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The Volume 2 Trailer was first shown on July 4th, 2014 at the RTX 2014 RWBY Panel, and later uploaded to YouTube and the Rooster Teeth website on the same day.
The trailer begins with James Ironwood conversing with Ozpin, over establishing shots of Beacon Academy, as an airship and numerous aircraft fly through the foreground. Ozpin tells Ironwood that because it is peacetime, "shows of power" are unnecessary and send an inappropriate message to the public.
Ironwood questions whether Ozpin's "children" would be able to win a war. Ozpin responds that he hopes such a need would never arise. A high-angle shot reveals the setting of this conversation to be Ozpin's office, which contains a large number of interlocking clockwork gears overhead.
The next scene takes place in Team RWBY's dorm, where Blake Belladonna expresses her increasing disquiet about the unfolding plans of Roman Torchwick and the White Fang, as well as the inaction of the authorities. Sure enough, Cinder Fall, Emerald Sustrai, Mercury Black and Roman are concurrently seen making preparations at a White Fang camp.
Back at Beacon, shots of the cafeteria, Peter Port's class, and what appears to be a formal dance, are shown. During the dance, Jaune Arc wistfully looks on as Pyrrha Nikos sadly ascends a flight of stairs. Glynda Goodwitch is then seen being characteristically disapproving of Team RWBY's hijinks, stating that they are supposed to be the "defenders of the world". Ozpin states that they should be allowed to be children while they still can.
The next sequence is a montage of scenes, without dialogue:
- Ruby Rose ties her bootlaces, Weiss Schnee grips Myrtenaster, Blake tightens some ribbons around her arms and Yang Xiao Long cocks Ember Celica.
- Team JNPR is seen stood triumphantly atop a barricade of tables in the Beacon cafeteria.
- General Ironwood is shown in front of a pair of crates which open to reveal a squad of robotic soldiers.
- Roman addresses a gathering of White Fang members and unveils an Atlesian Paladin-290.
- A lieutenant of the White Fang, wearing a distinctive mask and with a tattoo on his left arm, is shown.
- Mercury kicks the camera.
- In an alleyway, Ruby wall-runs and grabs onto Penny Polendina before shooting off into a cloud of rose petals.
- Pyrrha is shown fighting Mercury.
- Yang, notably in a completely new outfit, is seen entering Junior's Club once again, and is not warmly received by the henchmen, who immediately proceed to point all of their guns at her.
- Mercury and Emerald are seen in Tukson's Book Trade talking to the owner, Tukson. The man jumps onto the table, bearing his claws.
- Roman is shown being cheeky, exaggeratedly miming his throat being slit, behind Cinder's back.
- The Atlesian Paladin is seen chasing Blake and Sun Wukong on a highway at night.
- Yang dramatically punches the ground.
- Ruby is shown dazed sitting in the middle of the road as a truck speeds towards her. Penny pushes her out of the way and faces the truck down.
- Blake and Sun are shown again being chased by the Paladin, this time over rooftops.
- A brief shot of Team RWBY in a foggy place is shown.
- A group of Beowolves run rampant in a desolate city.
- Blake shows off her weapon skills, slicing all around her, followed by a trail of explosions.
- Pyrrha is shown fighting Cardin Winchester.
- Yang and Neptune Vasilias ride her motorcycle, Bumblebee, on the highway as cars go flying about in every direction, in pursuit of the hijacked Paladin. Neptune fires his gun.
- Ruby is shown crying and holding an apparently unconscious Weiss, as the room crumbles all around them.
- RWBY Volume 2 title card
- Stinger: The Paladin is shown searching with laser sights through a foggy area underneath a series of bridges, as Team RWBY darts evasively around it. It shoots at them several times and misses. Team RWBY regroup and ready their weapons.
Open to a aerial wide shot of Beacon Academy, as airships and other aircraft fly about.
Ozpin: We are in a time of peace. Shows of power like this are just going to give off the wrong impression.
Cut to interior, Ozpin's office.
Ironwood: You honestly believe your children can win a war?
Ozpin: I hope they never have to.
Cut to Team RWBY dorm room
Blake: I don't understand how everyone can be so calm.
Ruby: You're still thinking about Torchwick?
Intersperse with scenes of Roman, Emerald, Mercury and Cinder in a White Fang base.
Blake: Torchwick, the White Fang, all of it! Something big is happening and no one is doing anything about it!
Weiss: We're not ready!
Blake: And we may never be ready! Our enemies are not just going to sit around and wait for graduation day. They're out there, somewhere, planning their next move, and none of us know what it is, but it's coming!
Cut to Roman, Emerald, Mercury and Cinder in White Fang base, interior.
Cinder: Have a little faith.
Cinder walks up to Roman and gently places her hand on his cheek.
Cinder: You'll know what you need when you need to know.
Cut to Beacon Academy cafeteria, then to Professor Port's class, as Jaune slides up to Weiss smoothly, then to prom night, with numerous couples dancing. Jaune looks on wistfully as Pyrrha sadly walks up a flight of stairs, then cut back to the cafeteria.
Ruby: Our second semester's going to be great, but classes start back up tomorrow, which is why I have taken the time to schedule a series of wonderful events for us today!
Yang: This ought to be good.
Cut to Glynda and Ozpin. Team RWBY laugh in the background.
Glynda: They're supposed to be the defenders of the world.
Ozpin: ...and they will be, but right now they're still children. So why not let them play the part? It isn't a role they'll have forever.
RWBY VOLUME 2
ONLINE PREMIERE JULY 24, 2014
- Ruby Rose
- Weiss Schnee
- Blake Belladonna
- Yang Xiao Long
- Roman Torchwick
- Cinder Fall
- Emerald Sustrai
- Mercury Black
- Glynda Goodwitch
- Peter Port
- James Ironwood
- Penny Polendina
- Jaune Arc
- Pyrrha Nikos
- Nora Valkyrie
- Lie Ren
- Sun Wukong
- Neptune Vasilias
- Cardin Winchester
- White Fang Lieutenant
- At the JNPR cafeteria scene (1:17) several of the vending machines used in the barricade have "People Like Grapes" printed on their front. This is a reference to a famous quote by Gavin Free which was used on a popular Rooster Teeth shirt.
- During the scenes set at the White Fang Faction Meeting, Neopolitan can barely be seen to the left side of the frame.
- Various differences exist between the footage used in the trailer and that from the final episodes:
- The closing shot of Ruby holding Weiss is taken from the food fight in "Best Day Ever", but the food was edited out, making the scene appear much more dramatic.
- In various scenes, the girls of Team RWBY are seen wearing their normal combat attire, but such scenes differ from "A Minor Hiccup" and "Painting the Town...", as they are seen with alternate outfits. This could simply be due to animation differences, or changes during production, though it is most likely this was simply to avoid the spoiler of Team RWBY having the new outfits, as it had been said that the voice actors for Team RWBY wanted to dress up as the girls in their alternate outfits at the RTX before the premiere of Volume 2, but could not as they didn't want to spoil the outfits that way either.
- The trailer can be seen in the Red vs. Blue Season 12 DVD special features menu.
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