Amin Abbas Dubai
Japanese anime Megalo Box has been recently released in the Middle East with an Arabic dub, exclusively showing on pan-Arab TV channel SpaceToon’s Video on Demand app ‘SpaceToon Go.’
Megalo Box broadcasted in Japan in two years ago and is based on Takamori Asaki and Chiba Tetsuya’s Ashita no Joe boxing manga.
According to a representative from SpaceToon Group, the Arabic dubbed version of Megalo Box features the same names of the characters from the original version and the dialogue is carefully translated from the Japanese version.
“We wanted to make sure that the Arabic version of Megalo Box is similar to the Japanese version in terms of the names and dialogues as the show is a sports anime series that showcases important values such as friendship and strong determination for winning to the youth generation,” they said.
“One of the main features of the Arabic version is presenting famous voice actors who are known to SpaceToon fans such as Raafat Bazo (Goku in Arabic version of Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball Super) and Marwan Farhat (Kogoro Mori in Arabic version of Detective Conan) for Nostalgic,” they added.
The SpaceToon representative said that the distinguishing factor of the Arabic dub version of the anime was that “the episodes’ titles are being taken from Arabic poems and verses of famous writers from Arabic literature history as well the opening of the show is being made with rap music style that features the words of Joe/Junk Dog and his journey’s story through pain & suffering to achieve his goal.”
SpaceToon Go has released the seventh episode of Megalo Box as of June 25.The VOD app also features various anime series in Arabic such as Dragon Ball Super, Magic Kaito 1412 and Yowamushi Pedal.
A second season of Megalo Box was announced last year, and it’s being currently under development by Japanese animation studio TMS Entertainment.