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July 4, 2005

Children Cry: “Say It Ain’t So, Cro”

imageVia Irresponsible Pictures comes word of this wire story about Japanese baseball legend Warren Cromartie suing the producers of the film version of the manga Cromartie High School over use of his name. A parody of teen fighting manga and a potential word of mouth buzz book for American publisher ADV Manga, creator Eiji Nonaka's system of high schools all sport names from North American baseball players who played in Japan, of which the former Montreal Expo is one of the most famous. In the manga, corresponding anime and one would imagine the live-action picture in question, Cromartie High School is filled almost entirely with moronic thugs who talk about fighting one another as well as inexplicable maybe-students like the one pictured, adding up to a clearly humorous take that seems to have been lost on the former Yomiuri Giants outfielder.
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