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RWBY: Not Anime Fairy Tales

I have been speculating that RWBY would be an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales ever since I saw the first trailer. It looks like I’m a bit wrong, but I’m not disappointed at all.

It had seemed that Red would be Red Riding Hood, White would be Snow WhiteBlack would be Belle, and Yellow would be Goldilocks, but there isn’t much connection between the characters and their assumed fairy tale connections, besides obvious inspiration. However, it’s worth noting that the first episode introduces Glynda Goodwitch, who is obviously named after Glinda the Good Witch, and that White’s name is Weiss Schnee, which is German for Snow White.

RWBY premiered last week with a new episode arriving each week. Lack of fairy tale connections aside, RWBY is shaping up to be an awesome series.

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RWBY: Anime Goldilocks?

The fourth trailer for RWBY is out, this time focussing on the character Yellow.

The rumor of RWBY being an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales is now carrying even less weight. Red seemed like Red Riding Hood, given the red hood and the fact that she was fighting wolves. White had a significant nod towards Snow White, given the fixation on mirrors in the trailer’s lyrics. Black was a stretch, but it seemed like she could be Belle from Beauty and the Beast, given that scattered mentions refer to her as Blake Belladonna and that she refers to her companion as Adam, which is the name of the Beast in Disney’s adaptation.

The connection between Yellow and Goldilocks is slim and verging on nonexistent. She’s a young and adventurous blonde girl, the word “gold” appears in her lyrics, she fights a DJ in a bear mask, and that’s really all I have.

Though the fairy tale connections have decreased significantly since the premier of Red’s trailer, I’m still looking forward to this, as I’m sure that it will be a great independent animated series regardless.

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RWBY: Anime Beauty and the Beast?

The third trailer for RWBY is out, this time focussing on the character Black.

The rumor of RWBY being an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales doesn’t seem to carry as much weight with Black as it did with Red, who really seemed like Red Riding Hood given the red hood and the fact that she was fighting wolves. Even White had a significant nod towards Snow White with the fixation on mirrors in the trailer’s lyrics. With Black, I’m really reaching with my assumption that Black is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. While we don’t know Black’s name for sure, scattered mentions refer to her as Blake Belladonna, which certainly seems to come close to Belle. She also refers to her companion as Adam, which is the name of the Beast in Disney’s adaptation.

Though the fairy tale connection has been declining rapidly since Red’s trailer, I’m still looking forward to this.

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RWBY: Anime Snow White?

The second trailer for RWBY is out, this time focussing on the character White.

I really hope that the rumors of this being an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales winds up being true, because that would just be cool. Do I need any other reason?

The previous trailer, Red, featured a character who seems to be at least inspired by Red Riding Hood fighting a bunch of wolf-like creatures. While White is not as convincing of a match for Snow White, the fixation on mirrors in the lyrics is worth noting.

Fairy tale connection or not, this is shaping up to be another awesome web series from Rooster Teeth.

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RWBY: Anime Red Riding Hood?

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Red vs. Blue, so I was excited to hear that Monty Oum (the lead animator on Red vs. Blue) is preparing yet another awesome series.

Not much is known about RWBY besides the trailer below, but it looks to provide a more modern treatment for Red Riding Hood and three other unknown characters, probably from the same folklore.

On a more general note, it’s comforting to see the steady rise in quality from such freely available online miniseries.