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Viz Media Licenses RWBY Manga Anthology Series

posted on by Karen Ressler
1st volume about Ruby Rose ships this summer

Viz Media announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the RWBY: Official Manga Anthology series. The first volume, Red Like Roses, is slated for summer 2018, while the second is slated for later in 2018, and details on the remaining volumes will be announced at a later date.

The series consists of four volumes, each with a collection of more than manga short stories centering on a different main character: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long. Each volume also includes messages from voice actors, as well as notes from RWBY character designer Ein Lee and other another anthology illustrators. Lee also drew the covers.

Home-sha published the four volumes in Japan from May to October last year.

The original RWBY web animated series by Rooster Teeth and the late creator Monty Oum follows four girls with unique weapons and powers who are training to hunt supernatural "Creatures of Grimm." 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 November 2015, followed by Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases. The fourth volume played in Japanese theaters in October, and Rooster Teeth is releasing the fifth volume.

Shirow Miwa debuted a manga adaptation in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine in November 2015 and ended it last February. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English.

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