There is a presumption out there that only Japan can produce shows that showcase cute girls with amazing fighting ability and weapons. Well…that is no longer the case. On July 18, 2013 RoosterTeeth (famous for the Halo-inspired Red VS. Blue web series) has premiered its 3D CGI anime called RWBY (pronounced “Ruby”) on its website at RoosterTeeth.com. A week later, the same first episode made its way onto RoosterTeeth’s YouTube channel.
The series starts with a brief narration by voice actress Jen Taylor (known for Halo’s Cortana) telling of man’s early struggles and a source of power called “dust” which he can tap into should he need lots of extra strength. Fast forward to the present day, were the main villain, Roman Torchwick, a notorious criminal with an army of gangsters, begins to rob a “dust store.” This is where we meet our main protagonist, Ruby Rose, a red-haired girl who seems innocent enough…that is, until she starts to wield the Crescent Rose (a combination of scythe and sniper rifle). She effortlessly thwarts the robbery, but when Roman finds that he has to get his hands dirty, a huntress by the name of Glinda Goodwitch puts a stop to the fight, scolds Ruby for needlessly destroying property, and offers her a chance to study at the prestigious Beacon Academy. And then the rest will follow in later episodes.
With several years of producing animation for both himself and a few years on RoosterTeeth’s RvB, series creator Monty Oua has struck gold with RWBY. The anime-style character design really helps the story and setting because cute girls with deadly weapons is something hard to do with a western-style character design. The battles in particular are fast and heart-pounding, which is just Oua’s style by the way. The voice acting, which sounds almost like an English-dub anime, is top notch (no Japanese language track this time). The intro and credits songs are something that also might be heard in many anime shows, which works well for the music department. One drawback with RWBY is that the episodes vary in length and are usually too short (i.e.: first episode is about 12 minutes long and subsequent episodes to this point are about 6 minutes long). This was probably to be expected with a web series with no time-length requirements.
Overall, RWBY is a definite must-watch. You can catch it on the RoosterTeeth website at RoosterTeeth.com or on their YouTube channel.