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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 (13 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 (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D4MBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cromartie High School (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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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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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.

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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 Post Modern Anime December 2, 2005
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. Think of "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" mixed with "Fooly Cooly". The whole production is very cheap, not as cheap as the average Adult Swim offerning but cheap enough. The character actually complain about it enough! Lots of strange animation. Lots of japanese humor that you'll need to research the extras to understand. Each episode last 10 minutes and essentially nothing happens. I like seeing the gang trying to get around the fight cab.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Coach
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 replay value. I have watched the first episode five times and always laugh out loud.

As for the reference below that this is adult material is completely false and I hope Amazon will remove it.

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Make no mistake - Cromartie High School is nothing like The Matrix.
It is not, in fact, much like anything I have ever seen.
This Anime has it's own (hilarious, IMHO) satire-driven sense of humor that is brilliantly executed, though I will say this:
Whether you are an anime fan or not, watch at least 3-5 episodes before you judge this show - it will take that long to begin getting an understanding of the direction of their humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnum Opus Of Manga/Anime For Men December 11, 2012
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 frame of animation and page of this legendary anime series?!"

Cromartie High School has it's roots in Yanki (Delinquent) manga that was VERY prevalent in the 80's and early 90's. The best examples are Sakigake!! Otokojuku (yet another parody of the genre like Cromartie) and the Taito video game series Kunio-kun (localized in the US Renegade, River City Ransom, Super Dodgeball, Crash N' The Boyz Street Challenge, and Nintendo World Cup). It stars a bright young man named Takashi who is out to prove to himself that he can excel in even the worst of environments. He sets out to improve the school by bettering the roughnecks who inhabit it, usually ending in hijinks. Among the more recognizable members of the student body are Freddie, a mute 30 some odd year old man who is for whatever reason still in High School, Gorilla (I don't think this bares any need for explaination), and Mechazawa, the most "normal" student a teacher could ask for.

The series is very well written and is indescribably hilarious, especially for someone who actually went to a delinquent school himself.
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