Mega Man to Return as an Animated TV Series

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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It seems like Capcom hasn’t completely abandoned Mega Man, as a new animated TV series based on the popular video game franchise has been announced.

This new production comes from a partnership between Capcom and Dentsu Entertainment, who will own the rights to worldwide broadcasting and licensing. Dentsu will in turn partner with Man of Action Entertainment, who will be responsible for the creating, writing and production of the series.

This won’t be the first time the Blue Bomber appears on the small screen. There have been a few Mega Man animated series in the past, all meeting with varying degrees of success.

Twenty-six episodes have been ordered so far, and they’re likely to air sometime in 2017–which, coincidentally, will mark the franchise’s 30th anniversary. There’s no word on whether the series will be broadcast on TV or from an online streaming service, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more details in the future.

A new TV series may not be what fans upset at the cancellation of Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3 were hoping for when it comes to Mega Man news, but I think we can all agree, this is a step in the right direction. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

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About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.




  • JDobbs

    With it not being released until 2017. Let’s hope this doesn’t mean Capcom will cancel it at the last minute.

    • Tara

      It’s probably already cancelled. Lack of participation, you know.

  • Vinicius

    I woul rather have a new game, but at this point I take what I can get.

  • Tara

    Honestly, at this point, I don’t even care anymore. Mega Man as we knew it is dead, and that’s all there is to it.

    This will likely be mediocre, and if it has any tie-in games, they will also be mediocre. I may be pessimistic about it, but it’s not like I don’t have a reason to be… after all, Mega Man was one of my favorite series for a long time. Yes, it had its ups and downs, but the cancellation of Universe, MML3, and even the online game, then making a bunch of mediocre-at-best merchandise, as though this somehow appeases the fans… only to bring us an animated series a solid 7 years after the last game (and I’m not counting Street Fighter X Mega Man as ANYTHING, because nobody asked for that, and Capcom didn’t even make it themselves… I’m also not counting rereleases on download services, though they may count for something.)

    Anyway, this is entirely a case of “too little, too late” in my opinion. Obviously I’m bitter about the MML3 cancellation (I loved the Legends series the most, but definitely was also a big fan of Battle Network and Star Force. Never was too good at the platformers, but did enjoy the music at least…) To be fair, I will admit the only thing that would appease me at this point is for them to make Legends 3.

    • Jeremy Collum

      Tara I’m really at your same point, I don’t even care anymore. Only one Mega Man media exists still that’s worth owning in any way and that’s the Mega Man comics published by Archie, everything else Mega Man has been dead since Mega Man 10. Your entire post reflects my opinion on the issue and is written much better than I’d be able to express.

    • Tara

      I’ve had folks recommend the Mega Man comics, but I just can’t make myself buy anything published by Archie. I know it’s a perception thing, but… I consider that “Grocery store checkout lane” level of comics, which is one step above newspaper comics.

      Regardless, though… at least I can still enjoy the games that we have gotten.

  • Razorfall

    My pants have suddenly shrunk

  • Jahu

    Bet they’re only doing this to compete with the upcoming Mighty No. 9 TV show.

    • Tara

      I’m entirely in agreement.