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Ashita no Joe (English title: Tomorrow's Joe) a critically acclaimed boxing manga created by Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba in 1968 that was later adapted into an anime series and movie. While stupidly popular in its home country, it's almost completely unknown outside of it. Outside Japan it is also referred to as Rocky Joe or Joe. Masami Kurumada, author of Saint Seiya, has also stated that he actually created his first famous manga (Ring Ni Kakero) as a tribute to this one.

Joe Yabuki is a troubled orphan who runs away from the orphanage, wandering the slums of Tokyo until he meets up with former boxing trainer Danpei Tange, who teaches Joe how to box while the latter is in prison. While in prison, Joe develops rivalries and friendships with the other inmates (and these two groups often overlap) while developing his skills at boxing and trying to become the best in the world.

Ashita no Joe has been made into several video games, including a Punch Out-like arcade game by Taito, the infamous Neo Geo game Legend of Success Joe, Ashita no Joe: Masseki ni Moe Agare! for the Game Boy Advance, and Sunday VS Magazine Shuuketsu Choujou Daikessen for PSP.


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