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New Mega Man Series Heading To Cartoon Network

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Capcom’s Super Fighting Robot is one step closer to returning to television, now that a deal with an American network has been finalized. Originally thought to be appearing on Disney XD, the new Mega Man cartoon will instead air on Cartoon Network. DHX Media, which is co-creating the show along with Dentsu Entertainment, made the announcement this week.

The new Mega Man cartoon was revealed around this time last year, with a piece of concept art depicting a sleepy-looking Mega Man that was roundly mocked on social media. The MM seen above is wearing a better expression, but fans of the series are still skeptical it will be any good. They don’t like the revisionist premise of turning Mega Man into Astro Boy, but you can’t judge a show you haven’t seen yet on its description alone.

Aimed at kids 6 to 11, as well as their parents who grew up loving the video games, the new Mega Man animated series will feature exciting new technologies and robots, as well as the introduction of Mega Man’s alter-ego, Aki Light. Aki is a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot who has nano-core technology that allows him to transform into the mega powered super hero Mega Man! With his Mega Buster arm cannon and iconic helmet, Mega Man battles the wickedest villains Silicon City has to offer. Beloved characters, such as Mega Man’s robotic dog, Rush, will return – while new characters, like Mega Mini™ and Suna Light, will make their debut!

Mega Man hasn’t had the greatest history with animation. He first appeared on TV as a distorted green troll on Captain N: The Game Master that said “mega” before every sentence. A couple years later he headlined his own cartoon in syndication, which lasted a couple seasons. At the end of the 1990’s Mega Man: NT Warrior aired on Kids WB, arguably the best effort to date, though it’s not saying much.

Or course, if it’s really on Cartoon Network, it won’t matter if it’s terrible because it will inevitably be shoved into an early-morning timeslot and have all of its episodes burned off in one month. An airdate for the episodes has yet to be revealed.