Rooster Teeth Productions, who are already well-known in the gaming community for their incredibly successful Halo machinima series, Red vs Blue, have just released their new anime series called RWBY.
RWBY follows the story of Ruby Rose, who is one of the characters in this series, and her journey to become a Huntress whilst attending Beacon Academy. Beacon Academy is the main facility where teams (RWBY is one such team) of fighters are trained to become either Hunters or Huntresses, and go on to keep the peace within the world. However, there are also monsters that share their world which they will also have to battle. In the trailer, Red, that was released on November 7th 2012, we get to see Ruby taking on a load of Beowolves (look similar lycanthropes) whilst wielding her weapon of choice, the awesome High Caliber Sniper Scythe. This weapon, which Ruby calls Crescent Rose, can be used in gun form as well as scythe form to devastating effects by Ruby.
The fight scenes from the trailer, ‘Yellow‘ which was released on June 1st 2013 are pretty damn awesome, and you can easily see Monty Oum’s (creator, director, writer, animator and a voice actor of RWBY) signature fighting styles used to great effect. I remember first seeing Monty use this style of fighting in RvB, which for me gave the show some jaw dropping fight scenes when it was first shown.
Other characters that make up Team RWBY, are:
- Weiss Schnee ~ Weapon of choice is the Multi Action Dust Rapier, named Myrtenaster.
- Blake Belladonna ~ Weapon of choice is the Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe, named Gambol Shroud .
- Yang Xiao Long ~ Weapon of choice is the Dual Ranged Shot Gauntlets, named Ember Celica.
There will be 10 chapters in the first volume (Volume #1) which will be split up into 16 episodes. There will be a new episode every Thursday, with sponsors of RvB getting to see them first, followed by the public later. I have now watched the pilot episode about three times now, and can say that this latest project from Rooster Teeth is going to be a huge success. Great scripting, fighting sequences, animation and voice acting.
Check out the first episode for RWBY below:
Glinda Goodwitch (Huntress) voiced by Kathleen Zuelch (plays the character of Agent Tex in RvB)
Yang Xiao Long (Trainee Huntress) meeting Ruby at Beacon Academy
Roman Torchwick. We first glimpse him in the ‘Yellow‘ trailer, but get to see a lot more of him in the pilot episode of RWBY which was released today
Opening title sequence for the pilot episode that gives us a short history of the world that our characters live in. The opening introduction really reminds me of the opening of The Lord of the Rings (not the animation, but the telling of the history of the world)
For a load more trivia on the new series, check out the RWBY Wiki page