So, I was sitting, thinking, and I just realized something that bothers me.
I have no idea where the story is going. I don't know what the end-goal is, I don't know what the enemy motivations are. I don't even know what makes them "bad" from an objective or even subjective perspective. That kind of annoys me at this point, especially five seasons into a series.
At the beginning of Avatar the Last Airbender, I KNOW what I'm getting into. We're given the basics early on: Learn how to bend all four elements, take on evil Fire Lord. Why is the Fire Lord evil? He's a narcissist that wants to consume everything into his empire. What's his beef with Aang? He's the Avatar, the one being that can stop him, and that being always has the purpose to maintain balance between all elements, which includes the regions that represent them. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood? Same deal. We know early on that the main goal is to get Alphonse his body back. The villain side of this is admittedly about as developed as RWBY's, so it's not the best example, but still.
RWBY seems to be straying more towards Shonen type anime (DBZ, Fairy Tail, Naruto), and that's the type of anime I really have a strained relationship with. Some of them actually pay off and know what they're doing, but most are just making it up as they go along. Nothing really gets done, and the goal is always ambiguous. In fact, most goals don't even pan out to be of much importance, they're just plot devices that get dropped the next season.
This isn't to say that RWBY is bad, or that I'm not enjoying it. What I'm saying is that by now every good story has given you a clear look at the main objectives and goals of the series and the characters in it. RWBY has been extremely ambiguous to the point of annoyance. I sure hope this season fixes that.