Great Teacher Onizuka

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Synonyms: GTO, GTO - The Animation
Japanese: グレート・ティーチャー・オニヅカ
English: Great Teacher Onizuka
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Type: TV
Episodes: 43
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 30, 1999 to Sep 17, 2000
Premiered: Summer 1999
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Fuji TV
Licensors: Discotek Media, Tokyopop
Studios: Pierrot
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: DelinquentsDelinquents, SchoolSchool, WorkplaceWorkplace
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.691 (scored by 394166394,166 users)
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Ranked: #572
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #218
Members: 801,191
Favorites: 25,715

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Twenty-two-year-old Eikichi Onizuka—ex-biker gang leader, conqueror of Shonan, and virgin—has a dream: to become the greatest high school teacher in all of Japan. This isn't because of a passion for teaching, but because he wants a loving teenage wife when he's old and gray. Still, for a perverted, greedy, and lazy delinquent, there is more to Onizuka than meets the eye. So when he lands a job as the homeroom teacher of the Class 3-4 at the prestigious Holy Forest Academy—despite suplexing the Vice Principal—all of his talents are put to the test, as this class is particularly infamous.

Due to their utter contempt for all teachers, the class' students use psychological warfare to mentally break any new homeroom teacher they get, forcing them to quit and leave school. However, Onizuka isn't your average teacher, and he's ready for any challenge in his way.

Bullying, suicide, and sexual harassment are just a few of the issues his students face daily. By tackling the roots of their problems, Onizuka supports them with his unpredictable and unconventional methods—even if it means jumping off a building to save a suicidal child. Thanks to his eccentric charm and fun-loving nature, Class 3-4 slowly learns just how enjoyable school can be when you're the pupils of the Great Teacher Onizuka.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Katsumata, Hideo
Abe, Noriyuki
Director, Storyboard, Recording Engineer
Tsuru, Toshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Odaka, Yoshinori
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Driver's High" by L'Arc~en~Ciel (eps 1-17)
2: "Hitori no Yoru" by Porno Graffitti (eps 18-43)

Ending Theme

1: "Last Piece" by Kirari (eps 1-17)
2: "Shizuku (しずく)" by Okuda Miwaku (eps 18-33)
3: "CHERISHED MEMORIES" by Hong Kong Knife (eps 34-42)
4: "Driver's High" by L'Arc~en~Ciel (eps 43)


Sep 29, 2023
A great anime although it was slimmed down extremely from the manga.

I saw snippets of GTO from youtube and the comedy was great from what I saw so I thought I'd give it a binge and oh boy was it worth it. Even for an anime which came out pre 2000 while it didn't have any fancy and smooth looking art style like what we have today and disclaimer, I don't believe you need it to be UFO table level art style to be good, especially when the setting is school and comedy. All you need is a good plot, characters with enough depth and ...
Dec 17, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Okay so after completing the 43 episodes I had a lot of mixed feelings, the first 23 episodes were absolute gold nearly 10/10, after the 23rd episode it felt like there were many fillers and the story took a really bad turn.
As for character development, Onizuka had the relative same mentality and personality which was entertaining to watch in the starting. I get he is not the brightest tool in the shed but, him just doing dumb random shit and it somehow working out in the end just felt repetitive and ridiculous towards the end of the anime. The pervert/sex maniac side of him got ...
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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