Title: Kamen Teacher 2014 Special
Airdate: February 14, 2014
Cast: Fujigaya Taisuke, Shiraishi Mai, Watanabe Natsuna and Kubota Masataka.
“To save the dilapidated field of education, Iikura of the Department of Education created the Kamen Teacher system, a teacher allowed to use violence. Gato Koichi, a politician working for educational reform, sent one Kamen Teacher to St. Fictional High School to use force. However, that special teacher, Araki Gouta, had doubts about leading with force. Will it be force that saves the ruined educational system? Or...?” (Intro)
This special is right after Araki Gota (Fujigaya Taisuke) loses his student, and is sent out to Kaku Gakuin. A month ago a female student fell from the school’s rooftop, presumed as a suicide, and because of that her boyfriend Amakawa Atsushi (Kubota Masataka) firmly believing it was an attempted murder, the school is terrorized by him and two of his fellow students.
When Gota arrives he is shocked by the yellow line in the classroom, separating students and teachers: the students are not allowed to cross it, nor are the teacher allowed to. Of course being who he is, he crosses the line and decides to hand out papers directly to the students, much to everyone’s surprise. When Amakawa enters the class Gota is beat and told that all teachers are crap; which Gota sees as a challenge, but he soon finds out that the students aren’t the real problem…
Compared to the drama I kind of liked this special a bit more. I don’t know if it is because of the actors are better at acting compared to the idol/newer kind of actors in the drama, but the overall special was very good. The idea of the ‘Kamen Teacher’ or ‘Masked Teacher’ is a dumb idea and honestly doesn’t make sense, but besides that the storyline is completely true to the current issues of the educational system. Japanese High School dramas usually are about the special cases or/and classes, but this special talks about the most current one: teacher-student relations. The drama does it too, but there is just too much Yankee all over that drama, it becomes over-seen. If you have watched the drama and liked it, this special will be a nice treat. Though if you haven’t, it’ll still be okay to watch.
☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars
♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts