Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gokusen - Economy Pack|
Actors: Jon Avner, Risa Hayamizu, Seiz˘ Kat˘, Caroline Lawson, Sebastian Arcelus
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Kumiko Yamaguchi is the heir of the Oedo Yakuza family, but it's her dream to teach the youth of Japan. She puts aside her yakuza cunning and takes up the role of a normal air headed graduate, landing a high-school teachin... more »
Collector | USA | 12/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great little feel good show. It sets out to tell the story of a Yakuza heiress who becomes a High School teacher and it does just that, no more or less. It's not particularly flashy or creative but succeeds in telling a straightforward simple story. The character types are familiar but not at all boring and they're instantly likeable. Especially our lead character Kumiko Yamaguchi, otherwise called "Yankumi" by her students. Fitting of a Yakuza heiress, Kumiko is a kick butt badass who will sacrifice anything for her students. The animation is very nice for a thirteen episode series, surprisingly better than I expected. If you want to watch something light and short to kill some time you should try out The Gokusen.
The set comes with a neat red jacket similar to Kumiko's with the words "The Gokusen" printed on it. There's a slight glitch on the first dvd, at one point the subtitle timing is completely off but it corrects itself quickly. Overall not a bad buy."
Short and Sweet
J Valentine | Atlanta, Georgia | 12/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At first I was a little skeptical; I mean a 3 disc series!?!? 13 Episodes?!?! I'm coming from anime series like Boys over Flowers, Sailor Moon, and Ah! My Goddess! Each of those titles has at least 45-50 episodes. But that was it! I needed a break! I was tired of endlessly drawn out expressions of feelings (Boys over Flowers), tired of annoying characters (Sailor Moon. Yes I said it!) AND I was tired of anime marathons. Gokusen is, as said before me, just right.
The story is a good one, Yakuza raised Kumiko Yamaguchi, who is heir to the `throne' has one dream: To be a school teacher! She gets a job at an all-boys school that is supposed to be full of delinquents and it seems that she has her work cut out for her!
The characters are fun without being too over the top. Yamaguchi is hilarious because she switches from Ditzy Teacher to Mob Boss and back again. In my opinion she provides most of the humor for the show. She's really strong and a great and tactical leader. Watching it made me wish that she was my teacher too.
My other favorite character is Shin Sawada just because he is so cool. He's the leader of the class and is the only one who gets excellent grades. He is normally the one who comes up with the plans for the group and also the one who will help them get out of it, that is, if he is so inclined. The best part about Shin is that he is always calm even in the face of disaster. He is the only one who suspects that his homeroom teacher is not all that she appears.
If you are looking for a fun quickie, with lovable characters and a straight forward story line, Watch Gokusen. A+
Lika Laruku | Seattle. | 09/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This hillarious Ganjou (tough/hard-hitting/shounenish) shoujo series is about a plain-looking female yakuza heiress who juggles 2 jobs; keeping her bumbling overemotional foloowers in-line while her (very young looking)grandfather is in the hospital & teaching in a Yanki Kuramatei/Cramortie like highschool whilst trying to keep her "other life" a secret from her students. But a very handsome & troublesome student of hers is overwhelmed with curiosity about who she really is. Call him the type who likes to say "I told you so," he's dying to proove what the other students are too dumb to see about her; that her dimwhit persona is all an act. (I'm only up to episode 6, I'll write more on the plot latter)."
It's rated PG14 due to language and mild violence.
Po Boy | Westland, MI | 08/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I liked it. I wish Yaunkumi had been my homeroom teacher when I was in high school. It might have been more fun going to school. I mean I wish one of my teachers would have stuck-up for me!
The short story of Kumiko Yamagushi, the GokuSen, and her effort to "raise" her class of delinquents is fun and not without silly humor. I laughed quite abit. There is, artless, swearing (mostly a.., b..ch and G.d d.mn). There is no nudity although there is some sexual inuendo. What would you expect from high school age boys? There is single, class against class and gang rivalry featured in this tale which many may find familiar from their high school days.
All in all it's a pretty light and tight short story of the adventures of a high school junior class and their, first year, homeroom teacher who just happens to be an Ojuo (Yakuza heiress). Well written and dubbed. The closing tune is a blast. The art is plain but quite well done and fits the story. Not as good as Cromartie (stupid, crazy funny in the first) but worth getting. Especially at this price."