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Anime that Doesn't Suck: Cromartie High School

Mechazawa!




Info:

Title: Cromartie High School
Genre: Comedy 
Studio: Production I.G.
Licensee: ADV
Year Produced: 2003-4
Number of Episodes: 26  
 
Available Online: YES! (via The Anime Network)
SRP: $44.98
Online Price: $33.74 (Right Stuf)

Welcome to Cromartie High, the most notorious delinquent high school in Tokyo.  Here are enrolled bad asses such as anyone with a hairstyle like John Travolta in Grease the foul-mouthed robots, semi-intelligent apes, Freddy Mercury, and pencil-eating classmates. 

Meet Takashi Kamiyama. Enrolled at Cromartie High, where everybody is a delinquent, Kamiyama is apparently the only non-delinquent in the school. Logically, therefore, he must be the toughest in his class - by the rather twisted logic that only a really tough rabbit would lie down with lions. 

Opening Animation:

    

Discussion:

Cromartie High is all about badasses...no, seriously. Tapping into the sub genre of the "yankii," Cromartie is a zany comedy that details the lifes and exploits of various, highly strange happenings at a otherwise typical high school. How zany? Well, example, the first episode introduces us to three badasses from other classes. They are 

 
No, seriously, Freddie Mercury, for unexplained reasons, is just "there." Also, watch out for Mechazawa, he literally drips cool... and oil. Spread across 26, 12 minute chunks, Cromartie will give you a zany look at internet trolls, cell phone usage, and, well, Freddie Mercury. The series drips with so much bad ass-ness that the high school's namesake, former baseball player Warren Cromartie, tried to sue publisher Kodansha to prevent Eiji Nonaka from using his name in any depiction of (such righteously awesome) delinquents.

Things you might like about Cromartie High

Wacky vibe
Great English dub
Non-nonsensical substance localized excellently
Episode length (12 minutes) leaves for shorter, concentrated chunks
Mechazawa!!!    
 
 

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Pictures:

 

Conclusion

Cromartie High is a great comedy for when you want something that just doesn't really make sense. Of course, if you're looking for an intricate plot, or gripping interactions, this may not be the title for you. Though, beyond that, Cromartie reminds us how a highly contextual comedy can have a very solid, natural feeling dub.
 
Finally, the entire series is up on the Anime Network (the first few for free) so you have no good reason not to see for yourselves. Hey, it may be weird, but Cromartie High definitely doesn't suck.

ThePsychoGameron April 6, 2010 at 11:58 a.m.
I remember watching that on G4 back when G4 was good
Krison April 6, 2010 at 12:08 p.m.
I'll go ahead and toss my recommendation in here too, for a show that doesn't suck.  I loved this series.  It's so freakin' hilarious, every single second.  
I don't really remember the English dub.  I watched it in Japanese.  For whatever reason, I found it funnier in Japanese.  That doesn't really make sense, because I don't understand what they're saying, but the jokes were just...funnier.  I guess it was the delivery.  Or the voices.  
 
The DVDs come with some nice liner notes to explain some of the more obscure jokes.  Which...is a lot of them.  Isn't this the show that names everything after baseball stuff?  I remember a lot of explanations regarding that.
Sombreon April 6, 2010 at 12:14 p.m.
You spelt Cromartie wrong in the article name you silly goose.
daotherkenjion April 6, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.
Episode 2 had me rolf for days. Its kinda of like school rumble minus all the hot chicks. Its funny cuz i was just telling my sister about this show that like what harima would have been without tenma.
metalsnakezeroon April 6, 2010 at 1:17 p.m.
Complete craziness this show was and that what made it great.
cfatalison April 6, 2010 at 1:19 p.m.
Cromartie is one of those stupidly funny high school comedy
wwfunderakeron April 6, 2010 at 2:19 p.m.
This anime was super funny, motion sickness dude rocks.
MichaelButleron April 6, 2010 at 4:08 p.m.
@wwfunderaker: 
His name is Yutaka Takenouchi. :)
This is my favorite anime and the only anime I own...... well this and Colorful.
vedicardion April 6, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.
One of the best animes of all time.  Even the english dub is good!
Abeon April 6, 2010 at 5:34 p.m.
Yes, this is one of my favourites as well, and one of the best English dubs of anime.
 
@Kris said:
"Isn't this the show that names everything after baseball stuff?  I remember a lot of explanations regarding that. "
All the schools are named after famous foreign baseball players that were famous in the Japanese league.
JackSukeruon April 6, 2010 at 5:49 p.m.
This was pretty funny, but sometimes it was just tooooo slooooow for me. 
 
Couldn't finish it.
hinderkon April 6, 2010 at 7:17 p.m.
I love Cromartie High School. It's one of my favorite manga's(have not watched the anime)
Paulruson April 6, 2010 at 8:19 p.m.
Cromartie kicks ass. No question. The mangas are just as good. Wonderful example of Japanese humor and exercise in wacky. 
 
I've read many a comment on YouTube clips of this show and a lot have said that they "hate anime but love this". Honestly, what other anime do you know makes light on trolling instead of sentient blow-up dolls in mechs?
 
That says something. Cromartie is an anime that almost anyone can get into: unlike all that kaiwaii desu magic girl rape tit crap that sadly weighs down a wonderful and beautiful style/genre.
John_Martoneon April 7, 2010 at 10:32 a.m.
@Paulrus: Though it depends on what you are looking for, genre-wise, I stand behind all of the other shows I've done for this feature. Though I imagine you might have some trouble with Princess Tutu.
AgentJon April 7, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.
Yep, Cromartie is hilarious, and I'm glad I picked it up on a whim.
AHR staff on April 7, 2010 at 11:09 a.m.
Just watched the first ep on Anime Network - the dub is fantastic.  So funny, so loose, I feel like I'm watching a dub that truly belongs in the 21st Century! (what do i mean by that?!?)  
 
And John, you were right the first time, I would DEFINITELY reccomend this to fans of Excel Saga - the self-referential humor and wackiness is very similar!
 
"Go read the manga!"
John_Martoneon April 8, 2010 at 10:39 a.m.
@AHR:  You should keep going. It really only gets funnier in my opinion. The 2nd episode is when it really grabbed me.

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