“Kimpachi Sensei” ending its run

February 3, 2011 by  

Since October 1979, “Sannen B-Gumi Kimpachi Sensei” has entertained generations of viewers.  The first season of the drama, which aired in 1979, featured scripts by playwright Mieko Osanai that vividly depicted contemporary educational problems.

The storyline revolved around Kimpachi Sakamoto (played by Tetsuya Takeda) who taught at a public junior high school and how he related with his junior high students.

The show has featured plenty of celebrities throughout the years but the quality of the series has been criticized within the past few years as it featured on top topics in Japan such as bulying, gender identity, school violence and teenage pregnancy.

Takeda once said in an interview of updating the storylines to fit today’s Japan.  “Students today are dealing with problems we couldn’t have imagined when the show began. It really hits home how much has changed since then,” Takeda said.

But this spring, the drama series will come to an end as the main character who began at the age of 31-years-old is now approaching the mandatory retirement age of 60.

The final episode will be aired on TBS and will feature on the last several months of Kimpachi’s career and helping his students.

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