This Week in Anime: Megalo Box Soundtrack, FLCL Behind the Scenes, and More…
A lot has happened over the last week, most of it pretty light-hearted.
Welcome back, everyone. For today’s This Week in Anime, there is going to be a lot of cool stuff to cover, so let’s get started.
Megalo Box Soundtrack to be Released in June
It was recently announced that the soundtrack to the recent hit Megalo Box, a show inspired by the 50th anniversary of the critically acclaimed manga Ashita no Joe, will be released in June. The soundtrack includes a collection of 47 tracks from the show, with songs from Japanese artists, including the Yasei Collective, COMA-CHI, and DJ Baku. Another version will be available that includes 12 additional tracks, totaling 59. The full soundtrack will be released sometime in June
If I were to pick the best soundtrack from the Spring 2018 anime season, it would hands down be Megabox. Its mix of 90s inspired hip-hop and classic rock does a great job at elevating the hype every time I watch it. Out of all of the anime soundtracks that I have come across, there have only ever been a few that made me think, “I would be totally ok with paying money to listen to this.” Before Megalo Box, it was Hyouka, Terror in Resonance, Phi Brain, and Jormungund. Now, Megalo Box is definitely on that list.
FLCL Releases a Behind the Scenes Video of English Dub Production
On Saturday, Adult Swin released a behind the scenes video for the upcoming sequels to the original Fooly Cooly, FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative. The video contains interviews with each of the main cast of the upcoming series’, including Kari Wahlgreen, who is playing Haruko, and who also played her in the original series.
Other members of the cast include Xanthe Huynh, who will be playing Hidomi, Ray Chase as Handa, and Steve Blum as Yoga. The first of the show’s sequels, FLCL Progressive, will be released starting on June 2nd, and Alternative will be released sometime in September.
As someone who enjoyed the original FLCL a lot, I can only hope that these sequels live up to the hype. Reading some interviews from the past couple of months, it very much sounded like a lot of the people involved in the project did not really want to create it. However, at least on the production side, Production I.G. has always been a reliable source of quality, so there is a bit of hope there. Hopefully, that will translate into some fun sequels.
Hiro Mashima Unveils New Secret Project
On Monday, Hiro Mashima unveiled on Twitter that he was working on a new project, despite already working on two other projects. According to Mashima’s tweet, “We are moving forward with three switching heads.” That part refers to both the series finale for Fairytail and another new project that will be released in the summer.
Fairytail was my initial introduction to Mashima, but I would be lying if I said I had done much exploration of his work other than that. Still, seeing all of this new work from him does make me excited, especially with the free time I’ll have this summer.
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