English: MegaMan: Wishing upon a Star
Synonyms: Rockman OAV
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 20, 2002
30 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 6.591 (scored by 486 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
Synopsis"This Anime (Episode 2, to be exact), where Rockman travels from the Game-World to the real world, to learn some cultural differences about Japan, was intended to be a Special Episode for the original Mega Man Cartoon Series by Ruby-Spears, which aired around 1995 in the US.
As it seems, the special was finished before Ruby-Spears decided to redo their whole show with a completely new design, better suited for American audiences.
Thus, not fitting the new style anymore, it never was included in the series. Still, two more episodes about the same story were produced a bit later, this time under the main title "Rockman" (unlike Episode 2, where he's called Mega Man, even in the japanese dub).
It's unknown if these 3 Episodes ever saw an official release, until 2002, when Capcom of Japan decided to finally (re)release them on DVD for Rockman's 15th Anniversary (all featuring a Japanese and English dub, but no subs).
It's unknown if there are any more secret animated works of the original Rockman game-series."
Related AnimeSpin-off: Rockman.EXE, Ryuusei no Rockman
Alternative version: Rock Man
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This awesome little OVA puts me in the mind of the great Saturday morning cartoons I grew up on. I spent a good while trying to find this and it was worth the wait. Mega Man is one of the defining figures in not only platform gaming, but video games in general. I love the Mega Man franchise to death, and I love the X series, at least up until X6. His run in anime has been pretty steady given the quality of video game-based anime I've seen, but at the same time, just a tad under-utilized. I really liked the 50 episode tv series and Irregular Hunter X: Day of Sigma was a pretty awesome prelude to events of what I thought would make a great anime X series. I've never liked the NT Warrior series, it's alright, but I'd rather have Mega Man in his element, not really a mmorpg with a stock character kid and his sister playing the parts of avatars Rock and Roll.
The story is easy to follow, and quite honestly, seems like a scenario that's played out in my dreams since age 9 of my video games hopping out of my television and run amuck throughout town. With the help of two adorable kids, Rock and his allies must put a stop to Wily as he creates his same seemingly useless robot masters that he's been using since Mega Man 2 to combat the heroes.
The animation team who worked on the opening and ending animated scenes for most of the games on the PSX in the mid 90's looks like they were behind this one as well. It's dated, but crisp and vibrant, doing a great job in bringing the villians and familiar faces of the franchise to life. I got a huge kick out of Dr. Wily leaping out of a kids window just to get away, for that matter just Dr. Wily!
What this may lack in a core story, it makes up for it in overall enjoyment. It gave me such a nostalgic longing for just how much I found myself enveloped in the Rockman universe. I could watch this little venture forever, and I think fans of the Mega Man franchise would enjoy this as well. It's short, but sweet, and watching Rock and his sister try to understand Japanese culture, spend time with Yuuta and Akane's family, and take part in festivals was just incredibly precious. This is thumbs up for me, and I felt happy watching this.
Overall Enjoyment: 9
PROS: Sound effects, music and enemies straight from the game, adorable original characters, Dr. Wily
CONS: A bit cheesy, I can't buy it and put it on my shelf read more
If you want to learn more about Japanese culture and traditions, those shows are for you. Nihon no Mukashi Banashi will tell you the folktales through short stories that everybody can enjoy without any knowledge of Japan, and those OVA of Rockman/Megaman make you discover the Japanese lifestyle, their customs and festivals. They're also both accessible to children as well as adults.
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