“Ruby?” Is it pronounced “Rewby,” maybe? The latest web series from Rooster Teeth, directed and co-written by their lead animator Monty Oum, is like a flashback to 2007. Check out the trailer for the cel-shaded action anime “RWBY.”
Featuring character designs seemingly inspired in part by Tite Kubo’s work on “Bleach” with an animation style that recalls–among other things–the Cyberconnect2 “Naruto Shippuden” games, this third trailer makes for a fun game of “pick out the influences” even if I’m not quite sure what it’s actually about (beyond the frenetic hero-on-mech violence). No, Kubo, seems wrong, but it’s definitely locked in that mid-decade set of influences in character design and costumes.
This trailer, titled “Black” is the second behind the previously-released “White” trailer and the main “RWBY” trailer certainly make the series seem striking in a certain way with its stark red/black/white color scheme, but for the moment, I’m at a loss to tell you what it’s about or how it’s any different from the flood of action-heavy content-light titles coming out of Japan right now.
Still, neat fights, though.
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