Takara Tomy’s relaunch of the Zoids franchise has found its first English-language homes. The Filipino feed of Cartoon Network began airing the show on weekends at 5:45 PM starting March 2nd. In Singapore, Mediacorp’s OKTO channel will debut the series on April 7th at 9:30 AM, before moving to Channel 5 in May. Directed by Norihiko Sudō and produced by animation studio OLM, the ongoing series originally debuted in Japan on July 7, 2018.
Zoids Wild follows two factions on a desolate Earth in the year 20XX. Freedom, a young team tied together by their bonds with their Zoids, and Death Metal, an empire that controls Zoids by force, compete in fierce life-and-death battles for survival. The series stars a young boy named Arashi who commands the Wild Liger.
Zoids Wild’s arrival in the Philippines comes courtesy of a partnership between Cartoon Network and local Takara Tomy distributor Bankee Toys. At this time, the series hasn’t been picked up for the rest of the pan-South East Asian Cartoon Network channels. The franchise has a history with the broadcaster on an international level and especially in the Philippines. Alongside earlier entries, the regional channel also aired the elusive English dub of Zoids: Genesis in 2007. The Singaporean release is being handled by Megcorp. Under the Kids Central banner, OKTO aired some of the priorZoids incarnations.
Since debuting in Japan last summer, Zoids Wild has inspired countless model kits and other assorted toys, an ongoing manga in CoroCoro Comic by Moricha, a mobile app, arcade game, and countless other goods. The Nintendo Switch video game, Zoids Wild: King of Blast, became available in the country last month.
Hasbro Studios is reportedly working on a western release of Zoids Wild, though information is scarce. The toy arm of Hasbro was previously responsible for launching Zoids products outside of Asia during the franchise’s heyday of the early 2000s.
Zoids debuted as a line of motorized model kits in 1982. The franchise previously inspired four earlier anime adaptations: 1999’s Zoids: Chaotic Century, 2001’s Zoids: New Century, 2003’s Zoids: Fuzors and 2005’s Zoids: Genesis.