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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 10 Review

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

And so we reach the grand finale of Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師). If you haven’t seen the rest of this series up to this point, and intend to do so, read no further! Answers to questions we’ve asked all season will be revealed.

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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 09 Review

Posted on: September 24th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

With only a little life left to the season, the writers of Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師) still haven’t tipped their hand about the overarching plot. The best bet is that the leader of the dark teachers, Takakura (Eikura Nana) has had issues with past students, including Toda Toshio (Matsumura Hokuto) and whoever lives in the house she keeps visiting. But that’s all just a guess based on scant evidence from their behavior, and this series has really played merry havoc with my curiosity, leaving me with so few clues after so many episodes.

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After another scene of Fujii (Kobayashi Satomi) philosophizing about trick art (where I don’t know why the kids keep visiting her, since she always has the same message), we find out that the Vice Principal who caused all the trouble in the last episode is gone. However, the student who played into his plans, Saeki Eika (Hirose Alice), is also missing in action.

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Then Aoyagi (Kimura Fumino) finds an odd message popping out of fax machine, signed by Mizuno Aoi:

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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 08 Review

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師) begins with Takakura-sensei (Eikura Nana) thinking back to her encounter with the residents of the Nagashima household in the last episode while taking her regular swim . . .

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. . . and then to Saeki Eika (Hirose Alice) preparing for her recommendation interview.

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When she parks her bicycle, she ends up toppling all the others, so she’s either clumsy, nervous, or both.

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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 07 Review

Posted on: September 17th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

This episode of Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師) begins with Fujii-sensei (Kobayashi Satomi) returning to her love of art, realizing after the events of the last episode that she had been wrong to abandon it.

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Shadowy student Toda Toshio (Matsumura Hokuto) looks on, staring in silence as usual. After six episodes of this, I wonder how he can have so much time on his hands. He needs to join a club or find a hobby or something. This whole standing around and staring at people thing doesn’t accomplish anything – especially in terms of moving the story forward.

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Dark teacher leader Takakura (Eikura Nana) visits Fujii.

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Toda seems to have disappeared, but Fujii mentions that he was around. Takakura doesn’t seem to happy about this:

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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 06 Review

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師) is a school drama centered on “dark” teachers Takakura (Eikura Nana), Fujii (Kobayashi Satomi), and Uchida (Ichikawa Mikako), who handle problems at their school in a cold and purely for-profit way. This episode again starts with a Fujii-sensei view:

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Then we immediately go into a career counseling session where Takakura, right on cue, uses statistics to demonstrate why the student (Mishima – played by Fujiwara Reiko) should shy away from lofty ambitions (in this case, becoming a professional musician).

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This time, though, Takakura is rebutted by Kanae-sensei, Mishima’s music professor and acting foster parent, who steps in at just the right time as if listening at the door.

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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 05 Review

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師) is a school drama centered on “dark” teachers Takakura (Eikura Nana), Fujii (Kobayashi Satomi), and Uchida (Ichikawa Mikako), who handle problems at their school in a cold and purely for-profit way.

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I’m going to describe the main conflict of this episode up-front. A female student is working at a girl’s bar – a hostess club, if you will – so that she can make money and pretend that she’s from a rich family, but in the process she’s being taken in by a sleaze. Meanwhile, there’s a male student interested in said female student, but finds it difficult to approach her. Does this sound familiar? Well, Great Teacher Onizuka episode 3 featured two intertwined plots – that of Haruka (a female student working at an escort bar to make money and pretend that she’s from a rich family while being taken in by a cad) and Murai (the male student interested in her but has trouble approaching her). There’s no point pulling punches – the GTO version was better. I won’t make this a point-by-point comparison between the two dramas (easy as that would be), but will point out useful parallels to illustrate my point.

Another thing worth mentioning – this episode is also similar to episode one, where a girl gets suckered by a guy trying to make money out of her (in that case, he makes her sell drugs). While we’re at it, the other episode centered on a female student was episode two, and in that one it was a girl gets taken in by a male teacher. There’s too much similarity in these plots.

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On with the story, the girl in question is Matsumoto Shiori (Tsuchiya Tao) and the hapless boy is Tachibana Satoshi (Katoono Taikou). Tachibana sees Matsumoto trying to attract customers right outside the club in the opening scene.
The GTO version was gritty even though it’s a comedy and this isn’t, as Haruka started off by getting bid for, and her first lines were how much she charges for tea and karaoke.

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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 04 Review

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師) is a school drama centered on three “dark” teachers led by Takakura Yuko (Eikura Nana) who handle problems at their school in a cold and purely for-profit way. Last time, we saw some great acting from that episode’s troubled student, but can they keep the quality up?

We begin with volleyball, an ardent instructor, and a student who sees a banner that tells him not to give up:

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Then, the most feared group of people in any school – the PTA – enters the scene:

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Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes PTAs are forces for good. Other times, they consist of overbearing parents who publicly fault the school for everything wrong with their children, then cause emotional damage to their children in a variety of crude ways. Dramas almost solely feature the latter kind of PTA, and only mention the PTA if its president is a very, very scary woman. In this case, that woman is also the chairwoman of the volleyball club parent’s association. I wonder what sport her child plays?

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