Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1 (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)
December 6, 2016 by Dennis Amith
If you enjoy anime that is set in high school and focuses on a hardcore otaku teacher trying to help his students through unusual ways, will no doubt want to give “Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1” a try!
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TITLE: Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1
ANIME SERIES AIR DATE: 2015
DURATION: (Episodes 1-12) 300 Minutes
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16:9), English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English Subtitles
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Originally created by Takeshi Azuma
Directed by Masato Sato
Series Composition by Atsushi Maekawa
Music by Ryuuichi Takada
Character Design by Isao Sugimoto
Art Director: Daiki Kuribayashi
Art Design by Iho Narita
Anime Production by A-1 Pictures
Featuring the following voice talent:
Hiroshi Kamiya/Anthony Bowling as Jun’ichirō Kagami
Rena Matsui/Mikaela Krantz as Suzune Kagami
Aki Toyosaki/Tia Ballard as Kōtarō Araki
Aya Hirano as Yamato Tōne
Ayahi Takagaki as Tim Berners Lynn
Ayane Sakura as Kisaki Tenjōin/Sachiko Tanaka
Azusa Tadokoro/Dawn M. Bennett as Kiriko Shikishima
Daisuke Namikawa/Eric Vale as Hell Gates
Kana Hanazawa/Lindsay Seidel as Reiko Mukyō
M.A.O/Alexis Tipton as Madoka Kuramachi
Rina Hidaka/Monica Rial as Kanon Chinami
Risa Taneda/Kristi Yang as Matome Nishikujō
Risae Matsuda/Felecia Angelle as Taki Komiya
Saori Ōnishi/Caitlin Glass as Makina Momozono
Satsumi Matsuda/Bryn Apprill as Nagaru Komiya
Shiina Natsukawa/Leah Clark as Moemi Kushinada
Sora Amamiya/Sarah Wiedenheft as Minako Kanō
Suzuko Mimori/Jad Saxton as Koyomi Hiiragi
Tomoko Tsuzuki/Terri Doty as Kazuya Momozono
Junichiro Kagami is on his sister’s last nerve. Despite his genius and scientific accomplishments, he’s spent most of his adult life cooped up inside, surrounded by anime and manga, working on trivial things like a blog. But now, it’s time for him to get a real job! His reason for being such a bum? He suffers from YD: a debilitating illness that means he can only do things he yearns to do. Tired of this lame excuse, his sister gets him a job doing something he’d never expect teaching!
Teaching is the last thing Kagami yearns to do, at least until he comes across the various problems his students face outside of the classroom. Between their quirky dreams, serious attitude problems, and surprising secrets, Junichiro is definitely in for some far-out lessons.
What he teaches these kids will be beyond the books!
In 2011, mangaka Takeshi Azuma created the manga series “Denpa Kyoshi” (which translates to “electromagnetic-wave teacher”).
As the series is still ongoing in Japan, an anime adaptation was produced by A-1 Pictures in 2015 and now the anime will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Funimation.
The anime series is directed by Masato Sato (“Explorer Woman Ray”, “Silent Mobius”, “Montana Jones”), script by Atsushi Maekawa (“Digimon Adventure”, “Bakugan Battle Brawlers”, “Dragon Ball Z”), music by Ryuuichi Takada (“Idolm@ster”, “Dusk maiden of Amnesia”), character design by Isao Sugimoto (“Bakuon!!”, “Kemeko Deluxe!”, “Maze”) and background art by Daiki Kuribayashi (“Show By Rock!!”, “Code: Breaker”, “Chaos;Child”).
The anime series introduces us to Jun’ichiro Kagami, a 24-year-old mega-otaku who rather work on his anime blog. But while a big otaku, Jun’ichiro was once an intelligent physics major who published a paper that would make headwaves in the scientific world when he was 17. And Jun’ichiro was scouted to work at one of the most important research centers in the world. But when he wanted to create the “Anywhere Door” that allows teleportation, he became ridiculed by academics and so far, his efforts to dispute his critics have failed and he hasn’t developed the technology to create it.
So, Jun’ichiro decudes that he suffers from “YD” and only wants to work that he yearns to do and not do anything else. And that is be a hardcore otaku.
But his younger sister Suzune is tired of him staying at home and not making a living, and because she is responsible for the family finances, she forces her brother to get a job. Or else she will beat him up.
So, Jun’ichiro takes up a job to become a teacher at Hiiragi Academy and help students and teach students his own way. So, he can balance his teaching job (doing things his way) and also focus on his otaku lifestyle.
But can he teach these students with his otaku style?
“Ultimate Otaku Teacher” is presented in 1080p High Definition (16:9). There is a lot of detail featured in the art backgrounds, a lot of characters featured and these characters have great detail and shadowing. A vibrant anime series from A-1 Pictures.
I found no compression artifacts or any problematic issues with this Blu-ray release.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Ultimate Otaku Teacher” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. The series for the most part features crystal clear dialogue and music and is front-channel driven.
Subtitles are in English.
“Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1” features the following special features:
- Chapter 3 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by ADR Director Kyle Phillips, Mikaela Krantz (voice of Suzune Kagami), Jad Saxton (voice of Koyomi Hiiragi) and Anthony Bowling (voice of Junichiro Kagami).
- Chapter 9 Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by ADR Director Kyle Phillips and voice talents Apphia Yu (voice of Kisaki Tenjoin/Sachiko Tanaka), Jarrod Greene (voice of Seijuro Nanami) and Tia Ballard (voice of Kotaro Araki).
- Textless Opening and Closing Song
- U.S. Trailer – Funimation trailer for “Ultimate Otaku Teacher”.
“Ultimate Otaku Teacher” comes with a Blu-ray and DVD version of the series plus a slipcover.
What happens when you get a former intelligent academic student turned hardcore otaku and make him a teacher and allow him to teach his students with his otaku style?
This is the story of Jun’ichiro Kagami, a hardcore otaku who has kept away from working professionally because he wants a job which he can be himself.
Unfortunately, not many jobs are open to that until Koyomi Hiiragi, chairman of Icho Academy who wants Japan to be a more amusing place. Having spied and followed Jun’ichiro, she feels that his teaching methods, no matter how absurd they may be, can teach the students at the Academy.
Each episode features how Jun’ichiro helps out a student. For example, Jun’ichiro has to help a delinquent named Seijuro Nanami (who left school because his father, a disgraced baseball player is in heavy debt) and to help him, he challenges him to a game of soccer.
Another episode features Jun’ichiro trying to help his sister’s friend Kanan Chinami, a woman who has a voice of an anime character. Embarrassed by this, she stops talking and only communicates via text. So, Jun’ichiro must find a way to get Kanan to finally talk.
In another episode, Jun’ichiro finds out his partner Luce, who he plays online via the MMORPG Uroboros is a boy named Kotaro Araki who is an anti-social cross-dresser and prefers to look like a girl. But Kotaro is afraid of how people in school may think of him because he prefers to be a cross-dresser, so Jun’ichiro must find a way to get Kotaro to not be afraid to reveal himself to his classmates.
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is vibrant and colorful, while lossless audio for both Japanese and English soundtracks are 2.0 DTS-HD MA. For special features, you get two audio commentary.
Overall, “Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1” is an anime series that may be compared to “Assassination Classroom”, teachers who have their own way of teaching their own students, students who are truant or have major problems at school. Where “Assassination Classroom” is more action-packed and driven by the fact the students must grow in order to assassinate their alien teacher who plans to destroy the planet, “Ultimate Otaku Teacher” is about an otaku teacher who loves his anime, video games and figurines.
While he is obsessed with otaku duties, the fact that he is given an opportunity to teach at an Academy and be himself is a major plus to him. So, using his love for video games, anime, etc. allows him to reach out to these troubled students.
It will be interesting to see how the series develops overtime. If the focus is about a teacher helping out his students with each episode, that is something that can get quite old. So, I hope that the storyline shows some dramatic elements and doesn’t become too banal episode after episode.
If anything the series has elements of what people tend to enjoy in an anime series. From having an otaku protagonist, a tsundere sister and students who are helped by Jun’ichiro’s otaku ways, may it be through video games or something really weird or awkward, he manages to get the job done.
Overall, if you enjoy anime that is set in high school and focuses on a hardcore otaku teacher trying to help his students through unusual ways, will no doubt want to give “Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1” a try!
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