RWBY Volume 2 Premiering at RTX 2014, First Promo Art Available

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RWBY Volume 2 Premiering at RTX 2014, First Promo Art Available

Work on the second volume of animated series RWBY is underway.

Animator Monty Oum and Rooster Teeth's series RWBY will premiere its second volume of RWBY at RTX2014 in July. Its online premiere will happen shortly afterward, producer Gray Haddock announced.

Production is underway, and the scripts are nearly finished. Volume 2 will have 12 chapters with each being about 12 minutes long. Haddock mentioned plenty of teasers in the meantime leading up to volume 2, and he included the first piece of promotional art from art director Kristina Nguyen.

Volume 1 saw some chapters taking place over a couple weeks, split up into different episodes, but that will not be the case for the second volume; each week's web release will contain the full chapter. Haddock said he anticipates following the premiere, RWBY will have a chapter online each week for a few weeks, take some time off, and then resume. During the off weeks, there will be "new story content from the world of RWBY," but Haddock did not elaborate and said details would be disclosed later.

RWBY is an anime-styled web series created by Monty Oum. The series' debut took place at RTX 2013. RWBY's story focuses on four girls who form a team to train to hunt monsters in a school setting. Each character has a special weapon and powers. The first volume also saw a second team form, called JNPR for four different character. Volume 1 concluded in November 2013.

RTX 2014 takes place in Austin, Texas, July 4-6. Tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow.

Source: Rooster Teeth

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Man, I dunno about this series. The writing is really not good.

And the action is good in bits, but there's just too much going on at any given instant. The best action scenes, IMO don't overload the viewer.

Hooray.

I think it will help having more consistency with the episodes lengths, seeing as waiting a week for what sometimes amounted to around 8 minutes including an intro and an outro was kind of disappointing.

The only thing I felt they really needed to work on was the animation. At times it was brilliant, but at others it was pretty poor. Hopefully with more experience at making the series, they will improve on the areas that they weren't so good on.

As long as they can still make me laugh, and keep having cool soundtracks, I'll be happy.

I see they have actually listened to their audience, the biggest complaint all over the place in the last volume was people were sick of the 4-7 min episodes.

And the single 13 min episode (ep8) they did was widely seen as the best episode of the volume.

Which also brings me to my second point, I hope volume 2 is more action based and less character development, character development is good but it gets boring to watch quickly ... I don't want to see another 2 entire episode devoted to Jaune's bullying problem.

Which is probably also why ep8 was widely seen as the best episode as it was the most action packed.

Someone needs to make Monty stay away from the script and have a better writer take the lead. The guy is only good at fight scenes and making decent use out of a small budget.

As one of the very few people on here whogenuine loved the series, I will be eagerly awaiting volume 2! Hopefully they had improved their animation (if just abit) and learn some flaws from the feedback starting with their episodes length.

Still something tell me I won't be liking the whole "each week for a few weeks" (the Walking Dead route), hopefully then people realise what they had taken for granted (sure some episodes in volume one were short but at least they were consistent by being online every week given the production time to make and the man powers they had)!

Glad to see the the episodes would be longer and more consistent. The short episodes of most weeks did not mesh work all that well. The 4-7 minute length works great for RvB but really dragged the show down.

Despite my issues with the first volume I still enjoyed it quite a bit on its own merits and a fan of Roosterteeth in general. I definitely like the sound of the 2nd volume.

Also I love that promotional art.

I'm looking forward to this. I think this is a series that's growing in strength with time and experience and it looks gorgeous

I'll be the first to admit that Monty Oum isn't great at writing a story, but we all pretty much knew that. The clever takes on everyone in the series is great once you figure out who everyone is, and no one this side of Gurren Lagann has more over the top fights. I mean c'mon, Son Goku is in an episode with a bo staff that turns into SHOTGUN NUNCHUKS.

SHOTGUN.

NUNCHUKS.

While this isn't something I'd actually buy, I'll watch it just because Monty Oum = Crazy Awesome Silly Action, and I kinda dig that.

People like to complain about the lengths of the episodes of the first season of RWBY. Admittedly, it wasn't very satisfying watching it in first run week by week. When the series was over, though, I went back and watched it start to finish one morning, and it was a lot more entertaining.

If I could offer some constructive criticism the writers and showrunners won't read and don't have time to incorporate into the next season anyway, it would be this:

-The dialogue was a little wooden from time to time. A little unnatural. Nothing another draft or two after a table-reading wouldn't fix, though. Or just getting a separate dialogue editor to go over it after the main writer.

-You might have gotten a little -too- ambitious with the scope of the first season. Too many side and supporting characters pulled focus from the four main girls. Too much disparate world-building pulled focus from the four main girls' life at the school.

-Not enough of the right kind of world-building. Namely, I didn't get a sense of why it's worthwhile to go to the school. There's no sense of how monster-hunting benefits society, namely because the monsters don't seem to pose any sort of threat to society in general. The only ones we see live out there in the forest and don't cause any harm until the students come looking for them.

Now the spoonful of sugar:

-All of the characters (except Weiss) are engaging and charming.

-The fight scenes are spectacular.

-The art is beautiful.

-The acting was decent.

So yeah. Good work, worth watching. High hopes for season two.

--Morology!

I might be more forgiving of the writing if the animation itself was gosh-dang beautiful or if it was Japanese(translation errors, etc.), but it isn't, so unless those two things improve...

Well, I'm not going to watch it anyway, so why am I complaining?

I always got the feeling that Season 1 was laying the groundwork for the way the world works. A warm-up season, if you will. Now that the setup's done, hopefully season two will find the series' feet and really become something special.

CAPTCHA: Brand Lift. That strikes me as somewhat appropriate.

Whelp, I've said a lot about this series, so here's a quick statement.

If the writing hasn't improved drastically than I will drop it very fucking quickly. All the other minor annoyances I bitched about I can handle, but bad writing is a deal breaker.

Well can't be any worse then season one I suppose. I only managed two episodes before the abysmal writing took me out of it.

If this one improves in that regard I might read a plot synopsis and begin anew. Not holding out hope though.

This is one of those shows where I feel that it has an interesting enough premise that it can be one hell of a show... if it actually had some heart poured into it. Honestly the first seasons production values weren't the best but there is room for improvement and if they truly did listen to the fans then we'll see some much better stuff this time round.

Akichi Daikashima:
I might be more forgiving of the writing if the animation itself was gosh-dang beautiful or if it was Japanese(translation errors, etc.), but it isn't, so unless those two things improve...

Well, I'm not going to watch it anyway, so why am I complaining?

The badass wizard with the Ninja Staff skills is right! The animation fucking sucks!

It onnly worked for Kung-Fu Jimmy Chow and that was back in '07 or '06!

We'll see.

I gave it the full first season to find its legs, and it disappointed me. When it comes out, I will watch the first two or three and if it isn't noticeably better written then I'm going to wait for RvB to come out and not waste my time with Monster Hunter High. (It doesn't deserve to be called RWBY after that first season. Just call it "Monster Hunter High" and then they don't need to worry about having their character names in the show title.)

Maybe it will turn really dark and interesting?

Please?

If this volume doesn't stack up to my tastes, then I'm going forward with my plan to reimagine the series into a episodic light novel thing.

I'm still bitter over Monty half turning Red Vs Blue into an anime with the horrendous Freelancer animated seasons. Not gonna give this one a watch.

Really looking forward to this. I thought season 1 was pretty good, yea it had its flaws (some episodes were too short, some of the voice acting was meh at best etc) but you can tell real heart was put into it. Hopefully they improve this next season based on the feedback.

Also this means we get more killer music from Jeff Williams :D

I want to be excited for this, I really do, but I just can't. The writing was painful, especially to someone familiar with anime tropes. I mean, there's the retarded main character, brooding & quite girl, super energetic smart girl and tsundere. And as much as I love her (for more than the obvious ones guys), Jessica Nigri should not be voice acting a pivotal character. She said it herself, she has no experience doing it, so I feel like it'll be even worse than the voice acting in the teaser trailers leading up to the initial release.

I'm probably still going to end up watching at least 4 episodes though, see how it goes.

Angelous Wang:
And the single 13 min episode (ep8) they did was widely seen as the best episode of the volume.

One word; Nora.

I loved Volume One, but I won't deny it had pacing problems, when viewed as a movie (as per the DVD). So if V.2 makes a more "standard" approach, it will make it all the better.

Looks like I'm not alone in my sentiment of RWBY's first season being a mixed bag that ended up unspectacular overall, and I'm saying this as someone that literally just finished it. The action scenes are surprisingly nice and can even give the likes of Gurren Lagaan a run for it's money, and the few jokes that worked really had me cracking up.

However, most of the jokes fall flat, the terrible writing and dialogue is on par with the likes of those cheap CGI Cartoon Network shows or those Disney / Nickelodeon high-school live-action crap, the models and animations often look incredibly stiff outside of action scenes - especially the faces, the voice acting is all over the place quality-wise, the story and characters were overly cliche, the slow pacing really clashed with the short episode lengths, and overall most of the episodes were simply not fun to watch.

Here's to hoping that this show improves on it's numerous weaknesses and plays to it's strengths better in Season 2. Less high-school drama shenanigans and more decapitating creatures from Shadow of the Colossus while running up the side of a cliff would really not go amiss, imho.

Caramel Frappe:
You know.. I really want to be excited for Season 2. I do.

However- the entire first season blew. Nothing was interesting, very short videos (one was like, three minutes long?) and the progression/story telling went pretty much nowhere. I loved the action no doubt, but if it continues to go the route that made me become more distant... then it'll lose more and more fans.

Hopefully things go well.

That's agreeable. I have made rants and posts about why RWBY sucks but I will relist them.

One, the action feels like it's a bit off. The weapons don't seem to have as much impact as I want. To use your avatar's show for an example, we get a show that creates craters, blasts of wind, and shockwaves to illustrate the power of the attacks and the extent of the damage. RWBY doesn't have anything like that: no charring, no major damage, no environmental damage that lasts.

Two, the entire show was nothing but trope after trope and trope and the characters feel like copies of other characters. Ruby feels like a typical bubbly fighter with social issues and I am just like "anything else besides genki characteristics to her, any conflict?" Weiss feels like every stubborn, obnoxious Ojou character ever and any character development from episode 8 got undone over and over. Blake is the stoic loner and while the twist about her is interesting (though the type that should have been seen a hundred miles away) everything else seems like the lone wanderer type. And Yang is just useless at this point with no characteristics or conflict. As for the story, it seems like a meandering mess with the action being sidelined for slice of life sequences that don't even focus on the RWBY team but JUPR team. It is completely stupid

The whole issue is that the show is trying so hard to emulate anime like Soul Eater and they decide to just use every trope possible without any real precedent for this type of thing. They tried to be an anime and ended up being a collection of the worst parts of anime

Quiotu:
I'll be the first to admit that Monty Oum isn't great at writing a story, but we all pretty much knew that. The clever takes on everyone in the series is great once you figure out who everyone is, and no one this side of Gurren Lagann has more over the top fights. I mean c'mon, Son Goku is in an episode with a bo staff that turns into SHOTGUN NUNCHUKS.

SHOTGUN.

NUNCHUKS.

While this isn't something I'd actually buy, I'll watch it just because Monty Oum = Crazy Awesome Silly Action, and I kinda dig that.

yes, there is pretty good action but the problem is that anime people like us already have Kill La Kill to watch and that has good writing and characters. RWBY doesn't have good writing or character; it's story is a combination of slice of life antics that don't even focus on team RWBY interspersed by action that doesn't have a lot of narrative tension. The characters are so base that I can literally make a new team name: GOLN. Genki, Ojou, Loner, and Nothing. Ruby is nothing but a prodigy of battle with a lack of social skills and hyperactivity; bland, boring and anything in connection to the tombstone is not even alluded to in the show. Weiss is basically the bratty Ojou sama right down to the dress and battle style of elegant and refined. Blake is nothing but a standard loner learning to be with people. Yang has had no development, no conflict, and is only fanservice at this point.

It wouldn't be so bad if i didn't get a feeling of "seen it". Penny looks like a copy of Blazblue's Nu-13, Weiss seems like Persona 4 Arena's Kirijo Mitsuru and Jin Kisaragi. Ruby is unique but the personality is just generic. Atom from the Black Trailer seems like Jetstream Sam and Hakumen in one. I could go on over and over but the show is just incompetent in its writing and characterization.

Edit: I forgot to mention in my two posts but the animation is actually horrible. The body and mouth movements are stilted and wonky, the facial expressions are just off, and there are a lot of clunky flaws. They either need to stick to 2D, or really pick up their animation to put on par to RvB

Soviet Heavy:
I'm still bitter over Monty half turning Red Vs Blue into an anime with the horrendous Freelancer animated seasons. Not gonna give this one a watch.

I for one didn't mindthe animated Freelancer scenes but I do think this show is just horrible

I'm... cautiously optimistic. Volume One was okay, and definitely got better as it went on, but it's still nowhere near living up to its own music/trailers.

Drummodino:
Also this means we get more killer music from Jeff Williams :D

This is my main takeaway here: Jeff Williams's work so far on RWBY has largely surpassed what he's done for RvB. I have an insatiable love of music, and I'm willing to put up with just about anything so long as the soundtrack is good, so RWBY is still a good watch for me.

That said, would love to see some actual character development for Yang, Nora, Ren, maybe Pyrrha and Ruby...probably some more for Weiss. The main problem was really just that they tried to introduce too many main characters at once, without having the time to develop them all. Un/fortunately (fortunately if you just want a bunch of action scenes), it looks like the second season is going to have a big focus on the "tournament" being held in Vale, so character development may end up being eschewed in favor of fight scenes. (At the very least, that might be worth some character development for Yang, who supposedly has never lost a fight. Wonder how she'd react if that undefeated streak came to an end?)

But yeah, I have high hopes for the second half of Season 1. At the very least, we'll get a couple of solid jokes, some crazy fight scenes, and more additions to a killer soundtrack. I can live with that as a worst-case scenario.

I managed to enjoy the show despite finding its lack of focus (or focus on anyone but Ruby) rather odd. I guess people who watch anime regularly might find it 'cringe worthy' or whatever loll

that being said...the actual lead writer is Miles (tho Monty is involved). Miles also wrote the latest RvB season, and that season had the same issue here. basically both the show seasons he wrote in 2013 were basically just huge build ups (setting up) for the next seasons.

I don't think it's terrible, but I can understand detractors. they have a lot of room for improvement so hopefully they'll address the issues from volume 1 haha

RWBY.

WITH PACING.

Oh god... I loved the first volume to death even though there was SO MANY GODDAMN ISSUES with it. It's nice to see them spreading it out a little more so the episodes have more substance.

Now, if you need me, I'm going to squee in multiple directions.

I'm disappointed that the creators of this show seem to doggedly adhere to the conventions of anime, rather than making something original.

Having not seen any anime since Pokemon and Digimon, I must ask the question... is all anime this excruciatingly, teeth-clenchingly dull and irritating?

Alhazred:
I'm disappointed that the creators of this show seem to doggedly adhere to the conventions of anime, rather than making something original.

Having not seen any anime since Pokemon and Digimon, I must ask the question... is all anime this excruciatingly, teeth-clenchingly dull and irritating?

No, there is Gundam, Kill la Kill, Evangelion, Gurren Lagoon, Kill la Kill, Ghost in the Shell, Madoka and various other shows for each and every demographic and type. The issue comes down to Sturgeon's law: 90% of everything is crap and that includes anime which are made often by multiple houses.

I can try to give a few suggestions if you tell me what type of genre or character you like but RWBY is a case of adhering to the most boring of the conventions instead of the more fun ones

Surprised that the Escapist made an article about this.

Anyway, RWBY Volume 1 was flawed, but I still liked it. Can't wait for the second volume.

Oh, and if you're wondering, the reflections on Crescent Rose are the three people you see at the end of Vol. 1, and the White Fang emblem.

Caramel Frappe:
You know.. I really want to be excited for Season 2. I do.

However- the entire first season blew. Nothing was interesting, very short videos (one was like, three minutes long?) and the progression/story telling went pretty much nowhere. I loved the action no doubt, but if it continues to go the route that made me become more distant... then it'll lose more and more fans.

Hopefully things go well.

I agree, also it didn't help that while I was watching episodes of RWBY, I was also watching Kill la Kill.

That is wonderful news.

While the general feelings towards the series have been choppy, and I myself admit that the show has its flaws, I thoroughly enjoy what the series gets right in terms of style, action and humor.

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