7. "Of Solitude and Self" - Volume 9, episode 10
"Of Solitude and Self" is an episode from RWBY's latest volume, which follows one of the best arcs in the show to date and truly entertains as much as it makes you weep. This episode dives deep into the emotions and motivations of Ruby, Neopolitan, Weiss, Yang, Blake, and Jaune, giving us a closer look at their inner struggles and triumphs, and giving us a bad guy who feels familiar and is easy to hate.
What makes it so special is how it balances the intense and gorgeous action with heartfelt moments, a signature RWBY blend. One moment, you're on the edge of your seat watching epic battles with stunning animation, and the next, you're trying to hide the fact you're wiping away tears from your kids because of a touching scene that tugs at your heartstrings. They still knew I was crying. This episode showcases the strength and vulnerability of the characters, making them feel more real and relatable.
But it's not just about the feels - this episode is a visual feast too. The animation team absolutely outdid themselves not just in this episode but in the entirety of volume 9, creating scenes that are both beautiful and breathtaking. The fight choreography is top-notch, with every move and strike flowing seamlessly, making the battles feel like a dance of power and grace. And let's not forget the music – it perfectly captures the mood of every scene, whether it's a heart-pumping fight or a quiet, introspective moment.
"Of Solitude and Self" is a perfect example of RWBY's magic: combining storytelling, action, and artistry to create an episode that's not just entertaining, but also deeply moving and memorable. It's like a delicious cake with all your favorite flavors – you just can't get enough of it!
TL;DR - the ninth volume's finale has a message for everyone to hear and gives us incredible fight scenes, leaving us hanging while we await confirmation of a 10th volume. (PLEASE, ROOSTER TEETH, WE BEG YOU.)