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Great Teacher Onizuka

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With a history of leading a motorcycle gang and getting bad grades in school, why would 22 year old Onizuka ever want to become a teacher? Is it to educate young minds or spread the joy of education? Sure, if it involves being able to look up high school girls' skirts! Watch as this would-be educator uses his own life lessons and unconstituted methods as a means to control a delinquent class of students -- students who certainly aren't as happy to have him as a teacher as he is happy to be teaching...

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Shonan Junai Gumi 1990 TBD
GTO 1997 Original Manga
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Koichi USAMI Character Design
Noriyuki ABE Director
Yusuke HONMA Music
Tohru FUJISAWA Original Manga Creator
Ken HAGINO Producer
Yoshihiro SUZUKI Producer
Hideo KATSUMATA Producer

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Great Teacher Onizuka vivafruit 8.5/10 Jan 10, 2008
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Golden Boy

Having recently dropped out of law school, where he had finished the graduation requirements but didn't actually graduate, Kintaro Oe is on a new self-driven quest for knowledge. His adventures will lead him to a variety of workplaces including a computer firm, noodle shop, and even an animation studio, where his seemingly perverse attitude always tends to get him into trouble with the opposite sex. The moral of the story? Study! Study! Study!


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If you did like GTO then you should like watching Golden Boy. both got this pervet funny humor, and you get many good laugh. both series is baot a guy and his life trough many dificulties in his life. special among the girls.
A perverted guy running for girls... or is it the other way? Just like GTO this series deals with a young guy trying to get a work and find something from life. He travels around and ends up with alot of girls. And you will laugh your way through this series. Be sure you check it out if you liked GTO.
Comedy, perversion and the story of one mans struggles to succeed. With GTO it's Onizukas quest to become the greatest teacher. And with Goldeny Boy it's Kintaros thirst for knowledge. Both great, funny watches.

Although the plots for Golden Boy and Great Teacher Onizuka differ, the two can easily be tied together from the unconventional approaches to education. Both believe that learning should be a real-life experience instead of the more conventional textbook approach. Also, both are chock full of undeniably perverse humor that somehow manages to be funny.

Ecchi, lots of comedy, hentai loving main characters and lots of very funny weird faces. Also, both main characters have lots of similarities, and if you liked one of them, you will like the other one. That is why Golden Boy and GTO should be watched for anyone that likes light comedy, yet also enjoys it when some brief moments of seriousness comes.
Great Teacher Onizuka and Golden Boy are frighteningly similar. Both have protagonists that are obsessed with ecchified things, are somewhat bumbling, but are really good guys deep down that want to help others. In addition, if you loved the extremely grotesque and hilarious expressions of either of these, the other will pleasantly amuse you, since it has the same. Golden Boy is definitely a bit more ecchi, while GTO is a bit more comedic, but nevertheless, if you liked one, I'm almost positive you'd enjoy the other.
Both Golden Boy and Great Teacher Onizuka will make you start laughing with no end in sight. Though Great Teacher Onizuka is longer than Golden Boy. That just means that in GTO there is a bit more romance, they are definitely both top rated comedies.
Study! That's what both the main characters think. Though in Golden boy this aspect is much more appearant than in GTO, which has quite some drama and little romance. The humor in both series is of the kind of: It's-so-stupid-for-words-that-you-want-to-hide-your-head-in-a-pillow. GTO plays in a high school enviorment, while Golden Boy is located from noodle shops to highways in the mountains.

Loved the laugh out loud humor of Great Teacher Onizuka? Then you're going to love Golden Boy. Both series are about two men who are looking for their path in life while making friends (especially with the ladies) and living life to the fullest!


Just because someone doesn't seem to have a clue doesn't mean he's clueless! The main character in GTO and Golden Boy seek to prove that just because you act silly doesn't mean you can't change the world, and both manage to in a very similar way.


The main characters of Golden Boy and GTO are just perverts with great humor and unique skills who just want to be surrounded by beautiful girls. You'll laugh easily; just wait for something strange to happen and check out the characters' facial expressions and reactions. After all, studies are important!


You like to laugh don't you? You like it perverted huh? Or maybe it's just that you like to laugh at perverted men? If that's the case (and I'm sure it is) you'll enjoy Golden Boy and GTO.


Both shows have a young perverted man as the main character. At first it seems that both of them are brainless perverts but as the story passes their good hearts are reveled. Which doesn’t mean that they are any less perverted of course. Both shows have incredibly good plot and well done storytelling. I’m sure that if you like one you will fall in love with the other.


Both GTO and Golden Boy, star two skirt chasing lechers in their early 20's, but there lustful attraction to the opposite sex is not their only common passion. Both young men believe that life gives the greatest lessons, and both have made it their personal goal to help others live life to the fullest (even if it means breaking the rules every once in a while). And as they embark on their separate journeys, you'll explode with laughter watching how each of them deal with, and react to, the various obstacles and moral dilemma they come across.


Both shows focus heavily on ecchi and life lessons.  Both shows are not afraid to go outside of the innocent anime area and venture into mature areas of the mind.  I really can't see anyone who likes one that would dislike the other.


Though one cannot subtract the blatant similarlities in the animes due to sexuality, and brash direct attitude of the main characters, There is also a seemingly overpassed message present in both plot. Appearance and emotions mainly sexual do not nesecarilly have to ditract away from thoughtful analytical contributions toward other people and/or society.


Ah comedy at its finest.  Golden Boy and GTO both depict how a young man's mind runs all the time. Downright funny and perverted, you will see first hand what these guys do when a woman approaches.  Hilarious scenarios from toilet worshiping to smelling....you get the point.  These two are living comedy legends and if you laughed at one, you are sure to laugh at the other one.


If you liked GTO or Golden Boy, you'd like the other because their humour has many common directions, however a break before watching the other might be required for a more vivid impression.


Onizuka Eikichi from GTO and Oe Kintaro from Golden Boy are very similar characters. That goes for their personalities and even applies to things such as the facial expressions they make. They are both perverted guys who act goofy most of the time but when it comes down to it, they always deliver and save the day. The art and animation style for the these series are also very similar and the same goes for the style of the voice actors. Story-wise, Golden Boy is very episodic. Each episode is about a completely different scenario while in GTO the story is ongoing from beginning to end. Of course this makes sense seeing as how Golden Boy is a 6 episode OVA while GTO is a 43 episode series. Overall, it is impossible to watch both titles and not see the similarities as they apply to the characters, the art and animation, and the style of humor. Consider both titles under the category of "must watch".


GTO and Golden Boy both are similar in humor. Both have an honest, hardworking main character who will go to great lengths to make a difference in another person's life. Mostly women.


They both share the badass student/teacher themes.  Both animes are fueled by the attractions of the opposite sex along with the burning desire to accomplish ones will.


Both shows are about 2 men that love the ladies and will do anything to get with one. There's a great amount of pervyness and laughs in both shows along with great life lessons that any male would take to heart. If you enjoyed one you should like the other.


The main characters in both show have this crazy funny part, they looks good for nothing by standart value and end up being "better human" than most.


Both of the shows largely focus on the comedic, weird experiences and life lessons derived from them. It is impossible to like one title, but not the other!



Is it is possible to lead the yakuza and be a high school teacher at the same time? Kuniko has always dreamed of being a teacher, but as the heir of the Oedo Group it isn't easy to do. Her task is made even more difficult because her school would fire her if they found out about her criminal activities.She has to pretend to be an ordinary teacher while fighting off rival yakuza, winning the respect of delinquent students and keeping her family business away from the school. This becomes even harder when her smartest and most curious student begins to find her very... "interesting".

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While it is true that both Gokusen and Great Teacher Onizuka both feature extremely inconventional teachers (Ekichi Oniuka,a former biker thug and Kuniko Yamiguchi,heir to a Yakuza family),another thing that links both shows is the fact that they started first as a manga,then a live action series and finally an anime series.
Regardless of the similarities in plot, both GTO and Gokusen have a very amusing sense of humor involving ruffians and violence, and randomness. If you enjoyed one, I can't possibly see why you'd dislike the other.

How can I not recommend GTO if you liked Gokusen, or Gokusen if you liked GTO? In both you will find teachers with violent criminal pasts who really want his/her students' best. The humor is similar, the way of animation is similar and the background is similar. And still they are not so alike that it is boring or pointless to watch them both. I am convinced that if you like one you will like the other.


There aren't many delinquent comedies out there, it seems, so you really have to take what you can get. While Gokusen can't match GTO's quality, it does share a similar feel.

Onizuka and Kumiko, both series' main characters, are similar character archetypes. Both have unique pasts that can't be ordained from the get go, which is also what makes them so interesting. These characters are what really holds these two series together. You'll watch because you'll want to see what will happens to them next, and by the end, you'll most likely want more.

Definitely check out one if you like the other.


In GTO, a former gang member tries to become a proper teacher in order to achieve his dreams, but his students are all delinquents who believe in no one but themselves. He tries to gain their trust, and also tries to prove to other teachers that what they think of as trash can be turned into gold.

Consequently, in Gokusen, an heir to a group of yakuza dreams of becoming a teacher, and she has a class filled with the same types of delinquents. She too tries to gain their trust, and hopes to turn them into proper students.

If you liked one, you'd like the other.


Whether it's being a delinquent or the heir to a yakuza family, it doesn't stop Eikichi or Kuniko from wanting to realise their dreams. Becoming teachers! I have always thought of these shows going hand in hand. When students get out of hand, so do they.


Both GTO and Gokusen feature teachers that use unconventional methods to show their students that they care. With both the laughs will abound and the amount of passion these teachers exude will fill your heart. If you watch one of these great shows I strongly recommend the other.


If you liked Gokusen, or the other way around, you will like the other. Both teachers have to take care of a class for delinquents, and both of the teachers are connected to gang, yakuza, or mafia. Both teachers are willing to risk it all for their students, be it their lives, jobs or otherwise. one of the big differences is just the gender of the teacher. But either way they are both great matches for each other!


If you liked Gokusen you'l like GTO and vice versa. Both of these anime's revolve around a bad ass that decides to become a teacher, bringing in some 'personal' experience from the 'street' in GTO and the 'mafia' in Gokusen. The teaching methods that they use in both anime's are unconventional and brutal, but get the job done everytime :D

GTO certainly goes into more depth with its secondary characters (partly because it has 43 episodes to do so, and not 13 XD like Gokusen), but if you loved one, there is 0% chance of you not loving the other.


GTO and Gokusen are both similar in plot--since it's been highlighted so often, I'll talk about how they both teach a good lesson. Watching both series' really gives you a sense of what (though greatly exaggerated) life of a teacher is like and how tough it can be. Both series' are quite hilarious (Especially GTO) and both have a vice principal who's always out to get the main character fired. My advice is to watch Gokusen first since it's much shorter, then go for GTO--which is a moving anime sometimes.


Both shows are about a person who always desired to be a teacher. When they do get the opportunity, they get the responsibility to teach a class of delinquents.


One thing both of these series deals with is a teacher with a less than ideal background (Onizuka being a former gang member and Kumiko being the heir to a yakuza group) teaching a class of delinquents. It goes deeper than that, with them never giving up on their class even if many others have. It's quite charming in it's own way, and that's where half of the entertainment lies.

The other half lies in the comedy; most of the time centering around the teacher and their students, even though GTO makes a few exceptions. Overall, GTO is the better of the two, but you can't go wrong with Gokusen.


Both GTO and Gokusen are about an unusual teacher, who tries to gain trust of his\hers students, and help those students overcome their various problems. Protagonists in both of those anime have to face similar obstacles, but they tend to solve them differently. Because of that fans of one of those two anime might find the other one interesting.

P.S. Both of those anime, have a superior manga versions (though GTO manga is a bit strong on ecchi).

Midori Days

Midori Days

Sawamura Seiji is the most notorious delinquent at his high school -- always getting into fights and causing problems, leaving him single and unlucky with the ladies. After another long day of rejection, Seiji discovers that the love of his life might have finally appeared, but in the unlikeliest of places... his right hand?! Now, in addition to dealing with daily fights and the gossip of his classmates, Seiji must handle a new problem of embarassing proportions: Kasugano Midori, a pretty young girl in place of his hand, who happens to have fallen in love with him!

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The humor in GTO and Midori struck me as very simular. Both are about a delinquent who gets in various trouble with girls. The mindset of the 2 main characters is a bit the same. Midori is just a tad more romance.
I'd like to make this vote due to the similar sort of humor in both series. Facial expressions are a main key of the humor of both series. In Midori no Hibi a romance story stands central, while in GTO it's more a drama comedy, in which there is more comedy than Midori no Hibi. If you've had enough of romance comedies and want something else than a romance story, you should check out GTO, provided you do not mind old and somewhat different art. If you liked the humor in GTO and are looking for a similar sort of humor, combinded with a (thin) romance story, I suggest to check out Midori no Hibi

Everyone loves a screw up. Sometimes the screw up can change the world! GTO seeks that by going back to school and making it better for those who are still growing up, and hopes to prevent them from making his mistakes. In Midori days, the main character has to change himself and see the world in a new way.


Both of these anime's are about a gang leader who knows nothing but violence.Also, both the main characters have to change their way of living because of something. In midori days, this is the fact that Midori becoms seji's right hand and in GTO it's Onizuka's dream of teaching. There are some identical genres, like comedy and a little bit romance, you can also find some ecchi in these series.


If you like Great Teacher Onizuka or Midori days, I can't stress enough how much you will like the other.

If you ask me in a lot of ways the main character of Midori days Seiji Sawamura and the main character of GTO Eikichi Onizuka are a lot alike, aside from age differences both characters look alike , yet they do not portray so many sissy looking males in anime today. They are both strong and can pretty much kick anyone’s ass; they both have a strong sense for justice (they do not like seeing anyone being bullied) and are often misunderstood. Onizuka and Seiji also have an act for not being so lucky with the ladies (Does not mean someone isn't watching). The difference GTO is a feel good anime about Onizuka solving his student’s problems and helping them into adulthood, while Midori Days is more of a romance where Seiji learns in his own way how to grow up. If you loved one you will love the other!

School Rumble

School Rumble

Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw Kenji Harima, the school delinquent with a crush on Tenma into the mix and you've got one twisted love triangle of unrequited proportions! Can love find the trio happiness before their attention-grabbing stunts end up hurting more than their egos?

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Great Teacher Onizuka and the School Rumble series are based in a high school setting with a large host of quirky characters. The male leads, Onizuka in GTO and Harima Kenji in School Rumble, offer the cliched but lovable delinquent/bad-ass complex with a softer side. Despite the circumstances these two find themselves in, their character developments are natural and genuinely likeable because of their (overly) optimistic personalities and completely irregular methods of dealing with the situation. A difficult thing accomplished by both series is that this quality is not restricted to the leads but evident with all the characters introduced (and there are many). The plot developments are funny and the subtle changes in characters throughout the series always entertaining and absurd. If you enjoyed the sheer crazy humour brought on by the cast in one, you will love the other.


These two series have many similarities. First of all both are set in a highschool setting, which give them much of thier comedy,(let me just say it' s really abundant in both) So if you like to laugh at some random humour then these series are for you. School rumble is set around two main characters a really simple and naive girl whom a tough guy is infatuated with however all his attempts at confessing are misunderstood mainly because of his bad boy status. IN GTO the main character is a an ex bike gang leader turned teacher. As you can see they both have the misunderstood bad boy element as well. In GTO most of the comedy is based on Onizuka's actions and reactions to his students behavior. If you liked one's sense of comedy then you may just love the other's. They are both great series and keep you laghing and entertained all the way. they also both have a decent amount of character build and a great plot to boot! so you can' miss out on these two great anime!


Both School Rumble and GTO are comedies that transpire around high school life. Both of them share common similarities in the troubles experienced by youth and the daily ups and downs of school life with a wide variety of likable characters. Also in the male leads Harima Kenji (School Rumble) and Onizuka (GTO) both characters share the traits of being likeable bad-ass delinquints with a often humerous softer side brought out by their peers and akward situations they find themselves in. All in all, with great characters, lots of humour and revolving on school life, both shows are great anime to watch if you're looking for a good laugh.


Both shows take a school setting and make everything strange. The characters are fun and quirky and will make you laugh almost all the time. GTO focuses mostly on the teacher where School Rumble is all about the students but I'm sure if you enjoyed one you'll like the other.

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“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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This may seem like a really farfetched recommendation, but in reality they share a lot of aspects. Both Trigun and Great Teacher Onizuka include a fair amount of comedy while steadfastly introducing more and more of the plot. Also, the mannerisms of the two main characters Vash and Eikichi are similar, and in fact both of them have pasts that, though initially hidden, become focal points in the series as it progresses.

While GTO isn't as action-heavy as Trigun, if you can appreciate the character development and comedy of one, you very well might appreciate the other.


The status quo doesn't mean everything is the way it should be. Both Onizuka and Vash want to change things for the better. Both have seen how bad things can be and hope to make the world better for the future and will never stop trying - which is why you will always root for them.


Though they may seem to have nothing in common besides a crazy blond guy for the main character, GTO and Trigun are actually very similar. Character development, comedy, and action abound in both.


Both feature strong willed oddly charismatic female crazy main characters with hidden pasts who backup their uncharacteristically strong morals in an highly unconventional fashion.  action drama off the wall comedy and sexual-tension fill these terrific shows if u like the one your sure to like the other.

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