If you haven’t found time to check out “RWBY,” the popular anime series produced by Austin based digital studio Rooster Teeth, then you may want to fit it into your schedule soon. The show, which has been described as one of the first examples of American-produced anime, is about to go global. Rooster Teeth has locked down a deal with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Japan to bring the show to Japan.
The deal will see “RWBY” redubbed into Japanese and distributed by Warner Brothers on DVD and Blu-ray rather than in its original digital form. It will also make “RWBY” the first so-called American anime to be distributed in Japan. That’s a major vote of confidence for the team at Rooster Teeth, whose unique animation style for “RWBY” was directly influenced by traditional Japanese animation. “As huge fans of anime, we are honored that RWBY is the first American anime production to be exported to audiences in Japan,” said Rooster Teeth CEO Matt Hullum in a press release announcing the deal.
The world of “RWBY” draws its inspiration from traditional anime but also incorporates shades of popular American YA novels. The series follows the story of four young woman, each with their own special ability, who attend a school for monster hunters. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world littered with monsters, special powers and advanced technology with a steam punk aesthetic. The show has been praised for its intricate plots and for the fully realized female characters who occupy the lead roles.
“RWBY” is expected to be available in Japan sometime in early 2015. The series is available digitally in the US on Roosterteeth.com and on the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel. Season two is already in progress and new episodes go live every Thursday.
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