A lot of you might be a little too young to remember Zoids or just due to it never getting huge phased it out of your memory. Like many cartoons and anime over the years such as Transformers, the franchise started as a toy line that eventually spawned tv shows and games. Those media based off the toys you knew and loved would introduce new robots and characters thus making you buy more toys. It’s a time-tested formula, and although Zoids never grew to be as big as a thing as Transformers or Mobile Suit Gundam, it’s been chugging away in Japan all this time. Its latest media iteration, the cooly named Zoids Wild Zero, hits Japanese television on October 4.
Zoids Wild Zero is actually the second season of the franchise’s soft relaunch last year, Zoids Wild, which featured a new anime, a Nintendo Switch game, toys, and model kits. Before then, the last time a new Zoids anime came out was in 2005 with Zoids: Genesis. In between the two, there were occasional new model kit releases but the franchise was on the back burner. A far cry from its glory days when its first couple anime seasons were big enough to air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami side by side with Gundam Wing, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Dragon Ball Z.
It really did feel like Zoids just up and disappeared for the longest time, leaving fans high and dry. They were doubly disappointed when none of last year’s Zoids Wild related relaunch ended up getting translated. Not only did Western audiences not get the game, but not even Crunchyroll or any other streaming service picked up the show. Now with Zoids Wild Zero upon is, it’s possible that someone will be willing to give the franchise that stars giant mechanical robots another shot.
Zoids Wild Zero premieres October 4 in Japan.