Announcement Trailer for Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series

This news came along with the new funding campaign announcement, but seemed worthy enough of its own article here.

Comcept has partnered with Digital Frontier (Death Note, Resident Evil: Degeneration, Summer Wars) to bring us the following trailer for their latest project.

From the Digital Frontier webpage:

  • Series Overview
    "Half human, half robot, all Mighty"

    In the year 2099, humans have become dependent on robots not just for manual labor but also entertainment. The most powerful robots in the world fight in front of humans in a popular league called the Battle Colosseum.

    BECK is a small combat robot made to fight in the Battle Coliseum as a part of the MIGHTY NUMBERS, the strongest robots in the world. But since Beck is the only robot in the world with a human heart, he's also the only robot that gets scared in combat. The good news is that he also possesses the ability to turn into any other robot. The bad news is that since his emotions are wired to his abilities, he often finds himself malfunctioning in battle.

    One day a notorious engineer named DR. BLACKWELL releases a virus that infects every robot in the world...everyone except Beck. Dr. Blackwell remotely controls the infected Mighty Numbers to lead a rebellion to destroy mankind. Beck suddenly becomes the only robot available to stop the Mighty Numbers.

    As Beck tries to save the world, he will be joined by CALL, his overly serious robotic sidekick; DR. WHITE, the young but socially inept creator of the Mighty Numbers; and DR. SANDA, the lazy but wise team leader. With each of their help, Beck will learn how to deal with his emotions and become the hero they need him to be.

Target Audience: Kids 6 - 11
Genre: Action, Comedy
Format: 26 episodes x 22 minutes
Style: CG Animation
Release: Q2 2016 (TBD)

  • Background on the Mighty No. 9 Game
    Inafune rose to acclaim as a game designer after developing the well-received Mega Man series, with over 50 titles and more than 30 million units sold worldwide across most major consoles and handhelds. He went on to oversee several other hit games, including Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil 2, Dead Rising, and many other beloved hits that all went on to become million sellers internationally. In 2010, he started his own game studio titled comcept Inc. based out of Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, he founded comcept and in 2013 announced the development of the "Mighty No. 9" video game, collecting donations totaling about $4 million USD on Kickstarter. The game is scheduled to be released in mid-2015 for all major consoles (PS4, PS3, Xbox ONE, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita, 3DS) and PC.
  • For PRESS and CORPORATE Inquiries:
    mightyno9@dfx.co.jp
  • For FAN Inquiries: We hope you enjoyed our teaser! Everyone on the team is a huge fan of Mighty No. 9 and as such we would love to communicate with fans at sometime in the future, but unfortunately we are unable to respond to fan emails at this time. Please see the FAQ at www.mightyno9.com for any questions you have about the animated series. Stay tuned for more information on the TV series at a later date.

For those wonder how and if it relates to the Kickstarter funding, Comcept offers this from their new FAQ:

Q: At the same time as the new funding announcement I saw a teaser for Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series. Did comcept use Kickstarter funds to produce a Mighty No. 9 cartoon? 

A: Absolutely not, the funds from the Kickstarter are going towards the game and all related content our partners are creating for us. The animated series project is a completely separate endeavor; the good people at Digital Frontier took it upon themselves to reach out to us, pursue the idea of an animated series, and generate all of the assets/content seen so far. They’ve been really passionate and amazing, and we’re lucky to have them put their faith in the franchise!

An additional FAQ has been posted just for the cartoon, though much of what it explains is already covered above, such as the Q2 2016 release.