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Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: GTO
Japanese: グレート・ティーチャー・オニヅカ


Type: TV
Episodes: 43
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 30, 1999 to Sep 24, 2000
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.791 (scored by 105970 users)
Ranked: #292
Popularity: #101
Members: 183,798
Favorites: 8,547
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comedy drama school slice of life


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.

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Aired  Jun 30, 1999 to Sep 24, 2000
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Related Anime

Adaptation: GTO
Prequel: Shonan Junai Gumi!

Characters & Voice Actors

Aizawa, Miyabi
Aizawa, Miyabi
Noda, Junko
Noda, Junko
Fuyutsuki, Azusa
Fuyutsuki, Azusa
Orikasa, Fumiko
Orikasa, Fumiko
Kanzaki, Urumi
Kanzaki, Urumi
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Kikuchi, Yoshito
Kikuchi, Yoshito
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Midorikawa, Hikaru


Abe, Noriyuki
Director, Storyboard, Recording Engineer
Tsuru, Toshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Theme Song Performance
Okuda, Miwako
Theme Song Performance

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Sep 20, 2009
Eikichi Onizuka. 22 years old. Even as Japan keeps turning out more new anime, there’s still perfectly good series out there from the past, and that’s especially true for people who might have been introduced to anime just recently. It’s hard to believe that GTO will be 10 years old this June, but age has nothing to do with a good anime. So I’ve devoted the last few days of my life to this series.

The premise is simple, if not a bit cracked out, and the first episode serves to illustrate. Onizuka is a former Yakuza who always had a dream of becoming a teacher, read more
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May 1, 2007
I was a little skeptical at first about this anime. I usually avoid the comedy/slice-of-life genre, but this anime came highly recommended by an old friend and boy am I glad I listened to him. GTO has to be one of the most well made anime package of its time.

The story is somewhat cliche: troublesome high school students with peculiar skills or traits trying to rid a teacher who's trying hard to to teach them a lesson in life. However, there are some very clever surprises and plot devices to keep the viewer poised for more. My only complaint is the read more
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Jun 16, 2009
I finished this series a while back but i was bored so i decided to write this..

What happens when you take a situation comedy, a schoolyard farce, and a stiff shot of hard-hitting commentary on modern youth and the issues facing the Japanese educational system, mix them together in one anime series, and shake vigorously? You get something wonderful, and that something is called GTO. The series tempers itself with a grounding in reality and addresses serious social issues, but by mixing raunchy humor with a bit of an edge, Onizuka's lovable-loser-with-attitude persona, and a collection of wild situations that any prime-time comedy would be read more
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Sep 2, 2007
Great Teacher Onizuka... heheh and what a great teacher he is. A really original and good anime filled with comedy, action, and a few serious moments, an animation that has given life to one of the most memorable characters i've seen, Onizuka Eichi.

The animation is good, different from what you see elswhere but fits just right with the mood the show aims to give you, the funny faces Onizuka or Uchiyamada make are a real blast of comedy, ones i can always remember and still laugh about.

The sound is great, great voice acting from everybody and a really cool soundtrack. Just watch the OP theme read more
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GTO and Golden Boy are extremely similar in style and humor - both feature honest and hardworking leads who will go to great lengths to make a difference in another person's life. And both are prone to trouble, especially when women are involved. The two shows have their differences though - they're similar enough that I'm absolutely sure anyone who enjoys one should watch the other, but not so similar that either feels like a ripoff.  
reportRecommended by Krelian
Both of these shows follow the same formula, featuring a rough-around-the-edges new teacher reaching out to problem students who eat normal teachers for breakfast. GTO is the funnier of the two by a long shot, but they're both quite good.  
reportRecommended by Krelian
Apart from the main characters being completely random, both series having re-occurring characters and a similar style of humor, there are not too many similarities. However, if you like either of these series, your almost guaranteed to love the other! Both start out fairly slow, so watch at least the first 5 episodes and you WILL be hooked. 
reportRecommended by llamaben
both have a delincuent its the main character and both are to die laughing. ... and of course both happens in the school 
reportRecommended by TanisChile
Basically the same plot. Both have unique teachers teaching a class of trouble kids and going to any extreme to help them.  
reportRecommended by Mystic9t
Both are your non-standard teachers who help the students and "lecture" them outside of school. This is the he way deals with problematic kids, and aid the not so bad ones. However the differences are that Onizuka wanted to do it, but Junichirou didn't, and also Junichirou is open about the fact that he is a hardcore otaku and seems to have everything going for him. Unlike Onizuka who had to overcome many obstacles as a teacher, and fight for both the privilege to teach as well as many things and Junichirou had the job forced on him against his will. 
reportRecommended by imperlast

Opening Theme

#1: "Driver's High" by L'Arc~en~Ciel (eps 01-16)
#2: "Hitori no Yoru" by Porno Graffitti (eps 17-43)

Ending Theme

#1: "Last Piece" by Kirari (eps 1-16)
#2: "Shizuku (しずく)" by Okuda Miwaku (eps 17-33)
#3: "CHERISHED MEMORIES" by Hong Kong Knife (eps 34-42)
#4: "Driver's High" by L'Arc~en~Ciel (ep 43)

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