Anime streaming site Crunchyroll had initially announced that it will stream the upcoming RWBY anime titled RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku) in English as well as Japanese languages. However, the streaming site later deleted that article.
It is currently not confirmed if Crunchyroll will be streaming the series.
According to the latest update, studio Shaft will animate the new installment of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY franchise. The series is set to premiere this year during summer.
The direction of the series is undertaken by Toshimasa Suzuki of Lagrange-The Flower of Rin-ne and The Price of Smiles fame, and Kenjiro Okada of Sangatsu no Lion will be the chief director.
The conceptualization of anime will be done by Gen Urobuchi, who is known for his work in Puella Magi Madoka, Fate/Zero Novels, Psycho Pass, etc; with huke of Black Rock & Steins:Gate fame conceptualizing the character designs.
Nobuhiro Sugiyama (Ef: A Tale of Memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, March Comes In Like A Lion) will spearhead the designing of characters for animation and will also serve as the Chief Animation Director along with Yoshiaki Ito and Hiroki Yamamura.
The visual direction aspect rests with Nobuyuki Takeuchi (Maria Holic, Bakemonogatari) while Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi will be composing the music. In addition, Tow Ubukata will be writing and supervising the scripts.
All the previous members affiliated with English as well as Japanese dub will be reprising their roles for the anime. However, the Japanese announcement revealed more VA’s 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:
- Main Animators: Hiroto Nagata, Kazuki Kawada
- Production Design, Extradimensional Space Design: Rui Tomono
- Art Boards: Hisaharu Iijima
- Art Director: Ken Naito
- Color Key Artist: Jin Hibino
- Director of Photography: Takayuki Aizu
- Editing: Rie Matsubara
- Audio Director: Jin Aketagawa
- Producers: Bandai Namco Arts, Good Smile Company, Rooster Teeth
In addition to the above mentioned staff, the opening theme “Beyond Selves” is to be performed by Void Chords feat. L. Whereas the ending theme song “Awake” will be performed by Saori Hayami.
The manga adaptation of the anime will be written and illustrated by Kumiko Suekane (Versailles of the Dead, Blood+ Adagio, Afterschool Charisma).
It will be serialized in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine.
A new key visual for the anime was released on Feb 01, 2022, to tease their upcoming project, with many fans comparing the character Weiss Schnee who featured in the visual to Esdeath from Akame Ga Kill.
RWBY (pronounced “Ruby”) is an American anime-influenced adult computer-animated web series created by Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth. It is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become warriors (called “Huntsmen” and “Huntresses”) to protect their world from monsters called Grimm.
The series has released four seasons to date. It has also been dubbed in Japanese and broadcast by Tokyo MX, in partnership with Warner Bros. Japan. Rooster Teeth released a video game called RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, as well as a spin-off series called RWBY Chibi in 2016.
Rooster Teeth describes the anime as follows:
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.