RWBY (pronounced like Ruby) is an animated series created by Monty Oum (Dead Fantasy), Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna (Red vs Blue) and it is produced by Rooster Teeth Productions. Since launching its first episode on July 18, 2013, the series has found many fans, inspired tons of amazing cosplay, and has currently landed itself in the number 2 spot on Crunchyroll for most popular series. RWBY features both voice veterans and new voices behind the unique characters and a dazzling array of mind boggling fighting styles.
What is RWBY about? Thank God for Wikipedia but what has been shown to us in Volume 1, main character Ruby Rose (voiced by Lindsay Tuggey) has been accepted into Beacon Academy, a special school that will help train and hone her fighting skills so she may become a Huntress. In the world of RWBY, supernatural monsters are very real, and Hunters and Huntresses are needed to fight them off. Ruby is joined by three other women, her older sister Yang (Barbara Dunkleman), the spoiled heiress Weiss (Kara Eberle), and the ever mysterious Blake (Arryn Zech). In the first 16 episodes of the series, the ladies learn how to study together, live together, how to fight as a team, and when they do battles monsters of the unknown, hold on to your seats. If Dead Fantasy rocked your socks, RWBY will rock your entire world.
What a lot of fans may not know is how much time, effort, and energy has gone into meeting the deadlines for this series. What team RWBY has accomplished is nothing short of amazing. In general, Rooster Teeth spoils their fans with community interaction and team RWBY is no different. There have been many posts via Twitter and RT journals by various members of team RWBY teasing fans, showing progress of the series, and these posts will come in at all hours of the day. Monty and his team are notorious for staying up until odd hours of the night and even camping out in the RT offices.
They’ve faced a load of criticism ranging from “how dare you make these episodes only 7 minutes long” to “this isn’t true anime. GTFO” and not once have they budged from their end goal. They continued on with their work, met their deadlines, had fun while doing it, and they created an animated show that I will describe simply as AMAZEBALLS. If you are looking for something new and refreshing, check out RWBY. All the episodes can be found on Roosterteeth.com. RWBY does contain many characteristics of the classic Japanese anime style us nerds and geeks love, and more importantly, Monty, Kerry, and Miles have created something entirely unique and something that is truly their own.
Volume 1 has been completed, its episode finale airing November 7, 2013. The DVD and Blu Ray are currently available for pre order and will be released November 12, 2013. The team is already hard at work with Volume 2, and fans cannot wait to see what’s going to be thrown at them next.
This team (the creators, producers, coordinators, animators, designers, voice actors, all of them) have worked around the clock and took an idea and made it into something real. Be inspired by their dedication. I am.