Sequel to the critically-acclaimed series!
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan
By Toru Fujisawa
Paperback, approx. 200 pages, 5.5 x 7.5 inches
Vol. 1: 978-1-932234-88-6 Buy
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Vol. 3: 978-1-932234-92-3 Buy
Vol. 4: 978-1-932234-93-0 Buy
Vol. 5: 978-1-932234-98-5 Buy
Vol. 6: 978-1-932234-99-2 Buy
Vol. 7: 978-1-935654-51-3 Buy
Vol. 8: 978-1-935654-62-9 Buy
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After a five-year hiatus from the North American market, one of the trail-blazing properties of the “Manga Revolution” returns with
the latest series in its ever-growing franchise. Ten years ago Toru Fujisawa’s Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) helped change the
landscape for comic publishing in North America. His exhilarating and empowering tale of an educator with a huge heart gone rogue captured the
attention of a generation of readers worldwide, inspiring a multi-media frenzy while placing manga permanently into bookstores across America.
Fujisawa’s latest hit GTO: 14 Days in Shonan revives his most beloved franchise by introducing a new challenge for his unique anti-hero,
Eikichi Onizuka. After accidentally compromising his school’s reputation, Eikichi (a.k.a. the GTO) goes home to the peaceful shores of Shonan
to lay low until the heat dies down. However, Shonan itself hasn’t escaped its own share of troubles, and Eikichi is inspired to help a group
of troubled foster children get back on the track to happiness. Using humor and a person touch to teach today’s youth, Great Teacher Onizuka
continues to impart life lessons while rarely testing kids in the classroom.
Even at only 44 years of age Toru Fujisawa can already be considered one of Japan’s most influential modern comic artists. With two
dozen series under his belt and a few million-unit sellers to his name, the Hokkaido native would be best known globally for helping redefine the image
of Kodansha’s boys comics with his first hit GTO: The Early Years in 1990. His hilarious brand of action-packed urban fiction helped
ignite a yakuza boom in popular media throughout the ’90s. His second hit GTO was honored with the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award in 1998.
Fujisawa has since worked with every major Japanese publisher and has had a number of works adapted into TV and film properties.
Discover the origins of the GTO story in the very first series
GTO: The Early Years!
“If I had to boil it down to a high concept, I’d probably say that GTO is about believing in yourself enough to have a good time in life. Fujisawa does a pretty
good job balancing the more saccharine elements of the series with the knock-down, drag-out, somewhat perverted jokes. It’s clearly a comedy, but when it takes
a turn into drama, it doesn’t feel unnatural. 14 Days in Shonan looks like one of those series that can be brutally funny when it wants to be…I’ve
got high hopes.”
“Cracking open Vertical Inc.’s release of GTO: 14 Days in Shonan brought back a lot of manga memories. A lot of the comedy comes not from what’s going on
around or happening to Onizuka, but how he reacts to it all… Established fans will definitely get more out of it, but there’s enough fun here to ‘open the
doors of all hearts,’ as Onizuka himself would put it.”
—Otaku USA Magazine
“While I’ve largely fallen out of manga for a number of reasons, there are certain things that will always draw me back. Discovering that the man behind
Great Teacher Onizuka decided to do another series focusing on the character is definitely one of them… The opening volume makes things well connected to the
original and adjusts to the new situation with ease in a way that doesn’t detract or impact what has come before… This is a ride I am completely enthused about.”
“I thought I was done with Great Teacher Onizuka. All throughout college, I plowed my way through the series… All was well and good, until just the other day,
when Vertical dropped the first volume of Great Teacher Onizuka: 14 Days in Shonan in my mailbox… Suffice to say, the first chapter grabbed me almost
immediately. It was the same Great Teacher Onizuka humor I remember, and most importantly, I reacted the same to it as I had when I was stuck in my college
dorm on those long Syracuse winter nights.”
“As a character explicitly points out, it’s painfully evident that parental selfishness has given [these teens] severe reason to distrust adults and that they’re
not about to give Onizuka a second chance if he lets them down. As a result, the manga is dealing with the same Onizuka, but watching him walk a much narrower tight rope…
It’s intriguing to consider how the manga might react to the new twist in its careful balance act and how 14 Days might consequently develop in subtly different
ways than the original.”
—Ain’t it Cool News
“I have never read a GTO comic before this, so the prospect of reading what amounts to a spin-off was a bit intimidating. Luckily the premise is pretty simple…
I liken this book to Columbo. Anyone who has ever watched a Columbo episode knows that Columbo is going to solve the case. The real pleasure comes from seeing
how the bumbling detective puts it all together… The figures are strong and confident, and the backgrounds are stunning.”
—Stumptown Trade Review
“If one were to travel into the universe of GTO: 14 Days in Shonan and look up Badass on Wikipedia, I would find the article deficient if a picture of Eikichi
Onizuka didn’t appear as the illustration of choice on that page… I walked into GTO:14DiS with admittedly hazy memories of the original story—no plot
specifics, just a general understanding of the overall storyline. It took only a few pages to get everything straight.”
“I loved it… The most surprising thing about 14 Days in Shonan is its ability to address serious social problems without devolving into an Afterschool Special.
The hand-to-hand combat and barrage of condom jokes helps mitigate against didacticism, to be sure, but Fujisawa is skillful enough to make the students’ personal
troubles a meaningful—and sometimes moving—part of the story, inspiring Onizuka to new heights of creativity (and silliness) in his efforts to reach them.
—The Manga Critic
“For those worried that they won’t understand the series without having read GTO or SJG, don’t worry about it. The GTO cast appear for
about 6 pages and then are gone, and Onizuka’s type of teaching is pretty universal… GTO: 14 Days in Shonan does exactly what we wanted it to do.
Onizuka is back, and he’s redeeming the souls of rebellious teens through sheer force of personality—and sometimes just force. Welcome back.”
—A Case Suitable for Treatment