Anime 
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Crusher Joe (1983)
クラッシャージョウ (Kurasshā Jō)

Synopsis

Crushers: intergalactic Jacks-of-All-Trades who will take on any assignment for the right price. Crusher Joe heads a small team of these outer space troubleshooters that includes the cyborg Talos, the beautiful Alfin, and the obligatory kid sidekick Ricky. A routine assignment escorting a cryogenically frozen heiress to a medical facility goes awry when the girl goes missing and Joe and his team are left holding the bag. It seems space pirates are trying to play the Crushers for patsies, but Joe doesn’t take kindly to the setup and tracks the pirates to their homeworld. The four heroes not only have to rescue their human cargo but take down the pirates in the process, which involves a heck of a lot of space dogfights, explosions, and good old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat.
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Animation

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Overview

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.

Alternative title

– Crusher Joe
– Crushers
– クラッシャージョウ
– Crusher Joe: The Movie
– Drtič Joe

TL;DR Review

Crusher Joe (Japanese: クラッシャージョウ Hepburn: Kurasshā Jō) is a series of science fiction light novels by Haruka Takachiho and released by Asahi Sonorama from 1977 to 2005. Crusher Joe was made into an animated film in 1983.

The animation is quite good for the time. The first thing you’ll notice is the pretty painted backdrops. I wouldn’t say the colors are vibrant, but they are very contrasting and colorful. The aerial combat reminds me of the original Gatchaman.

The music sound very epic and certainly inspiring during the intro scenes. Remind me of that era where everyone wants to copy Star War. And of course, space disco.

Joe initial introduction isn’t a very favorable one. He seems to have a bit of a father complex and whine like a kid when his father pointed out his rashness, which was why he got swindled. So what does our main protagonist do? Go to a disco, drink, and start a bar fight. The other supporting characters aren’t given much personality either. You got the jealous girl, the quirky kid, and the strong big guy.

We also see a guest appearance by Dirty Pair, well sorta. They are shown in the big picture in the movie. The movie doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. It’s not quite a full comedy but too goofy to be a drama. It has adult themes but the plot feel more like it was written for children. I can’t tell if this was intended for adults or children.

The main standout of this anime is the space combat. It reminded me of my youth watching these old anime.

I would only recommend this movie to the fan that enjoys old-school silly science fiction. Crusher Joe movie contains some nudity, graphic violence, alcohol consumption, and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Music

Closing Theme

– “Hishou (Never End)” by Kazuhiro Nishimatsu

Insert/Image Theme

– “Bloodbath Highway” by ARAGON
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Crusher Joe (1983)

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