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 2462524,625 users)
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Ranked: #2642
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Popularity: #2204
Members: 94,356
Favorites: 2,018

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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)


Feb 28, 2008
Stretching towards 40 years since its original broadcast on 1 April 1970, "Ashita no Joe" is one of the very first few sports anime and almost certainly the first to revolve around boxing. Based on the manga by Takamori Asao and Chiba Tetsuya, both the manga and anime are noted for being pioneers of the genre as a whole, and are considered classics.

Story: Joe is a deadbeat. He is a troubled orphan who chooses to abandon his orphanage in an attempt to find his own way of life. Walking through the slums of Tokyo, he encounters a drunkard as he is hurled from a bar. ...
Jul 7, 2015
Mixed Feelings
While there are some earlier anime that are well-regarded, Ashita no Joe is often considered to be the anime medium's first true work of greatness. In many ways, it does hold up as the benchmark that it is regarded as being - but in many other ways, it requires a "good for its time" disclaimer, as do many of its contemporaries.

From a production standpoint, Ashita no Joe has actually held up exceptionally well compared to many other 70s anime. While it does have animation errors all over the place, the rough, sketchy way in which it is drawn makes it look highly stylized for its ...
Mar 29, 2024
I really wish I could recommend Ashita no Joe anime cause the manga’s story deserves to get a good adaptation and have more people experience it. Unfortunately, both as an adaptation and on it’s own show, AnJ is just bad.

I initially wanted to approach this from a perspective of someone who hasn’t read the manga and judge the anime on its own strength but I couldn’t make it through beyond about 30 something episodes before dropping it and having a blast reading through the manga.

There’s two very big reasons behind why I strongly dislike this anime. For one, AnJ has terrible pacing. In 79 ...

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