Onizuka Cram School

Since I talked a big game about how much I would love someone to license GTO Shonan 14 Days when I made it the manga of the month back in May it is only right that I put my money where my mouth is when it goes on sale at the Right Stuf this week. Vertical not only fulfilled my request to get the newest work by Tohru Fujisawa they also went back and picked up the remaining unpublished volumes of Shonan Junai Gumi (aka GTO: The Early Years) that Tokyopop was never able to release before they went under. Since they are on sale it is everyone’s duty to preorder these wonderful manga if they love comedy, action, drama, and/or yankees. Eikichi Onizuka is an iconic character of anime and manga that is always energetic in any iteration of his story. GTO: The Early Years is a delightful mixture of raunchy comedy and manly action that shows the origin of the greatest teacher in Japan. Shonan 14 Days is Tohru Fujisawa being on the top of his game continuing right back where he left off from GTO. Someone might tell you to pick up Tezuka or the Lychee Light Club. Those are all fine manga worth picking up but they are not the manly bible that is teachings of the Oni-Baku.

And if you need something to offset all that testosterone that you can pick up Twin Spica because that series does not get enough love.

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Narutaki & Hisui VS. 2011

We are here on the red carpet in scenic Brooklyn for the 5th annual Reverse Thieves Anime and Manga Awards. All the stars are here and decked out in their finest. There has already been a bit of drama outside before the awards tonight. We saw Hayao Miyazaki punch out Gendo Ikari over a seating dispute. Then one of the K-ON! girls was seen with a male escort which raised a few eyebrows and possibly caused several suicides. There were also some red faces when Sheryl Nome and Ciel Phantomhive showed up in the same dress. But all that aside we are gathered here today to look back and praise the best and the brightest while scorning the foul beasts that waste our precious time. The viewing audience at home is also encouraged to send in their own votes to see how they stack up to the votes of the academy.

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May’s Manga of the Month: GTO Shonan 14 Days

GTO Shonan 14 Days (麻辣教师GTO 湘南14天) by Tooru Fujisawa

Whenever Tohru Fujisawa needs work he goes back to the well named Eikichi Onizuka. Onizuka has been in Bad Company, Shonan Junai Gumi, and Great Teacher Onizuka and now he is continuing his adventures in GTO Shonan 14 Days. But there is a reason Fujisawa can always go back to the Onizuka well. Onizuka’s adventures are filled with splendid mixture of manly action, naughty comedy, and heartfelt drama that make a well balanced meal that always satisfies and leaves you wanting more.

 GTO Shonan 14 Days is an odd manga in the fact that the whole story takes place in the two weeks between the climax of the original GTO manga and the epilogue. After an incident on TV Onizuka decides to visit Shonan until the heat dies down. He meets the beautiful Ayame Shiratori who knows him through Azusa Fuytsuki and is convinced to come with her at the White Swan youth home. Onizuka has to work his over the top magic with troubled teens while trying to lose his pesky virginity once and for all.

GTO Shonan 14 Days is more GTO just in a new setting but I am all right with that. It is like sitting down to a comforting meal after a hard days work. There is just something comforting in seeing GTO back in the saddle. The kids Onizuka have to deal with always send the craziest problems his way and Onizuka tackles them by seeing their crazy and then raising them double. But he is so charmingly manly when he does it that you cannot help but root for him. The series also integrates some fan favorite characters from both GTO and Shonan Junai Gumi so any long time fans will get a bit of service as well. I really hope that some one license rescues GTO and picks up Shonan 14 Days at the same time. It is a title that really need to stay in print in all its forms. This series is a classic in all its iterations.