The latest trailer for RWBY: Ice Queendom introduces the anime’s new addition to the franchise’s cast, the Nightmare Hunter Shion Zaiden.
A new trailer for the upcoming anime RWBY: Ice Queendom has introduced a mysterious new character named Shion Zaiden to the RWBY universe.
The world of RWBY is teeming with vicious monsters called “Grimms,” causing humanity’s fate to rest on the shoulders of Hunters and Huntresses that devote their lives to battling and defeating these creatures. Posted on production company Emotion Label’s official YouTube channel, RWBY: Ice Queendom’s newest trailer opens with a shot of Shion waving a strange magical staff while claiming to be a “Nightmare Hunter.” Later on in the trailer she talks about a particular type of Grimm that possesses humans, traps them within their own dreams, and proceeds to drain them of all their Aura, which is the equivalent of one’s soul in RWBY. Being a “Nightmare Hunter,” it is fair to assume that one of Shion’s goals is to seek out and destroy these “nightmare” Grimms.
RWBY: Ice Queendom is an anime remake of Rooster Teeth’s popular anime-inspired web animation. Both series are set in the world of Remnant and revolve around four teenage girls who enter Beacon Academy with the intention of becoming Huntresses. The adventures of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long began back in 2013 and have continued through seven additional volumes (or seasons) of the web series. A ninth volume is currently in the works. In addition to the upcoming anime, RWBY has also garnered a manga adaptation, several video games, and even a digital-first Justice League crossover series. For viewers in the United States, Ice Queendom will become available to stream on July 3 through Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth FIRST. A special preview of the first three episodes in the series is currently available on Crunchyroll’s streaming service.
RWBY: Ice Queendom will be directed by Toshimasa Suzuki, who is best known for his directorial work on the film, Fafner: Heaven and Earth and the series Lagrange-The Flower of Rin-ne. The animation will be produced by Shaft (Puella Magi Madoka Magica). Work on the series’ original character designs will be done by huke, who also did character design work for the popular show, Stein’s Gate. Ice Queendom’s opening theme, “Beyond Selves,” will be performed by Void_Chords Feat. L, while the ending theme, “Awake,” will be performed by Saori Hayami, who will also be voicing the character Ruby Rose in the Japanese version. The dubbed version will feature a return of the four original RWBY stars Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech and Barbara Dunkelman, who will reprise the roles of Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang, respectively.
All eight seasons of the original RWBY web series can be viewed on Rooster Teeth’s website.
Renee Senzatimore is one of CBR’s Anime News Writers. A lifelong fan of anime, especially the works of Studio Ghibli, her hobbies include reading and drawing. Her dream vacation would be a trip to the Ghibli Museum and the Ghibli Park in Japan, and her ultimate goal in life is to one day publish a novel.