There can be no doubt that in the cannon of most beloved anime, RWBY has a place. The Rooster Teeth spawned, fully CGI show, took the anime community by storm. So popular was RWBY in the US that that it was ported to Japan for Japanese audiences. The first show ever to do so. Today the Rooster Teeth team in parthership with VIZ media announces another first. A one volume managa set in the RWBY universe. The manga is illustrated by the renowned manga creator Shirow Miwa.

Now like all great anime, RWBY is diversifying. The series already spawned a video game, a table top RPG, and a Kick Starter for a Board game. So it only seems natural that the next thing would be, a manga! Enter VIZ the worlds premier distributer of digital and physical manga.

The RWBY manga is inspired by the popular online anime-style series produced by Austin, TX-based Rooster Teeth Productions. RWBY was the first western-produced anime series to be distributed in Japan. The new single-volume RWBY manga was developed in partnership with Rooster Teeth and will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint with a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. The manga is illustrated by the renowned manga creator Shirow Miwa

RWBY will also be available digitally on January 16th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. RWBY made its English debut in digital editions of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP.

In RWBY, the world of Remnant is filled with horrific monsters bent on the destruction of humanity. Fortunately, the kingdoms of the world have risen to combat these forces by training powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses at academies around the planet. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training.

Joel Enos, Senior Editor VIZ media said:

“The RWBY manga works as a prequel to the animated series, The chapters include previously unseen backstory about Ruby, Weiss, Yang, and Blake, all enhanced by Shirow Miwa’s artwork.”

Creator Shirow Miwa debuted in UltraJump magazine in 1999 with the short seriesBlack Mind. His next series, DOGS, published in the magazine from 2000 to 2001, instantly became a popular success and is also published in English by VIZ Media. He returned in 2005 with DOGS: BULLETS & CARNAGE, which is currently running in UltraJump. Miwa has also created illustrations for books, music videos and magazines, and produces doujinshi (independent comics) under the circle name m.m.m.WORKS. His website is mmm-gee.net.