The spring season is still young, but the community is already crowning Megalo Box as an “Anime of the Season” candidate for its amazing opening episode.
Megalo Box features unadulterated hype that is rarely seen in recent years. Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ashita no Joe, this series is a grimy take on boxing. Junk Dog earns a meager living by intentionally losing futuristic boxing matches, but a new global tournament has him rethinking his priorities.
The fast-action, Junk Dog’s personality, and grunge-inspired visuals have been making a great first impression on fans. Here’s what social media is saying about the anime’s debut:
Aaaah Megalobox was really good! I loved the aesthetic, the music, the characters, the setup!!! I had no idea I needed a sci-fi boxing anime until now.
— Kittea (@KittyandTea) April 7, 2018
i just watched the first episode of megalobox and uhhh it was really fucking good? this will probably be the sleeper hit of the season
— strawhat higgzorz (@higgzorz) April 7, 2018
— Laz (@CommodoreLaz) April 5, 2018
Wow, so Megalobox really is a show from 1998 that has come to live in the modern times. I'm extremely OK with that. pic.twitter.com/DgRbpEj5fF
— Dan (@cratesofhippos) April 5, 2018
— Silver Soul (@YorozuyaBoss) April 5, 2018
Seriously Megalobox is so far up my alley it hurts:
-Dirty, exquisitely detailed setting evocative of the best of 80s/90s grunge
-Fantastically retro character designs
-Hosoyan is the main character, who is named fucking "Junk Dog" (amazing)
— Marc comes in like a Lion (@vermillionair3) April 5, 2018
The anime feels like, Hajime no Ippo fighting, 90's Cowboy Bebop style art, with some hip hop music. I'm gonna really get into this anime. #MegaloBox
— 🐺WOLF🐺 (@xWolfPlz) April 5, 2018
Megalobox is so good…
— Steel A Jeeg @ Yumi Photon Lab (@DogBarkingBees) April 7, 2018
YOOOOOOOOO MEGALOBOX WHAT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
— 💖Strawberries (@strawberriesx_) April 5, 2018
Megalobox animation is just outstanding. The story already got me hype up with this new underdog story. It's nice seeing Ashita no Joe getting a complete remaining sorta like what Pluto did with astroboy. Plus this and lupin part 5 with high production in the same season is rare! pic.twitter.com/2Ra6A8yf80
— CrazyJC @ #PaxEast (@crazyjc1) April 6, 2018
I really liked the first ep of Megalobox. It seems kinda retro, yet the direction and the soundtrack keep it fresh.
— 赤毛のブライアン (@brianruh) April 7, 2018
I forgot to talk about it, but Megalobox had an incredible first episode and honestly, I know we have heavy hitters like My Hero and Food Wars on the way but it could be a contender for the illest show of the season. Go watch that shit. It's fire.
— 💮~Lotus~💮 (@LotusAsakura) April 6, 2018
Megalobox thoughts: The first episode was great; got the Tomorrow's Joe tone 100% right while it's also almost a 100% completely new story. Watch this, it's some good stuff. Hope they can keep up this momentum! pic.twitter.com/H5yX5e16gm
— Brady Hartel (@ashuraou) April 6, 2018
alright, so verdict: Megalobox is pretty cool. A straight up underdog story with plenty of style and grit.
— 💺HiMyNameIsChair💺 (@HiMyNameisChair) April 5, 2018
Have you had a chance to check out Megalo Box? Fans can simulcast the series at Crunchyroll.