Friday, March 8, 2013

Cromartie High School Review


Cromartie High School

Fluffy stuffed animals have never looked so manly

Synopsis

Folks, meet Takashi Kamiyama. Enrolled at Cromartie High, where everybody is a delinquent, Kamiyama is apparently the only non-delinquent in the school. Logically, therefore, he must be the toughest in his class - by the rather twisted logic that only a really tough rabbit would lie down with lions. Thus begins a story that parodies every cliché of tough-guy anime that you've ever heard of, and some you haven't. Oh, and Freddie Mercury is in it, too.


The Visuals

The visuals in this series are rather odd, the characters are drawn with extreme detail, looking somewhat realistic, and the backgrounds are extremely average-looking. Though, I'd say that's one of the ideal forms of animation for a comedy series. Detailed faces and ridiculous dialogue are a hilarious combination.






The Soundtrack

This series has a really great soundtrack, though, there are some bad songs in the mix, most of the songs in the soundtrack are really good. Though, they blended in with the situations so well at times I didn't notice music was even playing sometimes.




The Characters


The characters in this series were hilarious in their own individual ways, the only problem was the lack of female characters (apart from the last episode, but I won't go so far as to describe what happened there). There was one female character (two if you count gorillas) but it was a very masculine-looking woman with no eyebrows, and it was someone's mother. Though, apart from that, it was a really good cast filled with delinquents, two robots, two gorillas, one dude's mom, and a guy that looks like Freddie Mercury (and his horse).





Favorite Characters


Freddie

He's epic beyond belief, he rides a damn horse to school every day, and no one even dares mess with him. Also, the fact that he never actually speaks in the series makes him even more epic.






Shinichi Mechazawa

Any character voiced by Norio Wakamoto is awesome, but this guy, he's a robot. Though as obvious as he looks, people would never agknowledge the fact that he's a robot. He also cares for his buddies, and would take a bullet for them, and everyone is always telling him what a great guy he is. He made for a lot of great scenes in the series, especially toward the end.







Least Favorite Characters


Maeda's Mother

Yeah...she creeped me out. Just having the same delinquent, no eyebrows face as several other guys in this series was just...icky....








The Story


The thing about this show's story is....well, there is no real story behind it. In fact, most of the series is a bunch of jumbled up skits, and usually the ones that are related to each other are split up into different episodes, though there were exceptions. Though, each individual skit was funny, there were times that I wished things went in order (my inner perfectionist is kicking in...).







Overall

Cromartie High School is a great comedy series, but if you like actual stories, and events happening in order, then this may not be the series for you. However, if you're a big fan of comedy anime, you'll probably enjoy it.

Story - 5/10
Characters - 9/10
Music - 8/10
Voice Acting - 7/10
Visuals - 9/10

Overall - 8/10



Other things I'm Marathoning at the Moment


Vampire Knight Guilty

Yes, I'm watching what is often referred to as the "anime version of Twilight." Though, if you ask me, it's not necessarily bad, or good for that matter, either. The first season was...meh. But, I heard from several people that the series had a certain crazy twist in it, and for that reason I'm watching the second season. It's pretty popular (mostly with girls), so, I never had any intentions of dropping it.



The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

This is probably one of the most popularized anime I've ever heard of, so, I figured, I should probably watch it. I'm only two episodes in, definitely has some good laughs in it, the characters introduced so far are also very interesting. I'm liking it quite a lot so far!



The next review coming out will be for the Vampire Knight series, after that, probably the Haruhi series, after I've watched the first and second seasons, plus the movie. You can look forward to those reviews, so stay tuned!

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