In the realm of gaming, there’s been an incredible lack of Mega Man titles as of late. And with the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic characters ever created on the horizon, there will be justice as of 2017. Dentsu Entertainment USA has partnered with Man of Action Entertainment to develop a new 26-episode animated series based on Capcom’s little boy blue
reploid (UPDATE: I was corrected on Tumblr. Mega Man is not a reploid, but in fact the reploids are based on his model. And my false claim, despite some references to him being one, “hurts credibility” for the character.)
Animation fans out there may already be familiar with Man of Action Entertainment’s work as they helped create Ben 10 and Generator Rex. Two of its founding members, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle are also responsible for conceiving the characters for the Marvel Comics team Big Hero 6, now the Academy Award Winning feature adapted by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Man of Action also helped to produce and write for “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” which both currently air on Disney XD.
Dentsu Entertainment USA holds worldwide broadcast and licensing rights for all aspects of the Mega Man TV series, and its President and Chief Executive Officer, Yuichi Kinoshita, made a statement today regarding this news:
“We are very excited about the opportunity to introduce an all-new ‘Mega Man’ to loyal fans and kids. Having a celebrated character from Japan reimagined by Man of Action is the ideal project for Dentsu Entertainment USA.”
Man of Action’s Duncan Rouleau had a follow up statement:
“The 1990s ‘Mega Man’ TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time. It featured great action, but also brought the laughs. Mega Man is a character that is even more relevant for today’s kids and we are really looking forward to creating something new that still respects the long tradition of the character.”
For those new to Mega Man, the video game first launched in 1987, featuring a blue robot who sought out to rid his world of evil reploids (replica + androids) known as Mavericks. After each battle he could learn his enemies powers and use them against his other foes down the line. The franchise has spawned over 130 video games on multiple gaming systems, selling over 30 million copies worldwide, and he is currently a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. There was a Mega Man TV series once in the USA during the ’90s and aired for several seasons.
I’ve never gotten into Ben 10 and have absolutely no idea what Generator Rex is, but I don’t mind “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.” Based on my knowledge of Mega Man, this show will either skew kiddy for the Ben 10 audience or more young male with the Avengers crowd. Either way, the boy robot is a pretty great character with a lot of possibilities in terms of story and cool action.
Are you looking forward to the revival of the Mega Man franchise?
Look out for the new Mega Man animated in 2017.