October 27, 2009 Leave a Comment
I first heard about GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) from a friend of mine. It’s a manga about a teacher that used to be in a motorcycle gang and a delinquent in school, and grew up to be a perv that wanted to become a teacher.
The manga I can review later because it was amazing, each character and all their issues interacted so well together and it was a really touching yet very amusing and funny story.
The live action dumbs it down a bit and makes it more realistic, apparently a man running down the side of the building to catch someone isn’t possible in the real world… psssh puuuuuulease, I do that every day.
Characters were developed pretty well, each had their own uniqueness that made them easy to remember who was who. I didn’t like how they dumbed down Onizuka though… I mean he was not nearly as perverted, not as badass and rode a bicycle around cmooon. He didn’t even really smoke as much… at the very least they could have bleached his hair and gave him more ear piercings.
Have you ever had to watch dramas in the early or late 90′s with your grandmother or aunt? The cheesy music… zoom in shots of the eye brow raised… over the top facial expressions. It’s all there. Facial expressions are not conveyed nearly as well as the manga, but a very good attempt was made.
It follows the manga pretty well in the beginning, due to them making it shorter and only 12 episodes, a lot of the side stories were taken out and characters put together into one. I don’t have the money to really produce a full 3 or 4 season drama, but if I did I would definitely have made this one. The story was done well though, it was funny and very touching.
With more episodes, side character development and characters that were just a little more over the top, it would have been perfect. I would suggest taking some time to find it and watch it though.
Also here is the…
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