This series is back in its 25th year with the 7th and latest series. The "Students" have been picked from the customary audition. This time, however, the production staff dispensed with a review of written applications and instead met each of the 1,294 hopefuls to pick the new class of 30.
What concerns and problems with this new class confront their teacher, Kimpachi Sakamoto (Takeda Tetsuya), with? Yet again, through the days and months of the year, we will learn lessons which money can't buy.
In the previous series, Kimpachi was in heated disagreement with Principal Chida over teaching methods. So much so that he was ordered off the Board of Education. But he is back teaching at Sakura Middle School. Recently there has been a spate of young crime. Even Sakura Middle School has to deal with new problems like drugs and sexually transmitted diseases.
Before the beginning of the series, Tetsuya Takeda wrote the following.
"In these times, I think it's important to discover and develop who you are as a person. I have come to think this over the many years I have known Kimpachi. I have asked myself what is the most important thing you can do in your life?
I have come to the conclusion that, in the everyday interactions of life, it's working out what sort of person you want to become.
Lately, as I see all the stories about child crime in the news, I think that these children have become obsessed with the Internet and are too busy to be kids messing about with their friends to really come to be confronted with and understand who they are as people.
Time alone is vitally important, as it is during such times that you can take a good long look at yourself. In times past, you could see all the bad things about life in the delinquent children.
But I think nowadays, it is in the children in whom such great expectation is placed that you see the bad side of society.
Being 15 years old is no longer a carefree time."
Kimpachi returns to a school system in tumult. What problems will he confront and what message will he have for us? Keep and eye on Senior Class B over the next 6 months.