Ashita no Joe Pilots

Tomorrow's Joe Pilots

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Synonyms: Ashita no Joe: Aoyama & Rikiishi Pilot Episodes
Japanese: あしたのジョー パイロットフィルム
English: Tomorrow's Joe Pilots
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Type: Special
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 6, 1969 to Dec 22, 1969
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 10 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Pilot episodes.

Characters & Voice Actors


Bessho, Takaharu
Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard


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Jun 1, 2014
The pilots of Ashita No Joe contain 2 episodes titled Rikiishi & Aoyama. Most of the animation in these pilots would later be used in the opening & closing songs, however there's also some animation used only in the pilots. The instrumental version of Joe's Lullaby is featured in these specials as well as the same soundtrack played in the anime series.

Rikkishi Special is around 11 minutes in content featuring a quick summary of Joe meeting Danpei & Rikiishi. Essentially, highlighting Joe's character & motivations to becoming a boxer. The style of this pilot seems akin to a trailer to the series as it's narrator ...
Aug 9, 2019
To start with the watch order, I recommend watching the Rikiishi pilot before the Aoyama pilot. It flows better that way and while both are standalone, if you're going to watch both, I think that's what's intended. As for quality, they're pretty good. I recommend them.

More words to be long enough to post even though this is all I have to say. Not sure why there's a minimum requirement, I'm really just posting this to inform people about the watch order. No BBCode either which sucks because I'd have wanted to bold the names of the pilots. Welp, hopefully that's enough.
Dec 16, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Two ten-minute introductory episodes to the classic anime series, Ashita no Joe, or "Tomorrow's Joe". If you want to get a good feel of what the series is about, this is a good way to do it in just ten minutes - if after watching one of the shorts you are still interested, then it's worth watching the whole series. In modern-day anime parlance, this might be considered a "PV".

"Tomorrow's Joe" is about a young, wandering, scrappy kid, on his own in down-and-out Japan of the time (late Sixties). He's a street brawler without purpose, who catches the ...

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