Closing the loop after the creator, the late Monty Oum, sought to capture”the essence of the flat, drawn look of traditional animeIn its aesthetic and direction, Rooster Teeth announced that their RWBY would officially receive a canon animated series from an all-star production team.
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Officially revealed on March 25 after a premature announcement by Crunchyroll the day before, RWBY: Ice Queendom, a “cannon-adjacent” story featuring “new characters, new settings, new surprises, and (of course) new Grimms.”
Conceptualized by Gen Urobuchi, (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kamen Raider Gaim), RWBY: Ice Queendom will be animated by Shaft (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), directed by Kenjirō Okada (March Comes In like a Lion), and feature film scripts by Tow Ubukata (Ghost in the Shell: Arise).
The series will feature character designs conceptualized by illustrator huke (Black★Rock Shooter) and finalized for animation by Nobuhiro Sugiyama (Arakawa Under the Bridge), along with visual direction by Nobuyuki Takeuchi (Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game), who alongside Yoshiaki Ito (Tenchi the Movie – Tenchi Muyo in Love) and Hiroki Yamumura (Kizumonogatari trilogy) will also serve as the project’s chief animation directors.
Rounding out the production team as series composers are Nobuko Toda and Kazumi Jinnouchi (Netflix’s Ultraman).
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RWBY: Ice Queendom will also see a number of English and Japanese actors from RWBY’s main series return to reprise their roles, including Lindsay Jones and Saori Hayami as Ruby Rose:
Barbara Dunkelman and Ami Koshimizu as Yang Xiao Long:
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Arryn Zech and Yu Shimamura as Blake Belladonna:
Kara Eberle and Yoko Hikasa as Weiss Schnee:
Hiro Shimono as Jaune Arc:
Sōma Saitō as Lie Ren:
Kazuhiko Inoue as Professor Ozpin:
Aya Suzaki as Nora Valkyrie:
And Megumi Toyoguchi as Pyrrha Nikos:
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Mangaka Kumiko Suekane (Versailles of the Dead), will also be adapting RWBY: Ice Queendom as a manga for Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine.
Elaborating on the series’ production in a company blog post on March 28, Rooster Teeth Head of Licensing and Consumer Products Geoff Yetter told fans, “This moment took a while to to come. Believe it or not, this new show has been in the works for nearly a decade.
“The story goes that about 8 years ago, Monty was at a convention and stopped by the Good Smile Company booth,” he recalled. “He loved their products and wanted to explore a partnership with them. While they were talking, they started brainstorming the idea of creating a new side series RWBY. But rather than creating it in Austin with CRWBY, this new story would traditionally be animated in Japan by a world-class studio.
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He continued, “Fast forward a few years and here we are, bringing this incredible new vision to life with some of the biggest names in anime: BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Good Smile Company, SHAFT and Crunchyroll, with additional support from Warner. Bros. Japan and KLab, Inc. Not only that, but we assembled a dream team of anime heavyweights for the core creative team,”
“And of course,” added Yetter, “Kerry Shawcross, Eddy Rivas, Erin Winn and Christine Brent of Rooster Teeth have collaborated with the Japanese team every step of the way.”
Noting that the two fans likely had “a ton of questions” regarding the show, while being suspicious that many of them he was “not authorized to answer yet”, Yetter then decided to answer two of the top inquiries from the RWBY fandom.
“First, the world of RWBY: Ice Queendom is NOT an alternate universe or a reboot,” he wrote. “Although the story is set in the same universe as the main series, we call it ‘adjacent canon’.”
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“The new show is incredibly faithful to the original, while taking some fun new liberties to switch things up a bit,” Yetter explained. “The first two episodes of RWBY: IQ will recap V1 – V2 before kicking things off into a bold new adventure, full of new characters, new settings, new surprises, and (of course) new Grimms.”
He then teased, “Not only that, but you’ll also see a ton of familiar faces. While the changes to existing RWBY content aren’t technically considered canon, it’s a story that could absolutely exist alongside other RWBY content – we just wanted the Japanese team to be able to have as much fun as they did. wished. Now, as for the story of the series…well, you’ll just have to wait and see!
Moving on to the next burning question on the minds of RWBY fans, Yetter wrote, “Second, I’ve seen a lot of questions about when and where the show airs. The show will be released this summer; we will share the exact release date in the near future.
“It will premiere on Japanese television, with subtitled and dubbed versions available the same day to the public on Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth FIRST,” he confirmed. “New episodes will be released every week. It’s also worth noting that the episodes will follow traditional anime runtimes.
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