The 22-year-old ex-gangster turned teacher, Eikichi Onizuka, hated the traditional education system. On his first job, he notices how bad mannered and condescending his other colleagues were towards the students. Because of this, he swore to become the greatest teacher who teaches life lessons instead of the typical academic learnings. His unorthodox, sometimes life-threatening and borderline illegal methods somehow succeed in winning the hearts of his delinquent students and help them change for the better.
In 1998, Great Teacher Onizuka won the Kodansha Manga Award for the shonen category. Several adaptations were made including a Japanese TV drama, live-action films and a 43 episode anime series.