With RWBY Volume 6 on the horizon, Rooster Teeth Animations just dropped the Adam Taurus character short. Perhaps one of the more underutilized characters of the post-Beacon arc, I was especially excited to see where this video would take us in terms of his origin story, character development, and where things stand as of Volume 5’s end.
But first, a word from Kerry Shawcross and another gentleman I don’t recognize, who want you to know that there’s a new webseries called Nomad of Nowhere. (Well, to anyone who’s seen it, is it any good? On a scale of RWBY to Camp-Camp, how does it score in terms of family-friendliness?)
The ensuing character short seems to take us through several different timeframes, though the transitions become increasingly ambiguous as events progress. Some of the highlights of this video, in my opinion, are Adam’s apparent aesthetic evolution and the prominent appearances of Sienna Khan, chieftain of the White Fang (after Ghira, then deposed most unceremoniously by Adam in Volume 5).
The combat situations highlight Sienna’s and Adam’s fighting styles splendidly. (Adam’s Moonslice semblance move still gives me painful flashbacks from Volume 3!) Ilia’s contributions to the offense, however, reflect the Volume 5 animators’ seemingly bad habit of letting characters who aren’t currently in the spotlight just stand there, frozen, like sitting duck-faunuses (see 4:29 in the YouTube video).
Towards the end of the video, the footage shown starts to feel like recycled footage or deleted scenes from Volume 5. Some of it adds context, such as Sienna Khan’s promise to Adam that if he keeps fighting the good fight, he’ll get to stand beside her throne. Clearly, she knew that despite Adam’s protestations and declarations of fealty to the Faunus cause, he is motivated most by his lust for power. Her mistake was thinking being second to her was enough for Adam….
One very, very obvious point that the animators hint at, at the beginning and end of the short, is the fact that we have never actually seen Adam’s face. Heck, I’m so used to seeing Adam masked that it’s practically part of his face! As the short closes, we see a defeated Adam (defeated by the mere sight of Blake angrily waving her hands around, I guess) stumbling away, his mask discarded on the ground behind him.
…Which oh, so subtly behooves us to ask: what’s the deal with Adam’s face? What’s he been hiding behind that mask? My guess is a perfectly normal pair of
SILVER eyes and, oh, maybe a nose.
As painfully unsubtle as they are when it comes to this sort of thing, Rooster Teeth are still the unsung conductors of the Hype Train. (They could also teach Rian Johnson of The Last Jedi infamy a thing or two about subverting expectations.) So whether or not it actually happens (*cough* Jaune’s semblance *cough*), I can conclude that they really want us to expect to see Adam’s full face in the upcoming volume.