Review – Gokusen


Also known as: Gokusen; Gokudo no Sensei; Gangster Teacher
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Friendship, School, Youth
Episodes: 12
Broadcast network: NTV
Broadcast period: April 1, 2002 to July 3, 2002

Main Leads:

Nakama Yukie as Yamagutchi Kumiko (Yankumi)
Matsumoto Jun as Sawada Shin
Oguri Shun as Haruhiko Uchiyama (Uchi)
Waki Tomohiro as Kumai Teruo (Kuma)
Narimiya Hiroki as Noda Takeshi
Ishigaki Yuma as Minami Yoichi
Utsui Ken as Kuroda Ryuichiro (Kumiko’s grandpa / 3rd Generation Oedo Yakuza Boss)
Anan Kenji as Wakamatsu Hiro

Synopsis: The story of a young, idealistic teacher who enters Shirokin Gakuen with hopes of making a difference in the students’ lives. However, Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) is in for a rude awakening when she finds that she will be the homeroom teacher of 3-D, the hardest class to maintain in the school. The students have multi-colored hair, sloppy uniforms, and show absolutely no respect to her. The leader of the class, Sawada Shin is lazy but bright and shows some interest in Yamaguchi when he notices that she is very different from other teachers. The students try to bully her to make her quit, but their attempts don’t get them very far.

What the class and the rest of the school does not know is that Yamaguchi Kumiko is actually the 4th generation heir to the Ooedo Group, a notorious yakuza clan. Even though her family would like her to take the title of Ojou when her grandfather dies, they have accepted the fact that Yamaguchi would rather be a teacher.

Eventually, the students learn to respect their quirky teacher because of her devotion to them, and even give her a nickname: Yankumi.

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Spoiler Code: Green

I remember watching the anime first a while ago, but I don’t remember much about it other than the fact that I enjoyed it. After watching this drama I still enjoyed it – and loved it! It’s a light drama for the most part, you have your silly moments – but you also have your heartwarming and moving moments. While there are some things about this drama that might seem cliche nowadays – you have to keep in mind that it came out almost 1O years ago and it was original for the time.

In the beginning you have all of these arrogant kids who start to change and mature as Yankumi becomes their teacher. She takes care of her students, she’s always on their side. It’s a drama that says “You can live by standing on your own two feet” – sometimes you just need a helping hand.

The acting is great – Part of my reason for wanting to watch this drama was for MatsuJun: the more I see of him the more I can see him as a great actor for his portrayal of different types of roles. The rest of the cast was great, too, no complaints.

The music is okay – they only really had 1 song that played at the end of the drama. The rest were instrumentals that fit the drama but didn’t stand out to me.

I think I’ll watch this drama again someday.

Overall: I think this is a drama worth watching. Remember that it came out in 2OO2, that it’s also based off a manga. It gets better with each episode – I watched the last 7 episodes in one day. If you’re looking for something light and comedic with characters that go through problems and mature – this is a good drama to watch (:

I wrote this review over a year ago now, haha. Gokusen is still a classic to me. The music doesn’t stand out, and it’s part of an older generation of dramas, but there’s still something special about it. Also, it’s rare for a drama that’s inspired by a manga to actually have the drama come out before the anime (: Oguri Shun had some awful hair, and I remember starting this mainly because of MatsuJun haha. Gokusen is one of those series that you can watch in any order, they have the same themes, but different events and a different cast. If the first season cast doesn’t appeal to you, I encourage you to try the second season if it sounds like something you’d be interested in watching (:

My overall rating for this drama would be a 8/10

Stream it here: DramaCrazy


Related Posts:

Matsumoto Jun’s Profile

Oguri Shun’s Profile


Posted on October 22, 2012, in Dramas/Series and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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