The newest issue of Newtype magazine has revealed that a Japanese dub of Monty Oum and Rooster Teeth’s RWBY is currently in production. The first members of the main cast have been revealed, alongside a special illustration by Fate/saty night and Love Live! School Idol Project Animation Director Nishida Asako.
The series will be produced in Japan by Warner Bros. Anime, who also help with the production of Shirobako, DanMachi and Shokugeki no Souma. They will be producing their own dubbing of the series for Japan, and the Japanese cast of RWBY has been revealed. They are:
- Saori Hayami (Yukino Yukinoshita from Oregairu) will voice Ruby Rose
- Yoko Hikasa (Mio Akiyama in K-ON!) is voicing as Weiss Schnee
- Yuu Shimamura (Annie Leonhart in Attack on Titan) voicing the role of Blake Belladonna
- Ami Koshimizu (Ryuuko Matoi from Kill la Kill) as Yang Xiao Long
The original English cast of the series included members of Rooster Teeth:
- Lindsay Jones voices Ruby Rose
- Kara Eberle as Weiss Schnee
- Arryn Zech voiced the role of Blake Belladonna
- Barbara Dunkelman voiced Yang Xiao Long
This won’t be the first time the series has material produced for Japan. At comiket 87 the first official fan book was released, which compiled a series of fanart for the series produced by various Japanese artists.
A promotional video of RWBY was also produced for Comiket 86 where a physical release of the series was sold :
The RWBY series was created by the late Monty Oum that was first released in 2013. RWBY is an action, fantasy online animated web series animated and created by Monty, which has major influences from anime, as he was an avid anime fan. The show became a hit with a dedicated fan base. Two season, totalling 28 episodes, were produced of the series before Monty passed away earlier this year. A third season of the series is currently in production. Monty was a well known animator working on various fan films on Youtube before being hired by Rooster Teeth. At the company he worked on the choreography and animation for the company’s most well known series Red vs Blue, before the creation of RWBY.
Here is the synopsis of the series from Crunchyroll:
The story focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.
A Japanese dub of RWBY is currently in production, though further information about the series has not been revealed so far. In the mean time, you can still watch the first two seasons of RWBY series on either Youtube, Crunchyroll or Netflix.
You can visit the Japanese website of RWBY here: http://rwby.jp/