Ready for a Mighty No. 9 Animated Series?
A Mighty New Cartoon
In 2013, Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man series and producer behind dozens more, announced a new game, Mighty No. 9, from his studio Comcept. With funding via Kickstarter, Mighty No. 9 has been explained as a spiritual successor to the Mega Man series.
As Comcept released details about the game and early gameplay prototype videos, the new game's similarities to Mega Man became clearer and clearer. Plenty of fans rejoyced at the chance to play a game that would be Mega Man in all but name.
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What they likely didn’t expect, however, was a tie-in animated series. Japanese animation studio Digital Frontier has announced a partnership with Comcept through which they'll produce a new, original series starring the game's hero, Beck.
Digital Frontier is known for animated films such as Appleseed and Summer Wars, and has worked on games including Metal Gear Solid 4.
After they saw the success of Mighty No. 9’s Kickstarter (which raised $1 million USD in its first day), Digital Frontier approached Comcept about making a series. As of earlier this month, Digital Frontier has announced the new series as it now goes about the process of seeking international partners, producers, and voice actors.
Similar to the game, Beck is an unlikely hero tasked with saving humanity from a group of robots gone rogue. The teaser trailer doesn't get much deeper into the plot, but it introduces Beck as a likeable-but-bumbling cyborg who seems far from suited for his role. That is, until his arms begin to morph into machine guns, rocket launchers, and freeze rays, of course.
[Editor's Note: Just how well did that Kickstarter campaign do? About four times as well as it needed to. With leftovers.]
When Can we Play & Watch?
The Mighty No. 9 game is set for a Spring 2015 release on all major consoles, while the anime series is slated for quarter 2, 2016.
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AkihabaraNews contributor Greg Flynn is a Yokohama-based gaming, photography, and why-did-you-walk-so-far-across-Tokyo enthusiast. His interests range from chiptunes to chocolate chip cookies to inexpertly lobbing darts now and then.
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