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The huntresses of Team RWBY continue to search for answers on their individual journeys toward Haven Academy. Will the four finally reunite? What fate awaits the broken world of Remnant?

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.[1] 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 its Animation YouTube channel starting on October 20th, 2019.

Overview

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 makes her move against Mistral, as she did Vale. Unbeknownst to the heroes, Leonardo Lionheart is in league with her out of fear.

During this Volume, Adam Taurus pulls a coup against Sienna Khan and takes over the White Fang while the Maidens are revealed to be closely connected to the Relics.

Characters

Major Characters

Other Characters

Minor Characters

Episodes

Main article: Episodes
Chapter Episode Title Original Air Date Run Time External Link
Trailer Volume 5 Trailer October 9th, 2017 1:31 Rt-favicon.png Volume 5 Trailer
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RC7 "RWBY Volume 5 Complete - Part 1" October 20th, 2019 1:56:52 Rt-favicon.png Volume 5 - Part 1
RC8 "RWBY Volume 5 Complete - Part 2" October 25th, 2019 1:45:44 Rt-favicon.png Volume 5 - Part 2
"Volume 5 Weiss Character Short" July 17th, 2017 4:02 Rt-favicon.png Character Short
"Volume 5 Blake Character Short" September 4th, 2017 4:59 Rt-favicon.png Character Short
"Volume 5 Yang Character Short" October 14th, 2017 4:15 Rt-favicon.png Character Short
1 "Welcome to Haven" October 14th, 2017 23:03 Rt-favicon.png Welcome to Haven
2 "Dread in the Air" October 21st, 2017 21:04 Rt-favicon.png Dread in the Air
3 "Unforeseen Complications" October 28th, 2017 18:35 Rt-favicon.png Unforeseen Complications
4 "Lighting the Fire" November 4th, 2017 16:15 Rt-favicon.png Lighting the Fire
5 "Necessary Sacrifice" November 11th, 2017 16:58 Rt-favicon.png Necessary Sacrifice
6 "Known by its Song" November 18th, 2017 17:37 Rt-favicon.png Known by its Song
7 "Rest and Resolutions" November 25th, 2017 12:48 Rt-favicon.png Rest and Resolutions
8 "Alone Together" December 2nd, 2017 15:18 Rt-favicon.png Alone Together
9 "A Perfect Storm" December 9th, 2017 15:07 Rt-favicon.png A Perfect Storm
10 "True Colors" December 16th, 2017 19:26 Rt-favicon.png True Colors
11 "The More the Merrier" December 30th, 2017 16:05 Rt-favicon.png The More the Merrier
12 "Vault of the Spring Maiden" January 6th, 2018 14:43 Rt-favicon.png Vault of the Spring Maiden
13 "Downfall" January 13th, 2018 15:28 Rt-favicon.png Downfall
14 "Haven's Fate" January 20th, 2018 24:29 Rt-favicon.png Haven's Fate

Development

Main article: RWBY Development

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.[2]

When dealing with animating crowds, the production team started using a new software called Golaem for crowd shots.[3]

After the Volume finished airing, several scenes were re-animated and added to the Blu-Ray release of Volume 5. These additional scenes were also in the complete version of Volume 5.

Early in production, this Volume was intended to include flashbacks to Cinder's backstory. Due to how much story was already in this Volume, these were pushed back to Volume 6, then 7 until they finally appeared in Volume 8 during the first scene of "Divide" and the majority of "Midnight".[4]

During production of Volume 5, the writers considered killing off Adam Taurus by the end of the Volume. However, his death pushed for the end of Volume 6 instead.

Much earlier in production, the White Fang scene in Dread in the Air was originally planned to be the opening scene of the Volume. However, they realized that it would have given the wrong tone for the Volume and moved it.[5]Regarding

The battle against the Lancer's in the skies of Lake Matsu was the biggest set by the time Volume 5 was made.[6]

During Qrow Branwen's search for Huntsmen in Mistral, he was originally planned to encounter Maria Calavera who would have a pet cat. However, her appearance was cut and she was later introduced at the beginning of Volume 6 instead.[7]

While Kerry Shawcross admitted that he was sure they weren't going to properly show Leonardo Lionheart's death, they actually did mocap the death scene with Joel Mann acting it out in case they did show it on-screen. However, this version was never used since Lionheart's death happened off-screen.[8]

References

  1. Volume 5 premiere date
  2. CRWBY: Behind the Episode
  3. Volume 5 Directors' Commentary Chapter 3
  4. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary chapter 6
  5. Volume 5 Directors' Commentary Chapter 2
  6. Volume 5 Directors Commentary Chapter 2
  7. Volume 5 Directors' Commentary Chapter 3
  8. Volume 5 Directors' Commentary Chapter 14
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