After moving on from his student teaching and missing the national standardized exam, Ryuuji manages to find Eikichi a private school that doesn’t use the national qualifying exams in their consideration of applicants. Things are looking up after he recovers from his despair induced night of boozing the day before, and he even has a “fated encounter” on the bus with an attractive woman who’s also interviewing at the school. But he also can’t help himself from tossing an old pervert off the bus who keeps ‘accidentally’ bumping up against her. Only it turns out later that said old pervert is the vice principal of the school he’s applying to. But a sincere devotion to students, and a little violence, is never a bad thing.
There’s lechery and then there’s lechery, vice principal.
Cue daydream fantasy. Meet Fuyutsuki Azusa, Eikichi’s new crush. That’s quite an elegant name, isn’t it?
Time to get serious > it’s that guy from the bus > FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU
Eikichi talks it over with the school store manager after chugging down some coffee milk. I guess they didn’t have any strawberry milk. Eikichi’s talk about how he hated it when teachers called him trash and how he wouldn’t do the same really makes him an endearing character. It was also within earshot of Fuyutsuki-sensei.
Some delinquents show up to get back at the vice principal for calling them trash and marginalizing them, and Eikichi’s self-introduction grows.
GERMAN SUPLEX! Eikichi isn’t swayed by the job offer if he defends the vice principal, and even leads the expelled students out of the building like he’s their leader.
His dreams of working at the private school seemingly shot, Eikichi decides to become Great Driver Onizuka and is most of the way to Aomori when he gets a call from Ryuuji telling him that he’ll be given an interview if he can get back by 6pm. Fuyutsuki came to tell Ryuuji, but unfortunately Eikichi is nearly eight hours away and the interview time is in three. Not that that stops him from slamming through the highway barrier, nearly destroying the tractor trailer, running from the police, and jumping (!) the multi-ton vehicle over a police roadblock in an attempt to get back. When he jumps over the school gate hours after the deadline, he finds the school store manager waiting for him. She’s the head of the school and want him to bring his unique brand of German Suplex education to the school. She even meets his condition of providing housing now that he’s been kicked out of his apartment by letting him move into a rooftop storage room. Being assigned to teach a middle school class isn’t exactly the lusty high school girls fantasy he imagined (thanks god, I might’ve had to drop this if he was that perverted) but at least he makes a quick friend in Yoshikawa Noboru over their mutual love of video games.
I wish all interviews were as lively.
Awesome chairwoman is awesome. Education GAR!!!
Ah, the Playstation 1. The first system that I got into gaming with.
Hell, I’d love to live up there! You’ve got your own huge rooftop porch/living space up there!
Never did play that one. Xenogears is the One True RPG for me.
The start of a great friendship!
Class 3-4 has a terrible reputation, so Onizuka heads in with a show of force expecting to meet a bunch of delinquents and punks. But they all act like model students, throwing him off with a more insidious way of getting teachers to breakdown and quit. Fuyutsuki and another friendly teacher, Sannomaru, warn him about the class, but it’s still a bit hard for him to believe the stories compared with what he saw. That night is his first living in the school storage room and all manner of ghost stories are coming to mind when he hears noises. Heading around campus covered in seals, garlic, candles, and holding a crucifix he finds and quickly defenestrates a panty thief raiding the girls’ athletic supplies, a couple getting naughty in the locker room, and then finds Yoshikawa up on the roof. His face is covered in marker drawings and he’s about to try and kill himself because he’s been bullied so much. Eikichi’s methods of talking him down are a bit awkward, as well as his movements, but he manages to grab him before tripping and falling onto the vice principal’s beloved new car, smashing it but shielding Yoshikawa. Apparently a girl has been bullying the kid, and a mastermind that looks like a purely evil version of Maho from Kare Kano is hinted at in several shots. Eikichi sneaks the boy home and they talk games for a bit, and he promises to make school better and “interesting” for his student. But class 3-4 sets up their first smear attack on Eikichi at the very end of the episode, photoshopping his face into a huge mural on the school wall.
Part of a proud tradition of perverted monks.
Hope he didn’t buy those surplus Soviet NVGs.
The first, but very minor, attempt to mess with his head.
Not quite as smooth as Yugo the Negotiator.
Yoshikawa’s room: a full dose of 1990’s otaku style.
There is no better motorcycle helmet than a flight helmet.
What the hell kind of resources do these students have to photoshop, print, and post all this in one night?!
Final Thoughts: – Eikichi expounding on why he wants to be a teacher was probably my favorite part of these two episodes, alongside the German Suplex and Sakurai’s undercover people watching. For as fun and funny as the show is, it’s nice, and I think important, to have that core motivation for the character. Without it the show could just devolve into slapstick or the drama could fail to come together into a coherent story. Which was kind of the problem I had with Golden Boy.
- Sakurai is a subtle badass. I really enjoyed her undercover work, and how she saw the potential in Eikichi but also wasn’t so sentimental that she couldn’t deploy him to deal with the worst class in the school right off the bat. Truly a wise and capable leader. And Eikichi could really use someone with that sort of strategic vision to back him up while he deals with the day to day issues in his usual head-on manner.
- Assigning Eikichi to a middle school class was a good move. Constant oggling of high school girls by him would’ve probably gotten old if it was a continuous element of the show. (Yeah I know age of consent in Japan is lower than in most of the US, but legal =/= not creepy.) Plus Fuyutsuki is now on the scene.