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Description: The story of a young, idealistic teacher who enters Shirokin Gakuen with hopes of making a difference in the students' lives. However, Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) is in for a rude awakening when she finds that she will be the homeroom teacher of 3-D, the hardest class to maintain in the school. The students have multi-colored hair, sloppy uniforms, and show absolutely no respect to her. The leader of the class, Sawada Shin is lazy but bright and shows some interest in Yamaguchi when he notices that she is very different from other teachers. The students try to bully her to make her quit, but their attempts don't get them very far. What the class and the rest of the school does not know is that Yamaguchi Kumiko is actually the 4th generation heir to the Ooedo Group, a notorious yakuza clan. Even though her family would like her to take the title of Ojou when her grandfather dies, they have accepted the fact that Yamaguchi would rather be a teacher. Eventually, the students learn to respect their quirky teacher because of her devotion to them, and even give her a nickname: Yankumi.
Following the GTO formula of unorthodox teacher has to take control of a group of "bad" students, Gokusen does it with flying colors. Based off the anime/manga Gokusen is one of my fav dramas as it really sucks you into it’s story and character development. Not to mention it is one of the funniest dramas out there, each episode is full of laughs and excitement. The cast is top notch here, with the lovely Nakama Yukie (Trick, Komyo ga Tsuji, Joshi Deka) playing the main teacher Yamaguchi Kumiko "Yankumi". This is also the birth of Matsumoto Jun "Matsujun", really the first drama that he becomes famous from as the head student of the class Shin Sawada. Gokusen is really a whose who of young actors like Oguri Shun (GTO, Summer Snow, HYD), Waki Tomohiro (HOTMAN, Yukan Club, Maou), Narimiya Hiroko (Orange Days, Stand Up!, Komyo ga Tsuji), Ishigaki Yuma (Water Boys, Hana Kimi, Battle Royal II) and so on. The music is good, the insert/ending theme is "Feel your breeze" by V6 which is a nice energetic and uplifting song that suits the drama.
Overall one of the best dramas out, it’s one of those dramas that you can watch today or 5 years ago and still feel the same. Watch many of the most popular actors and actresses today get their big start here in Gokusen..