|For the 2018 cartoon based on the Mega Man classic series, see Mega Man: Fully Charged.|
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.
- Episode 1: The Beginning
- Episode 2: Electric Nightmare
- Episode 3: The Big Shake
- Episode 4: Mega-Pinocchio
- Episode 5: Incredible Shrinking Mega Man
- Episode 6: Bot Transfer
- Episode 7: Ice Age
- Episode 8: Cold Steel
- Episode 9: Future Shock
- Episode 10: Robosaur Park
- Episode 11: The Strange Island Of Doctor Wily
- Episode 12: The Mega Man In The Moon
- Episode 13: 20,000 Leaks Under The Sea
- Episode 14: Campus Commandos
- Episode 15: The Day The Moon Fell
- Episode 16: Showdown At Red Gulch
- Episode 17: Terror of The Seven Seas
- Episode 18: Mega Dreams
- Episode 19: Robo-Spider
- Episode 20: Master of Disaster
- Episode 21: Night of The Living Monster Bots
- Episode 22: Curse of The Lion Men
- Episode 23: Brain Bots
- Episode 24: Bro Bots
- Episode 25: Bad Day At Peril Park
- Episode 26: Mega X
- Episode 27: Crime of The Century (Finale)
- Ian James Corlett - Mega Man, Rush, Snake Man, Metal Man, Mr. Zero, Karate Bot, Chef Bot, Bobby's father (ep. 25), Rudy, Officer (ep. 1), Security Guard (ep. 2), Robo Officers (ep. 2), Officers (ep. 6), Chief (ep. 7), Security Chief (ep. 18), Robo Waiter (ep. 19)
- Scott McNeil - Proto Man, Dr. Wily, Eddie, Drill Man, Mayor (ep. 14), Inspector Hedley, Chauffeur Bot (ep. 5), Guard (ep. 7), Driver (ep. 8), Robo Guards (ep. 9), Guards (ep. 10), Civil Defense Bot (ep. 10), Worker (ep. 12), Station Commander (ep. 12), Security Bot 1 (ep. 15), Guard Bot (ep. 17), Security Commander (ep. 18), Conductor Bot (ep. 19), Brainwashed adult (ep. 25), Security Guard (ep. 27)
- Jim Byrnes - Dr. Light, Quick Man, Gravity Man, Top 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, Pharaoh Man, Elec Man, Ice Man, Air Man, Crash Man, Magnet Man, Shadow Man, Drill Man, Toad Man, Hard Man, Dive Man, Dust Man, Crystal Man, Star Man, Wave Man, Dr. Petto, Otto Raptor, Professor Hanson, Tarr, Brain Bot, Hotel Manager (ep. 6), Male Tourist (ep. 6), Computer (ep. 7, 16, 19), Scientist 1 (ep. 9), Construction workers (ep. 11), Painter Bot (ep. 14), Student Bot (ep. 14), Head Scientist (ep. 16), Security Bot 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 Man, Ring Man, Gyro Man, Spark Man (later in episode), Needle Man, Heat Man, Stone Man, Mayor (ep. 1, 4, 27), Captain Evans, Morris, Mr. Rozenko, General Hawthorne, Lotos, Franken Bot, Robo Officers (ep. 2), Officer (ep. 3), Cop-Bot (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, Spark Man (earlier in episode)
- Louise Valance - Janet, Mary's mother
- Phil Hayes
- Marcus Turner - Ramon
- Shirley Milliner - Ms Lapierre, Ms Pendergast, Principal (ep. 7)
- Kaitlyn Stewart - Annie
- Michael Donovan - Mega Man X, Uncle Jet, Scientist 2 (ep. 9)
- Jay Brazeau - Eugene Peister
- Crystaleen O'Bray - Tina
- Christopher Turner - Bobby (ep. 25, uncredited)
- Venus Terzo - Funworld employee, Female park patrons (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.
- 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.
- 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 cancelled by Capcom. This was reported on the popular fan site Mega Man Home Page, but the reference to the cancelled 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.
- The composers of the music heard on the Mega Man show and its main theme are from John Mitchell and Tom Keenlyside.
- Mega Man's background music was subsequently used in Ocean Studio's dub for the Dragon Ball Z anime series.
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.
Home Video History
- Episodes were released on VHS by Sony Wonder beginning in January 1995.
- The entire series was released on 2 DVD sets by ADV Films in 2003. Both sets are now out-of-print. In 2009, ADV Films re-released the 1st half of the series, but was shut down in 2009. Discotek Media released the entire series on September 30, 2014.
- 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.
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.
- 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. The series also featured characters from this cartoon in its Short Circuits humor comics, notably having several of them appear in Mega Man #55.
- 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. There were more toys that were in production that were also scrapped as a result.
- Dr. Wily was originally going to have a British accent, and Proto Man was to have been voiced by Ian James Corlett, Mega Man's voice actor, after Kaj-Erik Erikson was fired. Wily's design was also more faithful to the games, as was Proto Man's, but Bass and a third season were a rumor and the show was complete at 27 episodes.
- Characters (cartoon versions): The game characters that appear on the show and comparisons to their video game counterparts.
- Other Characters: Characters who appeared only in the cartoon.
- Locations: The various settings of certain episodes.
- Equipment: The machines used by Mega Man.
- Merchandise: A list of merchandise based on the cartoon.
- ↑ Protodude's Rockman Corner: Original Mega Man Cartoon Pitch Unearthed.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Interview with Joe Ruby on the American Mega Man cartoon.
- ↑ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-6325189_ITM
- ↑ Letter page of Mega Man #13.
- ↑ http://siphersaysstuff.tumblr.com/post/8519989554/joerubbyinterview