Megalobox Blu-rays to Include New Anime Shorts (Updated)

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Series to have 13 episodes

The official website for Megalobox, a new television anime based on Ikki Kajiwara (pen name Asao Takamori) and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe manga, revealed on Friday that "completely new short anime" will bundle with the series' three limited-edition Blu-ray Disc box releases. The site also reveals that the show will have 13 episodes.

The first Blu-ray Disc box will ship on July 27 and include the "Before the Round 1" short. The second Blu-ray Disc release will ship on September 26 and include the "After the Round Final" short. The third Blu-ray Disc will ship on November 22 with an untitled anime short. In addition, all three releases will include a making-of documentary series. Director and concept designer You Moriyama is providing special illustrations for the releases.

The anime premiered on TBS on Thursday at 25:28 (effectively April 6 at 1:28 a.m.), before later airing on BS-TBS on April 14. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs.

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.

You 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."

Chikara Sakuma launched a manga adaptation of the anime, titled Megalobox - Shukumei no Sōken (Megalobox - The Twin Fists of Fate), in the March issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge magazine on February 17.

Update: The site also reveals that the show will have 13 episodes.

Source: Comic Natalie

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