White is cold and always yearning, burdened by a royal test
Black the beast descends from shadows
Yellow beauty burns gold..."
Once upon a time, in a world known as Remnant, mankind was born and became the target of the "Creatures of Grimm": malevolent creatures who emerged from the darkness to attack humanity for reasons unknown. To fight back, mankind began harvesting a mysterious energy source known as "Dust" and used its power to not only drive back the Grimm but catalyze the growth of civilization across the planet.
In the present day, Huntsmen note are trained in special schools to harness the Dust and become protectors of the peace. One such trainee, an idealistic girl named Ruby Rose, is scouted by the elite Beacon Academy and allowed to skip two years' worth of training to attend. Once there, she is placed into a team with three other students: Yang Xiao Long, her boisterous big sister; Weiss Schnee, the heiress of the Schnee Dust Company; and Blake Belladonna, a mysterious and aloof girl. Though initial tensions are high, the forces of darkness are preparing to return and the four girls must learn to work together to survive. Among their enemies is the mysterious crime boss Roman Torchwick, who is stealing Vale’s Dust for some unknown plan of his...
The four main characters were introduced one at a time in four trailers: Red (Ruby Rose), White (Weiss Schnee), Black (Blake Belladonna), and Yellow, (Yang Xiao Long), to much anticipation and speculation. On July 18th 2013, the first episode premiered for the general population. The first season, or "volume", ran for sixteen episodes. note
During volumes, new episodes are released weekly on Rooster Teeth's website (Saturdays for Rooster Teeth First members, Tuesdays for the public), with episodes of a miniseries called World of Remnant dedicated to giving more information about Remnant sometimes being published in between episodes. The series is also being simulcasted on Crunchyroll. Additionally, each episode is put up on Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel one week after it premieres. Home video releases are also available from Rooster Teeth's United States, and Australia/New Zealand online stores.
Monty Oum's sudden death in early 2015 left the future of the series in question, but other members of the team assured the fans that the show would go on as planned, considering there was apparently enough story and information left by Monty to go straight through a potential Volume 5. True to their word, on October 15th, Rooster Teeth released the intro animation of Volume 3, and Chapter 1 was released on October 24th for sponsors, and the next day for the general public. The series has run for five completed volumes, and Volume 6 is slated for release on October 27th, 2018 as revealed at RTX 2018.
On April 1, 2016, a spinoff series was announced entitled RWBY Chibi, giving the franchise a more lighthearted and comedic spin. Episodes of this series are released during the hiatuses between volumes, introduced as mood changing Lightmare Fuel after Volume 3 abruptly increased the villains' threat level, considerably increasing the show's maturity level. The series premiered one month later, and is currently in its third season.
An official export to Japan (via Warner Bros. Japan) was announced at RTX 2014, with the first three seasons getting home video releases with a Japanese dub. Those curious about the Japanese dub can order the Volume 1 and 2 Japanese home video releases from Rooster Teeth's US store. There is also a video game, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse. Originally a fangame, the creators eventually teamed up with Rooster Teeth to make it official after RT found out about the game. Steam Early Access for the game began on December 1, 2015 and the full game was released on July 5th, 2016. A manga was also announced in October 2015 and started running in November of the same year. On October 8, 2016, Viz Media announced that the RWBY manga would be circulated in Weekly Shonen Jump.
In addition, RWBY is set to join the Arc System Works Massive Multiplayer Crossover BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, which also features representatives from BlazBlue, Persona 4: Arena and Under Night In-Birth.
In addition to that, a YA book series published by Scholastic has been announced. The first book in the series is titled After the Fall and will be focusing on the exploits of Team CFVY in the aftermath of Volume 3. It is set to debut in the summer of 2019.
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