Megalo Box

I don’t know how I’m indulging in so much anime right now, but it’s happening lol.

Just finished RoR and I immediately started this one.

Based on the manga created by Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba titled Ashita no Joe the anime by director Yo Moriyama, who has worked on Attack on Titan and High school of the Dead, offers the old story of the underdog fighting insurmountable odds. Considering the dystopian design of the world in Megalo Box, however, since it is not an individual story, but also a much more general tale about the struggle of the poor in a hierarchy based on wealth and power. Whereas characters like Joe or Nanbu essentially live in post-industrial ruins, run-down sheds or ramshackle trailers, the skyline of the city symbolizes the perverse wealth of the rich and the everlasting quality of the divide between the haves and the have-nots.

The chasm between the poor and the rich has widened further which has increased the demand for ways to keep society’s disenfranchised at bay. Megalo Boxing is one of those sports that has entertained a majority of the population with many lucrative tournaments by companies such as the wealthy Shirato corporation. However, since the boxers need to have technologically advanced gear to take part, the poor have very little chance in these fights.

Outside the big city, Joe, nicknamed JNK. DOG (junk dog) in the ring, has made a living competing in rigged fights. Yearning for a chance to prove himself, he finally seizes the opportunity to take part in the biggest tournament celebrating the opening of a new arena built by the Shirato corporation. With the help of his trainer Nanbu (pops) and an urchin named Sachio, he trains for the tournament. When his gear finally breaks down finding himself at a disadvantage over the other competitors, Joe decides to fight without it, creating a sensation within the sport and giving him the new nickname “Gearless Joe”

He becomes a symbol for the poor living outside the city and their willingness to fight the unfairness of the system. Supported by Daisuke Imai’s dynamic editing and a soundtrack composed by Mabanua, every fight he goes through becomes an existential challenge, during which his confident attitude and boldness make him a formidable opponent.

Megalo Box creates dramatic tension giving an impression of what is at stake for characters like Joe, who, despite his stubbornness ultimately becomes quite a likable hero.

10/10 🥊

and since Attack on Titan was mentioned;