The story takes place in the world of Remnant, which is filled with supernatural forces and shadowy creatures known as the "Creatures of Grimm." Prior to the events of the series, mankind waged a battle of survival against the Grimm before discovering the power of a mysterious element called Dust, which allowed them to fight back against the monsters. In the present day, Dust is used to power magical abilities and weapons. Those who use these abilities to battle the Grimm are known as Huntsmen or Huntresses.
The series focuses on four girls, each with her own unique weapon and powers. Together, they form team RWBY at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses alongside team CRDL (pronounced "cardinal"), team JNPR (pronounced "juniper"), team SSSN (pronounced "sun") and team CFVY (pronounced "coffee").
The RWBY manga is based on the independent American 3D-CGI animated series by Rooster Teeth created by Monty Oum, who passed away on February 1, 2015 due to an allergic reaction. The manga itself is a prequel to the original animated series, and delves into the circumstances surrounding the four main character teasers.
The series is simulpub in English as a part of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump lineup.
This series is exactly what you'd expect it to be. That said, the story is very "anime." With that in mind I cant say the series stands out much so far. Everything that you'd expect to be in a fantasy anime, you'll find in the RWBY manga. Evil fantastical creatures, yep. Giant Mechs, yep. Cute super powered High school girls, yep. That said, despite the series being predictable it works very well.
Now what this series lacks in story, it makes up in its amazing art. The series is being illustrated by DOGS illustrator Shirow Miwa. The art is extremely detailed and
excellently shows off the wondrous battle scenes that make RWBY what it is. Everything from their clothes and hair to facial styles is much more detailed than its animated counterpart. If i didn't know better, i'd say the manga is the original piece, and the animated work is a cheap fan creation.
The character development is spot on. It's clear that Rooster Teeth is working closely on this series, as the characters mannerisms and personalities are spot on. The only difference I've seen so far, is that the work mentions that Ruby is afraid of crowds which the animated version does not mention. Though this is a prequel series, so perhaps Ruby will have grown out of this by the time the animated series takes place.
So far I've enjoyed the hell out of this series. It's come to the point to where I'm scrambling to my computer as soon as i learn that a chapter has been released. As I read, i find myself begging to find out what happens on the next page, and when the chapter ends, a wall of post-RWBY depression hits. This is only cured by a new chapter being released. That said, this series does update rather slowly. It updates the 19th of each month making it difficult to keep up.
Overall, this series is fantastic. if you're a fan of the RWBY web-series then you will certainly love this series. Even if you've never seen the animated series, and you're just looking for a good manga to read, this is one you should certainly pick up. I will be most certainly buying every volume they release. This series encompasses the hopes and dreams of every little Otaku boy and girl foreign to japan that dreams to one day have their own series become popular enough to make it to Japan. This series most certainly marks the beginning of a new era, for anime lovers outside of Japan. The future looks bright. Thank you and rest in peace, Monty Oum.
In my opinion this is the worst manga currently serialized by Jump. Perhaps if you watched the original anime, you might enjoy this, but if you've never seen it, don't bother.
For me the worst part is the art. There are rarely any backgrounds or basic details like shading. The whole thing is a jarring white and black, and its almost impossible to tell what in the world is going on. For a series that relies heavily on the art to convey whats going on (dialog and exposition is minimal), clear art is a must. I mean, even ONE draws better than this.
feels like it started halfway through, characters are introduced with no background or information and I still don't understand what the plot is. None of the characters seem to have any compelling motivations or anything to make them interesting and different from each other.
Its a shame really, it seems like a story that might be good, if the adaptation wasn't so horribly managed.