"To be quiet and do as you're told, that's the cowardly choice." These are the words of Junk Dog, an underground fighter of Megalo Box, an evolution of boxing that utilizes mechanical limbs known as Gear to enhance the speed and power of its users. Despite the young man's brimming potential as a boxer, the illegal nature of his participation forces him to make a living off of throwing matches as dictated by his boss Gansaku Nanbu. However, this all changes when the Megalo Box champion Yuuri enters his shabby ring under the guise of just another challenger. Taken out in a single round, Junk Dog is left with a challenge: "If you're serious about fighting me again, then fight your way up to me and my ring."
Filled with overwhelming excitement and backed by the criminal syndicate responsible for his thrown matches, Junk Dog enters Megalonia: a world-spanning tournament that will decide the strongest Megalo Boxer of them all. Having no name of his own, he takes on the moniker of "Joe" as he begins his climb from the very bottom of the ranked list of fighters. With only three months left to qualify, Joe must face off against opponents the likes of which he has never fought in order to meet the challenge of his rival.
I am a sucker for Moe/Slice of Life/Romance/Comedy type of anime, but once in awhile I like to tip my toes outside of that safe area. It introduced me to some great anime like Made In Abyss and not so great anime (*cough cough* Citrus *cough cough*). I tipped my toes outside of my safe area again with Megalo Box and Megalo Box is a great one… actually not just great, an amazing one! Well, put on your boxing gloves and start your engines, this is my review of Megalo Box.
It's the typical underdog story, but executed well.
Junk Dog is a really good boxer who does rigged fights for a living. When Yuri steps in the ring and kicks his ass Junk Dog wants to rematch Yuri. Yuri says he can fight him again in Megalonia, a boxing tournament. So Junk Dog joins Megalonia to fight his way up to Yuri for a rematch. The plot is pretty predictable, but who doesn't love a good underdog story?
I adore the animation. It's incredibly atmospheric. The dark colors, the fallout like environnement and the low-but-actually-not-low quality. Some may complain about the blurry resolution, but it actually adds more to the atmosphere! This anime makes me feel nostalgic for something I never had nostalgia for. And the action scenes look incredible with some of the best fights this year already. Of all the anime I have watched this season and last season, this anime has the most impressive animation out of all of them.
Christ on skateboard to Walmart, the soundtrack is amazing. The ED is reason why I started to watch this anime. The music in the actions scenes are great, the ED is incredible and that fucking tune in episode 2 is also incredible. The only song I don't like is the OP, which sadly knocks the score down a point. But for the rest it is amazing!
A easy gap that a lot of MC's fall into is that they are boring. ''ooh look how so awkward and relatable they are''. Junk Dog on the other hand is probably one of the best MC's I have seen since Konosuba. You only have to look at his smirk. His smirk has more personality than the entirety of the MC's from most anime. A side character that I also really like is Nanbu Gansaku. He is a pretty knowledgeable coach who looks like he everyday gets home at 4AM. You also have the kids and for kids they are pretty likeable and not much annoying fucks. Overall a pretty enjoyable cast.
There is not much to say about it: I had a ton of fun watching this.
This anime is amazing. Oh yeah, this anime is a 50th anniversary project of Ashita no Joe, but you don't need any information of Ashita no Joe to enjoy Megalo Box. That's all what I wanted to say. Get your ass off this site and begin watching this series!
Megalo Box is an anime adaptation of the Nintendo Switch game 'Arms'. Not really, but it could as well be since both are about tool-assisted nu-boxing.
First thing I have to mention is that I don't like this series very much unlike the 7 billion other people who are watching it. My favorite anime genre has been Sports since 2012, but this series is much closer to the Game genre. It mainly reminds me of 'Robotics:Notes', you know the 'Steins:Gate' alternative robots battle anime no one likes, and represents various things that I do not appreciate.
I have several problems with this series. These
1) The way the boxing is presented. It's almost as if there is nothing else in the universe outside the actual Megalo Box. From its settings, it is like Mad Max with robot boxing. Cold and deserted world where there is only one thing in existence that everyone loves. This would be kinda cool if that one thing was some badass thing like shark-riding, or arm wrestling, or UNO with tea parties. I find it incredibly hard to believe that at least 96% of the population doesn't find tool-assisted boxing to be dorky as hell.
2) The fights. What is this level of dullness even? Let me block until I die or alternatively one-hit K.O you. Ever seen the movie 'Real Steel' starred by Hugh Jackman? If you are watching Megalo Box, you are basically watching Real Steel. Later on, these fights start to remind less and less boxing and look like Beyblade instead except now people wear them instead of shooting them.
3) The atmosphere. There is none. It's just about our main character acting tough like he matters. The main focus is on rigging the fights, and gambling. Mainly reminding me of Daredevil's past story from the movie Daredevil (2003). Apparently the real story only begins after this phase. Great. Basically filler-content in one-cour show. No matter how I look at the show, the first 2 episodes seem to serve little to no purpose whatsoever.
4) The characters. Since this show is so heavily about Megalo Box, it even forgot to give past story or even a current story for the main character. It's almost as if our main character was discovered from nothing. How am I supposed to care about anything that is happening when the things I know about our maing character are a) he loves motorbikes b) he is terrible at driving them. "Wooo! Go for it. I am totally rooting for you mr. bikes!"
There are some things that I liked too, but these are few. The OST has some nice tracks in it. That motorcycle scene in episode 3 was definitely a badass one. "A man walks into a bar." Made me lol. I'd also like to praise the retro art but I simply can't. Japan is constantly getting blu-ray releases for 70's and 80's classic anime. Those who have seen any of them know that there is nothing sharper than old anime. So what did Megalo Box team decide to do? Add filthers that make the video seem partially pixelated, out of focus and colors look washed out. This is the furthest from retro.
When it comes to Ashita no Joe, I didn't like Joe's character much outside pig surffing (heh, obscure reference), he was a real brick, but at least he was a character who had an actual life and who went thru enormous amounts of development, becoming a decent human being during the run. There is no chance of this happening in Megalo Box without having at least 3-cours. If this is how we're tributing Ashita no Joe, then I would much rather take 4th season of Hajime no Ippo instead of some marketing bait which relies on western appeal.
I can recommend this series for the fans of 'One Outs', mainly because they both are a disgrace towards the Sports genre.
*Please note that this is just my honest opinion. Many love the show and that's cool too.*
Megalo box might be a contender of anime of the year, the level of quality it has is simply amazing I was honestly not expecting an Ashita no Joe reboot to be this good let alone have such a unique art style. If there is any anime that can be considered a must watch for this season it's definitely this one.
Yes it is predictable and there many other series with the same type of story but no one can argue that it is a very well executed and well written story that has some creative elements to it like introducing scifi to the sports genre
which some series have done but not quite to this level at least in my opinion. I like the fact that it's taking some inspiration from western underdog stories and anime and sort of blending the tropes together which I don't see very often at least in the anime industry. The story may be predictable but it at least has some unique elements in it that you don't see any recent anime trying to do.
It has an art style that is more reminiscent of 2000's anime so it has a sort of nostalgic feel but the animation never looks dated because its so good that it could pass for something that came out fairly recently. Arguably the best part about this show is it's action sequences, they are not only well choreographed but so well animated that you can literally feel the intensity of each punch. Definitely the best fights I have seen in a while and takes the top spot of the best action anime of the season
Another really good thing about it, the action sequences are elevated because it has such an amazing adrenaline pumping soundtrack that compliments the action sequences very well and the main reason why they are so good. I didn't really like the op that much and the ed is pretty decent but not amazing.
There really isn't anything special or extraordinary in this department, I mean it's definitely what you'd expect the characters to be like so it doesn't do anything that is so special but the characters are at least developed well and the series does a good job in making you sympathize with them and their situation and even makes you root for their motivations and dreams to come true so I'll give it that much credit. If you like cool main characters that beat the shit out of everyone then this will not disappoint because Junk Dog or Joe is one of the most coolest and likable characters I've seen.
I don't really see how someone can't enjoy this it can pretty much appeal to anyone, the only reason I can think of is if you don't like exaggerated or very predictable stories then yeah this isn't for you but if you don't mind that then go right ahead.
I would consider this a must watch for any sports anime fan, the sheer level of quality it has and it's art style will just amaze you so I definitely recommend giving this a try, I would recommend you wait for the whole series to finish and then binge watch it because you will be left wanting more after every episode and you just won't be able to wait till next week.
I thought I'd throw in my two bits of info. Megalo Box is set in kind of this steampunk futuristic type setting where boxing apparently is still big...of all things. We've got our run of the mill down-and-out character who just wants to have a good fight. You might be thinking "Boxing? Eh, not really my thing." To be honest, boxing isn't really my thing either. BUT, the character writing in this story is very well done. The animation is well done. Voice acting, at least right now, is believable. You might stray away from it because of how the art looks but don't let
that drive you away, that hand drawn stuff is done on purpose. It feels odd to say this but it makes it look grittier. Instead of that really polished clean stuff when they combine the 2-d with 3-d and everyone has these perfect faces, nah, this is the good stuff. The fights are some of the best animated sequences I've seen in a long time. They don't do that thing where someone throws a punch and it shows a still frame while the camera shakes to simulate the force of the punch, nope, its all animated and it looks great. The dialogue itself is not scholarly by any stretch of the imagination, but the decisions these guys make seem...real. They get sad, angry, happy, by regular stuff. I think when you just have an anime about some guys or girls that are just regular people it makes it a little better. I think for what they are trying to do can be fit into 12 episodes, but this is an anime that I wished was longer, and I haven't thought that in a long time.
Although it still feels like it only just started, we are now somehow halfway through the Spring 2018 anime season already, and trends are now clearly starting to emerge. In the past three weeks, Boku no Hero Academia returns to prominence, Persona 5 sinks like a stone and more.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.