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 proud 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 Vales 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 and a week later for normal account users), 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 (this stopped after Volume 5 due to Youtube's ad-policy making it too financially draining to keep posting there). 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 12. 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 six completed volumes, and Volume 6 premiered on October 27th, 2018, concluding on January 26th 2019.
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 has run for three completed seasons.
An official export to Japan (via Warner Bros. Japan) was announced at RTX 2014, with the first four 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.
Currently, three separate manga stories have been released. The first, written by Shirow Miwa (released across 2016, localized in 2018), adapts all of the Volume 1 character trailers and some additional miscellaneous arcs. Miwa's adaptations of the trailers are considered loosely canonical. Following this was the RWBY Official Anthology (four for each RWBY member, released across 2017 and localized in English over 2018 and early 2019), which are the fan artist adaptations of side stories in Beacon. These anthologies are entirely non-canonical barring one reveal about a minor character named Scarlet David. Finally, there is Bunta Kinami's RWBY Official Manga (released 2018), which adapts Volumes 1 and 2 of the show and is released monthly as part of Shonen Jump. Kinami's manga has a loosely canon reputation of "canon till it's not" by the showrunners.
Finally, in the lead up to Volume 6, Rooster Teeth struck up partnerships with Scholastic and DC Comics to make licensed RWBY material. Scholastic will be making a series of YA books, starting in summer 2019, with the first book titled After the Fall; it focuses on Team CFVY studying at Shade Academy a year after the events of Volume 3. DC Comics, meanwhile, will be making comics in a similar, semi-canonical vein to the existing RWBY manga. The show also got its first mobile phone game, RWBY: Amity Arena, released on October 2018. A deckbuilding game, named the RWBY Deckbuilding Game was released on Valentine's Day 2019 for Android, Steam and iOS.
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