GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka): 14 Days in Shonan, Vol. 1
written by Tohru Fujisawa
Eikichi Onizuka has been teaching at Tokyo Kissho Academy, giving its students a crash course in his type of lessons, and now it’s summer break. Normally, this would be a great time for him. However, due to some certain loose lips flapping on Onizuka’s part, no one in Tokyo wants anything to do with him. Finally, he decides to head back to his old stomping grounds, Shonan.
No sooner does he enter Shonan’s borders then he is swept into a wayward girl’s affairs of misdoing. Barely getting himself out of a compromising situation by the skin of his teeth, he manages to make contact with Ayame Shiratori, a young woman working at a foster home for teens from unfortunate backgrounds. Abusive parents, neglectful families, and abandonment are just mere examples of what these kids have dealt with in their early lives. Still, they all share the same common trait: They all need his help…desperately.
Whether the student is a problem child or a depressed wreck from a broken home and abusive parentage, Onizuka will not give up on anyone, even if he has to bust a few skulls to protect some of them. It doesn’t even matter if a student’s parent is an abusive gangster; he will neither back down nor show mercy. Even having a bucket of cockroaches dumped on his head can’t slow this guy down! It’ll freak him out, maybe hurt him, but not subdue or discourage him, not with Ayame’s favor in question, not to mention that “ultra-thin” condom he keeps in his pocket to keep him from going berserk.
The work of comic art brought forth by Tohru Fujisawa is nothing short of a thrill. Being the sequel series to not only the original GTO, but also the Early Days, it is incredibly refreshing to see Onizuka has not only still got it, but has not forgotten his roots. He may have been in a gang in his youth, but that means nothing once you become familiar with WHO he is, not WHAT he is. As a teacher, he has much to teach both his young charges and readers as well. Fujisawa truly knows what it important in life and uses his lovable protagonist in Onizuka to teach his important lessons and values to his fans, making it both informative and immensely enjoyable.