Volume 4, Chapter 9: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

RWBY: Volume 4, Chapter 9: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

It's been several months since the Fall of Beacon, and the world of Remnant is still recovering. Tensions are high, lives have been lost, and the members of Team RWBY... are divided. Each of our heroines now faces a journey of their own. While some must search inward if they ever hope to move on, others will venture out into the world in search of answers. Alongside the remaining members of Team JNPR, Ruby Rose has begun the long trek to the kingdom of Mistral, but the road ahead is full of surprises. New friends and enemies await, while the threat of an even larger catastrophe draws near.

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  • GoofierChick Animatist

    2 weeks ago

    No one gonna point out that Taeyang just punched his daughter in the face

  • Sansie

    2 months ago

    omg guys. illia has Pyrrha's eyes... i looked at a picture of pyrrha, then illia, and there eyes are the same!

  • Cooler1478

    3 months ago

    Ahhh yeah... since I didn't bother in watching the episodes after chapter 8, I can now binge watch the ones I didn't see.

  • BigBadBob70 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    gotta hand it to the animation team for improving the models. They made Zwei look better and made Blake's ears look more natural

  • CrescentSunrise FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    I was doing some visual comparisons because I was bored, and I think that the Knight from the White Trailer is now only approx. 3/4ths of its original size, maybe a bit smaller than that.

    • Tehepicdan

      3 months ago

      Makes sense. In Volume 3 Episode 4 Weiss was able to summon the knight's sword, but it was way smaller. Even though Weiss has trained to be better, does not mean she can summon a perfect copy.

  • CenterJacked FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    I would also like to point out that after rewatching the other volumes, im pretty sure we have already seen Jaunes semblence. Back in vol. 1, when cardin was bullyign him, in the forest, he tried to punch jaune, and there was a flash of light and Cardin took the damage from the punch, which he wasnt expecting, so I think Jaunes semblence it most likely something super powerful that he can use to either heal himself when pyrrha unlocked his aura, or make people who attack him automatically take the damage from the hit

    • GenesisMurray

      3 months ago

      But then again, it only took a couple swipes from that grimm to take Jaunes aura to the low zone. Maybe his mind was too clouded to realize he was not fighting efficiently. 

  • CenterJacked FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    WHERES THE NEXT EPISODE!! I CANT STAND THE TORTURE

    • stacyxrwby FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      NEEEEH!!! ;^;

  • Sparkysbro

    3 months ago

    I was too busy watching Zwei wag his tail to pay attention to Yang and Taiyang.

  • OliC2025

    3 months ago

    waiting for the next chapter, if qrow dies I'll stab myself.

  • Tehepicdan

    3 months ago

    I hope that when shit goes down Nora rides another Ursa into battle...

  • ClankyPick81

    3 months ago

    Can we PLEASE punch that smug little shit Whitley in the face now?

    • Superslash67

      3 months ago

      Yes please

    • 99cells

      3 months ago

      Punch him? That s**t stain needs to get stabbed already!!

  • vijajpi

    3 months ago

    Im just currious... Why Qrow can't turn into a bird now? That would be way easier to carry him i gues :P

    • Leonator666

      3 months ago

      Didn´t he explain that this is not his semblance?

    • vijajpi

      3 months ago

      Yup, its not his semblance but that doesn't mean he cant be a shape-shifter (and we saw at least twice he is ;) That part is still unexplained, maybe its another race or something... But i think we will learn more about it from Raven. 

    • SirAaronsLucario FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      I would like to point out that most credible stories and tales that involve shapeshifters points out that they cannot do it while they are injured. Take the movie "Peregrines home for peculiar children" for example.

  • Jonthefailure

    3 months ago

    i love this show

  • NightxSpark

    3 months ago

    the one time the one f*cking time THEY DONT HAVE A F*CKING MAP TO PULL OUT OF THERE PANTS LIKE ALL THE OTHER TIMES F*ck. God Damn plot convenience... 

    • CenterJacked FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      All the other times they did have the map, they must have dropped it and left it when they fought Tyrian

    • Valourtore

      2 months ago

      Ren dropped the map when they rushed into the Oniyuri abandoned town.

  • Gilgalance FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Anyone know when the next chapter is released? And how many chapters are there this season?!

    • Potential19

      3 months ago

      12

    • Gilgalance FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      Thanks :)

  • Tex513

    3 months ago

    Burnie is continuing to be my favorite voice actor, I love how he has his dad moments in RWBY. Hopefully Qrow doesn't die, he's one of my favs

  • GenesisMurray

    3 months ago

    With Qrow being all loopy and stuff, the sound of him telling Tai that "She isn't coming back" makes me want to believe that he knows something about Summer's disappearance. Maybe he can be talking about Raven, but i want to lean more towards Summer. there isn't much that i have noticed that really hints any apparent theories but wouldn't think if anyone know anything about Summer Rose's disappearance than it would be Qrow.

  • manpersonthingguy

    3 months ago

    I think raven killed summer.

    • AofAJ

      3 months ago

      That would be messed up but plausible.

    • Slick146

      3 months ago

      Hazel.

  • user-562c38533273c FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Great episode (torture not watching the whole season in a binge). Great to see Yang fighting again and her dad was spot on with his assessment. Weiss summoning was completely badass now she needs to get the hell out of the house already. I love Sun's semblance (forgot he could do that). 

    • BigBadBob70 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      IKR, I was so used to being able to watch it all at once but now I gotta wait a week for each episode and I'm telling ya, the withdrawl isn't good

  • tronzy123

    3 months ago

    Qrow don't die :(

  • teamMAZE

    3 months ago

    6:14 looks like the final pose for the end of a dance

  • trequor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Okay what the heck is the new director's deal with people talking 500 miles a part on screen? Seriously those logs from last episode were like thirty feet from the tiny campfire, they wouldnt even get any warmth...

  • UncertainTitle

    3 months ago

    "What can one Huntsman accomplish that an army cannot?"

    Something tells me that your "army" isn't going to stop this Huntsman ^ ^

  • user-5610f2cd13d7d

    3 months ago

    I hope Yang doesn't lose the metal arm

  • Alexgoldriver

    3 months ago

    RIP barber man who cut yang's hair 

    • teamMAZE

      3 months ago

      my sentiments exactly 

  • crimson_flare

    3 months ago

    lol Now they just need to cut off yang's other limbs and be like ha! she was actually based on darth vader the whole time!!!

    • Zarozian

      3 months ago

      Or you know...Edward Elric.

  • tuckerdudess

    3 months ago

    never realized Juan and rens connection

    • crimson_flare

      3 months ago

      volume 2 chap 6 :)

    • teamMAZE

      3 months ago

      they consider each other as the brother they never had 

  • axleonex

    3 months ago

    Caveat on the new character, I think it would've been better if her skin 'fazed in and out' slowly instead of shifted all at once. Just a small caveat.

  • Kat4

    3 months ago

    so as Weiss and Yang take a step forwards, Rwby and Blake take a step back. I like the title of this episode. I really hope Qrow and Sun make it. They are my favourites

    • Schmambles

      3 months ago

      I expected Sun to just jump right up and say, "HAH! Got you Blake!" and I got really sad as they panned away and he was still on the ground...

  • Eclypce

    3 months ago

    Aww. Zwei is so cute in this episode!


    Taiyang fighting makes me wonder what is his weapon. I want to see him fight using it.


    Btw, how come they did not see that giant foot print before walking on it.

    • juddstonk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      It's probably a gauntlet type weapon. 

    • 99cells

      3 months ago

      @juddstonk


      If it turns out to be that, goes to show us that the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.

  • Sacath

    3 months ago

    Weiss has become my favorite character now. Always had a soft spot for summoners.

    • m00n__princ3ss

      3 months ago

      She's been my favorite character since the last volume. At first I didn't like her that much in the first two seasons because she seemed so bratty and stuck up. When volume 3 happened I related so much to what she felt and since then she's been my favorite  blue_heart weiss

  • Goldenbird1999

    3 months ago

    Team RNJR splitting up now. Ish hits the fan

  • Goldenbird1999

    3 months ago

    Blake getting answers, Weiss breaking out, Yang Training. This is what i like to see

  • Goldenbird1999

    3 months ago

    Great to see my girl Yang back in action!!!!!

    • 99cells

      3 months ago

      F***ing A!

  • LucentLight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Is it just me or does Zwei look diiferent

    • Kaitlyn221 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      The new animation style lends him more expression.

  • TheCrimsonFckr

    3 months ago

    So Weiss finally activated her Stand. Neat. Maybe she can finally defeat DIO.

  • aeroXDgamer

    3 months ago

    Ehhh I'm calling it now, it is definitely a Grimm that Ruby and Jaune will encounter on their road. I will not say exactly what type of Grimm it is but judging from the shape of the giant footprint near the end of this chapter and the animalistic references most Grimm have, it is definitely a Alpha of a Grimm type we as the audience saw in previous volumes. Again just my hunch xD.

    • Wotster FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      See I think they are going to encounter the Tribe. That footprint was also outside Shiro village when it was destroyed by Raven's Tribe. Honestly I think that Ruby Jaune and Qrow encountering Raven at this point might not be such a bad thing; Raven has a twisted sense of family for sure but she still has a sense of family. Everybody gets one save from her, thats her rule, maybe this will be Qrow getting his one. Likewise its just a hunch

    • Akhaos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      And, if these were footprints, wouldn't we see more of them following? I think that it's a symbol for Raven's tribe.

    • RWBYfan_23

      3 months ago

      or its  grim that is hunting ravens tribe, remember how they have to keep moving to escape the grim that track them

  • noneqaf

    3 months ago

    Guys, remember that time when RWBY was about R W B Y and not goddamn Jaune? No? Me neither. 

  • thecht

    3 months ago

    Don't stray from the path...

  • thecht

    3 months ago

    Follow the yellow brick road...

  • AxonPotential

    3 months ago

    Does anyone else think that the god of light had a contingency plan for the grimm?

    • trequor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      literal deus ex machina in 5... 4... 3... 2...

  • Iceflower3

    3 months ago

    RWBY has come a long way since the first Volume, but I still find myself annoyed after each and every episode. You look at the length of the episode before watching and you think, "Oh cool, 14 minutes of RWBY!" But really it feels like much less because of all the different story arcs. We saw each member of team RWBY in this episode, and they each have their own story arcs. If Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang each got an equal portion of this episode, that's 3.5 minutes each (14/4). Three and a half minutes of screen time! That's nothing! The episodes may be longer nowadays, but the story progression has slowed way down due to team RWBY's split.


    I like this show a lot, but I will not watch it anymore until all of the Volume is released. That's the only satisfying way to watch this anymore without feeling like it's dragging on and on forever. 

  • AxonPotential

    3 months ago

    If Qrow dies "Justice will be swift, justice will be painful, it will be "Unfortunate!""

  • Belvoir

    3 months ago

    if I qrow dies we all die, and if he does die let him tell ruby he is her father

    • Scythe2

      3 months ago

      Ohhh my gosh literally that is the stupidest theory. 

  • nbeRO

    3 months ago

    Why people dont like Sun? I think that he was making more sense than Blake in a long run, because Adam made it VERY clear for Blake that he WILL make his mission to destroy everything she loves, that clearly painted a target on her back. Why did she thought that by simply coming back home Adam suddenly will leave her alone? If I was in her situation, instead of "getting rest" I would alert my family and friends that they are in potential danger and should be on guard! But so long she acts like nothing happend and that everything is OK. Yet Sun understands that there are still people that are dangerous to her and everyone she cares about, and all he wanted so long is to help her and keep her safe! Of Course he was acting awkward in recent situations, he is not a part of her family after all, yet his motives are fucking noble! Now Blake should realise that she cant run anywhere from trouble, because it follows her, and it wont just disappear - she must fight!

    • datdude

      3 months ago

      I don't like sun because he's annoying. 

    • nbeRO

      3 months ago

      @datdude thats not the reason for not liking someone, its just his attitude.

    • Chassie

      3 months ago

      I love Sun he's awesome!

    • stacyxrwby FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      I love Sun so much.... NEEEEEEEEH

    • MiaSummers

      3 months ago

      People don't like Sun because he has no purpose in the story other than being a love interest. He's a manic pixie dream guy, which is a trope that can work, but not when we have 5 main characters (RWBY+Jaune)+ a bunch of secondary characters that are actually interesting and useful in the story. 

      Also, in order to try to justify Sun being there, Blake is acting out of character. Seriously am I supposed to believe Blake didn't even consider the White Fang would be after her after what Adam said? Seriously? Why would she think that when she was completely paranoid before? She's acting out of  character even according to this specific volume!


      Basically, Sun is there for love interest and comic relief, but a love interest with no life of his own tends to suck and as for comic relief, it was just a matter of trying a bit harder with other characters. Sometimes it's not about having a character who is doing stupid stuff to be funny - it's about just delivering a good joke at the right time - it's not easy, but hey... no one said being a writer is easy (alright, probably someone has, but that person was wrong)

    • trequor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      I love that Adam is a weeaboo. His voice through me off at first, but I realized the cringiness ups the satire factor when coupled with his katana and furry fetish.

  • avanology

    3 months ago

    Man, this show has become waaaaaaaay depressing, but still, great writing, art direction, animation, production design. everything awesome. Except for...you know..the depressing part.

    • cgaylemarie

      3 months ago

      still loving the show but I REALLY miss the happier days T^T 

    • ScionDethanatos

      3 months ago

      I thought we went over this with the chorus for "Time To Say Goodbye".

      "Now it's time to say "Goodbye!"

      To the things we loved, and innocence of youth!

      How the time seemed to fly...

      From our carefree lives, to the solitude and peace we always knew...."

  • montech

    3 months ago

    I know i said sun should just earlier but this is what i really meant i meant that sun is not an immportant charater is more live the guy that dies first in a horror movies so i dont get why peole like him so much

    • RWBYfan_23

      3 months ago

      rwby isnt a horror movie

  • Yolocat56 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Annnnnd i don't care what happens to sun, don't like him much at all from the very moment he winked at blake all those years ago

  • Yolocat56 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    i think that tyrian will comfort ruby and jaune with a deal that if ruby comes with him queitly qrows life will be spared, and then he will backstab and kill qrow in true cliche plot twist manner

  • Catkalico

    3 months ago

    i love blakes animations for her ears when the girl says "give it to me" and blakees all like "no" and her ears go back and tbh its just so adorable. i really love blake, the animations are great  blake