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This Wiki is about the series called Cromartie High School (Sakigake!! Kuromati Koukou/魁!! クロマティ高校 in Japan).
The series started as a manga written by Eiji Nonaka in Weekly Shounen Magazine, and then became adapted into an anime, directed by Hiroaki Sakurai, and a movie directed by Yuudai Yamaguchi. There also are two games - one party game and one "highschool sci-fi communication adventure with multiple endings" (quote from this GameSpy article).
Both the manga and anime are available in North America, released by ADV Manga and ADV Films respectively. However, ADV closed down before the translation of the manga was finished, so only 12 out of the 17 volumes have been released in English as of yet, and the volumes that have been released are harder to find since being currently out of print.
This parody of delinquent manga from the 70s and 80s is about the daily lives of Takashi Kamiyama and the friends and enemies he finds after enrolling at Cromartie High, the school that is seen as the Olympics for "badasses". The show combines the mundane and the bizarre - there is a mute man who looks exactly like Freddie Mercury, two robots and several gorillas among the cast, but the stories could often be done just as well with only the "normal" characters (who mostly seem to have given in to the madness).