Megalobox 2: Nomad takes the story of Megalobox in a surprising new direction. Years after Joe and Yuri’s fateful match, Joe has become a wanderer who fights in underground boxing matches. ANN reached out to director Yo Moriyama and screenwriters Katsuhiko Manabe and Kensaku Kojima to learn more about how this unexpected sequel came to be.
We’re back in the world of Megalobox but a lot has changed since Joe’s victory. Although Joe’s fate was ambiguous in Ashita no Joe, it seemed like Megalobox‘s Joe escaped a possible death, yet he is still struggling. Can you talk about the creative decisions to take Joe in this new direction?
MORIYAMA: After the end of Megalobox, I was thinking of a proposal for my next work, but it wasn’t proceeding quite like I was hoping. At the same time, the producer approached me about the possibility of creating a Megalobox…