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3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei 

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 ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Hideko Hara ...
Tetsuya Takeda ...
 Kinpachi Sakamoto / ... 28 episodes, 1980-2007
 Nao Tsurumoto 24 episodes, 2001-2005
Miho Konishi ...
 Hanako kobayashi / ... 24 episodes, 2001-2005
Takuji Fukae ...
 Makoto odagiri / ... 24 episodes, 2001-2005
Tsunehiko Kamijô ...
Narumi Kayashima
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 ...
Yûto Tanaka
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
 Tomoko ikeuchi 24 episodes, 1980-2002
Mariko Nonaka
Masami Horiuchi ...
Misa Jônouchi ...
Akio Kaneda
Shigeaki Katô
Yoshikazu Kawashima
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
Junko Miyauchi ...
Hiroya Morita ...
Konomi Morita
Yuika Motokariya
Akiyoshi Nakao
Shôta Saitô
Megumi Satô
Kôichi Sudô ...
 Yuichiro kanesue 23 episodes, 2001-2002
Lisa Suzuta
Airi Taira ...
 Asane Sasaoka 23 episodes, 2001-2002
Atsuko Takahata ...
 Tomomi honda 23 episodes, 2001-2002
Iku Takamatsu
Akiko Togawa ...
Yuki Tsujimoto
Yoshikazu Tôshin
Akira Yamada ...
 Yoshio takahashi 23 episodes, 2001-2002
Masayoshi Yamaki ...
 Toshiyuki masamichi 23 episodes, 2001-2002
Ginnojô Yamazaki ...
 Tatsuya endo 23 episodes, 2001-2002


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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26 October 1979 (Japan)  »

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Kinpachi's Tales of Horror Continues
29 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

After 8 years of hiatus, Kinpachi Sensei returns for a short season comprising 12 episodes and one graduation special.

After 8 years since his second season, Kinpachi's life has changed quite a bit. He's now married to Amachi Sensei (Mitsuko Baisho) and has a small son Kosaku and a daughter Otome. He's also assigned to a new school Matsugasaki Middle school. His class have changed quite a bit too. Instead of the rebellious Me generation teenagers, he now has cagey Gen X students to look after.

This was a short season, but it is one of my favorite Kinpachi Sensei season, because situation seems more real than other season of this series.

Kimie (Miyabi Kishi) was mentally brutalized in her previous school and can't come into her class room, so she goes strait to the infirmary and gets private lessons from the nurse. Yuko (Akiko Ura) has a father who's an alcoholic and has to work to support him and herself. Other students have their quirks with varying degrees of odd behavior due to stress from their life.

While Kinpachi saga is supposed to be a home drama, many of the stories are like tales of horror. Kinpachi have traditionally imposed exchange diary with his students. What kind of a society is it that a teacher has to monitor his students to that level ? What is the need for the teacher to have so intimate a knowledge of their students ? If it's for a legitimate concern over their social and mental health, such society must be horribly distorted. What kind of a society is it that the headmaster and the vice principle of the school goes out at night with a flashlight to police students, making sure they are not roaming the streets ? They don't believe that such insane level of control imposed on students wouldn't affect them negatively ? (and in this series it did).

Each of the student shows the duress they are under in their own ways, and although the story ends in a positive note, the life shown is those of strangely distorted individuals. I wouldn't want to live in such a society if I had my choice. What is shown is a very violent society even if overt violence is not evident. It's no wonder that Japan has high suicide rate of teens along with South Korea.

Perhaps being exposed to this level of scrutiny from a very young age that allows the Japanese to produce goods that have such high quality control. But the price kids has to pay from early in life is obviously high as seen in this series.

Kinpachi Srnsei is a digest view of schooling system of Japan, and a drama that reflects life of youth not only of Japan, but to extent of Asia. High sacrifice does have positive side, and it shows why they have such high levels of achievements in academics, arts, and industry.

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