Hollywood actor Michael B. Jordan has been vocal about his love of anime and how it’s influenced the movie Creed III, which he both directed and stars in. While the movie has already played in American theaters, it still doesn’t hit Japanese theaters until May 26. Titled Creed Kako no Gyakushū (translated as Creed: Revenge from the Past) for its Japanese audience, it also offers a little something extra: its own short anime at the end.
Jordan wrote on his Instagram account in both Japanese and English:
“Hi Japan! We made a special anime as a surprise for Japanese fans that will play at the end of the film. Creed 3 opens in theaters in Japan next weekend – get your tickets now to see what it’s all about!”
The anime is being made at TMS Entertainment, with Yo Moriyama helming the project as the director. It’s written by both Katsuhiko Manabe and Kensaku Kojima. The connection? This is the director and writers for Megalobox and Megalobox 2: Nomad, an anime about boxing. In fact, Jordan said that Megalobox was one of his anime influences for Creed III.
Megalobox is available for streaming on Crunchyroll, which gave this description for its plot:
“A desolate land stretches out from the city of poverty. A motorcycle speeds recklessly, blowing clouds of sand and dust. The rider is the protagonist of this story – he has neither a name nor a past.
All he has is his ring name, ‘Junk Dog’ and a technique for rigging MEGALOBOX matches with his pal Gansaku Nanbu, which they use to support their hand-to-mouth lives. JD is bored, resigned, and unfulfilled. Yuri has been the reigning champion of MEGALOBOX for the past few years. He has the skills and presence of a true champion. This is a story of JD and his rival, Yuri.”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.