They grow up so fast. Today, December 17th, our beloved Blue Bomber turned 23 years old.
This past year as been exceptionally good for Mega Man with the release of Mega Man 10 and Mega Man Zero Collection, a handful of sweet new swag and merchandise from Udon and Kotobukiya, and the biggest surprise of all: the revitalization of the Mega Man Legends series.
Of course, there was a rather significant low point this year, too: the departure of series creator of Keiji Inafune. Inafune seems to be doing just fine these days, but many are still left questioning just how his leave will affect the series hereafter. However, I'm certain things are in good hands.
Regardless, with Legends 3, Rockman Online, and Mega Man Universe on the horizon, 2011 is definitely a year we can all look forward to in anticipation. Who knows, we might even see a few more surprises down the line!
I am very thankful to have shared a large part of my life with this franchise. It's become such a huge part of my daily routine that not a single day goes by where I'm not thinking about Mega Man. A fan since my years as a pre-schooler, I can safely say I will continue to be immersed in his adventures for many years to come.
Here's to you, Blue Boy.
(trivia: Dec. 17th also marks Mega Man X's 17th anniversary and tomorrow, the 18th, Legends turns 13!)