While Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9 appears to be losing the interest of its fanbase even before it hits the market, our friends over at Capcom continue to struggle to find an effective use for the Blue Bomber himself.
With no original game in quite some time, the Japanese publisher is looking outside of interactive entertainment to find a home for the legendary android - and has come to an agreement with DHX Media Ltd. and Dentsu Entertainment USA to develop a cartoon series based on the character, which began life on the NES back in 1980s. Man of Action Entertainment - which has been involved with Ben 10, Generator Rex, Big Hero 6, Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble - will executive produce the show, which airs in 2017.
We've now been given our first look at the lead character, as well as a few more details on his story.
The "Mega Man" in this version will be a child named Aki Light, described in the press release as "a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot" who, when activated, re-forms his skin "in a flurry of computer code and visual pyrotechnics" and clads himself in "a suit of impenetrable nanocore armor, including the iconic Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet." Sounds like a hoot!
And here he is. Make sure you cover your precious childhood memories in bubblewrap before scrolling down.
DHX's Chief Content Officer, Asaph Fipke, had this to say:
We're very excited to be working with Dentsu on Mega Man. This is yet another deal born of our strategy of teaming up with leading companies on high-profile kids' brands that we can leverage across our platform of production, distribution, licensing and broadcast. We see this as an excellent opportunity to build on the rich legacy of the Mega Man video game series and introduce the famous boy robot to a whole new generation of kids worldwide.
Man of Action's Duncan Rouleau was equally pumped:
The best thing about Mega Man is his unflinching wide-eyed optimism and an over-the-top sense of humor. This show reflects both qualities. We've got it all in here, it's hopeful, forward-leaning, action-packed… It's full-on fun ahead!
We're sure you've all got something to say about that new design, so why not vent in the comment section below? In the meantime, feast your eyes on the excellent (and faithful) Mega Man cartoon that never was: