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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: Wednesdays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Fuji TV
Licensors: Discotek Media, Tokyopop
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.731 (scored by 204,368 users)
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Ranked: #372
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Popularity: #155
Members: 400,854
Favorites: 15,327


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.  
report Recommended by Krelian
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! 
report Recommended by kuity
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.  
report Recommended by Krelian
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. 
report Recommended by llamaben
both have a delincuent its the main character and both are to die laughing. ... and of course both happens in the school 
report Recommended by TanisChile
both animes are from the 90's hence they have the same art style. both main characters are delinquents trying to change to be good. they are very funny and memorable characters and will make you come back for more. 
report Recommended by bonkler
Both animes feature main protagonists who are extremely brash but still come out on top. 
report Recommended by lordblackness88
Although the stories are completely different, the style of comedy and animation are quite similar.  
report Recommended by llamaben
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. 
report Recommended by imperlast
A new member joins a class and over the course of the show, changes the dynamic entirely. That is the premise of both anime. The main characters of GTO and Sakamoto desu ga? are very similar in their actions and the effects that they have on their classmates and students. They help people with their problems in a comedic and dramatic way, forever changing the lives of the people around them. They turn their enemies into friends and have a knack for swaying people to their sides. The comedy in both anime are two sides of the same coin. The humour in Sakamoto desu ga?  read more 
report Recommended by wolfchasingtime
Seiji gives you a feeling that he is just like Onizuka when he was young... of course both animes are not that similar... but both of them are pretty fun 
report Recommended by Sameien
Teacher+ many students with problems... this feels just like GTO 
report Recommended by Vin-nii
So similar are Onizuka (GTO) and Ryo (City Hunter) that I have to assume Fujisawa was inspired by City Hunter when he created GTO. The way the two alternate between perverted idiot mode - always making women fall for them but, for one reason or another, never getting laid - and superhero mode makes it impossible for me to think of one without thinking of the other. Nothing is impossible for them, no matter the circumstances. Boys are inspired to become men after watching their actions, and no woman can resist the duo's manliness for too long--even if they do get slapped a lot, to begin  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Both are Ecchi anime focusing on School life with somewhat same feel at times. But GTO can be considered a subset of Prison School(PS), as it contains less nudity and stuff. The male lead in GTO lives inside school premises as the five main characters in PS, though it's not boarding like in PS. Both have good comedy and the main characters in both are perverts on a different level. 
report Recommended by MystiC_MOON
Education, Slice of Life, Betrayal, Drama - these genres fit the full package in getting you hyped-up to watch this Anime non-stop! The main protagonist, Eikichi Onizuka, personalities are quite similar to the protagonist, Koro-Sensei, from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu anime; Despite the setting of the story, they are both comical from just their facial expressions alone to the insane actions they performed. They both share similar goals as to help students, striving them to walk the right path in life and giving the audience a sense of thoughts on their real life. Both teacher encounters disadvantage and challenging situation all for the sake of their students  read more 
report Recommended by fNeL
Reigen Arataka and Onizuka are highly similar in character: People who at first glance, would seem like swindlers or frauds. More than that, what makes them similar is, they genuinely care for their sidekicks/students and are ready to protect them from any harm that they may encounter. Imo, both Reigen's design, as well as character, is heavily inspired by Onizuka. Both also possess that subtle charisma and self-confidence that makes viewers like them. 
report Recommended by Kronosfear
They both have very irresponsible people who everything works out for and are vital to the people around them success. They are impossible to fire.They both have a love plot that never develops. They are very funny and have a fun feel to them. GTO the main character will try, but in ICT he doesn't appear to give it any effort. 
report Recommended by blzoo7
Mature Seinen with Adults. Of course, besides that Yajima and Eikichi share the same "badass motorist" past and the posterior "good boy but respected present", both of them are MasterPieces, in both of them the mature romance is well represented (in Salaryman Kintarou a little better)...And the life is not as sweet as other mangas neither as dark, They are realistic, and their main characters are two of the most charismatic and interesting characters ever done. 
report Recommended by kentick
Both have a class filled with problems! Both are enjoyable to watch and are hilarious at the same time! I reccomend both. 
report Recommended by animefreak8889
The anime themselves aren't really alike at all, however if you liked the main character of one, you'll like the other. They're both funny and great in a fight, and overall feel almost like the same character. 
report Recommended by FukouDa
Both Have: Underrated teachers that are actually awesome MCs really care about their students and will do whatever it takes to help them out Watch GTO if you enjoy: Comedy Drama Really awesome main character.  
report Recommended by daigotsu
There are mainly two categories among my favorite comedy series. The first one is the Fumoffu/School Rumble group, typical (but great) high school comedy. The second category, only composed by GTO and DMC, distinguishes itself by a more particular sense of humor. They both share awesomely wicked main characters, and also 3 letters title acronyms. 
report Recommended by Barth
Though stories are very different, both main characters of these comedies are Great Immortal Virgin Superheroes thinking about attractive women 
report Recommended by Sunduck
One is a high school comedy-drama while the other's a supernatural action series that has only a teeny bit of high school related drama early on. In spite of these different premises however, the characters of both shows' leads are remarkably similar. Both Onizuka and Yusuke are slightly perverted street smart tough guys, though they're also good guys deep down and often wind up helping others out in their own unique fashion. The two aren't exactly the brightest and often rush head first into trouble without thinking, yet despite that both of them somehow manage to always triumph even when the odds  read more 
report Recommended by ReijiAzuma
Both are likeable, manly, rebellious and funny series of the school-comedy-slice of life genre, and both involve delinquents, students, gangs, fights, rivalry, friendship. The main characters in GTO are older than the ones in Kyou Kara Ore Wa, but the style and hilarity level are overall the same. Also, both anime are Studio Pierrot productions and have a rather similar character design. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Both series have about the same comedy-drama ratio (well at least for the first half of NHK, it later turns to mostly drama). Both also deal with many serious issues, but never fail to deliver on humor either. Also both series have something other comedies usually don't, a heart. There's a real heart to them both. Also both series have some pervy humor in them, but also other types as well. Also I just think both series would apeal to the same type of person. There is a difference however. NHK relies on a lot of dark homor, and turns into more of a  read more 
report Recommended by Prede
Comedies with with cool main characters. Another than that and the tendesy that ppl who like GTO liked Tenshi isn`t there, I think :? 
report Recommended by faye
Although the settings are completely different I feel that Trigun and GTO feel very much the same. Both main characters can get themselves out of any situation! 
report Recommended by kittenz73
Both of them show comedy and how to deal with kids in there classrooms. They have a unique way to handle the student and also create a bond with them. They make a few of these student change there ways and there attitudes are completely opposite. Onizuka is a happy go lucky person and Zetsubou Sensei is filled wtih despair... These 2 are very funny school life animes as teachers that run the classroom, also there seem to be a blond chick in both of them that are smart... 
report Recommended by y0l3itches
Both are anime about a teacher handling a class of delinquents. Both are comedies and have similar old style animation. Both teachers make signature faces. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Similar audiovisual style and "rebel youth" vibes. 
report Recommended by MisterTimor
Similar class members, similar humor style and also have the school as main place. 
report Recommended by Baka_93
- Both animes are amazing - The openings are similiar - Both protagonists have a sort of relaxed nature around them, but they also seem to know exactly what is going on. - Blond protagonists  
report Recommended by loopiok
Madonna: An OVA clocking in at not too far under two hours that's in desperate need of lovin'. Its current 6-something rating is a joke, and under 100 ratings - even though it was released in America - is puzzling. Also very frustrating is the fact I can't read the 20+ volume manga to see another possible GTO through to its conclusion... Madonna is about a a woman fresh out of college looking for an easy life - starting teaching because of the amount of holidays she'll get. Naturally, she decides to teach at an all-male school for delinquents and finds herself needing to win over  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
First similarity is of course 90s anime feeling and style. Second is that in someway both talking about school, but not normal school like you probably know, but the best school you ever seen, ever. Another future that those anime have are worth remarking main characters, one of most funniest i had occasion to see in the anime world. Last but not least is type of humor that both anime are showing, ridiculous but still smart, and maybe little perverted. 
report Recommended by Thiv
Onizuka is not your average teacher. Instead of teaching normal lessons he's trying to make everyone realize the importance of being a good person before being a good student. Being a teacher is a serious responsibility and he has to struggle a lot against some undisciplined children. Still, like Naruto, he's very serious about his goals and won't give up till the very end thus succeeding in becoming a teacher despite the fact that he was a legendary gank leader before. 
report Recommended by patrickivan09
OK. Let me be clear. Both anime plots are very different, you can say that one is parody of heroes, another ''parody'' of school/ life, same with characters. Both anime have plenty of humor, protoganists are ''teachers'', jus one of them (Saitama) have one pupil, and they ( Saitama, Onizuka) are not very amm... educated...? But sometimes they give some wise man impression. Both getting involved in some ridiculous situations. Both have selfish gains: one is ''hero for the fun'' and wants to find strong opponent, other - became a teacher to create his own harem (lol), but both helps people in their environment. And last,  read more 
report Recommended by Klaudijusss
Both GTO and Shigofumi attempt to address some of the more mature/darker topics in high school. These issues include bullying, suicide, isolation. GTO's approach is funny and inspirational while Shigofumi can be very depressing. However, both anime give the audience an overall feeling of hope. 
report Recommended by michu_pichu
Both have a teacher who helps students with their problems, in GTO the problems are more serious, with an adult story, and demi-chan has more "kawai" characters. Besides, they both have comedy too. 
report Recommended by xOkazakix
Both these anime are about a new teacher assigned to a class who had a bad experience with a previous homeroom teacher. Both teachers try to get to know their students on a personal level, and help them with their problems. I find both shows rather sweet, but I must worn you: if you find the thought of horny nine-year-olds uncomfortable, you might want to stay away from Kodomo no Jikan. 
report Recommended by Ameonna93
Both are great comedy shows surrounding school and the life of students. If you liked GTO, you'll definitely love this one and vice versa. They both show the hidden pleasures of being in school and making friends with the constant search for beautiful ladies. The biggest differences between the two would be the point of view and the dept of the content, one follows students and the other follows the teacher, which adds a more mature aura to the content. Overall, both shows are great and can make great laughs or remind of the past. 
report Recommended by GrandWazoo
Students hate their teacher, all the teachers ran away from them, but then one "special" teacher comes. Students think he will be just like other teachers but he proves that he is different from other teachers and slowly just by being himself makes students to like him. Great tutor is much more intelectual than Onizuka and they are overall very different people. Both comedies and pretty funny 
report Recommended by Hirugiko
I found the comedy and the overall atmosphere of the shows to be similar in a lot of ways. Watching Grand Blue reminded me of Great Teacher Onizuka and I really enjoyed both anime. 
report Recommended by wzTK64
The show also takes place in a school setting, Tohru Furuya also voices a popular teacher with a flaw, both comedic, and also licensed by Tokyopop. 
report Recommended by SwagGum13
Both feature teacher-student relationships especially with problem students. The difference being GTO is a strong teacher and focused on delinquents and getting along generally with students. Kyoukasho ni Nai (Very Private Lesson) is more about a wimpy teacher being played by a problem student who happens to be a Yakuza boss' daughter. KNN is more ecchi, but only two OVA episodes were made despite 18 volumes in the manga. 
report Recommended by jangofetts
Sometimes you can't just recommend another series off of things it has in common, if you're like me different shows give off a certain atmosphere and vibes. Atmosphere is defiantly something i find these two series to have in common, if you like the vibe you got off Uchuu Kyoudai than it's very possible you might the Great Teacher Onizuka. 
report Recommended by StonedAnime
You just gonna die laughing watching either of them.Gto reckless jokes and action(by onizuka) plus random jokes(and very lovable characters that develop nicely) of ouran == pure fun!!! And of-course both of them are about school. Dont miss!! 
report Recommended by Nosakos
Kodocha and Great Teacher Onizuka are very similar. For example they are both very funny, yet can get very serious at times. Neither series ruins the mood with humor, but works it into the plot at the right parts, and with a bit of great directing, both series pull this off very well. Both series have about the same mixture of Comedy and Drama that makes them very great series overall. Both series also have a good story to tell and never feel corny or goofy, and the drama can get really good! Both series also have high replay value. They also tend to deal  read more 
report Recommended by Prede
Sure this anime has nothing in common except for it's about teacher's and how they bond with their students. but you would love the comedy and a different energy in both gto and doki doki school hours. 
report Recommended by princess9
There is a lot of fan sevice in both series so if you love fanservice this is your choice 
report Recommended by volcano00
Although GTO actually has a consistent plot and story (where Colorful doesn't), they both use the same style of overly-expressive facial animations. This is a good thing IMO. 
report Recommended by bit_thi3f
Okay seriously now, if you liked Kamina in TTGL then you will fall head over man-heels for Onizuka. Kamina was pretty good but Onizuka is as manly as it gets, and it's a shame that many people are oblivious to it. If you're looking for a series for MEN, then you need to get into GTO. Preferably the manga but the anime is fine too. 
report Recommended by Kawawaface
This its a hilarious Original video animation you must watch if you like to look panties and stuff 
report Recommended by volcano00
Both main characters are teachers. They have students that are almost close to them. Some are weird :). But if your looking for comedy, school, and some romance both of this animes are great to watch!. And that on Zan Sayounara Zetsobou Sensei the main character is in despair just like in GTO . Well kind of.. But if your thinking about it then WATCH IT!!!!!!!!! 
report Recommended by rawrandom
Both series follow badass Japanese gangsters who dole out the punches and fight for justice at the end of the day. 
report Recommended by ZeroEnigma
In both, innovative teachers try to change the students and the schools they are working at. They are confronted by the school authorities and supported by the students. Both are kind, humane anime series with the elements of comedy, nevertheless, both touch serious social issues. GTO, however, tends to be deeper, while I My Me! is more light-hearted. 
report Recommended by Arrvilja
Both have a hotheaded protagonist with superior strength and just loves beating the crap out of those who piss them off. Though they do have a totally different plot (One being a quasi-teacher of a class full of delinquents and the other a student and his football club life) But seriously, those two lead characters are like reincarnation of each other in different animes! The way they talk, behave, troubles others, and how they use their superior strength to solve any problems they face. So the point is, if you idolize one of the protagonist in those anime, you'll surely love the other as well! 
report Recommended by Zekrane
They both involve a teacher who is very protective of his students and is very strong , and they both have a teacher that they are in love with and the comedy is kinda the same aswell 
report Recommended by moopoop
Both anime have very funny and stupid protagonists whose hobbies are playing video games, reading manga and collecting stuff such as action figures, and getting in trouble with authority figures. 
report Recommended by Cowabunga
Both are high school comedies featuring a blond main character named Onizuka who is a reformed delinquent. With the series Sket Dance we have Onizuka Himeko, formerly known as Onihime, who is now a proud member of the Sket Dan, an extracurricular club that takes on students' requests for help. With the series Great Teacher Onizuka we have Onizuka Eikichi, formerly known as Eikichi the Oni, who is now striving toward becoming a good teacher now that he's finished a student teaching position successfully. Both shows are mostly comedies with some serious overtimes from time to time, although Sket Dance has a lot more slapstick  read more 
report Recommended by Numi
Both have similar main heroes and the same humour. 
report Recommended by SCRA-Sofist
The first thing I thought of when I was watching Maid Guy was Great Teacher Onizuka. Both are great comedies. 
report Recommended by Nomeru
Onizuka and Furuta are both hilarious main characters that strive to be the very best in their respective field (Greatest teacher/greatest aesthete). Both series also feature the perhaps most hilarious facial expressions ever seen in anime. Both characters are also clumsy to some extent, and aren't aware of their talent, but still leave great impressions on the people around them. 
report Recommended by Selesnija
Both have a MC that's been with the wrong crowd. Now they frequent a high school and must wipe the scum and problems plaguing the school. Mature themes are in both such as rape, extortion, and attempted homicide (actual mass-homicides in Sukeban Deka). 
report Recommended by lanblade
The protagonists' attitudes are alike,Tanabe and Azusa seem alike aswell,you get the same feeling of adventure while watching GTO,both protagonists like motorcycles 
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