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Hideko Hara ...
 Eiko ogura (46 episodes, 1999-2002)
Tetsuya Takeda ...
 Kinpachi Sakamoto / ... (28 episodes, 1980-2007)
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 Nao Tsurumoto (24 episodes, 2001-2005)
Miho Konishi ...
 Hanako kobayashi / ... (24 episodes, 2001-2005)
Takuji Fukae ...
 Makoto odagiri / ... (24 episodes, 2001-2005)
Tsunehiko Kamijô ...
 Hattori (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Narumi Kayashima
(24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Junpei Morita ...
 Tomohiko inui / ... (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Akiko Ohkawa ...
 Akiko masamichi (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Toshio Shiba ...
 Dr. yasui / ... (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Masayuki Suzuki ...
 Ohmori (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Yûto Tanaka
(24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
 Tomoko ikeuchi (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Mariko Nonaka
(23 episodes, 1999-2000)
Masami Horiuchi ...
 Tanaka (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Misa Jônouchi ...
 Hiromi yagi (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akio Kaneda
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shigeaki Katô
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yoshikazu Kawashima
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Katsumi Kiba ...
 Yoshiro senda (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Naoko Koda ...
 Tokie kimura (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kyôsuke Kurokawa ...
 Masayoshi kobayashi (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Hiroko Machida ...
 Kiyo matsuzaki (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Takahisa Masuda
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Junko Miyauchi ...
 Ei onodera (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Hiroya Morita ...
 Yozo sawano (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Konomi Morita
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yuika Motokariya
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akiyoshi Nakao
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shôta Saitô
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Megumi Satô
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kôichi Sudô ...
 Yuichiro kanesue (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Lisa Suzuta
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Airi Taira ...
 Asane Sasaoka (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Atsuko Takahata ...
 Tomomi honda (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Iku Takamatsu
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akiko Togawa ...
 Sayo miki (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yuki Tsujimoto
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yoshikazu Tôshin
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akira Yamada ...
 Yoshio takahashi (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Masayoshi Yamaki ...
 Toshiyuki masamichi (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Ginnojô Yamazaki ...
 Tatsuya endo (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
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Kinpachi Sakamoto is the homeroom teacher for a group of third-year students known as the "B-Group". The students are from a wide range of backgrounds, and have an equally wide range of hopes, plans and problems. Mr. Sakamoto sticks by every one of his students, doing his best to help all of them realize their dreams. This series is frequently restarted, with a new class of students each year. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Disintegration of Japanese Educational System
27 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This second installment of Kinpachi Sensei starring Tetsuya Takeda is generally recognized as the finest series out of all eight seasons of Kinpachi Sensei series. This is probably due to the fantastic depiction of disintegration of middle school education of Japan shown on episodes 22 and 23.

Masaru Kato (Kiichi Naoe) is a transfer student into Sakamoto Kinpachi's class. He has a shady past of being the boss of delinquent students at his prior school. Not totally unexpectedly, he falls into adversarial relation with Satoru Matsuura (Hiroyuki Okita) who is the delinquent boss of Kinpachi's class on the first day. It turns out that Masaru had good reason to be a delinquent. He's witnessed violence from very early in his life where Yakuza came to collect debt his father incurred, and brutalized him and his parents. He was also treated with disdain by teachers in his prior school. But due to Kinpachi's efforts, Masaru learns that he has full support of his teacher and his class mates and turns color for the better. Unfortunately for him, his past was not yet ready to release him, and his old colleagues comes to ask for his support to boycott the graduation ceremony at his old school. As the ex-boss of their group, he takes on the responsibility to go and speak to the teachers at his old school. But the discussion breaks down, and he gets embroiled in his old colleague's rampage, and the school is under siege by them. The episode turns into a showdown between delinquent students, and the faculty.

This episode is a caricature of declining education system in Japan that was rampant at the time. Teachers were near militant force in their respective schools, and treated their students with contempt and disrespect. They even had the right to use physical violence upon the students to whom they've deemed are not up to "snuff". Many of the schools were run like a concentration camp designed to favor academically adept students, and to pass the high school entrance exam. This in hind sight can be seen as organized violence towards the youth of Japan at the time. The episode depicts the out cry of the youth against the schooling system and the faculties that were only serving their own purpose. Because of the intricate details that were woven into the episodes to depict this unfortunate social system, this series ranks high among its viewers.

Such occurrences are no longer novel in Japan and the tide has turned 180 degrees. Now school is under siege by the students who are uninterested in academics, and have no compunction to wield violence against teachers who they feel are not up to "snuff". This might be seen as a "revolution" by the youth against the violence that were cast upon them. In a sense Japanese education system has failed catastrophically because they hired so many teachers who were not caliber materials to educate the youth properly, and attempted to cram informations that were meaningless to the growth of the individuals (worst yet, used it to discriminate youth based solely on this matrix alone).

Kinpachi Sensei series was meant to be an antithesis to the educational trend of its days, but because the disintegration of Japanese education system have progressed so far, the existence of Kinpachi Sensei itself became meaningless. Writer of this series Mieko Osanai herself admits that she recognized that it was time to pull the plug on this series, and the final episode of Kinpachi's saga was aired in 2011.


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