Posted on 11 November 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews



In terms of describing Cromartie High School, I think Jascii put this the best way: Cromartie High School is not about delinquents; “it’s about a bunch of morons who look like delinquents”. It’s Production IG’s shot at a comedy, and while it’s not one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, it’s a very capable comedy-series nonetheless.

The fun in this series comes from the fact that even though the characters are all a bunch of idiots, they still try to be smart by engaging in huge debates over nothing, and they keep doing so with a straight face (many thanks to the animation, which remains consistent throughout the entire series). Every time a fight is about to take place, you can bet your hat that the characters will just talk endlessly about how they’re going to fight, and in the end they lose interest because of something else completely random that caught their attention.

That, along with the originality of this series make it a pretty funny short series (the episodes are only 10 minutes). The creators really try to toss everything they can think of at the viewers. We’re talking here about meteors, aliens, robots, grown men in bunny-suits and a Freddy Mercury-lookalike. This is more than enough material to keep the viewer from getting bore, so this series also doesn’t suffer from a lacklustre second half…

…although the characters do remain rather one-dimensional. There are also a bunch of characters with really inconsistent personalities, especially the main one: he changes from a complete moron to someone with actual intelligence, depending on the writers’ mood. There is character-development, but it’s pretty much become useless because of the episodes that seem to be aired in random order (one particular character is moves to America for a number of episodes, and yet a few episodes during this period show him like nothing’s ever happened).

Nevertheless, Cromartie High School is a quirky little series that’s good for a nice laugh. It’s got enough material to fill its airtime with (although it does at times overuse its running jokes too much, mostly the Afro-guy gets a bit too much airtime then what’s good for him), but I laughed a lot during this series.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 9/10

2 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    I like how they all have the exact same expression in your screencaps.

    Anyway, to put your sense of humor in perspective; I remember you gave SZS a 91 or something, and the second season less. SnH was 82.5 on the new system. Where would you put Gintama at the moment? It’s just that you seem to rate comedies in a slightly different manner, seeing as there’s no clear-cut place for ‘funny’ on the aspects you show us.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Hmm, I rated SZS 90/100, but I think that if I were to rate it right now, the score would probably a bit lower. Gintama at the moment would probably make for an overall score of 90/100 or 92,5/100.

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  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:31 AM)
    @Kurozuka That’s…that’s It? You could have chosen Madhouse or Bones, who have far more anime (thus more data) for you to gather.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:26 AM)
    K-off: I chose them because they are the best comedy studio around, and comedy is hard to deliver successfully.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:24 AM)
    @Emma Yuruyuri and Nozaki-kun were the only decent shows they made recently; I don’t know why anyone would choose them for a study on how budget relates to the story’s quality.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:22 AM)
    I recall Aidan making a point on here saying “The more money that gets poured into something, the more the plot suffers” to paraphrase him.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:20 AM)
    @Kurozuka That still doesn’t mean anything. You’re trying to crunch factual, numerical financial data with the collective opinion of the masses in some graph or table. At best, that can only be considered a link to your conclusion, but not the reason why it’s true. The artistic process is too complex for it to be dictated solely by how much money you have. Look at Hollywood blockbusters.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:19 AM)
    I don’t really know what to say about dogakobo really. They’ve done majestic prince, Natsuyuki and will do the donten no waru adaptation so they’ve some skill but the rest has been okay to poor.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:17 AM)
    If you doubt me, then there’s no way I can prove it to you. I won’t try.
  • KuRoZuka
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:16 AM)
    K-off: If I poll the opinions of numerous people on Dogakobo’s animes, then it won’t be so biased anymore. At a point, the margin of error becomes nill.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:14 AM)
    @Kurozuka I’d like to say for the record that I like your reasons for wanting to do such a report. But you’re blindly pursuing it with no knowledge of how to actually write one, and there’s where I find issues.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 07:12 AM)
    Your conclusions are obviously unfactual, but the data you collect HAS TO BE fact. Come on, this is High School economics and statistics.

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