The GTO manga was very popular when it was released at first which induced the producer to create an animated series.
The first anime was taken care of by Studio Pierrot while Noriyuki Abe as well as Naoyasu Hanyu directed it. Although the anime was made to very closely follow the manga until volume 14, several scenes were modified in order to clear out the underage screening problem which involved: violence, nudity and perversion. Eventually the anime ran past the arc that the manga was following resulting in a totally different ending.
Due to the anime being rushed several characters were not fully developed and some did not even make an appearance while others were radically modified, only the anime main characters resemble their counterparts in the manga.
In Japan, the anime was aired by Fuji Television as well as Animax, the entire series composed of 43 episodes spanned from June 30, 1999 until its final screening on September 24, 2000. Each episode was called a lesson, the titles below are the ones that Tokyopop created when it screened the English dubbed version of the anime.
Cast and Crew
- Ryota Yamaguchi
- Yoshiyuki Suga
- Masashi Sogo
Directors of the Anime
- Noriyuki Abe
- Naoyasu Hanyu
Episode List and Summaries
|#||Episode Title||Japanese Air Date||North American Air Date|
|1||Lesson 1: GTO - The Legend Begins
||June 30, 1999||November 3, 2003|
|2||Lesson 2: Enter Uchiyamada
||July 7, 1999||November 4, 2003|
Eikichi applies at Holy Forest Academy, and conflicts with the school's vice principal, Hiroshi Uchiyamada. Disgusted by his condescending attitude, he leaves knowing that they never would have hired him anyway. However, the school's chairwoman Ryoko Sakurai, impressed by his character, decides to offer him a job.
|3||Lesson 3: Late Night Roof Diving
||July 21, 1999||November 5, 2003|
|4||Lesson 4: The Secret Life of Onizuka
||August 11, 1999||November 6, 2003|
|5||Lesson 5: An Eye for an Eye, a Butt for a Butt
||August 18, 1999||November 7, 2003|
Anko Uehara and her gang bullies [[Noboru Yoshikawa |Noboru]] for hanging out with Eikichi. They manage to tie him up and beat him to a pulp while he is nude, then take pictures for blackmail. After rescuing Noboru from suicide (again), Onizuka realizes the full extent of Anko's behavior. However, Anko's mother is an important member of the PTA, giving her a shield against punishment.
|6||Lesson 6: Conspiracies All Around
||August 25, 1999||November 10, 2003|
Following Anko's "lesson", Eikichi must face the PTA for his actions. During the hearing, Noboru shows the teachers and parents the extent of his pain - physically and emotionally. Anko's mother, still unbelieving of her child's actions, is forced to realize the truth when Yoshito plays a tape recording of Anko discussing the truth about her mother and Noboru with her friends.
|7||Lesson 7: The Mother of All Crushes
||September 1, 1999||November 11, 2003|
|8||Lesson 8: Bungee Jumping Made Easy
||September 8, 1999||November 12, 2003|
When Kunio and his friends are confronted by local punks, they believe they are saved when Eikichi arrives. However, he refuses to help, believing their predicament will teach them about taking responsibility. Faced with a bungee jump, Kunio proves how far he will go to prevent his mother from dating Eikichi.
|9||Lesson 9: Onizuka and The Art of War
||September 22, 1999||November 13, 2003|
|10||Lesson 10: Outside Looking In
||September 22, 1999||November 14, 2003|
|11||Lesson 11: To Be Idolized by a Nation
||October 17, 1999||November 17, 2003|
At the talent beauty contest, Tomoko's clumsiness makes her a long shot to win, but discovers that being herself is her special talent. Despite losing, she gains newfound respect from her classmates.
|12||Lesson 12: The Formula for Treachery
||October 31, 1999||November 18, 2003|
|13||Lesson 13: Only the Best Will Do
||November 21, 1999||November 19, 2003|
|14||Lesson 14: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
||December 5, 1999||November 20, 2003|
|15||Lesson 15: The Great Sacrifice
||December 12, 1999||November 21, 2003|
On the day of the test, Eikichi witnesses the abduction of a Diet member's daughter and pursues the kidnappers to an abandoned warehouse. During the ensuing brawl, Eikichi rescues the daughter, but is shot in the process. He manages to return to the school, but has to write the day-long test in one hour.
|16||Lesson 16: Beauty + Brains = A Dangerous Mix
||December 19, 1999||November 24, 2003|
|17||Lesson 17: Falling for The Great Onizuka
||January 16, 2000||November 25, 2003|
|18||Lesson 18: How to Dine and Dash
||January 23, 2000||November 26, 2003|
|19||Lesson 19: Private Investigations
||January 30, 2000||November 27, 2003|
|20||Lesson 20: Love Letters
||February 6, 2000||November 28, 2003|
|21||Lesson 21: Revolution Everywhere
||February 13, 2000||December 1, 2003|
|22||Lesson 22: The Art of Demolition
||February 20, 2000||December 2, 2003|
|23||Lesson 23: Superstition
||February 27, 2000||December 3, 2003|
|24||Lesson 24: Compromising Positions
||March 5, 2000||December 4, 2003|
|25||Lesson 25: Playing Doctor - GTO Style
||March 12, 2000||December 5, 2003|
|26||Lesson 26: Onizuka Meets His Match
||March 19, 2000||December 8, 2003|
|27||Lesson 27: Agent to the Stars
||April 2, 2000||December 9, 2003|
|28||Lesson 28: Whatever Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong
||April 16, 2000||December 10, 2003|
|29||Lesson 29: Studies in High Finance
||April 23, 2000||December 11, 2003|
Before the annual class field trip, Miyabi and her friends steal the school's trip money and blackmails the English teacher, Mr. Sakurada, into luring Eikichi to a fake "underground girls club" with the stolen money planted on him. At the "club", Eikichi was goaded into drinking beyond his limits. Finally drunk, Eikichi was relieved of the money and thrown into a garbage pile on an unfamiliar street. He wakes and wonders why is he there?
|30||Lesson 30: Money Talks, GTO Walks
||April 30, 2000||December 12, 2003|
|31||Lesson 31: Destination: Okinawa
||May 7, 2000||December 15, 2003|
Framed as an embezzler, Eikichi promises to make it up to all of the 3rd year students with a trip to Okinawa. He claims that he can pay for it with a winning lottery ticket (obtained as a collateral from Saejima), but when he finds out that the ticket was a fraud, he has to find another way to pay for the ¥8 million trip.
|32||Lesson 32: The Law of Probability
||May 14, 2000||December 16, 2003|
|33||Lesson 33: Search and Rescue
||May 28, 2000||December 17, 2003|
|34||Lesson 34: Good Cop/Bad Cop
||June 4, 2000||December 18, 2003|
|35||Lesson 35: Wedding Bell Blues
||June 11, 2000||December 19, 2003|
|36||Lesson 36: Self-Improvement: Fuyutsuki's Transformation
||June 18, 2000||December 22, 2003|
|37||Lesson 37: Living Together
||July 16, 2000||December 23, 2003|
|38||Lesson 38: Great Treasure Onizuka
||July 30, 2000||December 24, 2003|
|39||Lesson 39: Alone in the Dark
||August 13, 2000||December 25, 2003|
|40||Lesson 40: Matters of the Heart
||August 20, 2000||December 26, 2003|
|41||Lesson 41: Confessions
||August 27, 2000||December 29, 2003|
|42||Lesson 42: Old Wounds Revisited
||September 10, 2000||December 30, 2003|
|43||Lesson 43: Onizuka's Final Battle
||September 17, 2000||January 1, 2004|
Miyabi's friends and teachers work to protect her from the corrupt teachers' union whose pressure on Mr. Saitou over his unprofessional relationship drove his student lover to suicide. Eikichi decides to take the blame for the stabbing to clear Miyabi of any wrongdoing. Azusa also confesses her feelings towards Eikichi.