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Mega Man

Mega Man is an animated television series multi-produced by Capcom, Ruby-Spears, Ashi Productions, and Ocean Productions that ran from 1994 to 1996, debuting in most markets on Saturday morning, September 11, 1994.

Episodes

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Cast

  • Ian James Corlett: Mega Man, Rush, Snake ManMetal Man, Mr. Zero, Karate Bot, Chef Bot, Rudy, Officer (ep. 1), Security Guard (ep. 2), Robo Officers (ep. 2), Officers (ep. 6), Chief (ep. 7), Security Chief (ep. 18)
  • Scott McNeil: Proto Man, Dr. WilyEddie, Drill Man, Mayor (ep. 14), Insepector Hedley, Driver (ep. 8), Robo Guards (ep. 9), Guards (ep. 10), Civil Defense Bot (ep. 10), Worker (ep. 12), Station Commander (ep. 12), Security Robot 1 (ep. 15), Guard Bot (ep. 17), Security Commander (ep. 18), Conductor Bot (ep. 19), Security Guard (ep. 27)
  • Jim Byrnes: Dr. Light, Pharaoh Man, Magnet ManAir Man, Quick ManCrystal Man, Gravity Man, Top Man, Star Man, Gyro Man (in disguise), Sigma, Mayor (ep. 18), Captain Lee, Secretary of Defense, Tina's father, Mr. Farage, Admiral Hayley, Mitchell Deacon, Governor (ep. 2), Tackle Bots 5 and 8 (ep. 14), Actor (ep. 16)
  • Terry Klassen: Cut Man, Bomb Man, Elec Man, Ice Man, Crash Man, Shadow ManDrill Man, Toad Man, Hard Man, Dive Man, Dust ManWave Man, Dr. Petto, Otto Raptor, Brain Bot, Hotel Manager (ep. 6), Male Tourist (ep. 6), Computer (ep. 7, 16), Scientist 1 (ep. 9), Construction workers (ep. 11), Painter Bot (ep. 14), Student Bot (ep. 14), Head Scientist (ep. 16), Security Robot 2 (ep. 15), Astronaut 2 (ep. 18), Civilian (ep. 20), Judge (ep. 25) (also dialogue director)
  • Robyn Ross: Roll, Bree Ricotta, Evelyn Ray, Herbert's wife, Female Tourist (ep. 6), Cheer Bots (ep. 14), Woman (ep. 27)
  • Garry Chalk: Guts Man, Bright Man, Dark ManRing Man, Gyro ManNeedle Man, Heat ManStone Man, Mayor (ep. 1, 4, 27), Captain Evans, Morris, Mr. Rozenko, General Hawthorne, Lotos, Franken Bot, Robo Officers (ep. 2), Officer (ep. 3), Robo Officer (ep. 9), MCC Commander (ep. 12), Tackle Bots 2, 4 and 7 (ep. 14), Sheriff (ep. 16), Captain (ep. 17), Driver (ep. 21), Astronaut 1 (ep. 18), Newscaster (ep. 22), University Professor (ep. 23)
  • Cathy Weseluck: Doris, Robobeautician (ep. 2)
  • Kathleen Barr: Bobby (ep. 7)
  • Richard Newman: Wood Man, Spark Mandrill
  • Tony Sampson: Gemini Man
  • Louise Valance: Janet, Mary's mother
  • Phil Hayes
  • Marcus Turner: Ramon
  • Shirley Milliner: Ms. Lapierre, Principal (ep. 7)
  • Kaitlyn Stewart: Annie
  • Michael Donovan: Mega Man X, Uncle Jet, Scientist 2 (ep. 9)
  • Jay Brazeau: Eugene Fister
  • Crystaleen O'Bray: Tina
  • Christopher Turner: Bobby (ep. 25) (uncredited)
  • Lee Tockar: Vile (uncredited)

(*Note: there is some speculation as to which voice actress played Roll and it is not 100% confirmed which episodes -if any - which Robyn Ross voiced Roll. Some fans have noticed a slight change to Roll's voice over the course of the show.[Citation needed]

Promo

  • A promotional video of the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon in its early stages shows the cartoon with aesthetics faithful to the art direction of the games, similar to Mega Man: Upon a Star. However, after the show was green-lit into production, Ruby-Spears gave it a complete overhaul, "Americanizing" the cartoon.[1]

Canceled Projects

  • Reportedly, Marvel Comics had picked up the rights to produce a monthly series based on the Mega Man shows. However, the deal fell through when the show was canceled by Capcom. This was reported on the popular fan site mmhp.net Mega Man Home Page, but the reference to the canceled series has since been removed. The truth is still not known for sure.
  • Ruby-Spears once planned on doing a Mega Man X spin-off cartoon, but this never came to be due to the main show cancellation.[2]

Music

Differences from the games

  • Unlike the games, when Mega Man gains or uses a new weapon, he does not change colors. Instead, it shows him downloading the weapon. The weapons do not always function as they do in games, such as defeating Gyro Man instead gave Mega Man the use of his back-mounted gyro, allowing him to fly.
  • Mega Man and Proto Man are only able to transform their left forearms into buster cannons, said forearms being decorated with rivited metal at the wrist, resulting in assymetrical designs.
  • Rush is able to talk in the cartoon, although in broken english similar to the voice of Scooby Doo.
  • Roll possesses a variety of household machines repurposed into weapons built into her left arm, the most common of which being a superpowered vacuum cleaner, whereas in any video game appearance she makes with a combat role, she instead uses external weaponry.
  • In the cartoon, Proto Man acts very differently from his video game counterpart. In the cartoon he is a full fledged member of Dr. Wily's robots, and is bitter rivals with Mega Man. He's also cocky, arrogant, and not as mysterious as his video game counterpart. Common perception is that the creators of the show did not complete MM3 or 4; however, it is more likely that they simply needed an appropriate rival for Mega Man, as Bass was not created until after the show went into production. This is further supplemented by the fact Dark Man 2 appeared alongside Proto Man in two episodes of the cartoon.

Reruns/Releases

  • Some time after the show was no longer airing on television, reruns were picked up by the Fox Family channel (which has since been taken over by ABC). Some episodes were heavily edited for content, such as the show's intro, which featured a city under attack, and later in ruins, were edited, and scenes where Roll was attacked by a male robot were removed. The unedited episodes are now available on DVD in box sets by ADV video. The first season set is titled A Hero is Born. The second season set (which includes the lone third season episode) is titled Battle for the Future.
  • The PlayStation 2 version of the Mega Man Anniversary Collection contains "The Beginning", which is made available by the defeat of Astro Man in Mega Man 8.

Videos

Below is a rare television commercial, which contains some of the animated sequences from the original promo reel mentioned above. Also below is a video of Scott McNeil doing Proto Man, Dr. Wily, and Eddie's voices at a convention.

Trivia

  • A majority of the voice actors from the series also did regular work on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Some specific ones include:
  • The Emerald Spears group in Archie Comics' Mega Man series is an allusion to Ruby Spears, the creators of the cartoon.[3]
  • One of the reasons for the show's cancellation is that Bandai had cut several toy lines because they were not meeting sales expectations and had supposedly been putting merchandising pressure on Capcom. Despite having great ratings, the show was cancelled before a third season could be fully planned. There were more toys that were in production that were also scrapped as a result.[2]
  • No Robot Masters from Mega Man 6 or Mega Man 7 ever appeared in the series, though the former was released a year before the cartoon first aired and the latter immediately before the end of the first season.
  • All Robot Masters from Mega Man and Mega Man 3 appeared in the series. Of the first five games, the ones who didn't make it into the show are:
    • Bubble Man and Flash Man from Mega Man 2.
    • Skull Man from Mega Man 4 (possibly because producers thought his appearance was inappropriate for a children's show).
    • Charge Man from Mega Man 5. Though Napalm Man didn't appear in any episodes, he appeared in the opening theme.
      • Despite their absences, it is shown on the IMDB page for this cartoon that Charge Man, Plant Man, and Knight Man had voice actors, hinting that the cartoon would also feature robots from Mega Man 6.
  • The Battontons from Mega Man 4 appear on a few episodes of this series.
  • One Met appears in the first episode, and acts as a medical bot to the Light family. This Met is referred to by others as "Doc", but he never appears again afterwards.

See also

References


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