‘Megalobox’ is a Must-Watch For Anime Fans Everywhere

If you’re an anime fan with a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, boy do I have a series for you.  2018’s Megalobox, directed by Yo Moriyama, will give you all the inspiration and motivation of the Rocky films without making you think you need to drink raw eggs in the morning. 

It has the makings of a regular anime, but the artfully crafted and grounded story sinks its teeth into viewers like the scarred wolf from the opening credits. 

The narrative combined with an animation style that both makes you feeling like you’re attending a real boxing match and inside the ring, taking punches from the point of view of the character you’re watching. 

Megalobox is a futuristic reimagining of the boxing manga series ”Ashita no Joe,” written by Asao Takamori and illustrated by Tetsuya Chiba, which ran in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1968 to 1973 and was very popular with college students and working-class readers.  

“Ashita no Joe” translates roughly to “Joe of Tomorrow” or “Tomorrow’s Joe,” so it’s fitting that the anime commemorating the manga’s 50th anniversary should bring the central character into the 21st century with the high-tech successor to boxing, Megaloboxing. 

The new sport brings computer-driven hydraulic enhancements, referred to simply as Gear, into the ring, giving fighters more power and spectators more entertainment as combatants slug it out in limitless rounds of action.