The Japanese Anime Inspired By Rooster Teeth’s RWBY Comes Home to Austin – Where RWBY Started 9 Years Ago
In 2013, the world’s most popular American anime, RWBY, debuted to the world at RTX Austin and now, 9 years later, the Japanese anime it inspired, RWBY: Ice Queendom, is screening at the very same event. The first-ever theatrical screening of RWBY: Ice Queendom will take place June 30 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on the eve of RTX, Rooster Teeth’s annual gaming, animation and podcasting event taking place in downtown Austin July 1-3. RWBY: Ice Queendom is produced by Bandai Namco Filmworks, Bandai Namco Music Live, Good Smile Company, Shaft, Warner Bros. Japan, KLab Inc., and, Rooster Teeth. RWBY: Ice Queendom will premiere on Japanese television on July 3, and will be available the same day to U.S. audiences on Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth FIRST.
Rooster Teeth established RTX as a fan event in 2011 and since then it has grown to be one of Texas’ largest gaming, animation and podcasting conventions. In 2013, Rooster Teeth debuted the first episode of RWBY at RTX. Created by the late Monty Oum (Red vs. Blue), RWBY is one of Rooster Teeth’s most beloved, viewed and shared series. As the first western-produced anime series to be distributed in Japan, RWBY episodes have accumulated more than 300 million views since the series premiered in 2013. RWBY is a global phenomenon with fans around the world, and partnerships with the most iconic pop culture brands including DC, Scholastic and McFarlane Toys. Bandai Namco Filmworks, Good Smile Company and Crunchyroll licensed RWBY to create RWBY: Ice Queendom, a new RWBY story in beautiful 2D anime visuals.
RWBY: Ice Queendom will establish the world of RWBY before taking viewers on a brand new adventure that RWBY fans have never seen. RWBY imagines a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, and humanity’s only hope is dependent upon powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant’s protectors.
“When we premiered RWBY at RTX in 2013, I never imagined that we would be where we are today with the show,” said RWBY’s showrunner, Kerry Shawcross. “We’re fans of anime and that’s how this all started. To see RWBY inspire Japanese artists to create RWBY: Ice Queendom is surreal to say the least. It’s only fitting that our biggest fans be the first to experience this show at the event where it all started.”
FIRST Night is free for RTX badge holders, with priority admittance given to Ultra and Platinum badge holders. Single Day and Weekend badges to RTX Austin can be purchased for $52 – $98 at https://www.rtxevent.com/austin/. To receive up-to-date information on RTX’s programming and exhibitors, follow RTX and Rooster Teeth on Twitter. Stay tuned for more announcements on programming and special guests!
RWBY: Ice Queendom stars Saori Hayami as Ruby Rose, Yoko Hikasa as Weiss Schnee, Yu Shimamura as Blake Belladonna, and Ami Koshimizu as Yang Xiao Long. The English dubbed version will star the original cast of RWBY, Lindsay Jones as Ruby Rose, Kara Eberle as Weiss Schnee, Arryn Zech as Blake Belladonna, and Barbara Dunkelman as Yang Xiao Long. The core creative team is led by Gen Urobuchi (NITRO PLUS, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble, Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer, Fafner in the Azure), huke (Black Rock Shooter, chitocerium, Steins;Gate), and Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne, Fafner in the Azure: Heaven and Earth), with additional collaboration from Rooster Teeth’s Kerry Shawcross, Eddy Rivas, and Erin Winn. The series is produced by Bandai Namco Filmworks, Bandai Namco Music Live, Good Smile Company, SHAFT, Warner Bros. Japan, KLab Inc., and Rooster Teeth. The series is being animated by Studio SHAFT (Monogatari Series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica). The official trailer is available to watch at this link.
About Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc.
We at Bandai Namco Filmworks develop and produce film & video titles. We not only distribute them through various media such as television, movie theaters and Internet streaming but also bring them to fans throughout the world by licensing and managing their copyrights, developing and marketing film & video-related merchandise and other services. As a comprehensive entertainment enterprise handling the A to Z of film & video business, we continue to create “Awesome works” and make them readily available to everyone.
About Good Smile Company
Good Smile Company (GSC) was founded by Takanori Aki in May 2001 and is a Japanese manufacturer of high quality collectible figures, such as scale figures and the Nendoroid and Pop Up Parade lines as well as the figma brand by Max Factory. In addition to production and manufacturing, Good Smile Company is involved in the designing, marketing and distributing of their products. Not only are they involved in figure-making, GSC also produces animation and films under its associated holding company, Ultra Super Pictures. In the world of race cars, GSC owns its own professional team, Good Smile Racing, which competes in the Super GT GT300 race class. Aside from the main headquarters in Akihabara, Tokyo numerous GSC offices operate all over the world including the US and China.
About Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth is a fan-driven, community-built entertainment company. From humble origins in a spare bedroom, Rooster Teeth created the web series Red vs. Blue, an innovative form of entertainment for a changing media landscape that sparked the growth of a passionate global fandom. From that foundation, Rooster Teeth pioneered a direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand for its growing online following with subscriptions, advertising, e-commerce, and live events. Rooster Teeth produces several original content series, including RWBY, the most popular western-style anime series today, The Rooster Teeth Podcast, and daily video series featuring an in-house cast of influential talent. With broadcast and live-action production capabilities and a world-class animation studio, Rooster Teeth engages industry-leading networks, streaming entertainment services, and creative talent to develop projects that reach global audiences through its Studios division. Rooster Teeth cultivates the gaming lifestyle it helped define with partnerships through its industry-leading video-first podcast network, The Roost. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 1.2 million unique monthly visitors across its apps, and more than 4 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003 and is a subsidiary of Otter Media, a Warner Bros. Discovery company. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.
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