I didn't listen to the whole thing
but I'm surprised that the "living machine" thing went back that far. I don't know if there's an official Mega Man corpus and if game novelizations and the like are in it, but one Mandy Pugh wrote a ton of fanfic for her amazing amazingly-'90s Mega Man site where this was canon. It was unsupported by anything in the games* themselves and until now I thought it was just something she had come up with. (I thought she was really cool when I was like twelve, but she was in her 20s and in programming school when she was running this page, which also (more to the point) had maps, boss info, tips, and the like, back when making a website of that caliber took some serious know-how. IOW she probably wasn't cool by any stretch of the imagination.)
* At the end of one of the later games Mega Man seethes at Dr. Wily, "I'm more than just a robot!" That one could be referring to it.
There was also a Mega Man cartoon series -- not anime, but Western-style cartoon -- that I'd get up early every Thursday to watch; it came on at like 5:30, after Kenneth Copeland. It was a pretty shitty show though. (It's amazing what fandom can make you do.) Anyone else remember that one?
BTW I didn't get the original Star Trek series on TV for the longest time so I had to read the James Blish novelizations. They were actually a pretty good substitute.