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Gokusen -- Good show?
Topic by: ahogue
Posted: May 5, 2005 - 1:09 PM PDT
Last Reply: May 16, 2005 - 8:16 PM PDT

author topic: Gokusen -- Good show?
ahogue
post #1  on May 5, 2005 - 1:09 PM PDT  
I just noticed this show. Seems to be a recent arrival with no reviews attached. Looks like it might be one of those "seinen" anime we talked about a while ago. Anyone seen it? Anyone recommend it?
hamano
post #2  on May 5, 2005 - 2:58 PM PDT  
I'm curious about this myself... it looks like a feminine version of GTO, with more slapstick. It was apparently successful enough to spawn a live action TV show as well...

Anyone see it?

It's got pretty good ratings on ANN and AniDB... as well as a B to B+ at AnimeOnDVD...
ahogue
post #3  on May 5, 2005 - 4:07 PM PDT  
...and while we're at it, how about Human Crossing? Looks intriguing...
hamano
post #4  on May 5, 2005 - 5:16 PM PDT  
> On May 5, 2005 - 4:07 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ...and while we're at it, how about Human Crossing? Looks intriguing...
> ---------------------------------

I saw Volume 1. They're adult drama stories that are a bit sentimental but presented in a dry style... The fairly short stories play out like parables, with a karmically "nice" ending... On the other hand I didn't find the stories or situations really moving or affecting. You'd get more mileage out of Master Keaton, I think.
aacevedo
post #5  on May 5, 2005 - 6:52 PM PDT  
> On May 5, 2005 - 2:58 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm curious about this myself... it looks like a feminine version of GTO, with more slapstick. It was apparently successful enough to spawn a live action TV show as well...
>
> Anyone see it?
>
> It's got pretty good ratings on ANN and AniDB... as well as a B to B+ at AnimeOnDVD...
> ---------------------------------


i thought it was cute. you nailed it, "like GTO.. etc". nothing i would buy or heavily recommend but it's only 3 DVDs.
ahogue
post #6  on May 5, 2005 - 8:13 PM PDT  
> On May 5, 2005 - 5:16 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> I saw Volume 1. They're adult drama stories that are a bit sentimental but presented in a dry style... The fairly short stories play out like parables, with a karmically "nice" ending... On the other hand I didn't find the stories or situations really moving or affecting. You'd get more mileage out of Master Keaton, I think.
> ---------------------------------

Just added Master Keaton to the queue.

Yeah, that doesn't sound too compelling. I am about to finish Kino and I find the sometimes simplistic parable style to be fairly annoying. I'm finishing it because the occasional episode is pretty brilliant, but overall I think I'll stay off anything that looks like a parable for a while.
hamano
post #7  on May 6, 2005 - 2:25 AM PDT  
Oh, I'm not knocking parables... just the ones in Human Connections seem too contrived and pat for MY tastes... If you have a soft spot for It's A Wonderful Life or if you want to show anime to your nice spinster auntie, this might be a very good title... It just kinda hits you over the head with the "This is the human condition" kinda message...

These are stories that might work just as well shot in live-action. As such they are a good portrayal of what modern Japanese society is REALLY like... no robots, no 14 year olds tasked with saving the world. The folks at AnimeOnDVD seem to like this title for that reason...
ahogue
post #8  on May 6, 2005 - 11:29 AM PDT  
> On May 6, 2005 - 2:25 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oh, I'm not knocking parables... just the ones in Human Connections seem too contrived and pat for MY tastes... If you have a soft spot for It's A Wonderful Life or if you want to show anime to your nice spinster auntie, this might be a very good title... It just kinda hits you over the head with the "This is the human condition" kinda message...
> ---------------------------------

Oh, I didn't mean to knock them in general either. But I haven't seen any "parabolic" anime that didn't come off as simplistic. If you know of some anime which uses parables that are not so pat or simple, I'd certainly be interested in it.

Come to think of it, in a very roundabout way you could argue that Boogiepop fits that bill. Ah, but not really. It is certainly the most successful didactic anime I've seen, but I wouldn't say it uses parables exactly.
ShonenBat
post #9  on May 16, 2005 - 8:16 PM PDT  
It's good. The slapstick falls flat but the Yakuza jokes are pretty funny, particulary about the dog.

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