GTO-Volume 1: Great Teacher Onizuka (1998)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Onizuka - Gone Wild
|Year Of Production||1998|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Noriyuki Abe|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, Sony Playstation Products|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Onizuka smoking during the credits.|
The following four episodes are contained on the DVD.
LESSON 1: GTO - The Legend Begins (Double Episode) - Onizuka is assigned to the worst class at a school for his 2 weeks of student teaching. After being blackmailed by some of his students, he gets even in his own way. Now with a class of very respectful students, Onizuka helps a girl in his class who is having problems at home.
LESSON 2: Enter Uchiyamada - While riding the bus to a teaching interview, Onizuka catches an older man getting a little personal with a female passenger. Outraged by this (probably because the old man got there first), Onizuka decks him and is praised by the woman, named Fuyutsuki Azusa. It turns out she is also applying as a teacher at the same school as Onizuka. But his happiness doesn't last long as the vice principal is someone he has already met.....
LESSON 3: Late Night Roof Diving - During some late night 'ghost busting' around his new residence (a storage room at Holy Forest Academy), Onizuka saves the life of a student who tries to kill himself by jumping off the school's roof. He befriends the boy, Noboru Yoshikawa, and helps him gain a little confidence.
LESSON 4: The Secret Life Of Onizuka - The students of Onizuka's class are famous for destroying the lives of their teachers, and now they are determined to get rid of Onizuka.
The transfer was sharp and clear, no film grain or low-level noise here. The colours may seem drab at first (compared to more lively anime such as Love Hina or Real Bout High School) but this reflects the style of the artwork used.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen during the entire DVD. No aliasing was found. All in all, there was nothing detected that would distract whilst watching the show.
There are 2 subtitle tracks on the DVD, one being the English subtitles used to translate the Japanese Audio track whilst the second just translates the signs and other important Japanese text which is handy if watching the English dub. They are presented as traditional yellow text and are easy to read.
The DVD is dual layered with the layer change placed between episodes, making it undisruptive to the viewer.
There are two audio tracks encoded with Great Teacher Onizuka, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 track dub and the original Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 track. With anime, normally the Japanese audio is deemed superior but Great Teacher Onizuka has been blessed with a superb English dub, so whatever your preference, you'll be happy. I listened to both the Japanese and English tracks all the way through and found them to be of excellent quality.
The dialogue was clear and understandable at all times. Audio sync was good (taking into consideration the normal problems animation has).
The music score by Yusuke Honma is stunning and suits the style of Great Teacher Onizuka, with the up tempo opening theme, Drivers High performed by L'Arc-en-Ciel, to the closing credits song, Last Piece by Kirari, which is a more calmer track that rounds off each episode nicely. The background music used during the episodes works well also. The surrounds are not used, and the subwoofer only comes alive to help bolster the music and action scenes.
|Surround Channel Use|
Some good extras have been included on the disc.
This is basically a clean opening credits (no overlays) with a different ending picture.
Nine clips capturing some of Onizuka's special moments taken from the episodes on the disc. Can be watched in either English or Japanese (although the subtitles do not seem to work but it's no big loss really).
Assorted sketches of some of the characters found in Great Teacher Onizuka.
Trailers for Spirited Away, Vampire Princess Miyu, FLCL, and Real Bout High School.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is great.
The extras are pretty good.
|DVD||Omni SL-P3003D, using S-Video output|
|Display||NEC FS8001 (80cm).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver.|
|Speakers||Jensen SPX-9 Fronts, Jensen SPX-15 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 Rears, Jensen SPX-19 Subwoofer|