Cromartie High School Vol. #02 -

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  • Art Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0258-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Cromartie High School Vol. #02

By Jarred Pine     April 26, 2006
Release Date: June 06, 2005

Cromartie High School Vol.#02
© ADV Manga

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Eiji Nonaka
Translated by:Brendan Frayne
Adapted by:

What They Say
All hell is breaking loose in the halls of Cromartie High School, and Takashi is just enjoying the ride. The robot Mechazawa has been sold as a kitchen appliance and muscle-bound and muscle-headed Freddie is now in the custody of aliens. A new bully has arrived to terrorize the remaining thugs and underlings, but it's all just another day for the underachieving - and undereducated - students of Cromartie High School!

The Review
Ah, Cromartie! The school where badasses are made, not by fighting but rather by creating cool nicknames and acting stupid. It's a school where meteors crash, alien abductions occur, students ride on horses the size of elephants, and they are all under the control of a quartet of KISS cosplayers who do nothing but talk about rectifying the problem of their five-man quartet. Rather than rival school battles, the delinquents would rather hone their joke writing skills.

Eiji Nonaka, who proclaims in the extras that he has no interest in manga, creates one of the more memorable, absurdist pieces of comedy that I have experienced in quite some time. Not since Monty Python have I enjoyed this level of random jokes and silly punch-lines; at times are so incredibly dumb that they do a full circle and become brilliantly dimwitted. The short chapter structure really serves the comedy well, keeping the pace quick and delivering chapter ending punch-lines in rapid succession. Like with most comedy of this kind, some jokes will fall flat, but in Cromartie High School the jokes hit their mark more often then not.

ADV's production is quite solid, offering translation notes at the back of the book which are critical in understanding some of the jokes. The one oddity is that the notes refer to page numbers that don't exist in the book. Is this also part of Nonaka's comedy?


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