Ashita no Joe

Tomorrow's Joe

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Rocky Joe, Champion Joe
Japanese: あしたのジョー
English: Tomorrow's Joe
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Type: TV
Episodes: 79
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 1970 to Sep 29, 1971
Premiered: Spring 1970
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Fuji TV
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.301 (scored by 2442024,420 users)
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Ranked: #2612
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Popularity: #2191
Members: 93,656
Favorites: 2,010

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Joe Yabuki is a troubled youth, whose only solution to problems is throwing punches at them. What he lacks in manners and discipline, he makes up for with his self-taught fighting skills.

One day, while wandering the slums of Doya, Joe gets into a fight with the local gang. Although greatly outnumbered, he effortlessly defeats them, drawing the attention of Danpei Tange—a former boxing coach turned alcoholic. Seeing his potential, he offers to train Joe into Japan's greatest boxer. At first, Joe dismisses Danpei as a hopeless drunk; but after the trainer saves his life, he agrees to live with him and learn the art of boxing. Unfortunately, Joe's personality makes him an unruly student, and he often falls back to his old ways.

To survive the harsh world of his new career, Joe needs to trust his mentor and master the techniques taught to him. However, the road to becoming a professional boxer is rife with struggles that will test his mettle to the end.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation
Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hata, Masami
Episode Director
Saitou, Hiroshi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Ashita no Joe" by Isao Bitou

Ending Theme

1: "Joe no Komoriuta" by Asao Koike (eps 1-40)
2: "Rikiishi Toru no Theme" by Hide Yuki (eps 41-79)


Jan 12, 2024
The producers made a MIRACLE in this anime.
Even though it is a very old anime and has visible period problems, it managed to be a very good audiovisual experience considering the time of production and a great adaptation of the manga's story.
The visual direction is very creative and knows how to use limitations to its advantage, it has a good soundtrack, very good animation at the necessary moments, the story is simply sensational, with an engaging plot, a very well developed narrative, great characters and a phenomenal protagonist.
The biggest success of the adaptation is the greater development of the characters and more humanization of them, ...
Aug 21, 2022
Mixed Feelings
I decided to take a look at this show after seeing the characters and artwork. I've never seen a sports anime before this. So from my limited perspective, I enjoyed the show.

Since I came for the art, I'll start with that. What's my say on it? I actually love it. There are animation errors galore (mouths flying off of faces), and plenty of wonky movements, but it makes up for them. You may dislike the art, though, if the cheapness or outdated look distracts you.

To begin, there's a ton of beautiful texture throughout all of the drawings in the show. Especially in the more ...
May 3, 2022
This is not a show about boxing. It's about domesticating a delinquent orphan. There is barely a moment boxing becomes the highlight of the series; in fact, boxing knowledge besides the most basic terminology seems to be absent. I did not once root for Joe. In retrospect, I had hoped his coach's instruction would penetrate Joe's thick skull so he could learn something, anything. Every match had the same formula. Joe brawls. Joe is beaten to a pulp. Joe resorts to a stereotypical response, like some kind of cornered dog, exposes his fangs, and crosses his fingers to the end.

Even as a character alone who ...

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