100,000 Strong to Represent at Mega Rock Fan Festa, Seeking Funding for Big Project

249158_462879903786256_115459473_n A few months ago, we brought you word of a new fan-run event to celebrate Mega Man in Tokyo, Japan, called "Mega Rock Fan Festa." Some new information has come up about the event, including the attendance of Hitoshi Ariga, Ippo Yamada, and Yoshihiro Iwamoto.

What's more, 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 will have representation there from the Japanese branch of the effort. And by the sound of things, they have some very big plans in store for the event, though they've declined to elaborate further at this time except to say that "it's liable to obtain unfathomable amounts of mainstream coverage." Very interesting.

Unfortunately, these plans require funding, and while they've obtained a significant amount from their Japanese supporters, they're still a little bit short. If you'd like to contribute to the cause-- even for curiosity's sake-- then you can PayPal whatever you're willing to chip in to milktea[at]milcoco.net until June 10th, which is the cutoff date for the project.

If curiosity or simply supporting the movement isn't enough for you, however, there are also rewards that will be in effect for those who donate, with everyone who chips in receiving a copy of this mysterious project after Mega Rock Fan Festa concludes. According to Skybane Zero, "As someone who actually knows what this project is, let me reassure you all that your money is not going to waste in the least. This is the kind of thing that I'm sure many of you would happily fund on Kickstarter just to have a chance to experience it for yourselves!"

To give an idea of the scope of the project, they go on to reveal that they have enlisted the help of illustrator Hideki Ishikawa (who worked on Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Legends 2, among numerous other Mega Man titles from the Super NES/PlayStation era) to draw all of the artwork for the event. For those who don't recognize the name, here is one well-known sample of his work:

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Additionally, a smaller-scale western project will be making the rounds at the event as well. They'll also be showing off footage from the rocket launch (which has run into some editing complications at the moment) to help make those on the Japanese side of things more aware of the passion for the movement worldwide.

"Honestly, there's no way for me to fully express just how much I think this event could benefit our movement," Skybane Zero says. "This is practically the chance of a lifetime. Numerous iconic people in the Mega Man universe will be present for this, hundreds of passionate fans from all over Japan will be gathered, and above all, this event is taking place in Japan, where our main target, Capcom of Japan, is located. Giving a demonstration of our support in CoJ's own country is almost equivalent to being on their front lawn. Needless to say, the closer we are to them, the more likely our chances are of having our voices heard."

"Now," he continues, "I'm not saying that I think CoJ will be inspired by this show of passion enough to reinstate Legends 3. I'm not saying that they'll be touched enough to give us a proper apology (or reason) for cancelling the game. What I am saying, though, is this: if ever there was a chance to make them realize our passion, if ever there was a chance to convince them of the overwhelming demand for Mega Man Legends, now would be that time. So, by all means, if you'd like to see these plans come to fruition as much as we would, we'd greatly appreciate your donations!"

Of course, beyond Mega Man Legends, this is also a great opportunity to show how much passion there is for Mega Man in general. We wish 100,000 Strong the best of luck in reaching their goal and getting the project underway-- we're dying to see what it is!

Celebrate! Rockman Manga Artists Contribute Original Anniversary Art to R20+5

1ee7fc38 Rockman Unity has shared some more of the new artwork added to the R20+5: Rockman and Rockman X Official Complete Works art book, each by a different Rockman manga artist celebrating the Blue Bomber's 25th anniversary. Above, you can see the contribution of Ryo Takamisaki, who you might remember as the creator of the Rockman.EXE manga that was localized here by Viz as MegaMan NT Warrior.

Read on to see Hitoshi Ariga (Mega Man Megamix and Mega Man Gigamix) and Yoshihiro Iwamoto's (Rockman X) respective pieces. Thanks for the tip, Oakie620!

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Special Ariga and Iwamoto Battle Memory Cards Coming to Xover

iwamotocardThe big surprise is now out. In commemoration of Rockman's 25th anniversary, Rockman Xover will be offering two special Battle Memory cards featuring exclusive artwork by manga artists Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto. The Iwamoto card, featuring X, is available from now until January 15th, 2013. After that, Ariga's card (yet to be revealed) will be available from January 16th to the 31st. All registered players will be able to obtain the special cards during these periods.

You can also take a look at the Rockman Xover birthday page for some nifty 25th anniversary sketches by Iwamoto and Ariga!

News Credit: CAP Kobun

From 1UP: Mega Man's Comic Career & The Social Retrospective

Finishing off this week's 1UP Cover Story, "Mega Man: 25 Years of Theme-Park Levels and Stolen Robot Powers," is a two-story main event for the weekend.

First up is Jeremy Parish's "Mega Man: The Social Retrospective," which is described as "a randomly irreverent trip through the history of Capcom's robot hero." This collects the many posts made over the past month in celebration of the Blue Bomber's 25th anniversary on 1UP's Tumblr account, with lots of fun tidbits and images.

The other story is one we've alluded to throughout the week, "Mega Man's Comic Career: The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre." Here, Nadia Oxford and I look back at the past and the present, the good and the bad, and overall some of the most noteworthy instances of Mega Man in print. It's by no means a thorough list, but rather provides some of the high and lowlights of his career.

Special thanks go out to Ian Flynn and the Archie Comics crew, UDON Entertainment, and Dr. Neko for my part, while Nadia would like to extend thanks to The Mechanical Maniacs and Rodrigo Shin for hers.

And that's it for 1UP's Mega Man Cover Story this week; we hope you've enjoyed it!

R20 Art Book Getting Powered Up

R20: Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works (released in the west by UDON as separate volumes) is easily one of the best and most definitive art books for the Mega Man series. And in honor of Mega Man's 25th anniversary, it's going to get republished with additional content as "R20: Revised Edition" (currently a tentative name).

To bolster the book's contents, manga artists Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto will be submitting special illustrations just for the book. Other additions are being planned, but will come to light at a later date. I'd wager that Mega Man 9 and 10's contents would likely be added, since they came out after the original "R20" was published.

Additionally, a major Q&A for all Mega Man series artists is being prepped (which even includes Xover), and they want fans to contribute their questions. If you use Twitter, you can submit your questions with the hashtag "#R20増補" for consideration. You can submit as many as you like, but certainly not all of them can be addressed (and I doubt all your "why is Capcom killing Mega Man?" questions will be). The deadline for questions is October 11th at 1PM, Japan time.

With as awesome as the original R20 was, I can only hope they'll add plenty more!

News Credit: Rockman Unity

Happy Birthday to Hitoshi Ariga

Today marks the birthday of Mr. Hitoshi Ariga, and we just wanted to wish him the happiest one he could possibly have (and maybe a job working for Capcom heading up the Mega Man brand). For those who have been living under one of Guts Man's rocks, or are simply fresh off the assembly line, Ariga is a longstanding fan-favorite artist who has worked with Mega Man-- or Rockman, if you would like to be technical-- for many years. Beginning with Rockman Remix, which included a couple of Classic Rockman tales in addition to an adaptation of one of Bandai's Rockman X MegaMission card sets, he has created a number of other manga based on the Blue Bomber, filling out a series of three Rockman Megamix and three Rockman Gigamix volumes.

More recently, much of his work has been adapted under the Mega Man name and released in North America by UDON Entertainment. Furthermore, his was the guiding hand which brought together the R20 art compilation, known better to some as the Mega Man Official Complete Works and Mega Man X Official Complete Works, also released in North America by UDON. He has also developed short manga and illustrations for the Rockman 9 Arrange Soundtrack, ZX Tunes, and Chiptuned Rockman.

In addition, he also designed the Robot Masters Dynamo Man and Burner Man for Mega Man & Bass, for which he also designed the Super Famicom box art. Outside of Mega Man, some might recognize his work from the Star Wars and The Big O manga.

Suffice to say, he's done quite a bit. He even gave us all a special treat on his first visit to North America in 2010, when answered questions and showed us his idea for how Bass and Ice Man's hair would look.

Now that you know what the man has done and that it's his big day, there's just one thing left for you to do: If you're a deviantART member, go there and wish him a happy birthday (and maybe check out some of the works he's posted there). Or, if you're on Twitter, you can wish him well there, too.

Don't Worry, Ariga is Working On It!

Last year, Hitoshi Ariga mentioned that he was working on a new Mega Man project, but has been pretty silent about it since of course. That's no reason to think nothing is progressing, though. Granted, I know a lot of you are eager and have been pestering at him about it. As a result, Ariga gives us this statement via DeviantArt:

Whoa, now I'm getting ambushed by all kinds of clever questions! Maybe I shouldn't have said anything at all? ;) When we were working to release Gigamix in Japan, it took a long time to get it all together properly and I was grateful for everyone who showed excitement over it. With this new project, I hope I can count on everyone to once again be patient with us as we work to produce something that will delight you!

The one thing I hope you'll all believe is that I love Mega Man with a passion! ... even if most of my tweets lately have been about Pokemon. (lol)

I promise I will make announcements as soon as there is new information I'm allowed to announce! Until then, I hope you'll all stick with me!

In other words, leave the guy be! He's got a family, plus Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 just came out! Like many things Mega Man right now, the info will come out when it's ready to come out.

Of course, by all means continue letting him know how awesome his work is!

News via GoNintendo

Trivia Time: The Mega Man-Bravoman Connection

A little something different today... Did You Know: Many manga creators, or "mangaka," often use pseudonyms in their work? And as it so happens, one such creator who does so is none other than fan favorite Hitoshi Ariga, creator of the Mega Man Megamix and Mega Man Gigamix manga available from UDON Entertainment.

Recently, Ariga explained the origin of his pen name with a picture posted to deviantArt of Namco Bandai video game hero Bravoman. Ariga explains that it was his affinity for the game and the civilian identity of Bravoman, known in Japan as "Hitoshi Nakamura" (Arnold in the West), that he drew his professional name from. Hmm, we wonder if that means it would be okay to call him "Arnold" if he should visit from overseas again...

In any case, part of the reason this came up is that UDON has recently begun publishing a webcomic based on Bravoman, which is being written by Matt Moylan, a name some of you no doubt recognize from his work with the company's many Mega Man projects. Give it a look, and you can find out more about the comic here.

It may not hurt to familiarize yourself; after all, there's a chance Bravoman could show up alongside Mega Man X and the other heroes in the upcoming Project X Zone.

UDON's Breakfast with Hitoshi Ariga

Ariga holding Mega Man: GigamixWith Gigamix 3 finally out to North America, one has to wonder how the artist himself feels about his epic story coming to an end. Chris, Erik, and Steven Cummings of UDON caught up with Hitoshi Ariga himself to ask him a few questions about his series, including some back story about the ending (If you read my review on Gigamix Vol2, might not be so surprising), as well as how he feels about his English audience.

Since we're all wondering what will be new for the Mega Man franchise during the Blue Bomber's 25th year, UDON questioned Ariga what the future might hold.

At this moment, I am working on a couple things that I can’t really mention, unfortunately. I’ve also been helping on some game work. I am looking forward to doing more Mega Man stuff, but there is nothing that has been announced yet. And of course, it is important to me that Gigamix has reached a North American audience at last.

Sounds like good things are on the way!

Definitely check out the full interview over on UDON's blog