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Crunchyroll Adds Megalobox Anime Simulcast (Update With Video)

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Series celebrating 50th anniversary of Ashita no Joe manga premieres on April 5

TMS Entertainment USA announced on Wednesday that Crunchyroll will stream Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, beginning on Thursday. Crunchyroll announced that the series will be available for users in North America, Latin America (including South and Central America), the Middle East and North Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The anime will premiere on TBS on April 5 at 25:28 (effectively April 6 at 1:28 a.m.), before later airing on BS-TBS on April 14.

The anime is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original manga, and it will feature an original story. 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.

Yō Moriyama (animation director for Master Keaton and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, concept designer for Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and Attack on Titan) is directing the series at TMS Entertainment, and he is also in charge of conceptual design. Katsuhiko Manabe (Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raoh-den Gekitō no Shō, Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raoh-den Junai no Shō) and Kensaku Kojima (live-action Shinya Shokudō series) are both overseeing and writing the scripts, and mabanua (Kids on the Slope) is composing the music. COMA-CHI is performing an insert song.

Leo Imai is performing the opening theme song "Bite," and Emi Nakamura is performing the ending theme song "Kakatte koi yo."

Update: Crunchyroll posted an English-subtitled trailer on Twitter.

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