Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka or GTO as it is often abbreviated is a very popular Japanese drama that was originally a manga series. It was one of the first series recommended to me when I decided to take my Japanese drama plunge. With only a few series under my belt I can see why GTO came so highly recommended.

Great Teacher Onizuka is about a motorcycle gang leader who decides to follow his dream and become a teacher. His first set of students are anything but angels and from day one are hell bent on making his job as difficult as possible. He even faces opposition from his fellow teachers. He uses quick thinking, unconventional teaching methods and his experiences in life win over his students and colleagues.

Onizuka’s role made this drama awesome

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GTO is a classic and touches on many lessons in life such as perseverance,  following your dreams and believing you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Every episode is enjoyable especially the later ones that leads up to an awesome ending. If you are like me and new to the Japanese drama watching world or want to just check out a one off drama series this is the perfect series to watch.

The beautiful Fuyutsuki-sensei

12 thoughts on “Great Teacher Onizuka

  1. It was quite a fun show, lots of talented young actors.
    Did you know that the actor who acted Onizuka(Takashi Sorimachi) and the actress portraying Fuyutsuki (Matsushima Nanako) got married after working together in GTO.^^

  2. I haven’t seen the anime, I wonder if I should see that first? Live action-dramas are often pretty bad and if you haven’t seen the anime you have nothing to relate to… But maybe I’ll give it a try^^

  3. yonasu: I watched it not knowing there was an anime or manga out there. It was my second or third series after Densha Otoko (which was my first, and something I’m rewatching).

  4. I had seen Densha Otoko, and was looking for a new J-Drama because I enjoy that one so much. My Japanese teacher recommended GTO, and I looked it up and was able to watch it. I was amazed, I’m hoping to find another series to watch, the later episodes left you wanting to see more it was just a great series.

  5. Yonasu: The anime is much funnier. I’m not sure what people see in most J-Dramas. GTO is a mediocre J-drama at best. Check out the anime first. It’s great. I’m not a huge anime fan and I loved it.

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