Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“RWBY” Creator and Director, Monty Oum Dies at Age 33



To the surprise of anime fans around the world Monty Oum the director and creator of the anime-like web series “Red vs. Blue” and “RWBY (RUBY)” fell into a coma during a medical procedure and died on February 12015.

According to Wikipedia, Oum was born in Rhode Island in 1981. Oum stated that he was "Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese."  He dropped out of high school and began putting together fan videos as early as 2002. In January 2007, he discovered some reverse engineering techniques online that allowed him to extract models from Halo 2 and, utilizing assets from Super Smash Bros. Melee, created the "ultimate showdown" between a SPARTAN (Halo) and Samus Aran (Metroid) in Haloid, a portmanteau of their respective franchises. Two months after the premiere of Haloid, he was hired by Midway Games as a Combat Designer. In 2008 he was hired by Namco Bandai Games as a Combat Designer/Animator for Afro Samurai. In 2009, Oum met Burnie Burns at a panel during San Diego Comic-Con International and the two discussed possibly teaming up. He was officially announced as working for Rooster Teeth as character animator and choreographer at PAX East 2010, and in 2012, he was announced as the creator and lead animator for their latest series, RWBY.

Fans of Oum were crushed to hear the sad news and many express grief by honoring Oum through original art. 

To answer the many inquiries from fans, a Rooster Teeth spokesperson has stated that Oum’s “RWBY” will expand on as a game, and many of the series fans also hope to see that expansion grow into regular ongoing anime.

RWBY is about four girls brought together for one legendary purpose. Rwby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are students beginning their first year at Beacon Academy, a school designed to train warriors possessing special powers to become huntresses and hunters of monsters. Unfortunately, monsters aren't the only threat to the of Vale.  There is the bold and gentleman Roman Torchwick and radical White Fang members like Cinder, Neopolitan, Mercury and Emerald. These five antagonists are from a radical political organization in Remnant, and before the year is over, they will show the students of Beacon that keeping their grades up is the least of their problems.”

 
Rooster Teeth’s “Red vs. Blue” is streaming here and on Netflix.

“RWBY” is streaming on Crunchyroll in the original episode segments and on Netflix in two uninterrupted animated film-like volumes.

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