MyAnimeList Rating: 8,24/10
Genre: Action, School, Shounen
Author: Hiroshi Takahashi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Champion (Monthly)
Crows is a manga that adapted from 1990 to 1998 by Hiroshi Takahashi. For nowadays, Crows are better known for its movie as Crows Zero which tells about a high school that crowded with men who are very affectionate about fighting. I remember when Crows Zero used to be a very trending in my school while following his character style, shouting like a movie, and acting like a school thug just like in a movie. Although like that, in fact, I only see a glimpse of this movie and I’ve never been watching the full movie at all. So, many of my friends are talking about this movie in school and I can only see the scene of the fight only. At that time, everyone was talking about this movie except me who could only understand what they were saying. However, Crows is an unbeatable manga as well as Crows Zero movie. So, I want to try to review this manga.
“Crows,” tells about Harumichi Bouya, a second-year who recently transferred to Suzuran, a school full of mischievous boys. Harumichi just wanted to get himself to be number one at that school and while doing so he turned this school system into a school that would be a big influence on other schools.
So, Crows are actually no distinct from the live-action because this manga is also a sequel to Crows Zero manga. For those of you who don’t know, Crows Zero tells about a childlike Harumichi Bouya named Takiya Genji in the same hope as while Crows takes the story after Takiya Genji graduated from Suzuran. So, this is a prequel to the previous Crows Zero. For those of you who haven’t read the manga or watching the movie maybe you can enjoy both of them but for me actually, it has no connection at all but the background where it’s still in Suzuran. So, what exactly are this Crows? Does it contain only a bunch of unruly, mischievous people or do it have more stories to tell? Actually, Crows present a fresh story and not too impressive drama to redundant. This is a shounen manga you can enjoy. You want to see blood or a fight until fall on the ground, it’s all here. In addition, Crows also present us a comedy that can make us laugh and teach us about the neverending about friendship.
I might write this review a brief in here but I’ll also try to analyze it first. For the stories presented in this manga, it’s no different from other shounen manga. However, it tells about a gang fight to an epic fight that makes us tense when reading this manga. For the artwork, this manga reminds me of Great Teacher Onizuka and Slam Dunk though both have different stories but remind me of the artwork. In addition, this manga also reminds me a bit about Beelzebub that almost the whole story tells about one person who is very fond of fighting. However, Beelzebub combines several genres of supernatural. The overall artwork, this is a cult classic manga that brings us to an era where manga still has its own impression inside. The drawback in here for me that I don’t like is the ending of this manga. This kind of case is the same as Beelzebub’s adaptation of anime that is more imposing so we wonder why it’s so straightforward. I’m trying to not to tell a little spoiler in here but the characters that appear suddenly at the end of the story for somewhat reason and it just disappear so, I don’t know what’s really going on here. But, I love the whole comic.
Overall, Crows is a must read the classic manga. A shounen manga that seems just a fight but there is a little magic touch in this manga so we always read it without stopping. The artwork that seemed very classic in the era of manga 90s and teaches us what is a friendship. If you’ve read this manga, there’s a sequel called Worst even though I haven’t seen it yet.