I’m still working my way through a ridiculously long backlog and I’ve fallen sick amidst doing tons of conventions and art over the past couple of months. Thankfully, there’s no better pick-me-up than Cromartie High School.
Gorillas, a robot student, and Freddie Mercury in a school full of chipped-shoulder delinquents. Simply put, it’s about their everyday lives which are far from commonplace. It’s like The Daily Lives of High School Boys without the homoerotic undertones, dainty art, and pastel color pallet. Cromartie is bright, loud, and heavy. Each episode is about 12 minutes long and it clocks in at 26 episodes. It reminds me a lot of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, but without any action. It’s a gag comedy series that pokes fun at shonen tropes and themes while also parodying the slice-of-life genre.
Cromartie High School is that anomaly of an anime that you might have found in the bargain bin of a Movie Stop or FYE that closed years ago. If you own it, congrats! It’s out of print and very hard to find. ADV released the title but has since left the North American market, leaving many popular and fringe anime titles stuck in licensing limbo. FUNimation and Sentai Filmworks picked up some of the popular shows, but, unfortunately Cromartie wasn’t big enough to justify rescuing it from falling out of print. I own the Thinpack Collection released by ADV back in the early 2000’s. I’m still bummed that I missed out on the limited edition starter pack which was released about a year prior to my set. If you have one, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I have cash.