Trivia / Ashita no Joe

  • Defictionalization: When the two characters who died in the ring did so (Rikiishi and Joe), both had real-life funerals held for them by fans. That is how popular the manga was.
  • Life Imitates Art: Want to know what would've happened if a match like Jose Mendoza versus Joe had happened in real life? Look no further than the very real and infamous Ray Mancini and Deuk Koo Kim match (a good 20 years after the manga had ended), also known as "the reason why no fight lasts 15 rounds anymore.'' While Deuk Koo Kim wasn't punch drunk by any means, he had to go through the process of losing several pounds immediately before the fight to make the weight. The fight lasted 14 brutal rounds. Unlike the manga the fight was stopped in the 14th round after Kim rose unsteadily to his feet by pulling himself up the ropes note  after being knocked down. It gave Mancini the victory by TKO. Minutes after the fight was over, Kim collapsed into a coma. He had suffered a major brain injury, and died four days later. What happened to everybody else? Mancini fell into a deep depression afterwards from which -it could be argued- he never trully recovered so if you were wondering how Mendoza would've reacted, there you go. His career and marketeability disintegrated. He eventually came back to the ring, but he was never the same. Kim's mother committed suicide four months after the fight, and the bout's referee, Richard Green, killed himself in July 1983. Needless to say it wasn't pretty, and wouldn't be in the Ashita no Joe manga either.
  • The Other Darrin: Some seiyuu were changed for the second anime series, but Nishi in particular goes from sounding cartoonishly deep to sounding rather high-pitched.
    • Nishi LATAM Los Angeles voice actors are quite egregious. For a good chunk of the second series, Nishi sounded like a complete simpleton, but once you get used to his voice, they changed the actor for a more normal and youngish voice in the final episodes. It was quite annoying, actually.
  • Playing Against Type: Ryusei Nakao as Carlos. Really.