Teacher Onizuka, GTO for short, originally started out as just a
manga series, but became popular enough to spawn anime and live-action
drama versions. The beginning storyline and many characters are
basically the same. The anime/manga version of GTO, as you would
expect, is much more comedic than its live-action counterpart. But
the GTO anime/manga is by no means lacking in drama. In fact, I
would say that it has more drama than the live-action series. Even
if you don't care for the drama, GTO is worth a look for it's side-splitting
comedy. Although if you don't care for drama, I suggest watching
some American cartoons rather than Japanese anime.
The setting for GTO is modern-day Japan. One of the greatest things
about GTO, (for foreign fans) is getting to experience some Japanese
pop-culture. You won't find any big robots or super-heroes in GTO.
The characters in GTO are normal people. The anime/manga series
takes place mostly in a Junior High school, although most of the
time the students look to be at least in their 20's. The first few
episodes/issues take place in a High School, but are minor parts
of the story.
main character in GTO is Onizuka Eikichi. Onizuka is a 22 year old
former motorcycle gangster (A lengendary one at that) looking to
make a living. One day he was looking up girls' skirts on an escalator,
only to get caught. This particular girl didn't mind, but she asked
that Onizuka at least buy her lunch for the freebie. He eventually
ended up scoring a date with her. However their date ended abruptly
when the girl received a pager message from her boyfriend, who also
happened to be her teacher. The girl ditched Onizuka (Jumping out
the window of a 2nd or 3rd story building no less) for her elderly
teacher/boyfriend. Onizuka, as you would expect, is left in total
shock. What he decides to do is become a teacher, since this is
obviously the best way for him to pick up some cute high school
chicks. Unfortunately for Onizuka, he ends up spending but a few
weeks teaching high school students, and ends up in a junior high
school, where the story really begins.