RWBY

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RWBY
RWBY Cover.jpg
First Cover.
Genre Drama
Created byMonty Oum
Written by
  • Miles Luna
  • Kerry Shawcross
  • Monty Oum (V1–3)
  • Kiersi Burkhart (V7–)
  • Eddy Rivas (V7–)
Directed by
  • Monty Oum (V1–2)
  • Kerry Shawcross (V3–7, SD V7–)
  • Connor Pickens (ED V7–)
  • Paula Decanini (ED V7–)
  • Dustin Matthews (ED V7–)
Voices of
Theme music composerJeff Williams
Opening theme
  • "This Will Be the Day" (V1)
  • "Time to Say Goodbye" (V2)
  • "When It Falls" (V3)
  • "Let's Just Live" (V4)
  • "The Triumph" (V5)
  • "Rising" (V6)
  • "Trust Love" (V7)
Composer(s)
  • Jeff Williams
  • Steve Goldshein (V2)
  • Alex Abraham (V2, 6–)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes92 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Production company(s)Rooster Teeth Animation
Distributor
Release
Original network
Original releaseJuly 18, 2013 (2013-07-18) –
present (present)
External links
Website

RWBY (pronounced "Ruby") is an American anime-style web series and media franchise[6] created by the late Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth.[7][8] The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become warriors (called "Huntsmen" and "Huntresses") to protect their world from monsters called Grimm. The name RWBY is derived from the four main characters' forenames: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang, as well as their associated theme colors; Red, White, Black, and Yellow, and their combined team name: team RWBY.[9] Following several promotional trailers, the first episode was screened at the Rooster Teeth convention event RTX and then released on their website in July 2013. 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 2014.

During production of Volume 3, on February 1, 2015, Oum died after falling into a coma that was caused by an allergic reaction during a medical procedure.[10] This resulted in a delay in Volume 3's production, as well as an overall shift in the show's production and release schedule. Despite the creator's death, the remaining crew members confirmed their intention to continue the series,[11] and Volume 3 was released in 2015 as planned.[12] Meanwhile, the first two seasons were released to home media and made available on streaming services such as Netflix and Crunchyroll, the latter of which would include releases of the current season in their simulcasts. In October 2016, the fourth season was released. The series has also been dubbed in Japanese and broadcast by Tokyo MX,[13] in partnership with Warner Bros. Japan. As of February 2020, the Rooster Teeth website has aired 7 Volumes.

Rooster Teeth released a video game called RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, as well as a spin-off series which is called RWBY Chibi, in 2016.

Development[edit]

Monty Oum, the creator of RWBY

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.[15] During production on Red vs. Blue season 10, Oum asked series creator Burnie Burns if they could produce RWBY following the conclusion of that season. Burns, worried for the production schedule, told Oum "If you finish Season 10, then you can do whatever you want." Production on RWBY began as intended, with the first trailer being finished within two weeks and premiering after the credits of the Red vs. Blue season 10 finale on November 5, 2012.[16]

Oum designed the characters with assistance from artist Ein Lee, utilizing designs inspired by classic fairy tale characters.[15] Each character has an associated color, and it is the first letters of the main character's colors, red, white, black, and yellow, that give the series its name.[17] The characters' names also share the same letter and the meaning as the colour (e.g. "Weiss Schnee" translates to "snow white" in German). The series was originally written by Oum, along with fellow Rooster Teeth employees Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross.[18] Oum was initially concerned about a story focusing on female characters being developed by a primarily male crew, but said they managed to do well developing the female characters.[16] Regarding the design, Oum wanted to "present a two-dimensional, toon-shaded look, but with all of the depth and complexity of a 3D-animated production". 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.[19][20] Starting in Season 4, episodes are now being animated in 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.

Voice cast and characters[edit]

Lead voice actresses Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech and Barbara Dunkelman at RTX 2017
  • Lindsay Jones as Ruby Rose
  • Kara Eberle as Weiss Schnee
  • Arryn Zech as Blake Belladonna
  • Barbara Dunkelman as Yang Xiao Long
  • Miles Luna as Jaune Arc
  • Jen Brown as Pyrrha Nikos
  • Monty Oum (Volume 1-2) and Neath Oum (Volume 3-present) as Lie Ren
  • Samantha Ireland as Nora Valkyrie
  • Shannon McCormick and Aaron Dismuke as Ozma/Ozpin

Web series[edit]

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.[21] The academies secretly conceal four relics that, if united, would summon the gods back to Remnant to judge humanity.

The series focuses on four girls that enrolled in Beacon Academy in the kingdom of Vale: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna (of the half-human, half-animal Faunus race), and Ruby's half-sister Yang Xiao Long. Together, they form team RWBY ("ruby").[15][22] At the time of Team RWBY's formation, numerous Dust thefts are carried out in Vale by local crime lord Roman Torchwick the White Fang, a pro-Faunus terrorist group. Team RWBY proceeds to investigate their connection to Salem's apprentice Cinder Fall, and her scheme to destroy Beacon and plunge Remnant into chaos.

Promotion[edit]

A series of four promotional trailers, one for each lead character, were released. They were primarily produced by Oum and assistant animator Shane Newville.[23] Each trailer begins by unveiling one of the four primary characters and then showing a detailed action sequence.[18] The "Red" trailer was shown after the credits for Red vs. Blue's season 10 finale in November 2012.[18][24] It was followed by the "White" trailer in February 2013.[25] The "Black" trailer was unveiled at a PAX East panel at the end of March and was the first to include voice-acted dialogue.[23] Following the premiere of the "Black" trailer, Oum noted with regret that the first two trailers were shorter and had less character development.[23] The "Yellow" trailer was shown at Rooster Teeth's A-Kon panel on June 1, 2013.[26] Music from the trailers was sold as digital downloads at several online retailers.[27]

On July 5, 2013, at the RWBY panel for their RTX 2013 event, Rooster Teeth premiered the first episode of RWBY,[28][29] and would post the episode to their website on July 18.[30]

Release[edit]

Following the premiere of RWBY in July 2013, 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.[31] The new episode would be uploaded to YouTube the next week. On August 16, 2013, streaming site Crunchyroll announced it would simulcast RWBY.[32][33] Volume 1 ran for 16 episodes, varying in length. Volume 1 concluded in November 2013, and was then released to DVD and Blu-ray.[21][34]

The second season, subtitled Volume 2, was screened at RTX on July 4, 2014, and premiered on July 24.[35] It consisted of 12 episodes, with the final episode released on October 30, after which it was released on DVD and Blu-ray.

On February 1, 2015, Rooster Teeth announced that both volumes of RWBY so far were available for streaming on Netflix.[36]

Volume 3 premiered on October 24, 2015 along with an episode of the RWBY backstory series World of Remnant.[37] For Volume 4, Rooster Teeth producer and co-director Gray G. Haddock said that Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross were writing for the series.[38] The season debuted on October 22, 2016. In January 2017, a fifth season was announced to be in development,[39] and was released on October 14.

In 2017, Rooster Teeth announced that Rooster Teeth First members would get episodes one week earlier than the general public.[40]

On September 15, 2018, Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullum announced that RWBY Volume 6 will be released exclusively on the company's website. This decision was made after many of Rooster Teeth's videos on YouTube were demonetized for various reasons.[41]

International releases[edit]

The Blu-ray and DVD releases in Australia were handled by Hanabee Entertainment.[42] The first volume was released in the UK by Animatsu Entertainment on May 4, 2015, on DVD.[43]

On August 15, 2014, Rooster Teeth announced that a Japanese dub was being developed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan.[44] Warner Bros. has also acquired local merchandising rights as well.[45] Volume 3 was screened in select theaters on December 3, 2016.[46][47] Volume 4 was released in select theaters for a limited two-week run from October 7 to 20, 2017.[48] To promote Volume 4, Volumes 1-3 were condensed into 12 episodes for broadcast on Tokyo MX and AbemaTV in July 2017 under the title RWBY 1-3: The Beginning.[13][49][50]

Manga[edit]

RWBY
RWBY manga.jpg
Cover of the first volume of the RWBY manga adaptation by Shirow Miwa.
GenreAdventure, fantasy, science fiction[1]
Manga
RWBY
Written byShirow Miwa
Published byShueisha
English publisherViz Media
DemographicSeinen
MagazineUltra Jump
English magazineWeekly Shonen Jump
Original runNovember 19, 2015February 18, 2017
Volumes1
Manga
RWBY: Official Manga Anthology
Written byHome-sha
Published byHome-sha
English publisherViz Media
Original runMay 19, 2017October 19, 2017
Volumes4
Manga
RWBY: The Official Manga
Written byBunta Kinami
Published byShueisha
English publisherViz Media
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShōnen Jump+
English magazineWeekly Shonen Jump
Original runNovember 19, 2018 – present
Volumes1
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

RWBY[edit]

RWBY has been adapted into a manga series written and illustrated by Shirow Miwa.[51] It has been published in Shueisha's monthly seinen magazine Ultra Jump. The first arc of the manga closely followed the storyline of the four trailers, while subsequent chapters explored original storylines.[52]

The first chapter was released in the Ultra Jump December issue, on November 19, 2015.[53] It had colored center and back pages, along with additional art from the manga.[54]

The English translation was published in Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology and released for audiences worldwide[55] on October 31, 2016 as previously stated.[56]

Like the anime, the RWBY manga follows the members of Team RWBY – Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long – and their adventures as they train to become Huntresses at the prestigious Beacon Academy. 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 remaining six chapters cover an original story chronologically set between Volumes 1 and 2 involving teams RWBY and JNPR fighting King Taijitu merged by a Grimm accidentally let loose as Torchwick investigated a possible entrance to Mountain Glenn.

The final chapter was published in the February 2017 issue of Ultra Jump in January, with a teaser about a second volume.[57]

RWBY: Official Manga Anthology[edit]

RWBY: Official Manga Anthology is a manga adaption of RWBY. 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.[58]

On December 23, 2016, Japanese entertainment company Home-sha announced Vol. 1: Red Like Roses, the first volume of RWBY: Official Manga Anthology and stated it was coming in Spring 2017.[59] It was later announced on March 25, 2017 that it would be released on May 19, 2017.[60] The second volume, Vol. 2: Mirror Mirror, was released on June 19, 2017.[61] The third volume, Vol. 3: From Shadows, was released on September 19, 2017.[62] The fourth volume, Vol. 4: I Burn, was released in October 19, 2017.[63]

Viz Media has licensed and published the manga in the United States.[64]

RWBY: The Official Manga[edit]

RWBY: The Official Manga is a manga adaptation written by manga artist Bunta Kinami.[65]

The first volume of the manga was released on November 19, 2018 in Weekly Shonen Jump[66] and December 20, 2018 in Shōnen Jump+.[67][68]

Music[edit]

Jeff Williams

The music for all volumes of RWBY has been composed primarily by Jeff Williams, with additional composition by Steve Goldshein, Mason Lieberman, and Alex Abraham. 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. Most of the vocals are provided by Williams' daughter Casey Lee Williams, with some additional vocals by Lamar Hall and Sandy Casey.

RWBY's 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.[69]

Volume 1 Soundtrack[edit]

RWBY: Volume 1 Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Jeff Williams
ReleasedNovember 12, 2013
GenreFilm score, rock
LabelRooster Teeth Productions
Jeff Williams chronology
Red vs. Blue: Season 10 Soundtrack
(2012)
RWBY: Volume 1 Soundtrack
(2013)
RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack
(2014)
Singles from RWBY: Volume 1 Soundtrack
  1. "Red Like Roses"
  2. "Mirror Mirror"
  3. "From Shadows"
  4. "I Burn"
  5. "This Will Be the Day"
  6. "RWBY: Chapter 1"
  7. "Red Like Roses Part II"
  8. "Gold"

The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 1 was released by Jeff Williams on November 12, 2013. 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".[70] These songs were, however, briefly played at the end of various episodes.

Volume 1 reached number one on iTunes and beating out the movie soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.[71] The soundtrack reached number 22 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums charts.[72]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."This Will Be the Day" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:08
2."Red Like Roses (Red Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:12
3."Mirror Mirror (White Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams2:54
4."From Shadows (Black Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:48
5."I Burn (Yellow Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:30
6."Gold" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:02
7."I Burn" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Lamar Hall)Jeff Williams3:11
8."I May Fall" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:03
9."Red Like Roses – Part II" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Sandy Casey)Jeff Williams4:02
10."I Burn Remix" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:07
11."From Shadows" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:21
12."Wings" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:11
13."EP 1 Score – Ruby Rose"Jeff Williams8:37
14."EP 2 Score – The Shining Beacon, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams3:31
15."EP 3 Score – The Shining Beacon, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams4:39
16."EP 4 Score – The First Step, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams2:59
17."EP 5 Score – The First Step, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein2:36
18."EP 6 Score – The Emerald Forest, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein4:24
19."EP 7 Score – The Emerald Forest, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams3:01
20."EP 8 Score – Players and Pieces"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham7:25
21."EP 9 Score – The Badge and the Burden, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:02
22."EP 10 Score – The Badge and the Burden, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:36
23."EP 11 Score – Jaunedice, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein1:26
24."EP 12 Score – Jaunedice, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein6:05
25."EP 13 Score – Forever Fall, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:34
26."EP 14 Score – Forever Fall, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein4:59
27."EP 15 Score – The Stray"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham6:55
28."EP 16 Score – Black and White"Steve Goldshein, Alex Abraham & Jeff Williams11:07
Total length:02:04:24

Volume 2 Soundtrack[edit]

The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 2 was released on December 2, 2014. The soundtrack reached number 6 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums.[73]

RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Jeff Williams feat. Casey Lee Williams
ReleasedDecember 2, 2014
GenreFilm score, hard rock
LabelRooster Teeth Productions
Jeff Williams feat. Casey Lee Williams chronology
RWBY: Volume 1 Soundtrack
(2013)
RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack
(2014)
RWBY: Vol. 3 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2016)
Singles from RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack
  1. "Time to Say Goodbye"
Track list
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Time to Say Goodbye"Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams3:24
2."Die"Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams3:18
3."Shine"Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams4:19
4."Dream Come True"Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams4:12
5."Caffeine" (feat. Lamar Hall)Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams3:09
6."All Our Days"Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams4:36
7."Boop"Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams3:25
8."Sacrifice"Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams4:00
9."This Will Be the Day" (acoustic)Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams3:17
10."Time to Say Goodbye" (James Landino's Beach Bae remix)Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams3:19
11."This Will Be the Day" (James Landino's Magical Girl remix)Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams3:03
12."Best Day Ever"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham9:27
13."Welcome to Beacon"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams4:52
14."A Minor Hiccup"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams3:59
15."Painting the Town...."Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein7:59
16."Extracurricular"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham5:34
17."Burning the Candle"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham5:15
18."Dance Dance Infiltration"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham5:02
19."Field Trip"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams4:27
20."Search and Destroy"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams10:04
21."Mountain Glenn"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams5:59
22."No Brakes"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams9:19
23."Breach"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:36
Total length:01:55:35

Volume 3 Soundtrack[edit]

The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 3 was released on May 3, 2016. The album reached number 5 on the Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart,[74] and number 12 on the Top Rock Albums chart.[75]

RWBY: Vol. 3 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
Soundtrack album by
Jeff Williams
ReleasedMay 3, 2016
GenreFilm score, hard rock
LabelRooster Teeth Productions
Jeff Williams chronology
RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack
(2014)
RWBY: Vol. 3 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2016)
RWBY: Vol. 4 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2017)
Track list
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."When It Falls" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:25
2."I'm the One" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:41
3."It's My Turn" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:27
4."Not Fall in Love with You"Jeff Williams3:49
5."Neon" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams2:54
6."Mirror Mirror, Pt. II" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:59
7."Divide" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:40
8."Cold" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:26
9."Time to Say Goodbye (Acoustic)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:29
10."It's My Turn (James Landino Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:47
11."Qrow vs Winter"Jeff Williams2:41
12."R.W.B.Y. vs F.N.K.I."Jeff Williams4:11
13."S.S.S.N. vs N.D.G.O."Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:37
14."When It Falls (V.S.Q.)"Jeff Williams2:00
15."World of Remnant 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:00
16."World of Remnant 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:02
17."World of Remnant 3"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:35
18."World of Remnant 4"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham6:00
19."Round One"Jeff Williams5:04
20."New Challengers..."Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham5:04
21."It's Brawl in the Family"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:19
22."Lessons Learned"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams3:55
23."Never Miss a Beat"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams1:51
24."Fall"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham6:33
25."Beginning of the End"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams5:37
26."Destiny"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham7:47
27."PvP"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams8:53
28."Battle of Beacon"Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams8:29
29."Heroes and Monsters"Alex Abraham, Mason Lieberman & Jeff Williams9:53
30."End of the Beginning"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham10:29
Total length:02:21:37

Volume 4 Soundtrack[edit]

The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 4 was released on June 16, 2017. The album reached number 79 on the Billboard 200.[76] It also appeared on the magazine's other album charts, with number 5 on Independent Albums,[77] number 6 on Hard Rock Albums,[78] and number 18 on Top Rock Albums.[79]

RWBY: Vol. 4 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
Soundtrack album by
Jeff Williams
ReleasedJune 16, 2017
GenreFilm score, hard rock
LabelRooster Teeth Productions
Jeff Williams chronology
RWBY: Volume 3 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2016)
RWBY: Vol. 4 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2017)
RWBY: Vol. 5 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2018)
Track list
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let's Just Live" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:58
2."Like Morning Follows Night" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Lamar Hall)Jeff Williams4:54
3."Bad Luck Charm"Jeff Williams3:37
4."This Life is Mine" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:14
5."Home" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:32
6."Armed and Ready" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:14
7."Lusus Naturae"Jeff Williams4:24
8."Bmblb" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:20
9."Boop (Acoustic Version)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Videri String Quartet)Jeff Williams3:24
10."Sacrifice (Harry Lodes Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:18
11."I May Fall (Harry Lodes Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:05
12."Ruby vs the Beringel"Jeff Williams4:30
13."Chapter 1 – The Next Step, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:36
14."Chapter 1 – The Next Step, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams4:23
15."Chapter 1 – The Next Step, Pt. 3"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:58
16."Chapter 2 – Remembrance, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:01
17."Chapter 2 – Remembrance, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:46
18."Chapter 3 – Of Runaways and Stowaways, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:54
19."Chapter 3 – Of Runaways and Stowaways, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams1:40
20."Chapter 4 – Family, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams1:53
21."Chapter 4 – Family, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:36
22."Chapter 5 – Menagerie, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams3:40
23."Chapter 5 – Menagerie, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:18
24."Chapter 6 – Tipping Point, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham1:55
25."Chapter 6 – Tipping Point, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams2:57
26."Chapter 6 – Tipping Point, Pt. 3"Jeff Williams3:51
27."Chapter 7 – Punished, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:54
28."Chapter 7 – Punished, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:01
29."Chapter 7 – Punished, Pt. 3"Jeff Williams2:23
30."Chapter 8 – A Much Needed Talk, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:18
31."Chapter 8 – A Much Needed Talk, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:16
32."Chapter 8 – A Much Needed Talk, Pt. 3"Jeff Williams2:26
33."Chapter 9 – Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:07
34."Chapter 9 – Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:22
35."Chapter 9 – Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, Pt. 3"Jeff Williams2:02
36."Chapter 10 – Kuroyuri, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:55
37."Chapter 10 – Kuroyuri, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:33
38."Chapter 11 – Taking Control, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:18
39."Chapter 11 – Taking Control, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:32
40."Chapter 12 – No Safe Haven, Pt. 1"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham7:10
41."Chapter 12 – No Safe Haven, Pt. 2"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham8:24
42."World of Remnant – Vale"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham1:53
43."World of Remnant – Mistral"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham1:31
44."World of Remnant – Atlas"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:22
45."World of Remnant – Vacuo"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham1:39
46."World of Remnant – The Great War"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham5:50
Total length:02:43:55

Volume 5 Soundtrack[edit]

The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 5 was released on June 8, 2018, and on January 1, 2019 for Spotify. It peaked at 113th on the Billboard 200,[80] 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.[81]

RWBY: Vol. 5 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
Soundtrack album by
Jeff Williams
ReleasedJune 8, 2018
GenreFilm score, hard rock
LabelRooster Teeth Productions
Jeff Williams chronology
RWBY: Volume 4 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2017)
RWBY: Vol. 5 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2018)
RWBY: Volume 6 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2019)
Track list
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Triumph" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:14
2."Ignite" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Lamar Hall)Jeff Williams4:04
3."Path to Isolation" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:59
4."Smile" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:01
5."All Things Must Die" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:33
6."This Time" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:24
7."All That Matters" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:45
8."Gold (Acoustic Version)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:43
9."Armed and Ready (Falk Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:56
10."Let's Just Live (Harry Lodes Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:46
11."Welcome to Haven"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:20
12."Dread in the Air"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:07
13."I Found Him!"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham1:38
14."Hello Leonardo..."Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:10
15."Mayday! Lancers!"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:46
16."Thank You, Sienna"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:09
17."Progress Takes Patience"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:00
18."First Times All Around"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:11
19."Jackpot"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:21
20."I'm Her Daughter, After All"Jeff Williams2:16
21."Fighting Shape"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:00
22."Subtlety Is Out"Jeff Williams2:49
23."A Few Signatures"Jeff Williams2:35
24."Who Would Ask For This?"Jeff Williams3:47
25."Qrow's Rough Day"Jeff Williams2:11
26."I've Seen That Bird Before..."Jeff Williams1:40
27."Dinner & Coffee"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:46
28."When Weiss Was Ten"Jeff Williams3:02
29."A Note from Ilia"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:25
30."Battle at the Belladonna's"Jeff Williams8:26
31."Strength in Forgiveness"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:18
32."A Proposal I Can Get Behind"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:23
33."Things Aren't Looking Good"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:35
34."Showdown in Haven Academy"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:08
35.""C" Is for Cinder"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:15
36."Ooozzzpppiiinnn!!!"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:48
37."The Vault"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:17
38."Look Who's Talking..."Jeff Williams2:54
39."Take This Fight Outside"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:50
40."Cease Fire!"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:04
41."The Relic & Aftermath"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:37
Total length:02:23:13

Volume 6 Soundtrack[edit]

The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 6 was released on June 28, 2019. It peaked at #7 in Billboard's Independent Albums chart, #10 on Digital Albums and #11 at Soundtracks.[82]

RWBY: Vol. 6 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
Soundtrack album by
Jeff Williams
ReleasedJune 28, 2019
GenreFilm score, hard rock
LabelRooster Teeth Productions
Jeff Williams chronology
RWBY: Volume 5 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2018)
RWBY: Vol. 6 (Original Soundtrack & Score)
(2019)
Track list
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rising" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:47
2."Miracle" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:10
3."One Thing" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:45
4."Lionize"Jeff Williams3:40
5."Big Metal Shoe" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Lamar Hall)Jeff Williams2:46
6."Nevermore" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Adrienne Cowan)Jeff Williams4:51
7."Indomitable" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:57
8."Forever Fall" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:23
9."Armed and Ready (Acoustic)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & The Hit Points)Jeff Williams4:28
10."The Triumph (Kairi Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams4:46
11."The Path to Isolation (Heavenview Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams5:31
12."Trouble Aboard Argus Limited"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham6:37
13."Mistral Central Station"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:29
14."The Spider's Web"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:57
15."Say Her Name"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:23
16."A Delicate Balance"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham8:30
17."Our Creation"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham5:34
18."A Crumbling Cabal"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:15
19."Brunswick Farms"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:23
20."The Apathy"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:44
21."The Grimm Reaper"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:43
22."Welcome to Argus"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:57
23."Cashews"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:09
24."Silver Eyes"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham3:37
25."Jaune's Arc"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:07
26."The Heist"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:40
27."Down the Cannon"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham6:46
28."Protecting Each Other"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham7:19
29."Ra'viatah, Osa Manetah"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham4:57
30."Fight to Atlas"Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham2:57
Total length:02:14:41
Charts[edit]
Chart (2020) Peak
position
US Rolling Stone Top 200[83] 168

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Jordan Scott, the creator of RWBY: Grimm Eclipse

For Rooster Teeth's anniversary in 2014, fan Jordan Scott created a video game based on RWBY, titled RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, using the Unity game engine.[84] It was in development for a total of five months.[85]

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."[86]

At RTX 2014, Rooster Teeth announced that they had hired Scott, and officially picked up the game. 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. Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullum stated, "RWBY is a natural choice for us to focus on for our first in-house produced video game. 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."[87][88] On December 1, 2015 the game was released as an Early Access title on Steam,[89] with the full PC release on July 5, 2016. The game was released for macOS on October 13, 2016, and was later released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 17, 2017. 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. The action takes place in the Emerald Forest, Mountain Glenn, Forever Fall and ultimately to an island named after the antagonist, Doctor Merlot.

At the Evo 2017 gaming event, it was announced that an upcoming fighting game called BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle by Arc System Works would feature cross-over characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY.[90] Ruby Rose was a featured participant in the game's first teaser trailer,[91] and Weiss was confirmed in the second character introduction trailer.[92] Arc Systems later announced that Blake and Yang would be available as free downloadable content.[93][94] At Evo 2019, it was announced that villain Neo Politan would be added to the game as part of a 2.0 update scheduled for November 21.[95]

NHN Entertainment developed a tower defense mobile game based on the show, RWBY: Amity Arena, which was released for Android and iOS devices in October 2018.[96] Rooster Teeth Games published two mobile games, also available on Steam, in 2019, the collectible card game RWBY Deckbuilding Game,[97] and the puzzle game RWBY: Crystal Quest.[98]

RWBY Chibi[edit]

RWBY Chibi is a comedic animated spin-off of RWBY compromising 57 three- to six-minute-long episodes in three seasons. It was first announced as part of Rooster Teeth's 13th-anniversary celebration on April 1, 2016, and Episode 1 premiered on May 7, 2016.[99] Its first season concluded on October 15, 2016. 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 2017, Rooster Teeth confirmed that a second season would launch that May.[39] A third season started in January 2018, shortly after the main show's Volume 5 ended.[100]

Comics[edit]

At New York Comic Con 2018, Rooster Teeth announced a partnership with DC Comics to publish RWBY and Gen:Lock comics starting in 2019. The RWBY comic is written by Marguerite Bennett and drawn by Mirka Andolfo and Arif Prianto.[101]

RWBY: After The Fall[edit]

After The Fall is the first companion book in a series written by E. C. Myers and published by Scholastic. It follows Team CFVY following the events of Volume Three's finale, as the team travels to a new Academy and deals with the personal and global aftermath of the Fall of Beacon. It will be followed in 2020 by Before The Dawn.[102]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Yang and Weiss appeared as combatants in the online series Death Battle, where they fought Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII and Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3, respectively.[103][104] The series creator, Ben Singer, talked with Oum about including a RWBY character on Death Battle before Oum's passing.[105] In the film Doctor Sleep, the character Abra Stone has RWBY posters and a statue of the character Emerald Sustrai in her room, and also wears Emerald's hair in a dream sequence. The filmmakers decided to bring in the references suggested by Abra's portrayer Kyliegh Curran, who is a fan of RWBY.[106]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Commentators discussing the promotional trailers lauded the show's animation style and its musical soundtrack. The trailers prompted enthusiastic anticipation for the series premiere.[18][23][25] When the first episode premiered at RTX, it was popular with attendees to the point that seating was full at all three screenings. 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.[21] The Yakima Herald-Republic called it "thrilling" and "captivating" and praised its "beautiful" 3D character animation.[107] The Austin Chronicle described the premiere as making Oum the "rock star" of Rooster Teeth.[108] The series has reportedly contributed to a 9% increase in views for Rooster Teeth's official YouTube channel.[109] Kotaku's Richard Eisenbeis praised the series for its clever use of fairytale elements, fun and enjoyable dialogue, and the fighting choreography, but was critical about the short nature of the episodes, stating that, "The biggest drawback in doing a micro-series ... is that there is precious little time for good characterization". 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."[110]

Associations with anime[edit]

"As huge fans of anime, we are honored that RWBY is the first American anime production to be exported to audiences in Japan."

— CEO Rooster Teeth Matt Hullum[111]

Lindsay Jones (Ruby Rose) said "We were worried about the reception we’d get, since we’re a western company producing something normally related to Japan. 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."[112] A Movie Pilot blog listed the RWBY as anime topic among its "flame wars you don't want to be part of".[113] Anime News Network writers Paul Jensen and James Beckett wrote: "We don't have any formal reviews of RWBY here on ANN, but it is kind of cool to see an American production make it to the release encyclopedia."[114] Michael Mauer of The Cornell Daily Sun wrote that the issue was still being debated among the anime community,[115] while Sabrina Pyun of ComicsVerse wrote "The show is known for many things, from its dubious status as an anime to its unique 3D animation style."[116] However, mainstream news articles dated after Hullum's statement and previewing later seasons and the franchise have referred to RWBY as an American anime, including Variety,[117] Collider,[118] iDigitalTimes,[119] Entertainment Weekly,[6] Adweek,[120] and Deadline Hollywood.[121]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2014 International Academy of Web Television Best Animated Series RWBY Won[122]
4th Streamy Awards Best Animated Series RWBY Won[123]
Best Original Score Jeff Williams Won[123]
2015 5th Streamy Awards Best Animated Series RWBY Nominated[124]
2016 6th Streamy Awards Best Animated Series RWBY Nominated[125]
2017 7th Streamy Awards Best Animated Series RWBY Won[126]


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