Ranked #27

Great Teacher Onizuka

Alternative Titles

English: Great Teacher Onizuka
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 17, 2000
Premiered: Summer 1999
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Fuji TV
Licensors: Discotek, TOKYOPOP
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.791 (scored by 123,233 users)
Ranked: #272
Popularity: #112
Members: 218,888
Favorites: 10,028
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Onizuka, Eikichi
Onizuka, Eikichi
Takagi, Wataru
Takagi, Wataru
Kanzaki, Urumi
Kanzaki, Urumi
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Kikuchi, Yoshito
Kikuchi, Yoshito
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Midorikawa, Hikaru
Uchiyamada, Hiroshi
Uchiyamada, Hiroshi


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

More episodes Episodes(43/43)

Episode Title Aired
1 GTO-The Legend Begins
Onizuka Eikichi 22-sai! Motofuryou Densetsu no Kyouiku Jisshuu ga Ima Hajimaru!! (鬼塚英吉22歳! 元不良 伝説の教育実習が今はじまる!!)
Jun 30, 1999
2 Enter Uchiyamada!
Tenteki Uchiyamada Kyoutou Toujou!! Daigyakuten!? no Saishuu Mensetsu (天敵・内山田教頭登場!! 大逆転!?の最終面接)
Jul 7, 1999
3 Late Night Roof Diving
Kyoushi no Shigoto wa Inochigake?! Shin'ya no Okujou Diving (教師の仕事は命がけ?! 深夜の屋上ダイビング)
Jul 21, 1999
4 The Secret Life of Onizuka
Kougeki Kaishi! Ima, Abakareru Onizuka no Ayashii Nichijou?! (攻撃開始! 今, あばかれる鬼塚の怪しい日常?!)
Aug 11, 1999
5 An Eye for an Eye, a Butt for a Butt
Akuma no Revenge!! Me ni wa Me wo, Oshiri ni wa Oshiri wo (悪魔のリベンジ!! 目には目を, お尻にはお尻を)
Aug 18, 1999

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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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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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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Jul 31, 2013
Great Teacher Onizuka had some potential, but all of the humor is repetitive and juvenile, while unrealistic dramatic scenes dominate the plot more and more as the series drags on. It basically fails on both fronts. Plot points and devices are reused to the point where they become dull, and they get increasingly ridiculous as the series progresses. Not in a good way, of course. Holy melodrama, batman! This anime is chock full of bullshit backstories that are supposed to make us go “awwwwww, they’re not a bad guy/girl after all!” by the way. Yeah, it’s definitely as irritating and ineffective as it sounds.

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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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Anime: Golden Boy
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
Anime: Gokusen
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
Anime: Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV)
Despite there being many differences in the setting, you will find that as you watch GTO there's many parallels to Assassination Classroom. For example Onizuka-sensei while not being a Mach-20 octopus like Korosensei, is very OP in his own right. Also, both of them take a sometimes unconventional approach to teaching, like to fool around but have a tendency to impart the occasional piece of wisdom to help their students. Don't be dissuaded by the fact that GTO was from the 90s because there are some things that don't get worse with age! 
reportRecommended by kuity
Anime: Gintama
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
Anime: Denpa Kyoushi (TV)
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
Anime: School Rumble
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

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