Great Teacher Onizuka
GTO-volume 1 cover
Manga Information
Written by

Tohru Fujisawa

Published by

Kodansha (Japan)


Weekly Shōnen Magazine


Comedy, Drama, School, & Slice of Life

Original Run

May 16, 1997 – April 17, 2002



List of Volumes

Great Teacher Onizuka is considered to be Tohru Fujisawa's magnum opus. Its publication began in May 1997 and ended in April 2002; concluding with the manga's twenty-fifth volume and its two-hundredth "lesson". All of which were published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine.


Onizuka is a reformed biker gang leader who has his sights set on an honorable new ambition: to become the world's greatest teacher... for the purpose of meeting sexy high school girls. Okay, so he's mostly reformed.

However, strict administrators and a class of ruthless delinquents stand between Onizuka and his goal and they will use any means, however illegal or low, to drive the new teacher away. Perfect, because Onizuka's methods won't be found in any teaching manual; he cares about the difference between legal and illegal activities about as much as he cares for the age difference between himself and a high school girl.

So get ready for math that doesn't add up, language you'd be slapped for using, and biology that would make a grown man blush... unless of course, you're the Great Teacher Onizuka.


Faculty Members


Family Members

Other Characters

Note: The list concerning characters depicted in the manga may be incomplete.


  • Family
  • Student-Teacher Relationships


  • Tohru Fujisawa was reportedly influenced by Kôhei Tsuka's style of writing when writing Great Teacher Onizuka.
  • The series was originally intended to run for ten volumes, but its run was extended at the request of Kodansha.

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