We here at The Movie Chickk may have mentioned in the past a few notes about being emotionally compromised after the end of Volume 3 for Rooster Teeth’s animated hit RWBY. Though we had the delightfully sweet spinoff series RWBY CHIBI to console ourselves during the summer, nothing could quite quell the desire of seeing the next chapter in Ruby Rose’s journey. Well, Rooster Teeth had something very special in mind when they treated fans to a brief glimpse of the next installment with the first trailer for Volume 4!
There are a couple things we notice right off the bat (once the incoherent fangirl screams came to an end that is). The first thing, of course, is the new animation software. RWBY VOLUME 4 marks the first time the series has used the Maya Animation Software to bring its characters to life, and the new look does not disappoint. Never before have the animators been able to bring out the World of Remnant in such lush detail, it truly feels like the world these characters inhabit has become fully formed and developed. The new software doesn’t slow down the action in the slightest, as we’re treated to a character trailer reminiscent of the original trailers for the series. We see that some time has passed since Team RWBY parted ways at the end of Volume 3. Ruby, now on a journey to discover the truth behind the attacks during the Vytal Festival, battles the creatures of Grimm alongside the remnants of Team JNPR. Far from the members of her own team, will Ruby be able to get to the truth, reunite with her friends, and restore order to the world before it’s too late?
Not only do we get a sense of the story, animation, updated character designs, and action sequences we’ll be treated to in VOLUME 4, we also get to see how the new Grimm measure up, and as I said before, they do not disappoint.
It’s true this trailer doesn’t hint at any answers to the questions viewers were left with at the end of Volume 3, such as “What happened to Ozpin?”, “Who are the other Maidens?”, and of course, “HOW COULD YOU, YOU MONSTERS!?” (But that’s ok, because IT NEVER HAPPENED. EVER.) That being said, that’s ok. We don’t need big hints of the overarching mysteries and beats of character development. All they needed to show us is the look and tone of the next season, and we get that in the spectacular action-packed fashion that only RWBY can deliver. What we see here answers very few questions, but that just means we have so much more to look forward to this Fall!
RWBY VOLUME 4 begins October 22nd, 2016.
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Can’t wait for Volume 4? Check out Volume 3 on Amazon.com!