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Viz's Shonen Jump to Offer RWBY Manga in English

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Animated series' prequel drawn by Dogs manga creator Shirow Miwa

Anime News Network's New York Comic-Con 2016 news coverage sponsored by Yen Press.

North American publisher Viz announced at its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine's panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday that the digital magazine will offer Shirow Miwa's RWBY manga.

The original RWBY web animated series by the late creator Monty Oum follows four girls with unique weapons and powers who are training to hunt supernatural "Creatures of Grimm." The manga is a prequel about these four girls who would eventually make up Team RWBY upon enrolling in Beacon Academy. The manga's story, supervised by Rooster Teeth, reveals "the mystery hidden in four trailers" presented in Japan.

The manga series debuted in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine last November. Viz had announced in July that it would release books based on RWBY, but had not specified at the time that it had licensed the manga.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan licensed the original web animated series for distribution and merchandising in Japan. Theaters in Japan have been screening episodes — dubbed with an all-star Japanese cast — in batches since last November, followed by Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases. The third set of episodes will play in Japanese theaters in December, and Rooster Teeth is working on a fourth season in English.

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