Mashiro: Ashita No Joe!
Takagi: "That's old... "
Being a pretty influential anime and manga, Ashita no Joe has been referenced many times through fiction, expecially on its homeland. Expect a lot of references to the Cross Counter or Joe iconic death.
Expect spoilers, not only of Ashita no Joe, but other series as well.
- Berserk: Puck does an impression of Danpei while egging on Isidro and Mule's fistfight.
- Great Teacher Onizuka: In an arc, while Murai and his friends are hanging from a tree in sleeping bags as human boxing bags, the man holding practice mitts for a boxer looks just like the coach Danpei Tange.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san: During episode 3, ""Blue Coral Reef", Nyarko makes a direct reference to Daitarn 3, then after Mahiro bluntly tells her he doesn't like her, she goes totally pale, then the following Eye Catch shows her slumped on a stool, mimicking the famous scene Joe Yabuki dies on the spot after his final fight.
- Hokuto no Ken: During episode 121 both Kenshiro and Falco, exhausted for the prolonged fight, simultaneously throw a last punch to decide the match. After showing each individual fist connecting to the other person's face, we see blood flying and then the "camera" moves to show a replica of the Joe/Rikishi original cross counter. It's not over: a manly faceoff ensues.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable: When Okuyasu, at Tonio's restaurant, eat the mozzarella and tomato appetizer he finds delicious, he compares the dish to a Simon & Garfunkel duet, a sketch of Ucchan and Nanchan (a japanese comedy duo) and to Asao Takamori's original manga with the art direction of Tetsuya Chiba.
- Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: When Kuroto dies from overworking himself attempting to recreate Hyper Muteki, he makes the same pose as the position on the final page of Ashita no Joe, complete with faded colors.
- Kill la Kill:
- Episode 1: Ryuko's first scene where she walks across a bridge into town, gets harassed by neighborhood gangs, and beats them up thereby earning respect, is inspired by the first episodes of Ashita no Joe.
- Episode 24: The episode's title comes from Ichirō Araki's "Hateshinaki yami no kanata ni" , the ending theme of the second Ashita no Joe TV series.
- RaButa: Fuyu parodies Joe's death scene after she finishes making a bunch of maid outfits by hand.
- Shokugeki no Soma: When Soma Yukihira and Megumi Tadakoro meet Kanachi Konishi for the first time, he is shown pale and slumped on a chair in a recreation of the much-parodied Joe's death scene.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
- In the First Episode, Kamina and Simon's escape attempt riding the pig-moles is a direct parallel to Joe's attempted prison break using pigs from the prison's farm.
- In the third episode , Simon and Kamina in their newly-combined ganmen (Gurren-Lagann) rushes towards Viral's Enki. Viral throws a punch, and Kamina throws a punch along the same line. When both ganmen's fists hit each other's faces, Dayakka yells out (in Gratuitous English), "CUROSSU COUNTAH!" and the shot takes on the same yellow hue with dark shadows as the punch from Joe's first tv series.
- Kamina's death itself was visually inspired by the ending of the series, having the same pose, smile, and bluescale color palette.
- Any of the episodes of Urusei Yatsura dealing with boxing would undoubtedly make a reference to Ashita no Joe, such as episode 43 "Fear of Meow" in which even the animation style is reminiscent of the show.
- Particularly many of the fights between Ryuunosuke and her Father mirror fights that took place in Ashita no Joe (for example the famous cross-counter punch between Joe and Rikishi).
- In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Sakura Ogami is found in the famous dead slumped over Joe pose after poisoning herself.
- One Pound Gospel, Rumiko Takahashi's boxing manga, features Joe's dead pose... Done by a chef exhausted from working himself to the bone.
- In The Battle Cats there is a cat named Welterweight Cat who, in his Normal Form and True Form, Ectoweight Cat, looks a lot like Joe Yabuki, mainly due to his appearance. His True Form even mentions that he had a near death experience while losing weight for the next bout.
- The anime adaptation of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War had Ishigami doing Joe's death pose while Kaguya was trying to get him to study for his exams.