RWBY (pronounced "Ruby") is an Animesque CGI animated series created by Monty Oum and produced by Rooster Teeth. It is also Rooster Teeth's first entirely original IP and has since expanded into a multi-media franchise.
Once Upon a Time, in a world known as Remnant, mankind was born and became the target of the "Creatures of Grimm": malevolent creatures that are attracted to negative emotions and 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, Huntsmennote 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.
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, and the first episode is available on Youtube. Home video releases are also available from Rooster Teeth's United States, and Australia/New Zealand online stores. A Japanese dub of the first four volumes was also produced by Warner Bros..
Monty Oum's sudden death in February 2015 created uncertainty regarding the future of the series until the creators confirmed they had the required information to continue and complete it. True to their word, on October 15th of that year, Rooster Teeth released the intro animation of Volume 3, which premiered a week later. The series consists of seven completed volumes with Volume 8 airing from November 7, 2020.
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