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[2012 J-Drama] GTO
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GTO (remake)
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, from 3rd July 2012
Station: Fuji TV


Synopsis:
Through the introduction of his friend Danma Ryuji (Shirota Yu), Onizuka Eikichi (AKIRA), the former legendary bike gang member, visits Meishu Academy to tend to the trees in the garden as a part-time gardener. Learning that Yoshikawa Noboru (Nakagawa Taishi), a student in teacher Fuyutsuki Azusa’s (Takimoto Miori) class is being bullied by Uehara Kyoko (Shinkawa Yua) and other classmates, Onizuka befriends and saves Yoshikawa. Seeing Onizuka’s unprecedented but visceral, powerful response to problem solving, the school’s president and principal, Sakurai Yoshiko (Kuroki Hitomi), overrides resistance from her vice principal Uchiyamada Hiroshi (Tayama Ryosei) and makes Onizuka a teacher. Onizuka goes on to tackle many issues as the teacher in charge of the most problematic class, Class 2/4.


Cast:

AKIRA



Takimoto Miori
Yamamoto Yusuke
Takachi Noboru
Takizawa Saori
Yano Masato
Fujisawa Ayano
Nagasawa Nao
Kobayashi Yumi
Sugichan
Fuse Eri
Tayama Ryosei
Shirota Yu........ etc



Website:
www.ktv.jp/gto



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Posted 5/5/12
REMAKE!? no way.... whats going on with the writers' heads... cant they come up with something like those we have before... i remember there were at least 4 good dramas you cant miss per season that you cant sleep just to watch them.... i miss those times.........
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As we reported before, Akanishi had been informally decided for this role in February, before his marriage was reported.



SHOCK, so busy me I dont know a thing, i googled it up and he is finally with Kuroki Meisa...

moving on,...
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Posted 5/27/12
why make a remake? even made a hana kimi remake?
and i think the cast are horrible...maeda atsuko doesn't suit the role!!!!!
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Posted 5/30/12

More cast members revealed for upcoming drama ‘GTO’


As reported previously, Fuji TV will be making a remake of popular drama “GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)” starring EXILE’s performer AKIRA. Recently, more cast members for the upcoming drama have been revealed.

Revealed cast members include Takimoto Miori as the heroine “Fuyutsuki Azusa”, Shirota Yu as “Danma Ryuji” (Onizuka’s friend and manager of a cafe), Yamamoto Yusuke as “Saejima Toshiyuki” (Onizuka’s friend and police officer), Tayama Ryosei as the head teacher “Uchiyamada Hiroshi”, and Kuroki Hitomi as the principal “Sakurai Ryoko.” Also, Kawaguchi Haruna, Takada Sho (Johnny’s Jr.), Morimoto Shintaro (Johnny’s Jr.), and Nakagawa Taishi have been added to the cast as students in Onizuka’s class.

“GTO” is originally Fujisawa Toru’s popular manga, which was serialized on “Weekly Shonen Magazine” during 1997 to 2002, and it was adapted as a drama series starring Sorimachi Takashi back in 1998. The drama series became a big hit as it received an average rating of 28.3 % (in Kanto region). It was also made into a movie in 1999.

This time, “GTO”s new series “GTO -SHONAN 14DAYS- ” (serialized on “Weekly Shonen Magazine” during 2009 ~ 2011) will also be included in the story. The realistic, universal themes like bullying, conflicts with parents, love, abuse, dreams for the future, and more will be shown through Onizuka’s powerful and great activities.

“GTO” will start airing in July on Fuji TV.
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EXILE AKIRA attends press conference for upcoming drama ‘GTO’



On June 22nd, EXILE’s AKIRA attended a press conference for the upcoming Fuji TV drama ‘GTO‘, which will be airing every Tuesday at 10:00pm starting from July 3rd. This drama is based on the popular manga series of the same name by Fujisawa Toru that was serialized from 1997 to 2002 in ‘Weekly Shounen Magazine’. The drama adaptation in 1998 starring Sorimachi Takashi became one of the popular drama series.

This new drama series will include the episodes from ‘GTO -SHONAN 14DAYS-‘; the new “GTO” series, which was serialized in 2009 to 2011, features stories about bullying, conflicts with parents, love, abuse, dreams for the future, and more happenings at school and home.

AKIRA, who had read an original comic and will be playing his first lead role in the drama series, stated, “I am not excessively eager, but to be straightforward, I am happy. I want to meet the expectations of everyone to play the role as I am.” He also stated on his role, “Everyone told me I look like him, and I also think he’s a bit of a perverted character, but his pure heart is similar to mine.”

GTO stands for ‘Great Teacher Onizuka’, and AKIRA explained himself that ‘JOA’ stood for “Jitsu wa Onchi na AKIRA” (“In reality, AKIRA is tone‐deaf”), causing the cast and press to laugh.

Takimoto Miori, who is playing the heroine ‘Fuyutsuki Azusa’, stated, “At the beginning, I thought my character was a student, but it’s a teacher. I’m doing my best to come across as a teacher.” Kuroki Hitomi, principal ‘Sakurai Ryoko’, stated, “Every time, I am impressed by Onizuka teacher’s well‐phrased remarks. I’m like ‘It’s true!’ as parents, not as my role as a principal.”

Other cast members who attended the conference include Yamamoto Yusuke as ‘Saejima Toshiyuki’ (Onizuka’s friend and police officer), Shirota Yu as ‘Danma Ryuji’ (Onizuka’s friend and manager of a cafe), Tayama Ryosei as the head teacher ‘Uchiyamada Hiroshi’, Takachi Noboru as the music teacher ‘Hashimoto Tetsuo’, Takizawa Saori as health teacher ‘Moritaka Naoko’, and Yano Masato as mathematics teacher ‘Teshigawara Suguru’.



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GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka 2012 Promo



The first promo for the 2012 remake of the GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Jdrama series starring Exile's band member Akira as the titular character. The series will premiere starting this July.

Miori Takimoto (Higanjima) will play the Azusa Fuyutsuki, and Hitomi Kuroki (20th Century Boys, Dark Water) will play Sakurai Ryoko, the principal who believes in Onizuka's teaching abilities.

GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka follows the story of Onizuka Eikichi, a graduate of a third-rate University and the leader of a motorcycle gang and have a lifelong dream to become a teacher. After being hired by a seemingly eccentric director, Onizuka begins his unconventional way of teaching a hopeless group of troublemakers.

The series will premiere on the Fuji TV network this July 3rd, and will run every Tuesdays at the 10 PM timeslot.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gE6-CGCVRb0
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GTO gets off to good start at 15.1%


GTO starring EXILE's AKIRA, scored 15.1% in the Kanto region for its first episode shown on 3 July. It also recorded relatively high ratings in other regions of Japan e.g. 16.2% in Kansai, 17.7% in Nagoya, 14.9% in Sendai, 20.6% in Hiroshima and 17.1% in Shizuoka.

The drama was first made in 1998 starring Sorimachi Takashi and Matsushima Nanako and got high average ratings of 28.3% with a final episode rating of 35.7%.
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Looking at Shirota Yu...
The first episode is good!

and I prefer this guy over Akanishi Jin any time. He got the angst that girly Jin wouldn't be able to pull off. Besides most of JE members have this weird way of walking that if he'll try to do it here I might burst out laughing.

Okay. I am being so rude now.
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I actually quite like the remake :] though it doesn't surpass the original. I will keep a good watch if anything different happens ^^.

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Also.. WHY IS THAT GIRL SO MEAN D; . .. Its like shes the ring leader of the class T-T yet Onizuka still believes shes a good person (atm). BAHH WHYYYY WHYYY
Posted 8/6/12
Shirota Yu!!! great!
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These kids are beyond scary and are in dire need for counselling
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Yay for Onizuka for being pure awesome.
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I have not seen the original yet but will definitely check it out after I finish the remake.

So far GTO 2012 is great! main cast is doing a great job but I think some of the students are really lacking =x
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‘GTO’ to air two-hour special episode in October



On September 11th, it was announced that the remake of ‘GTO‘ (Fuji TV) is going to return with a two-hour special episode in October.

The ‘GTO’ remake stars EXILE’s AKIRA as ‘Onizuka Eikichi’ and just aired its final episode on the 11th. In the upcoming special, he will have to face corrupt politicians and use all of his energy in order to protect the children of an orphanage that’s on the verge of getting closed.

AKIRA expressed, “I kind of knew that it wouldn’t end after just 11 episodes. I feel like I’m not done yet with this character and that there’s still much room for development for Onizuka Eikichi. You can expect GTO to become even more exciting after this!”

The special will be set several months after the events in the drama. ‘Onizuka’ gets wind of the imminent closure of the ‘Smile Duck’ (‘White Swan’ in the original manga) orphanage due to a certain town development plan and some conflicts of interest for the politicians involved. Of course, he can’t just let that happen, and together with his students from class 2-4, he’s going all out in order to protect the orphanage.

Most of the actors from the drama will reprise their roles in the special, including Takimoto Miori, Kuroki Hitomi, Shirota Yu, Yamamoto Yusuke, Kawaguchi Haruna, and so on.

Some new characters from the manga are also going to appear in the special, albeit with small changes as is common for a remake. ‘Fujisaki Shinomi’ is a woman working at the orphanage who is secretly in love with Onizuka. ‘Wakui Mayu’ is a very handsome student who excels in studies and sports. ‘Mayu’ recently became a member of class 2-4, but he used to live in the said orphanage until he was adopted by a man who is now a candidate for Prime Minister in the upcoming elections. There will also be a character named ‘Ageha’ who grew up in the same orphanage as ‘Mayu’ and will do anything to protect him. The cast members for these new characters have yet to be announced.

Fuji TV will air the special episode at 9:00pm on October 2nd.
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