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Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) is a manga series of 25 volumes, written and drawn by Tohru Fujisawa since may 1997 until its abrupt end in April 2002. It is aimed at adults and teenagers. GTO story is based on an eccentric yet mischievous teacher who is not afraid of openly admitting he is a pervert, and one of the most dangerous ones as well. 22 years old, Eikichi Onizuka represents all what contradicts and challenges the ordinary rules and laws to which every respectable school abides. However even though he might use unconventional methods, his message always goes across.
Opening And Ending ThemesEdit
For episodes 1-16 the opening theme was Driver's High by L'Arc-en-Ciel (French for rainbow, literally arc in the sky) whose lead singer is Gackt, formerly of Malice Mizer. In the video the band rob a bank and the American police try to catch them as they flee to Mexico and the song ends as they drive over a cliff. For the same episodes the ending theme was Last Piece by Kirari whose hip hop style would be heard again in the 2004 anime drama Aishiteruze Baby. From episodes 17-43 the opening theme was Hitori No Yoru (Japanese for lonely night) by Porno Graffiti. The video is in black and white and has a white woman wearing boots. Miwako Okuda's song Shizuku (droplet) was the ending theme from episodes 17-33 replaced by Cherished Memories by Hong Kong Knife until the 2nd last episode (42) and at the very end of the show Driver's High played again.
Bad Company is another manga from Tohru Fujisawa, it's a one-shot volume and it shows our Onizuka before he became a legend, before he became part of Oni-Baku, and before he became GTO. It's an action manga published in 1997.
Shonan Junai Gumi (english title: Shonan Pure Love Gang) is the prequel of GTO, showing Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma as teenagers facing adventures as Oni-Baku. The shonen manga has been published from 1991 to 1996 and is composed of 31 volumes.
In 2009 the manga was republished under the name of: GTO Shonan 14 Days. The spin-off illustrates what happened to Onizuka in the 14 mysterious days that followed the accident which involved the math teacher Suguru Teshigawara.
Anime, Manga And Drama Differences Edit
- The Academy where Onizuka works in, is called Seirin (Holy Forest) in the anime, while in the manga it is called Kisshō.
- Endings are different but all have happy endings.
- In the anime Fuyutsuki never knows about her attempted rape but in the 1999 drama she does, Onizuka foils both attempts which were both by Suguru Teshigawara.
- In the 2012 drama the Director has black rather than gray hair.
- In the 2012 drama some yakuza attempt to rape Miyabi Aizawa in episode 1 but in the 1999 drama this doesn't happen until much later. Onizuka foils both attempts.
- The Seirin Academy actually does exist for real and is placed in Kichijōji, a neighborhood in the city of Musashino in Tokyo, Japan.