The Gokusen

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Japanese: ごくせん
English: The Gokusen
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2004 to Mar 31, 2004
Premiered: Winter 2004
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:23 (JST)
Producers: VAP, Studio Jack
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy
Themes: DelinquentsDelinquents, Organized CrimeOrganized Crime, SchoolSchool, WorkplaceWorkplace
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.441 (scored by 2172921,729 users)
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Ranked: #23342
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Popularity: #3229
Members: 47,010
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Episodes: /13


Kumiko Yamaguchi is smart, enthusiastic, and ready to start her dream job as a math teacher at Shirokin Academy. But as her first day opens on atrocious students and cowering teachers, Kumiko realizes that the all-boys high school is a cesspool of delinquents with no intention of improving themselves.

However, what her rowdy students don't know is that behind her dorky facade, Kumiko is the acting head of a powerful yakuza clan, and she has the skills to prove it! Capable of overpowering even the strongest of gangsters in seconds, Kumiko must keep her incredible strength and criminal influence a secret in order to keep her job. Unfortunately, with the vice principal constantly trying to get her fired and Shin Sawada, the leader of her class of delinquents, suspecting she's stronger than she lets on, Kumiko has a difficult teaching career ahead of her.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kobayashi, Mikiko
Assistant Producer
Satou, Yuuzou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Honto no Kotoba (My Real Word)" by Foot Stamp

Ending Theme

"Onoremichi (My Road)" by Aki Yashiro


Dec 19, 2022
Gokusen is the female onizuka-ish, there I said it.

I love digging from the garbage pits of hell olden years of anime shows that I can watch, without all the complexities of modern time anime, there's a sense of innocence and non-try-hard writing that makes me chuckle.

Writer: And then, he doesn't remember anything that happened before the car crash, muhahaha, they would never see this coming.

(Not spoiler for the show, just a tragically common trope in old anime)

Gokusen is nice, but I can't fully judge until I've read the manga, because the anime feels like a sample, but I consider anime that makes you want ...
Sep 26, 2017
Mixed Feelings

Gokusen is a semi-episodic semi-serial anime in the sense that each episode is usually someone getting into trouble and Yankumi having to go and save them or something like that, but slowly in each episode you can really see these rowdy students getting used to their new teacher and even starting to like her a bit, as well as Yankumi bonding with Shin, and (failing) to hide her identity to the school district. This style did this show justice as it highlighted some of the best parts, being able to fit in some good action fighting scenes in each episode, and since ...
Jan 2, 2018
Alright. Long story short it is a different take on idea from Great Teacher Onizuka, except it is significantly less interesting. This time we have a yakuza boss girl posing as a teacher in a school full of problematic students. She tries to hide her yakuza origin, because that will get her fired....

Basically, same premise or similar premise as Onizuka, except poorly executed and with weaker characters. Story uses many very predictable events, characters act in stereotypical and predictable moment, and antagonists are resembling cartoon villains. Also... that annoying dog. Sigh.

Detailed breakdown below.

Story: 3/10. It is weak and not very interesting. The premise is ...

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