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Mega Man
MegaManTitleCard.JPG
Mega Man title card with Mega Man and Rush.
Format Binational animated series
Created by Keiji Inafune
Written by Keiji Inafune
Erica Yano
Directed by Hiroyuki Yokoyama
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Starring Ian James Corlett
Jim Byrnes
Kathleen Barr
Robyn Ross
Scott McNeil
Garry Chalk
Terry Klassen
David Panchak
Country of origin  Japan
 United States
No. of episodes 27
Production
Producer(s) Kenzo Tsujimoto
Akio Sakai
Jun Aida
Daniel Kletzky
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Capcom Productions
Ruby-Spears
Ashi Productions
Ocean Group
Broadcast
Original channel United States first-run syndication
Original run September 11, 1994 – December 10, 1995

Mega Man, known in Japan as Mega Man: A Rockman series (メガマン: ア・ロックマン・シリーズ, Megaman: A Rokkuman Shirīzu?), is a Japanese-American animated television series multi-produced by Capcom Productions, Ruby-Spears Productions, Ashi Productions and Ocean Group and is based on the game series of the same name. The TV series began in 1994 and ended in 1995, and was aired on many syndicated stations at the time. Two seasons were produced with a third planned, but the show was canceled despite getting high ratings.

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Plot

Dr. Light and Dr. Wily were brilliant scientists in the field of robotics, who worked together in a laboratory trying to advance the science. One day, they finished an extremely advanced prototype, but shortly after being activated, it started destroying the laboratory. Dr. Light immediately believed that the prototype's guidance system, which Dr. Wily had personally programmed, was the source of the problem and concluded they would start over again. Angered, Dr. Wily attempted to steal the plans later that night, but Dr. Light catches him. Wily is able to steal the plans after knocking Dr. Light down, and goes off to what is apparently an abandoned area, and modifies the old robot prototype into Proto Man.

Later, Dr. Light builds Rock and Roll, advanced robots with personalities, along with Ice Man, Guts Man, and Cut Man. Dr. Wily and Proto Man go and steal the robots, reprogramming the latter three robots as henchmen. Dr. Wily attempts to reprogram Rock and Roll at his lab later, but Rock decides to trick Dr. Wily. He tells Dr. Wily that Dr. Light also built "super warrior robots", and that if Rock and Roll are let go, he'll tell him how to defeat the robots. Rock uses this lie (Dr. Wily believing robots can't lie) to cause a distraction and escape with Roll. Dr. Light decides to reprogram and reoutfit Rock into Mega Man, who from then on keeps the world safe. This tale is told in Episode 1, "The Beginning".

Throughout the episodes, Mega Man thwarts Wily's various schemes, in a similar fashion to that of the "Super Friends", usually ending with Rush acting in similar vein to Scooby Doo.

History

Mega Man starred in a Saturday-morning style cartoon that premiered in 1994. Ruby-Spears, one of the producers of the show, redesigned the characters from the Mega Man video games to varying degrees. At the time the show was undergoing its early development, anime had not yet achieved a "mainstream" acceptance, plus the producers felt the look skewed too young for the retro-80's-style action-adventure cartoon they had in mind. The final look of the characters was among many different interpretations proposed and was the most well-received by test audiences (it is worth noting that characters who appeared for the first time in season two were considerably more faithful to the original models, only given slightly different proportions and the occasional nose). The series was targeted towards the late preteen boy audience, though Roll's expanded and much more active role in the series was calculated to try and draw in more girl viewers as well (producer Joe Ruby joked "Also, it showed we're not male chauvinistic pigs as our wives think"). X, along with Vile, Spark Mandrill, and "Cigma" (Sigma) made a guest appearance late in the second season, and was planned to make more appearances in later shows, with the potential for his own spinoff cartoon as well.[citation needed]

Despite consistent high ratings and being a series producers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears really enjoyed working on, the show was canceled after two seasons. A single post-season-two episode was created to complete Ruby-Spears' contractual obligations; no true "season three" plans had been put into motion at the time of the cancellation. The decision to end the cartoon was handed down from Capcom, most likely due to merchandising pressures from toy-partner Bandai, which cut several other popular toy lines at the time short due to not meeting sales expectations (including The Tick, Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball).[citation needed]

Episodes were released on VHS by Sony Wonder beginning in January of 1995.[1]

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Promotional show and change in design

Prior to the show's premiere a short animated promo was released which utilized a graphic-style more similar to the graphic design of the games. When the show was being produced, the designs of characters were changed, most likely to better appeal to American audiences. Most characters gained more masculine or realistic looks, and usually somewhat different appearances in powers. Mega Man was given an edgier and more realistic look compared to his original anime design. Also, Mega Man's persona changed from boyish into a teen with an attitude. Roll, instead of wearing a dress, wears a red and yellow jumpsuit. Roll comes equipped with a vacuum blaster device on her left arm, unlike the games where she is just a civilian robot.

The design also changed as Mega Man and Proto Man became taller and more muscular. Often, Protoman and Mega Man would use their fists or wrestle instead of using their in game abilities.

Mega Man and Roll were changed from children to teenagers and Eddie was changed from red to green. In the TV series, Proto Man was a villain who served Dr. Wily instead of a loner hero from the games. In the games, Mega Man gains a Robot Master's ability after destroying the Robot Master, but in the series, Mega Man just has to touch the Robot Master.

Main characters

Protagonists

  • Mega Man (played by Ian James Corlett) - Mirroring his origins in the video games, Mega Man was originally an assistant robot built by Dr. Light and called Rock. He originally donned a blue T-shirt and shorts but also wore his typical robot boots. After Wily reprograms Light's first industrial robots (the Mega Man 1 robot masters) he captures Rock and Roll to make them his servants too. Rock tricks Wily into freeing them as he can't conceive of a robot being able to lie. Rock is then rebuilt into a fighting robot. His primary weapon is the plasma-cannon which he fires from his left arm after withdrawing his hand into it. He can also copy Wily's robots' abilities by touching them. During battle Mega Man cracks jokes and puns. He has numerous catch-phrases; the one he uses most frequently is "Sizzling Circuits".
  • Dr. Light (played by Jim Byrnes) - Mega Man's creator. He used to work with Dr. Wily to create a line of industrial robots until the latter stole their plans and a defective prototype. Light built Rock, Roll, and the first six robot masters. After Wily reprogrammed his industrial robots, Light rebuilds Rock into Mega Man in order to stop his schemes. All through the series Light builds other robots and inventions to help humanity and to stop Wily's plot. His appearance differs slightly from his game counterpart; he has a shorter beard and grey hair. Fans of the show also note his ability to state the blatantly obvious.
  • Roll (voiced by Robyn Ross (season 1 & 2) and Kathleen Barr [for 1 episode (Season 1 Episode 11 -Cold Steel-1994)] - Mega Man's sister who assists him on missions. She was built as a household robots and possesses a number of home-appliances which switch on and off similarly to Mega Man's plasma cannon. Most frequently she uses a vacuum cleaner which has enough force to pull robots to pieces and which can also occasionally suck in enemy projectiles and fire them back. Roll is depicted as being much more mature than her game counterpart physically, and dons a red-and-yellow jumpsuit instead of a dress.
  • Rush (voiced by Ian James Corlett) - Mega Man's robot dog. Mega Man uses Rush's jet-mode, in which he turns into a jet-board, as a primary means of transportation throughout the series. Rush also has a number of other modes though none which are directly derived from the games. Rush's nose can "sniff out anything" and was once used to locate a bomb planted by Wily. His ears also detect faraway sound. Rush acts similarly to Scooby Doo in many respects, often doing silly antics on his own. He also alternates between making typical dog-sounds and speaking. Though most of the time he only parrots other characters he also appears to have a limited ability for independent speech, mostly for comedy purposes (such as announcing "Mega, Mega. Right back. Messages." during the show's commercial bumpers).

Antagonists

  • Dr. Wily (played by Scott McNeil) - Light's former assistant who stole the plans for the prototype industrial robots after their first test with a humanoid robot failed. Wily was convinced that Light sabotaged his work in order to get the credit and runs off before returning with Protoman to reprogram Light's industrial robots. In the first episode it's revealed that Wily has suffered envy through his entire life ("I didn't even have toys like the other children") and plans to exact vengeance on humanity by having his robots control everything. He is depicted very much like his original counterpart. He speaks with a German accent and is prone to fits of maniacal laughter.
  • Protoman (played by Scott McNeil) - Mega Man's older brother and Wily's constant lackey. Despite working for Wily, Proto has a tendency of disobeying him as he is obsessed with destroying his brother. Protoman's abilities are similar to those of Mega Man; he fires plasma resembling blue-energy and has on one occasion copied Guts Man's power in order to fight Mega Man. The first humanoid prototype built by Light and Wily resembles his color-scheme though it is not directly stated if Wily rebuilt Protoman from the prototype.
  • Cut Man (played by Terry Klassen imitating Peter Lorre) - One of Light's original six industrial robots, a logging robot who used his giant cut-blade to chop down trees. He was reprogrammed by Wily and is one of his stock-lackeys, appearing in every episode. He speaks with a nasal sound and tends to crack jokes about cutting things ("Cutting you down to size, is going to be sheer delight") while laughing exhasperatedly at his own jokes. His over-all design reflects his game counterpart though the details of his head and uniform are slightly different.
  • Guts Man (played by Gary Chalk) - One of Light's original six industrial robots, created as an exploration robot. Along with Cut Man he appears in every episode. Guts Man is all muscle and no brain and always attempts to crush Mega Man. A recurring joke involves Rush biting Guts Man's leg before being kicked off. Guts Man is also shown often breaking through walls in order to get somewhere, rather than using/opening doors. This habit was used in one episode to trick him.

Minor characters

  • Eddie (played by Scott McNeil) - A suitcase on legs, Eddie's primary function is to deliver Energy Cans (E-Tanks) to Mega Man when he is critically low on energy. Eddie is always ready for action and appears in a handfull of episodes. Though resembling his game counterpart outwardly he was colored green rather than red.
  • Mayor (played by Gary Chalk) - Appearing in a number of episodes, the Mayor often goes to Mega Man when a crisis involving Wily is threatening New York City. Despite his inability to stop Wily the Mayor did stand up to him during the Big Shake, refusing to surrender control of the city despite Wily's threats, his obvious fear of him, and Mega Man being out of commission. In the post season two episode Crime of the Century, a new mayor is introduced. Despite the notable physical change, the old mayor being a standard size, moustached white man and the new one a large African American, Gary Chalk also provided him with the same voice.
  • Batontons - The series version of the Bomb Bat enemies introduced in Mega Man 2. They're also referred to as Wily's Spy Bats. They're most frequently used for spying missions though they also possess the ability to attack using lighting projectiles.

Episodes

Season 1

Episode Airdate Title Plot
1x01 September 11, 1994 "The Beginning" The first episode of Mega Man. Wily attacks New York's Kennedy Airport and Mega Man is defeated. While being repaired, Dr. Light tells Roll of their beginning.
1x02 September 18, 1994 "Electric Nightmare" Dr. Wily takes over the power grid with a device that allows him to control machines through electricity. He then proceeds to attempt to take over the city with things like rampaging soda machines and runaway monorail cars and only Mega Man can stop his plans.
1x03 September 25, 1994 "Mega-Pinocchio" Dr. Wily cons Mega Man into trying to become human, which he then uses to his advantage to reprogram the blue robot.
1x04 October 2, 1994 "The Big Shake" Dr. Wily has found a way to create earthquakes and demands the city surrender or be destroyed. Mega Man must go out in search of his new machine, while Dr. Light attempts to find a way to counteract Dr. Wily's earthquakes.
1x05 October 9, 1994 "Robosaur Park" A de-evolution serum that only has an effect on robots is released. Now Dr. Light has to find an antidote so he can change back Mega Man and the other robots, before they destroy the city.
1x06 October 16, 1994 "Mega Man in the Moon" Dr. Wily plots to gain control of a giant laser on the moon. Mega Man follows him up into space to stop him. Yet Mega Man has to first deal with Dr. Wily's robots and with time running out can he get the giant laser in time to stop Dr. Wily?
1x07 October 23, 1994 "20,000 Leaks under the Sea" Dr. Wily attacks an underwater mining operation, then tries to get rid of Dr. Light and Mega Man with a fake laboratory that turns out to be a mobile prison.
1x08 October 30, 1994 "The Incredible Shrinking Megaman" Dr. Wily steals three gems from a museum and uses them to shrink major cities and Mega Man!
1x09 November 6, 1994 "Bot Transfer" Dr. Light, Mega Man, Roll, and Rush fly to a conference and encounter Dr. Wily’s robots on the airplane along the way. Turns out Wily has built transport chambers capable of somehow transferring circuits from one robot to another. Mega Man gets swapped into Snake Man’s body and has to save the world in that form.
1x10 November 13, 1994 "Ice Age" Dr. Wily steals a super freeze technology from Zero Refrigeration Company to create a giant glacier and freeze cities, drive out their leaders, and replace them with his robots (and that’s in his words). Ice Man, however, decides he’s being replaced by Air Man and double-crosses the evil scientist.
1x11 November 20, 1994 "Cold Steel" Dr. Wily's robots disguise themselves like a rock band to unleash a mind controlling music. Only Mega Man, Roll, and a young deaf girl remain unaffected.
1x12 November 27, 1994 "Future Shock" Mega Man is accidentally booted to the future by Dr. Light’s new time machine, where he discovers that because he wasn’t in the past to stop Dr. Wily, the evil scientist has taken over the planet. Mega Man must find his way back to his own time so that he can reverse this horrible future.
1x13 December 4, 1994 "The Strange Island of Dr. Wily" Due to a malfunction in Dr. Wily’s newest invention, the scientist and his bots get stranded on an island with none other than Dr. Light, Mega Man, and Roll. With no other alternative, the good guys and the bad guys team up in an attempt to get off the island alive. Of course, Dr. Wily is using the truce as a way to get his invention back.

Season 2

Episode Airdate Title Plot
2x14 September 10, 1995 "Showdown at Red Gulch" Dr. Wily finds a meteor with crystals that can super-power robots. However, the crystals also have a nasty side effect of overloading the circuits of the robots using them after a random period of time.
2x15 September 17, 1995 "Terror of the Seven Seas" Dr. Wily labors to create a sea fort, stealing ships for parts. His plan works for a while but when Mega Man comes to investigate he soon learns of Dr. Wily's plot and puts a stop to it.
2x16 September 24, 1995 "Mega Dreams" After seeing his new device can transfer his robots into dreams and then hypnotize humans in their sleep, Dr. Wily plots to use it to take control of the planet.
2x17 October 1, 1995 "Robo-Spider" Dr. Light creates a supercomputer that can defend military bases. Dr. Wily wants to destroy the supercomputer and take over the military bases. He uses a robot spider to drain the city of all its energy, to destroy the supercomputer. Can Mega Man stop this madness?
2x18 October 8, 1995 "Master of Disaster" Dr. Wily frees a genie, trying to use his magic for world domination. Mega Man goes after Wily and tries to steal the magic chest, eventually having to fight the genie to stop Wily.
2x19 October 15, 1995 "Night of the Living Monster Bots" Dr. Wily unleashes horror movie monster robots, which attack everything in sight. He films it at as a threat to come if people don't pay to watch. Mega Man has to fight these monster robots and even his family and friends under their curse.
2x20 October 22, 1995 "Curse of the Lion Men" Dr. Wily's robots discover humanoid lion creatures, which use their strange power to turn people into lions and make robots obey them. Both Dr. Light and Dr. Wily get turned into lions and now Mega Man must change them back all on his own.
2x21 October 29, 1995 "The Day the Moon Fell" Dr. Wily has pulled the moon out of its orbit and closer to Earth, creating widespread disasters. Dr. Light now has to figure out a way to put the moon back into its correct orbit, while Mega Man must destroy Dr. Wily's device.
2x22 November 5, 1995 "Campus Commandos" Light creates a college to school robots in various subjects, not the least of which is how to build his newest invention: an anti-gravity device. Dr. Wily on the other hand decides he wants the device for himself and attacks the school to get it, reprogramming many of the students to help him accomplish this task.
2x23 November 12, 1995 "Brain Bot" Mega Man must prevent Dr. Wily from stealing Dr. Light's new robot, Brain Bot. He is too late and Dr. Wily gets his hands on the robot, but thanks to Mega Man he doesn't have time to make any adjustments and the robot ends up helping Mega Man.
2x24 November 19, 1995 "Bro Bots" Proto Man supposedly switches sides and Dr. Wily plots to replace city officials with robots. Mega Man is wary of Proto Man and has him watched at all times. He then overhears Proto Man talking to Dr. Wily about his plot and stops the whole thing.
2x25 November 26, 1995 "Bad Day at Peril Park" Dr. Wily's amusement park, Fun World, is really a front to hypnotize the visitors into robots. Mega Man and company goes on an extreme ride for their lives.
2x26 December 3, 1995 "Mega X" The evil Mavericks, Vile and Spark Mandrill have arrived from the future and the two of them quickly prove far too powerful even for Mega Man. He is saved by Mega Man X who's in hot pursuit of the two Mavericks. Mega Man doesn't know what to make of everything but helps X anyway. They work together to stop both Dr. Wily and the Mavericks.
2x27 December 10, 1995 "Crime of the Century" Dr. Wily reprograms a bunch of dolls and other toys to perform robberies all over the city. However, it's all just a diversion so Wily can get his hands on something much more valuable: a giant black pearl. Mega Man has to figure out his plan and stop Wily's final plot, once and for all.

Cast

USA Version:

Brazilian Version:

  • Leticia Quinto - Roll
  • Walter Breda - Dr. Light
  • Daoiz Cabezudo - Guts Man
  • Luiz Antonio Lobue - Mayor
  • Marcelo Campos - Mega Man
  • Elcio Sodré - Cut Man
  • Luis Carlos de Moraes - Dr. Willy
  • Wendel Bezerra - Protoman

Reception

At one time, Mega Man was placed as the number one weekly syndicated kids show in the Nielsen ratings.[2]

Music

The music cues for this show were re-used for one of the Ocean Group dubs of Dragon Ball Z. It was the dub that was produced by the Ocean Group themselves, without the aid of Funimation Entertainment to serve as an edited equivalent to Funimation's version. It was aired in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. The Ocean Group may have placed the BGM tracks for Mega Man into their archive and retrieved them when they began dubbing the show.[citation needed]

DVD Release

The entire series was released on two DVD sets by ADV Films in 2003; the sets are now out-of-print.[citation needed]

References

See also

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