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Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka

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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sothis sothis says...

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.

XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

The series both have a high grade of comedy and are mainly based on highschool problems.

RG RG says...

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.

tetra tetra says...

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 look out for his/her students' best. The humor is similar, the animation style 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 liked one you will like the other.

Bacchus Bacchus says...

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.

argona argona says...

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.

TheGiftedMonkey TheGiftedMonkey says...

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.

avidkid10 avidkid10 says...

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.

NinjaPirate101 NinjaPirate101 says...

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!

Ginko Ginko says...

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.

Jtier Jtier says...

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.

Garyuu Garyuu says...

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.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

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.

LancerFIN LancerFIN says...

If you liked Gokusen you'll love GTO because Gokusen is cheap rip off of GTO. Very similiar but GTO has 100 times better character development and longer plot line.

JAhU JAhU says...

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).

LunaAtic LunaAtic says...

Both animes have a very similar sense of humour, art style and the general plot. Both about young teachers dealing with difficult students. In GTO, Onizuka used to be a gang member and became a teacher, while in Gokusen, Yankumie is the heir of a Yakuza group.

Finepuppy Finepuppy says...

It's like the female version of Onizuka. Punkish comedy. Romance? Maybe. If you are into HD quality, won't recommend this, I'm sure you know why. As far as I remember it's not all about comedy and fun...it has some kind of depth.

If youlike one you probably will like the other.

04TJ 04TJ says...

The plot is a lot similar as in both have a background with fights and both are working towards improving their students life. 

Strawberry Eggs

Strawberry Eggs

Hibiki is unemployed, unmotivated, and out of luck. But it seems his luck just might change: a nearby school is looking for qualified instructors, but there's a catch.. females only! With rent looming around the corner and the landlord threatening to cook the dog if you don't pay up, what's a guy to do? Become a woman, of course. Watch Hibiki as he blunders his way through embarassing situations, under the close scrutiny of the headmaster's gaze and his female students' admiration.

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SomeoneElse SomeoneElse says...

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs and Gokusen share a kinship on many levels, of course the most obvious being that the main protagonist in each is an aspiring teacher who has something to hide. From there the plots diverge quite a bit, but both make great use of the threat of being caught out in the great lie that makes it possible for the protagonist to continue on with their dream. With a similar sense of humor, both of these series are capable of creating a laugh as well as a moment of heartwarming satisfaction.

NinjaPirate101 NinjaPirate101 says...

If you liked Gokusen, or the other way around, you will like the other. Both have teachers, that will do anything for their students. They both get into Sensei/student relationships (not much romantic, as to like getting to know each one.) Both of the teachers have something very important to hide, and if they get caught it will hinder/destroy their teaching career. They both have tons of comedy, and take place in a school setting.

ofall ofall says...

They're both, as mentioned before, about teachers who are hiding thigs (that could very well get them fired), and they both contain teacher-student romance ( more subtle in Gokusen).  Another thing I found similar in both is that they are trying to change things for the better for the sake of their students. Hibiki is trying to make the school less strict about certain things and Kumiko is trying to get her students to learn and maybe straighten them out a bit. They both seem to genuinly care for their students.

Inu230 Inu230 says...

My teacher has a secret and I must discover what it is!

The vow made by a student (or students) may lead to their own undoing.

Both animes focus on a teacher who has something they don't want their students, fellow teachers, or principal to know. While their individual secrets are dissimilar they are important and potentially illegal. Should the truth come out more than the keeper would be in trouble. Thus both 13 episode animes are filled with classic comedic tension centered around who's gonna find out?

Additionally the teacher protagonist is willing to help their students inside and outside the classroom.

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The tone for these animes are dissimilar and some may be turned off by the brass adult humor of Gokusen while some may be sickened by the sweet pre-teen humor of  Strawberry Eggs.

Watching both may give you appreciation for a similar idea taken in opposite ways.

Madonna

Madonna

Teaching, Mako thought, would be a walk in the park. With no overtime and long winter and summer vacations, she’d be able to easily save money for the day that she could retire – or so she thought. For Mako has been assigned to the worst of the worst, class 2-D of Ushi High, a group comprised solely of delinquents! In addition to having to tame these unruly boys Mako finds herself with another task as well – to become the new coach for the rugby team, at her principal’s request. Can Mako convince her boys to fight on the playfield instead of brawling in the streets?

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cbsgoju cbsgoju says...

Both of these animes are teacher relevant. They both deal with delinquent students. While both Gokusen and Madonna are female teachers, Madonna is only Ova. Gokusen is a very good anime and highly recommended is you like Madonna. You might like Madonna if you like Gokusen, its only 2eps so it can’t hurt to watch.

faerieponey faerieponey says...

Both animes are about a teacher who receive the worst class in school. Both of them must try to teach the boys how to get back on the right path and stop fighting and getting intro trouble all the time.

Inu230 Inu230 says...

  • Female teacher sees more than bad eggs in her classroom. She will aid them in some book learning with a heavy emphasis on practical skills and personal development.
  • Delinquents are what most people call the students in these teacher’s classrooms and while they aren’t wrong, they aren’t right either.
  • Female teacher to a bunch of male students goes above and beyond to be a pal and a hardass to each student while a particular relationship grows between the teacher and one young man.
  • Both anime’s lean heavily on sexual jokes and swearing but that’s just the bitter coating, what’s underneath is heartwarming.

Ping Pong Club

Ping Pong Club

At Ina Middle School, the boys’ Ping Pong Club is seen as more of a joking matter than something worth the school's budget. It doesn't help that they are constantly being outdone by the girls' team and their fiery-tempered coach, as well the fact that most of the boys on the team care more about their ding dongs than their ping pongs! In a desperate attempt to motivate the team, the boys' coach introduces a hot-bodied female manager, who might just bring a sexual tension to the team that could work to their advantage. But can these hopeless boys improve their game enough to emerge victorious at the upcoming tournament and win the prize she's willing to give?

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XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

These two series have a similar setting and a similar humor. The main difference regarding the humor used is that the humor in Ping Pong Club is somewhat more mature. Gokusen is somewhat more serious though.

Read Or Die TV

Read Or Die TV

Nenene Sumiregawa is an author who hasn't published a book in years. However, at a book signing in Hong Kong, things go fascinatingly awry. For starters, her guides are three sisters who operate a detective agency: Maggie, Michelle, and Anita. Then there's the attacks on Nenene's life, and her only line of defense is the three sisters -- who can all use paper as weapons, tools, and even transportation. But can their powers protect Nenene from the mysterious forces that not only want her, but all the precious books of the world...?

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SomeoneElse SomeoneElse says...

The stories and settings for Read or Die and Gokusen are very dissimilar. While this may seem to make the two a poor match for recommendation, what brings these two together is the nature of the main protagonist in each. Both are strong and gritty women possessed of great depths of compassion tempered with iron willpower. If you found yourself bobbing in your seat, or swinging your fists in the air to one, you will surely be trying to make paper slice through apples to the other.

Cromartie High School

Cromartie High School

At Cromartie High, it’s tough being a delinquent -- a fact that do-gooder Takashi Kamiyama intimately understands. When he’s not engaging in contests of strength and rival gang wars, Kamiyama can also be found submitting punny jokes and planning his own rise to fame within the delinquents’ ranks, and that’s just the beginning! With friends like robotic Mechazawa, a giant gorilla, a hairy man from the 80s named Freddie and a clan of delinquents with mohawks that flow in the wind, how can anyone not enjoy high school?

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neutrino neutrino says...

These shows are all about the trials and tribulations of delinquent students. So if you like shows that show high school boys trying to prove their manliness, especially in unconvincing ways, both of these shows are for you.

Salaryman Kintaro

Salaryman Kintaro

After former motorcycle gang leader Yajima Kintaro saves the life of the Yamato Construction Company's CEO, he is offered a job working for the company. However, when it becomes apparent that a corrupt faction of the company is trying to gain full control, Kintaro's moral and physical strengths become more useful than the CEO ever imagined. As he works his way up the career ladder Kintaro is forced to deal with many problems, from confrontations with Yakuza bosses to preventing the collapse of a tunnel. But can an uneducated and rowdy person really make it as a salaryman?

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darkninja007 darkninja007 says...

Both Gokusen and Salaryman Kintaro show the lives of two individul who both follow their dream career while trying to balance their personal live.

In Gokusen Kumiko Yamaguchi is a young woman who has dreamed her whole life of being a school teacher. However she has a seceret. She is the heiress to the Oedo Yakuza clan. She becomes a teacher to a class of troubled students and tries to keep her secret as she shepherds her students toward graduation.

Whilst in Salaryman Kintaro the main character of the story is Yajima Kintaro, a former leader of a feared biker gang. He then decides to choose a different path as a salaryman and a responsible father for his young son after his late wife passed away.

Ultimate Teacher

Ultimate Teacher

Teioh High School is renowned as being the worst educational institute in all of Kanto, and its principal has given up hope as the teachers abandon him one by one. That is, until a crazy and mysterious man named Ganpachi Chabane arrives, promising a new era of discipline for the unruly students despite his shadowy history. His unusual techniques are not received well and Hinako, a beautiful gang leader, uses her unrivalled strength to dispose of this new ultimate teacher. Can she still defeat this perverted man once he discovers her cotton-wearing weakness?

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cbsgoju cbsgoju says...

Both of these animes are teacher relevant. They both deal with delinquent students. While Gokusen is a female teacher, Ultimate teacher is a guy. Gokusen is a very good anime and highly recommended is you like Ultimate Teacher. Ultimate teacher is a good thing to watch if you have a spare hour.

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The Way of the Househusband (2023)

The Way of the Househusband (2023)

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