I am really enjoying the Shaft studio edition of RWBY.
The original production of RWBY by Rooster Teeth was rough. It was made using 3D character models and world design. The story was patchy at best. What RWBY really excelled at doing back when it was originally created in 2013 was making epic anime-like action sequences that more than made up for the faulty storytelling at times.
Despite its many faults, RWBY grew into a large fan base and audience over time. Even after the death of its original creator Monty Oum, who died before his time while the third season was in production, the series survived and currently has 8 seasons, with a 9th in production at time of writing.
RWBY: Ice Queendom was announced in March of 2022, and is produced by Shaft. Shaft is famous for its production of the Monogatari series as well as Puella Magi Madoka Magica. With Shaft producing RWBY: Ice Queendom, it left fans wondering what story would be told and how it would align with the original RWBY series produced by Rooster Teeth.
Fortunately RWBY: Ice Queendom was placed into good hands. The story remains true to its roots but adds smart additions to the story that make it much easier to watch than in its original form. It fills in logical gaps and introduces characters that were important to the story early on, so when the audience meets them later in the story it’s not as jarring as in the storytelling in the original production. It even contains some surprises, and seemingly new story elements that weren’t part of the original.
I am hoping that the animated version of RWBY continues on in its current trajectory. If it does, it has the chance to surpass its predecessor in terms of what it can offer.