Man of Action Entertainment (the team behind Ben 10) was revealed as the creator of an upcoming Mega Man cartoon last year. Set to release in 2017 in order to coincide with Mega Man‘s 30th anniversary, the cartoon is geared towards children ages 6-9 and nostalgic parents. Initial reports about the series were met with criticism and skepticism, prompting writer Joe Kelly to ask fans to “let the work speak for itself.” Since then, we finally got our first look at Mega Man’s new design, and many reactions were once again negative. Kelly has since issued a second message to disgruntled fans, once again asking that they wait until the show airs before judging it too harshly.

“I want to thank everyone for loving MegaMan and having such strong opinions. That’s really cool. Even cooler when you express them with care and thought. Nothing I can say will counteract the shock you may feel when an image released doesn’t match the one you had in your head. Same with a storyline. A name. A set up. All I can say is what I said b4 –We always set out with our partners to create the best show we can. That’s all creative people do. All day. Every day. Some of what we create will suit your taste. Some will not.

“I only ask, as I did before, that folks wait until a show is on the air before assuming that their favorite thing is ruined forever. The whole reason I engaged folks last time was BECAUSE we respect fans. Just because our collective approach doesn’t match your ideas is not an attack on you. That’s all I have on this. I can’t answer questions or get into specifics for legal, personal and creative reasons, but I hope you give the show a chance when it airs. Thanks for your passion and thoughtfulness. Best to you!”
— Joe Kelly

Mega Man’s new look has been the subject of criticism from many gamers, while others are upset about the plot, which sees a young robot named “Aki Light” living a dual life as a normal student and a superhero. Will you give the show a chance when it comes out, or have you already written it off?

Source: Joe Kelly

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