Main | Crows OVA

Not every manga will eventually give rise to its own animated series, but those most celebrated usually do. While certainly not on the same level as say Gundam or Dragonball, even today, Crows manga, as well as its sequel, Worst, remain insanely popular amongst its Japanese fans. Despite this, there never has been a Crows anime in the traditional sense. In the past, there have been rare instances of perennial favorites (see Wangan Midnight) eventually being adopted into the modern age, however, in most cases, series just rounding the two decade mark not having received an official animated depiction by now, most likely never will. As a combined work, Crows & Worst mangas collect over 50 volumes of original content, yet the only representation of our beloved Suzuran delinquents in action are through these two relatively unhonored OVAs.


Little is known about Koukou Butouden. Originally released in Japan as "Rental Only" video cassettes, they later were thrust into obscurity. While virtually nonexistant in the US, official copies, even in Japan have become increasingly scarce. Videos were originally produced and distributed by KSS Films in 1994, then later reissued on dvd in 2006. Images have been found of the original VHS packaging, but I have yet to come across visual proof as to the existence of officially licenced dvds other than listings on labeling them as "Out Of Print". Through countless searches I've come up with nothing concerning KSS Films or any other relevant details regarding these releases. Ironically, attempting a search on "Koukou Butouden" or "Crows OVA" today, will ultimately link you back to this website and its forums.


Unfortunately, until now, being directed here would also leave one wanting for information. Many factors have contributed to the delay in the completion of this section. For starters, these OVAs were an absolute bitch to track down! For nearly a year I scoured the web in vain. Google turned up nothing more than a very brief informational page at ANN along with a handful of "free" subscription sites claiming to offer multiple versions for download. I inquired on forums, scouted the popular torrent spots, sent out emails, and was literally on the verge of offering up a cash bounty on 4chan to anyone having any knowledge as to their whereabouts. Lack of information via English based search engines, while frustrating, was understandable, but I wasn't making much headway through any of the Asian channels either. Eventually I was able to locate the VHS covers and was later alerted to a small batch of screencaps that at least gave indication that these truly existed. Then for many months the trail ran cold. Just as I had resigned to giving up, they were unearthed by one of own forum members shortly thereafter.

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