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Cromartie High School (Vol. 1) (2005)

Akitarô Daichi , Megumi Hayashibara , Hiroaki Sakurai , Steven Foster  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akitarô Daichi, Megumi Hayashibara, Unshô Ishizuka, Shinji Nakae, Fumihiko Tachiki
  • Directors: Hiroaki Sakurai, Steven Foster
  • Writers: Andrew Kent, Eiji Nonaka, Kathleen Moynihan
  • Producers: Steven Foster, John Ledford, Mark Williams
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 12 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D4MBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cromartie High School (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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Teen life is tough. And high school life is even tougher. But if you're one of the delinquents sent to Cromartie, it'swell, put it this way, it ain't The O.C. So pack your bags, put on your best tough-guy swagger, and get a lesson in insanity from the losers, bruisers, and thugs at Cromartie High.

The absurd, minimalist comedy Cromartie High takes place at the school parents don't want their children to attend: It's an academic disaster area with a student body comprised of deliquents, thugs, and punks, not to mention a robot, a gorilla, and a mute caricature of Freddie Mercury. Takashi Kamiyama enrolls there to prove that a good student can study anywhere. Although the Cromartie students spend a lot of time bragging about how bad they are, they don't really do much. They talk about fights, but don't engage in any, even when toughs from rival Destrade High kidnap Maede for the umpteenth time. Takenouchi, the boss of the Cromartie freshman gets carsick; none of the freshman will say Mechazawa is a robot, for fear of hurting his feelings; Yamaguchi, the head thug at Destrade dreams of forming a comedy-writing team with Kamiyama. About the only thing that moves in the show is Hayashida's lavender topknot. A good student may be able to study anywhere, but no one learns much at Cromartie High. (Rated TV 14: violence, toilet humor) --Charles Solomon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not hentai (last review is wrong), pure comedy March 4, 2005
The last reviewer has no idea what he is talking about. If you look at his reviews they are all over the place.

This anime is hilarious. If you want to see one of the best parodies of "tough guy" manga, this is it! Great characters, hilarious situations, cool soundtrack. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard reading a manga. It's pretty weird and sometimes non-sequitor (Freddy mercury, gorilla, and mechazawa are really bizarre). Check out the clip (I prefer the subtitled version, but this dub is not bad) and be prepared to laugh! If you dig the clip you should definitely check out the manga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anime comedy taken to a new level!! April 20, 2006
By FizzWiz
Sarcastic, witty, but sensible humor. It's hard to come up with one word to describe this anime. The anime follows the manga very closely. The manga has a few things in it which are funny that are not on the DVD version, but the video is just as funny because you really feel that the English dubbing is really these characters themselves. Unusually, the English dub is much better than the Japanese version, and at least 95% of the people who watch that would agree with that. So many unexpected characters, thoughts, and reactions come into play, and the combination consistently flows. This anime even makes fun of anime itself it's so funny! Even the intro. with a record playing before you begin an episode is cool the way it's setup.

In the first or second episode, there's a surprise of a quick flash of about 5 other characters Kamiyama can look like, and when you see it, you can't stop laughing. There's another episode where we meet one of Kamiyama's friends, Kokaku, but the difference in animation is so great that you can't help but notice and easily understand why they are so different. We are also introduced to people's love for the show Geroten and Pooten.

You may be surprised to see the rights that the anime creators obtained to portray those episodes. And of course everyone loves the robot, Mechazawa, who everyone likes to assume can fix electronics. Or the 400 pound gorilla and Freddie who never say a word, but are placed at all the right moments. There's also Yutaka Takenouchi who is really strong, but is prone to motion sickness. You see how the characters' strengths and weaknesses play throughout the series.

This comedy is so good I'd even recommend it to non-comedy fans it is that funny. And I don't normally say that, plus I'm usually not big on too much comedy. A breakthrough that you can't miss and is worth every millipenny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insane! May 7, 2005
Cromartie High School is just insane. Whether it borrows from American pop culture (Freddie Mercury, Queen, etc) or Japanese culture, it's probably closer to a higher-class version of South Park than anything else. Yes, the animation is crude (the "16 year olds" look much older to me, almost like Yakuza), but the real strength is in the writing, and the timing is just great.

My favorite character so far is Mechazawa, a "tin can" style robot who admits that he isn't good with machines, but others keep asking him to program their VCRs, fix their CD players, etc., but most of them see him as just another student.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars IS THIS THE REAL LIFE? IS THIS JUST FANTASY? August 13, 2008
UNIQUE! My goodness, have I waited for a unique anime to come my way for many years. And it's finally here!

"Cromartie High School" is an anime that aired on television back in 2003 in Japan under the name "Sakikage! Cromartie High" and is based on a Kodansha Manga Award winning manga series by Eiji Nonaka.

Basically, a gag manga serialized in the weekly Shounen Magazine, the manga series has won many fans for it's over-the-top, bizarre humor and is planned to make its way into the U.S. on March 2nd, two weeks before the anime DVD release by ADV Films.

I had the opportunity to watch four episodes (each episode is 12 minutes long) and I was just amazed and awed by the story line because it's bizarre, and I mean that in a good way!

"Cromartie High School" is about a school which consists of the roughest, dumbest and bizarre students around.

Among these students is Takashi Kamiyama, who seems to be a student out of place in Cromartie High School.

A honors student through Junior High School, he was placed in Cromartie High School for some reason.

He adapts to the lifestyle of students around the school and writes about his adventures to his mother constantly but what makes him fit in at Cromartie High School that the other students fear about him is the unknown. Why is a normal person attending Cromartie High School?

The first episode introduces several of the key characters of Cromartie High (which includes the roughest students such as a student who likes to eat pencils, a student that most of the school can't figure out that he's a robot and a student who looks similar to Queen's Freddie Mercury and is given the nickname Freddie) and how Takashi fits in with the crowd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cromartie Will Rock You! April 17, 2007
Its seems like forever since an anime made me laugh like this.

8 episodes of laugh-out-loud nonsense and stupidy. Nonsense and stupidity the likes of which that DOESNT insult ones intelligence. Its a brilliant show, but the show it self doesnt know that. Which just makes it even more great.

From Freddie Mercury, to a robot that doesnt know hes a robot, to giant gorillas...and a bald headed gang leader who gets motion sickeness and another gangleader with an afro, who secretly wants to be a comedian.

This volume i think just scratches the tip of the ice berg.

I was introduced to this series by the was funny and i couldnt help but wonder how it would be if they had an anime of the series.

And this anime reaches past my expectations. It is even more fun than the manga.

The english dub of this is just great, in the sense that the voices are just hilarious for certain people...such as the bald lead tough guy of the school, who gets motion sickness....ya....youll have to figure out why that is for yourself and watch this show!

One of the cool things about this anime, is that the main character, Kamiyama, will refer the viewer to reading the manga, if they wanna know certain details of something....such as what he did in the past that made him the "toughest" guy ever.

On a side note, i must say, that i admire Freddie Mercury's music IMMENSLY ( he is my absolute all time favorite singer, the reason i love singing today, in fact. ) And it was outragously hilarious and at the same time a real honor to seem him parodied in this worthy anime comedy.

From some episode titles, even down to the volumes cover design, i found comical humages to Queen and their legendary singer...Mr. Freddie Mercury.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really missed these kind of animes. Cromartie High School is going to make you laugh !!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by Miguel
5.0 out of 5 stars Cromartie High School is like the Matrix. You cannot be told what it...
Make no mistake - Cromartie High School is nothing like The Matrix.
It is not, in fact, much like anything I have ever seen. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jason Spurling
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnum Opus Of Manga/Anime For Men
I'm sure you're reading this, wondering to yourself if you should buy this. But your question should be "Are you man enough to handle all the testosterone gushing out of every... Read more
Published 22 months ago by riot_shark
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre anime
This is the most bizarre anime that I have seen and I enjoy it. A student with a hair that moves on its own, a gorilla, a robot, and so much more weirdness is great.
Published on June 26, 2012 by Schuylar
4.0 out of 5 stars The Next FLCL?
I am a fan of any anime with funny outtakes or just a funny storyline! I believe Cromartie High School is that one series! Read more
Published on August 1, 2007 by Sean
4.0 out of 5 stars Post Modern Anime
Had no clue what was going to happen before I saw this aside form the description on the box. This is not everyone's cup of tea but I enjoyed it immensely. Read more
Published on December 2, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Cromartie High School is Awesome! ( a review by CYD)
Man this DVD is so hilarious. This is one of my favorite series out there. Between a guy with a mohawk that changes with his mood, a fighter with extreme motion sickness, and a... Read more
Published on July 22, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Cromartie High School!
Based on the manga by Nonaka Eiji, the first eight episodes of Cromartie High School, each roughly at 12. Read more
Published on June 16, 2005 by Daniel J. Hamlow
5.0 out of 5 stars If Seinfield was in the toughest high school in Japan.....
Cromartie HS is one of the funniest animes I have seen in ages. Beyond that its more than just sight gags (which are included) but the comedy is genuinly funny which allows for... Read more
Published on March 4, 2005 by Coach
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