After hitting a few bumps in the road, Netflix’s Cannon Busters adaptation finally got its release date at Anime Expo this year. The streaming service made the announcement during its panel on Sunday, telling fans they’ll only have to wait about a month for the first season.
Although Cannon Busters is beloved I.P., it’s known almost just as well for its content as it is for its hiccups. It began as a comic, with art and words from LeSean Thomas and scripting help from J. Torres, set to be published by Com.x. Before its first issue released, though it jumped ship over to Udon Comics and Devil’s Due in 2005. When readers got their hands on it, they couldn’t get enough — but Thomas became overwhelmed quickly. Cannon Busters jumped from an ongoing comic to a graphic novel after just one published issue.
The graphic novel never hit shelves, but Thomas, with animating credits like The Boondocks and Legend of Korra under his belt, then decided to take Cannon Busters to the screen through Kickstarter in 2014. One episode was funded and sent to backers two years later. It had picked up enough steam by that point that, in 2017, Netflix announced it would put together a 12-episode season, set to launch in March of 2019. Fans were worried when that promise wasn’t meant, but that patience has been rewarded. Cannon Busters finally launches on Netflix on August 15.
Here’s what you can expect, per Netflix: “The series follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege.”
Creator LeSean Thomas is taking the lion’s share of responsibilities, writing scripts with Natasha Allegri (Bee & Puppycat), Anne Toole (The Witcher) and Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.) while also acting as director and executive producer. Finally, Matt Wayne rounds out the team as story editor.
Satelight studios, Manga Entertainment and Nada Holdings are all working in collaboration with Netflix to produce the upcoming series.