Yabuki Joe is a scoundrel, plain and simple. He's confident, cocky, a con artist and a drifter, and one hell of a fighter too -- or at least, that's what Tange Danpei, the washout and drunk ex-boxing coach believes. Danpei is so sure of Joe's ability to be a pro boxer that he gives up the drink and works hard to earn money to build a gym; but Joe, on the other hand, has other plans that are not nearly as noble. Can Danpei convince this loose cannon to pick up the gloves and box like a world class champion?
Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.
Though the circumstances of Joe and Ippo getting into boxing are very much different, this difference gives the viewer the suggestion that you are still watching two different anime. To some people, watching one particular sports anime means you have seen what that genre has to offer. These two can prove you are wrong. Both Joe and Ippo come from different backgrounds, they have different struggles. The fact that they are different gives the viewer a fresh look into the characters and the story so that way you are not watching the same thing if you are to watch one and then the other. You see how history has changed in the boxing world and in Japanese society.
Ashita no Joe was about being a role model for the low class in post World War II Japan. He was anti-social, a jerk, a loud mouth. You can say that he was the equivalent to Mike Tyson in terms of outside ring behavior. And yet, kids looked up to him. He gave his peers hope. He gave his trainer a reason to live.
While in Hajime no Ippo. Ippo was like Mike Tyson inside the ring. He had great defense, incredible power, and a will to win.
To sum it all up, Ashita no Joe is more about the struggles outside the ring, while Hajime no Ippo is about the struggles inside the ring. They both offer their own unique traits that make you feel you are truly watching different boxing stories.
Obvious recomendation as both are boxing anime. Ippo was also influenced by Ashita No Joe. Hajime no Ippo and Ashita no Joe are some of the best examples of boxing anime your going to find out there.
Old school vs. recent boxing anime: which is better?
Can't tell, but I'm pretty sure that you are gonna enjoy both of this awesome anime and the feeling they can convey thanks to not so cheesy scripts and compelling directing in their many fighting scenes!
also known as Hurricane Joe, very classic boxing anime that also came from a manga series. It is a complete series and has a great reputation among all sports manga fans and Jump classic lovers.
As opposed to a highschool bully victim Ippo, Joe has more focus on the phychological side of boxing and the hungry boxer's view of things.
Takaya Todoroki is a cocky, rookie racecar driver with dreams to make it big. Having lost his father, an American military officer and skilled jet fighter pilot, Takaya has made it his mission to follow his dreams and one day race and win in a Formula One car. During Takaya's first match, he crashes his car and awakens in a hospital, dejected and downtrodden. There, he's approached by a mysterious masked man who gives him another chance to prove his skills: Takaya will join an elite team of racers, and even test drive a prototype vehicle! Does Takaya have what it takes to race his way to the top?
This might be an odd recommendation but I think it fits. While one is about boxing and the other involves racing, both star a cocky protagonist who, after a humbling defeat, is trained by the best to rise to the top. Call it a gut feeling, but the tone and feel make me believe you'd like one if you liked the other (AnJ is a lot better, though).
In the year 1947, the people of Shinjuku are down on their luck. With little money to buy food or necessities, some resort to gambling in order to survive. The Mahjong parlors are where the traveling Tetsuya chooses to spend his time, wiping the floor clean with his adversaries. However, once Tetsuya meets the intensely-skilled Boushu-san, he discovers that his own skills are lacking, and from now on Mahjong will never be the same! Does Tetsuya have what it takes to become a legendary gambler?
Joe and Tetsuya are both hardened and cocky badasses who think they are the best at their games. Unfortunately, they soon discover that they are not, and must take a wisened teacher to improve their skills. Both main characters have remarkably similar personalities, so if you liked one you'd like the other.