[[caption-width-right:300:"THERE HE IS! [[Music/{{Queen}} FREDDIE]]!"]]

A [[WidgetSeries bizarre]] HighSchool comedy Anime and Manga series, set in a school populated by the "worst" [[JapaneseDelinquents delinquents]] in Japan. Also known as ''Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou''.

The denizens of Cromartie are all about looking tough, acting tough, rumbles, fights and all that gangster stuff. Mostly, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything they just talk a good game]], and the action centers on {{seinfeldian conversation}}s, (very) weird stuff happening, and a plot about as coherent and logical as ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' played backwards.

The art style is cribbed heavily from classic fighting Manga such as ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' and ''Manga/CryingFreeman''. Characters often have inner monologues held in a {{tableau}}, as they look off into the distance, only to be interrupted by yet another crazy situation.

Even stranger than the delinquents themselves are the oddball creatures that wander the halls. There's Mechazawa, who is a trashcan-like robot, but he doesn't seem to realize it and his friends don't feel comfortable pointing it out to him. Cromartie's other students include aliens, gorillas, and some dude who is very obviously [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] [[RuleOfCool on a horse]].

The series runs in ten-minute episodes. Twelve volumes of the original manga, and a box set of 26 anime episodes, have been released in America as of this writing, as has the LiveActionAdaptation film (which makes about as much sense as the original material).

Mechazawa and friends appear in the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover game, ''VideoGame/SundayVSMagazineShuuketsuChoujouDaikessen''.

See ''Manga/ThePingPongClub'' for a similar series.
!!This series contains examples of:
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: The Four Great Ones of Cromartie (all ''five'' of them). Subverted by the fact that the only things they do is maintain their fusion of rock and badass by keeping their Music/{{KISS}} makeup on 24/7 (except for one of them, obviously) and talk about trivial things.
* TheAce: Hideki Takahashi in the manga, with those... things on top of his head. How perfect is he? For starters, [[spoiler:he always carries both his cell phone and TV remote around with him.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The folks at Cromartie think Takahashi is [[TheAce a pretty cool guy]], but they're also weirded out at his [[NiceHat antenna tiara]] and wonder if he's not so perfect after all. So, Kamiyama begins asking Takahashi how he'd handle certain frustrating predicaments that could make him look bad no matter what he did. Takahashi succeeds [[ArmorPiercingQuestion in giving a clever answer every time]], but his last one, that he'd have to hold his antenna in a roller coaster instead of putting his hands up (like it wasn't the first time he was riding one) or holding to the handles (which is decidedly unbadass), while reasonable, winds up baffling the students all over again.
* ArtShift: Whenever one of Kamiyama's old friends show up, they will always be shown more cartoony in design than the rest of the characters. It can also effect the backgrounds.
* ArtStyleDissonance: The show is a ''lot'' goofier than the realistic art style would imply.
* AscendedExtra: The author [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this by noting how most characters who were intended to be one-offs ended up becoming more prominent than the so-called protagonist, Kamiyama. Though considering the nature of the series, this was probably completely intentional.
* AuthorAvatar: Eiji Nonaka stars in separate, non-related comics (usually titled "[[Manga/LoveHina LOVE NONA]]" or otherwise) that deal with his own life and other manga-related stuff.
* BadassBiker: Kamiyama on Moto-Mechazawa.
* BadassOnPaper: Comically applied when the guys are trying to decide who was the most badass (they don't just duke it out - they never just duke it out). One of the guys has a reputation based entirely on guys being too scared of him to try him out. (Their "jury" remains out as to whether that was impressive or not by the time the plot moves on).
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kamiyama invokes this as part of a lesson he tries to teach his classmates. He threatens the class as the "experiment" and they freak out because they are surprised that a mild-mannered-looking person like him can be so frightening.
* BlueWithShock: Pictured above. Also happens to Kamiyama and Hayashida when everyone fails to realize that Mechazawa is a robot, as well as many other instances.
* BossSubtitles: Lampshaded. All of the main characters are introduced with subtitles in ''every single segment''.
* TheCameo: Episode 25 features Maeda receiving advice on how to be a cat from ''Anime/DiGiCharat''[='=]s [[CatGirl Dejiko]].
--> '''Maeda:''' Now, what else can I do to be a cat?
--> '''Dejiko:''' Put on a bell, nyo~!
--> '''Maeda:''' I'll add "nya" to the end of my sentences.
--> '''Dejiko:''' "Nyo" is a gazillion times better than "nya" is, nyo~!
** And then Puchiko shows up at the end of the show, too.
--> '''Dejiko:''' I recommend adding "nyo" to the ends of sentences, nyo~!
--> '''Puchiko:''' "Nyu" is good too, nyu~!
--> '''Maeda:''' Nyu?!
** Likewise in episode 2 Takashi briefly transforms into Piyoko while monologing about how fans complain adaptations.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Hilariously averted, with an (almost) all-male cast full of extremely unattractive high-schoolers who look ''way'' too old and masculine for their age. [[GenderBender Genderbent]] for the last episode in a manner that is either hilarious or nauseating.
* CatGirl:
** Gender inverted with Maeda in Episode 25 (as part of a bet).
** Mechazawa appears with cat ears in the pseudo-GenderBender sequence in episode 26.
* ChromosomeCasting: All the characters are men and look like them... except for Maeda's mom, who even looks like her ''own'' son... with a skirt.
* ClassTrip: Ranging from a bus trip to Nikko, to an attempted flight to Kyushuu, to a bullet train headed for Kyoto. Besides the fact that [[RuleOfFunny it's unusual for a High School to have three class trips, Takenouchi also has to overcome his motion sickness in these areas. Hilarity ensues.]]
%%* CloudCuckooLand
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The characters tend to do this often, especially considering grave situations they would be in.
* TheComicallySerious: '''Everyone.''' Much of the show's humor comes from the cast's absolutely deadpan reactions to pretty much everything.
* CompressedAdaptation: Kamiyama acknowledges at the very start of the anime that ''it'' is very compressed compared to its original source. At times, even the subtitles will point out that some events happened in the manga, but not in the screen (like the whole reason of why Kamiyama is in Cromartie).
* CordonBleughChef: At one point, the Gorilla (while working at a sushi bar) serves his boss banana sushi, which, as predicted, tastes disgusting. It turns out to have a deeper meaning, though.
* CoolBike: Moto-Mechazawa.
-->'''Kamiyama:''' Landed!
%%* CreatorCameo
* {{Delinquents}}: The main premise of the series concentrates in a high school full of ''delinquents'', while Kamiyama hardly fills into it.
* DontTryThisAtHome: "The guys that appear in this anime are delinquents. Please, do not under any circumstances, imitate anything they do. Don't do it man, I'm serious, it's a ''bad idea!''" (The last line is from in the English version only.) This itself is really a joke-warning. Of the few possible things that happen, most of it is harmless.
** The first thing we see in the series is a delinquent eating one pencil, then several at once. However, he then vomits them right back up.
* DramaticUnmask: Inverted - someone shows up at Cromartie High School, saying and proving that he's a changed man and is tired of playing it safe. Of course, nobody seems to know who he is despite his good advice. His name? [[spoiler:Masked Takenouchi, of course! "I FORGOT TO PUT ON THE MASK!"]]
* DreamSequence: Hokuto has a bunch of these, but there are plenty to go around.
* EarWorm: In-Universe. The ''entire premise'' of one episode, in which Hayashida (and later Kamiyama as well) tries to remember where a particular tune he heard Mechazawa hum came from. No one else can remember it either. This culminates in the ''entire school'' standing up and humming it at the end of the episode, for about as long as it's possible to get away with in a ten-minute episode. The song was [[spoiler:"Ningen Nante" by Yoshida Takuro, who also wrote the show's theme]].
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Everyone suspects that Mechazawa is something more than just a regular student... but only Kamiyama, Hayashida and Maeda realize that he is a robot.
* ElvisLives: Freddie, who may or may not be the legendary Music/{{Queen}}'s vocalist, since it's never explicitly stated.
* EnemyEatsYourLunch: Parodied like no tomorrow. Don't drop your pencil, or the fat guy will ''eat it'' while you watch.
* EpistolaryNovel: Some episodes and chapters begin with Kamiyama mentally dictating a letter to his mother.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Quite a few characters (Maeda's mom, the Masked Takenouchi, Pootan's friend), but especially Hokuto's Lackey, who gets several episodes' worth of TheUnreveal for it. They eventually decide not to care for knowing his name after all, because if they did, [[BlatantLies that would ruin all the personality he's acquired among them]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys:
** The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly named]] Gorilla. And the Girl Gorilla.
** In volume 10 of the manga, there was the story arc where Hayashida falls into an open manhole and winds up in an [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes alternate dimension]]. When he gets out after, he casually tells his friends in volume 12, "There were monkeys in the sewers."
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: The first half of episode 26 recycles most of episode 1 and character introductions transposed in a girl's school where the (barely disguised) cast obsesses over being princesses instead of being tough.
* ExpressiveHair: Noboru Yamaguchi with the FunnyAfro and Hayashida's mohawk.
* {{Expy}}: From the manga, the Manuel High School student named Shimada ("Call me... '''Shimada'''.") is good with computers, and looks like a very young [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman]], complete with mustache and dark glasses, minus the fat.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Sometimes the delinquents will make a point to be as obstructive or menacing as possible. One such point is one of them eating an entire case worth of pencils. In one bite. Granted, he threw up afterwards, but it disturbed the victim to no end.
* FanDisillusionment: Osamu Kido is Pootan's biggest fan, and when he learns that someone else is in Pootan's place signing autographs...
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Kamiyama gains a reputation as an extremely "bad dude" when he tells his classmates of the time [[spoiler: he sabotaged a domino-toppling world record attempt]].
* GagDub: The English dub takes a few creative liberties, like changing Kamiyama and Hayashida commenting on class 1-5 being very dramatic to just saying one word: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCIWsfPxJ2k Faggots]].
%%* GagSeries
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Near the end of the movie the evil space monkeys from ''Series/{{Spectreman}}'' come down in their flying saucer. Perfectly in keeping with the usual lunacy but still kind of surprising.
* HandPuppet: Akira Nakao is an expert of these.
%%* HighSchool: Duh.
* HostageSituation: Takenouchi accidentally encourages a bunch of hijackers to carry out a plane hijacking. Also, any time that Akira Maeda gets kidnapped by Bass High.
* HypocriticalHumor: Early on with Mechazawa, and most of Fujimoto's actions.
* IdenticalStranger:
** Hokuto's butler happens to look exactly like an older version of Hayashida. At first, Hokuto thought he was Hayashida's grandfather, but when the two met neither had any idea who the other one was.
** During Takenouchi's unfortunate detour to USA during a school trip, he meets a mafioso who looks exactly like Freddie, named Mr. Mercury. The two have never heard of each other. And in the manga, when Takenouchi wonders if he's ever been to Japan, Mr. Mercury proclaims that he's never been to Japan and he doesn't even like Japan at all.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: It's always a rock song or album ("[[Music/{{Radiohead}} OK Computer]]", for example).
* KillerRabbit: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by several of the others when trying to figure out if Kamiyama is {{Badass}} or not. One points out that a rabbit might look all fluffy or innocent, but it'd have to be pretty dangerous to live in a lion's den. "That's one badass bunny," indeed.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Fujimoto punching out Tanaka, who had been trolling him on the Internet without either knowing who the other was.
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrI7QUJfkvI "Do you even know what the word 'Netiquette' means!?"]]
* LemonyNarrator:
** At the end of every manga chapter the narrator snarks at the characters.
** Kamiyama shows signs of this in the anime.
* LimitedAnimation: [[StylisticSuck Done deliberately]] and spoofed like the series does with many other tropes. As Kamiyama puts it at the beginning of episode 2:
--> "I'm getting sick of this. If you have any complaints, then watch the anime a thousand times over. ''[gets shocked suddenly]'' WHAT ANIME?! It's not even moving!!! ''[his pencil falls to the ground]'' Ah! It moved!!"
* LiveActionAdaptation: The 2005 movie.
* LocalHangout: The South Wind Cafe.
* MeasuringDay: That ends up giving the doctor a short-lived MadnessMantra with variations of "Ahh, thank goodness it's a gorilla!" (in the anime).
* MediumAwareness: Kamiyama in the first few episodes of the anime.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Cromartie's students include robots, aliens, gorillas, and some dude who is very obviously Freddie Mercury, but averts this by not including any combinations of these traits.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Some characters share names with famous Japanese people. For example, the Pootan-fanboy Osamu Kido is named after a professional wrestler.
** Freddie is clearly (''somehow'') Freddie Mercury, the plainly deceased frontman of the band Queen... And Freddie in turn has a (speaking) look-alike in USA, called Mr. Mercury, who claims to never have been in Japan and to hate the place despite he's saying an old Japanese proverb.
* NoFourthWall: Viewers are advised to read the manga if they are lost due to the plot.
* NoSmoking: Smoking is prevalent in the manga, but in the anime the delinquents smoke CG blobs instead (most of the time). Like everything else this is played for laughs as the blobs ''bounce'' when the smoker is talking, along with other physics defying feats. Smoke rises from ''them'' instead of the ends of the 'cigarettes'.
** It's also consistent within episodes. When Takenouchi is stranded in the US, he has a stick with a marshmallow in his mouth, which he lights repeatedly. Back at Cromartie? Sticks with marshmallows as well, [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext for some reasons]].
** Played with in the live-action movie. Kamiyama tries to teach the others about the dangers of smoking (using Mechazawa as a test subject), but they eventually switch over to cigars (due to them seeing Freddy smoking one) and eventually ''bananas'' (same thing but with Gorilla).
* NotDrawnToScale: Taken to comical extremes. Anything can become giant or tiny at the drop of a hat, only to return to normal in the next shot.
* OneExtraMember: The Four Great Ones are the supreme rulers of the second years, but they have a big problem that troubles them all: there are five of them.
* OnlySaneMan:
** The characters who are this most of their time are Maeda, Hokuto's lackey and both Takenouchis.
** Kamiyama is mostly one at the start of the series, but it gets shared between him and others, and he has his strange moments as well.
** Hokuto is this during his introductory chapters, but quickly is overcome by the sheer insanity of the school.
* OutOfFocus: Kamiyama was originally the unequivocal star of the series, but became less prominent as time went on. This is endlessly and explicitly referred to in the character bios present in each volume. It seems in later volumes that the main characters are essentially [[spoiler:Hayashida, Maeda, Hokuto's Henchman, Masked Takenouchi, the Gorilla, and then Kamiyama.]]
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Lampshaded in episode 22, when some background characters try recruiting Freddie and Gorilla to take on the Bass High students. While they acknowledge their toughness and scariness, they also point out that they never do anything.
%%* PoseOfSupplication
%%* QuarterHourShort
* RedBaron:
** Averting this before the start of the series cost Akira Maeda any presence he could have had in Cromartie. Although Hokuto's Lackey exchanges nicknames with him when he hears about this (Maeda becomes "The Dragon of Razors" and the Lackey becomes "The American Dream"), neither they nor anybody else ever use these nicknames because they still have no presence at all.
** Some one-off characters discuss theirs - "Fireball of Junior No. 2", "Hospitalizer of Junior No. 3", and "Masa (Victory by default)" - during one of the earlier chapters.
* RunningGag:
** Nobody (including Mechazawa himself!) except the main characters realizing that Mechazawa is robot.
** Hokuto's Lackey being interrupted before he can tell someone his name.
** Talking about the baseball team and someone saying "Hokuto still sucks at bunting".
** Takenouchi having an inner monologue where he introduces himself, states his status as leader of the first year students, and talks about his secret motion sickness issues.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: All the students wear their school uniforms, even when going out for shopping and, in Kamiyama's case, stopping local gangsters with his super powered Mechazawa Motorcycle.
%%* SeinfeldianConversation
* ShoutOut: By the boatloads.
** Freddie, who's a direct tribute to Freddie Mercury of Music/{{Queen}}. He owns a CoolHorse, Kokuryuu, riffed straight from [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh's steed, Koku-oh]].
** In the anime, there are at least two to director Hiroaki Sakurai's [[Anime/DiGiCharat other productions]] - in episode 2, Kamiyama temporarily [[ArtShift morphs into a Piyoko]] during his introspection, and much later on, Dejiko makes an appearance to advice Maeda on his [[CatGirl Cat Boy]] impression.
%%* ShowWithinAShow: ''"Pootan"''.
%%* SittingOnTheRoof
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Episode 24 has a "Gorilla works in a sushi bar" story with none of the regular cast.
** Earlier on, there was this scene which lampshades the trope:
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P7muwuQeZk "Oh my god, this is a non-sequiteur!"]]
* SpamAttack: Mechazawa does it in the movie.
* StockFootage: Kamiyama and Hayashida's ReactionShot in episode 2 of the anime.
%%* StrangeMindsThinkAlike
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Maeda and his mom [[spoiler:(and dad in the manga)]].
* StylisticSuck:
** ''Pootan'' is just terrible. And it's ''supposed'' to be awful, but for some mysterious reason is incredibly popular in-universe.
** The entire anime itself. Refer to LimitedAnimation above, plus the odd animation quirks (characters doing random things on the background, the different movements of Hayashida's mohawk, the camera distortions on close-ups on the characters...) For example, episode 10 has a sequence of Hayashida and Kamiyama talking as they walk - but, instead of them moving normally, ''the background stays static while they walk back and forth across the screen'' as if everyone did that!
* SurrealThemeTune: The opening tune is pretty mellow. The imagery... not so much.
* TakeThat: Episode 2 opens with Kamiyama ranting about fans that complain when their favorite manga is made into an anime... only to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] anime's money-saving habits, like showing a character thinking to himself while sitting still.
** "''[[ShowWithinAShow Pootan]]''", in all its random StylisticSuck, is a parody of the series. Yamaguchi is a TakeThat to people who don't like the series, as they just don't ''get'' it.
* ThemeNaming: All of the schools are [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named after foreigners playing for Japanese baseball teams or in NPB:]] Warren Cromartie (who was also a minor star for the Montreal Expos in the 1970s), Randy Bass, Orestes Destrade, Andy Bernazard, and Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** Subverted in Episode 3: Hmm hmm hm-hm-hmm hmm-hmm hm-hm-hm-hmmm-hm-hm. [[spoiler:It's "Ningen Nante" by Yoshida Takuro, who also wrote and sang the show's theme]].
** Played straight several times, one for each credits song:
*** When Beta Mechazawa is used as a phone, the ringtone is the first ending theme.
*** An unnamed delinquent's CD player breaks while he is listening to the second.
*** The lyrics Kamiyama sings in episode 5 are later used (but sung differently) in the credits song for episodes 19 and 23.
* ThereAreNoAdults: Or, more accurately, there are no teachers. Or responsible adults in an actual position of authority. On the other hand, the anime shows us the school doctor. He's enough in touch with reality to realise there is something wrong with particular 'students' in the school.
** Averted in the manga. There are actual teachers in Cromartie (three of them so far), and even they wonder why the hell they're letting a gorilla wander around in the school.
* ThisIsReality: One of the most frequently used forms of LampshadeHanging in the series, with lines like "They don't even put that kind of crap in manga nowadays!"
* TransferStudentUniforms: Hokuto, who transferred to the wrong school.
* {{Troll}}: Fujimoto encounters several of these in his time on the internet.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Taken to the extreme, as no teachers are introduced until volume 11 of the manga (and none of them show up in the anime).
* TheUnreveal: Hokuto's henchman tries to reveal his name to the others... and gets interrupted every time.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Lots. Sometimes subverted as the unusual sight get noticed, but is shrugged off as normal since nobody else (that is, no Cromartie students) seems to be affected by it. Rival school students, however, have been known to freak out over exactly what is going on over there.
** Mechazawa is this trope in character form. Gorilla and Freddie are also this trope, but to a lesser extent.
* VomitDiscretionShot: When Takenouchi throws up in the intro, ''Kamiyama'' emerges from his mouth instead of his lunch.
* WackyHomeroom: It is unknown whether the students even have any other classes than homeroom.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Takenouchi is a fearsome fighter and a respected leader. The problem? He gets motion sickness just by climbing on ''any'' kind of vehicle.
* WhatIf: The guys like to pop off a lot of "What if..." scenarios that are ''sometimes'' relevant to the case/situation/dilemma at hand.
* WhyAmITicking: One story has Mechazawa with a bomb strapped to his head, but the students give up in disarming him because they aren't professional enough to do so.
* WorldOfBadass: Everybody (apart from Maeda and Hokuto's Lackey) has his share of badass, even Kamiyama.
** Get him angry enough -- by, say, interrupting his attempts to tell you [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep his name]] -- and even Hokuto's Lackey will demonstrate badassery.
** And though shown only in the manga, Maeda is actually good at fighting, dodging and countering Yakuzas before being outnumbered.