MEEEEEEH…..RRYYYYYYYYYYY….. 2012

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In case you're not up on this particularly bit of Japanese meme-ery, we'll let you read Heat's explanation of it from last year, which you can find here. Don't worry, we'll wait.

All done? Great! So as it happens, Rockman X manga artist Yoshihiro Iwamoto has once more continued this little tradition of his, but with a twist! After all, this year's holiday season encompasses the 25th anniversary of the Blue Bomber, and with the two events but a week apart, he couldn't let such a time of two great things coming together go by unnoticed, could he?

So read on for his special one-two much of Mega Man and "Merry Christmas!"

First up, it's Mega Man! Or perhaps more appropriately, "Rockman," as rendered by Iwamoto-- a relatively rare event, all said!

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Accompanying it is the following message:

おはようございます。 折角のクリスマスイヴなのに中耳炎になったようです。 風邪の置き土産のようです。 いや、素人診断ですけどね。 間が悪く振り替え休日なのでお医者さんは明日に。

で、本日はD-Artsロックマンが届くはず。 楽しみ!!

では、今年の分のイラストをアップしておきますね。

良いクリスマスを^^

Run through Google Translator, it says:

Good morning. It seems to otitis media has become a long-awaited Christmas Eve. It's like a souvenir placement of the cold. No, but it is an amateur diagnosis. The doctor to be transferred between the holiday tomorrow so bad.

In, today is D-Arts Rockman must be reached. Fun! !

So keep up the illustration of the minutes of this year.

A good Christmas ^ ^

Update: And from Will Tice in the comments below, a real translation:

Good morning. Even though it's the long-awaited Christmas Eve, it seems I've come down with an ear infection. It's like a parting gift from my cold. Well, it's just an amateur diagnosis. Unluckily, it's a substitute holiday, so I'll see the doctor tomorrow.

Well then, today the D-Arts Rockman is arriving. I'm excited!!

Now then, I'm uploading this year's illustration. Have a good Christmas ^^

But wait-- Here Comes a New Challenger!!!

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ごめんみんな…。 風邪と中耳炎で調子が悪い…^^;

なのでチョイ早いけど…。

今年も楽しいクリスマスを!!

黄色はじゃんけん!!

Google Translated:

I'm sorry ... everyone. Upset with otitis media and cold ... ^ ^;

So early ... but I Choi.

Christmas fun this year!

Yellow rock, paper, scissors! !

Heat could provide a better translation, I'm sure, but it sounds like something about the media has him down, yet he's otherwise in high spirits. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, too, Mr. Iwamoto!

Update: And the rest of Will Tice's translation:

Sorry everyone... I have a cold and ear infection, so my condition isn't great... ^^;

Because of that, I'm rather early, but...

Have a good Christmas this year!!

Yellow rock, paper, scissors!!

Thanks to Ghalheart for the tip!

Source: Iwamoto's Blog

MEEEEEEH.....RRYYYYYYYYYYY.....

CHRISTMAAAAAAAS!!  HYAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAAA-

Bit from Mega Man X3 may not seem like he has anything to do with Christmas, but fans of the Rockman X manga by Yoshihiro Iwamoto ought to know differently. An image that has become a meme among Rockman fans is the above frame of Bit, looking rather psychotic and screaming "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!" followed by an insane laugh.

On his homepage, Iwamoto has a yearly tradition of putting up a new, twisted picture of Bit with the infamous yell - this year's even features the Rockman X comic version figure. The quote has also become a typical Christmas greeting among Rockman fans, some of whom do their own Bit artwork. Doesn't it just fill you with warm Christmas cheer?

To be honest, I'm not very knowledgeable of the Rockman X manga series, and I don't know the context behind Bit's holiday outburst - perhaps someone more enlightened can say? Nevertheless, just some fun fan trivia to wish you a happy holiday this year! HYAHAHAHAA!!

Edit: Auto, who was in the mood for some holiday one-upmanship, also has an article up about the meme with an explanation on the context of Bit's Christmas greeting. And it's pretty much just as twisted as you might imagine!

Top image by K

Holiday Wishes from Rockman Online

As a small token of Christmas cheer at the Rockman Online blog, Alia presents this piece of artwork done up by one of the artists of the Hunter Agency who recently finished up his normal duties (they really do push the immersive thing with this). It's meant to depict the stalwart Hunters in action.

Personally I don't think it really screams holiday festivities, but it is an extremely cool image! Thank you, nameless Hunter artist!

And thanks for the tip, HeatPhoenix!

Your Mega Man Holiday Gift Guide

If you're still out looking for holiday gifts for pals, truth be told you're hitting crunch time pretty quick here. And truth be told, shopping online becomes something of a gamble now as we approach Christmas. But if you're willing to take a risk, or you have friends who won't take a belated gift personally, then check after the break. We've organized a nice selection of goods sure to please the Mega Man fan in your life. While time may be short, be sure to do your research! Some of these items are exclusive to specific retailers, but others you may be able to find and multiple shops, and multiple prices! And additionally, if you have your own suggestions for great Mega Man themed gifts, leave them in the comments! Just be sure it's something relatively affordable, and able to acquire quickly. I may even add it to the list!

GAMES

Of course, games are the most obvious choice! Truth be told this wasn't a terribly staggering year for Mega Man game releases (although it was for announcements), but you still have a few options. Not to mention, a lot of the more recent DS titles from the Star Force and ZX series you probably still ought to be able to pick up at local stores or online shops.

Mega Man Zero Collection ($30): A pretty good value for this Nintendo DS title, containing four well received action games in one package, plus some extras. It seems the Zero Collection was released in a fairly limited production, and you might have trouble finding it at retail stores now. However, Amazon still has you covered.

Where to buy: Amazon, Toys R Us

Mega Man 9/10 ($10 each): If you and your friend have an internet enabled Wii, and exchanged friend codes, you can always buy a copy of Mega Man 9 or Mega Man 10 to gift to them. Both are great action games. Of course, they are available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as well. Truth be told, whatever system you friend has, you might just want to get them a points card instead. If there's something from the online shop they really want, they can always put it towards that as well.

Where to buy: At respective console networks. However, game point cards can be purchased at Amazon, GameStop, etc.

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom ($30): Ok, not strictly a Mega Man game, but it DOES have Roll, Zero and Mega Man Volnutt. It's also pretty highly regarded as a fighting game, and definitely one of the best you can get on the Wii.

Where to buy: Amazon, Capcom Store

BOOKS

Oh man. Thanks to UDON you have PLENTY to choose from this year! All of these books are currently available through Amazon, with even the pricier Official Complete Works titles at good discount prices. However, you might also be able to still find them at your local comic book store, at least some of the more recent releases.

Mega Man Megamix ($12.95 per vol.): A three part series from renowned manga artist Hitoshi Ariga. Very popular for his own unique stance on the characteristics and designs of the Mega Man universe while also following the game canon pretty closely. The manga westerners have begged for over a decade long!

Where to buy: Amazon (volume 1, volume 2, volume 3)

Mega Man ZX ($12.95 per vol.): The two part manga series covering Mega Man ZX. Truth be told I am not personally familiar with this manga. However, Matt Moylan at UDON has in the past commented the artwork is incredibly gorgeous. Personally, I would also imagine the ZX storyline lends itself to manga quite well.

Where to buy: Amazon (volume 1, volume 2)

Mega Man Official Complete Works ($39.99): The all-time greatest Mega Man art book to ever be released! 200 pages of artwork spanning over 20 years of the Mega Man series. Also contains plenty of commentary from series founder Keiji Inafune and other artists who have worked on the series. A little pricy, though Amazon currently has it for a third off of its original price!

Where to buy: Amazon

Mega Man X Official Complete Works ($39.99): Like the above mentioned book, this enormous tome covers the entire Mega Man X series. Chock full of art and commentary. Sad to say, if your friend is a big Mega Man X fan, he probably already owns this! Again, available for a third off at Amazon.

Where to buy: Amazon

TOYS

Truth be told, there's not too much in the way of toys and figures that doesn't require importing, which is both costly and time consuming. However, I did come up with a few things of interest. Of course, you can always try your hand at searching Amazon if you're determined. They do still have some older toys, such as the Jazwares Retro Roto figures, offered by third party sellers.

Kotobukiya Rockman Figure Kit (roughly $36): It's an import, but this is one of the coolest Rockman figures to ever be released. Sadly, Roll and Blues won't make it in time for the holidays, though I suppose they are options as well if your friend doesn't mind it being as much as a month late! A handful of online importers ought to have these. Of the two I use most frequently, Hobby Link Japan does still have some stock, and is currently offering them at 20% off.

Where to buy: Hobby Link Japan

Mega Man Kubrick Figure ($39.95): This one is a bit pricey, but it's surely one of the most unique Mega Man figures you'll ever see. Only 500 of these English edition figures were made. Comes with a clear "Bearbrick" figure with the Mega Man 1-Up emblem.

Where to buy: Capcom Store

Proto Man Kubrick Figure ($39.95): Yep, just like the above figure, but this one of Proto Man. If you buy both figures together, you can save $10! But it's still pretty expensive...

Where to buy: Capcom Store

Servbot Bobble Budd (LOL Face) ($9.95): Surprise! You may have thought these were out of stock. The original version is, but the LOL version unveiled at PAX is still being carried by Capcom. And it's a much more affordable price! Definitely a cool and unique toy; this bobble head packs up into itself!

Where to buy: Capcom Store

APPAREL

If your Mega Man loving friend or relative seems to have all the goods, then you can opt to let him express his fandom instead. Some interesting Mega Man themed clothing has released in recent months. Hot Topic has also carried various Mega Man themed shirts before, though currently their website does not list any Mega Man related products. However, here is some cool stuff you can get.

8-Bit Mega Man T-Shirt ($17.95): This is without a doubt the most plain Mega Man shirt you could buy. And that's all there really is to say about that!

Where to buy: Capcom Store

Mega Man 9 T-Shirt ($17.95): A much cooler shirt, this one featuring the faux retro Mega Man 9 cover art! Word of caution though, Capcom only has XS and XXL sizes available. So, hopefully the receiver is considerably small or considerably large!

Where to buy: Capcom Store

Mega Man Zero Collection T-Shirt ($19.95): A pretty cool shirt. The design was chosen as a winner from a contest held on Capcom Unity earlier this year. Unfortunately only the XL size is available at this time.

Where to buy: Capcom Store

Mega Mistake T-Shirt (starts at $18.95): A very uniquely designed shirt, and a personal favorite of mine. Any long time Mega Man fan knows the feeling that this short portrays!

Where to buy: Split Reason Clothing

Super Fighting Robot T-Shirt (starts at $17.95): Another pretty unique and stylish shirt. This would be a good shirt for the fan who wants to keep it a little toned down and modest.

Where to buy: Level Up Studios, Shark Robot

El Hombre de Proto T-Shirt (starts at $17.95): A very pronounced and striking red shirt. Great for the Proto Man fan who's feeling a bit revolutionary. Proto Man usually keeps a lower profile than this, but still a very cool shirt.

Where to buy: Shark Robot

MISCELLANEOUS

And finally, here are just some other odds and ends that your giftee may appreciate.

E-Mug ($28): Ok, this one sort of doesn't count. Because of the huge demand for these, current pre-orders won't be shipped until next month! However it is still quite a cool gift, even if it comes late. With its huge size, that morning coffee will count! And it also comes with a custom designed coaster.

Where to buy: Fangamer

E is for Energy Tank Mug ($8.99): Or, if you can't wait, you can buy this E Tank themed mug instead. A bit more of a traditional mug shape and size, but also a bit more affordable. Actually have to wonder if this is a new product, I haven't seen it before!

Where yo buy: Think Geek

Mega Man 9 Original Soundtrack ($24.95): Ok, so technically it's the Rockman 9 soundtrack. Semantics schmemantics! While not terribly new, this is a great gift for the Mega Man fan or video game music lover. Over 30 tracks of delicious Mega Man 9 chiptune music!

Where to buy: Capcom Store

Mega Man Star Force 3 DS Protection Kit ($14.95): For the avid DS player, this kit will give you a protective shell for your handheld. Comes with replaceable face images themed after Mega Man Star Force 3. Also comes with three game cases, a stylus, and an 8-bit Mega Man screen cleaner. Comes in both DS Lite and DSi version.

Where to buy: Capcom Store (DS Lite version, DSi version)

Mega Man Re-Stik ($50): Hau-kay, wow. This is definitely for only the most cravenly hardcore Mega Man fans. And for the cost you'd better like them a lot! These are specially designed, restickable Mega Man sprite wall stickers. These stickers will greatly Megafy any room or office.

Where to buy: Blik, Capcom Store

Enjoy the Holidays... A Hokey Dr. Wily Christmas Special

Well today is that spirited, festive day. Hopefully you are having a great time celebrating with family, getting presents, eating delicious food and playing some awesome games. But if you do have some free time in all that, and just happen to be stumbling over this site today, then here's a little something else to get you in the spirits. Dr. Wily style.

This is a little cartoon short Andrew Dickman and I made six years ago. I imagine Andy would be pretty embarrassed that I'm bringing it back up, but fortunately he's away visiting family right now. Wasn't sure I'd be able to find it, and I had to boot up an older computer to go grab it. Anyway, it's pretty silly. I wrote the script for it and arranged the Mega Man tunes used in it, while Andy animated it and did the voice acting (basically, all the hard stuff). I know it seems pretty sloppy, but after we got the script and some other stuff together, Andy only had two days to animate it.

It may be pretty corny, but I hope you at least get a little laugh out of it (though I'll admit that Dr. Wily's present at the end isn't very funny). And of course, I hope everyone has a wonderful, happy holiday today. Merry Christmas!