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Gokusen – Manga and Anime Review

 Gokusen is one my must watch anime after I heard about it when I was younger but it wasn’t until recently that I (remembered) to finally watch it. And my, it was so good that I ended up reading the manga counterpart right after finishing the anime. I love the plot, the characters, and just about everything! 


Gokusen by Morimoto Kozueko | Blushing Geek

Gokusen by Morimoto Kozueko
Published from
Dec 15, 1999 to Feb 15, 2007
Genre:
Slice of Life, Josei
15 Volumes with 156 Chapters
Format: eBook
Manga Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (MAL 9/10)
Anime Rating: 8 out of 10 stars
Buy: Amazon
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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.

Introduction

Gokusen is one of those 2000’s anime that I really wanted to try. I heard of this anime when I was younger after watching a commercial of its live action adaptation on our local TV station. Sadly, I wasn’t able to watch even a single episode from the said live action because of time conflict. Shameful but I forgot to check out this anime until I accidentally saw its “trailer” in Youtube early this month. So yep, I guess you can already tell what happened next eh? Hehe.

And my! I’m happy that I was right about this one. To tell you honestly, I’m not really planning of reading the manga this early but my! That ending just made me do it, haha. You see, I’m always a sucker for romance so I’m curious what’s going to happen next. Well, I’m always curious and it’s actually because of my curiosity that I read my first ever manga and since then I’m not just enjoying anime but also their manga counterparts, *wink.

Btw, unlike with books, I always watch the anime first before reading the manga, *wink.

Manga Review

After watching the anime, I hurriedly got myself a copy of its manga so I can try the first chapter and to see whether I will like it enough to continue. And as you can see, I finished all 15 Volumes in just a week (considering of having a very bad dose of Yuri on Ice hangover, *wink). I don’t normally read its manga counterpart after finishing the anime and I usually wait for a month or even a year depending of my mood. But for this case, I think it was because it was so funny even after watching the anime. Every chapter had me laughing my head off that I decided to read all the volumes.

The story was really good. I love that it was different than the others that I have read before plus it’s so Japan because of the Yakuza thing and it also drops some cool thing about Japan like the festivals and their culture.

The idea of a Yakuza heiress teaching in an all-boys school which is also known as a school for delinquents is very unique. All the possible questions that you can encounter while reading this story we’re all addressed perfectly in this manga. And not just that, I also love the fact that it also features the story of each side characters so we really got to know more about them. And dropping all those lessons while making you laugh at the same time was epic!

The lines were so good, the scenes we’re properly executed and they can be funny and emotional when the author intends it to be. What I mean is that this manga was done so flawlessly. No dull moments. I actually laughed hard a lot of time reading this manga, I think I laughed on every chapters, or was that even every pages? Hehe. There’s quite a lot of characters and knowing me, I didn’t remember their name haha, I’m really bad with names lol. But even if that was the case, I can really say that I know each of them. I understand what they are going through since they all got the chance to share their story, but I just really can’t seem to remember their names except Shin and Yankumi hehe (and Shinohara too, haha).

The main character Kumiko is really a badass. Well, what can you expect from a Yakuza heiress eh? But aside from physical strength, she also has a good heart. She lost her parents at a young age so she was taken in by her grandpa which is the 3rd generation leader of the Kuroda clan (also referred to as the Ooedo Clan). She grew up with guys so it was really not a surprise that she grew up as a pretty good fighter. She may not look like it but she’s really strong. I love that even with her family background, she decided to pursue her dreams and my, I’m sure so happy for her. Yes, her students were kind of hardheaded but you can really see that they are kind-hearted too. I love how she supports them and give them the lesson that they need to learn. I also love the fact that because she’s true to herself she was able to win over the hearts of those people around her even those that was against her from the start. My! This girl is definitely my hero. Aside from that, she’s very funny and dense at the same time too, haha. But even if that was the case, there’s still this one particular student that has his eyes only for her, ayeii!

Gokusen also had some pretty good group of characters that I really love reading about. There’s no unnecessary characters here, all of them has a role to play and did them well. I actually don’t have any complaints about that. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the settings, I just love everything. And speaking of love, I love Shin here. He really looks hot! Now I can clearly see why the title “The Young Red Lion Master” suits him so well. Plus, those extra chapters were really funny, haha.

Aside from the lessons this manga gives, it also warms my heart because it also highlights family love. You see, this manga explains to us that just because they’re a Yakuza it doesn’t mean they’re bad entirely. That they also have some good sides too. You really should know someone first before judging them.

But even with all those nice words, why I am giving this manga 4.5 rating? Well, you see, I think there should have been more. The confession was made (finally!) so I really want to see what will happen after this particular student finally graduated and become a lawyer. So yep, that’s my only reason, haha.

Anime Review

Plot

I absolutely love the plot. I’ve heard of Yakuzas before but I honestly don’t know about them, the only thing I know is that they’re dangerous and most people stay away from them. And my, imagine creating a story centered about them, isn’t that exciting?

Aside from sharing life lessons, I also love the fact that it was so funny.

Art

The art was good and it kind of giving me the old anime vibe, I’m not sure why though. The sound effects and soundtrack we’re fine and I think it goes well with the anime.

The opening theme also reminds me of some good children anime that I remember watching when I was just a kid so I already expected that it will give us some pretty good life lessons.

The character design was good too and now that I read the manga, I have to say that they’re pretty identical excluding Shin and Shinohara. Shinohara was ok in the anime but he’s more handsome in the manga (like really handsome!). And Shin on the other hand, my! He was supposed to be so hot but I don’t like the anime version. In manga, he’s definitely so hot that you will learn to hate the Shin in the anime, haha.

And speaking of characters, I really love the main character, Kumiko. Despite her family background, she’s very nice and considering her age, she sure knows how to give you a very good advice. She’s quite violent that sometimes it makes this anime even funnier, lol. I just love how she loves her family and how she cares for others especially for her students. She will really do anything for them and I’m glad that she was able to face all the challenges she met but with some help from her family, friends, and students especially Shin, ayeeei! (I just dropped some hint there, haha)

Voice Actors

Just like the rest, I also watched this anime in English dub. There’s some really annoying English dubs out there but for this anime, it was fine. Not that great but not bad either. I guess when I really like the plot, the voice actors wouldn’t concern me that much.

Overall

The anime version was very short with only 13 episodes. The ending was really good that it’ll make you curious on what’s going to happen next. And as you can see, I got so curious that I decided to read its manga afterwards, *wink.

It wasn’t really a splendid anime but it’s undeniably one of the good ones in the slice of life genre. I love that it teaches some pretty good life lessons to its viewers and I’m loving the relationship Kumiko was able to build up with her delinquent students.

And you know what’s the other thing I like about this anime? The hint of romance in the ending, *wink.

Final Thoughts

I have to say that Gokusen is currently my #1 in the slice of life list for now (sorry Ranma my labs). It has the right mix of life lessons with charming and very funny characters. Plus, the plot was really well-thought.

And now that I’m done, I am gearing to check out the movie and the live action, *wink

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