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Cromartie High School (Vol. 1)

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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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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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  • 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:
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    Not Rated
  • 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 (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D4MBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cromartie High School (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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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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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 manga..it 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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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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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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