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GTO #1 -- Retro Review

There's more of this than I'd have liked...

Ever since Alexei talked this up on the Vice Pit, I’ve been dying to watch it for myself. The prospect of a show absurdly cranking up the familiar Tough Teacher formula of TO SIR WITH LOVE, DANGEROUS MINDS, et al, is impossible to resist. The scenes just write themselves. All you have to do is close your eyes and picture this ex-biker karate champion showing the punks in his classroom who the real tough guy is...

Well, that gratification of that desire was a little delayed. For some reason, the show hasn’t been available on any legal streaming services. Only the live-action show -- and who wants to watch that?

Needless to say, I hopped into action as soon as I saw GTO listed on CrunchyRoll and… then got an immediate possible answer for why the series hasn't been available. I suppose it should’ve been obvious, but I definitely wasn’t expecting the first episode to revolve around GTO creeping on his students, and constantly calculating how old he can be and still get away with dating 16-year-olds. Yes yes yes… I’m aware that the age of consent is lower in Japan. It’s still weird to open the show with GTO getting an eyeful of some upskirt at the mall while he’s making the most lemon-squeezy O-Face ever animated.

I suppose the cultural comedy differences extend beyond that. Once our boy gets around to throwing some street justice on the punks in his classroom, it isn’t well-timed slapstick, like him just backhanding some chud down into his desk. It’s a really obfuscating gag where he calls his biker buddies in to… tie them up? It also stretches credulity a little that this big badass would just let a bunch of kids get away with photos of him in a compromising position while they’re still in his living room.

I'm sure GTO goes through a hilarious character arc after this. Maybe I just had too much time to plot my own version of this premise. I’m not so stoked to check out the rest of the series, now, though.

Watch this pilot and decide for yourself.

Kino88on Jan. 20, 2015 at 3:15 p.m.
I just don't like that art style, "Cringe"
takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 21, 2015 at 12:47 a.m.

I remember this show being announced for Crunchyroll back in Anime Expo 2014. Sam was pretty excited from what I recalled back on Vice Pit. I watched the first episode and it made me feel weird especially the teacher peeping on girls and wanting a 16 year old bride. Then, you have Nana flashing the teacher as a goodbye gift.

If you put that aside all the questionable stuff, it's was an entertaining show. I don't think I recommend this show except for those who don't mind that stuff. I think I know where Soul Eater get their weird faces from.

I think I want to see how this guy became a delinquent. That would be probably a better show to watch.

Donwunon Jan. 21, 2015 at 3:43 a.m.

Funny you should bring that up Taka as they did make a prequel manga many fans have wanted to see an anime adaptation of - GTO: The Early Years - haven't heard much about it in terms of reviews... and they also did do a short sequel manga to the series as well.... again didn't hear much fanfare about either which is probably why we didn't see any further anime releases but my experience with GTO is it was a lil weird at the start but picks up and is quite entertaining... but in no way really believable... more of a cool teacher fantasy i had alot of fun with... and possibly one of the coolest anime openings of all time

AgentFakkuon Jan. 21, 2015 at 2:57 p.m.

Best OP.

Wraithon Jan. 21, 2015 at 3:48 p.m.

There is a prequel manga you could check out if you're more interested in Onizuka's delinquent days

takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 21, 2015 at 7:26 p.m.

@Wraith: @Donwun:

Thanks guys, I'll check that out.

Donwun:

Agreed, it was an addicting show. I watched 4 episodes last night. Couldn't quit.

blackichigoon Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:57 p.m.

I love me some GTO. I even like the live action show from the 90s. Its so deliciously cheesy.

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