RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5 in a Necessary Sacrifice

RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5

In the land down under, animal people do not want to go war in a foreign land, but a Necessary Sacrifice may make them change their minds. We also get some great character development in RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5.

If you have not watched the animated web series RWBY up to Volume 5 Chapter, you should bookmark this page and go watch it. While I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, I cannot review Chapter 5 without mentioning events that happened earlier in the series. After you watch the series and read my review of Volume 4 here, you can return to this page and continue reading my review of RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5: Necessary Sacrifice.

RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5 Review

Sometimes, you come across an episode that does nothing, but it comes when you need such an episode. RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5 is one such episode.

On the surface, Necessary Sacrifice is a decent episode. It does what it sets out to do. It gives us a rundown on Blake’s and Ruby’s character while letting us breathe after the roller coaster that was Chapter 4. We needed to slow down here, and Chapter 5 delivered.

However, the episode has a lot of issues with respect to the overall narrative of the show. Blake and Sun go on a fool’s journey to gather volunteers to go to war for them. Then, Ruby and Oscar have a talk. Finally, the episode sets up Blake’s arc for the volume. Each scene was a nice but amounted to nothing but filler.

Blake and Sun

While I understand just trying, I don’t know what Blake and Sun thought would happen when they asked everyone to join their army. Even Blake knew this was foolish. At least, we get some great Faunus designs out of it. Plus, Blake’s and Sun’s date at the end was adorable. I’m not sure about Blake’s scheme of labeling people with single words though. She called Weiss out for something similar in Volume 1, which makes her look like a hypocrite. We should have gotten some of Blake’s life with Adam and in the White Fang here, but no. We just get her labels.

Ruby and Oscar

I do not hate Oscar like some in the fandom do. I understand why he is on the show. I would just like to know why he left his farm. He still has no leg in the main fight other than having Ozpin in his head. I don’t mind Ruby giving Oscar this talk either. Oscar is a confused teenager way out of his league. It makes sense that he would cling to the only one there that is closest to his age. With that said, it is nice to hear what Ruby feels about her situation and the death of her friends. She does need moments like this to vent or her emotions would explode on her eventually. Either way, this was the best segment of the episode.

The White Fang

The final third of the episode confirmed that the entire Blake arc, including White Fang stuff, is a month behind the rest of the show. That is good to know. It will make it less jarring if we find Blake just show up in the RNJR arc later in the volume. The Albains give Ilia her orders to kill Blake’s family while commenting on Adam’s mental health. The scene also suggested that the fox brothers are not exactly on Adam’s side either. Either way, we now know the Blake arc for the rest of the volume.

Overall, RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5 was a decent episode. It wasn’t memorable though. No one will remember that it existed. However, it did what it set out to do. It let us cool down before show picked up the tempo again, and, from the thumbnail for Chapter 6, we needed it. There were some issues with the timing of the events compared to the rest of the show, but it certainly was not the worst.

So, we move on to Volume 6, which has the title of “Known by its song”, with Raven and yang facing off in the thumbnail. Looks like we are getting the talk, or at least the aftermath. You can read my Chapter 6 review here.  Until them, you can post your reviews of RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5 in the comments below before reading what else I have in store for you on this website.

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