At a run down school the "Ultimate Teacher" Ganpachi is sent to get things back on track and prepare the delinquent students for the real world. But the students don't want Ganpachi ruining the gang they got going so their boss, Hinako, fights back Ganpachi aided by her secret power...her lucky kitty underwear. Things get more interesting when we findout Ganpachi is the result of genetic experiments.
Imagine if you will that the anime Great Teacher Onizuka had an older, less funny, and uninteresting older brother. That is essentially what you have with Ultimate Teacher. If it hadn’t actually come a number of years earlier, I would say this is a rip-off of GTO.
If you have seen the aforementioned GTO, then the story is going to feel pretty familiar to you, though with a few strange differences. We start with some lab experiment gone wrong then are suddenly thrust three years into the future. Don’t expect that part to make much sense until the end. Our "hero", Ganpachi enters a high school that is basically a war zone, with various gangs and punk kids and graves to teachers before. This is all lead by the unlikely gang leader Himeko. There is a lot of physical comedy and some parody and quite a bit of action. The humor is juvenile to put it nicely but it is funny at times (rarely). The story does stick to basics for the most part and it does manage to flesh out the important characters enough to make sense.
The biggest problem with this show is the characters. Normally for a show to be enjoyable you have to have someone in the cast to cheer for. Maybe I sound like a bit of a prude.. well I am a former teacher after all (middle school yuck), but I for one found nothing redeeming about any of the students. Himeko is supposed to be the hero, I suppose, but she’s well a punk. I’m supposed to feel bad for her as Ganpachi humiliates her but I don’t. Considering what she has done to the staff of the school and the state the school is in I find it impossible to see what is so good about her. She has super strength, well unless someone sees her panties (Huh?). Luckily she has her blue lucky kitty which saves herself from this weakness. Stay with me, I don’t think this is supposed to make sense.
Teenagers running amok and defeating all their authority figures I suppose is a dream of those this age and definitely the target audience of this show but I fail to see what life lesson this is supposed to teach. If you though the "authority figure" Ganpachi was going to be like Onizuka then your proven wrong pretty quickly. He becomes probably even more unlikable and tyrannical than even the students. Normally I can think of something positive worth mentioning but in this case I can’t. Worst cast ever.
The animation and music/acting don’t do anything to distinguish themselves either. I give them fair marks as none of them are horrible, and the visuals are not bad for a show from 1988. There is very little music to speak of and the sound effects sound pretty corny but it’s nothing that’s going to make your cringe.
I suppose Ultimate Teacher has some decent action scenes, though I got very little enjoyment out of it. If you really like girls in kitty panties fighting and absolutely must see every anime with them, then by all means knock yourself out. Fortunately not many of you have had the misfortune of seeing this yet, thus I direct this review to you as a public to not make the same mistake as me. read more
Imagine that Onizuka had an older brother who was part genetically modified warrior-part asshole, and that when he suplexed his female students, they suplexed him back. And there's magic. And henshin hero fights.
And awesome. And stuff. Honestly, I don't remember too many details about this show, but I remember that I laughed quite a few times, and wished it had a proper sequel.
I hope that counts for something.
Bio Ningen delivers everything you expect form a good 80s'-era OVA: good animation, fight scenes, schoolgirl fanservice, an ignorable plot (this is always for the best) weird characters, and poofy hair. However, it doesn't have any stupidly-detailed robots, but that doesn't matter in the long run. Bio Ningen doesn't play any of it straight-it's a broad satire of the media in the day, from henshin shows to anime, manga, and even western movies.
During the 1980s (and 90s), there wasn't really any quality control when it came to anime that was brought over to the U.S. So, for every really good OVA/anime that was brought over to the states (i.e., FOTNS, Megazone 23, Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket), there was at least one anime that was pure ultraviolent schlock (i.e., Cybernetics Guardian, MD Geist, Violence Jack). However, Ultimate Teacher stands out among all the OVAs that were brought over to the states - mainly because instead of being another ultraviolent schlock title, it's a comedy OVA in the same vein as Excel Saga.
The story is...really confusing. It starts off with a test subject escaping from an underground lab that holds government experiments. However, instead of terrorizing the neighborhood like in a stereotypical horror anime with this premise, the test subject, a man named Ganpachi who had his DNA spliced with that of a cockroach, decides to become a teacher - but not just any teacher; THE Ultimate Teacher. He arrives at a run down school that has been overrun by a school gang, and the leader of the gang is a girl named Hinako (no relation to the girl from those OVAs) he met while on his way to the school. He tasks himself to restoring order at the school - in any way possible, and that means defeating Hinako - whose strength comes from the type of panties she wears (despite what this might imply, there actually isn't a lot of fanservice in this show - at least when you compare it to, oh say, Gunbuster). And eventually, one of the people who is part of the lab that Ganpachi escaped from tracks Ganpachi down - and then the plot becomes too complex for me to explain.
The art here has not aged well, but even if I was reviewing this at the time it came out, I wouldn't give it a very high score, mainly because the animation isn't very good even for the time it came out. There aren't any animation errors per say, but the art style hasn't aged well.
Nothing really drags it down. The dub isn't terrible (at least the U.S. dub, anyway - there's a U.K dub, but I can't comment on that one, since I haven't seen it), but it's not a stand out dub, either.
Ganpachi is a character that you really have to see in order to understand him. It's pretty much impossible to describe his personality - all I'll say is that it is kind of what you would expect if a human had a cockroach's personality. As for Hinako, she's pretty much a tomboy, except she gets her strength from her Lucky Kitty underwear - in fact, taking it away from her (or revealing it) is pretty much her kryptonite.
It's just so hard to describe. It's easier if you just watch it to understand it.
It's pretty hard to track down a copy (I believe it's currently unlicensed), but you can find it on Youtube (both the U.S. and U.K. dubs) if you want to watch it.
Ok, so if there is one tip I'd suggest before you watch this and you are looking for a dubbed version..
Find the UK dub.
It's far, far superior in terms of comedic content than the US dub and I think captures the spirit of what this silly but fun OVA is all about.
There's no real point in trying to give a serious review for this film, the plot is basic and makes just about as much sense as it needs to. The characters are fleshed out to about the minimum they need to be apart from Ganpachi and Hinako. The art is obviously dated but not so terrible as to be unwatchable decades later.
This is a fun way to lose 50 or so minutes, it's no classic but it's full of fun and doesn't ever take itself seriously but doesn't fall into the usual tropes of a comedy anime with lots of cuts to cute characters explaining things. read more