The popular drama series “3 Nen B Gumi Kinpachi Sensei” will come to a conclusion this March with a final special episode. The show, which stars Tetsuya Takeda (武田鉄矢）,61, as a junior high school teacher, has had a total of 8 seasons since 1979, with the last one in 2007-2008. This finale will be the drama’s 12th special episode.
Takeda is a Japanese folk singer and actor. He perhaps most known in Japan for his starring role in “3 Nen B Gumi Kinpachi Sensei” long-running, highly-rated drama.The program, targeted at junior high and high school aged adolescents. Over the show’s 8 seasons, Takeda’s character “Kinpachi-sensei” has guided approximately 240 students to graduation. In several cases, the show helped launch the careers of the young stars playing his students, including Kaori Sugita, Kazuya Kamenashi, and Aya Ueto.
Takeda alos wrote and performed several well-known songs, including the theme song for the 1985 animated movie Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars (のび太の宇宙小戦争). Takeda’s 1980 song Okuru Kotoba (The Word I Give to You) is often sung or performed at junior high school and high school graduation ceremonies in Japan.
The upcoming episode, tentatively titled “3 Nen B Gumi Kinpachi Sensei Final,” will deal with Kinpachi-sensei’s retirement. Filming starts next week, though the student cast has not yet been reported. TBS plans to broadcast the special at the end of March.