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Series cast summary:
Hideko Hara ...
 Eiko ogura (46 episodes, 1999-2002)
Tetsuya Takeda ...
 Kinpachi Sakamoto / ... (27 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 ...
 Hattori (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Narumi Kayashima
(24 episodes, 1980-2002)
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 ...
 Ohmori (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Yûto Tanaka
(24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
 Tomoko ikeuchi (24 episodes, 1980-2002)
Mariko Nonaka
(23 episodes, 1999-2000)
Masami Horiuchi ...
 Tanaka (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Misa Jônouchi ...
 Hiromi yagi (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akio Kaneda
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shigeaki Katô
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yoshikazu Kawashima
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
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
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Junko Miyauchi ...
 Ei onodera (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Hiroya Morita ...
 Yozo sawano (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Konomi Morita
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yuika Motokariya
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akiyoshi Nakao
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shôta Saitô
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Megumi Satô
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kôichi Sudô ...
 Yuichiro kanesue (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Lisa Suzuta
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Airi Taira ...
 Asane Sasaoka (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Atsuko Takahata ...
 Tomomi honda (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Iku Takamatsu
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akiko Togawa ...
 Sayo miki (23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yuki Tsujimoto
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yoshikazu Tôshin
(23 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 <>

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26 October 1979 (Japan)  »

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3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei 3  »

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Kinpachi Sensei takes on hazing and violence in school
29 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kinpachi Sensei returns to his old hangout Sakura middle school after seven years since his third season. He is now 46 years old with changes in his family. His wife passed away, and is now a single parent. His daughter Otome is in middle school, and it's also been 15 years since his first series when Tamotsu Miyazawa (Shingo Tsurumi) and Yukino Asai (Kaoru Sugita) had a child Ayumi (Mitsunari Hashimoto). He is now 15 years old and is now in Kinpachi's class.

The series continues to take on issues of violence in school. It seems that in this society, everyone is out to get one another. In episode 2 a girl is hit with a back fist by a male student. In the fourth episode, when Kinpachi asks the class who had experience of being hazed, almost everyone in the class raises their hands. When he asks who's hazed others, again almost everyone raised their hands. This means everyone is a victim of organized violence, and everyone is an organizer of violence. Either overtly or covertly, this society engages in victimizing others in some act of violence or another. The theme in variation may be there, but this is the same issue that's featured from the very beginning of this series.

One thing that impresses me about this series is that everyone involved is amazingly hard headed. The teachers, the students, and the parents. They are all bent on being "correct" in their own ways, but are perfectly willing to harm those who they believe have violated their code of conduct. Everyone has their own code of conduct, so everyone ends up thinking they have the right to harm the other party. Parents and teachers especially are at near hysterical level.

One of the purpose of this series was to bring out the issues that were somewhat covertly going on in schools of that time. So Kinpachi is like a condensed version of the microcosm of what goes on in Japanese schooling system. This season's theme seems to be on hazing, and violence wielded by students to one another takes center stage of many episodes.

This is a very violent society, and I could see why some students elect not to show up to school. Who would want to walk into a situation that you know you would be victimized ? Worse yet, you're surrounded by not so enlightened authorities who have very limited world views themselves.

Collapse of education system in Japan is not a mystery, but bigger mystery is how it managed to go on for such a long time.

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