Sunday, June 24, 2007
Watashitachi no Kyokasho eps 1 + 2
I'd thought I'd never see another good high school teacher show again. Nothing can ever top GTO in the cool teacher department. Kinpachi sensei's covered every conceivable student problem. Jyoou no Kyoushitsu looked at the classroom as a reflection of society. Now comes Watashitachi no Kyokasho. What this show does well is to take various genres (bullying/legal/mystery) and combine them with solid cast and script.
Densha plays a substitute teacher who comes to a seemingly nice school but discovers that there's a lot beneath the surface. Shida Mirai plays Asuka, a loner who one day falls to her death and Kanno Miho plays a chain smoking lawyer who has ties to Asuka.
Just give her a leather outfit and a whip...
The first thing I commend this show on is that it shows the point of view of the teachers. Instead of showing teaching as an inspiring occupation, teachers are educational providers who struggle to please everyone. What I hope this show will do is show that a lot of decisions schools have to make are difficult because you can't please everyone all of the time.
I wish I had a teacher like her.....
The driving force behind the story is of course, Kanno Miho's personal quest for redemption. Densha is just the newbie teacher through whom the viewers follow the story. Plus we get a group of teacher with their own personal problems which I assume will be solved by Densha. All I ask is that they play down the melodrama and excuses.
Densha meets 14-sai no haha? Imagine a show where Densha is the father, lol.
And the perv factor is strong in this show. In addition to the lovely Kanno Miho, we have Maki Yoko (Tokyo Friends) as the Ice Queen teacher and Sakai Wakana (Enka no Joou) as the teacher who moonlights as a hostess. Two more reasons to watch this show: no bishounen who can't act in sight and the directing is top notch. It just looks different from all the other high school show out there. I would say that the high school setting in incidental to this story about responsibilities of a public institution.
OMG, I see Sakura, Leo from Warzard, Jin from Cyberbots and Viewtiful Joe! Its pretty obvious who's sponsoring the toys in this show. I want that Leo figure!