Info:Title: Cromartie High School
Studio: Production I.G.
Year Produced: 2003-4
Number of Episodes: 26
Available Online: YES! (via The Anime Network)
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.
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 HighWacky vibe
Great English dub
Non-nonsensical substance localized excellently
Episode length (12 minutes) leaves for shorter, concentrated chunks
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ConclusionCromartie 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.