Cover of Croket! volume 1 as published by Shogakukan
|Written by||Manuvu Kashimoto|
|Original run||April 2001 – November 2006|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Naohito Takahashi|
|Licensed by||Viz Media|
|Original run||April 7, 2003 – March 27, 2005|
Croket! (コロッケ! Korokke!?, lit. "Croquette!"), also spelled Korokke!, is an adventure manga by Manavu Kashimoto. It was published by Shogakukan in CoroCoro Comic from April 2001 to November 2006 and collected in 15 bound volumes. It received the 2003 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.
The world of Croket! is one inhabited by both humans and exotic creatures such as anthropomorphic animals and where individuals called Bankers travel around the world to collect magical coins called Kinkas with their Kinka Banks. Kinkas are said to activate the appearance of the Bank Wizard, who will grant the wish of any Banker who collects enough Kinkas. The story mainly revolves around Croket, a young and scrappy Banker with incredible strength whose wish is to revive his father, a legendary Banker named Burger, who was said to be defeated by a villain Croket knows as the "Black Gown Man."
Shortly after his journey, a tournament called the Banker Survival Quest is told to be held in the small but dangerous Macademia Island, and the winner earns enough Kinkas to fill the largest Kinka Bank. Setting his eyes on the island, Croket battles against rivals both friendly and malevolent, though there very well may be a dangerous threat in the tournament that haunts fellow competitors and Croket's past.
It is the work of Manavu Kashimoto after a long time since Gakkyū Ō Yamazaki (学級王ヤマザキ?),[clarification needed] and also the longest series by such writer. The content an adventure with many gag elements.
With the appearance and personality rich characters, the characters are named in respect of the name of foods, with the exception of the offshoot original writer and his family.
- Croket! Banker survival of dream! (GBA 2002 October 17)
- Croket! Prohibited goods box of withdrawal! (PS 2003 March 20)
- Croket! Bank and van queen of 2 darkness (GBA 2003 July 17)
- Croket! Puzzle of 3 granulated kingdoms (GBA 2003 December 11)
- Korokke! Ban-Ō no Kiki o Sukue (PS2, GC 2004 July 8)
- Croket! Protection God of forest of 4 banks (GBA 2004 July 22)
- Croket! Venture person of Great space-time (GBA 2004 December 9)
- Croket! DS Heroes of Sky (DS 2005 December 15)
Little Boy Croket
- "小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 6, 2008.
- VIZ Media Europe Croket! page
- Croquette! (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Shopro (licensor) Official website (Japanese)
- Croket! Game site by Konami (Japanese)
- Croket! at TV Tokyo's site (Japanese)