A new press release dropped from Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX Media today revealing the first image for the new upcoming Mega Man animated TV series created by Man of Action. You can check out the the new image for Mega Man below. Fans will notice that Mega Man has received a bit of a dramatic redesign for the show. DHX media and Dentsu Entertainment have signed a deal to develop, co-produce, jointly manage the licensing and distribute the animated show based on Capcom’s Mega Man game franchise.
Dentsu Entertainment USA and DHX will manage all the global rights for the series. US distribution and licensing will be handled by DHX in collaboration with Dentsu Entertainment USA. Dentsu Inc. will manage distribution and licensing for the show in Asia. DHX confirmed that they will handle the distribution of licensing for the show in all other territories.
Speaking on the announcement, DHX Chief Content Officer Asaph Fipke stated:”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.”
Some new story details were also revealed regarding the story for the show, which is being aimed at kids ages six to nine and parents who grew up loving the video game series. Mega Man’s alter-ego in the series will be that of Aki Light, a normal and upbeat “schoolboy robot.” When activated, his skin is able to re-form through a flurry of computer code and visual pyrotechnics, changing into a suit of impenetrable nanocore armor. This armor includes the iconic Mega Buster arm cannon and helmet. The show is set to feature some “exciting” new technologies and robots. Returning characters for the series include his faithful robot dog, Rush. The press release also hints about a new character named Mega Mini.
It’s hard to get a complete read on the direction of the series based on that description. Mega Mini sounds a bit weird, but the return of Rush sounds promising at least. The show is slated to debut in 2017 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Mega Man.