VIDEO: “Cannon Busters: The Animated Pilot ” Presents First Teaser Trailer

Hot off its early, exclusive look for Kickstarter crowdfunding backers, everyone can now catch a preview of the pilot for Cannon Busters: The Animated Series, the project from Producer and Director LeSean Thomas (Makestuff, LLC), whose work has been seen on The Boondocks, The Legend of Korra (Book 1) and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series, produced at anime studio Satelight Inc (Macross Frontier, Log Horizon, Basquash!).  



Along with preview is the news that the project’s impressive roster of talent now includes Technical Director, Yukio Nishimoto (Fairy Tail: The movie Prologue, Psycho pass) and animation director Takako Shimizu ( Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Samurai Champloo).

The two will be joining the likes of comic/game artist Joe Madureira, mech designer Thomas RomainSpace Dandy), animator Bahi JD (Ghost in the Shelal Arise), Gainax vet SUEZEN and manga author Felipe Smith (Peepo Choo  – published in Japan by Kodansha and in North America by Vertical) lending to voice to wild card, wanted criminal, Philly The Kid.



BONUS! New animation and production images below from Cannon Busters: The Animated Series, including some background layouts by art director Yann Le Gall (Basquash! The Last Man, Sidera, Space Dandy) as well as some character Layouts by Takako Shimizu san (Jo JO’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Samurai Champloo)




Cannon Busters is an animated adventure about the value of friendship and just how far one is willing to go to maintain it. If The Wizard of Oz met the Hidden Fortress with influences derived fromEscaflowne, hip-hop, and classic RPGs — you get Cannon Busters, one wild ride of fun, suspense, action, and wackiness. It’s a roadshow-style adventure of epic proportions!


Follow 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.


The story takes place hundreds of years ago in the vast and magical world of Gearbolt. As the centuries passed, the practice of magic became extinct, and many have forgotten its power, regulating it to mere superstition…

Cannon Busters: The Animated Series Official website



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.