New action-packed series premieres on Cartoon Network August 5; WildBrain launching new ‘Mega Man: Fully Charged’ fan hub on YouTube, July 21.
Leading global children’s content and brands company DHX Media is gearing up for the premiere of the high-octane new animated series Mega Man: Fully Charged, an original co-production with Dentsu Entertainment USA.
Starting August 5, fans can tune in every Sunday to see Mega Man: Fully Charged on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Ten episodes will also be available on the Cartoon Network app and various TV providers’ VOD and on-demand streaming platforms in the U.S. commencing Friday, August 3.
Mega Man: Fully Charged, which is based on the legendary Capcom Mega Man video game franchise, will make its Canadian debut on DHX Television’s Family Channel in fall 2018. Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex, and the creators of the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6) serve as executive producers and story editors on the series.
“Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the legendary video game character, Mega Man is returning to TV in an all-new, amped-up animated series,” says DHX Media president Josh Scherba. “We’re confident fans both old and new will love this new series, as they follow Mega Man’s fast-paced adventures, beginning this summer.”
“Following Capcom’s announcement of the new Mega Man 11 video game, we are thrilled to be launching an exciting new animated series, Mega Man: Fully Charged,” said Yuichi Kinoshita, President & CEO, Dentsu Entertainment USA. “From TV and YouTube to video games and toy shelves, Mega Man will soon be everywhere kids are watching and playing.”
“Mega Man is exactly the kind of hero we need right now,” said Joe Kelly, Executive Producer/Story Editor, Man of Action Entertainment. “Optimistic, inquisitive and more focused on helping others and understanding adversaries than just locking them up. We love this character.”
San Diego Comic-Con attendees will be among the first to get a peek at the all-new series during the Mega Man: Fully Charged panel taking place on Friday, July 20, 6-7 p.m. PT. Along with an exclusive episode premiere from the series, the panel features Capcom’s Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (video game producer: Mega Man 11, Asura’s Wrath), Logan McPherson (DHX Studios, VP, creative & animated production: Slugterra, The Deep, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the series) and Man of Action Entertainment's Joe Casey and Steven T. Seagle (executive producers and story editors: Mega Man: Fully Charged), who will provide a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of reimagining this classic property for the next generation.
In addition to the series’ launch on Cartoon Network and Family Channel, episode trailers for the new Mega Man: Fully Charged will be available on DHX Media’s YouTube-based kids’ network WildBrain. Beginning July 21, fans can check out clips and trailer previews on a weekly basis on the Mega Man: Fully Charged-dedicated YouTube channel.
Fan interaction with Mega Man: Fully Charged will be action-packed off-screen as well, with the launch of the show’s consumer products hitting toy shelves in spring 2019. The upcoming line from master toy licensee JAKKS Pacific includes action figures, figurines, playsets and accessories, role-play items, and everyday dress-up and Halloween costumes.
Created for kids 6 to 11, and their parents who grew up loving the video games, Mega Man: Fully Charged features exciting new technologies and robots, and the introduction of Mega Man’s alter-ego, Aki Light, a normal, upbeat, schoolboy robot with nano-core technology that allows him to transform into the mega-powered 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.
The Mega Man franchise is grounded in a series of popular video games, first launched in 1987 by Capcom, featuring battles fought by the eponymous blue robot hero and an ongoing cast of allies and enemies. Mega Man has spawned over 136 video games on multiple gaming systems, selling over 32 million copies worldwide, as well as a plethora of toys, comics and collectibles. Capcom is releasing the highly anticipated sequel, Mega Man 11, coming to home consoles on October 2, 2018. A highly rated Mega Man TV series was popular in the USA in the mid-1990s and aired on ABC Family.
Distribution and licensing rights worldwide, excluding Asia, for the new Mega Man: Fully Charged series are managed by DHX Media. Dentsu Entertainment manages distribution and licensing in Asia.
Source: DHX Media