MegaMan Jacks into Latin America

Manga and animation licensing/publishing company VIZ Media is taking its hit cyber crime fighting action series, MegaMan NT Warrior, to Latin America. Beginning late spring/early summer 2005, the 52-episode animated show will air on TV Globo in Brazil, Televisa in Mexico, America TV in Peru and n Venevision in Venezuela.

MegaMan NT Warrior premiered in the U.S. on Kids’ WB! in May of 2003. Based on the best-selling MegaMan Battle Network video game from Capcom, the show takes place in the year 200X, where virtually all technology is linked to a central computer system. The show centers on Lan, a tech-savvy fifth grader, and his NetNavi (Net Navigator), the blue-suited, virus-fighting MegaMan. Lan and his friends interact with a rapidly progressive technology where hackers and high-tech computer crimes threaten their lives and the entire universe. Only by working as a team can they thwart the evil Mr. Wily and his chaos-causing Net crime organization, World Three.

"These Latin America TV deals are a great opportunity to enhance exposure for MegaMan NT Warrior in a rapidly growing part of the world," says Dan Marks, VP of international, VIZ Media. "We are excited to build on the success of the Jetix broadcast in Latin America by partnering with these strong terrestrial broadcasters."

The latest pickups follow recent European TV deals with SIC TV in Portugal and Vlaamse Media Maatschappi in Belgium. VIZ Media also recently announced that a MegaMan NT Warrior promotional campaign with Frito Lay will reach consumers in 23 countries.

Kids’ WB! has picked up a third season of MegaMan NT Warrior and will begin airing 30 all-new episodes this spring.