Crusher Joe

Crusher Joe (Japanese: クラッシャージョウ, Hepburn: Kurasshā Jō) is a series of science fiction novels by Haruka Takachiho and released 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
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Screenshot of the title screen showing two of the main characters
(Kurasshā Jō)
GenreScience fiction
Novel series
Written byHaruka Takachiho
Illustrated byFujihiko Hosono
Published byAsahi Sonorama
Original run19772016
Anime film
Directed byYoshikazu Yasuhiko
Written byHaruka Takachiho
Yasuhiko Yoshikazu
Music byNorio Maeda
StudioStudio Nue
Nippon Sunrise
Licensed by
Released12 March 1983
Runtime125 minutes
Original video animation
Crusher Joe: The Ice Prison
Directed byToshifumi Takizawa
Written byFuyunori Gobu
Music byKeiichi Oku
StudioStudio Nue
Licensed by
Released5 February 1989
Runtime60 minutes
Original video animation
Crusher Joe: The Ultimate Weapon: Ash
Directed byToshifumi Takizawa
Written byFuyunori Gobu
Music byKeiichi Oku
StudioStudio Nue
Licensed by
Released5 June 1989
Runtime55 minutes
Written byHaruka Takachiho
Illustrated byFujihiko Hosono
Published byAsahi Sonorama
English publisher
MagazineManga Shōnen
Original run19791979
Crusher Joe Rebirth[1]
Written byHaruka Takachiho
Illustrated byYu Harii
Published byKodansha
Original runSeptember 12, 2017 – present
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Crusher Joe was made into an animated film in 1983, and a pair of for-video animated episodes in 1989. The film version won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1983.[3]

The movie and the OVA series are currently licensed for English language release by Discotek Media.[4]


Planned and Produced by Sunrise, Yoshikishi Kishimoto, Masanori Ito, Eiji Yamaura, Takayuki Yoshii
Distributed by Fuji Pictures
Original Work, Screenplay, Design, Director of Animation, Storyboarding, Director, Supervision, Animator Studio Nue

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Art Designed And Directed by Michiaki Sato

Mitsuki Nakamura

Director of Photography Katsuharu Misawa
Audio Directors Sadayoshi Fujino, Koichi Chiba
Music Norio Maeda
End Credits
Direction Norio Kashima
Animated by Naoyuki Yoshinaga

Gen Sato, Mayumi Ishigaki

Ayumi Hattori, Tomoko Kobayashi

Keiko Hasegawa, Setsu Yoshihashi

Ichiro Itano, Junhisa Uchida

Setsuko Takenouchi, Kumiko Takahashi

Yuji Moriyama, Toshihiro Hirano

Kazuhiko Yoshimori, Mie Tokukura

Ayumi Koike, Kumiko Yoshihama

Miyuki Tokito, Chieko Kudo

Momoko Murata, Hiromi Nishikawa

Mayumi Hirota, Kiyoshi Takeba

Tomoko Otaki, Kenichi Hirano Sachiko Ito, Random

Checkers Kazuko Maejima, Yoshiko Ibarata
Backgrounds Cosmos, Teiichi Akashi, Kuniko Nishimura, Junichi Azuma, Kazuko Katsui, Tetsuto Shimono, Tetsuo Anzai, Sachiko Sato, Mecha Man, Studio SF
Coloring Studio Deen, Studio Kuma, Taka & Kino Prod., Yuminsha, Group Joy, Sunrise Studio, Kyoto Animations, Just, Ad Cosmo, Studio 2001
Color Designation Shinji Hatori, Emi Yoshida
Special Effects Michiaki Doi, Kumiko Endo
Rostrum Camera Asahi Productions
VFX Photography Shingo Hara
Listwork Mitsunari Watanabe
Editing by Inoue Editing Room
Mixing Kazutoshi Sato
Production Coordinators Isamu Sota, Yukiteru Izumiyama, Akiyoshi Yoda
Recorded at Tokyo TV Center, Victor Aoyama Studios
ADR Production Keiko Senda
Lyrics by Tsukihiko Fujiwara, LEO

Sung & Performed by

Kazuhiro Nishimatsu, ARAGON
Soundtrack Available from Victor Records
Performed by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Katsuaki Nakatani
Engineering by Yuji Yamashita
Special Thanks to UNCREATIVE, Kodansha
Music Produced by Sunrise Music Publishing
Titles by Isao Ishida
Advertising Department Noboru Mano, Shigeharu Nakao
Settings Producer

Director's Assistant

Mamoru Hamazu
Production Managers Minoru Nishikawa, Fumaku Furusawa, Toshiya Ichimanda
Production Assistant Emi Yoshida
Titles Design by Akihiro Hakada
Special Designers Hideo Azuma, Yumiko Igarashi, Hisaichi Ishii, Katsuhiro Otomo, Fumiko Takano, Rumiko Takahashi, Keiko Takemiya, Torimiki

Akira Toriyama, Fujihiko Hosono, Satomi Mikuriya, Shinji Wada

Film Processing Tokyo Laboratories


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. Voiced by: Hiroshi Takemura (Japanese); Michael Brady (English)

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. Voiced by: Run Sasaki (Japanese); Juliet Cesario (English)

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. Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Japanese); Dave Underwood (English)

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. Voiced by: Noriko Ohara (Japanese); Shaun O'Rourke (English)

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.


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 releaseEdit

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 gamesEdit

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


  1. ^ "Crusher Joe Gets New Manga Adaptation". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ Washington, Darius (24 March 2011). "Rollin' with The Crushers". Otaku USA. Retrieved 2011-03-25.
  3. ^ "第6回アニメグランプリ [1984年6月号]". Tokuma Shoten. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Discotek Licenses Crusher Joe Anime Film, OVA Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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