Move through Fantasy and Reality while watching Asian Drama!
Description: Through the introduction of his friend Danma Ryuji (Shirota Yu), Onizuka Eikichi (AKIRA), the former legendary bike gang member, visits Meishu Academy to tend to the trees in the garden as a part-time gardener. Learning that Yoshikawa Noboru (Nakagawa Taishi), a student in teacher Fuyutsuki Azusa?s (Takimoto Miori) class is being bullied by Uehara Kyoko (Shinkawa Yua) and other classmates, Onizuka befriends and saves Yoshikawa. Seeing Onizuka?s unprecedented but visceral, powerful response to problem solving, the school?s president and principal, Sakurai Yoshiko (Kuroki Hitomi), overrides resistance from her vice principal Uchiyamada Hiroshi (Tayama Ryosei) and makes Onizuka a teacher. Onizuka goes on to tackle many issues as the teacher in charge of the most problematic class, Class 2/4.
GTO 2012: First Impressions: A fresh look!
I know that everyone is not so okay with the idea of a GTO remake. GTO 2012 have received it’s share of rants and detractors for the mere fact that they are remaking a ?classic?. But if Hollywood has been doing remakes, why not this classic TV drama, anime, and manga. Let the present generation give this classic a twist without changing the original story.
Anyway, Akira as GTO is awesome. Not too boy pretty and preppy, but just the right amount of angst. He doesn’t look like he was trying hard either, it seems so natural to him. I think it was a right decision to give him the role.
Shirota Yu and Yamamoto Yusuke as his friends from his biker gang days add the right amount of humor. Just with episode 1 and Yusuke is my favorite already. He was just too funny and that troll hair is like "eew" but adds flair to his character. Shirota, who has proven that he can be a badass in Rookies and Hana Kimi, plays the smart and responsible one among the three, and provides balance.
I?m quite surprise to see Mori as Fuyutsuki-sensei, she looks too young. Besides, she has been playing characters with that sunny personality so I hope she was casted as one of the students so she can be the bad one. Just for a change. Her character hasn?t left any strong impression on the first ep, she looks like the type of person who was still adjusting with Onizuka’s interference with her life.
Then the students’ aside from Morimoto and Takada, I honestly don?t know anyone else. I think I wasn’t paying attention until I saw this first ep and saw lot of familiar faces. Let?s start with Haruna (aka Haruhi Fujioka), isn’t it great that she and Yusuke are in one drama again! That is soooo cool! Anyway, Haruna as Aizawa added to awesome factor of the drama. Just with her simple smirk and you can see two horns growing on her head that screams "evil". I?m so glad she got casted for the role of Aizawa, since Aizawa is a big deal. The two students who were featured in the first ep (Shinkawa and Nakagawa) must have a huge burden on their shoulder since they?ll be kicking-off the first episode. Though Nakagawa tries his best to be lame, Shinkawa is great with her Anko character. Just the right amount of *****iness that she won’t be hated that much by the audience. I actually felt pity when she laments her family story, instead of being annoyed by those with too much drama and blames it on others. Aww,I can even feel the blossoming love between her and Yoshikawa and they didn?t even hold hands yet. I know it?ll be few more episodes before that courage test ep. Lol.
Lastly, GTO won’t be complete without (a) Pervy scenes, though I think that they toned this one a bit. I remember seeing the movie and a porn movie right on the screen was being watched by the then GTO in the opening scenes. (b) Fight scenes. Maybe I’ve seen to many fight scens from Jdorama that I think that fight scenes here are so-so. Geez, Majisuka Gakuen were trashing harder than this. Lastly, (c) life lessons. Lots of life lesson that most of us take for granted, forgotten, or simply used to ignoring them.
If you think that you’ve seen enough of this type of story, think again. They won?t be remaking a classic for nothing.