By: Joe Barry
“RWBY” (pronounced “Ruby”) Volume 5 is finally here! Many fans have been waiting all summer for it to come out. The “hype,” as “RWBY” fan MurderofBirds called it, has been growing steadily since Volume 4 ended.
“RWBY” is an animated series created by Monyreak “Monty” Oum and Rooster Teeth Productions. Oum directed, wrote, animated, and even voiced one of the characters in Volumes 1 and 2. Since his untimely death in 2015, Rooster Teeth has continued making “RWBY,” and the Lie Ren character is now voiced by older brother Monyneath “Neath” Oum.
In “RWBY,” Teams RWBY and JNPR (Juniper) begin their training to become great hunters and huntresses who hunt down Grimm, which are monsters attracted to fear. The two teams meet new characters and begin to figure things out, when they are put in a tournament and forced to split apart. The teams start dealing with their problems, before they get worse.
Some of the voice actors in “RWBY” have voiced characters for other anime such as “Dragonball Z” and “Fairy Tail,” among many others.
Volume 5 introduces new characters, both good and bad. The plot thickens as team RNJR (Ranger), the remnants of Team RWBY and Team JNPR (Juniper), and Qrow’s group must defend Haven Academy and its headmaster, Lionheart.
The series was originally modeled with Autodesk Maya and animated with Smith Micro’s Poser, which gave the characters a 3D look. However, Volume 5 was animated with Autodesk Maya instead, as were Volume 4 and the cute 2016 spin-off, “RWBY Chibi.”
The series has grown a lot in the two years since Oum’s passing, and “RWBY” animations can be found on the Rooster Teeth website, YouTube, and more.