Mighty No. 9 is a yet-to-be-released videogame produced by legendary video game designer Keiji Inafune (famous for his association with the video game series Rockman aka. Mega Man). The game was famously funded via Kickstarter and is planned to go out to supporters in the Spring of 2015. However, the video game may be just the tip of the iceberg for Mighty No. 9, as Mighty No. 9 The Animated Series was announced at Anime Expo 2014.
The story behind Mighty No. 9 involves an android named Beck, who is the 9th in a series of robots. A virus infects the other robots along with other machinery around the world and Beck must fight to save the world from the other robots as well as Dr. Blackwell, the villain who hatched the evil plan. The series will be animated by Tokyo-based Digital Frontier ( 2014's Appleseed) and is planned for release in Spring of 2016. None of the funding for the animated series will come from the Kickstarter campaign.
A teaser trailer for the series was shown at Anime Expo 2014. Note that the voices are not final.
Here's the series' official 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)
The official Mighty No. 9 website is: http://www.mightyno9.com/
Call and Beck (Mighty No. 9)