The story takes place in the world of Remnant, which is filled with mysterious and malevolent 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 abilities and weapons, while a more archaic use was weaving it into clothing. 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 (pronounced "ruby") at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses alongside team JNPR (pronounced "juniper"), team CRDL (pronounced "cardinal") team CFVY (pronounced "coffee"), various other named and unnamed student teams, as well as guest team SSSN (pronounced "sun") from Haven Academy in Mistral.
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 was simulpub in English as a part of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump lineup, and physically published on January 16, 2018.
I feel like ranting in a short-toned manner without having to explain the story, art, or characters is necessary. Rather, my personal enjoyment is sufficient.
RWBY, the original animated Youtube series by Roosterteeth, never should have been serialized for manga. I have no quarrel with a western show being adapted to an eastern medium, it doesn't sit well.
The fact that it only held on for 12 chapters proves testament to that.
The issue with the 'anime' is the stiff CG, an unpalatable sense of character's feelings being suppressed by a throng of CG figures who inherit little to no emotion.
The manga tried to fill this gap and failed miserably. The backstories, the fights, the way the manga looks, it's just a shill of what it could be.
Considering the length is short, it is worth the read. For the train-wreck, of course.
the story mainly recovers the trailers with added detail, the site I read the manga at actually has 15 chapters, and chapters 10-15 are the only chapters that add to the story. with that said I very much enjoyed the added detail into the trailer recap, as well as the extra story the manga add, while I may be bias since I'm quiet a RWBY fan I'm giving the story 8 (I'd also suggest reading the chapter MAL doesn't list). the art was pretty good and I enjoyed seeing characters I had only seen as 3D models in a 2D Anime/Manga art style so
again an 8. the characters where pretty accurately portrayed and further developed so I'll give them a 8. finally I very much enjoyed this manga so I'll give it a 10 leading to an overall 9. If you're a RWBY fan you'll most likely enjoy this manga, if you're not I'd suggest watching the first 2 volumes before picking this manga up.
RWBY is one of the worst mangas I have ever set eyes on.
Taking an animated online series and turning it into a manga wasn't a very good idea in the first place, especially when the animation didn't have a sufficient plot in the first place.
RWBY is basically a compilation of battle scenes with pathetic attempts at backstories mixed into it to try to give the story some 'depth', which made it feel more artificial in my opinion.
Horrible, Pathetic, sad excuse for a plot line in a manga. As I stated before, it's basically a never-ending cycle of battle scenes with a few
sprinkles of character backstories that didn't make any sense whatsoever.
The art was fairly decent but lacked background. They were usually standing in the open void or something in relation to that- and when a battle got intense it would kind of be hard to actually see the characters, and they would constantly be looking cross-eyed, which kind of annoyed me, to be honest.
Horrible. Throws random characters at you with little to no backstory and basically continues with the story. Bland background characters, bland main characters also if you ask me. Everyone is majorly overpowered in this manga, and I am not a huge fan of OP characters whatsoever- but if you like OP characters, to be honest, this manga may float your boat.
Bored throughout the whole manga. Dull, bland, basically nothing happens- no real threat or conflicts besides the battle scenes.
Nothing really else to say besides the fact that this manga is very lackluster and lacks everything in every department.
Upon entering my local bookstore for the third time, I peered through every shelf in the manga section in search for a interesting light novel to satisfy myself before Nekomonogatari White comes out, and for another volume of Tokyo Ghoul Re.
After a couple of minutes of looking from shelf to another shelf, I finally stumbled upon the RWBY manga, which I thought after reading the first two chapters last time online that it would never be published through one of the U.S. retail stores.
Since I liked the ONA series, I grabbed one copy of the manga, bought it along with Juuni Taisen, and went
home so I can enjoy the manga myself.
So after reading the manga, did I feel some sign of enjoyment? In other words, did I love it as much as I loved the animated net series?
To start off, let me talk about the most important aspect of RWBY which is the story.
Story - 3
Ever since the first two volumes of the animated series, RWBY was known to have a yet developed plot for the whole entire series from the start to endgame. The synopsis of RWBY only shows off only a little bit of what the story is going to about until volume 3 and 4 happened. So, considering this was going to be adapted by a different person, you think that he has some kind of creative process to go about the story, maybe some plans and good ideas. So did he had any original ideas for the plot in this manga?
The entirety of the manga is based on the trailers of RWBY - how each character is introduced; peaking our interest for the volume to come.
In other words, the whole manga is FILLER!
They're not even good filler either.
I'm going to be writing this section as a fan of RWBY, but trying not to spoil it.
To put it simply, one filler was uninteresting compared to Weiss's introduction video where she sings a song giving her hints of her life, but then the manga disregard that and just put it straightforwardly, with uninteresting quotes. It shows that the trailer to manga is can't be adaptable if this is the mangaka's writing style.
Another filler, which was Blake's part, made sense at the first part, until it made absolutely no sense. Compared to the introduction trailer (original source material) it made sense why Blake 'did this' instead of that, but the manga decided to get rid of that by not writing why Blake 'did this' instead of that.
And the last filler where Yang's introduction awe factor died out. We have the first three panels of some interesting plot, but it just leaves that there following with another plot. There wasn't anything awesome, or interesting about this filler. We have Yang entering a bar (which I don't really know why there wasn't a security checking her I.D), and then we have action scenes which really doesn't mean anything honestly compared to Yang's introduction trailer. How it ended was different too when, in the manga, Yang just forgets about it and goes off happy...
Finally, we have an original plot which was short...and cute. Nothing special about this one... only three chapters.
Now that's out the way:
Art - 6
Now I can proudly say, comparing from the CG Character designs to the manga art, it looks really impressive. In fact, this is the only thing I can praise out of since the CG models lack any expression and emotion from their faces in the original source material. Action looks intense as it needed to be, and its drawn perfectly.
Although I like the character art....there wasn't much emphasis on 50% of the panels I've read through. From background to panel work, it didn't really have that appeal that it deserved to have .
But what pisses me off is how the mangaka can be extremely lazy when drawing stuff in panels. In some of the panels, there were a lot of unnecessary white space which should have been a background of something instead of being pure white. Speaking of pure white, that also shows the lack of emphasis for some of the panels that needs to be focused more. Some of the panels created aren't even drawn, and panels that only filled spaces for speech bubbles.
Character - 4
I don't really have to explain this one, but if I have to describe the characters by boiling them down to the size of a kettle corn, then I'm just going to say these words:
Average. Shounen. Characters. With. No. Appealing. Texture.
Enjoyment - 6
The only reason I bought this manga because I really liked the RWBY animated series, but if this manga's only purpose is to promote the animated series, then it does a really lackluster job at doing so (taking this perspective from a person that never heard of RWBY and starts off with the manga).
Overall - 5
And this is the part where you finally made a verdict on whether or not you want to dump this inside the trash. If your interest peaked because of the manga, then I would suggest preserving it for a little while, but if you weren't interested then I suggest taking this to the landfill where it deserved to be.