[Honey's Crush Wednesday] Eikichi Onizuka: Top 5 Reasons Why He is the Ideal Teacher!


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Top 5 Reasons Why Eikichi Onizuka is the Ideal Teacher!

“Teachers are heroes without medals” You’ve probably heard of this expression before, and some of you will agree with this as teachers often-times teach us valuable lessons about life that we might not be aware of. So get ready to meet the ideal teacher of the anime world, Eikichi Onizuka, as I give you 5 reasons to wish for a teacher like him to exist in real life!

  • Episodes : 43
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
  • Airing Date : Jun 30, 1999 to Sep 24, 2000
  • Producers : Studio Pierrot, Fuji TV, Discotek, TOKYOPOP

Preview (No Spoilers)

Eikichi Onizuka, is one of the people you least expect to be a teacher. A formerly renowned leader of the Onibaku bike gang, Onizuka decides to pursue his career as a school teacher even though his reasons are questionable at first. But when he was assigned as the homeroom teacher of the troublesome class 3-4 at Seirin (Holy Forest) Academy private school, Onizuka is faced with numerous problems as he tries to change how things work in school and become the Great Teacher Onizuka.

Character Bio

Eikichi Onizuka, is the last thing you would expect a teacher should be. Onizuka is a formerly famous leader of the Onibaku bike gang (notorious reputation) who isn’t that bright, has a dirty/lewd mind, yet his determination and how he does things never fails to inspire you. Onizuka is a breath of fresh air in terms of how he deals with problems, both his own and his students’. He teaches valuable lessons about life to his students but in an absurd and extreme way.

What’s great about Onizuka is that he stays true to himself and isn’t afraid of what’s being perceived as appropriate by society. Considering his past, the last thing he is afraid of is the rules!
“Eikichi Onizuka, 22 years old, Nice to meet you!”

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Character Highlights

1. His Loyalty towards his students

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Onizuka is very loyal when it comes to his students. Even though at first, class 3-4 at Seirin (Holy Forest) Academy private school is notorious for driving teachers crazy and forcing them to quit, Onizuka’s relentlessness and reactions towards those attempts made the students slowly able to trust him as they find him ‘interesting’. Onizuka has also displayed his loyalty numerous times by risking his own life to save his students, like the time he saved Noboru Yoshikawa from jumping off the school rooftop.

Later, Onizuka learns that Noboru was bullied into attempting suicide as he was sexually abused and humiliated by Anko Uehara, a spoiled daughter of the president of the local Parent-Teacher Association. Onizuka helped Noboru gets his revenge by humiliating Anko and her gang back and that leads to trouble as her mother was really upset when she found out about this and demanded that the school fire Onizuka.


2. His stupidity

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It might seem obvious that Onizuka isn’t exactly that bright, and as a result, he is often-times easily tricked by his fellow students. One such time involved his whole body getting covered in written ‘spells’ that were meant to free him from a curse (Episode 23 – Superstition). His stupidity knows no bounds but that’s one of the things that you will love him for. Onizuka is truly one-of-a-kind when it comes to being a great teacher.

3. Truly believes in his students

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As absurd as Onizuka can be as a teacher, one of the most fundamental things all teachers should have is the ability to truly believe in their students, and Onizuka truly embraces that. One of the cases involve Tomoko Nomura, a student from his class that’s well known for her clumsiness that often causes trouble for others around her. Onizuka was able to help her regain her own confidence by hooking her up with a producer friend of his who ultimately made Tomoko into a celebrity.

I’m sure in reality, there are students that struggle with their personal confidence and self-esteem in school, and I think it’s really important for a good teacher to have the ability to turn that around and help regain their confidence.

4. Character Development

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It’s really amazing to see how Onizuka progresses throughout the series. He eventually gets to know each student on a personal level. This makes his students able to trust him and pitch in to help him out, even when Onizuka didn’t ask for it. It’s the really strong bond that Onizuka has with his students that makes him so loveable and reliable at the same time.

This can be seen in Episode 31 – Destination, as Onizuka is framed in a money embezzlement case and struggles to find a way to pay back the money. His students Noboru and Anko offer to help him by pitching in some money of their own. Noboru even sold his games to get extra money, but Onizuka refuses their help and says, “How can a teacher borrow money from his students?”

5. Spends time with his students

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As you can see from the picture above, one of the things Onizuka loves is looking at women. And what better way to spend a normal afternoon than to enjoy an obscene magazine with his students at school. Boys will be boys. In all seriousness, Onizuka spends a lot of his time with his students, whether it be playing around with water filled rockets, or telling silly ghost stories, Onizuka learns to grow alongside his students (it’s his own way to connect with them).

Despite all those mischievous acts, Onizuka gains respect from the parents as well. One of which is Tomoko’s parents who own a ramen shop. Onizuka will often get ‘special service’, as in larger beer and whatnot when he comes to visit the shop.


Spoilers!

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At the end of the series, Miyabi Aizawa, one of Onizuka’s students who hates teachers because she thinks they’ll all betray their students, was involved in an attempted murder against her previous homeroom teacher. Knowing this, Onizuka confessed in front of the press media that he was the culprit in order to protect Miyabi. Onizuka eventually escaped from the police and ran away to California to continue his career as the Great Teacher Onizuka.

Outrageous, fun, reliable, trustworthy. That’s how I would sum up Eikichi Onizuka. Despite not being the ‘appropriate’ type of teacher, Onizuka possesses certain qualities in his own way of teaching lessons to his students. It doesn’t always seem like it’s the ‘right’ way to do things, but at the end of the day, he gets it done.
What do you think of Onizuka, do you think he’s the ideal teacher? Do you agree with the points I stated above? Let me know if there are other things you like about Onizuka and leave them in the comments below!

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At the end of the series, Miyabi Aizawa, one of Onizuka’s students who hates teachers because she thinks they’ll all betray their students, was involved in an attempted murder against her previous homeroom teacher. Knowing this, Onizuka confessed in front of the press media that he was the culprit in order to protect Miyabi. Onizuka eventually escaped from the police and ran away to California to continue his career as the Great Teacher Onizuka.

Outrageous, fun, reliable, trustworthy. That’s how I would sum up Eikichi Onizuka. Despite not being the ‘appropriate’ type of teacher, Onizuka possesses certain qualities in his own way of teaching lessons to his students. It doesn’t always seem like it’s the ‘right’ way to do things, but at the end of the day, he gets it done.
What do you think of Onizuka, do you think he’s the ideal teacher? Do you agree with the points I stated above? Let me know if there are other things you like about Onizuka and leave them in the comments below!

Winfrey Widjijanto

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Author: Winfrey Widjijanto

Hi! My name is Winfrey and I come from Indonesia. I’m currently residing in Jakarta to pursue my bachelor degree but I hope in the near future I get to travel to new places including Japan! Still in search of my passion though, but so far, music and writing seems to interest me the most. (Just starting out) Desperately trying to learn new things and striving to become a better person each passing day. Cheers from Jakarta!

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