Ruby and Weiss stand cool next to the towers of Beacon. Photo credit: @Team RWBY Project

At Anime Japan 2022, a new trailer for RWBY: Ice Queendom has just been revealed featuring the new animation of the series. The trailer also features the new Japanese dubbing and some teasers of what’s to come for the series.

An English subtitled version of the trailer shows of the new RWBY: Ice Queendom ED (opening) theme song music used for the series. The ED song will be “Awake” by Saori Hayami, while the OP song “Beyond Selves” will be performed by Void_Chords featuring L.

The trailer also confirms that RWBY: Ice Queendom is a full retelling of RWBY from Part 1, not just a retelling of the series set in another universe. The series will be very different from the original, including some changes to the core story, the origins of Weiss and her relationship with her team, and some minor changes to Ruby’s personality.

A PR statement sent to australia business blog confirmed that RWBY: Ice Queendom will “settle the world of RWBY before taking viewers on a brand new adventure that RWBY fans have never seen before.” RWBY: Ice Queendom will be streamed first on Rooster Teeth and then it will come to Crunchyroll at an unspecified later date with an English dub and in Japanese audio with English subtitles.

“It’s hard to put into words how honored and excited we are to see how the show we conceived in the world inspired a Japanese anime,” said RWBY’s showrunner, Kerry Shawcross. “I’ve been a fan of anime all my life, so it’s surreal to see RWBY in this new medium. I can’t wait for fans to see this show, I think it will blow them away.”

You can also see the trailer at the timestamp below (@8:15), which happens to have English subtitles:

What is the plot of RWBY: Ice Queendom?

It was confirmed via the trailer that RWBY: Ice Queendom is a complete retelling of RWBY in anime form, with some story changes related to Weiss and her backstory, with the season putting more emphasis on the relationship between Ruby and Weiss . It is set to follow the adventures of them during their first year at Beacon and restore the world’s setting with some changes made at the discretion of the Japanese team, with Rooster Teeth giving their blessing and mild oversight of the project .

Some of the changes already seen include changes to the show’s scenes and dialogue, the most notable being an extended relationship between Weiss and Yang, a duo that didn’t interact too much in the show’s first season. Another interesting thing to note is the difference in soundtrack between the two studios, with RWBY’s longtime composer not returning to compose RWBY: Ice Queendom.

The snow outfits seen on the announced numbers also suggest we might be heading for Atlas, RWBY’s snow kingdom, which would fit the title of Ice Queendom. It will be interesting to see how the series ends!

What other announcements were made during the presentation?

It was also announced during the presentation that there will be a new line of Nendoroids in Team RWBY’s winter outfits, with their costume changes coming later in the season. A Twitter campaign for a signed poster featuring the voice cast signatures (limited to residents of Japan), full-size figures of Team RWBY in their winter outfits, and the closing song was also performed at the event.

All of these can be viewed in the broadcast above (and it’s dubbed in English!) so make sure to check it out if you’re interested!

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