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Gokusen 1 and 2: Hanep talaga!

I just can't get enough of Gokusen. In my a Couch Potato blog (previous blog), I’ve mentioned it already when I was still watching its Season 1 and now that I am done with Season 2 there's no reason why I shouldn't blog it here because Gokusen is truly a great Japanese Drama.

It has a lot of morale or lessons that will really inspire and clutch you. Like the hardships and challenges she has to go through teaching students that are considered "trash" or delinquent and at the same time hiding her identity as the 4th generation heir to the Oedo Group, a notorious Yakuza clan.

And she has surpassed them all and proven to everybody that school is for everyone. Teachers should not only care those who are considered intelligent students but also those students who really need their guidance. Instead of cursing them to death for giving you a headache because of their laziness or whatever it is, give them something to motivate them.

To make them realize that school is fun and they should not quit right? I am also touched on what Yamaguchi has been always telling them, "No matter what happens I’ll make sure everyone of you graduates". Wow!

By the way, here are the synopsis of this beautiful Japanese Series: (taken from Wikipedia)

Season 1:
Nakama Yukie, Gokusen

The story of a young, idealistic teacher who enters Shirokin Gakuen with hopes of making a difference in the students' lives. However, Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) is in for a rude awakening when she finds that she will be the homeroom teacher of 3-D, the hardest class to maintain in the school. The students have multi-colored hair, sloppy uniforms, and show absolutely no respect to her.

The leader of the class, Sawada Shin is lazy but bright and shows some interest in Yamaguchi when he notices that she is very different from other teachers. The students try to bully her to make her quit, but their attempts don't get them very far.

What the class and the rest of the school does not know is that Yamaguchi Kumiko is actually the 4th generation heir to the Ooedo Group, a notorious yakuza clan. Even though her family would like her to take the title of Ojou when her grandfather dies, they have accepted the fact that Yamaguchi would rather be a teacher. Eventually, the students learn to respect their quirky teacher because of her devotion to them, and even give her a nickname: Yankumi.

Season 2:

Nakama Yukie, Gokusen

Half a year has passed and Shirokin Gakuen has closed down. Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) finds herself a teacher of a few young kids who don't really benefit much from her style of teaching. Through some twist of fate, she is offered a job as a teacher in Kurogin Gakuen.

She becomes the teacher of a delinquent 3D class which make her previous students look like angels. In order to protect her job, she must again hide her true identity — the fact that she is the 4th generation of the Oedo Family, a prominent yakuza group.

Trivia: Nakama Yukie (Yamaguchi/Yankumi/Ojou) won Best Actress in both seasons of Gokusen. The other lead roles namely Matsumoto Jun from Season 1 as well as Kazuya Kamenashi won as best actors also. See? Oh, before I forgot if you are ever wondering what is the meaning of Gokusen it is actually an abbreviation of Gokudo no Sensei which means Gangster Teacher.

Photos taken from the Asian Drama Queen Blogspot and Jdo Drama Live Journal Website

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