Appearance in Japan
Mega Man: Upon a Star episode 1
Air date DVD-only
Episode Guide
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Appearance in Japan, known as Landing in Japan (日本上陸) in Japan, is the first episode of the Mega Man: Upon a Star OVA.


Young Yuuta Kobayashi stays up late playing Mega Man 5 on his NES and falls asleep, his fingers hitting the "pause" button as he does so. Inside the game, Mega Man is frozen in place as Dr. Wily takes advtanage of a portal to the real world and jumps out of the game. Mega Man and Rush give chase, and him and the Kobayahsi family team up as Mega Man learns about Japan while trying to stop Wily.



Cultural lessons

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The Japanese culture learned covers how people drive their cars, bullet trains, ninjas, Japanese school, cram school, geography, and Mt. Fuji.


  • The Nintendo unit that Yuuta is using is the second version of the console that was released in 1992, shortly after the Super NES was released. The look of the unit is similar to the SNES' in that the game catridge loads up top and the controller scheme is identical.
  • In the Japanese version, all the characters were referred to by their American names.
  • In this episode, Mega Man kicks a soccer ball at Samurai Man using Charge Kick. This type of attack would later be applied to the Mega Ball weapon in Mega Man 8.
  • This episode was apparently shown as an after school special on some stations (maybe those airing the Mega Man cartoon) in 1994, and on TV Tokyo in Japan that same year.
  • Yuuta has history class (he is learning about Napoleon) in the English version, but in the Japanese version, the teacher simply says to open their textbooks to a specific section.


Layer error

  • When Dr. Wily calls the Mega Man 5 Robot Masters in Mt. Fuji, a layer error makes Wily appear in front of the robots instead of behind them, giving the impression that they have a big size difference.
  • When Akane starts up Mega Man 5 to get Beat and Proto Man out, the text on the TV is Japanese, but when Yuuta starts the game to bring Wily back it's in English.
  • The surrounding of Napalm Man's eyes are green in the scene he is attacked by Beat.
  • Some sources list this as the second episode.