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 402343402,343 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #612
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #218
Members: 818,192
Favorites: 26,224

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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)


May 1, 2007
I was a little skeptical at first about this anime. I usually avoid the comedy/slice-of-life genre, but this anime came highly recommended by an old friend and boy am I glad I listened to him. GTO has to be one of the most well made anime package of its time.

The story is somewhat cliche: troublesome high school students with peculiar skills or traits trying to rid a teacher who's trying hard to to teach them a lesson in life. However, there are some very clever surprises and plot devices to keep the viewer poised for more. My only complaint is the ...
Jan 7, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Animation - 7
Ehh, not much to say, for a show that is as action-packed as Great Teacher Onizuka is, it relies heavily on terrible CG anachronistic for its time, and flashes of still frames with speed lines and directional slashes galore. The character design is kind of uninspired, yet executed very well. The most interesting thing visually about this show is the fantastically conceived opening.
Sound - 6
The same goes for the sound in this show. Out of the entire cast, only two voices stand out as well done, that being of Onizuka, and his student, Kunio. The ...
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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