8. Volume 2
Volume 2, while still a fantastic one, finds itself ranked at number 8, and there are a couple of reasons why it doesn't shine as brightly as the others. One of the primary reasons is its pacing and plot structure. Volume 2, sandwiched between the introductory phase of Volume 1 and the more intense, plot-heavy Volume 3, often feels like it's in a transitional phase. While it does a great job of further developing characters and exploring their dynamics, the volume sometimes struggles with balancing character development with advancing the main storyline.
It's like being on a ride that occasionally slows down just a bit too much - you love the ride, but you're itching for a bit more speed and excitement. This is not to say that Volume 2 doesn't have its moments - the action scenes are as exciting and well-choreographed as ever, and the deeper dive into the characters' backgrounds is genuinely engaging. But, compared to the other volumes' tight, action-packed narratives, Volume 2 feels a bit more like a setup for future events rather than a standout chapter on its own.
Another aspect where Volume 2 finds itself slightly lagging is in its handling of the overarching threats and antagonists. While it does an admirable job of introducing new villains and building upon the dreadfully increasing sense of danger, it doesn't quite match the intensity and stakes presented in the other volumes.
In a series where the escalation of conflict and the development of its antagonists play a crucial role, Volume 2 feels a bit more subdued. The villains don't have the same level of menace or impact as seen in other volumes. This, paired with a narrative that sometimes drifts away from its main plot, leads to Volume 2 feeling less urgent and compelling in the grand scheme of RWBY's epic saga.
Despite these challenges, it's important to note that RWBY's Volume 2 is still a vital part of the series, laying the groundwork for future developments and enriching the world of Remnant.