The Gokusen

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English: The Gokusen
Japanese: ごくせん


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2004 to Mar 31, 2004
Premiered: Winter 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: VAP, Studio Jack
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, SchoolSchool, JoseiJosei
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.421 (scored by 1762017,620 users)
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Ranked: #18792
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Popularity: #2842
Members: 37,096
Favorites: 186

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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


Satou, Yuuzou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Onoremichi (My Road)" by Aki Yashiro

Jun 27, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)

Gokusen is about a nerdy looking female teacher named Kumiko Yamaguchi. It's her first day on the job and she got the unlucky duty of teaching the rowdiest class in the school. Unbeknown to the students that they are in for one "hell" of a teacher.

Story - (FAIR)
The story has been done redone and overdone through out the years from actual feature length films to multiple instances in anime. One thing about this one is it doesn't try too hard to be different from the rest, unless you can count a talking dog and a nerdy female crime boss. Throughout every episode it'll pretty read more
Nov 26, 2007
lowell (All reviews)
Along the lines of GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka), this anime focuses on an unorthodox teacher and her unmanageable class... well, they're unmanageable until they realize how bad-ass she is and she helps bring out their inner "good kid." ;)

Original? No. The best ever? No. Amusing? Sometimes. Entertaining? Enough.

Yankumi is trying to balance her goals to be a high school teacher and her life as the future head of a crime family. (In other words, the hoodlums and punks in her class aren't so tough compared to her.) Everyone's kind of someone you've seen before -- read more
Jun 14, 2010
sweeny (All reviews)
I really love this anime. Absolutely love it. For a feel good, make you laugh, walk away with a goofy grin anime, at only 13 epidosed, you can't go past it.

The storyline is nothing new - teacher from wrong side of the tracks wants to make a difference and teach delinquents. We have seen it all before. But I don't think that this detracts. Yamaguchi's underlying passion is sharply contrasted with that of the.. not so passionate students. they are rude, messy, fight all the time, but are loyal to each other. And seeing how their opinion of her changes, hey, that is part read more
Mar 21, 2011
Jo-Chi (All reviews)
Gokusen is a really light, cute, and funny anime. Although labelled under Josei, I think that even boys will like it for its comedy, art, yakuza plot, and also the story. The art takes time to get used to but after you get used to the art, you will love the character itself as they react like what a normal person in real life will react. Gokusen is a really moving anime that I plan on continuing in the manga. The story is intriguing and the only reason why I didn't give it a 10/10 for its story is because it was only 13 episodes read more

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