Animator, director and producer LeSean Thomas is finally going to debut his long-awaited anime Cannon Busters. Years in the making, and missing it’s March debut, Cannon Busters was produced by Japanese animation company Satelight. This is not Thomas’ first international anime project. Last year, he released Children of Ether, in theaters as well as on Crunchy Roll’s streaming site.
Stateside, Thomas is primarily known for being the supervising character designer and co-director on several seasons of Adult Swim’s The Boondocks, Cannon Busters is based on a comic that Thomas drew himself back in 2005, the project has been on again off again since then. Including a pilot that was kickstarted in 2014.
While the series was looking for a home, Lionsgate purchased STARZ Entertainment in 2017, who happened to own British based Manga Entertainment. After Lionsgate quietly revived Manga’s US division, in May of this year, Magna US re-launched with Cannon Busters as its first American project. Then, on July 6, during Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Netflix made the announcement via it’s Scifi, and fantasy division NX., that the Canon Busters series is headed to the streaming service on August 15.
First published in 2005, Cannon Busters follows the adventures of S.A.M, a high-end 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 kingdom under siege.– Deadline
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“It’s based on a comic book that I drew, so very excited to have the opportunity to adapt it into an animated feature. Cannon Busters drops August 15 on Netflix.” – Cannon Busters series creator LeSean Thomas #AX2019 pic.twitter.com/3m5PZEInqi— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 7, 2019
All 12 episodes of Cannon Busters are slated to drop on Netflix on August 12.