First, Bravoman appeared in Japanese arcades in the late ‘80s. Then, the obscure Namco character showed up in a TurboGrafx port two years later. As of last year, he wound up launching the ShiftyLook line of webcomics dedicated to characters from old-school Namco Bandai games.
Now, the stretchy-limbed hero is making the jump to an animated web series. Kotaku can give you the first look at the Bravoman cartoon in this 30-second clip, which shows the salaryman-turned-superhero weathering the overzealous help of his mentor in a stylishly animated teaser. The art chores are being handled by the highly respected Udon Studios collective and the series' voice cast boasts some heavyweights from the world and animation, too. The cartoon comes out this Spring. The official press release has full details:
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. announced today the voice cast, musical lineup and more for its upcoming cartoon Bravoman: Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence. Emmy Award winner Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain) as Bravoman, Alpha Man, additional voices, Annie Award nominee Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars, American Dad) as Doctor Bomb, Anti-Bravo, additional voices and Romi Dames (Winx Club, Hannah Montana) as Waya Hime, additional voices will bring the world of Bravoman to life when the cartoon releases Spring 2013. For the latest information, visit ShiftyLook.com.
"Bravoman is one of our most popular web comics, and we are excited, grateful and humbled that such an amazing group of actors has come together for the cartoon," said Rob Pereyda, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of ShiftyLook. "It is through the passion and dedication of this voice cast that Bravoman and his world have come to life, and through their efforts and commitment that the rest of us have been inspired to make Bravoman something special for all to enjoy."