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A new Mega Man animated series will debut in 2017

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Just in time for the character's 30th anniversary, a Mega Man animated series is set to land on TV screens in 2017. Capcom today announced that a new series is being co-developed by animation companies Dentsu Entertainment USA and Man of Action Entertainment, the outfit behind Cartoon Network's Ben 10 series and recent Academy Award-winning Disney outing Big Hero 6. The series will be 26 episodes long, presumably with more episodes to come if the show finds success.

In a statement accompanying the official release, Man of Action writer Duncan Rouleau stated that working on a new Mega Man series would be exciting. "The 1990s Mega Man TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time," he said. "Mega Man is a character that is even more relevant for today’s kids, and we are really looking forward to creating something new that still respects the long tradition of the character."

Maybe Mega Man needs a return to the spotlight

It's an interesting time for Capcom's flagship character, and his return to the small screen is welcome if somewhat curious. Despite the Blue Bomber's more recent appearances in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, his own series hasn't seen an official entry in years, and his creator, Keiji Inafune, is preparing to launch a whole new series without him. Meanwhile, the character's Archie comic series sells decently, but is far from a chart-topper. Maybe Mega Man is due for a return to the spotlight.