Creed 3 is getting a new anime short that’s showing exclusively in Japan. Announced by Michael B. Jordan, the new anime is attached to showings of Creed 3.
“Hi Japan!” he said via Instagram. “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.”
Yo Moriyama directed the anime at TMS Entertainment according to Anime News Network, the same team that made the popular boxing anime Megalobox and its sequel Megalobox 2: Nomad.
Creed 3 opens in Japan on May 26 where it’s known as Creed Kako no Gyakushū (or Creed: Revenge from the Past).
Whether or not the anime will eventually see an international release remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a welcome addition for Japanese fans. Not to mention Michael B. Jordan, who is a bit of an anime fan himself.
“Without nerding out too much… You’ve seen so many fights throughout the Rocky and Creed franchise, and I really wanted to put my spin on it, you know?” he told IGN earlier this year.
“How to make these fights different, and you know, from Hajime no Ippo, to Megalo Box, to Naruto, to My Hero Academia, all of those different anime that I watched growing up, there’s an inherent spirit to them in how they fight…”
IGN’s Creed 3 review gave it 8/10 and said: “Creed III is a confident directorial debut from star Michael B. Jordan that shows he’s already achieved a mastery of the formula that’s brought the series so much success.”
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Image Credit: Michael B. Jordan on Instagram
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.