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RWBY Recap: Volume 6, Episode 12 – Darth Maul, Much?

Let me just say, I am monkey-fighting tired of this Monday to Friday fight between Cordovan and … everyone else. For the purposes of this review, I’m not going to give it another ounce of my attention. Suffice to say, as of this episode, it is over.

The most interesting part of this episode is the conclusion of the other fight: the one between Yang, Blake, and Adam Taurus.

It’s interesting to see how Adam tries to gaslight and manipulate his opponents, a bit like Spider-Man but … evil. And it’s all the more empowering to see how he fails so hard at it. From the way Adam taunts Yang and Blake, it sounds like he’s a reluctant Bumblebee shipper himself; he sees Blake’s defection to “the good guys” as though Blake dumped him for Yang.

“What does she even see in you?” he demands, infuriated.

I dunno, man. Friendship?

We’re also treated to an excellently choreographed two-on-one fight. Adam’s semblance is really at play here, now that we’ve been duly informed that it, like Yang’s, absorbs force and flings it back at attackers. Like Yang’s.

The episode concludes with a very Darth Maul-like sendoff for Adam. If you’ve kept up with Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, you know how that goes. Calling it now.

While things are starting to look up for our heroes, with all the negative emotions emanating from Argus (and my living room couch) for the past three or four episodes, it appears the final battle of this volume involves the inevitably Grimm consequences.

In terms of pacing, I am becoming less impressed with this volume. It started out so strong. QROWBYNJR were going places, the plot was doing things, and … aw man, it was so good!

Now, how many fifteen-minute episodes were spent on this ridiculous mech fight, when we could be learning more about Neo, Cinder, and Malachite — or perhaps, learned more about Emerald’s inner conflict? And nu, where’s Winter? I’m getting “Jaundice” flashbacks, and not in a good way.

Next week’s episode, the season finale, had better be a lengthy one. Otherwise, I don’t know how they’ll manage to tie up all the loose ends of this volume — or the Post-Beacon story arc.