Volume 4 cover with the main characters
|Genre||Action, adventure, dark fantasy, science fantasy|
|Created by||Monty Oum|
|Theme music composer||Jeff Williams|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Rooster Teeth Animation|
|Original release||July 18, 2013– present|
RWBY (//, "ruby") is an American anime[disputed ] web series and media franchise created by Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth. The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become Huntsmen and Huntresses to protect their world from the creatures of Grimm. After several promotional trailers were posted, the first episode was screened at RTX and then released on the 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 the third season, on February 1, 2015, the show's creator Monty Oum died after falling into a coma that was caused by an allergic reaction during a medical procedure. This left the future of the series uncertain for a brief period of time until voice actor Gray Haddock announced that the series would continue, and that Volume 3 would premiere in 2015 as planned. Volume 3 was released on October 24, 2015. 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 Japan and broadcast there by Tokyo MX. in partnership with Warner Bros. Japan.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Development
- 4 Promotion
- 5 Release
- 6 Reception
- 7 Distribution
- 8 Music
- 9 Other media
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The story takes place in the world of Remnant, which is filled with mysterious and malevolent creatures known as the "Creatures of Grimm". Prior to the events of the series, mankind waged a battle of survival against the Grimm before discovering the power of a mysterious element called Dust, which allowed them to fight back against the monsters. In the present day, Dust is used to power abilities and weapons. Those who use these abilities to battle the Grimm are known as Huntsmen or Huntresses. The series focuses on four girls, each with her own unique weapon and powers. Together, they form team RWBY (//, "ruby") at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses alongside team JNPR (//, "juniper"), team SSSN (//, "sun"), team CRDL (//, "cardinal") team CFVY (//, "coffee"), and various other named and unnamed student teams.
Volume 1 focuses on the introduction of the characters of the story, marking the events that lead to their team formations. All the while, mysterious thefts of Dust are occurring around the city of Vale, notably organized by the show's antagonist, Roman Torchwick. Volume 2 follows up from these events of Volume 1, and team RWBY sets out in order to investigate the meaning behind these thefts. They aim to discover the villain's plans for the city of Vale before the Vytal Festival—a festival between the four kingdoms of Remnant where they have their best students demonstrate their skills and abilities in celebration of the peace between all four kingdoms. Volume 3 starts with the beginning of the Vytal Festival; however, a sinister plot lurks behind the celebratory events, and the heroes can only do so much to prepare for the evil that is coming. Volume 4 takes place six to eight months following the events of Volume 3, with the members of Team RWBY separated and in different parts of the globe, and each of the girls will have to take on personal journeys of their own if they are to move forward in life.
Cast and characters
- Main cast (credited, or appears in every episode for the season) =
- Recurring cast (5+ appearances in season) =
- Guest cast (1-4 appearances in season) =
|Ruby Rose||Lindsay Jones||Main|
|Weiss Schnee||Kara Eberle||Main|
|Blake Belladonna||Arryn Zech||Main|
|Yang Xiao Long||Barbara Dunkelman||Main|
|Jaune Arc||Miles Luna||Main|
|Pyrrha Nikos||Jen Brown||Main||Guest|
|Glynda Goodwitch||Kathleen Zuelch||Recurring||Main||Guest|
|Lie Ren||Monty Oum (S1–S2)
Neath Oum (S3–present)
|Nora Valkyrie||Samantha Ireland||Main|
|Sun Wukong||Michael Jones||Recurring|
|Cinder Fall||Jessica Nigri||Guest||Recurring||Main||Recurring|
|Roman Torchwick||Gray Haddock||Recurring||N/A|
|Penny Polendina||Taylor McNee||Recurring||N/A|
|Neptune Vasilias||Kerry Shawcross||N/A||Recurring||N/A|
|James Ironwood||Jason Rose||N/A||Recurring|
|Peter Port||Ryan Haywood||Guest||Recurring|
|Bartholomew Oobleck||Joel Heyman||Guest||Recurring|
|Emerald Sustrai||Katie Newville||Unvoiced||Recurring|
|Mercury Black||JJ Castillo (S2)
Yuri Lowenthal (S3–present)
|Qrow Branwen||Vic Mignogna||N/A||Unvoiced||Recurring|
|Mysterious Narrator / Salem||Jen Taylor||Guest||N/A||Guest||Recurring|
|Taiyang Xiao Long||Burnie Burns||N/A||Guest||Recurring|
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. 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.
Oum designed the characters with assistance from artist Ein Lee, utilizing designs inspired by classic fairy tale characters. 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. The series was originally written by Oum, along with fellow Rooster Teeth employees Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross. 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. Seasons 1 to 3 were animated by Rooster Teeth's internal animation team using Smith Micro's Poser software. Starting in Season 4, episodes are now being animated in 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.
A series of four promotional trailers, one for each lead character, were released. They were primarily produced by Oum and assistant animator Shane Newville. Each trailer begins by unveiling one of the four primary characters and then showing a detailed action sequence. The "Red" trailer was shown after the credits for Red vs. Blue's season 10 finale in November 2012. It was followed by the "White" trailer in February 2013. The "Black" trailer was unveiled at a PAX East panel at the end of March and was the first to include voice-acted dialogue. Following the premiere of the "Black" trailer, Oum noted with regret that the first two trailers were shorter and had less character development. The "Yellow" trailer was shown at Rooster Teeth's A-Kon panel on June 1, 2013. Music from the trailers was sold as digital downloads at several online retailers.
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. The new episode would be uploaded to YouTube the next week. On August 16, 2013, streaming site Crunchyroll announced it would simulcast RWBY. Volume 1 ran for 16 episodes, varying in length. Volume 1 concluded in November 2013, and was then released to DVD and Blu-ray.
The second season, subtitled Volume 2, was screeened at RTX on July 4, 2014, and premiered on July 24. It consisted of 12 episodes, with the final episode released on October 30, after which it was released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Volume 3 premiered on October 24, 2015 along with an episode of the RWBY backstory series World of Remnant. For Volume 4, Rooster Teeth producer and co-director Gray G. Haddock said that Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross were writing for the series. The season debuted on October 22, 2016. In January 2017, a fifth season was announced to be in development.
Commentators discussing the promotional trailers lauded the show's animation style and its musical soundtrack. The trailers prompted enthusiastic anticipation for the series premiere. 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. The Yakima Herald-Republic called it "thrilling" and "captivating" and praised its "beautiful" 3D character animation. The Austin Chronicle described the premiere as making Oum the "rock star" of Rooster Teeth. The series has reportedly contributed to a 9% increase in views for Rooster Teeth's official YouTube channel. 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 ends by saying that "RWBY is a good first step into a world of possibilities."
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The Blu-ray and DVD releases in Australia are handled by Hanabee Entertainment. A local Japanese dub is being developed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan, with plans for release on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015, marking the first time an American-produced anime-inspired series has been marketed in Japan. Warner Bros. has also acquired local merchandising rights as well. On February 1, 2015, Rooster Teeth announced that both volumes of RWBY so far were available for streaming on Netflix. The first volume was released in the UK by Animatsu Entertainment on May 4, 2015, on DVD.
The music for all volumes of RWBY has been composed primarily by Jeff Williams, with additional composition by Steve Goldshein and Alex Abraham. Most of the vocals are provided by Jeff Williams and his 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.
Volume 1 Soundtrack
|RWBY: Volume 1 Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Jeff Williams|
|Released||November 12, 2013|
|Genre||Film score, hard rock, symphonic rock, power metal, electronica, dance|
|Label||Rooster Teeth Productions|
|Jeff Williams chronology|
|Singles from RWBY: Volume 1 Soundtrack|
The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 1 was released by Jeff Williams on November 12, 2013, hitting #1 on iTunes and beating out the movie soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It includes all 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". These songs were, however, briefly played at the end of various episodes.
|1.||"This Will Be the Day" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:08|
|2.||"Red Like Roses (Red Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:12|
|3.||"Mirror Mirror (White Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||2:54|
|4.||"From Shadows (Black Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||4:48|
|5.||"I Burn (Yellow Trailer)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||5:30|
|6.||"Gold" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||4:02|
|7.||"I Burn" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Lamar Hall)||Jeff Williams||3:11|
|8.||"I May Fall" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||4:03|
|9.||"Red Like Roses – Part II" (feat. Casey Lee Williams & Sandy Casey)||Jeff Williams||4:02|
|10.||"I Burn Remix" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:07|
|11.||"From Shadows" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||5:21|
|12.||"Wings" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||5:11|
|13.||"EP 1 Score – Ruby Rose"||Jeff Williams||8:37|
|14.||"EP 2 Score – The Shining Beacon, Pt. 1"||Jeff Williams||3:31|
|15.||"EP 3 Score – The Shining Beacon, Pt. 2"||Jeff Williams||4:39|
|16.||"EP 4 Score – The First Step, Pt. 1"||Jeff Williams||2:59|
|17.||"EP 5 Score – The First Step, Pt. 2"||Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein||2:36|
|18.||"EP 6 Score – The Emerald Forest, Pt. 1"||Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein||4:24|
|19.||"EP 7 Score – The Emerald Forest, Pt. 2"||Jeff Williams||3:01|
|20.||"EP 8 Score – Players and Pieces"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||7:25|
|21.||"EP 9 Score – The Badge and the Burden, Pt. 1"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||3:02|
|22.||"EP 10 Score – The Badge and the Burden, Pt. 2"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||2:36|
|23.||"EP 11 Score – Jaunedice, Pt. 1"||Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein||1:26|
|24.||"EP 12 Score – Jaunedice, Pt. 2"||Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein||6:05|
|25.||"EP 13 Score – Forever Fall, Pt. 1"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||2:34|
|26.||"EP 14 Score – Forever Fall, Pt. 2"||Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein||4:59|
|27.||"EP 15 Score – The Stray"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||6:55|
|28.||"EP 16 Score – Black and White"||Steve Goldshein, Alex Abraham & Jeff Williams||11:07|
Volume 2 Soundtrack
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The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 2 was released on December 2, 2014.
|RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Jeff Williams|
|Released||December 2, 2014|
|Genre||Film score, hard rock, symphonic rock, power metal, progressive metal, dance, electronica, funk, show tune|
|Label||Rooster Teeth Productions|
|Jeff Williams chronology|
|Singles from RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack|
|1.||"Time to Say Goodbye"||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||3:24|
|2.||"Die"||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||3:18|
|3.||"Shine"||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||4:19|
|4.||"Dream Come True"||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||4:12|
|5.||"Caffeine" (feat. Lamar Hall)||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||3:09|
|6.||"All Our Days"||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||4:36|
|7.||"Boop"||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||3:25|
|8.||"Sacrifice"||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||4:00|
|9.||"This Will Be the Day" (acoustic)||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||3:17|
|10.||"Time to Say Goodbye" (James Landino's Beach Bae remix)||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||3:19|
|11.||"This Will Be the Day" (James Landino's Magical Girl remix)||Jeff Williams & Casey Lee Williams||3:03|
|12.||"Best Day Ever" (Chapter 1 Score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||9:27|
|13.||"Welcome to Beacon" (Chapter 2 Score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||4:52|
|14.||"A Minor Hiccup" (Chapter 3 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||3:59|
|15.||"Painting the Town...." (Chapter 4 Score)||Jeff Williams & Steve Goldshein||7:59|
|16.||"Extracurricular" (Chapter 5 Score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||5:34|
|17.||"Burning the Candle" (Chapter 6 Score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||5:15|
|18.||"Dance Dance Infiltration" (Chapter 7 score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||5:02|
|19.||"Field Trip" (Chapter 8 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||4:27|
|20.||"Search and Destroy" (Chapter 9 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||10:04|
|21.||"Mountain Glenn" (Chapter 10 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||5:59|
|22.||"No Brakes" (Chapter 11 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||9:19|
|23.||"Breach" (Chapter 12 score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||3:36|
Volume 3 Soundtrack
The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 3 was released on May 3, 2016.
|RWBY: Vol. 3 (Original Soundtrack & Score)|
|Soundtrack album by Jeff Williams|
|Released||May 3, 2016|
|Genre||Film score, hard rock, power metal, progressive metal, symphonic rock, electronica|
|Label||Rooster Teeth Productions|
|Jeff Williams chronology|
|1.||"When It Falls" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:25|
|2.||"I'm the One" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:41|
|3.||"It's My Turn" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||4:27|
|4.||"Not Fall in Love with You"||Jeff Williams||3:49|
|5.||"Neon" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||2:54|
|6.||"Mirror Mirror, Pt. II" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:59|
|7.||"Divide" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:40|
|8.||"Cold" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:26|
|9.||"Time to Say Goodbye (Acoustic)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||5:29|
|10.||"It's My Turn (James Landino Remix)" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)||Jeff Williams||3:47|
|11.||"Qrow vs Winter"||Jeff Williams||2:41|
|12.||"R.W.B.Y. vs F.N.K.I."||Jeff Williams||4:11|
|13.||"S.S.S.N. vs N.D.G.O."||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||3:37|
|14.||"When It Falls (V.S.Q.)"||Jeff Williams||2:00|
|15.||"World of Remnant 1"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||2:00|
|16.||"World of Remnant 2"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||2:02|
|17.||"World of Remnant 3"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||2:35|
|18.||"World of Remnant 4"||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||6:00|
|19.||"Round One" (Chapter 1 score)||Jeff Williams||5:04|
|20.||"New Challengers..." (Chapter 2 score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||5:04|
|21.||"It's Brawl in the Family" (Chapter 3 score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||4:19|
|22.||"Lessons Learned" (Chapter 4 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||3:55|
|23.||"Never Miss a Beat" (Chapter 5 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||1:51|
|24.||"Fall" (Chapter 6 score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||6:33|
|25.||"Beginning of the End" (Chapter 7 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||5:37|
|26.||"Destiny" (Chapter 8 score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||7:47|
|27.||"PvP" (Chapter 9 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||8:53|
|28.||"Battle of Beacon" (Chapter 10 score)||Alex Abraham, Steve Goldshein & Jeff Williams||8:29|
|29.||"Heroes and Monsters" (Chapter 11 score)||Alex Abraham, Mason Lieberman & Jeff Williams||9:53|
|30.||"End of the Beginning" (Chapter 12 score)||Jeff Williams & Alex Abraham||10:29|
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. It was in development for a total of five months.
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."
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." On December 1, 2015 the game was released as an Early Access title on Steam, with the full PC release on July 5, 2016. The game was released for Mac OS X 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.
The November 2015 issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine announced that Dogs manga author Shirow Miwa would be illustrating a manga adaptation of RWBY, which debuted in the December 2015 issue on November 19, 2015. The manga would "reveal mysteries of the four trailers." The manga concluded in February 2017.
RWBY Chibi is a comedic animated spin-off of RWBY compromising 24 3–6 minute long episodes. 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. 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 strict canon of the main show. In January 2017, Rooster Teeth confirmed that a second season would launch that May.
Appearances in other media
Yang appeared as a combatant in the popular online series Death Battle by ScrewAttack! (a sister company to Rooster Teeth under Fullscreen), where she fought Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII (who was also featured in Oum's Dead Fantasy series). Barbara Dunkelman reprised her role for the episode. The series creator, Ben Singer, talked with Oum about including a RWBY character on Death Battle before Oum's passing.
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'As huge fans of anime, we are honored that RWBY is the first American anime production to be exported to audiences in Japan,' said Matt Hullum, Rooster Teeth Co-Founder and CEO, in a press release.
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The fifth installment of “RWBY,” Rooster Teeth’s anime hit, will premiere in the fall of 2017. “RWBY” (pronounced “ruby”) is the first American-produced anime to be exported for distribution in Japan.
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