Cromartie High School (魁!!クロマティ高校, Sakigake!! Kuromati Kōkō, fully titled "Charge!! Cromartie High School"), by Eiji Nonaka, is a Japanese comedy manga, which was subsequently adapted into an anime and a live-action movie. It follows the everyday life of Takashi Kamiyama and his odd classmates at Cromartie High School, an infamous school for delinquents. Both the manga and anime have been released in North America by ADV Manga and ADV Films respectively. The manga won the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.
The series is a parody of Japanese "yankii" (juvenile delinquent) manga of the 70s and 80s. The style of art resembles Ryoichi Ikegami's works such as Crying Freeman or Sanctuary. There are also many pop culture (especially music) parodies in the characters, chapter names, episode names, CD covers, and DVD covers of this series.
In 2005, former baseball player Warren Cromartie sued the makers of a film based on the series in Japanese court. The series does not feature Cromartie himself, but does depict students who "smoke, fight with students from other schools and are depicted as ruffians", which he says defames his character as the school shares his name.
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