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The GTO manga was very popular when it was released at first which induced the producer to create an animated series. The work 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 the 30th 1999 until its final screening on September 24th 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.

The Screenplay

  • Ryota Yamaguchi
  • Yoshiyuki Suga
  • Masashi Sogo

Directors of the Anime

  • Noriyuki Abe
  • Naoyasu Hanyu

Episodes

  • 43 episodes were released
  • Each episodes lasts 24 minutes

Episode List and Summaries

# Episode Title Japanese Air Date English Air Date
1 Lesson 1: GTO - The Legend Begins

1999-06-30 March 11th, 2003
Eikichi Onizuka 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.
2 Lesson 2: Enter Uchiyamada

1999-07-07 11/4/2003
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

1999-07-21 11/5/2003
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.
4 Lesson 4: The Secret Life of Onizuka

1999-08-11 11/6/2003
Eikichi 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 asks Yoshito if he can create nude celebrity pictures for him.
5 Lesson 5: An Eye for an Eye, a Butt for a Butt

1999-08-18 11/7/2003
Anko Uehara and her gang bullies 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

1999-08-25 11/10/2003
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

1999-09-01 11/11/2003
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's dismay.
8 Lesson 8: Bungee Jumping Made Easy

1999-09-08 11/12/2003
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

1999-09-22 11/13/2003
Eikichi 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 instead, Miyabi berates Tomoko for her stupidity.
10 Lesson 10: Outside Looking In

1999-09-22 11/14/2003
Tomoko 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.
11 Lesson 11: To Be Idolized by a Nation

1999-10-17 11/17/2003
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

1999-10-31 11/18/2003
Suguru Teshigawara, 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 over.
13 Lesson 13: Only the Best Will Do

1999-11-21 11/19/2003
Suguru 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.
14 Lesson 14: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

1999-12-05 11/20/2003
Determined to prevent his dismissal, Azusa invites Eikichi 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.
15 Lesson 15: The Great Sacrifice

1999-12-12 11/21/2003
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

1999-12-19 11/24/2003
Eikichi 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.
17 Lesson 17: Falling for The Great Onizuka

2000-01-16 11/25/2003
Eikichi 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.
18 Lesson 18: How to Dine and Dash

2000-01-23 11/26/2003
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.
19 Lesson 19: Private Investigations

2000-01-30 11/27/2003
Urumi'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 about life.
20 Lesson 20: Love Letters

2000-02-06 11/28/2003
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.
21 Lesson 21: Revolution Everywhere

2000-02-13 12/1/2003
Unable to cope with the pressures of teaching, Azusa runs away to her former school in Hakuba. Eikichi, Tomoko, Yoshito, and Kunio follow in order to convince her to return.
22 Lesson 22: The Art of Demolition

2000-02-20 12/2/2003
Azusa 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.
23 Lesson 23: Superstition

2000-02-27 12/3/2003
Eikichi 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.
24 Lesson 24: Compromising Positions

2000-03-05 12/4/2003
Mr. Uchiyamada 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.
25 Lesson 25: Playing Doctor - GTO Style

2000-03-12 12/5/2003
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.
26 Lesson 26: Onizuka Meets His Match

2000-03-19 12/8/2003
Eikichi 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 "No Signals" to teach her about self-worth.
27 Lesson 27: Agent to the Stars

2000-04-02 12/9/2003
Eikichi becomes Tomoko'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.
28 Lesson 28: Whatever Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong

2000-04-16 12/10/2003
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.
29 Lesson 29: Studies in High Finance

2000-04-23 12/11/2003
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

2000-04-30 12/12/2003
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.
31 Lesson 31: Destination: Okinawa

12/15/2003
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

2000-05-14 12/16/2003
Eikichi 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.
33 Lesson 33: Search and Rescue

2000-05-28 12/17/2003
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's plans.
34 Lesson 34: Good Cop/Bad Cop

2000-06-04 12/18/2003
When Tomoko, Eikichi, 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.
35 Lesson 35: Wedding Bell Blues

2000-06-11 12/19/2003
When Kunio 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.
36 Lesson 36: Self-Improvement: Fuyutsuki's Transformation

2000-06-18 12/22/2003
Nao helps Azusa choose a bathing suit for the trip to Okinawa. Asuza tries to get a makeover in order to impress Eikichi, but ends up getting carried away in the process.
37 Lesson 37: Living Together

2000-07-16 12/23/2003
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.
38 Lesson 38: Great Treasure Onizuka

2000-07-30 12/24/2003
Eikichi 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.
39 Lesson 39: Alone in the Dark

2000-08-13 12/25/2003
Separated, Anko and Noboru 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.
40 Lesson 40: Matters of the Heart

2000-08-20 12/26/2003
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.
41 Lesson 41: Confessions

2000-08-27 12/29/2003
Eikichi orders his class to walk through a derelict hotel as a test of nerves. Anko and Noboru 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.
42 Lesson 42: Old Wounds Revisited

2000-09-10 12/30/2003
Miyabi 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.
43 Lesson 43: Onizuka's Final Battle

2000-09-17 1/1/2004
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.

Peculiarities

  • The Holy Forest Academy is actually a real school.

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