Mega Man Animated Series Heading to Cartoon Network

DHX Media
DHX Media

It’s been a long time since Capcom’s beloved video game character headlined a video game. While there’s still no sign of a new game on the horizon, we now know where the in-development Mega Man cartoon will be airing.

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Last year, news broke that production house DHX was working on a Mega Man show to coincide with the character’s 30th anniversary. Now comes word via press release that the Blue Bomber’s animated series—written by the Man of Action studio (Ben 10) has found a home on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and on Family CHRGD in Canada:

Aimed at kids 6 to 11, as well as their parents who grew up loving the video games, the new Mega Man animated series will feature exciting new technologies and robots, as well as the introduction of Mega Man’s alter-ego, Aki Light. Aki is a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot who has nano-core technology that allows him to transform into the mega powered super hero Mega Man! With his Mega Buster arm cannon and iconic helmet, Mega Man battles the wickedest villains Silicon City has to offer. Beloved characters, such as Mega Man’s robotic dog, Rush, will return – while new characters, like Mega Mini™ and Suna Light, will make their debut!

The Mega Man franchise is grounded in a series of video games, first launched in 1987 by Capcom, featuring battles fought by the eponymous blue robot protagonist and an ongoing cast of allies and enemies. The Mega Man multiverse has spawned over 130 video games on multiple gaming systems, selling over 31 million copies worldwide, as well as a plethora of toys, comics and collectibles. A highly rated Mega Man TV series was popular in the USA in the mid-1990s and aired on ABC Family. 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’s no airdate yet for Mega Man, but it’s probably safe to assume a fall debut for the new series.

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DISCUSSION

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Sorry, but no. That description for the series looks terrible. The addition of “new characters” that aren’t just Robot Masters is a big red flashing WARNING sign to stay away from this.

Warning number 2 is the fact that they are not calling him by his actual name, Rock. “Aki”? Fucking seriously?

Third strike is that, while the premise of Megaman being a “normal kid” during the day and a superhero whenever he needs to be is not exactly rocket science, it’s also nothing that hasn’t been done before. The story in Megaman is a simple one that has been shaken up before to great success (personal favorite being the Rock Opera stylings of The Protomen). While I don’t expect Cartoon Network to approve anything that is a “dark re imagining”, I also don’t hold their story telling prowess to much regard in the day and age of YOUR NEW FAVORITE SHOW being on over 50% of the time every fucking week. Expect the story to be bare bones minimum with Robot Master of the Day storytelling so they can show them in whatever fuck-it-all schedule they feel like. And if there is some amazing story to be told in this, expect it to never be aired like the rest of CN’s shows that actually have a story to tell. You’ll get one new episode a week, tops, and reruns never.