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For the manga, see MegaMan NT Warrior (manga).

MegaMan NT Warrior, known as Rockman.EXE (ロックマンエグゼ Rokkuman Eguze) in Japan, is the first season of the Japanese animated series based on the Mega Man Battle Network video game series. It loosely covers the events of Mega Man Battle Network 1, 2, and 3.

History

The series is the second animated series in the Mega Man franchise after the 1994 series, and is the longest running Mega Man TV show to date, having spawned four more seasons totaling 209 episodes and a film. The first of the next seasons, Axess, was dubbed in English while Stream, Beast, and Beast+, and the movie, Hikari to Yami no Program, set during Stream, only aired in Japan.

It would later be succeeded by MegaMan Star Force, set 200 years in the future, which spawned a second season that only aired in Japan, Ryuusei no Rockman Tribe.

The Wonderswan Color video game Rockman.EXE WS features an rough retelling of the first season of the anime as its plot.

Plot

Rockman.EXE logo.

For characters in the anime, see List of MegaMan NT Warrior characters.

The season is split into two parts, known as “First Area” and “Second Area” in Japan. While some stories were influenced by the games, it heavily diverges from the source material in terms of how events are played out and when they happen. Such as the N1 Grand Prix, an event from BN3, happening before Gospel becomes a threat, the main antagonist organization of BN2.

The "First Area" of season one contains story elements of the original Mega Man Battle Network and Battle Network 3. It details the adventures of Lan Hikari and his new NetNavi MegaMan.EXE as they battle against Mr. Wily and his criminal organization World Three. Lan and MegaMan meet many new friends and learn about the Program Advance while preparing to face off against their rivals Chaud Blaze and ProtoMan.EXE during the N1 Grand Prix. The First Area ends with the revival of PharaohMan.EXE and the deletion and revival of MegaMan.

The "Second Area" starts with episode 27 and contains a loose adaptation of Mega Man Battle Network 2. It follows Lan and MegaMan’s adventures around the world as a prize for winning second place in the N1 Grand Prix. Lan, MegaMan, and the rest of their friends then battle against the Net Mafia Grave and learn about Bass. MegaMan gains the power of Style Change and new technology sets the background for Axess. Chisao from the third game also debuts and a Life Virus acts as the final threat of the season in episode 56, mirroring the final battle of the original Battle Network.

List of episodes

In the English dub, certain episodes were omitted, aired out of date and/or censored. Also the original American broadcast Kids' WB created two episodes that were edited down from multiple episodes: ( There's No 'I' in Team (Part 1) / There's No 'I' in Team (Part 2) and (DenTech City's Deep Freeze! / Crimson Flash).

Japanese Ep. # Dub Ep. # Title Original air date Dub air date
1 1 Jack-in! MegaMan! March 4, 2002 May 17, 2003
2 2 Subway Scramble! March 11, 2002 May 24, 2003
3 3 Traffic Signal Chaos! March 18, 2002 May 31, 2003
4 4 Count to Three! March 25, 2002 June 7, 2003
5 5 Robotic Fish Gone Wild! April 1, 2002 June 14, 2003
6 43 Ice Ice Baby! April 8, 2002 November 24, 2004
7 44 Game Off! April 15, 2002 November 25, 2004
8 45 Hot Tempers! April 22, 2002 November 29, 2004
9 6 The Yoga Warrior! April 29, 2002 June 21, 2003
10 7 N1 Grand Prix! May 6, 2002 June 28, 2003
11 8 Skullmania! May 13, 2002 July 4, 2003
12 9 Wacky Madness & Blazing Battles! (Part 1) May 20, 2002 July 14, 2003
13 10 Wacky Madness & Blazing Battles! (Part 2) May 27, 2002 July 19, 2003
14 11 Street Fight! June 3, 2002 July 26, 2003
15 12 The Legendary Program Advance! June 17, 2002 August 2, 2003
16 13 The Solo NetNavis! June 24, 2002 August 9, 2003
17 14 Something's Fishy with Commander Beef! July 1, 2002 August 16, 2003
18 15 Evil Empress Roll! (Part 1) July 8, 2002 May 1, 2004
19 16 Evil Empress Roll! (Part 2) July 15, 2002 May 3, 2004
20 17 There's No "I" In Team (Part 1) July 22, 2002 May 4, 2004
21 18 There's No "I" In Team (Part 2) July 29, 2002 May 4, 2004
22 19 That Sinking Feeling! August 5, 2002 May 5, 2004
23 20 PharaohMan Reborn! August 12, 2002 May 6, 2004
24 21 Rebuilding MegaMan! August 19, 2002 May 7, 2004
25 22 MegaMan Lives! August 26, 2002 May 8, 2004
26 N/A Bizarre! Mystery of the Ghost Ship! September 2, 2002 Not aired
27 N/A To Become An Idol! September 9, 2002 Not aired
28 23 MegaMan Stolen! September 16, 2002 October 15, 2004
29 24 SnakeMan's Survival Seven September 24, 2002 October 22, 2004
30 46 Don't Mess with Mama Zap! September 30, 2002 November 30, 2004
31 47 The Great Curry Battle October 7, 2002 December 1, 2004
32 25 NetCity! October 14, 2002 May 15, 2004
33 26 The Virus Factory October 21, 2002 May 22, 2004
34 27 Electronic Money Panic! October 28, 2002 June 26, 2004
35 28 Countdown to Catastrophe! November 4, 2002 October 8, 2004
36 29 DenTech City's Deep Freeze! November 11, 2002 June 5, 2004
37 30 Crimson Flash! November 18, 2002 June 5, 2004
38 31 CutMan Brothers! November 25, 2002 Canada-only
39 48 Guess Who's Coming to NetBattle! December 2, 2002 December 2, 2004
40 49 Chess Mess! December 9, 2002 December 7, 2004
41 50 The Incredible Rush! December 16, 2002 December 8, 2004
42 32 Working for Grave December 23, 2002 July 10, 2004
43 N/A Take Me Out to the Ball Game! December 30, 2002 Not aired
44 34 KnightMan's Betrayal! January 6, 2003 July 3, 2004
45 35 To the Moon! January 13, 2003 June 12, 2004
46 36 Mr. Wily's Legacy! January 20, 2003 July 17, 2004
47 37 The NetMobile Grand Prix! January 27, 2003 June 19, 2004
48 38 The VirusBeast! February 3, 2003 July 24, 2004
49 39 Grave February 10, 2003 July 31, 2004
50 40 Bass February 17, 2003 August 7, 2004
51 41 The End of the End! February 24, 2003 August 14, 2004
52 N/A Secret of the Ayanokoji House! March 3, 2003 Not aired
53 51 The NetBattle of the Hearts! March 10, 2003 Canada-only
54 33 Chisao's in Town! March 17, 2003 November 23, 2004
55 52 From Here to Revolutionary PETs March 24, 2003 December 9, 2004
56 42 Virus Busters! March 31, 2003 August 21, 2004

Staff

Director Takao Kato
Series Composition Ken'ichi Araki
Supervisor Keiji Inafune
Yasuyuki Sagami
Character Design Mitsuru Ishihara
Prop Design Kōji Watanabe
Color Design Natsuyo Ban
Art Director Hachidai Takayama
Cinematographer Katsutoshi Hirose
Sound Director Aketagawa Jin
Music Katsumi Horii
Animation Production Xebec
Production TV Tokyo
NAS
Shogakukan Productions

Music

MegaMan NT Warrior edits out the entirety of the original Japanese soundtrack in favor of rock and techno songs. The intro and ending themes were replaced by a techno/video game theme.

Japanese intros

  1. "Rockman no Theme - Kaze wo Tsukinukete" (ロックマンのテーマ〜風を突き抜けて〜 Rokkuman no Tēma ~Kaze wo Tsukinukete~) by Jin Hashimoto (EXE)

Japanese endings

  1. "Piece of Peace" by mica (EXE, eps 1-25)
  2. "Begin the TRY" (begin the TRY) by Shōtarō Morikubo (EXE, eps 26-56)

NT Warrior English Dub

MegaMan NT Warrior logo.

"It is the year 200X, and it is almost like living in a video game. I'm Lan Hikari, welcome to DenTech City, where the whole city is linked together through a cyber matrix that connects everything. My friends and I have these powerful handhelds called PET that lets us battle in a virtual world with our cyber-warriors. They are called NetNavis; and my NetNavi is MegaMan. There's also an evil force, World Three, which wreaks havoc in the City by infecting the cyber matrix with computer viruses! Along with our friends and their personal net-warriors, MegaMan and I are gonna delete these viruses, and rinse society of all chaos and crime. Jack In! MegaMan! Power Up!"
—Lan Hikari's introduction from the English dub

The MegaMan NT Warrior English dub was done by VIZ Media and produced at Ocean Studios. The dub contains many notorious traits by other dubbed kids anime at the time. These include straying away from the Japanese script, adding dialogue that wasn't there, names are changed from the English video game, giving characters random accents, complete soundtrack change, cut out scenes for time, and heavy censorship. The initial broadcast also suffers from reorganized episode airings, skipping entire stories to get to the N1 Grand Prix faster, then later skipping to get to the introduction of Net City faster. The initial American broadcast also had 2 episodes that were edited down version of multiple episodes. The entirety of this season's dub came out in DVD and are censored like the broadcast.

The English dub has an "announcer" for events that happen on the internet, such as a NetNavi being deleted or logged out (i.e., the announcer saying “MegaMan logging out” when MegaMan returns to his PET) where as there was none in the original Japanese dub.

In the English dub of the show, the episodes Ice Ice Baby!, Hot Tempers!, and Game Off!, which featured Maddy, Mr. Match, and Count Zap's rematches with Lan and MegaMan respectively, were all shown towards the end of the season rather than at the beginning of the season like the original Japanese version, making it seem as if the World Three had become active again after Grave was defeated. In the original Japanese version, the World Three stayed disbanded and its members had become more like allies to Lan and MegaMan at that point. This is reinforced in the dub of Axess, where Mr. Match vows the defeated the two one day, whereas in the Japanese version he was simply happy to help them defeat PlantMan.

Alternate English dub

TODAY Singapore newspaper excerpt on Rockman EXE.

An alternate English dub of the first season, done by Voicework Unlimited, was made for the South-East Asian markets with a script that faithfully followed the original’s with no episodes cut out. The show also kept the Japanese names, terms, and the original Japanese soundtrack. However like NT Warrior, some characters were given random accents.

It aired in Singapore on Kids Central [1] from 2005 to 2007. All 56 episodes were released in two VCD sets with the Chinese dub, they're split Ep. 1-27 and Ep. 28-56. While it's lost to time as to how the show aired on TV, this release, unlike the NT Warrior DVDs, is uncensored.

Broadcasters

Japan: TV Tokyo

USA: Cartoon Network, Kids' WB and Toonami Jetstream

Canada: TELETOON

United Kingdom: Jetix

Latin America and Brazil: Jetix and Rede Globo (Brazilian broadcast)

Spain: Jetix

Portugal: SIC and Canal Panda

Hungary: A+ and RTL Klub

Poland: Jetix

Australia: Cartoon Network and Network Ten

Singapore: Kids Central

Home Media

In Japan, the series was released across 65 DVD volumes containing all five seasons as well as a separate DVD release for the film. The first season was also released on VHS. Rental stores had different DVD art than retail DVDs to differentiate them.

In America, only the first season of MegaMan NT Warrior was released across 13 volumes. The DVDs include only the censored English dub and the Latin America Spanish dub.

Reception

MegaMan NT Warrior achieved popularity among Japanese viewing audiences. According to a viewership sample conducted in the Kantō region by Video Research, the anime drew in an average of 4.5% and a maximum of 5.9% of households during the last year of its original run.[2]

Gallery

Trivia

  • Episodes 18 and 30 are absent on the anime's English official site, leaving it with 50 episodes, causing the numbering of the episodes from episode 18 onward to be wrong.
  • The letters "NT" in the anime's title stand for "Network Transmission" [3]. Hence, “Network Transmission Warrior”.
  • Dubs of many non-Asian countries are based on the MegaMan NT Warrior English dub, keeping the music changes, censorship, and dialogue changes.

See also

External links

References

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