Synonyms: Gangster Teacher
Published: 2000 to 2007
Score: 8.231 (scored by 2298 users)
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comedy josei yakuza
SynopsisFresh out of college, Kumiko "Yankumi" Yamaguchi becomes a math teacher at an all-boys high school. Unfortunately for her, she's assigned by the school board as the homeroom teacher for class 3-D, which happens to be the class of delinquent students. When the class attempts to make a living hell out of Yankumi's career, they fail as her persistence and aggression gain her respect. However, little does anyone in the school know that Yankumi is actually heir to the Kuroda Ikka - one of Tokyo's most powerful yakuza clans.
Related MangaAdaptation: Gokusen
Sequel: Gokusen Kanketsuhen
Side story: Gokusen Extra Chapter
Gokusen is a great manga, with a unique storyline and hilarious characters. However, it just. Isn't. Quite. There.
I will explain:
Gokusen has a unique storyline, with the Yankumi being the heir to a Yakuza clan and all. I love how in the early chapters she attempts to keep her yakuza heritage hidden while using her skills to protect her class. It is quite fun humour. However, a lot of the chapters are very similar in that they follows this pattern:
a) her students get themselves into some trouble.
b) Yankumi saves them.
This gets quite boring after a while and so a lot of the past chapters are not very memorable (however, some parts of the story are, so I am not saying that the whole story is not memorable- just some parts).
This is Gokusen's Achilles heel. I nearly stopped reading it at the beginning due to the art which I thought was not very pretty, or attractive. However, it is clean, crisp, and easy to follow, so I suppose that is why I stuck to it. Then again, this IS a josei manga, so I didn't expect to see insanely beautiful bishounen or flowers popping up in every panel (cough, CLAMP, cough).
I love the characters, especially Yankumi. While Yankumi can be quite dense and stubborn and oblivious to other people's feelings, she kicks butt and I LOVE how she can beat up thugs and then appear totally innocent about the whole thing. Also, it is very cute when she accidentally slips into "Yakuza mode" and has to cover it up by acting dumb or girlie.
Now onto Shin. While Shin's haircut ANNOYED ME TO DEATH at the beginning, I have gotten used to it and actually have grown quite fond of him. He is very cute when trying to cover up his feelings and when he blushes (which is RARE).
Enjoyment and Overall
I'll put these two together since they link closely together. I liked Gokusen very much; it is a very enjoyable josei manga. WHile the romance between them is downplayed, the relationship between Shin and Yankumi as student-teacher is one of the best out there. I have to give Gokusen an 8 because while the art is not one of the best I've ever seen, the premise of Gokusen is unique and memorable. read more
Gokusen: A manga that I just can't help but go back to and read over and over again. I dont know why I love it so freaking much. I mean its my favourite manga despite the Mediocre art and the weird style its drawn in. Im still trying to figure out how I, being a giant shoujo fan, Favourite manga is A Josei. Dont get me wrong I like Josei manga to I just dont read it as much which is why Im baffled! What I DO know though is that any person who loves a light hearted story with tons of comedy would love this. Throw in a little bit of romance, some awesome fighting skills/scenes, the Yakuza, A school for Delinquent dropouts and A math teacher and you get Gokusen. Thats right The Yakuza and a Math Teacher!
It starts off fairly simple. We meet Yamaguchi Kumiko, the grandaughter to one of the biggest and toughest Yakuza gangs in Tokyo; The Kuroda Family. They're feared and respected in the Yakuza world. Yet the next heir is a woman! And what exactly is her occupation? A rookie math teacher fresh outta University! And where does she choose to work at? Well at Shirokin Gakuen Senior High, a school for delinquent dropouts who have no where else to go. Follow her adventures as she befriends and earns the respect of her rowdy 2nd year class and kicks ass while doing it! But who finds out her secret right at the beginning of her career? Sawada Shin the smartest guy in the class... No wait make that the whole grade... Or even the whole school... So as you can see "Yankumi", as she is dubbed by her students, is in a little bit of trouble. But this manga does not focus on one plot! We get to learn about some of her students pasts, about her Yakuza family and life, about the hilarious situations she and her class end up in, about her love life which is not going so well and as we do Gokusens comedy will surely make you chuckle throughout the ride!
Now this would have to be Gokusens weak point. The drawings are fairly simple with basic backrounds and easily drawn faces. Some people would probably think the art is very crude and well... Ugly compared to their fluffy shoujo art. Once again dont get me wrong Im a sucka for fluffy, Cute and Beautiful shoujo art and I nearly didnt read Gokusen because of its simple art style. Yet I gave it a chance and Im so thankful I did. If you dont want to miss out on an awesome manga just give it a go! Also you might be happy to hear that the art does improve throughout the manga. The Mangaka obviously got better at drawing and the art changed a little which is common in long mangas.
The cast for Gokusen is quite large so we dont get to find out the history of every character. But the ones we do of are done quite well! Also mangas with large casts are infamous for not developing characters well but thats not true for Gokusen! Each character has a distinct personality and usually an arc or two where they play main roles. The main the characters: Yamaguchi Kumiko and Sawada Shin are developed quite nicely and you can see them grow as the manga progresses. Yankumi is not afraid to fight for what she thinks is right and she hates an uneven battle filed. She protects her students and grows wonderful Teacher-Student bonds with them! Shes an easily likable character that can be a little dense and she can rush into things but thats why Sawadas there to help her! He could be the exact opposite from her. Calm, cool and collected, we rarely see him freak out and if It wasn't for him helping Yankumi all her plans would probably fail... So 2 strong protagonists who are interesting and hilarious!
As you can tell from my mostly positive review I absolutely LOVE Gokusen and its humour, Great story with nice plot elements, Unique characters and overall awesomeness make it a highly enjoyable manga. In fact Im pretty sure I red all 15 volumes in 1 day... Aka one sitting so that must of been hours worth of time dedicated to sitting down and reading it! I just could not put it down it was addicting becuase it was just so much FUN to read! The extra bonus chapters are a blast and I definitely recommend reading them to!
Overall if your looking for a Light read with some good humour and a great set of characters this is a must read! I'd give it a perfect 10 but because of the mediocre art Im going to have to concede and give it a 9. Still I recommend that you give it a go if your contemplating whether you wanna read it or not because of the art style cause if you do read it you wont be disappointed! read more
A colorful character works to better the lives of the equally colorful students (read: delinquents) throughout their high school years.
Hana and Yankumi are both ridiculously strong women (with a big tie to the Yakuza) who comes to a new school with a purpose (one as a class rep, other as a teacher) to let go of their previous identities and become a role model of society.
Both become involved in many things from solving a student's problem to making the best school festival ever. By doing so, they shake up the whole school, changing misfit students' lives forever.
But delinquents will be delinquents, (even if they quit, their 'fighting spirit' and fearsome reputations stay...) and there are many beat-em-ups and gang fights to keep the years interesting.
They both have a girl that has a secret life of being a delinquent. They also both have a hint of romance but not really...
Both mangas are very similar because they're both comedy and are set in a school full of delinquents. Hana and Yankuni both have relations with the yakuza, are good at fighting, and both of them are always saving people~
These mangas share ridiculous comedy, student/teacher relations, fighting and a school full of delinquents... what's not to love?
Incredibly hilarious reads (I mean rolling-on-the-floor type laughing) that deal with incredibly strong and respected female leads. They kick butt, even moreso than their male counterparts (whether it be Yankees or other gang-related people), and are not afraid to take up a fight.
In short, they can't be described by any other word but "incredible". Both mangas have the best artwork, characters, and, of course, comedy, that deserve the utmost recommendation.
Gokusen is kind of like if Mayufu and Takaoimi were combined into one person.
There is a school that is kind of second rate, and takes in many delinquents. The female protagonist is extremely strong and for the most part doesn't lose to anyone. There's also student teacher relationships going on.
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