Scrap Teacher Review

Details

Title: スクラップ・ティーチャー
Title: (romaji): Scrap Teacher
Format: Renzoku
Genre: School Drama
Episodes: 9
Broadcast network: NTV
Broadcast date: October 11th 2008 – December 6th 2008
Air time: Saturday 21:00
Theme song: Mayonaka no Shadow Boy by Hey! Say! JUMP

Discription

Nakajima, Yamada, Chinen, and Arioka play a group of junior high students who transfer to a school on the verge of collapse, and take on the role of reforming their incapable teachers. –Tokyograph

Review

This drama starts out pretty badly. The only reason why I watched this in the first place was because of Yamada (but because of this I became to really love Yuto, Chinen and Daiki more so than before) so I was waiting for him to show up and make this drama into something. That makes it sound bad, doesn’t it? Well, keep reading this review to find out why I kept watching!

I’ll start with the good things as usual. The show is more serious than Sensei wa Erai in the sense that there isn’t as much comedy, but there still is a lot. The show is funny in many parts (especially the ongoing Yamada jokes about the girls not liking him throughout the show) and is entertaining. The acting is really well done by all the boys, especially Yamada who manages to steal the show even though he’s not even the main character. Although I’m not complaining. 😀 The awesome fight scenes in the 3rd episode or the cool acrobatics the boys do in one of the last few episodes is awesome too, since you get to see the things these boys are capable of as well as their acting skills.

The show also flows nicely and with each episode a new problem to tackle (or teacher to teach a lesson to) comes along, with the end them sort of defeating the boss problem or something like that (trying not to give stuff away over here). The episodes are interesting and keep your attention well enough, and the storyline is well put together.

Now for the bad things? By now after reading these reviews, you should have learned that J-dramas ten to be on the cheesy side in most cases if not all. So although that is something I’ll continue to mention in future reviews if needed, it probably goes without saying. The show starts out sort of cheesy, and although you begin to get use to it, Sugi-sensei’s “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!” thing he does when running after someone and such is odd and makes the show seem like crap in the beginning, because, let’s face it, who would REALLY do that? If someone who had no knowledge of j-pop/j-dramas/j-anything watched this, it would probably make them think japanese people really do that. Comedy purposes, I know, but still… also, although if you watch this you’ll see, the stunts near one of the ending episodes with Yamada, Arioka, and Chinen was cheesy too.

Overall, the drama mixes serious and funny really well. The plot and storyline are nicely executed and the surprises along the way are a nice touch. The end brought tears to my eyes (although I didn’t ball like with Sensei wa Erai!), and made me wish they had another season and more episodes like with American/Canadian dramas, although I guess they’re just ment to be short stories. Beside the cheesy-ness in some parts, I really enjoyed this and even downloaded the episodes to put on a DVD to watch whenever I feel like it, that’s how much I loved it!!

I recommend this! I must warn you, though, this drama is hard to find. Episodes 1-6 you can find here:

http://www.dramacrazy.net/japanese-drama/scrap-teacher-episode-1/
(link to episode 1)

and episodes 7, 8, and 9 you can watch at Veoh. (Just Google ‘Scrap Teacher episode 7/8/9 english subs Veoh’)

[NOTE]: Dramacrazy.com does not have viruses, but the pop-ups do. If you don’t have an anti virus, I suggest you get one so you don’t get a virus. This drama is awesome, but not worth all that trouble. Also, Veoh has two problems: 1) You can only watch 5 minutes of the video if you don’t have the video player for Veoh. I downloaded it, and it doesn’t have any viruses or anything and it’s free. Also, you don’t even need to open it – once the thing is on your computer (mine’s on my desktop, or at least the shortcut is) you can just watch it online and the full video is there. 2) I get this pop-up from my internet explorer about the script not being able to be read or something stupid like that. Not every computer will get this, it could just be mine, but once that pops up, whether you click “yes” or “no” to “continue to read this page” (or something like that) it doesn’t work and you can’t exit out of it. You can go to your desktop if you have a button that takes you to it (I have one at the bottom right-hand corner of my screen) and from their open another window, but it’ll keep doing it on Veoh. I had to re-start my computer after watching an episode to watch the next one. I had linked to the Veoh page above, but since that thing popped up I had to restart and the draft didn’t save the link so I’ll let you find it (since I’m not doing that again). I know this could just be my laptop only, but I felt it was worth mentioning since in case you get it as well so you’re not freaking out, especially if you’re a kid and think you broke your parents computer or something and then your parents don’t want you watching it because they think it’s a virus/a site full of viruses (which it’s a no to both). 😉 Anyways, It’s worth it ’til the end people. 🙂

So there you go! If you have any questions regarding anything I’ve said, about the drama, about the actors, etc., please feel free to comment below!

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