Eight years ago, Rooster Teeth, the company that gave us Red Vs. Blue, debuted an anime-inspired CGI web show called RWBY. The brainchild of the late Monty Oum, RWBY was a science-fantasy show set in the world of Remnant. Most people have a unique superpower, every melee weapon doubles as a gun, and the heroes fight creatures made from pure darkness. That, and the music is absolutely amazing. The show has become a massive hit. It’s gotten to the point where it’s considered an American-anime.
Already a staple at Rooster Teeth’s own convention, RTX, this year, SDCC had the pleasure of hosting a panel for RWBY. Guests included several writers, the voices of Team RWBY, and writer/actor Miles Luna. And they had a lot to talk about.
Expanding World of RWBY
With its growing popularity, RWBY has gone from being just a web series. Now, it’s a full-blown franchise, with content in various forms of media. Now, that media franchise is getting even bigger.
RWBY is no stranger to video games. Besides several games under its belt, the titular team was part of the crossover fighting game, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Now, the series is getting a new game, RWBY: Arrowfell. Featuring an original story and artwork, this side-scrolling hack-n-slash is set to release next year, and it looks promising.
In addition, RWBY will be getting a new novel called RWBY: Roman Holiday. Set before the events of the series, the novel will show the origin of the villains Roman Torchwick and Neo.
A Sneak Preview of Volume 9
If you’ve watched RWBY long enough, then you know that the show’s capable of dealing with hope and despair in equal amounts. And if you watched the end of the latest season, then you know that the show reached a new level of despair. Several heroes, including all of Team RWBY, fell into an abyss between dimensions, seemingly dead. However, this sneak preview for Volume 9 reveals that they are all very much alive.
Unfortunately, this was not news to me. Rooster Teeth he showed this clip at RTX just a few weeks ago. Worse still, the company gave us no concrete release date for Volume 9, leaving fans left in the dark.
A Mixed Bag
The panel for RWBY was a mixed bag, in the end. On the one hand, it did give us plenty of new content to be excited about. On the other hand, this content likely debuted earlier this month, making it a moot point. In the end, though, it doesn’t really matter. Rooster Teeth got another chance to share their hit anime with us. That, and the show’s soundtrack is still awesome.