RWBY

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RWBY
Official logo for RWBY.jpg
Official logo for RWBY showing the four main characters.
GenreAction, Adventure, Science-fantasy, Comedy-drama, Martial arts, School-life
Created byMonty Oum
Written byMiles Luna
Kerry Shawcross
Monty Oum
Directed byMonty Oum
Kerry Shawcross
Voices ofLindsay Tuggey
Kara Eberle
Arryn Zech
Barbara Dunkelman
Miles Luna
Shannon McCormick
Kathleen Zuelch
Monty Oum
Samantha Ireland
Jen Brown
Narrated byJen Taylor
Opening theme"This Will Be the Day" by Jeff Williams and Casey Lee Williams
Composer(s)Jeff Williams
Steve Goldshein
Alex Abraham
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Matt Hullum
Burnie Burns
Kathleen Zuelch
Production company(s)Rooster Teeth Productions LLC.
Broadcast
Original runJuly 18, 2013 (2013-07-18) – present (present)
External links
Rooster Teeth Website
 
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RWBY
Official logo for RWBY.jpg
Official logo for RWBY showing the four main characters.
GenreAction, Adventure, Science-fantasy, Comedy-drama, Martial arts, School-life
Created byMonty Oum
Written byMiles Luna
Kerry Shawcross
Monty Oum
Directed byMonty Oum
Kerry Shawcross
Voices ofLindsay Tuggey
Kara Eberle
Arryn Zech
Barbara Dunkelman
Miles Luna
Shannon McCormick
Kathleen Zuelch
Monty Oum
Samantha Ireland
Jen Brown
Narrated byJen Taylor
Opening theme"This Will Be the Day" by Jeff Williams and Casey Lee Williams
Composer(s)Jeff Williams
Steve Goldshein
Alex Abraham
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Matt Hullum
Burnie Burns
Kathleen Zuelch
Production company(s)Rooster Teeth Productions LLC.
Broadcast
Original runJuly 18, 2013 (2013-07-18) – present (present)
External links
Rooster Teeth Website

RWBY (pronounced "Ruby") is an anime-styled American CG-animated web-series created by the Rooster Teeth Productions' animation studio.[1][2][3] The series is created and directed by animator Monty Oum. Episodes are released every Thursday on Rooster Teeth's website and simulcasted on Crunchyroll. One week after release they are also uploaded to YouTube. The first episode of RWBY premiered on July 5, 2013 at RTX 2013 and was released on the Rooster Teeth site on July 18, 2013.[4][5][6] The second season was announced to be premièred at the 2014 RTX in July 4-6.[7]

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in the world of Remnant, which is filled with supernatural forces and shadowy 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 magical abilities and weapons. Those who use these abilities to battle the Grimm are known as Huntsmen or Huntresses.[1] The series focuses on four girls, each with her own unique weapon and powers. Together, they form team RWBY at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses alongside team CRDL (pronounced 'cardinal') and team JNPR (pronounced 'juniper').[8][9]

Cast and characters[edit]

Title characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

There are sixteen episodes in Volume One. Episodes vary in length, with the first episode, mid-volume episode, and finale being around eleven minutes long, while other episodes are as short as five minutes long. Volume One concluded in November 2013, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the same month.[1][10] Episodes premiere to the public Thursdays at 7 pm Central Standard Time (UTC-6) on the Rooster Teeth website and are released two hours early for sponsors.[11] They are uploaded to YouTube a week later. Crunchyroll announced on August 16, 2013, that RWBY would be simulcast on the video streaming site.[12] Monty Oum announced that the second volume was to be premiered in July during the 2014 RTX.[7]

Development[edit]

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.[8] 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 finale on November 5, 2012.[13]

Oum designed the characters with assistance from artist Eileen "Einlee" Chang. The characters utilize designs inspired by classic fairy tale characters, and the first letter in the names of each of the four main characters come together to form the show's title.[8] The series is written by Oum, along with fellow Rooster Teeth employees Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross.[14] 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.[13] The series is animated by Rooster Teeth's internal animation team using Smith Micro's Poser Software.[15] 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 first episode premiered on July 5, 2013 at a panel at RTX 2013.[4][5] It premiered online two weeks later on July 18, 2013.

Promotion[edit]

A series of four promotional trailers, one for each lead character, were released in the lead-up to the series premiere. They were primarily produced by Oum and assistant animator Shane Newville.[16] Each trailer begins by unveiling one of the four primary characters and then showing a detailed action sequence.[14] The Red trailer was shown after the credits for Red vs. Blue's season 10 finale in November 2012.[14][17] It was followed by the White trailer in February 2013.[18] The Black trailer was unveiled at a PAX East panel at the end of March and was the first to include voice-acted dialogue.[16] Following the premiere of the Black trailer, Oum noted with regret that the first two trailers were shorter and had less character development.[16] The Yellow trailer was shown at Rooster Teeth's A-Kon panel on June 1, 2013.[19] Music from the trailers is being sold for digital download on several online retailers.[20]

Soundtrack[edit]

The official soundtrack for RWBY: Volume 1 was released on the 12th of November, 2013. 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 never before released songs such as "I May Fall" and "Wings".[21] These songs were, however, briefly played at the end of various episodes.

RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Jeff Williams
Released12 November 2013
GenreSoundtrack
LabelRooster Teeth Productions
Jeff Williams chronology
Red vs. Blue: Season 10 Soundtrack
(2012)
RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack
(2013)
Tracklist
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 and Lamar Hall)Jeff Williams3:11
8."I May Fall" (feat. Casey Lee Williams and Lamar Hall)Jeff Williams4:03
9."Red Like Roses - Part II" (feat. Casey Lee Williams and Sandy Casey)Jeff Williams4:02
10."I Burn Remix" (feat. Casey Lee Williams)Jeff Williams3:07
11."From Shadows" (feat. Casey Lee Williams and Sandy Casey)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:
2:05:25

Reception[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.[14][16][18] 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.[1] The Austin Chronicle described the premiere as making Oum the "rock star" of Rooster Teeth.[22] The series has reportedly contributed to a 9% increase in views for Rooster Teeth's official YouTube channel.[23] 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."[24]

Awards[edit]

List of awards and nominations
YearAssociationCategoryNomineeResult
2014International Academy of Web TelevisionBest Animated SeriesRWBYWon

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Silverman, Joshua (2103-07-18). "Review: RWBY Premiere Episode". Geek News Network. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  3. ^ Lazar, Shira (2013-08-07). "Roosterteeth Adds Anime RWBY To YouTube Slate (WATCH)". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  4. ^ a b Shawcross, Kerry (23 January 2013). "RWBY RWBY RWBY". RTX. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "RWBY". Rooster Teeth Productions. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Lakich, Ryan (2 July 2013). "Geeks and gamers are ready to raid Rooster Teeth Expo 2013". CultureMap Austin. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Oum, Monty (30 January 2014). "Announcement of second volume". Twitter.com. Monty Oum. Retrieved 30 January 2014. "RWBY Vol 2 will premeire at RTX July 4-6 this year!" 
  8. ^ a b c Silverman, Joshua (19 February 2013). "Interview: Monty Oum". Constantly Calibrating. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Webb, Charles (9 July 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: See Rooster Teeth's RTX Panel For Animated Series 'RWBY'". MTV.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
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  11. ^ "Rooster Teeth Podcast #227". YouTube. Rooster Teeth Productions. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream "RWBY"". Crunchyroll. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Machuga, Stephen (27 May 2013). "Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth, RWBY: Front Towards Gamer Radio, Episode 172". Front Towards Gamer. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d Parbhu, Sanjay (4 June 2013). "Rooster Teeth Releases RWBY Yellow Trailer". Capsule Computers. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Smith Micro's Poser Software Empowers Rooster Teeth Productions' Upcoming "RWBY" Web Series". Yahoo Finance. Yahoo. 2013-07-03. 
  16. ^ a b c d Neafsey, Paul (30 March 2013). "RWBY from Rooster Teeth: PAX East 2013". Front Towards Gamer. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Yamada, Yuusuke (6 June 2013). "死ぬほどかっこいい謎のアニメーションプロジェクト『RWBY』シリーズ最終トレーラーが公開!". Kotaku. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Gutelle, Sam (19 February 2013). "Rooster Teeth’s Anime-Inspired ‘RWBY’ Is Colorful And Action-Packed". Tubefilter. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "《RWBY》公開最新宣傳影片「Yellow」最終主要角色亮相". GNN. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  20. ^ Green, Scott (2 June 2013). "VIDEO Preview for Rooster Teeth's Anime Style "RWBY" Hits Yellow". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack in iTunes" (Digital music download). iTunes. Jeff Williams. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  22. ^ Solomon, Dan (2013-07-19). "The Full Monty". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  23. ^ Cohen, Joshua (16 August 2013). "Top 50 Most Viewed U.S. YouTube Channels • Week Of 8/16/13". Tubefilter. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Beauty of RWBY's Fight Scenes Will Make Your Jaw Drop • Week of 11/22/13". 22 November 2013. 

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