In reply to WrightKnight
When it came to Volume 3, the character growth for Team RWBY was confined to the last few episodes. Not exactly what I would call a season-long arc. Weiss stopped doubting herself and learned to perform a summon, but beyond that, I don't think the other team members had arcs set up during the first half of the season that were completed during the second half. Pyrrha had a good season-long arc, though.
I would argue that in Volume 4, each character did have a distinct arc. Sure, Weiss, Blake, and Yang's arcs ended on the note of "finding the strength to leave home to continue the fight" but their individual growth, challenges, motivations differed from each other in meaningful ways.
And speaking about the Silver Eyes thing, literally EVERY volume had ended the season with some over-powered element that had little to no buildup. In Volume 1, it was Penny. In Volume 2, it was Team CFVY. And in Volume 3, it was the Silver Eyes. Give Volume 4 some credit, since its climactic battle was exclusively the triumph of Team RNJR's teamwork, plus both the foe and its personal connection to both Ren and Nora was hinted at as early as the second episode of the volume and developed gradually over the course of the season.
In reply to FettucCR
I can understand the character growth stuff being called overly simple, super condensed, and not terribly complex, but honestly I feel it is a miracle that those arcs even exist at all. Before Volume 4, RT had never, and I mean NEVER, created a volume with four competently handled season-long character arcs for the members of Team RWBY. Each season, they did mini-arcs for maybe 2 or 3 characters that spanned only a few episodes. I've been waiting forever for RT to try something this ambitious, so I can't help but see this volume as a step in the right direction.
Even when the show reunites the members of Team RWBY, I hope RT will continue to structure their volumes around season-long arcs for each of the characters.