Japanese sci-fi author Haruka Takachiho revealed on Twitter today that he planned a sequel to the 1983 anime film adaptation of his popular novel series Crusher Joe, and that it was supposed to be a collaboration project with Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA).
The first anime film was released in Japan on March 12, 1983. It was directed by the novel’s original illustrator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko on a screenplay co-written by Takachiho and Yasuhiko. Otomo joined the first film as one of many guest designers, including Akira Toriyama, Hideo Azuma, and Rumiko Takahashi.
A long time ago, I spent a night with Katsuhiro Otomo at a Japanese inn in Shuzenji, working on a proposal for Crusher Joe: The Movie 2. Otomo drew the storyboard for the beginning of the film, colored it with markers, then handed it over to Sunrise, but the project fell through, and now I don’t even know where Otomo’s hand-drawing storyboard and the proposal are.
— 高千穂遙 (@takachihoharuka) April 6, 2021
The anime project later followed with two OVAs without Otomo’s involvement – Crusher Joe: The Ice Prison in February 1989 and Crusher Joe: The Ultimate Weapon: Ash in June 1989.
The 1983 film’s original poster visual:
© Takachiho&Studio Nue, Sunrise