Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) conceptualizes RWBY: Ice Queendom
Note: 3/25/22: The original article for this announcement was published on March 24. However, Crunchyroll News unpublished the article due to an error in the provided embargo date. The updated article follows.
The fan-favorite 3D-animation series RWBY heads to the 2D anime world with RWBY: Ice Queendom, a new story in the franchise that sees Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long go far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. The first key visual and trailer was released for the series.
RWBY: Ice Queendom will be directed by Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne) at studio SHAFT with Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica writer) conceptualizing the series, Tow Ubukata (Heroic Age) writing the series compositions and scripts, and STEINS;GATE character designer huke adapting the 3D designs for 2D. The series is produced by Bandai Namco Arts alongside Good Smile Company and Rooster Teeth.
The original RWBY cast will reprise their roles for the English dubbed version of RWBY: Ice Queendom alongside the Japanese cast reprising their roles from the Japanese dub of the 3DGC animation:
- Lindsay Jones (EN) and Saori Hayami (JP) as Ruby Rose
- Kara Eberle (EN) and Yoko Hikasa (JP) as Weiss Schnee
- Arryn Zech (EN) and Yu Shimamura (JP) as Blake Belladonna
- Barbara Dunkelman (EN) and Ami Koshimizu (JP) as Yang Xiao Long
Saori Hayami will also be performing the ending theme song "Awake," with the opening theme song "Beyond Selves" being performed by Void_Chords feat. L.
Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth will be streaming RWBY: Ice Queendom as it airs in Japan in both subbed and dubbed formats, with both versions premiering on the same date – though that date hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. Here’s what the press release had to say about the new RWBY series:
“‘RWBY: Ice Queendom’ presents RWBY in beautiful 2D anime visuals. RWBY imagines a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, and humanity's only hope is dependent upon powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant's protectors.”
You can catch the tales of Team RWBY in the original RWBY series streaming right here on Crunchyroll.
Source: Press Release
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.