Crows (manga)

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Cover of the first Crows volume
Written byHiroshi Takahashi
Published byAkita Shoten
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Champion
Original run19901998
Original video animation
Directed byMasamune Ochiai
Produced byHiroshi Iwakawa
Noriko Nishino
Music byKeiichi Gotō
StudioKnack Productions
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1994 - June 24, 1994
Runtime45 minutes per episode
Episodes2 (List of episodes)
Crows Gaiden: Katagiri Ken Monogatari
Written byHiroshi Takahashi
Published byAkita Shoten
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Champion
Original runMay 2, 2014[2]October 6, 2014[3]
Crows: Explode
Written by
  • Hiroshi Takahashi (original story)
  • Kōsuke Mukai
  • Rikiya Mizushima
  • Takashi Hasegawa
Illustrated byTatsuya Kanda
Published byAkita Shoten
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Champion
Original runOctober 6, 2017October 6, 2020
Crows Gaiden: Housenka - The Beginning of Housen
Written byHiroshi Takahashi
Illustrated byShūhei Saitō
Published byAkita Shoten
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Champion
Original runNovember 6, 2017 – present

Crows (Japanese: クローズ, Hepburn: Kurōzu) is a Japanese high school delinquent manga series by Hiroshi Takahashi. It has the same setting and also shares some characters with Takahashi's later manga QP and Worst. As of April 2009, it had sold more than 46 million copies worldwide.[6][7]

The series was adapted into a two episode OVA by Knack Productions in 1994 which covered the first three volumes of the manga. It inspired three live-action films: Crows Zero in 2007, Crows Zero 2 in 2009 (both directed by Takashi Miike),[8][9] and Crows Explode (directed by Toshiaki Toyoda) in 2014.[10] The films are not direct adaptations but take place before the events of the manga. Several characters from the manga appear in the movies but not the main character Bōya.

Takahashi wrote a one volume side story called Crows Gaiden: Katagiri Ken Monogatari which was published in 2014.[11] A tribute manga called Crows Respect written by various authors was published by Akita Shoten in 2018.[12] Two manga spin-offs were released in 2017 in Monthly Shonen Champion. The first titled Crows: Explode, written by Kōsuke Mukai, Rikiya Mizushima and Takashi Hasegawa and illustrated by Tatsuya Kanda, began on October 6. The manga will be finished on October 6, 2020.[13] The second, Crows Gaiden: Housenka - The Beginning of Housen by Shūhei Saitō, about the beginning of Hōsen Academy, started on November 6.[14]

A beat-em-up game for the Sega Saturn titled Crows: The Battle Action was released in 1997, which was developed and published by Athena.

An action-adventure video game by Bandai Namco Games for PlayStation 4 titled Crows: Burning Edge was released on 27 October 2016, it sold 9,574 units in its first week of release.[15]


The story begins when Harumichi Bōya transfers into the second year at Suzuran High School. Suzuran is notorious for its delinquent students who are nicknamed 'Crows' because of their dark uniforms and inauspicious nature. Quickly enough Bōya meets a group centered around Hiromi Kirishima who are trying to challenge the school boss Hideto Bandō. From there the story follows the exploits of Suzuran students and the teen-aged delinquents of various surrounding schools and gangs.



Harumichi Bōya (坊屋 春道)
Voiced by Hidenari Ugaki (OVA)
The main protagonist. His loyalty to his friends and cocky nature often get him into conflict but he is otherwise lazy and laid-back and rejects any leadership role.
Yasuo Yasuda (安田 泰男) Also known as "Yasu"
Voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi (OVA)
Yasu is small and scrawny which makes him an easy target for bullies. He becomes Bōya's closest friend and right-hand man.
Futoshi Akutsu (亜久津 太) Also known as "Atchan"
Voiced by Masashi Sugawara (OVA), played by Issei Okihara (live action)
Akutsu is bullying Yasu when he first crosses paths with Bōya who quickly teaches him a lesson. Despite being somewhat cowardly he becomes loyal in his own way to Bōya.
Hiromi Kirishima (桐島 ヒロミ)
Voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa (OVA), played by Shunsuke Daito (live action)
Leader of the group that included Mako and Pon. After initially clashing with Bōya he allied with him to fight against Bandō. Also appears in the manga "QP".
Makoto Sugihara (杉原 誠) Also known as "Mako"
Voiced by Jūrōta Kosugi (OVA), played by Yū Koyanagi (live action)
One of the strongest fighters at Suzuran. Managed to get a girlfriend much to Bōya's chagrin. Dropped out of school in his last year.
Toshiaki Honjō (本城 俊明) Also known as "Pon"
Voiced by Kōji Tsujitani (OVA), played by Ryō Hashizume (live action)
A hotheaded boy usually wearing a face mask after breaking his two front teeth in a bike accident.
Hideto Bandō (阪東 秀人)
Voiced by Kazuki Yao (OVA), played by Dai Watanabe (live action)
The ruthless boss of Suzuran when Bōya arrived and a member of the gang The Front of Armament. Also appears in the manga "QP".
Megumi Hayashida (林田 恵) Also known as "Rindaman"
Voiced by Akio Ōtsuka (OVA), played by Motoki Fukami (live action)
Third year student and a surly loner who was the only one at Suzuran who could stand up to Bōya in a fight. He has however no interest in gang politics. He is modelled after the character "Ricky Linderman" from the 1980 film My Bodyguard.
Saburō Hanazawa (花澤 三郎) Also known as "Zetton"
A former middle school junior of Bōya who entered Suzuran as a freshman when Bōya was beginning his third year. His nickname comes from a Kaiju in the Ultraman television series.

Kurotaki Alliance[edit]

Osamu Furukawa (古川 修) Also known as "Bulldog"
Boss of Takiya Commerce High School and president of The Kurotaki Alliance. A charismatic leader who bonds with Bōya over their common inability to get anywhere with girls.
Kenichi Maruyama (丸山 賢一) Also known as "Maruken"
Played by Joey Iwanaga (Crows Explode live action)
Kenichi Kadozumi (角住 賢一) Also known as "Kakuken"
Played by Shuhei Nogae (Crows Explode live action)
Maruken and Kakuken are the bosses of Kurosaki Industrial. Though they often argue about trivial things they are such close friends that they are sometimes collectively known as 'MaruKaku'. They are the first to join Bulldog and form The Kurotaki Alliance.
Shinsuke Nakajima (中島 信助) Also known as "Ammo"
A freshman at Kawada 2nd High who managed to become the new boss by defeating the previous boss Ishikawa. He is the only freshman to become an officer in The Kurotaki Alliance.


Tatsuya Bitō (美藤 竜也)
Played by Haruma Miura (live action)
Ruled Hōsen Academy, Suzuran's rival school, along with his younger brother Hideyuki. They seek revenge for the death of their older brother. Later the brothers move to Tokyo.
Jō Kanayama (金山 丈) Also known as "King Joe"
A freshman who took control of Hōsen after the Bitōs left. Always ambitious and picking fights with the bosses of other schools. His nickname is the name of a robot in the Ultra Seven television series.


Ryūshin Kunō (九能 龍信)
Became the leader of The Front of Armament motorcycle gang after his brother Hideomi is defeated. Unlike his brother, Ryūshin is tough and honorable. Later moves to Tokyo to become a professional boxer.
Genjirō Katsuragi (桂木 源次郎)
Voiced by Masahiro Anzai (OVA)
A graduate of Suzuran and a construction worker. Many Suzuran students see him as a big brother figure, in particular Rindaman.


The ending theme for episode 1 is "Totsuzen, Natsu no Arashi no Youni" by THE STREET BEATS and the ending theme for episode 2 is "Outsider" by THE STREET BEATS.

No.TitleOriginal air date
Transcription: "Kurouzu" (Japanese: クローズ)
January 28, 1994 (1994-01-28)
2"High-School Fighting Legend Crows 2"
Transcription: "Koukou Butouden Kurouzu 2" (Japanese: 高校武闘伝 クローズ 2)
June 24, 1994 (1994-06-24)


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