RWBY: The Official Manga is a manga adaptation of the animesque web-series RWBY. It is drawn by manga artist Bunta Kinami and began on November 19th, 2018. The manga airs in VIZ Media's Weekly Jump Issue.
This manga tells of Ruby Rose, a fifteen year old girl who wishes to become a Huntress as an adult. She is accepted into the acclaimed Beacon Academy two years early and is made the leader of a team of Huntresses-in-training consisting of her sister Yang Xiao-Long, a famous heiress named Weiss Schnee, and a quiet Faunus named Blake Belladonna.
Though RWBY: The Official Manga adapts the series rather faithfully, there are several character and deviations between the manga and web-series. Most chapters cover more than one episode from the series.
This manga provides examples of:
- Adapted Out:
- Cinder's Face Framed in Shadow introduction and fight with Glynda in the first chapter is completely omitted in the manga.
- In the original series, Yang leaves Ruby in chapter 2 to hang out with a mass of friends who are never referenced again. The manga makes Yang more in-line with her later portrayal by having her go off on her own instead.
- Many of Ren and Nora's solo scenes from the first half of Volume 1 have been cut, including their extended introduction and Ren fighting off a King Taijitu.
- The "Jaundice" arc concerning Jaune being bullied by Cardin Winchester is skipped over entirely.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: Ruby's motivations for being a huntress are different than in canon. In canon, Ruby grew up on the stories of heroes and wanted to be like them and make the world a better place herself. Here, Ruby wants to follow in Taiyang and Summer's footsteps by becoming a professional huntress.
- Adaptational Badass: With Cinder's Face Framed in Shadow Adapted Out, Roman is able to escape Ruby and Glynda entirely on his own rather than need Cinder to help him. In addition, rather than a simple crook that was responsible for a string of Dust robberies like in canon, Roman is a well known criminal mastermind that has terrorized Vale for quite some time.
- Adaptation Distillation:
- "The Badge and the Burden," which covered Ruby and Weiss' argument after officially forming Team RWBY is condensed down to a single playful exchange, with most of the development involved for Weiss already present during initiation.
- Blake and Weiss's argument in "The Stray," rather than starting in Vale and going on for an entire day, begins and ends soon after the team meets Penny, with Blake running off there.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Ruby's hair is straight-up black, without its red highlights.
- Adaptation Name Change: The Abandoned Temple is renamed the "Abandoned Ruins".
- Adaptation Personality Change: Ruby is noticeably more somber and introspective here, with her expressing more insecurity over being accepted into Beacon early. She's also much less tolerant of Weiss's initial Rich Bitch attitude, with the enmity between the two of them being much more mutual than in the original series.
- Adaptation Species Change: In Chapter 2, Ruby and Weiss encounter Ursai instead of Beowolves.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Unlike in canon, Weiss has the decency to apologize for her harsh words to Blake when they reunite at the docks.
- Adaptational Wimp: Conversely to Roman's Adaptational Badass, Glynda comes across less impressive here than in canon. Whereas she was able to stall Roman's Bullhead with a telekinetic storm comprised of rubble and glass that necessitated Cinder attacking her and Ruby to distract them long enough for Roman to fly away, Roman just flies off without Glynda offering much resistance.
- Comic-Book Adaptation: It's a manga adaptation of RWBY.
- Compressed Adaptation: The manga chooses to omit numerous scenes that serve for character interactions in favor of a more streamlined plot, particularly those involving JNPR. This includes removing Nora and Ren's original introduction and skipping the "Jaunedice" arc.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Ren and Nora aren't introduced like they are in the original show. They're instead given background cameos, such as in the locker room.