The seventeenth chapter of RWBY: The Official Manga was published for free on the main Viz Media on the RWBY: The Official Manga homepage on April 14th, 2020.
The seventeenth chapter was originally free on the Viz Media site until after the manga ended in June, the chapter was locked and is now only available for members of the site.
The chapter starts off with a massive explosion in Vale as people from Beacon Academy and Sun and Neptune working somewhere in Vale overhear it. Roman emergers from the destroyed pit, unharmed while Team RWBY who barely survived follow him. A flashback reveals Team RWBY and Oobeck found bombs in each train cars and decided to disconnected the cars before it reach Vale.
In the present, Roman reveals his real plan wasn't to destroy Vale, but to attract Grimm into the city of Vale to with a surge in negative emotions from citizens. Team RWBY decides to fight the hordes of Grimm before they attack innocent citizens. However, Team RWBY soon gets overpowered by them and Ruby is almost killed by an Ursa until Jaune and Pyrrha save her just in time. Nora, Ren, Sun, and Neptune along with Team CFVY decides to help Team RWBY to fight the rest of the Grimm. From the sidelines, Roman notices something felt off as he didn't hear a lot of screams from people being attacked by Grimm.
Meanwhile, Ironwood orders his men to evacuate citizens to safety. This leads to Roman having a major breakdown about how his plans are falling apart thanks to Oobleck and Team RWBY. Before Roman can escape, Ruby manages to stop him attacking with Crescent Rose.
- Jaune Arc
- Nora Valkyrie
- Pyrrha Nikos
- Lie Ren
- Sun Wukong
- Neptune Vasilias
- James Ironwood
- Glynda Goodwitch
- Roman Torchwick
- Ruby Rose
- Weiss Schnee
- Blake Belladonna
- Yang Xiao Long
- Bartholomew Oobleck (Flashback)
- Coco Adel (Cameo)
- Fox Alistair (Cameo)
- Velvet Scarlatina (Cameo)
- Yatsuhashi Daichi (Cameo)
- The chapter covers the second part of "No Brakes" and the first part of "Breach".
- While the chapter follows one in a half episode quite closely, the manga's depiction differs, cuts and extends it in several key ways.
- Ruby trying to call Jaune and his team for backup, but she can't get a signal is cut.
- Team RWBY, Oobleck and Zwei fighting against the White Fang goons is cut completely.
- Team RWBY and Oobleck discovers the bombs inside of the train instead of each train cars.
- Weiss giving Blake cartridge of Dust for her weapon is cut.
- Weiss' fight against White Fang Lieutenant is cut.
- Blake's fight against Roman in the train is cut.
- Oobleck and Zwei team up and fighting most of the Atlesian Paladin-290 is cut.
- The scene where Weiss forms an ice shield to protect her and her team from the impact is cut.
- Jaune receiving a call from Ruby in the middle of the night is cut.
- Team JNPR having a conversation before they sent out to their first mission together is cut.
- Team JNPR heard an explosion outside of Beacon Academy instead of the alarm.
- An extended scene shows Sun and Neptune hearing the explosion while in Vale.
- The scene with Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury in Beacon Academy after hearing the alarm is cut.
- Emerald and Mercury do not join the fight against the Grimm in Vale.
- Roman appears in Vale unharmed instead of being unconscious after Blake defeated him.
- An extend scene where Ozpin, Ironwood and Glynda heard the explosion outside of Beacon Academy.
- A Nevermore and Boarbatusk are absent during the Grimm invasion in Vale.
- In the show, Team RWBY survive the crash with no injuries when they arrive in Vale, but in the manga, Ruby only receives bruises on her face a while her team are not injured.
- Team RWBY's fight against a horde of Grimm is cut short.
- Jaune and Pyrrha saving Ruby from being killed by an Ursa wasn't featured in the show.
- A scene where Jaune defeats an Ursa by himself is cut.
- Sun and Neptune decide to help Blake and Weiss in defeating Grimm instead of showing their badges they received from their last mission.
- The Atlesian Knight-200 does not appear being deployed in Vale to eliminate the remaining Grimm.
- Zwei emerging from an Atlesian Paladin-290 and headbutting a Beowolf is cut.
- The scene where Team CFVY arrive with Port on a Bullhead is cut.
- Team CFVY's fight against the Grimms is cut short.
- The scene where Atlas soldiers evacuated citizens of Vale to safety wasn't featured in the show.
- Ruby attacks Roman in the city instead of Blake defeating him on the train.
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