For some, a Mega Man cartoon means the returned of a fabled hero and perhaps a new beginning for the wayward franchise. For others, it's a flashback to the horrible days of 90s morning cartoon blocks.
I'm falling into the former category recently, mostly because I've seen how some children's cartoons, especially ones that revolve around "geek culture," have actually turned out a lot better than we all might expect. Adventure Time, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Gravity Falls, Legend of Korra all seem to fit that bill, and I'm hoping Mega Man gets the same love. Let's not forget how amazing the Archie comics turned out to be.
Man of Action Writer Joe Kelly has an impressive resume of collected works under his belt, and opened up recently on Twitter in regards to preparing for the show. Of course, he couldn't dive into it too greatly, however, he did mention that was tapping into "30 years of source material" with the help of "many companies."
1) To all the very cool #MegaMan fans out there who are asking me many questions about the upcoming series - here's what I can tell you...— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
2) MOA is part of a group of companies looking to bring Big Blue to life for a new era. Lots of folks are working hard to make a great show.— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
3) I am legally prohibited from saying ANYTHING specific about the show, and though I love you, I am not getting sued for you. However...— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
4) I can say that MOA looked at 30 years of source material in developing the series with our partners. We focused on the games and lore...— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
5) Our job is to work with Capcom & Dentsu USA to distill down the DNA of MegaMan and apply that to modern animated storytelling...— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
6) So that's what we did. It's new. I can't compare it to anything else because it isn't going to be like anything else. It's something new.— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
7) HUNDREDS of people work on an animated show. No one wakes up for work and says, "I'm going to ruin that fan's beloved thing."..— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
8) At MOA, we start from the same place - do we like the idea? Can we bring something new to it? Will it be fun? We answer yes and write...— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
9) That's what we did with MegaMan. There is still a long process to bringing it to the screen, but talented people are working hard...— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
10) In 2017, we'll see how it came out. Cartoons take a year to make. Lots of blood sweat & tears. And fun. Fun is key. We built a fun show.— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
11) We respect MegaMan, his long time fans and the new audience. Can't prove that to you, you'll judge for yourselves...— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
12) But I humbly submit that you reserve judgement until after the show airs. Telling me the show sucks when nothing has been seen..?— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
13) Sort of undermines the whole respect thing. (And please, cross apply this to all creators working on any franchise characters.)— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
14) Let the work speak for itself.— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
15) That's all I got 4 now. Hope it makes sense. Hope you understand where I'm coming from. Hope you'll enjoy the show when it airs. Thanks!— Joe Kelly (@JoeKellyMOA) April 13, 2016
You know, I get the feeling that Mega Man is in good hands. Capcom has clearly set out to find talented creative minds who not only genuinely care about the culture behind the things it writes about, but also have a reputation to protect. Back in the 90s, any seedy company would create a Mega Man show to create a quick buck. I'm not seeing that happen here.
The Mega Man cartoon is expected to air in 2017 for the series' 30th anniversary. And please, let us all hope that we get Mega Man 11 and maybe even Mega Man Legends 3 out of it as well. Pie in the sky, of course, but there is no harm in hoping.
And please… no.
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