Onizuka is a reformed biker gang leader who has his sights set on an honorable new ambition: to become the world’s greatest teacher… for the purpose of meeting sexy high school girls. Okay, so he’s mostly reformed.
However, strict administrators and a class of ruthless delinquents stand between Onizuka and his goal and they will use any means, however illegal or low, to drive the new teacher away. Perfect, because Onizuka’s methods won’t be found in any teaching manual; he cares about the difference between legal and illegal activities about as much as he cares for the age difference between himself and a high school girl.
So get ready for math that doesn’t add up, language you’d be slapped for using, and biology that would make a grown man blush… unless of course, you’re the Great Teacher Onizuka. – My Anime List
Based on 15 review scores:
Absolutely great series. I can’t honestly think of any reason to take away a star (unless you just REALLY don’t like character development)
Onizuka is a guy who overcome the odds, serves justice, and teaches lessons every teacher should instruct in schools. If you like characters such as Naruto, Ichigo, Deadpool, Kamina or Natsu, then you’ll definitely love this guy!
The Forgotten Lair
Although this series is highly perverted, you can’t help but explode in laughter at the slapstick comedy and OD of “in your face humor.” Rarely do I laugh at jokes in animes, much less 80% of the series, but this old school anime takes the cake. Eikichi Onizuka is an obnoxious 22 year old perverted bachelor – and proud of it… Except for the bachelor part. Formerly a bike gang leader, Onizuka decides he wants to be the world’s greatest teacher to mold the minds of young people and most important of all, surround himself with young high school girls in short skirts. Through unconventional methods, which the staff of the school are quick to notice, Onizuka rehabilitates the “troubled” students which have caused chaos for teachers before him – regaining their trust in teachers and adults, bringing people together, and more importantly, making school fun again.
Many modern titles strike me as either melodramatic or contrived, and I have a hard time developing any kind of bond with the characters. GTO keeps its drama focused on the people, and does a great job mixing crazy comedy with endearing moments.
In my mind, this is one of the classics of modern anime, and will hopefully be enjoyed by future anime fans for years to come. If you haven’t already seen it and are looking for an anime that is both hilarious and inspirational, I can’t recommend GTO enough.
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Overall, I highly recommend GTO. Not just the anime but the entire franchise, manga, live action TV series and the movie.
Nevertheless, in the genre of high school-based series, this one still stands solid as one of the best ones of the genre. It really is the prime example of how such a series should be handled.
It’s a cool series. I recommend it to those who want more mature Anime or for Student Teachers who want to find a series they can get advice from.
Overall, while I probably don’t like GTO as much as a lot of people, I can see why people would grow to love it. Like any great comedy drama, it knows when to make us laugh and when to make us sit down and ponder. While I think the story and the characters had issues, I also loved them for what they brought up. It has flaws, but often it was quite easy to overlook its flaws and enjoy Onizuka kicking ass as a teacher.
If you want a good school drama with a fair few laughs, Great Teacher Onizuka is for you!
Though the final third is full of things that make baby Jesus cry, GTO is ultimately one of the most fun experiences you can have watching anime.
Great Teacher Onizuka effectively mixes raunchy humor with a bit of an edge, a huge amount of hilarious scenes involving Onizuka’s unstable lovable-loser-with-attitude persona, a collection of wild situations that any prime-time comedy would be proud to sport, and a stiff shot of hard-hitting commentary on the frightening issues surrounding modern youth and their education. The result is sometimes touching, occasionally eyebrow-raising, and always very funny. Add to that clean, effective art, quality directing and writing, and absolutely spectacular Japanese dialogue, and you’ve got yourself an instant classic. My only complaint is that the dub, though not bad, is a bit dirty and somewhat of a letdown when compared to the sub.
GTO is mostly a wacky comedy series intermixed with poignant, bittersweet moments of drama. Onizuka is not a typical teacher and is a crazy, outrageous, and hilarious character. Most of the series, our hero has to deal with trying to keep himself or his students out of trouble while also driving the Vice-Principal Uchiyamada mad with anger. Uchiyamada asserts himself as the arch-nemesis of Onizuka, usually after his car is constantly wrecked by situations Onizuka is involved in. He makes it his mission to try and implicate Onizuka and get him fired from the school and teaching for good. Onizuka takes in it stride, and over time is able to win over Uchiyamada in his own way as well.
While the first episode of GTO, almost entirely the realm of immature schoolboy fantasy, left me rather unimpressed, by the end of the fourth episode I was hooked. Certainly not a title for our younger anime fans – GTO easily earns its M15+ rating – I eagerly await the further exploits of great teacher Eikichi Onizuka. Teacher Banzai!