Starting in 2017, VIZ Media and Rooster Teeth will be exploring publication methods for Rooster Teeth’s RWBY anime. RWBY became the first Western anime series to be distributed in Japan.
VIZ describes the story of RWBY as follows:
RWBY is Rooster Teeth’s award-winning anime series that tells the story of four different girls brought together for one legendary purpose. Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are students at Beacon Academy, an ancient school designed to train the monster-slayers knows as Hunters and Huntresses. Unfortunately, monsters aren’t the only threat in the world of Remnant, and if these girls want to graduate, they’ll have to learn to work together – both on the battlefield and in the classroom.
“The Rooster Teeth-VIZ Media partnership will showcase the strong creative vision and production expertise between our two entertainment companies to expand the vivid and exciting world of RWBY globally in bold new ways that fans will love,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director for VIZ Media.
“Through the new RWBY titles, readers will discover more about the RWBY universe and delve deeper into the characters and storylines they love, as well as go on all new adventures,” said Rooster Teeth Head of Animation Gray G. Haddock. “We are thrilled to be working with VIZ Media to bring such beautiful books to RWBY’s audience.”
Rooster Teeth gained fame and notoriety through their Red vs Blue series. Red vs Blue is a machinima series using Bungie/Microsoft’s Halo franchise as a platform. The series launched in 2005 and is still airing and is in its fourteenth season. Since the launch of Red vs. Blue, Rooster Teeth has vastly expanded into a multitude of shows and podcasts.