When I found out that Viz media would be releasing a manga based on the Rooster Teeth series RWBY, I was excited as a fan. Then I discovered that an anthology manga series is being done for each main character. Then I got really excited. The RWBY Anthology manga series focuses on the four members of Team RWBY. Each volume is a collection of short stories written and illustrated by various artists that tells the story of the girls – Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, Yang Xiao Long – everyday life at Beacon Academy as well as provide insight to key moments that happen in the animated series.
The first volume centers on Ruby Rose, leader of Team RWBY. Her short stories follow her interactions with her fellow team members, members of Team JNPR, and other characters who appeared in the Rooster Teeth series. The first story (written by Ritsu Hayami) shows Glenda Goodwitch assigning the leaders of the newly formed teams with the task of hunting Grimm that are invading Vale. Ruby is paired with Jaune and they encounter a flying Grimm. Taking a cue from “Wonder Woman”, Jaune uses his shield to launch Ruby high to where she can take down the Grimm. Another story gives more insight to a key moment during the training exam in the fourth episode of the series where Ruby and Weiss hitch a ride on a giant bird Grimm. Several other short stories move of the main storyline into spinoffs that have the humor of RWBY Chibi, the spinoff animated comedy series featuring Monty Oum’s characters. These stories show how Ruby overcomes her shortcoming to be a true hero – and what drives her to do it. She may be team leader, but she’s got insecurities just like the rest of us. Whether its dying her hair, looking for love or trying her hand at girl talk, Ruby tries to handle these situations the best way she knows how – her unique way.
RWBY Official Manga Anthology – Red Like Roses is a good read for any RWBY fan. It encompasses elements that have made Monty Oum’s series and the spinoff incredible hits on Rooster Teeth. I have enjoyed this look beyond the series and what goes on in the everyday life of Ruby Rose and her friends. If you are a fan, I recommend this manga. The stories are interesting and written in a way so they seem that they were coming from the minds of the series forerunners. I cannot wait to learn more about Weiss Schnee in Volume 2 – Mirror Mirror.
Check out my review of the first English volume of the official RWBY manga written by Shirow Miwa, author of “Dogs.”