The Zoids franchise is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, Takara Tomy has teased a return of the original Zoids story. The franchise first launched with its first model kits in the West in 1982 and in Japan in 1983, and has since become a beloved staple of the mecha anime and manga genre. The teaser features footage from the first ZOIDS: Chaotic Century anime from 1999.
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In addition to the original Zoids story, Takara Tomy announced the Zoids Wild project in 2018 as the latest installment in the franchise. This project includes anime, manga, model kits, and two Nintendo Switch games. The Zoids Wild anime premiered in July 2018 and aired for 50 episodes. Its sequel, Zoids Wild Zero, premiered in October 2019 but was delayed in May 2020 due to COVID-19. The anime resumed in June 2020, and the second half, which includes episodes 25-50, debuted on Netflix in the United States in October 2020. Netflix also began streaming the first season of the Zoids Wild anime in English in August 2020 in the U.S.
Another addition to the franchise is the Zoids Wild Senki (Chronicle of Zoids Wild War) battle CG anime, which debuted in October 2020 on Shogakukan’s Coro Coro Comics magazine’s YouTube channel as well as Takara Tomy’s official YouTube channel.
All in all, the Zoids franchise has become a beloved part of the mecha anime and manga genre, with a rich history spanning over 40 years. The franchise has captivated fans with its memorable mecha designs, engaging characters, and epic battles. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer to the world of Zoids, there’s never been a better time to check out this iconic franchise.