Volume 5 is the fifth season of "RWBY ". It premiered on October 14th, 2017 on the Rooster Teeth website. In addition, theatrical screenings of the premiere were held through Fathom Events across the United States on October 12th.The volume was preceded by Volume 4 and the second season of "RWBY Chibi ". It was followed by Volume 6 and the third season of "RWBY Chibi".
The volume had 14 episodes, and its premiere was preceded by three new character shorts. Unlike in the previous two volumes, Volume 5's episodes were released to the public on Tuesdays, three days after the Saturday FIRST member release.
Volume 5 was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5th, 2018, but this release did not come with a "Complete" version of the volume like previous volumes. However, the Complete version of the volume would be released in parts to Rooster Teeth's website and Animation YouTube channel starting on October 20th, 2019.
Team RNJR and Qrow finally arrive in Mistral and are surprised to see Oscar and Ozpin. Weiss' and Yang's plans to rendezvous with the team take a detour while Blake, her family and Sun are dealing with their own fight in Menagerie. Meanwhile, Salem's court makes their move against Mistral, as they did against Vale.
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The Volume 5 online premiere date was announced at RTX Austin 2017.
Also teased at RTX Austin was a first look at the "Volume 5 Weiss Character Short", which premiered on July 17th, 2017. Character shorts for Blake and Yang premiered on September 4th and October 14th, respectively. Each short gives a flashback while also connecting it to the main timeline.
Volume 5 continued to use Autodesk Maya software, but some visual elements were added. Most notably, a third lighting layer is sometimes in use on characters.