Crusher Joe

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Crusher Joe
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(Kurasshā Jō)
Novel series
Written by Haruka Takachiho
Illustrated by Fujihiko Hosono
Published by Asahi Sonorama/Asahi Shimbun Publications
Original run19772016
Written by Haruka Takachiho
Illustrated by Fujihiko Hosono
Published by Asahi Sonorama
English publisher
MagazineManga Shōnen
Demographic Shōnen
Anime film
Directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Written byHaruka Takachiho
Yasuhiko Yoshikazu
Music by Norio Maeda
Studio Studio Nue
Nippon Sunrise
Licensed by
Released12 March 1983
Runtime125 minutes
Original video animation
Crusher Joe: The Ice Prison
Directed byToshifumi Takizawa
Written by Fuyunori Gobu
Music by Keiichi Oku
Studio Studio Nue
Licensed by
Released5 February 1989
Runtime60 minutes
Original video animation
Crusher Joe: The Ultimate Weapon: Ash
Directed byToshifumi Takizawa
Written byFuyunori Gobu
Music by Keiichi Oku
Studio Studio Nue
Licensed by
Released5 June 1989
Runtime55 minutes
Crusher Joe Rebirth [1]
Written by Haruka Takachiho
Illustrated byYu Harii
Published by Kodansha
Magazine Evening
Demographic Seinen
Original runSeptember 12, 2017 – present
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Crusher Joe (Japanese: クラッシャージョウ, Hepburn: Kurasshā Jō) is a series of science fiction novels written by Haruka Takachiho and published by Asahi Sonorama from 1977 to 2005 (an additional trilogy was published between 2013 and 2016). During the late 1970s one of the founding fathers of Studio Nue, Takachiho decided that besides being a designer he would try his hand at penning novels. The result was Crusher Joe, a group of anti-heroes who were not the typical self-sacrificing types but noble in their own right nonetheless. [2]


Crusher Joe was made into an animated film in 1983, two original video animation episodes in 1989, and a manga adaptation began in 2017. The film version won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1983. [3] The film features several guest designs by Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira Toriyama, Rumiko Takahashi and Hideo Azuma. [4] In 2021, Takachiho revealed that he worked with Otomo on a sequel film "a long time ago." Otomo created a storyboard for the beginning of the sequel and gave it to Sunrise, but the project fell through. [4]

The movie and the OVA series are currently licensed for English language release by Discotek Media. [5]


Enter the tale of the Crusher Council, a group of rugged individuals known for assignments ranging from transportation to terraforming and everything in between. In the early days of space exploration the Crushers took on the job of destroying asteroids and defining space lanes. Because of their work, they were nicknamed "Crushers" which eventually became their business moniker.

Despite the rough and ready nature of the Crushers' work, they subscribe to a few steadfast rules. Unethical and illegal assignments are taboo, and any Crusher accepting one is barred from the Union. Of course, this presents problems for shady clients who try to trick the Crushers into accepting misleading assignments. They know that once the Union accepts a case the Crushers are honor-bound to follow it through. Among the various worlds, the Crusher Council has a stunning reputation, and among the Crushers, the most elite team is the one led by Crusher Dan and his successor, Crusher Joe.


Joe: Born November 8, 2142 Planet Aramis, The Canis Major Zone. Joe is the headstrong leader of his Crusher Team, Joe became a Crusher at the age of ten and replaced his father as the active head of the Crushers. Now nineteen, he maintains his Triple A rating. Joe has an intensive dislike for authority (other than his own) and refuses to take orders from anyone, including his father. However, he does have a lighter side, which enables him to take the balance of a situation and to act quickly and calmly. He and Alfin are romantically involved.

Alfin: Born January 12, 2144 Planet Pizanne, The Cygnus Zone. Alfin was the Princess of the Planet Pizanne who left her home and royal status to join the Crushers. After the Pizanne incident she sneaks aboard the Minerva and takes the late Gambino's place as navigator. Perky, bubbly and easily intoxicated, Alfin is also quick-witted and fearless. She and Joe are romantically involved.

Talos: Born 2109 Planet Terra, The Solar System. Talos served with Joe's father, Crusher Dan, in the early days of the Crusher Union. After 40 years of being a Crusher eighty percent of his body has been replaced with cybernetic implants. These artificial limbs often come in handy (His left arm contains a machine gun). Talos is gruff and reserved and possesses enormous strength, a trait that has saved his teammates from more than one occasion. He serves as the team's pilot.

Ricky: Born 2146 Planet Rhodes, The Capricorn Zone. At the age of fifteen, Ricky is the youngest member of the Joe Team but this in no way hinders his performance as the ship's engineer. Orphaned when gang members killed his parents Ricky stows away on board the Minerva. His sharp wits and instant reflexes soon establish him as a member of the team. Quick tempered and easily riled. His teammate Talos often finds himself restraining the young engineer. He also spars with Alfin like a younger sibling.

Dongo: Mabot. Made in Dorloy. Type: MAB 8945-GP-The Dongo Mabot served with both Talos and Crusher Dan in the early days of the Federation. A robot with a warped sense of humor (he is often seen reading porn magazines), he is completely loyal and is capable of operating the Minerva when the team is absent.


The Movie
CharacterJapanese [6] English
Enoki Films (1983) AnimEigo/

Coastal Studios (1997) [7]

Joe Hiroshi Takemura Michael Brady
Alfin Run Sasaki Juliet Cesario
Talos Kiyoshi Kobayashi Dave Underwood
Ricky Noriko Ohara Shaun O'Rourke
Dongo Issei Futamata Amiga 3000 ( speech synthesis )
Colonel Kowalsky Gorou Naya Marc Matney
Bard Osamu Kobyashi Bob Edwards
Dan Akira Kume Daniel Morris
Matua Jonah Reiko Mutou Stacia Crawford
Murphy Chikao Ootsuka Michael S. Way
Killie Kazuyuki Sogabe Robin Robertson
Nero Takeshi Watabe Kevin Potts
Roki Daisuke Gouri Sean P. O'Connell
Cat's Eye Norma Kazuko Yanaga Belinda Bizic-Keller
Valenstinos Nobuo Tanaka Pierre Brulatour
Cortigiano Kouichi Chiba Jerry Winsett [8]
DuPrau Mardola Hidekatsu Shibata Norm Shore
Dr. Barbos Masaru Ikeda Patrick Humphrey
Pirate ChiefMasato Tachizawa
Pirate Shin'ya Ootaki
Officer Tomomichi Nishimura
AnessaKan Sakai
Control Room OfficersHiroyuki Kumakura

Fumihiko Tachiki

Hiroshi Kawaguchi

Disk JockeyLEO
Kei Meri Mizuhara
Yuri Yuri Akitsu
The OVAs
CharacterJapanese [6] English [9]
Joe Hiroshi Takemura Michael Brady
Alfin Run Sasaki Juliet Cesario
Talos Kiyoshi Kobayashi Dave Underwood
Ricky Noriko Ohara Shaun O'Rourke
Dongo Issei Futamata Rick Forrester
Episode 1
EyecatcherRoger D. Smith (in English)unchanged
Hume Iemasa Kayumi Michael Titterton
Ghellstan Yuzuru Fujimoto Michael S. Way
Kabul Mitsuo Senda Jim Clark
Barney Masaaki Tsukada Jordan Rhodes
Figaro Daisuke Gouri Marc Matney
Female Newscaster Masako Katsuki Sara Seidman-Vance
Male Newscaster Shin'ya Ootaki Bill Shank
ReporterScott Simpson
Captain 1 Masashi Ebara Patrick Humphrey
Warden Minoru Inaba
PrisonersNaoki Makishima

Hiroshi Hashimoto

Hiroyuki Suzuki

Akifumi Endou

Mark Franklin

Rick Havoc

Ronnie Lamana

Jim Leonard

Mark McCoy

Sean P. O'Connell

Communications OfficerTony Schnur
Staff OfficersJ. David Arnold

Larry Tobias

WaitressKeiko YamaokaPamela Weidner-Houle
GuardsTyson Harris

Thomas Roday

Prison RobotSteve Wilkins
AssistantDavid Woods
AnnouncerLanelle Markgraf
WorkersNat Burton

Lyndon Daverwood

SoldierBill Nixon
PilotRobert Hodge
Episode 2
Major Tanya Yoshiko Sakakibara Sinda Nichols
Colonel Mardo Kenji Utsumi Pierre Brulatour
President ElgarnoMikio TerajimaMichael S. Way
Lieutenant Jimenes Kiyoyuki Yanada Rick Havoc
Dr. Carlos Yasuo Muramatsu Larry Tobias
Captain 2 Ikuya Sawaki Paul Johnson
PilotHiroshi HashimotoNat Burton
HoiraShouji Ehara
Officer/ Major Diek Katsumi Suzuki Lee Taylor
Enlisted Man/ Sergeant WheelerHiroyuki SuzukiKevin Guthrie


Crusher Joe 1: Crisis on Solidarity Planet Pizanne (クラッシャージョウ 1 連帯惑星ピザンの危機, Kurasshā Jō 1: Rentai Wakusei Pizan no Kiki)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76093-1 (November 1977), ISBN   4-257-76920-3 (November 2000)
Crusher Joe 2: Extermination! The Space Pirates Trap (クラッシャージョウ 2 撃滅!宇宙海賊の罠, Kurasshā Jō 2: Gekimetsu! Uchū Kaizoku no Wana)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76098-2 (January 1978), ISBN   4-257-76925-4 (April 2001)
Crusher Joe 3: The Final Secret of the Milky Way (クラッシャージョウ 3 銀河系最後の秘宝, Kurasshā Jō 3: Gingakei Saigō no Hihō)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76103-2 (January 1978), ISBN   4-257-76939-4 (July 2001)
Crusher Joe 4: Cave of the Cult of the Dark God (クラッシャージョウ 4 暗黒邪神教の洞窟, Kurasshā Jō 4: Ankoku Jashinkyō no Dōkutsu)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76109-1 (January 1978), ISBN   4-257-76951-3 (November 2001)
Crusher Joe 5: Treachery Toward the Galactic Empire (クラッシャージョウ 5 銀河帝国への野望, Kurasshā Jō 5: Ginga Teikoku e no Yabō)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76118-0 (January 1978), ISBN   4-257-76958-0 (February 2002)
Crusher Joe 6: Challenge of the Human-faced Demon Beasts (クラッシャージョウ 6 人面魔獣の挑戦, Kurasshā Jō 6: Jinmen Majū no Chōsen)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76132-6 (June 1979), ISBN   4-257-76967-X (May 2002)
Crusher Joe 7: The Beautiful Demon King (クラッシャージョウ 7 美しき魔王, Kurasshā Jō 7: Utsukushiki Maō)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76176-8 (1983), ISBN   4-257-76978-5 (August 2002)
Crusher Joe 8: Kukuru, the Haunted City (クラッシャージョウ 8 悪霊都市ククル, Kurasshā Jō 8: Akuryō Toshi Kukuru)
Part 1: Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76501-1 (November 1989), ISBN   4-257-76981-5 (October 2002)
Part 2: Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76508-9 (March 1990), ISBN   4-257-76984-X (November 2002)
Crusher Joe 9: The Phantom Beast Wormwood (クラッシャージョウ 9 ワームウッドの幻獣, Kurasshā Jō 9: Wāmuūddo no Genjū)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-77017-1 (October 2003)
Crusher Joe 10: The Holy Virgin Dairon (クラッシャージョウ 10 ダイロンの聖少女, Kurasshā Jō 10: Dairon no Seishōjo)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-77047-3 (26 May 2005)
Crusher Joe Extra 1: Rainbow Hell (クラッシャージョウ 別巻1 虹色の地獄, Kurasshā Jō Bekkan 1: Nijiiro no Jigoku)
Novelization of the movie, Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-76233-0 (January 1983), ISBN   4-257-76999-8 (February 2003)
Crusher Joe Extra 2: The Doruroi Storm (クラッシャージョウ 別巻2 ドルロイの嵐, Kurasshā Jō Bekkan 2: Doruroi no Arashi)
Asahi Sonorama, ISBN   4-257-77047-3 (26 May 2005)

Video release

The 1983 film version was released on LaserDisc in 1996 with English subtitles. It was released on VHS in the United States by AnimEigo on 27 June 2000 in both dubbed and subtitled versions. A DVD released by AnimEigo on 23 September 2003 contained the original film and both OVA versions. All are now out of print.

A version of the 1983 film was released in the UK on VHS, under the name "Crushers". Aimed primarily at children, this version was dubbed into English. Particularly violent/sexual references were cut.

Video games

Crusher Joe: Kanraku Wakusei no Inbou was released in 1994 by Family Soft for the PC-98).

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