First Look at MEGA MAN in New Animated Series
Last year it was announced that a new Mega Man animated series was going into development. The production is being created by Man of Action Entertainment, which is the studio behind shows such as Ben 10 and Ultimate Spider-Man. Today we have our first look at the character design that we’ll see in the series.
According to the press release, the series will star “a young and otherwise normal robot named Aki Light with a secret power: He can become Mega Man, ‘the world's first robot super-hero’. 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 story is set in Silicon City and will center around Aki’s attempts to balance a normal life with the adventures he embarks on as Mega Man. The show will also include other characters from the classic game franchise as well as new characters that include Mega Mini and his robot dog Rush.
The target audience for the series is kids aged 6 to 9, "as well as their parents who grew up loving the video games." Dentsu Entertainment USA's Kinoshita said, "Mega Man has a rare, almost three-decade-long tradition with fans." I love Mega Man, but nothing will aver beat the awesomeness of that very first game, which was released in 1987.
Since then the character has appeared in over 50 video games, including 10 games in the original Mega Man series. Man of Action says that the new cartoon series will give fans of the character an "unflinching wide-eyed optimism and an over-the-top sense of humor.”
The series is set to debut just in time for the character's 30th anniversary next year in 2017. As a longtime fan, I’m curious to see how this new series is going to turn out.