In Cromartie High School, an old man occasionally appears in the sky:

old man in clouds

No one ever comments on this, so presumably it's only we viewers who see it.

Who is he, or what is it a reference to?

Edited to add: I found one of the scenes on YouTube here.

  • Could you provide some episode numbers and timestamps?
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 17:10
  • @AkiTanaka I suppose I can later, but having recently binged the series, my feeling is that he appears in at least half of the episodes, always in a way similar to the above screenshot.
    – Sean
    Commented Nov 22, 2023 at 17:02
  • Does he say something? Then maybe he appears in the credits. This kind of old man in the sky is usually a deceased relative or neighbor looking down from heaven. But this anime is a nonsense comedy, so it's definitely not playing a normal script.
    – Ocean
    Commented Nov 28, 2023 at 18:46
  • @Ocean No, he never speaks, or even moves, that I can recall.
    – Sean
    Commented Dec 2, 2023 at 20:25
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    @Ocean I added a link to a YouTube video in which I was able to find one of the scenes where the old man appears.
    – Sean
    Commented Dec 13, 2023 at 22:58

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A character in the sky that appears to be half transparent and isn't visible to other characters usually indicates someone recently deceased that has a relationship to someone that is still alive. The implication is that this character is now watching from heaven.

Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou is a gag anime that has many weird characters appear that everyone thinks of as totally normal. The video provided has two characters talking about how all the schools are normal while being oblivious to the fact that their school is not. To have this joke work all the weird characters appear in the background being noticed and accepted as normal.

The old man in the sky appears as one of the weird characters in this part of the anime.

I'm guessing that he appeared earlier with the joke being that he is completely unrelated to anyone.

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