Attack on Tomorrow

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Attack on Tomorrow
Screenshot from the television series Attack on Tomorrow
(Ashita e Atakku!)
Genre sports, drama
Anime television series
Directed by Fumio Kurokawa, Eiji Okabe
Written by Haruya Yamazaki
Studio Nippon Animation
Network Fuji Television
Original run April 4, 1977September 5, 1977
Episodes 23
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Attack on Tomorrow (あしたへアタック! Ashita e Atakku!?) was an anime series aired in 1977 in Japan. There were 23 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. It is often mistakenly believed to be a spinoff of the earlier, and more popular, series Attack No. 1 (1969-1971), due in part to the involvement of several staffers (including directors Kurokawa and Okabe and writer Yamazaki) who had worked on the prior series. It was more likely to have been inspired by the popularity of Attack No. 1 and is not an official spinoff. It is also known in Europe as Smash (French) and Mimi e le ragazze della pallavolo (Italian).

Original Story[edit]

The story is about Mimi Hijiiri, a student with just one school year remaining, who decides to revitalize a volleyball team low on morale from the death of one of its team members from an accident.


The series was strictly created as a tribute to the gold medal the Japanese women's volleyball team earned in the 1976 Olympics.[1][2]



While the show would eventually aired in the European market in the 1980s in countries such as France and Italy, the plot and concept was too similar to its predecessor Attack No. 1 and ratings were low. The show ceased production after only 23 episodes. Another of Shiro Jinbo's works, Hana no Ko Lunlun, was much more successful globally as an anime a few years later.


  • In the French version "Smash", Mimi is Virginia Tessier. In the Italian dub, she is Mimi Miceri and she's half-Japanese and half Italian. In both languages, most of the other character names were changed as well.
  • Mitsuko Horie performed both the opening and ending theme songs in the original Japanese version.


  1. ^ 1976 Olympic Result. "[1]. " "1976 Women's Volleyball at Olympics." Retrieved on 2006-11-20.
  2. ^ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5[page needed]

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