Taking the world less travelled

Gokusen

Posted by on Feb 23, 2007 in Reviews | 0 comments

gokusen1.jpgGokusen, a quirky little drama, but nothing substantially original in it.

This is the story of Yamaguchi Kumiko, 23 years old and single, who is the new maths teacher at Shirokin High School. Her home room is 3-D, the class full of all the misfits of the school. Kumiko also has a secret. She is a 4th generation heir to the Ooedo Group – think of the Japanese Mafia. If the school finds out about this, she will be fired.

Gokusen, a quirky little drama, but nothing substantially original in it.

This is the story of Yamaguchi Kumiko, 23 years old and single, who is the new maths teacher at Shirokin High School. Her home room is 3-D, the class full of all the misfits of the school. Kumiko also has a secret. She is a 4th generation heir to the Ooedo Group – think of the Japanese Mafia. If the school finds out about this, she will be fired.

gokusen2.jpgThe story itself is, of course, very predictable and every episode is essentially the same; One of the boys in her grade will be in trouble or be accused of something that they didn’t do… Kumiko, or Yamkumi as she is affectionately called by her students, comes to the rescue – beating up the bad guys single handedly, believing in the students without fail. She manages to capture their hearts. *awww*

And of course you know the cues… Every episode you wait for the lines… “Who are you?” “I’m their home room teacher.” And every episode will be the contrived speech about the moral lesson they have learned…

I say all these bad things about it, but it did have it’s positives. Mainly the funny bits. Yamkumi always managed to obviously give away her yakuza heritage. She was a very humorous character… As was the vice-principal. With a hair style like that, who could take him seriously! And the students themselves were… ah, well, what can I say, I was only paying attention to Sawada Shin.

Ah, watch it just for the funny bits. Watch it once, don’t expect too much, and just enjoy it for what it is. :) The story itself is, of course, very predictable and every episode is essentially the same; One of the boys in her grade will be in trouble or be accused of something that they didn’t do… Kumiko, or Yamkumi as she is affectionately called by her students, comes to the rescue – beating up the bad guys single handedly, believing in the students without fail. She manages to capture their hearts. *awww*

And of course you know the cues… Every episode you wait for the lines… “Who are you?” “I’m their home room teacher.” And every episode will be the contrived speech about the moral lesson they have learned…

I say all these bad things about it, but it did have it’s positives. Mainly the funny bits. Yamkumi always managed to obviously give away her yakuza heritage. She was a very humorous character… As was the vice-principal. With a hair style like that, who could take him seriously! And the students themselves were… ah, well, what can I say, I was only paying attention to Sawada Shin.

Ah, watch it just for the funny bits. Watch it once, don’t expect too much, and just enjoy it for what it is.


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