Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox is the sixteenth full season of Red vs. Blue. It is the second installment in The Shisno Trilogy helmed by Joe Nicolosi, who returns to write and direct, alongside new co-writer Jason Weight.
The first image from the season was posted to Collider on January 17, 2018, released alongside the reveal of Rooster Teeth's 2018 animation slate. The season's release date was later confirmed on March 9, 2018, by Nicolosi himself in a post on his Rooster Teeth profile. The title of the season was revealed on April 5, 2018 alongside a teaser trailer. A clip from the season opener was released on April 12, and the following day Collider revealed a season trailer.
Unlike previous seasons, this season's public release was originally only available on Rooster Teeth's website. However, the full season was released on YouTube on March 9, 2019, with the premiere of Red vs. Blue: Singularity. The digital home release of the season was made available on November 6, 2018, alongside an announcement that the Blu-Ray/DVD physical release would be available from January 1, 2019.
The award-winning, longest-running web series Red vs. Blue returns with season 16. Picking up in the moments after the conclusion of season 15, Red vs. Blue returns with a new saga, pitting the characters against powerful new foes and launching them back into an epic adventure unlike any other in the show’s history
Red vs. Blue is back! A simple trip to lunch triggers an epic quest full of new enemies, allies, betrayals, and stuffed crust in… ‘The Shisno Paradox,’ available April 15 on Rooster Teeth FIRST! Red vs Blue returns with the opening chapter of a brand new saga. With the present and future in peril, the Reds and Blues only have one place to go...
- Grif (14 episodes)
- Tucker (12 episodes)
- Sister (12 episodes)
- Sarge (11 episodes)
- Simmons (11 episodes)
- Caboose (9 episodes)
- Carolina (8 episodes)
- Lopez (8 episodes)
- Washington (7 episodes)
- Donut (6 episodes)
- Church (3 episodes; flashback, past, and Everwhen only)
- Huggins (12 episodes)
- Atlus Arcadium Rex (8 episodes)
- Muggins (7 episodes)
- Kalirama (6 episodes)
- Burnstorm (5 episodes)
- Apovos (1 episode)
- The Fates (1 episode)
- Dylan Andrews (2 episodes)
- Camelot Knights (3 episodes)
- Alex (2 episodes)
- Grog's Wife (2 episodes)
- Police Officer (1 episode)
- Grog (1 episode)
- Butch Flowers (1 episode; past only)
- Simulation Troopers (1 episode; past only)
- Locus (1 episode; past only)
|#||Episode Title||Airdate (initial)||Running Time||Description|
|1.||The Shisno||April 15, 2018||9:36||The beginning of a new adventure for the Reds and Blues picks up right where the last one left off... a conversation about where to get lunch. Unbeknownst to our heroes, powerful forces have taken an interest in the debate.|
|2.||Incendiary Incidents||April 22, 2018||11:30||The gang goes out for pizza. Grif attempts to stop the plot from moving forward. The return of a deceased teammate throws all their plans in peril.|
|3.||Lost Time||April 29, 2018||8:52||Adrift in time and space, the Reds and Blues attempt to make sense of Donut's cryptic message. Sarge reopens old wounds. Caboose has a time machine.|
|4.||Sis and Tuc's Sexellent Adventure||May 6, 2018||10:44||Tucker and Sister go on a side quest to settle a romantic argument. Grif yells at children.|
|5.||Headshots||May 13, 2018||12:46||Sarge and Simmons take their new Red Team recruits on a mission to settle an old score. Powerful forces meet on Starseeds to discuss the Reds and Blues.|
|6.||A Pizza the Action||May 20, 2018||8:59||Grif and Doc struggle to invent pizza. Tucker and Sister get wasted.|
|7.||It Just Winked At Me||May 27, 2018||7:44||Two of the Reds and Blues engage in mortal combat against King Atlus' champion. Huggins says hi.|
|8.||Recovery||June 3, 2018||11:52||On the planet of Chorus, Agent Carolina helps Washington with the final stages of his recovery. Meanwhile, in the distant past, Grif attempts to put down roots.|
|9.||Walk and Talk||June 10, 2018||13:40||Agents Carolina and Washington visit with Dylan's time travel expert. Grif gets his steps in.|
|10.||Caboose's Travels||June 17, 2018||10:37||Caboose shares his vacation photos. In the distant past, the King of England receives an unexpected guest.|
|11.||Sword Loser||June 24, 2018||10:05||Huggins makes her plea to the Cosmic Powers. Grif's wish comes true.|
|12.||Docudrama||July 1, 2018||10:30||The Reds and Blues reunite behind the scenes of Jax's movie production. Grif attempts to wrangle cats.|
|13.||A Time for Hammers||July 8, 2018||11:41||The Cosmic Powers reveal the mythic origins of their war against Chrovos. The Reds and Blues learn their part in the battle to come.|
|14.||Lights Out||July 15, 2018||9:15||Tucker struggles to cope with the truth about Washington. A sleeping giant wakes.|
|15.||Paradox||July 22, 2018||22:27||In the season finale of the Shisno Paradox, Carolina leads the Reds and Blues in a time travel rescue mission to save Agent Washington.|
|1.||RTX 2018||July 18, 2018||August 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Austin Convention Center -- Be there, or be Blue!|
|2.||Recycling||August 12, 2018||Sarge and Grif are here to show you how to Reduce, Refuse, and Reload your Reliable shotgun! Also something about Recycling.|
|3.||Diversity||August 26, 2018||Grif and Simmons attempt to discuss the importance of Diversity while simultaneously trying not to offend everyone.|
|4.||New Holidays||January 31, 2019||Simmons and Lopez have some very important information about the TRUE holidays we should all be celebrating.|
|5.||Cultural Appreciation||March 6, 2019||Join the Reds and Blues as they discover the finer details of art, and learn proper museum etiquette!|
- Main article: Red vs. Blue: Season 16 Soundtrack
- This season was confirmed to take place moments after Season 15 in its official synopsis.
- Unlike the previous seasons, this season will not be released to YouTube following the FIRST member release, stated by Matt Hullum in a journal post and Burnie Burns on the Rooster Teeth podcast. Only the following year, the same day the following season premiered, the whole season came on said video service.
- This is the first season since Season 5 to have an opening credits sequence.
- Jason Saldaña and Rebecca Frasier recorded much of their dialogue as Sister and Tucker this season in the recording booth at the same time, a rare occurrence in animated productions.
- At the time of its release, this season had the least amount of episodes in the entire series with only 15 episodes compared to the usual 19-21 episodes of other seasons. This would later be surpassed by Singularity which only has 12 episodes.
- Despite this, the total runtime is estimated to be about the same as Season 12.
- Joe stated that he found the longer-than-normal runtime length of Season 15 (nearly 4 hours) to be too long, which is why he reduced the runtime.
- Singularity itself would be surpassed by Zero which only had 8 episodes.
- This is the first season since Revelation to have a specific subtitle.
- The first and last episode of the season spells out, "The Shisno Paradox".
- The video on demand release (available on Google Play, iTunes and Steam) reduces the first fourteen episodes into just seven ranging from 19 to 24 minutes. Six are named after what becomes the "first-parter" ("The Shisno", "Lost Time", "Headshots", "Walk and Talk", "Sword Losers", "A Time For Hammers"), while the combination of 7-8 is "Relapse and Recovery".
- RWBY Vol. 6 to premiere this fall - Entertainment Weekly
- I am Joe Nicolosi, Writer and Director of Season 15 - AMA - Reddit
- Rooster Teeth Unveils 2018 Animation Slate & New Animated Series ‘Nomad of Nowhere’ - Collider
- RvB Season 16, Pre-release Update
- #RvB16 April 15th - Rooster Teeth on Twitter
- Hungry for some Red vs. Blue? Watch the #RvB16 premiere on Sunday, April 15!
- Exclusive: ‘Red vs Blue’ Season 16 Trailer Introduces “The Shisno Paradox”
- RVB IS BACK AND IT'S GOING TO BE FUCKING AWESOME (+ A SCHEDULE UPDATE) | Rooster Teeth
- RT Podcast: Ep. 488 - Why Is Gavin Blue?
- Rooster Teeth's 'Red Vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox' Arrives on Digital Release Today - Collider
- Rooster Teeth Introduces ‘gen:LOCK’, Its Biggest Animated Production Since ‘RWBY’ - Tubefilter
- : “looks like we’re topping off at 162 minutes this year.”
- Red vs. Blue Official Site
- YouTube Season Playlist
- YouTube Complete Season (Part 1)
- YouTube Complete Season (Part 2)
- Red vs. Blue Wikipedia Page
Behind the Scenes
|Red vs. Blue Seasons|
|Main Series||The Blood Gulch Chronicles: Season 1 • Season 2 • Season 3 • Season 4 • Out of Mind • Season 5|
The Recollection: Recovery One • S6 - Reconstruction • Relocated • S7 - Recreation • S8 - Revelation
The Project Freelancer Saga: Season 9 • MIA • Where There's a Will, There's a Wall • Season 10
The Chorus Trilogy: Season 11 • Chorus Journals • Season 12 • Season 13
The Shisno Trilogy: Season 15 • S16 - The Shisno Paradox • S17 - Singularity
Side Stories: S14 - Anthology • S18 - Zero
|Team Slipspace||Expansion • Zero Tolerance • Franchise Player • Double Agent • PSA - Game Changer|
|Non-Canon||PSAs • Specials|