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Mega Man

Mega Man is a Japanese-American animated television series is based on the game series of the same name. The TV series began on 11 September 1994 and ended on 10 December 1995 and was aired on many syndicated stations at the time.

It was produced by CapcomRuby-Spears ProductionsAshi Productions, and Ocean Productions.

Episodes

Season One

Season Two

Cast

  • Ian James Corlett - Mega Man, Rush, Snake ManMetal 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. WilyEddie, 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 ManGravity 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 ManDrill Man, Toad Man, Hard Man, Dive Man, Dust ManCrystal 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 ManRing Man, Gyro ManSpark Man (later in episode), Needle 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), 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.

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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]

Cancelled 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 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.[2]

Music

Home Video History

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    Episodes were released on VHS by Sony Wonder beginning in January 1995.[3]
  • 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.

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

  • In the 1993 promotional video, the announcer mistakenly refers to Elec Man as Bright Man.
  • 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.[4] 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.[2]
  • 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.[5]

See also

References


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