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Synonyms: Gangster Teacher
Japanese: ごくせん


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 156
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 15, 1999 to Feb 15, 2007
Authors: Morimoto, Kozueko (Story & Art)
Serialization: YOU


Score: 8.231 (scored by 3585 users)
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Ranked: #4312
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Popularity: #793
Members: 7,236
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Fresh out of college, Kumiko "Yankumi" Yamaguchi becomes a math teacher at an all-boys high school. Unfortunately for her, she's assigned by the school board as the homeroom teacher for class 3-D, which happens to be the class of delinquent students. When the class attempts to make a living hell out of Yankumi's career, they fail as her persistence and aggression gain her respect. However, little does anyone in the school know that Yankumi is actually heir to the Kuroda Ikka—one of Tokyo's most powerful yakuza clans.

(Source: ANN)


Gokusen was adapted into three-season live-action TV drama by Nippon Television that aired in 2002, 2005 and 2008. A live-action movie that followed the drama's storyline was released in 2009.

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Oct 18, 2008
Gokusen is a great manga, with a unique storyline and hilarious characters. However, it just. Isn't. Quite. There.
I will explain:

Gokusen has a unique storyline, with the Yankumi being the heir to a Yakuza clan and all. I love how in the early chapters she attempts to keep her yakuza heritage hidden while using her skills to protect her class. It is quite fun humour. However, a lot of the chapters are very similar in that they follows this pattern:
a) her students get themselves into some trouble.
b) Yankumi saves them.
This gets quite boring after a while and so a lot of the past chapters read more
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Jul 7, 2011
Gokusen: A manga that I just can't help but go back to and read over and over again. I dont know why I love it so freaking much. I mean its my favourite manga despite the Mediocre art and the weird style its drawn in. Im still trying to figure out how I, being a giant shoujo fan, Favourite manga is A Josei. Dont get me wrong I like Josei manga to I just dont read it as much which is why Im baffled! What I DO know though is that any person who loves a light hearted story with tons of comedy would love read more
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Aug 27, 2010
The Kuroda family is one of the most powerful Yakuza families in all of Japan; the name Kuroda strikes fear in the hearts of all gangsters that do not have a bond with the family.

Yeah, man, don't mess wit dem.

Now that the 3rd head of the family is getting old, who will inherit this terrible and respectable family?

A woman.

Random audience: HUH?!

Not only that but a TEACHER.

Random audience: NoooOOOoooOOO!

Meet Yamaguchi, Kumiko or 'Yankumi' (Yam+Kumi= Yankumi {I have no idea where that 'n' came from but it's there}) and...

Hold up.

What's up with that lame nickname; maybe yankee but YANKUMI?
Creativity: thumbs down.
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Apr 26, 2012
I've already seen the drama (and loved it, well Gokusen 1 at least with its glorious Shinkumi and amazing Nakama Yukie/Matsujun chemistry), so I thought I'd read the manga too.

The art is ... LOL, but the story is good. It's a teeny bit repetitive with Yankumi always saving the day, saving the delinquents of her class from troubled paths, beating down all the gangsters, etc, but it's still a fun read no matter how repetitive. There's more Shinkumi development in the manga than the drama, which I enjoyed very much. I don't care how scandalous it is; the Shinkumi is the best read more
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