Junk Dog may have lost the battle, but he won a will to live… as well as a new name.
— It looks like these “1080p” feeds on Crunchyroll continue to be nothing but lies.
— Gansaku, Junk Dog’s promoter, wants him to surrender as soon as he starts losing. That’s probably wise, but you gotta wonder if he actually cares about the protagonist. Maybe Gansaku just doesn’t want to see his meal ticket kill himself out of pride.
— We all know how this is supposed to go, right? There’s no way our underdog — our Junk Dog — can stand a chance against the champion. And right off the bat, Yuri is dodging every single punch that comes his way.
— It’s worth nothing that these fighters’ Gears are only attached to their upper bodies. They will still need to move their feet on their own. You still need to be agile. You still need to position yourself absolutely correctly.
— Yuri takes one jab and instantly drives Junk Dog back. Our hero’s right cheek also starts bleeding? On the one hand, I like that Yuri is efficient and economical. It’s predictable, but it makes perfect sense. He’s too skilled to just fight wildly like Junk Dog. On the other hand, how the hell did his jab manage to cut Junk Dog like that? Yes, you get bruised in the ring, but you don’t get finely cut as if your opponent is wielding a knife. That’s a bit too anime for my tastes.
— But of course, Junk Dog smiles at the fact that his life is on the line. Stupid or just psychotic? Hell, why not both? At one point, Junk Dog nearly catches Yuri off-guard, but he’s just outclassed through and through. Nevertheless, he’s having the time of his life.
— Even with just one hand, Yuri is winning easily. This is not a good look for Junk Dog. I mean, Yuri literally becomes a one-trick-pony with just one hand, but the protagonist still can’t keep up.
— The OP doesn’t do it for me, but that’s fine. I’ve never cared much about them anyway. Yes, I’m one of those dirty OP skippers.
— I wonder… do weight classes even matter in Megalo Boxing?
— Junk Dog eventually gets up to talk more shit… but he does it after the match has already been called. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like Yuri by any means. But c’mon, it looks pretty pathetic to mouth off when you just got your ass handed to you.
— “YOU COULDN’T EVEN KILL ME.” This guy…
— I can’t disagree with Yuri. Why would he waste his time any further here? Junk Dog acts tough, but he doesn’t act smart. More than that, he has a death wish. Our protagonist has a long way to go before he’s a hero. I mean, it’s a bit refreshing that he’s not just cool and powerful right off the bat. But at the same time, he’s cowardly and suicidal. He talks big, but he can’t back it up. No, contrary to what you might think, getting into the ring with the champion is not backing it up. Backing it up is actually putting in the hard work to stand toe-to-toe with the champion. Right now, Junk Dog just wants to die. His life is so miserable that he’s trying to find every which way to self-destruct. It’s like when you want to break up with your SO, but you’re too chickenshit to do it. As a result, you pick fights to make them break up with you instead. That’s how Junk Dog is approaching his life. He’s just too scared to do it himself.
— Not surprisingly, the guy goes on yet another reckless ride on his motorcycle that night. At some point, he almost flies off the edge of a cliff. Look, this isn’t accidental. This is a guy who wants to die, but just doesn’t have the balls to pull the trigger.
— Luckily, Yuri may have beaten some sense into our stray dog. The guy admits that he can’t go back to the underground boxing ring. He can’t bring himself to end his life, but at the same time, fighting amateurs doesn’t give him a high anymore. He needs the thrill of facing a real opponent. Once you go Yuri, you just can’t go back.
— Elsewhere, Yukiko tears into Yuri. Eh, I’m sure he expected this.
— It’s like a dad forbidding his daughter from seeing that wild kid on the wrong side of the tracks, though: “I understand. I’ll never see him again.”
— You’d think Yuri would have more leverage if the fate of Yukiko’s damn company rests solely on his ability to punch people, but he’s surprisingly passive around her. Judging by the way she touches his arm tenderly, I wonder if these two have a deeper relationship. Maybe they’ll have a romance subplot.
— Ah, the shitty resolution is killing me. These scenes look terrible. Such wasted potential. I know I can probably get a better image whenever the blu-rays come out, but those are exorbitantly expensive.
— I’m digging the hip hop track.
— Meal ticket, it is.
— Junk Dog tells Gansaku that he now wants to enter Megalonia. I hope our hero has a plan, though. Is he going to upgrade his Gear? How will he prepare for the upcoming fights? What’s his training regimen? Is he going to watch film and study his opponents?
— Of course, his promoter tries to discourage him, but for all the wrong reasons. Gansaku doesn’t care about Junk Dog, and he has no obligation to. Junk Dog eventually realizes this, so he screws his promoter over by defeating his opponent in one punch. The match is supposed to last five rounds. Whoops.
— Who doesn’t like intimidating soup metaphors? Better than Campbell!
— The big bad boss wants Gansaku’s remaining eye as payback for screwing up the fixed match. As a last ditch effort, the latter claims that he’ll pay back all his debts and more when Junk Dog wins Megalonia. Welp, there’s no getting out of it now.
— Junk Dog promises Gansaku that he won’t lose again. But of course, he still has to put in the work. At his current level, he’s not even close to Yuri. Junk Dog is barely held together by his ego and his ego alone.
— Later that night, Junk Dog and Gansaku get a little assistance from the boss. Using a little techno know-how, Junk Dog now has a fake ID and a new name… bet you can’t guess what he ends up picking for himself: Joe. Yeah, he looks like a good Joe. Now all he needs is a giant, holographic naked girlfriend.
— But on a serious note, this series really doesn’t need a tacked-on romance, and this is coming from a guy who likes romance in his stories. I don’t mind one between Yuri and Yukiko, but I just find it hard to imagine Junk Dog getting into a relationship with anyone right now. He’s too unstable.