Gokusen Anime and Manga Review

Created back in 2004 based on the manga of the same name. The story is centered young Yankumi a recent graduate starting her career as a teacher. The problem is her real name is Kumiko Yamaguchi the grand-daughter of Yakuza boss, Kuroda of the Kuroda Ikka.She has to balance her yakuza past and family with teaching her class of delinquent students that are likely to end in prison.

Gokusen anime

Gokusen anime

While the story is quite simple the anime and manga has a real heart to it as even though I wouldn’t be the intended demographic(Josei – adult woman audience ) there is something about the show that speaks to me . It’s probably down to the character Yankumi, she is to me the ultimate ideal woman in my eyes . due to her strong upbringing from the yakuza lifestyle and background she gives off an aura of ultimate bad ass. she cool calm and collected and inspires her students to do more with her lives than being another potential criminal in the making. Not only that she doesn’t just inspire her students but makes an example of herself by taking action many countless times even by putting her career and her life on the line.

Maths made fun

Maths made fun

The show’s humor relies on the slapstick nature of the oddball classroom of students or Yankumi’s dialogue of Gangster and professional . The animation is handled by Madhouse who have made some great animations in the past including Monster, Cardcaptor Sakura and X/1999 and its television show.

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Now there is a drama series also based on the manga but it loses some of its humor by emphasizing more of the romance and good looking students to make the series more appealing to the female audience and while it has its good moments continuing a base story to 3 seasons and a movie it will get repetitive as it follows the same format each season . She gets fired from a job teaching to end up in a position teaching a class of delinquents, inspires them and falls in love with the good looking and smart quiet guy which if I was the first guy I would be pissed off she falls for guys so damn easily.

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