“MEGALOBOX” is a style of ultimate fighting where human boxers combine their strength with gears and technology.
The Megalonia tournament will decide the best fighter in the world, but there is one boxer that takes on the challenge of fighting without any gear at all. They call him “Gearless Joe”.
Joe is a legendary champion who in just three months went from the lowest-ranked underground ring in the Megalonia tournament to a miraculous win that made him a champion—capturing the hearts and dreams of countless people.
Seven years later, “Gearless Joe” again heads into the underground ring. His badly-wounded body now fitted with gears, he has changed his name to “Nomad”...
MEGALOBOX is based on the series Tomorrow's Joe, which was a landmark youth manga series in Japan. It tells the life story of its protagonist Joe Yabuki, who risks everything for boxing.
It ran in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha) from 1968 to 1973, moving readers so deeply that its popularity endures to this day.
The television anime series MEGALOBOX was first released in April 2018, marking the 50th anniversary of the original series’ inception.
“MEGALOBOX” takes place in the near future, and is an intense drama about the people involved in this fierce sport.
It is an ambitious, original work that has enjoyed great popularity as well.
The series was particularly celebrated for its vintage filmmaking,
which attempts to replicate the look and feel of classic cell animation.
It has earned tremendous support abroad as well as in Japan,
and was nominated in a record-setting eight categories at the Anime Awards 2019,
hosted by the American site Crunchyroll.
MEGALOBOX 2 picks up where the previous series ended three years ago,
reuniting its key staff and cast in renewed solidarity as a fresh tale unfolds.
It is again directed by Yo Moriyama, who burst onto the scene as a fresh new director with the original MEGALOBOX.
He has since taken charge of the artwork for many noteworthy projects,
including Lupin the 3rd: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Attack on Titan, and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
MEGALOBOX 2 sees Moriyama at his finest, showcasing the genius of his unique visual creativity.
Katsuhiko Manabe and Kensaku Kojima,
known for successful dramas and films like Midnight Diner,
bring their talent to an emotionally charged script that continues a well-loved story anew.
The score is produced by mabanua,
who is himself a drummer and singer and who also produces and collaborates with artists both in Japan and abroad.
Mabanua’s use of African-American musical styles in the first series evoked powerful memories of the lives that Joe and the other characters had lived.
In the sequel, he continues in the same spirit with a solid soundtrack that again fits seamlessly into the storyline.
The animation in the new series is produced by TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd.,
which not only produced the first MEGALOBOX, but also the original television animation Tomorrow's Joe 2 as Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co. Ltd.
“Gearless Joe” was once able to make his dream come true.
What will people see now as the next chapter of the story unfolds?