Megalo Box is a story about a guy known as Junk Dog climbing his way up to the top to fight against an opponent who knocked him out in the first round.
Entering a world tournament of Megalo boxing known as Megalonia under the name of Joe, he is trying to get his vengeance against that guy more than winning the competition itself.
This is a story about an underdog going through the ups and downs of life aiming for the top without fear as he has nothing to lose except his self-respect.
So, let’s begin with the top 10 list of anime that closely resembles Megalo Box.
Baki deals with one’s journey to be the best fighter in a violent world.
Baki the GrapplerAir Date: January 9, 2001 Status: Finished Studio: TMS Entertainment, Group TAC No. of Seasons: 4 No. of Episodes: 87
Baki Hanma, the son of the mightiest fighter in the world, is trying to become mightier than his father through intense training.
To get back the lost excitement of a real fight, five of the world’s most violent criminals have gathered to face Baki in hopes of getting crushed by him.
While Baki, along with other underground martial artists, prepares for the fight.
Not everyone in this world is striving for fame, Levius depicts that beautifully.
LeviusAir Date: November 28, 2019 Status: Finished Studio: Polygon Pictures No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
After getting back up on its feet following the brutal war, the 19th-century world is driven by battles between arena fighters. The fighters are equipped with robotic transplants.
These battles bring loads of money and fame while risking one’s life. Among these killing machines lies a young man named Levius, who strives neither for money nor for fame.
Engulfed in the sports of mechanical martial arts, Levius fights against his opponents just for the means of survival.
Casshern Sins illustrates the norm of the strong preying upon the weak to be the supreme.
Casshern SinsAir Date: October 2, 2008 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse, Tatsunoko Production No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
With nothing but self-conscious robots, the earth is now a doomed wasteland with no signs of humanity. These robots, once known to be immortals, have started to think about their immortality after the death of their own kind called Luna.
The one thing that might bestow them with immortality is to eat Casshern. Unaware of the reason behind his existence, Casshern has to wander around this planet to protect himself from the robots. While seeking the truth of this world.
Hinomaru Sumo magnificently displays the importance of being patient in the most challenging times.
Hinomaru SumoAir Date: October 5, 2018 Status: Finished Studio: Gonzo No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
The only thing that is stopping the hardworking and talented Hinomaru Ushio from stepping into the ring of professional sumo is his size.
To fulfill his dream of acquiring the title of Hinoshita Kaisan, the highest class of sumo, Ushio has to become the High School Yokozuna, the strongest wrestler in high school tournaments.
Not joining Ishigami High, the best school for sumo, Ushio joins Odachi High, where he has to build a sumo club before even practicing for the tournament.
With a passionate member named Shinya Ozeki by his side, Ushio marches on to become a pro sumo wrestler.
Texhnolyze will inspire you to fight against your weakness to save someone valuable to you.
TexhnolyzeAir Date: April 17, 2003 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 22
Three significant factions battle to control Lux city, Organo, the Salvation Union, and Racan.
Ichise, a prizefighter after losing an arm and a leg to a fight promoter, was saved by scientist Eriko Kamata, who uses him as a test subject for her newly designed Texhnolyze.
After that, she meets with a girl named Ran, who, with her ability to predict the future, tells that they may be the only one to protect Lux from an upcoming war.
5Ashita no Joe
Ashita no Joe is an inspiring story about a street fighter’s journey to becoming a boxer.
Ashita no JoeAir Date: April 1, 1970 Status: Finished Studio: Mushi Production No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 126
Punching his way through the problems, Joe Yabuki is a self-taught fighter lacking discipline. After witnessing his prowess as a fighter against a local gang, Danpei Tange, a former boxing coach, offers to train him to become the greatest boxer in Japan.
After being saved by Danpei, Joe accepts him as a trainer and promises him to follow his teachings. While struggling to set aside his wild instincts as a street fighter, Joe trains to become a professional boxer to survive in this harsh world.
Samurai Champloo is the coolest samurai show you’ll ever watch.
Samurai ChamplooAir Date: May 20, 2004 Status: Finished Studio: Manglobe No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 26
While saving Fuu Kasumi from a group of Samurai, Mugen and Jin destroys an entire shop and ends up killing the local magistrate’s son accidentally. Just when they were going to be executed for their crimes, Fuu saves them by hiring them as her bodyguard.
Fuu wishing to find a certain samurai with the smell of sunflowers enlists both of them to do so. They agreed to help, but it will be Fuu’s liability to stop Mugen and Jin from killing each other on this mission.
3Fighting Spirit (Hajime no Ippo)
Fighting Spirit splendidly illustrates the fight with one’s inner demon to bring out the true self concealed deep within.
Hajime no IppoAir Date: October 4, 2000 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse No. of Seasons: 3 No. of Episodes: 126
Makunouchi Ippo is always bullied for his lack of spirit to fight back. While getting bullied the other day, he was saved by Takamura Mamoru, a boxer whose skills amazed Ippo while he was fainting away.
After getting back to senses, Takamura asks Ippo to punch a punching bag with a photo of Ippo’s classmate. Following the punch, Ippo’s feelings led him to train under Takamura.
Not seeming prepared to be a boxer, Takamura hands an impossible task to Ippo. After getting inspired by his hardworking mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to reach the top in the boxing world.
Cowboy Bebop reminds us to smile even when the tide of time is against us.
Cowboy BebopAir Date: April 3, 1998 Status: Finished Studio: Sunrise No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 26
In the distant future, humanity survives on different colonies of planets of the solar system. The peace in the colonies is maintained by the Inter Solar System Police, who are further helped by the Cowboys. i.e., The bounty hunters.
Spike Spiegel, along with his boisterous partner Jet Black are the duo of bounty hunters who sustain their living through the reward earned by chasing bounties.
While adding new members to their crew, Spike is on his way to close the chapter of the past that keeps haunting his life, making it miserable.
Kengan Ashura seals the deal with its non-stop high octane action sequences.
Kengan AshuraAir Date: July 31, 2019 Status: Finished Studio: Larx Entertainment No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 24
In this world, business deals are sealed by fights between the gladiators hired by the parties involved. The battle in the grand arena is going on since the Edo Period, where violence using martial arts is the norm.
Nicknamed as “Ashura,” Ouma Tokita is hired by Hideki Nogi, to fight on his behalf with a man in his forties named Kazuo Yamashita as his manager.
Aiming to be the strongest amongst them all, Tokita and Yamashita fight their way through the matches where one mistake can cost their life.
There are some other series which consists of few elements in Megalo Box, they are:
s-CRY-ed; Yuri!!! On Ice, Carole & Tuesday.