Takashi Kamiyama is your typical mild-mannered high school student—polite, aloof, and pacifistic, with a slightly above-average IQ. But would your average high school student really enroll himself at the infamous Cromartie High School, known as a breeding ground for the toughest delinquents out there?
Apparently so, as that is exactly what Takashi does, though for reasons he'd rather leave unmentioned. However, one thing is for sure: the "hard-boiled rabbit in a den full of hungry lions" is never going to have another dull day. And how could he, now that he's surrounded by mohawked punks, obnoxious robots, and… gorillas? And was that Freddie Mercury riding a horse down the corridor? Follow Takashi as he earnestly dedicates his new high school life to better his school's reputation while his classmates are hellbent on wreaking havoc.
Anime Review – Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou
Step into a world where absurdity rules, and the strange and surreal become everyday occurrences, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou (or Cromartie High School). As our hero, Takashi Kamiyama, willingly enrols in Cromartie High School, infamous for being populated by delinquents, we know we are in for a wild ride.
Unlike his peers, Takashi is distinctive for being completely ordinary in this sea of kooky characters. The school’s students are nothing short of a veritable smorgasbord of eccentricity – from a gorilla to a robot that doesn’t know he’s a robot, to the kind-hearted delinquent with a deep, sensitive soul. Throw in some weird traditions, obscure references to pop culture, unexpected musical numbers, and you get a show that’s comedic gold.
The anime relies heavily on absurd humor, unexpected punchlines, and genuinely eccentric characters, that somehow never lose their charm. From absurd situations to the sheer unexpectedness of their actions, the characters drive the offbeat comedy. There’s no over-relying on tropes or cliches; instead, you’ll find yourself laughing at the randomness of it all.
For a show that prides itself on its unconventional narrative, Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou manages to keep its viewer engaged and invested. Its charm lies in its unpredictability. You never know what’s coming next, but you’re guaranteed it’ll be anything but mundane. It’s the sort of series that will appeal to those who relish in the weird and the wonderful, those who like their anime a tad off the beaten path.
All in all, Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou is one anime that dares to be different and succeeds with flying colors (or should I say, a flying gorilla). It’s an unconventional, bizarre, and downright hilarious ride through the hallowed halls of Cromartie High School that anime fans won’t want to miss. Whether you rent, buy, or stream this show, be prepared for an avalanche of laughter. Bearing in mind its zany, non-sequitur humor, it might not be to everyone’s taste. But, for those who like their comedy unexpected and their characters absurdly charming, then Cromartie High School might just be the perfect school for you. Enjoy the chaos, my friends!
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