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.
|| Episode Title
|| Japanese Air Date
|| North American Air Date
||Lesson 1: GTO - The Legend Begins |
| June 30, 1999
|| November 3, 2003
begins his career as a teacher-in-training expecting that he will get a class of attractive, nubile high school girls. When he is assigned the problem "Class O
", a group of delinquents and blackmailers, only his tough love is able to win them over.
||Lesson 2: Enter Uchiyamada |
| July 7, 1999
|| November 4, 2003
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.
||Lesson 3: Late Night Roof Diving |
| July 21, 1999
|| November 5, 2003
The new school year gets off to a rocky start for Eikichi
. He has to teach middle school instead of high school students, live in a storage area at school, and rescue a student, Noboru Yoshikawa
, from suicide.
||Lesson 4: The Secret Life of Onizuka |
| August 11, 1999
|| November 6, 2003
learns first-hand what tricks his homeroom students are capable of. Yoshito Kikuchi
, a computer expert, releases fake images of Eikichi
engaged in BDSM and homosexual acts. Instead of getting mad, Eikichi
if he can create nude celebrity pictures for him.
||Lesson 5: An Eye for an Eye, a Butt for a Butt |
| August 18, 1999
|| November 7, 2003
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.
||Lesson 6: Conspiracies All Around |
| August 25, 1999
|| November 10, 2003
'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.
||Lesson 7: The Mother of All Crushes |
| September 1, 1999
|| November 11, 2003
While preparing for parent-teacher meetings, Eikichi
learns that one of his students, Kunio Murai
, has a very young mother. He decides that "dates" are an excellent way to get to know the parents, much to Kunio
||Lesson 8: Bungee Jumping Made Easy |
| September 8, 1999
|| November 12, 2003
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
||Lesson 9: Onizuka and The Art of War |
| September 22, 1999
|| November 13, 2003
goes head-to-head with the P.E. teacher Hajime Fukuroda
. Meanwhile, Miyabi Aizawa
enlists her friend Tomoko Nomura
to frame Eikichi
as an underwear thief. When she accidentally incriminates Mr. Fukuroda
for her stupidity.
||Lesson 10: Outside Looking In |
| September 22, 1999
|| November 14, 2003
is depressed that Miyabi
no longer wants her as a friend. Eikichi
tries to cheer Tomoko
up and enters her into a beauty contest to help her out with her self-esteem.
||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.
||Lesson 12: The Formula for Treachery |
| October 31, 1999
|| November 18, 2003
, the math teacher, has his heart set only on Azusa Fuyutsuki
; however, Eikichi
inadvertently incurs Suguru
's wrath when he ruins Suguru
's plans to win Azusa
||Lesson 13: Only the Best Will Do |
| November 21, 1999
|| November 19, 2003
enlists a parent lobby group to get Eikichi
fired. To prove his worth, Eikichi
must score the highest mark in a national scholastic achievement test. However, he soon learns that it is no easy task.
||Lesson 14: Between a Rock and a Hard Place |
| December 5, 1999
|| November 20, 2003
Determined to prevent his dismissal, Azusa
to her place for one-on-one all-night study sessions. Meanwhile, believing that studying alone isn't enough to get the highest mark, Eikichi
's students attempt to steal the test answers from the school.
||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.
||Lesson 16: Beauty + Brains = A Dangerous Mix |
| December 19, 1999
|| November 24, 2003
relishes his newfound hero status until he meets Urumi Kanzaki
, a mischievous girl who gets him arrested as a pervert. He is less than amused when he finds out that she is actually one of his students.
||Lesson 17: Falling for The Great Onizuka |
| January 16, 2000
|| November 25, 2003
learns that Urumi
went through a traumatic childhood experience and tries to help her cope with it using his own brand of teaching. He Surprises her by jumping after her when he accidentally pushes her off a building.
||Lesson 18: How to Dine and Dash |
| January 23, 2000
|| November 26, 2003
Blackmailed by Urumi
for pushing her off a building, Eikichi
subjects himself to her whims. After meeting her former elementary teacher, Urumi
goes on a classroom terrorism spree.
||Lesson 19: Private Investigations |
| January 30, 2000
|| November 27, 2003
's teacher admits that she was the cause of Urumi
's mistrust towards teachers. When Urumi
was younger, she accidentally revealed the secret about Urumi
's father. Eikichi
decides that only a special lesson across an incomplete freeway will teach Urumi
||Lesson 20: Love Letters |
| February 6, 2000
|| November 28, 2003
Kunio finds a love letter addressed to him, initially believing it is from Akane Fujita
, a girl he likes. However, when Akane
dumps him, Kunio
realizes his true feelings for his platonic friend, Fuyumi Kujirakawa
||Lesson 21: Revolution Everywhere |
| February 13, 2000
|| December 1, 2003
Unable to cope with the pressures of teaching, Azusa
runs away to her former school in Hakuba. Eikichi
, and Kunio
follow in order to convince her to return.
||Lesson 22: The Art of Demolition |
| February 20, 2000
|| December 2, 2003
learns that her former school will be demolished. During the countdown, a former student of the school runs into the building to retrieve a precious heirloom. Eikichi
pursues in order to rescue her before the school is destroyed.
||Lesson 23: Superstition |
| February 27, 2000
|| December 3, 2003
receives a cursed chain letter, but he dismisses it as superstition. After a series of misfortunes, he begins to believe in the letter and does whatever he can (including suggestions from Kanzaki
to write spells all over himself) to dispel the curse.
||Lesson 24: Compromising Positions |
| March 5, 2000
|| December 4, 2003
experiences a mid-life crisis, wondering if there is any meaning left to his life. His family has grown apart and now fears for the worst when his daughter Yoshiko
takes a liking to Eikichi
||Lesson 25: Playing Doctor - GTO Style |
| March 12, 2000
|| December 5, 2003
An attractive school nurse, Nao Kadena
, arrives at the school, much to the delight of Eikichi
. However, she soon starts using her looks and the school to fund her money-making schemes.
||Lesson 26: Onizuka Meets His Match |
| March 19, 2000
|| December 8, 2003
learns that Nao
, a former street racer, was using the school to help pay her brother's medical costs for an accident that she blames herself for. Eikichi
challenges her to a game of "Last Light" to teach her about self-worth.
||Lesson 27: Agent to the Stars |
| April 2, 2000
|| December 9, 2003
's manager and arranges a series of innocuous commercial shoots to increase her national profile. Her commercials attract the attention of a popular magazine who wants her entered into their beauty contest.
||Lesson 28: Whatever Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong |
| April 16, 2000
|| December 10, 2003
From getting bōsōzoku gangs to vote for Tomoko
to questionable marketing ploys, Eikichi
does whatever he can to make sure that Tomoko
will win the contest. However, a contemptuous rival competitor undermines his efforts.
||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?
||Lesson 30: Money Talks, GTO Walks |
| April 30, 2000
|| December 12, 2003
Led to believe that he spent the school's money, Eikichi
attempts to raise the money himself while his students investigate who set him up. The school's faculty decides to hold a student assembly so Eikichi
can take responsibility for his actions.
||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.
||Lesson 32: The Law of Probability |
| May 14, 2000
|| December 16, 2003
wins a Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan in a local contest, worth enough to pay for the trip. Unfazed, Miyabi
arranges for a suicidal salaryman to jump in front of Eikichi
's car and ruin his chances of selling it.
||Lesson 33: Search and Rescue |
| May 28, 2000
|| December 17, 2003
To teach Miyabi
and her friends a lesson, Urumi
orchestrates their kidnapping to hold them for ransom. Eikichi
literally flies in to save the day and foils Urumi
||Lesson 34: Good Cop/Bad Cop |
| June 4, 2000
|| December 18, 2003
, and his friend Toshiyuki Saejima
find a suitcase filled with gold, they find themselves on the run from the yakuza. However, they later discover that they were unlikely victims of a celebrity prank played on Tomoko
||Lesson 35: Wedding Bell Blues |
| June 11, 2000
|| December 19, 2003
finds a wedding dress catalog at home, he suspects his mother will marry someone behind his back. Overprotective of his mother, Kunio
will stop at nothing to stop her wedding.
||Lesson 36: Self-Improvement: Fuyutsuki's Transformation |
| June 18, 2000
|| December 22, 2003
choose a bathing suit for the trip to Okinawa. Azusa
tries to get a makeover in order to impress Eikichi
, but ends up getting carried away in the process.
||Lesson 37: Living Together |
| July 16, 2000
|| December 23, 2003
To make it a trip to remember, Eikichi
assigns his students to co-ed rooms. Noboru
is perplexed with Eikichi
's decision to assign him with Anko
and her friends. Eikichi
helps Noboru make the most of a bad situation with a good old-fashioned prank on the girls.
||Lesson 38: Great Treasure Onizuka |
| July 30, 2000
|| December 24, 2003
learns of a hidden treasure somewhere on one of Okinawa's islands and decides that a special class trip is in order. During the expedition, Anko
and her friends tie up Noboru
to leave him in the jungle, but end up getting lost in the process.
||Lesson 39: Alone in the Dark |
| August 13, 2000
|| December 25, 2003
are forced to find their way to safety together. Eikichi
, however, believes their disappearance was a ruse to conceal their discovery of the treasure, and searches for them in hot pursuit.
||Lesson 40: Matters of the Heart |
| August 20, 2000
|| December 26, 2003
Following her ordeal, Anko
is conflicted over the new emotions that she feels for Noboru
. To teach Anko
to be true to her heart, Eikichi
plans a special nighttime lesson for the class.
||Lesson 41: Confessions |
| August 27, 2000
|| December 29, 2003
orders his class to walk through a derelict hotel as a test of nerves. Anko
make it past Eikichi
's test, but when confronted by four local hooligans, Anko
stands up for Noboru
against the bullies and confesses her feelings towards him.
||Lesson 42: Old Wounds Revisited |
| September 10, 2000
|| December 30, 2003
confronts Noboru Saitou
, the class's former teacher, about the incident that drove them to hate teachers. When Mr. Saitou
is later found stabbed, suspicion immediately falls on Miyabi
||Lesson 43: Onizuka's Final Battle |
| September 17, 2000
|| January 1, 2004
'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