Megalo Box

If you’re a cheapskate, you bet on dogs. But if you’ve got a bit of cash to spare…..you bet on people.

If you love underdogs achieving major recognition and eternal glory, you’ve come to the right place. Megalo Box will fuel your fighting spirit and make you walk out the door to call out Connor McGregor to a fist fight. Well, maybe not that that extreme but you get what I mean. This slugfest of an anime will deliver as promised some brutal beatings that will leave you speechless with possibly a dislocated jaw, nosebleed and a black eye afterwards.

Underground fights are the easiest way to make money when times are tough. Our main protagonist goes by the name of Junk Dog who fights not because he wants to, but because he has to. It was either this or prostitution so I think he chose the right option to bring food to the table. But damn, he really was floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bitch bee.

One day our boy wanted to go see the city lights so he took his motorcycle and went broom-broom into the city. However, he was riding into some restricted areas and nearly rode into our supper hottie CEO Yukiko Shirato and screws up his bike for the 50th time. I feel sorry for the uncle who has to fix it all the time. At this stage, I feel like Joe was looking for a way to escape his shitty life but suicide was not an option he was willing to take.

A mad staredown occurs between our boy and his rival Yuri big boy number 1 Megalo boxer. Joe throws major shade at both of them and long story short they got butthurt. And that my friends, was the start of a beautiful rivalry between an underdog and the pinnacle of the sporting society. With a sudden 180 degrees turn of interest, Junk Dog creates a fake I.D calling himself Joe and decides to enter the Megalo box championship to take down Yuri.

What do you have to do before any big fight? You have to train of course. Coach Nanbu to the rescue. This dodgy one eye mofo is the most trustworthy and loyal coach anyone can ask for. Although due to losing 1 eye and being a bit crippled in his leg, he’s not the most popular coach around the young boxers. Nonetheless, this guy would sacrifice his other eye for Joe in a heartbeat. BIG SPOILER.

The exoskeletal gears that boxers wear help to improve their power, durability and stamina. One punch from those things can render anyone useless in a matter of seconds. Imagine getting hit by a truck in the face. Some have Artificial Intelligence embedded into them to help predict the opponents’ next move which is pretty much cheating in a way. Nonetheless, they look cool as hell giving the anime a sense of freshness that has never been seen before.

Started from the bottom and now we’re here. Joe starts out at spot 257 to be exact. The thing that really makes this anime stand out from the rest is that Joe was fighting his opponents without any gear. Why? Because he broke them and couldn’t afford a new one lol. This gives the viewers a thrill of excitement everytime Joe enters the ring. Will he win, or will he lose against all odds are the two inevitable questions that pop into the viewers’ minds making it truly addicting.

Gearless Joe is now born. With the peculiar name and offensive fighting style, he attracts major attention from the media. Coach Nanbu aims to take Joe to the top within only 5 fights which sounds pretty nuts. However, Joe is a total beast in the ring whipping out wins out of nowhere. Joe is super humble about his skills. He trains harder than any of the boxers in the series and it’s super inspiring to see. This anime gives a subliminal message to the viewers that they should put in hard work consistently and over time life will award you.

Inspired by Joe’s amazing determination to win, Yuri decides to remove his integrated gear so that they could have a fair fight. Uppercuts, haymakers, jabs you name it, they did it all. Down to round 13 and they decided to finish the match on a single blow. ONE PUNCH SQUARE TO THE FACE AND BOOOOOM. Everything turned white. You guys can find out for yourself what happened by watching the anime 😉

Megalo Box has an indie feel to it. If you enjoy animes such as Cowboy Bebop, Afro Samurai and Akira then you’ll definitely love this anime. The striking visuals, upbeat music and epic plot are inspiring making it a legendary anime that will forever remain in the hearts of many otakus. If I had to chose then Megalo Box takes the top anime of 2018!

Yukiko Waifu has style and elegance. Still sexy without showing most of her big boobs ❤

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Your Lie In April

Music speaks louder than words.

Lies are generally frowned upon within our modern day society. No matter how big or small a lie is still a lie. Your Lie in April revolves around a hugeeeeee lie that will leave you heartbroken and possibly bedridden for the next month contemplating your very own existence and life choices. Oh yeah, this shit was sad. This anime is the very definition of YOLO combined with the elegant classical masterpieces that will leave you in awe.

This anime revolves around a piano prodigy, Kōsei Arima. People call him the Human Metronome for his incredible accuracy but I call him an absolute beast. He’s won so many competitions that his trophy cabinet is overfilled to the point where it’s about to topple over. Ever since his mother passed away, Kōsei loses his ability to hear the sound of music he’s playing. Its described as sinking into a sea of black abyss that was very dense and heavy. Nothing was wrong with his hearing, but however, the kid was mentally and emotionally scarred.

Losing all hope in his ability, Kōsei forgets about the piano and moves on with his now monochrome life. It has been 4 years since he has touched his piano and that shit was probably a nest for spiders now. One day, Kosei was hanging out with his friends in a local park and suddenly hears something incredibly beautiful. As he turned to face the sakura blossoms floating in the air he was bewitched by the sight of our waifu Kaori Miyazono.

Kaori is fun, free-spirited violinist with a music style that somewhat reflects her quirky upbeat personality. Her rebellious tendencies to not stick to the score captures the heart of the audience but is disliked by many judges and critics. She is keen in helping the prodigy get back on his feet again. She feels sorry for him and wants to see a new side of him, unlike his usual tempo-manic style. However, like all anime, Kaori decides to go out with Kosei’s best friend, Watari. I don’t blame her, he was the captain of the soccer team and pretty much the whole package. This was the FIRST LIE.

What good would a love anime be without a couple of love triangles here and there? We’ve got the childhood friend Tsubaki who has been in love with Kosei since they were young. Kosei’s inspiration for playing so well in his first competition was the death of Tsubaki’s grandmother. He just wanted to cheer her up but instead ends up making her moist.

You’re probably thinking, where is the actual lie in all of this? Well just wait a bit longer and all shall be revealed. Kaori somehow manages to convince Kōsei to perform with her on stage. And suddenly out of nowhere she collapses after an amazing performance. Her SECOND LIE was that she’s anaemic and has been ever since she was little. Her disease was Friedreich’s Ataxia. To put it simply, her nervous system was breaking down causing damage with her muscles, speech and ultimately leading to a heart disease.

Despite that, she soldiers on after being discharged and invites Kōsei to another music event. But hello, she faints again at the event. 10/10 for effort though. Poor Kaori losing hope and giving up on life. Kōsei had to soldier on and played a duet with Nagi Aiza. After hearing the duet, Kaori was balling her eyes out and decides to undergo the risky surgery in hope of being able to play next Kōsei again.

Push comes to shove Kōsei musters up the courage and a pair of balls to enter the Eastern Japan Piano Competition. Looking around for Kaori in the crowd, she was sitting there in the back row smiling. Kosei realizes that this was actually her spirit and that her surgery was unsuccessful. The sorrow from each key was projected to the crowd allowing them to connect the Kōsei’s emotions from the bottom of his heart. Oh, and when you hear him say “Sanoyara“, you better get that box of tissues ready.

Not only can you witness the PSYCHO childhood upbringing of the metronome prodigy but you can also experience the people he inspired throughout his journey. With the beautiful sakura blossom transitions into fall, this anime will seriously leave a good impression and a long-lasting nostalgia. The friendship formed between the 4 was no doubt beautiful. Arima’s dependancy towards Tsubaki and but mainly Kaori was the most tragic love story since Romeo and Juliet. The letter symbolising the acceptance of his feelings, but also trying to help him move on with his life as Kaori thought Kōsei didn’t see her as a true lover but more of a musical partner.

Kaori declaring her love for Watanabe for everyone to know was the “Your Lie in April”. Remember the first lie I talked about? Well, at Kaori’s funeral, her parents handed a handwritten letter to Kōsei. We find out that Kaori was in love with Kōsei the entire time!!!!! She was only using Watari to get closer to Kosei without hurting Tsubaki’s feelings. Not all is bad, 2nd waifu is still alive and she confessed to Kōsei and promised to stay by his side for the rest of his life.

Rest in piece Kaori Waifu 😦 ❤

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