Title: Gokusen 3
Broadcast date: 4/19/08 – 6/08
Number of episodes: 11
Cast: Nakama Yukie, Namase Katsuhisa, Takaki Yuya, Miura Haruma, Ishiguro Hideo, Nakama Junta, Kiriyama Akito, Waki Tomohiro
Plot: Once again, Yankumi (Nakama Yukie) is called upon to bring the rowdy boys of class 3D of another high school to heel.
What is good: Besides Nakama Yukie, the students seem to be better actors this time around.
What is bad: The ending is a bit abrupt.
Letter rating: C+
Overall: While the plot is still basically the same, there are a few changes. For one, the writers have added a sort-of overall villain to the fold. He’s not in every episode but he does appear more than once. Also, despite the fact that the cast is still littered with boy band members, they aren’t particularly bad actors. Nakama Yukie shines, as always, and it’s really nice to see the Kuma character from the first series move forward in life instead of being stagnant. This season was much better than season 2.
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Title: Gokusen 3
Broadcast date: 4/1/02 – 7/3/02
Number of episodes: 12
Cast: Nakama Yukie, Matsumoto Jun, Oguri Shun, Waki Tomohiro, Narimiya Hiroki, Ishigaki Yuma, Namase Katsuhisa, Itoh Misaki, Nakazawa Yuko
Plot: Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) always wanted to be a teacher, like her late parents. However, she is the granddaughter of the third generation Oedo yakuza boss. Kumiko will try her best to keep her family’s business secret when she gets a job at Shirokin high school as the homeroom teacher for the worst class of the school – 3D.
What is good: Both Nakama Yukie and Matsumoto Jun’s acting.
What is bad: No matter what the situation, Kumiko insists on doing everything herself and refuses help from anyone.
Letter rating: A
Overall: The casting director managed to get a wonderful group of actors together for this series. While I haven’t seen any of her dramatic roles yet, Nakama Yukie absolutely shines as a comedic actress. Pairing her with Matsumoto Jun (of the group Arashi) was brilliant. The two of them have a chemistry that pops on the screen and you can see the friendship bloom through the entire show. Add in Namase Katsuhisa as the vice-principal of the school to keep Nakama-san on her toes. There isn’t much more you could want in a comedy. Each of the main students of 3D get a background episode so it isn’t left to just the leader of the group. While there is a special that follows the end of the series, I would have loved to see more of ‘what became of Yankumi’s first class.’ I suppose I’l have to leave that to my imagination.