When Megalo Box was announced to air during the spring 2018 season, no one could have imagined it would end up as one of the anime community’s favorites by the final episode. Ripe with interesting characters, a ’90s and early 2000s aesthetic, an enrapturing soundtrack and all the trademarks of quality Shonen and sports anime, it was a show that exemplified overcoming the odds both in its content and its ability to stand out in a season packed with heavy hitters. Once viewers have seen the credits roll on the final episode though, the need for a similarly stellar show will be stronger than ever, and the wellspring of shows like it could make for a long-winded search. To that end, we’ve got you covered with our pick of seven shows to watch if you’re looking for something to scratch that Megalo Box itch.
Michiko and Hatchin
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A bit of an outlier even among the more niche anime, Michiko and Hatchin tells the tale of two characters brought together while on the hunt for a deadbeat boyfriend-turned-father Hiroshi: Michiko, a convict on the run after escaping from a high security prison in search of her runaway love; and Hatchin, an orphan looking to escape her abusive foster parents in the hopes a finding her true family. Their hunt quickly becomes perilous as their journey takes them into the seedy underbelly of South America, with more than a few gangsters just as determined as they are to find Hiroshi to settle old scores.
With a cast of characters as colorful as the world around them, it can be easy to lose oneself in this show for episode upon episode. It also doesn’t help that the soundtrack is a masterclass of finely picked beats, making for an experience that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.