Fresh out of college, Kumiko “Yankumi” Yamaguchi becomes a math teacher at an all-boys high school. Unfortunately for her, she’s assigned by the school board as the homeroom teacher for class 2-D, which happens to be the class of delinquent students. When the class attempts to make a living hell out of Yankumi’s career, they fail as her persistence and aggression gain their respect. However, little does anyone in the school know that Yankumi is actually heir to the Kuroda Group – one of Tokyo’s most powerful yakuza clans. – Baka-Updates
This manga is , admittedly, a tad different from the rest of the manga on here. The art for example. The near non existent romance. The almost (you have to pay attention not miss it) lack of bishies. But does that mean its bad? No way Josey. Its awesome. I will admit that my love of yakuza manga is talking slightly here, you may (or probably not) have noticed there’s a few of them Ive reviewed on here. THEY’RE SO GOOD.
Buuut Gokusen!You get used to the art and it adds a lot of character to the manga, and fits the yakuza feel. The plot is something from a soppy shoujo but souped up to some kick ass plot. literally kickass. The actual plot isn’t clever or anything but its enjoyable and each character has feeling. The characters each also have a characteristic look and background, and even the temporary characters are bold and colorful, not like the usual beige colored extras you oten find in manga. It made me want to read Tokyo Crazy Paradise again.
The main character is dumb in the regular things but underneath it all… yeah… put it this way, shed be on my zombie apocalypse team, along with my dad and steven segal (back in the day). Kick ass and true yakuza despite her conflicting vocation, she makes for a unique and interesting heroine. The other yakuza are stereotyped beautifully along with the soft in the head delinquents. And the lawyer sensei crush… meh, i always had my eye on Sawada Shin. I swear his expression never changes. But he is cool. In one of the last chapters. Yeah, he became a man worthy of her. Mind you, rabid romanceists, there’s one kiss. And its at the very end. And its so out of the blue its red. And they never show him becoming what he aimed to become. And tie it up or anything.
I mean there was an ending, but i wanted just that lil bit, just an epilogue to complete it down pat. I mean come on! Dont dangle a solid ass ending and throw it into the inconceivable distance.
But yeah, a real enjoyable manga that felt like a classic. I want to watch all the related stuff now.
4.5/5 that 0.5 missing is for teasing me for a yakuza fairytale ending and never confirming it.