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Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru [ヤンキー母校に帰る]


Drama Details
Title:Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru
Drop-out Teacher Returns to School
Telecast:2003-10-10 to 2003-12-12
Season:Fall 2003

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:10 Episodes

In 1988 Hokkaido's Hokusei Yoichi High School became the first high school in Japan to accept students who had previously dropped out of high school from nationwide. Hokkaido Broadcasting (HBC) has been covering this school for 15 years and aired a documentary last spring that caused a stir all over the country. Now TBS in cooperation with HBC will create a drama based on the school.

The drama will follow a former gang member, dropout and graduate of the school who returns as a teacher. We will follow him as he helps graduating students out into the world. The teachers and students will, as you would expect, confront all the issues of youth and society today. At this school, there are no compromises, no lies. This drama will move you as both students and teachers face a variety of issues head on.

This is a moving story that is created by people coming together and learning to believe in each other.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. 青空の果て [奥田 美和子]

Actor/Actress Cast (25)
Hayami Mokomichi
二戸 秀雄 (19)
Takenouchi Yutaka
吉森 真也
Aiba Masaki
屋敷 哲治
Hiraizumi Sei
伊賀上 直樹
Nukumizu Youichi
猿渡 誠
Ujiie Megumi
加賀 千秋
Yo Kimiko
安藤 由紀子
Harada Yoshio
岩崎 達
Shinohara Ryoko
金井 志穂
Ichige Yoshie
金井 小夜子
Guts Ishimatsu
小野寺 隆
古賀 なな恵 (17)
Nagai Masaru
奥村 和人 (26)
Ichihara Hayato
菅野 徹 (18)
Ichikawa Yui
遠田 ユキ (18)
Oshinari Shugo
千葉 健太郎 (19)
Otsuka Chihiro
作田 久美子 (18)
Ishigaki Yuma
嶋田 哲希 (21)
Kato Natsuki
常本 あかね (19)
Koike Teppei
村瀬 元哉 (18)
Murano Mia
鳥居 わかな (19)
Emoto Tasuku
大日向 順一 (18)
Miyata Daizo
相川 浩実 (22)
Mimura Takayo
Kaji Masaki

Related Links (1)
1. Official Website @ TBS

Drama Reviews (11)
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1. Entertaining...but not realistic [Rating: 7/10]
This drama confuses me a bit because it goes into great detail in the introduction about the problems of students these days, but once I was through with the drama, I couldn't really find the connection between what the drama was attempting to convey and what the drama actually delivered.
I sat through the drama thinking it was going to be serious and they were going to address some serious issues. But all I got was a little bit of that; each problem that the students go through were totally watered down and easily resolved in an episdoe (with the exception of the last episode). I think they tried to tackle this subject but it wasn't successful if you took it from a serious perspective. But if you watch it without expecting anything real from it, then it's quite entertaining to see these kids go through these problems.
It's a drama with a bunch of idol actors/actresses but with a serious plot that really doesn't get developed enough for it to become convincing
Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 21 April 2004
2. omaeyaro..! [Rating: 8/10]
this is a really good plot.. and a real one too..! although full of new actors such as SAYAKA, ichihara hayato etc.. somehow they managed to come up with a great drama.. people like kato natsuki gave life to the story.. while cast like takenouchi yutaka and aiba masaki were really good at portraying new teachers who have much to learn.. yashiki sensei kawaii ne~ slowly he became to be a character i liked a lot.. as each episode progressed, you get to see the students change slowly.. even the teachers are learning new things everyday.. the theme song fit the drama very well.. congrats to all of the cast for creating such a realistic drama.. lots of new ideas that i've never thought of appeared.. hontou ni benkyo shimashita, atashi wa.. ato, toru kawaii..!! ^^
Reviewed by arashinokoto on 11 April 2004
3. A bit of a cheesy dorama [Rating: 7/10]
Its worth watching if you like Takenouchi Yutaka like myself and let me tell you that there were some other eye candies out there too like Ichihara Hayato. Woo was he cute although hes that namaiki rebellious child. Man if I had a teacher like Takenouchi Yutaka....Those kids were so annoying why can't they just accept their kakkoii teacher as is and be like normal students?! Esp. that one girl. Was that Sayaka I don't know which one was who but that Britney Spears listining and volume cranking up girl? Boy did I hate her
Reviewed by *����~sara* on 22 December 2003
4. Densetsu no Kyoushi [Rating: 8/10]
This drama is based on a true story.So, all the cases that we can see in this drama was really happened and in japan the teacher is really popular.Everyday there are many youngster call him through his radio program and discuss their problem, mostly about bully.Yutaka Takenouchi is really great in portraying the role and he actually won the best actor award for his role in this drama.Watch this series+special if you want to know the real story about him.
Reviewed by maui on 20 January 2007
5. Tsumannai kedo... [Rating: 3/10]
Gomen I saw the first ep..I tried to get into it...I even tried convincing myself to watch more because of Aiba Masaki but I just couldn't. I guess you really have to be into that "Dangerous Minds in Japan" type of thing, but I like romance/comedy more so it was definitely not up my alley.
Reviewed by Hinano on 25 June 2004
6. Theme song? [Rating: ?/10]
Does anyone know where I can find the theme song of this drama? I have trying to download it, but there's no result from everywhere.. I would really appaericate if someone could help...

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Reviewed by queency on 3 April 2004
7. Inspiring [Rating: 8/10]
Solid, realistic acting and scenes.
Absorbing to watch, the leads are believable.
A good vehicle for Yutaka Takenouchi.
Reviewed by Eve on 12 November 2010
8. trying too hard to be touching. [Rating: 4/10]
not nice, don't like it, lousy as compared to GTO. not natural, tyring too hard to be touching.
Reviewed by ladyelf on 1 December 2004
9. Yankee [Rating: 5/10]
Nothing special, the story is familiar with other teacher-student drama.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 26 March 2011
10. interesting [Rating: 8/10]
pretty interesting story, similar to gto n gokusen
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 20 November 2004
11. hayato is so cute [Rating: ?/10]
Reviewed by Chiaki on 23 June 2005

Comments From Users (65)
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1. Comments by Sorata [Rating: 8/10]
This dorama was awesome, if it wasn�Lt for the last 3 boring episodes(the marijuana ones) i would give this a 9.
I was shocked when i watched the special and discovered that this was based in a true story(at the end of the special we get a footage from the real teacher while retiring from education).
Yoshimori(Takenouchi Yutaka) was awesome, i loved the ways he used to take the place of Iwasaki sensei(Harada Yoshio) as the homeroom teacher.
I hated Kanae�Ls character, i was really pissed off when everyone forgave her after all she did to Nanae, and after that she allways acted as the class leader and that really pissed me off.
It was funny to watch japanese young actors in their young days, actors like: Hayami Mokomichi, Ichihara Hayato, Ichikawa Yui, Ishigaki Yuma and Koike Teppei.
The special was really awesome, better than the dorama itself imo, it stars Sakurai Shou and Matsuda Shota, a really yankee story.
2. Comments by moonchyld [Rating: 8/10]
hmm i wonder why but i liked this teacher-student relationship drama far far more than let's say, gokusen or gachibaka. i guess it was because this drama felt a bit more real to me; the main character (teacher) was not a rare kind of breed that stood out from the rest; he was persistent, caring and supportive because that was how he was taught by his former teachers. and unlike other dramas of the same genre, he was not surrounded by a bunch of good for nothing fellow teachers. i appreciated its realism, how they didn't blame everything on the elders/parents/teachers. most importantly, i appreciated how they showed that only the person in question (students) could effect change, not their surroundings to change for them (eg. their parents suddenly changing after being scolded.) let's just say it was less mushy. :P
3. Comments by Jessicasoon [Rating: 6/10]
i watched this for aiba. but he didn't have much a role inside. acting as a nerdy teacher. even his mukodono role is much better. hope he'll get a good role soon. anyway, realised teppei and mochiyama was in this show when i watched it. and one gokusen guy. some girls are familiar and pretty and hayato's handsome. just don't like the female leader though too proud. might not have continued the show if not for hayato and the couple. i think the girl might be the same person as the one in gokusen2. not really sure. she's pretty.
4. Comments by nadrika [Rating: ?/10]
Have actually watched two episodes online. Very disturbed by the shouting that Yutaka did but it really made me re-evaluate my life at that point of time when i watched this. I stopped watching because i really felt that Yutaka's char was scolding me at one point because i really identified with one of the students he scolded. *sobs*

Plus i can't find this anywhere with English subs. Finally gotten hold of DVD set in May 09 with English subs. Will watch this soon. I've gotten over the trauma of being 'scolded' by Yutaka.
5. Comments by Oba-chan [Rating: 8/10]
Boring at the beginning, but good at the end. I like this kind of drama, the theme is School but they don't copy GTO or Gokusen. YBK make their own identity. Even Takenouchi Yutaka not doing so well, especially when he scream like Yakuza wanna-be (Korreeeee...). His voice is too fake, but the other character and the good story makes me can't hate this drama. I don't care even this drama is not realistic, what important to me is they give me something different and unique.
Theme Song: Aozora no Hate [Okuda Miwako]: 7
6. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 9/10]
Its good... imo even better than Gokusen, Dragonzakura, Gachibaka! or GTO.... Much more original.. and the plot is really good. And for once someone didnt try that "New-teacher-worst-class" explanation... When the new teacher always end up in the class that school doesn't want...

But the ending ruins all the dorama!!! It could've been much better!! (Well.. i didnt watch the SP...) but i felt like i was missing one last episode....

Nways... afterall i really enjoyed Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru..!!
7. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 6/10]
I know this is based on a real school, but somehow it feels too much like a documentary instead of a drama series. Maybe it's the dialogue or something. But by the end, I was pretty bored.
I realized there are tons of up and coming actors/actresses among the cast of students. Fans of them should consider watching this series to see how they were. e.g. Mocomichi is way more kakkoii now, and Teppei became cuter too. Ichihara Hayato looks the same though.
8. Comments by masnita [Rating: 10/10]
Ahhh...what can I say...as usually yutaka is so kakkoi...now I know why they chose him as the emperor....overall for this drama, it's a thumb up....very nice and there are some touching scenes too...although it cannot beat GTO but I think we have to separate the 2 dramas. GTO is more mangga type while this one is more realistic....really like it.
9. Comments by yume [Rating: 7/10]
It's like a GTO, only with more evil kids and a more lively faculty staff. You can get into it, but the first episodes were better than the ending ones. You will definitely find yourself wanting to beat these obnoxious kids up though, they were SAIAKU. Seriously! It almost made me not want to watch them, haha!
10. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 7/10]
I'm shared between different feelings.. It's not original, actors overact a lot, I has a lot of "clichés" but yet you don't get bored watching it. I love Ichikawa Yui, but the result of her pregnancy issue was not the right thing to do I think. Studies and Work must be priority.
11. Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 9/10]
A wonderful drama! I love it!!! Great casting, I love the story. It's great because it's based off real life. I don't think it's comparable to GTO because of that. I really enjoyed Takenouchi's performance. I quite liked Nagai in this too!
12. Comments by cass_dust [Rating: 7/10]
I think the plot tries to be different, but still falls back to the same hot-headed GTO kind of teacher. The teacher and students shout a lot throughout the dorama. Nevertheless, some scenes are still touching and makes a tear or two drop.
13. Comments by atheon [Rating: 9/10]
Mac 2004: This drama really touched me, esp the last part of the drama. And the theme song is really nice, much more realistic compare with other similar theme drama. Too bad shinohara ryoko was just a beautiful vase in the drama........
14. Comments by adrxuan [Rating: 8/10]
pffft...I'm watching this drama....XD...

hey..there's actually teppei and mocomichi in it..*faints*..though they seldom appear...

this show is pretty cool neh...XD..i like it...:D..

so its actually a true story?ooh...
15. Comments by arashinokoto [Rating: 8/10]
a great drama.. never actually watched takenouchi yutaka in action, but this time i'm sure of his acting skills.. another good story with a superb cast.. it's a real story ne.. makes me feel i want to go there..
16. Comments by room304 [Rating: 5/10]
the good: overall pleasent cast, teacher who actually earned their names and fast paced episodes
the bad: typical japanese highschool clichees with happy ends ...
17. Comments by shinobu_k [Rating: 9/10]
Kawaiiii!! Me encantan los pelos que lleva Hayato-kun jaja. Una historia tierna y dura y una cierta relacion para mi gusto sospechosa, con el profesor XDD
18. Comments by BlueRain Alchemist [Rating: 8/10]
........that Yoshimori sensei and Akane ( Natsuki Kato ) kept me glued
to this drama through out.......in the end though, I liked watching it.
19. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 7/10]
very bad compared to GTO . . . . .i thought the teacher liked to scream more than teach . . the only episode I liked was the one about Sayaka
20. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 8/10]
Takecouchi Yutaka, older tough guy mentors high school tough guys.....lots of yelling a screaming.....and more yelling and screaming....
21. Comments by dt [Rating: 7/10]
bought it 'coz aiba masaki is in it! haha...but nice dorama plus there is aiba and ishigaki yuuma...kinda like GTO and Gokusen tho...
22. Comments by oshio_minahmi [Rating: 7/10]
sux.. luckily there were aiba-chan and icchi to save the day.. too bad for aiba, he shouldnt accept to act here at the first place..
23. Comments by tInoltin [Rating: 10/10]
One of the best drama Yutaka had acted in! Love everything about this drama...from the very first episode until the very end.....
24. Comments by Q-chan [Rating: 8/10]
Takenouchi Yutaka, Aiba Masaki, Ichihara Hayato, Oshinari Shugo. Hayami Mokomichi, Koike Teppei... What else can you ask?
25. Comments by linco [Rating: 7/10]
it was pretty good. it was the typical teacher drama but it dealt with important issues such as pregnancy and marijuana
26. Comments by enen_shun [Rating: 10/10]
this drama's great !!! really touchy to see such a good sch with good teachers around !! really good plot and casts !!!!
27. Comments by maemo [Rating: 9/10]
A rather serious show this time. Sometimes it was too dramatic, lol, I need a bit more comical relief.
28. Comments by jdqueennm [Rating: ?/10]
want to watch it!!i read the thing and it seems good!! let em know if you find sumwhere to watch it!
29. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 10/10]
everything was good, even the special, i was surprised. they dealt with real issues..good stuff
30. Comments by bobspelledbqwrds [Rating: 8/10]
Another high school teacher drama, but was a true story so I'll rate with extra points. ;]

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Users who voted for this drama (10)
1. souldoc70
very touching drama;fantastic cast esp Yutaka in an entirely different role-his kind face reassuring despite all his shoutings and kicking and swearing.please don't compare with GTO-this is real story not manga!
2. Q-chan
Takenouchi Yutaka, Aiba Masaki, Ichihara Hayato, Oshinari Shugo, Hayami Mokomichi, & Koike Teppei in one movie... What else can you ask? Love the idea of school for problematic kids.
3. hananako
i like this story.some parts are touching.. i wonder if is there really exist the school with such kind of students? if it is, then i rather be a doctor than a teacher.. ;D
4. RenYa
If I have a teacher like Aiba-Chan~~I'll be go to school everyday!!! (even if, the holiday ^^)
5. 5_lvis_20
i love this drama.......touching
6. Sohma Kisa
Tetsuji sensei kawaii ne~
7. UWFShooter
SAYAKA is so CUTE!!!!
8. paito_chan
AIBA CHAN!!!!!!!!!
9. EEkA
10. Shachus