they put into the show but also the elegance and appealing look of the whole thing. The whole time she fought I was immersed in the action and it flowed excellently. They established her as a good fighter first, and in no time jumped straight into why we should care. Also, subtle hints that it was Maria popped up over and over until she outright told us at the end. The sixty second aura on the (shark? Barracuda? Snake?) faunus was cool and the added ticking to the music gave the scene a sense of urgency. The end of the scene was jarring and brutal and I couldn’t have done it better if you doubled my brain cells to two and gave me a hundred years. However, I would like a set photo from when you recorded her screams because I need to know you didn’t actually attack your voice actor. The screams from Maria and the music stopping so quickly really pulled the scene together.
Now, enough of me flattering the animators and director and writers, and on to the review of the plot. Framing Maria to be ashamed of her past but willing to tell it says a lot about her character. This show has a plethora of people who are ashamed off their past and try to hide it. Blake, ashamed of being a part of the white fang, tried to hide it. Ozpin, ashamed of, well, everything in his past, tried to hide it. Jaune, ashamed he knew nothing about how to fight and cheated his way into beacon, tried to hide it. Maria is obviously ashamed of having given up being a huntress for so long, but she still tells the team because she knows that secrets lead to distrust and pain. I really enjoy Maria as a character and I love seeing her open up.
Now, on to the Argus portion of the episode. (one quick second, when Yang said “ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived at Argus” who else thought she was going to say, “we got em”) I cannot express how much I love Nora Valkyrie. She is the number one character in anything I have ever seen, and I have felt this way since she first came on screen in volume one. And no, its not because we both have red hair and ADHD. Anyway, I was whooping loudly in my chair when she came on screen, and I love the nickname little boy Oz. I should cut this reunion short by adding that team JNPR did not see jinn’s explanation of Ozpin’s backstory, and do not know anything about Maria. Anyway, I would like to address how many people in the comments have said that they support a Ruby and Jaune ship. I usually don’t touch on things like this but for the sake of innocence, I am now. Please let Jaune and Ruby, or for that case any two characters, just be friends. Please.
Anyway, now on to the next best part of this episode, Jaune's sister. I love Jaune, he is great, and I love the idea of him having seven sisters. I was overjoyed when we finally got to meet one of them and see a cannon photo of his family. Also, we now know that Jaune and Saph are the only two living away from home, so if Jaune and the gang go to his home, we can meet all of them at once, which I look forward to greatly. The fact that Saph is a lesbian and has a child made the moment incredible, mostly because they didn’t spend too much time on it. And finally, I love their home, it looks gorgeous.
The ending of this episode on team RWBY at the gates of the military base was interesting and I look forward to next week.
(Sorry this one was late, I was not in a good head space to wright a review, and I didn’t want to publish a half-baked review. Better to be late and good than on time and meh.)
Well done Rooster Teeth, keep up the good work, Nightpound.