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Ashita no Joe Spinoff Anime Megalobox Gets Manga in February

posted on 2018-01-18 07:30 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New anime centers on boxer who participates in underground fixed boxing matches

The February issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine revealed on Wednesday that a manga adaptation of Megalobox — the spinoff television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga — will launch in the next issue on February 17. The manga is titled Megalobox - Shukumei no Sōken (Megalobox - The Twin Fists of Fate), and Chikara Sakuma is drawing the manga. The manga will have a color opening page, and it will be featured on the issue's front cover. The first chapter will have 104 pages.

The anime will premiere on TBS and BS-TBS in April. The series is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original manga.

In the new story, a man called JD (Junk Dog) participates in fixed boxing matches in an underground ring in order to live. Today, he enters the ring again, but he encounters a certain person. JD wants to take on a challenge that risks everything.

Ashita no Joe revolves around an orphan named Joe Yabuki who rises from the Tokyo slums under the tutelage of a former boxer. Takamori and Chiba's original 1968-1973 manga is among the most critically acclaimed stories in Japanese popular culture, and Osamu Dezaki's television series added to the story's iconic status. The manga would later influence two generations of sports and shonen manga, including Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit). A crucial twist in the Ashita no Joe television anime's plot made headlines in Japan as people marked the occasion with public ceremonies.

The manga inspired multiple television anime series and films, as well as a live-action film that opened in Japan in 2011 starring Tomohisa Yamashita. A stage play adaptation ran in Tokyo in 2015.


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