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'RWBY - Volume 7' [Blu-ray]
(Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Barbara Dunkelman, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2020 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang have fought hard alongside their friends to bring the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas, the northernmost Kingdom in Remnant.

However, the futuristic urban-sprawl may hide just as much danger as the Grimm-infested tundra that surrounds it.

Enemies and allies will collide as our heroes fight to stop Salem's forces, but banding together is dangerous when you don't know who you can trust.

Blu-ray Verdict: Well, after a rather long hiatus, Warner Bros. finally brought us Volume 7 of 'RWBY,' which not only was devoured this end in one evening, but itself tries to cram so much into so little episodes - all whilst expanding its lore in terms of characters, story, and big reveals - that you'll need paperwork to follow along!

That said, all the characters we know and love now have complex motivations, all be they (for the most part) well intentioned, but they make some rather imperfect decisions along the way, that's for sure (just like life, to be fair).

With the show's recurring theme of how trust and love can bring people together, these 13 new episodes most definitely showcase an entire season of uncertainty here; and one that sees the main heroes challenged by self-doubt.

Such as when they visit the Kingdom of Atlas, they overly state (within the script) a lot of What should we do? Who should we trust? Are we doing the right thing? et al.

Which is fine, but throughout the other six volumes, I don't personally recall them being so overly wary of such decision making and subsequent consequences.

Anyhoo, moving on and here in Volume 7 there are people they thought they could trust, but maybe they shouldn’t along with people they didn’t think they could trust, but, yep, you guessed it, totally can!

And whilst that’s clearly the case in a number of ways with how the plot progresses, latterly it begins to contradict itself through a series of small lies that were, at first, well-intentioned, but later begin to escalate; culminating in some rather devastating consequences.

We get introduced to new characters and even get to witness the unexpected return of old ones. Personally, it was rather nice to see people such as Robyn Hill (voiced by Cristina Vee), who shows that there are indeed people in Mantle who actively want to help their own people; whilst the Ace-Ops (who are equally entertaining, yet at the same time blindly obedient), only see each other as teammates instead of friends.

Qrow (now voiced by Jason Liebrecht) also has his share of wonderful moments, such as building his budding friendship with the Ace-Ops leader Clover, which the fandom blindly perceived as something romantic due to how their opposite luck powers "complimenting" each other!

Oh, and Penny’s grandiose return helped bring some lighthearted moments back to the group, even if she had her own share of drama later in the story with the way her superiors treat her as just a robot.

So, all in all, 'RWBY - Volume 7' feels very heroic in moments, very triumphant at others, whilst at the same time seemingly hopeless (but that gets worked on, as aforementioned.

Sure, ok, the end result isn’t a perfect world within Weiss’s homeland, but it is a world that still has a fighting chance to reclaim its soul (and hopefully, with the recently announced Volume 8 currently in production, we could potentially see how all the struggles, hardships, and sacrifices for that soul play out next time).

FYI: Created by the late Monty Oum (Red vs. Blue), 'RWBY' is one of Rooster Teeth’s most beloved, viewed and shared series. As the first western-produced anime series to be distributed in Japan, 'RWBY' episodes have averaged more than 7 million views, and the franchise has accumulated over 271 million views since its inception.

To date, the series has sold nearly 670k units sold on DVD and Blu-ray, and registered consumer products sales in excess of $20 million. 'RWBY' has a fervent fanbase in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

Rooster Teeth’s epic anime-inspired series following the journeys of four unified huntresses-in-training arrives for its spectacular seventh season when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents 'RWBY - Volume 7' on Digital ($14.99 SRP USA & Canada) and Blu-ray ($19.98 SRP USA, $24.98 SRP Canada) starting October 13th, 2020.