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RWBY[1] is a MMD-stylish web animation series about a group of teenage monster hunters created by Monty Oum of Rooster Teeth Productions which premiered in July 2013. The show details the lives of four teenage girls studying to become monster hunters in the fictional world of Remnant.


On November 7th, 2012, the first of four promotional videos for RWBY (shown below, top left) was posted to Rooster Teeth’s YouTube channel depicting a young girl, later revealed to be Ruby Rose[2], battling a pack of wolf-like monsters known as Beowolves. Between February and June 2013, three more trailers were released, introducing the characters Weiss Schnee[3] (shown below, top right), Blake Belladonna[4] (shown below, bottom left) and Yang Xiao Long[5] (shown below, bottom right) fighting with their weapons of choice.

The first episode (shown below) explains that the world had been overtaken by monsters of all shapes and sizes, introducing the four girls as students at the prestigious Beacon Academy, a facility to train fighters against these threats. Together, the girls comprise Team RWBY, requiring that they live and train together throughout their four years of school.

The series premiered at the RTX convention on July 5th, 2013 before being made available to stream on Rooster Teeth’s official site on July 18th. A week after the episodes go live, they are uploaded to YouTube. In August, Crunchyroll[6] announced the episodes would be simulcast on their site on their initial release date. Within its first month, RWBY caused a 9% increase of views on the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel[10], making them the fifth most-viewed channel on the site the week of August 16th. As of October 2013, 14 episodes of RWBY have been released online, while a DVD[7] of the first volume is scheduled to be released on November 12th, 2013.


On September 24th, 2012, a Facebook fan page[8] was created in anticipation of the show, with its first posts appearing on November 7th. The page has since gained nearly 150,000 likes. Also in November, the /r/RWBY[9] subreddit launched, attracting more than 4,600 subscribers as of October 2013. After the first trailer was released, discussion of the series took place across a number of 4chan boards[11] including /co/[12] (Comics & Cartoons), /v/[13] (Video Games) and /vg/[14] (Video Games General). On November 8th, a wiki[19] and a deviantART group[15] anticipating fan works for the show were both established.

Also that November, the first single topic Tumblr blog dedicated to the show, Fuck Yeah RWBY[24], was created. However, it only updated that month was succeeded by a second Fuck Yeah RWBY[25] that December. That March, a RWBY confession blog[26] launched, followed by a handful of ask blogs[27][28] for certain characters as well as shipping blogs.[29] In September 2013, an RPG forum[23] based on the RWBY universe was launched on RPG Motion. Between September and October 2013, #RWBY has been used on Twitter more than 7,000 times, peaking on Thursday evenings when the new episodes go live.

Fan Art

Additional work can be found on deviantART[16], Tumblr[17] and Pixiv.[18] There are also more than 500 fanfiction stories about RWBY on[21] and Archive of Our Own[22] combined.

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External Links

[1]Rooster Teeth – RWBY

[2]RWBY Wiki – Ruby Rose

[3]RWBY Wiki – Weiss Schnee

[4]RWBY Wiki – Blake Belladonna

[5]RWBY Wiki – Yang Xiao Long

[6]Crunchyroll – RWBY

[7]Rooster Teeth Store – RWBY Volume 1 DVD

[8]Facebook – RWBY

[9]Reddit – /r/RWBY

[10]Tubefilter – Top 50 Most Viewed U.S. YouTube Channels • Week Of 8/16/13

[11]Foolz Archive – Search Results for “rwby”

[12]Foolz Archive – /co/: Trailer at the end for RWBY was AWESOME.

[13]Foolz Archive – /v/: Trailer for Monty Oum’s new series, RWBY

[14]Foolz Archive – /vg/: That RWBY thing preview at the end of the last RvB episode though, holy shit.

[15]deviantART – RWBY

[16]deviantART – Search Results for “RWBY

[17]Tumblr – Posts Tagged “rwby”

[18]Pixiv – Search Results for “rwby”

[19]RWBY Wiki – Home

[20]Topsy Analytics- Tweet Statistics for #RWBY

[21] – RWBY

[22]Archive of Our Own – Works in RWBY

[23]RPG Motion – RWBY: The RPG

[24]Tumblr – fuckyeah-rwby

[25]Tumblr – fuckyeahrwby

[26]Tumblr – rwby-confessions

[27]Tumblr – Ask RWBY Boys

[28]Tumblr – Ask Weiss Schnee

[29]Tumblr – Romance for RWBY

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