(WARNING: RWBY spoilers are below. Don't read this if you have yet to finish season 3.)
This is a sort of rebirth, isn't it? You'll also note the blog's title has changed.
There's a show on the internet called RWBY, which is a Rooster Teeth joint formerly helmed by Monty Oum. You may recognize him as the mastermind behind the Dead Fantasy series of web movies in the early to mid 2000's, which pit Dead or Alive and Final Fantasy characters against each other in over the top brawls. Rooster Teeth, of course, arguably started the machinima craze with Red vs Blue, based on the Halo games, back in 2003.
They've been a bit busy. Monty joined Rooster Teeth and contributed significantly to RvB's production quality as the series progressed, and by way of thanks Rooster Teeth let him create an original series, which ended up being RWBY. Monty Oum himself sadly passed away in early 2015, but his compatriots at Rooster Teeth took over using the plan that he left behind.
RWBY takes place on a world called Remnant. For as long as humans have existed, they've been plagued by a group of monsters called the Grimm. As a defense, humanity produces warriors called Huntsmen and Huntresses in specialized warrior schools across the world. One such school is Beacon Academy, in the town of Vale, where the story of RWBY follows four such students.
Volumes (seasons) 1 and 2 are fairly lighthearted, operating more like a slice of life anime with the occasional bad ass fight scene thrown in, though things start to become somewhat more involved during volume 2.
However, events quickly come off the rails in volume 3: by the end, one primary character is maimed, another relatively important character is killed, (as well as one fairly likable and interesting side character) and Beacon Academy is all but destroyed. It ends on a very sour note, as the bad guys have scored a fairly decisive victory and the protagonists have been scattered to the winds.
The real spoilers start here, so I'm assuming you're up to date with your RWBY lore if you continue to read further.
The problem? People are not happy about Pyrrha's death. In response, people started a petition to bring Pyrrha back. A few days later, a second petition appeared, this one simply telling Rooster Teeth to stick with the plan.
I'll be honest: Pyrrha was one of my favorite characters, and I really felt for Jaune after this volume was finished. The "will they or won't they" dynamic that the two had since the beginning of volume 1 was starting to reach a satisfying payoff - Jaune finally figured out what was going on, the two were starting to turn the corner and...
Well, Pyrrha dies. That hurts.
Still, though, we need moments like this. This is the stuff that important character development is made of. Think about it: yes, the series turned super dark in a hurry, and yes, Cinder has the advantage, but now we get to see how Pyrrha's death affects Jaune and how that changes him. Now we get to see Yang invariably bounce back from her grievous injury. (You know she's getting a bauss robotic arm.) Now we get to see more of the interaction between Blake and Adam, and we get to see if Ruby and the remaining members of Team JNPR need to affect a dramatic rescue of Weiss from her father.
When I'm playing a game - or reading a book or watching a movie/show - and the story takes an emotional downturn, it does two things. The first is that it gives the character a reason for continuing their story, and it causes them to grow and change in some way. That's called character development, and it's wildly important in good storytelling. There are certain types of character development that can only come when stories take these types of dark turns.
The second is that it gives me the reason to continue playing/watching their story. If the writers have done their job correctly, I'm invested in these characters and I want to see how they overcome these challenges that they meet on their paths.
The fact that Pyrrha's death has had this kind of an effect is telling, because it means that we were invested. We care about these characters. That means that Monty Oum and Rooster Teeth have done a hell of a job with RWBY so far, and I think we need to trust them to see it through.
Because when we reach the other end of the dark tunnel, it will be extraordinarily satisfying. And we'll be happy we made the journey.