Ashita no Joe
Ashita no Joe: Fighting for Tomorrow
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Ashita no Joe

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Rocky Joe, Tomorrow's Joe
Japanese: あしたのジョー
English: Ashita no Joe: Fighting for Tomorrow
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 171
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 1, 1968 to May 13, 1973
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life, Sports Sports
Theme: Combat Sports Combat Sports
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Kajiwara, Ikki (Story), Chiba, Tetsuya (Art)


Score: 8.941 (scored by 1693216,932 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #152
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #307
Members: 52,555
Favorites: 4,272


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Volumes: /20
Chapters: /171


Joe Yabuki has learned how to toughen up and stop trusting others after a troubling youth spent bouncing between orphanages and fending off bullies. After finally escaping the cycle of violent temporary homes, Joe adopts a delinquent lifestyle in the streets of San'ya, a slum in Tokyo. He makes his way through the world with his fists, picking fights with anyone he pleases.

Danpei Tange, a washed-up and alcoholic former boxing coach, notices Joe's animalistic combat ability and attempts to mentor the wild teenager. Despite developing an explosive relationship, the two form a close bond and rely on each other to look after the other homeless children in San'ya.

Unable to abandon his destructive habits, Joe is arrested for petty crimes. In jail, he meets and fights with lifelong friends and rivals, including the boxing prodigy Tooru Rikiishi. Continuously challenging Rikiishi to fights, Joe is knocked out time after time due to his savage brawling style failing in the face of Rikiishi's controlled boxing technique. But eventually, Joe stuns his rival with a knockout blow, earning Rikiishi's respect and the promise that they will one day meet again inside the professional ring.

Finding a reason to live within boxing, Joe takes life head-on with a new purpose. As he rises through Japan's amateur and professional boxing scenes, he contends with painful loss and increasing injury. Joe's passion for fighting is all-consuming, and he grapples with the idea that a life without boxing may not be one worth living.

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Ashita no Joe has sold over 20 million copies, was adapted to two anime series and films, as well as two live-action films in 1970 and 2011. Both the titular character and series have become an incredibly influential part of Japanese pop-culture.

The series was published in French by Glénat Editions and in Italian by Star Comics.

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Aug 10, 2014
Simply put, Ashita no Joe is nothing short of a timeless masterpiece of a manga. This really is likely to be one of the greatest manga creations that has ever been created as well as one of the greatest that will ever be created. In every single medium, whether it be in literature, film or anything else for that matter, there are a select few creations that manage to transcend the media in and off itself and become something truly epic, truly beautiful and truly classic. Ashita no Joe manages to pull of this staggering feat. It manages to go far beyond being just another ...
Jan 17, 2024
Mixed Feelings
While I have this rated as a 10, I truly think it's a 9.5/10.

The story of Ashita no Joe is absolutely phenomenal, there's not a lot more that can be said.

Joe as a man and his fights encompass almost everything that I find interesting about boxing and life in general. His fight with Rikishi haunting him forever was amazing, but I truly think that his fight against Mendoza was where Joe culminated and peaked, with a close second being his fight against Carlos. Joe is everything that tomorrow is.

The ONLY thing that I have a problem with, is that I think the start is a ...
Mar 31, 2024
Preliminary (20/171 eps)
I considered not writing a review for Ashita no Joe, as I didn't finish it. I didn't finish JoJo's Bizzare Adventure and don't feel I can meaningfully review it at this time. But for Ashita no Joe, if I can assist one person in making a decision on this manga, maybe that'll be worth it.

I came into this manga because many people bring it up when discussing Hajime No Ippo, but after trying to read it, I'm just so disappointed in the series, that I wonder why the comparisons are made.

There's two big problems I have with Ashita no Joe that ...

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