Rooster Teeth announced on Friday that Shaft is producing a television anime series based on Rooster Teeth‘s RWBY franchise titled RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku) that will premiere this year. Crunchyroll will stream the anime with both English and Japanese audio, with both versions premiering on the same date.
Rooster Teeth describes the anime:
RWBY: Ice Queendom’ presents RWBY in beautiful 2D anime visuals. RWBY imagines a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, and humanity’s only hope is dependent upon powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant’s protectors.
Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne, The Price of Smiles) is directing the anime at Shaft. Kenjirō Okada (March comes in like a lion) is credited as chief director. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero novels, Psycho-Pass) is credited for conceptualizing the anime, with Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble, Psycho-Pass 2, Ghost in the Shell Arise) writing and supervising the scripts. huke (Black Rock Shooter, Steins;Gate) conceptualized the character designs for the anime, while Nobuhiro Sugiyama (ef: a tale of memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, March comes in like a lion) is designing those characters for animation, while also serving as chief animation director alongside Yoshiaki Ito and Hiroki Yamamura. Nobuyuki Takeuchi (Maria Holic, Bakemonogatari) is credited for visual direction. Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music.
Members of the original English cast and the Japanese dub will reprise the roles for the anime (the Japanese announcement revealed more voice actors beyond the four main characters). The cast includes:
Lindsay Jones and Saori Hayami as Ruby Rose
Kara Eberle and Yōko Hikasa as Weiss Schnee
Arryn Zech and Yu Shimamura as Blake Belladonna
Barbara Dunkelman and Ami Koshimizu as Yang Xiao Long
Hiro Shimono as Jaune Arc
Aya Suzaki as Nora Valkyrie
Megumi Toyoguchi as Pyrrha Nikos
Sōma Saitō as Lie Ren
Kazuhiko Inoue as Professor Ozpin
Other staff members include:
Void_Chords feat. L will perform the opening theme song “Beyond Selves.” Saori Hayami will perform the ending theme song “Awake.”
The anime will also have a manga adaptation (visual seen below) by Kumiko Suekane (Versailles of the Dead, Blood+ Adagio, Afterschool Charisma) that will run in Kadokawa‘s Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine.
The original RWBY web animated series by the late creator Monty Oum follows four girls with unique weapons and powers who are training to hunt supernatural “Creatures of Grimm.”
Bunta Kinami launched RWBY: The Official Manga in Shonen Jump+ in December 2018, and the manga ended in June 2020. Viz Media published the manga as part of its Weekly Shonen Jump lineup.
Shirow Miwa drew an earlier adaptation of the web animated series in Shueisha‘s Ultra Jump magazine from November 2015 to February 2017. Viz Media published the manga in its English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine beginning in October 2017, and also published the manga in print. addition, Viz Media is also publishing the RWBY manga anthology series.
Sources: Crunchyroll, Comic Natalie