With most students going back to school lately, it’s a fitting coincidence that today I begin retroblogging Great Teacher Onizuka. Back in the last round of voting it tied with Kare Kano, and due to the popularity and enthusiasm displayed for both I promised to blog each in turn. GTO just happened to lose the dice roll and so had to wait until now. So, here again we return to the end of the 20th century but in a very different form. Former bousouzoku member Onizuka Eichi has come a long way since his days of being a tough, crazy biker…well he’s come some of the way anyway. Still being a pervert and acting like a delinquent, he’s enrolled in a teaching college and is about to start his first two weeks of student teaching. But he ends up in the middle of a class of delinquents and conniving blackmailers, not the best start to his goal of becoming the “greatest teacher in Japan.”
Perving it up on his first day.
Osawa, even creepier…though the thought rather appeals to Eikichi.
Bringing out the barely suppressed Krauser II in him.
Even so, he clearly isn’t as cynical about it all as most of his fellows. To have that self-professed goal of becoming the greatest teacher in the country, he must have other reasons than getting to be around high school girls all day.
A trap if I ever saw one. And not the Impz kind of trap either.
Mizuki Nanako, the one attractive girl in Eikichi’s class, is sitting in the nearby park that night crying, saying that she ran away from home and then asks to stay the night at her teacher’s place. He’s already gone into full ecchi mode over the thought, and while she’s making dinner he first sets up the futon before second-guessing the situation and putting it away. But just as she’s talking about how her parents have no time for her because of their jobs she strips down to her bra and panties in front of him…just in time to have three of the delinquents from his class burst in and snap photos of them, threatening to sell them to the media unless he pays. Later that night the three are in the park when they tell off a biker, just as the rest of his gang shows up for a meeting. Fortunately/unfortunately for the three students Eikichi shows up, fighting his way through the crowd until the boss recognizes him as the leader of the legendary Onibaku Gang from Shonan. And he’s there to claim his “prey”, having the bousouzoku bikers hoist them up from ropes and dunking them into the pond. But in doing so he does spare them most of the bikers’ wrath.
Unfortunately he doesn’t work for Tadano Hitoshi’s company. He’s pretty proactive about stopping blackmailers.
Bobbing for revenge.
Words cannot describe the badassery of this image.
And now he has the class eating out of the palm of his hand, manly tears of respect running down their faces.
After a day of reaping the rewards of his not totally loyal class, Eikichi is about to head home when Nana is waiting on his motorcycle trying to act cutesy. Despite her being the architect and bait of the plan to blackmail him, she wants him to give her a ride home. And keeping with the ecchi tone, she takes off her panties and puts them on top of the engine of his bike as a bribe of sorts. And he freaking falls for it! He spends the whole way thinking about but trying not to think about what’s under her skirt, and eventually they arrive at her home, luxurious but empty. Her parents left a huge, expensive tray of sushi for her, but she throws it out because she’s sick of them acting so isolated from her and from each other. After Eikichi’s freakout over the wasted food (I’d do the same, even animated it looked delicious) she asks for him to drive her around for a while, kind of acting like a spoiled brat in doing so. But when he won’t pay attention to her she tries jumping off the bike into the path of a truck, saved only by his quick thinking and riding skill.
Seriously. And cut out that vapidly cutesy pronunciation of “sensei.” It’s sounds like you’re saying “sen-shey” or something, you airhead.
While it doesn’t detract from the series, this unfortunately is about as visually impressive as the pilot episode got.
Like his silence while the other teachers were being cynical, there’s a nice hint of things to come with him, something that will make him more than just the pervert-biker teacher.
Ah, I go from Kare Kano’s masterful, delicate shoujo to MANLINESS in my retroblogging. Hopefully a certain banchou will make a guest appearance.
After Nana’s brash stunt, Eikichi hears more details from her about how her parents live together but are effectively separated. They each have their own rooms, and the wall between them is a particular focus of her anguish. Being a somewhat Brutalist styled home with lots of thick, unfinished concrete, the wall is both literally and symbolically cold to the touch. But then Eikichi tells her to go home, speeding off on his bike as she’s left to walk. But then not much later that night he reappears with a gigantic sledgehammer at her doorstep. Walking right in despite his shirtless, menacing appearance he heads upstairs and proceeds to start smashing a hole through the wall between Nana’s parents’ rooms. Her parents are shocked, but Nana herself is overjoyed and even hinders them in calling the police to arrest Eikichi. Once the a hole is smashed in the concrete, he walks out just as casually as he entered the home. At the end of his two week student teaching stint he’s quietly happy to see the two female members of his group warming up to the idea of teaching, and the playboy Osawa fired for fooling around with a student. Nana commits to helping bring her parents back together now that he’s given her a place to start, but on a final note before he leaves the school she flashes him from the uppermost stairway as he leaves, ending the pilot episode on the same pervy note that it began on.
Aaaawwww. I can’t help but like the one girl in the group who wasn’t a jaded opportunist at the start.
Something makes me think that you’re not one to begin with.
Ah, he seems to be learning!
Final Thoughts: – A fun first episode, and it gave us a hint of all the elements that the show should contain further on. Eikichi’s perverted antics but his oddly, genuinely caring side. There’s the connection with his past shown in his banter with his old friend from his bousouzoku days and in the flashback images, with emphasis added when he tells Nana that the past is just the past. And of course some excellent comic violence when he commandeered the biker gang to get his revenge on the blackmailing students.
- Eikichi seems to learn a bit not to lust after the high school students at the very end, though I think his brain will always in part be stuck in a permanent state of thinking like a 16 year old. He’s definitely from the same stock as Kimura-sensei.
- The only thing I didn’t like was that the animation looks like it came from the other end of the decade in which it aired. I knew it originally aired in 1999, but I thought that I had to be mistaken when I first started the episode. Definitely makes me think circa 1993, not 1999-2000.