Following several promotional trailers, the first episode was screened at the Rooster Teeth convention event RTX and then released on their website in July Subsequent episodes were released approximately weekly, first to Rooster Teeth's subscribers and then to YouTube a week later.
The series became a viral hit , and a second season, subtitled Volume 2 , was released in July Oum died in , during production of the third season for the series. Despite the creator's death, the remaining crew members confirmed their intention to continue the series,  and Volume 3 was released in as planned.
In October , the fourth season was released. As of February , the website has aired seven volumes. Rooster Teeth announced volumes eight and nine on October 3, My vision for the show was to present a two-dimensional, toon-shaded look, but with all of the depth and complexity of a 3D-animated production.
I wanted to be able to move the cameras and characters freely while still capturing the essence of the flat, line-drawn look of traditional anime. RWBY had been a long-standing concept of Oum's for years before it began development. Towards the end of his work on the 10th season of Rooster Teeth's Red vs. Blue , he developed the color-coding approach to character names and design as a hook for the series. Burns, worried for the production schedule, told Oum "If you finish Season 10, then you can do whatever you want. Blue season 10 finale on November 5, Oum designed the characters with assistance from artist Ein Lee, utilizing designs inspired by classic fairy tale characters.
Seasons 1 to 3 were animated by Rooster Teeth's internal animation team using Smith Micro 's Poser software, out of assets built on Autodesk Maya. The series' music is composed by Jeff Williams, who previously composed the soundtracks for Seasons 8—10 of Red vs.
Blue , and features vocals by Williams' daughter, Casey Lee Williams. The story takes place in the world of Remnant, composed of four kingdoms that are plagued by malevolent creatures known as the "Creatures of Grimm".
Prior to the events of the series, the world was overseen by two opposing deities, the Gods of Light and Darkness. Humanity is obliterated by the gods due to the actions of Salem, a vengeful woman cursed with immortality for trying to manipulate them into reviving her beloved Ozma. Ozma was subsequently reincarnated into a world abandoned by the gods, to guide a new human race towards harmony.
Eventually, the discovery of the element Dust triggers a technological and industrial revolution among humans. In the present day, having formed a cabal to guard their world's secrets, Ozma's current incarnation Ozpin establishes academies in the four kingdoms of Remnant to train students to battle malevolent creatures known as the Grimm. Together, they form team RWBY "ruby". A series of four promotional trailers, one for each lead character, were released.
They were primarily produced by Oum and assistant animator Shane Newville. Blue's season 10 finale in November Following the premiere of RWBY in July , Rooster Teeth posted new episodes for the first season, subtitled Volume 1 , streaming weekly on their website, with access two hours early for their sponsors.
Haddock said that Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross were writing for the series. In January , a fifth season was announced to be in development,  and was released on October In , Rooster Teeth announced that Rooster Teeth First members would get episodes one week earlier than the general public. This decision was made after many of Rooster Teeth's videos on YouTube were demonetized for various reasons.
Home Entertainment Japan. The first arc of the manga closely followed the storyline of the four trailers, while subsequent chapters explored original storylines. The first chapter was released in the Ultra Jump December issue, on November 19, The English translation was published in Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology and released for audiences worldwide  on October 31, as previously stated.
The manga delves into the motivations and backstory of the four main characters, giving new insights and context. Many characters from the main series also make appearances. The manga also explains some concepts and elements of the setting, such as the Grimm and Dust.
The final chapter was published in the February issue of Ultra Jump in January, with a teaser about a second volume. It consists of side stories that follow the plot of the show, put together by multiple manga artists. It was released in a multi-volume format. On December 23, , Japanese entertainment company Home-sha announced Vol. Myers and published by Scholastic on June 25, It follows Team CFVY following the events of the Volume 3 finale, as the team travels to a new Academy and deals with the personal and global aftermath of the Fall of Beacon.
Myers and released by Scholastic on June 21, Myers , illustrated by Violet Tobacco, and published by Scholastic. It will be released on September 15, Based on the events in the first trailer, the demo was a "hack 'n slash survival" featuring Ruby facing escalating waves of Grimm attacks.
Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku praised its combo system, which "excellently mirror[ed] its animated counterpart", and its unlockable skills, saying, "you'll feel like an unstoppable badass akin to Ruby in the series. An early demo of the game was available for consumers to play at the event, and the game's title was changed from "Grim Eclipse" to "Grimm Eclipse" to match the spelling of the creatures in the show. Fans can expect that we will bring the same level of originality in action, comedy and design to the video game that has made the RWBY animated series such a hit.
The game allows one to four of the main characters in any combination s to battle through waves of Grimm. They are also on the trail of a mysterious company and its founder. It was first announced as part of Rooster Teeth's 13th-anniversary celebration on April 1, , and Episode 1 premiered on May 7, Each episode consists of several scenes where aspects of RWBY's characters are usually exaggerated for comic effect.
The episodes follow no strict chronological order, nor do they follow the strict canon of the main show. In January , Rooster Teeth confirmed that a second season would launch that May. The show aired weekly during Volume 5 and Volume 6. The second season is free to watch on YouTube and Rooster Teeth. The show featured discussion about the most recent episode and one guest from the production crew.
Williams was a member of the band Trocadero , who did the music for Rooster Teeth's Red vs. Blue , and eventually composed by himself the music for the three seasons of Red vs. Blue that preceded RWBY. The soundtrack features a variety of genres, most notably intense, fast-paced rock music.
In an interview with Rooster Teeth, Williams mentioned that he uses his lyrics to foreshadow future events on occasion. In developing the songs, Williams uses the show's script and picks out random words and phrases that he thinks are cool. He would also get advanced knowledge as to the character's development, their background stories and lives.
He then picks out the emotions related to the scene, adds tempo, drumbeats, rhythm, and eventually composes the song from there. It includes the songs used in the trailers, the intro to the series' episodes, and also the score music to each episode. The soundtrack also contains previously unreleased songs such as "I May Fall" and "Wings". The soundtrack reached number 6 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums. The album reached number 79 on the Billboard It peaked at th on the Billboard ,  and also peaked in the Top 20 of the Top Rock 18 and Hard Rock 6 charts as well, along with charting at 7 at the Independent Albums chart.
Commentators discussing the promotional trailers lauded the show's animation style and its musical soundtrack. The trailers prompted enthusiastic anticipation for the series premiere. Amanda Rush, writing for Crunchyroll, noted the anime and Western influences of the series, and praised it as "quick-witted, exciting, lovely to look at" saying fans of anime would enjoy it.
He was also critical of the technical issues of the animation, mentioning that the animation is good when the audience is unable to see the character's feet. He believes that RWBY is "a good first step into a world of possibilities. Funnily enough, we showed our Japanese cohorts RWBY and they started arguing about whether it was anime or not! But seeing the reception from audiences is so surreal, and we never expected it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American animated web series produced by Rooster Teeth Animation.
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