Mega Man is one of the most iconic video game characters of all time. With his blue suit and gun arm, the character is coming back for his own television series. Dentsu Entertainment USA revealed that there will be a new animated series featuring Mega Man coming to Cartoon Network in the not so distant future. With the announcement of the new series, the company released a new visual and series description.
According to Dentsu Entertainment, the new series is targeted for kids age 6 to 9, and for "their parents who grew up loving the videogames". The company also revealed a little bit about new characters and story details, such as: "Mega Man's alter-ego, Aki Light, a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot. When activated, his skin re-forms – in a flurry of computer code and visual pyrotechnics – into a suit of impenetrable nanocore armor, including the iconic Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet." The new show will also bring back classic characters like Rush and introduce new characters as well.
Dentsu Entertainment USA will be teaming up with DHX Media to co-produce, develop, and manage licensing for the Mega Man. DHX and Dentsu describe the story below:
The new animated Mega Man series focuses on a normal, upbeat schoolboy robot, who discovers that deep within his programming lies secret protocols that can transform him into the powerful Mega Man. And, as the world's first robotic super-hero, Mega Man must face the threats of Silicon City, while trying to preserve his secret identity and maintain a regular robot boy life.
There will be 26 episodes in the upcoming Mega Man animated series, and it will help be devoloped by Man of Action Entertainment. The original goal was for the show to release in 2017, as this is the year of the 30th anniversary of the original game franchise. Man of Action Entertainment will be creating and writing the series with Dentsu Entertainment, and will also have an executive producer credit. Man of Action has worked on many American animated series such as Ben 10, and the Big Hero 6 original comic.
Mega Man's original game franchise began way back in 1987, and was a clossal hit. Since its original release it has had countless games and spun off several other anime adaptations as well. Although there is not yet a set date or the upcoming show, the new animated series will release on Cartoon Network in 2018 or later.