School Is Out

GTO 14 Days in Shonan vol.9This week we sadly have to say good-bye to another old friend. The final volume of GTO: 14 Days in Shonan is now on sale, and as you can see from the cover the GTO legend has now finally come to an end. Onizuka thought he was going to go on vacation but ended up changing the lives of many in his home region of Shonan. Throughout the new 9-volume series, faces from the many GTO series – Early Years and original – make cameos and the story comes full-circle with Onizuka making his return to Tokyo at the end.

In this final volume Onizuka has taken his fight to City Hall and in typical GTO fashion, the unorthodox teacher gets the old biker gang to go on a manhunt for the mayor. Will this illicit mayor escape to his fantasy getaway or will Onizuka bring what’s coming to him? And as an added bonus, volume 9 contains a bonus mini-series about twins Riko and Miko, former leaders of the Oedipus Club, who through Onizuka’s teachings have now turned into a violent but righteous vigilante-duo!

It was a pleasure to be able to work on this beloved series. We hope to someday get around to releasing Bad Company in some form. So if you haven’t had a chance to experience the continued tales of Eikichi Onizuka yet, go pick up GTO: 14 Days in Shonan and oh finish up your GTO: The Early Years sets while you can too :)

A Manga Institution

Much like Thanksgiving, Toru Fujisawa’s GTO has been a namesake in pop-culture. While Americans have long come together around the holiday bird in November, manga readers across the globe have been partaking in a feast of nail-bats, minotaur cosplay, and potty jokes that has made the Great Teacher Onizuka franchise one of the most beloved properties over the last two decades.

In the sixth volume of GTO 14 Days In Shonan, we’re treated to nonstop action and tension as it’s up to the Great Teacher to help keep the peace. With the Oedipus club continuing to terrorize, to the point where actual lives start hanging in the balance, even some of their own are realizing they’re going too far. As always, the fists are flying and whether he’s at the giving or receiving end, Onizuka still stands to protect those who need his help.

So this holiday season, stuff your stockings and brighten your Fridays with a copy of GTO. Complete with intense fist-action, emotionally charged and compelling characters, and a rather gratuitous amount of fanservice, GTO: 14 Days in Shonan is stuffed with everything you could want out of standout shounen manga, minus the filler or tryptophan found in other comics.

Final Rumble

After countless street-fights and even more romantic rejections, Onizuka’s last fight in Shonan is upon us in this magnificent final volume of GTO: The Early Years. How things end for Eikichi Onizuka before he starts his prolific career as the greatest teacher in all of Japan is finally revealed.

In this 15th and final volume of The Early Years, Onizuka seems to have found someone he can truly love in Misato, but is it really meant to be? At the very least, there’s definitely more than meets the eye. Meanwhile, things are more than tense between Tsuji and Endo High Schools. With more than a few goof-ups from Onizuka and crew, Nakajo is finally gunning for him. This final rumble won’t be one to miss, that’s for sure. But wait! Is Nakajo really Eikichi Onizuka’s final enemy, or is there a bigger archrival waiting for him at the end of the road? Will Shonan finally figure out who rules supreme amongst the dangerous duo known as the Oni-Baku?

The manga that launched the international phenomenon, known affectionately as GTO, comes to a comical conclusion. But really was there any other way really? After what felt like an eternity English readers can finally close this chapter in the Onizuka universe and ride off into the Shonan sunset.

Parent Teacher Conference

We’ve reached the halfway point in Eikichi Onizuka’s two-week excursion to his hometown of Shonan, and as always, the great teacher is giving life lessons with his fists more often than with his books. From restoring broken trust and giving the youth of today hope, to taking on delinquents, gangsters, and more, the GTO does it all!

In GTO: 14 Days in Shonan volume five, Onizuka continues to help foster care child Seiya through his heart-breaking situation with his neglectful mother and abusive father-in-law. Taking down both a gunman and a giant monster of an assassin, Onizuka one again puts himself on the frontlines for the sake of the kids who have no one else to believe in. But the real star of this volume is a certain unlucky vice-principal, who while in the middle of his search of Onizuka, redeems himself ever so slightly by changing his curriculum and “hair-style” after witnessing some fresh see-food.

Toru Fujisawa’s GTO has been a namesake in manga for more than a decade, and 14 Days In Shonan is continuing that legacy.  With a successful anime and numerous live-action adaptations over the years, the GTO franchise remains recognized around the world for its intense action, emotionally charged and compelling characters. Few manga brands have changed the landscape of  manga publishing as this, and GTO: 14 Days in Shonan teaches readers that stories do not need martial arts hijinks to make stand-out shounen manga.