Today, outside the AnimeJapan 2022 convention, a poster was shown announcing RWBY: Ice Queendom, an alt-universe anime adaptation of RWBY as part of the Team RWBY Project.
The project is spearheaded as a collaboration between Rooster Teeth Productions, responsible for the US production of RWBY, and SHAFT, the Japanese studio best known for their productions of Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series.
The text on the poster translates to “A new animation of RWBY made in Japan”, suggesting that all animation and production of the series will be done in Japan. The staff reflects this as well, with some exceptionally star-studded names in the lineup.
The RWBY: Ice Queendom OP (opening) theme song music “Beyond Selves” will be performed by Void_Chords featuring L. The ED theme “Awake” will be performed by Saori Hayami.
The Japanese cast of the original RWBY dub returns:
- Ruby Rose: Saori Hayami
- Weiss Schnee: Yoko Hikasa
- Blake Belladonna: Yu Shimamura
- Yang Xiao Long: Ami Koshimizu
You can check out the tweet found about the poster below:
However, some shocking names were found on the staff list, including a few SHAFT veterans and notable character designers.
Who will work on the original project?
SHAFT is a well-known anime studio for its work on projects such as Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series. Huke, the character designer, is best known for his work designing the characters for Steins;Gate and Black Rock Shooter, and will design the RWBY: Ice Queendom characters for the show.
As for the animation concept, Gen Urobuchi, writer and concept designer for both Aldnoah Zero and Madoka Magica, will cover that. Tow Ubakata, best known for his work writing Mardock Scramble and series writing for Psycho-Pass 2 and Ghost in the Shell: Arise, will write the series composition and screenplay.
The project’s director, Toshimasa Suzuki, is a SHAFT veteran known for his work on shows such as Owarimonogatari, his work directing the animation for Hanamonogatari, and a long, long history of storyboarding for the studio.
In general this is quite the all-star workforce going in – it seems like Rooster Teeth puts everything in RWBY: Ice Queendom!
When is RWBY: Ice Queendom coming out?
The release date of RWBY: Ice Queendom is slated for 2022. While the exact date for the production release has not yet been announced, the show will premiere later this year.
This is certainly an exciting prospect for RWBY fans. Seen how RWBY a bit of a cult hit in Japan and the known talent of the staff, the staff behind the anime are expected to be incredibly passionate about the project. Hopefully, the show will revive the series as it enters its tenth season later this year!