That’s right, friends, everyone’s favorite blue-clad robot blaster is coming back to television after a far-too-long hiatus since the beyond-cool 1990s cartoon series that bore his name. Dentsu Entertainment USA will hold the worldwide broadcast and licensing rights for the new Mega Man series, and they’ll be working with Man of Action studios to bring the show to (animated) life.
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 developed by Man of Action Entertainment.
In case it doesn’t ring any immediate bells, Man of Action is the studio that created the Disney Channel original series Ben 10 and Generator Rex, and that’s not even their biggest claim to fame; the MoA group consists of such awesome comic book writers as Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle, and they had a hand in creating the characters and team featured in the recent film Big Hero 6. For good measure on their nerdy street cred, the Man of Action team also writes and produces the Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble shows on Disney XD. So, y’know – they’re pretty legit.
The original goal was for the show to release in 2017 to coincide with Mega Man’s 30th anniversary but alas it will miss the mark. The new animated series will release on Cartoon Network in 2018 or later.