GTO: The Early Years Volume 11 Paperback – Feb 21 2012
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“This prequel to the immensely popular GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) actually came out first in Japan, but is lesser known. There’s slapstick galore… There’s also plenty of tear-jerking pathos. [GTO: The Early Years] offers lots of rowdy high-school fun, with a pleasant absence of shrinking girls and an abundance of good humor.” —Publishers Weekly
“I had fallen way behind in my [GTO: The Early Years] reading, but was able to pick up where I left off with minimal confusion, mostly as this is a delinquent manga… I like the girls in GTO, who come in many different types and varieties, and the gang aspect of the plot means we get a lot who can kick any guy’s ass… There’s also some terrific comedy here—the author likes to break up all the gang fights with one-shot chapters that are hilariously silly.” —A Case Suitable for Treatment
“How’s Onizuka, brawler extraordinaire, supposed to deal with someone who not only doesn’t feel pain but positively thrives on it? … If you start here without any context, you’re liable to be a little lost. To compensate for that, though, they’ve post some notes… Me, I walked in more or less cold, picked up most of what I need to know from context, and laughed myself out of my chair all the same.” —Genji Press
“Manga of the Month I always had a vague feeling there was a longer story that occurred before GTO when I first read the series… While this part of the story is a bit cruder than later parts of Onizuka’s story it also has its own energy… I feel the humor is a bit ruder, the action a bit wilder, and the stakes a bit higher… This is the raw and uncut Onizuka.” —Reverse Thieves
About the Author
Born in 1967, Tohru Fujisawa is a veteran Japanese comic artist and multimillion unit seller. Best known globally for his international sensation Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO), Fujisawa was awarded the 22nd Kodansha Comic Award in 1998 for his work on the hit series. The GTO property would go on to inspire two animated TV series and an internationally distributed live action TV series by the same name. Since GTO, Fujisawa has gone on to thirteen more comic series, with four of those properties (TOKKO, Rose Hip Rose, Rose Hip Zero and Shonan Junai-gumi) landing on American shores. At 44 the Hokkaido native continues to be one of the most beloved manga artists of this generation.
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To start off, if you haven't read the previous volumes in a few years, I recommend first reading through Vertical's web site to remind yourself of the various characters:
At the end of the previous volume, Tsukai tried to stop Ryuji and Eikichi from fighting in a funny story about psychosomatic stress problems (that's the cleanest way to put it!). The story picks that thread up a little, but quickly shifts to a few chapters revolving around Shinomi and Eikichi. The second half focuses on introducing a new group of rivals for the Onibaku and reintroducing some old friends and enemies. Of course, there's also a few chapters that are mainly humorous side-stories, like you'd expect from the series.
For me, it was good to see the series start back into the "Onibaku versus rivals" story arcs that the previous volume was lacking. I'm excited to see what happens in the next volume.
I also enjoyed the high quality of this volume compared to the previous Tokyopop releases. Here are some of the upgrades:
* Wider pages allow readers to view text near the spine without creasing the book.
* Translated sound effects. It makes the action much easier to follow.
* Reasonable font sizes make things much easier to read. I am happy to inform you that with this volume, you will not go blind from squinting!
* GOOD quality control. Everything looks very professional. I think I may have spotted one typo near the beginning, but that was it.
Overall, they did a really great job with this volume. Plus, the turn-around looks like it is going to be very quick, with a new gigantic volume being released every two months. Impressive!
Between GTO: The Early Years and GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, Vertical has made me a very happy GTO fan :)
The first noticable thing about the volume is that it's wider than your standard manga volumes. This is both a good and bad thing, in its own way. It's good because it massively improves readability, which was a bit of an issue with Tokyopop's rendition. Bad because it makes the volume a bit floppier, and thus just a bit weaker. And it sticks out of my shelf a bit too, which bugs the OCD in me. But that's that, and this is this. :P
The translation is quite good, staying faithful to the style and tone of the previous volumes, which is great. The typesetting is a big big, and seemingly random at times, but very well done at the least.
All in all an excellent resumption of a series I didn't think would get continuation after tokyopop closed it's doors. This series is a must for GTO fans!
Binding feels strong and the image isn't crammed all the way to the edge of the page so you don't need to wrench it open.
Very reasonable price, especially if you buy from Amazon.
I spoke with with Vertical about possibly reissuing issues 1-10 that Tokyopop originally published (some of the books go for outrageous prices) and they have interest and the authors consent, they just need to make the sales worth it - so buy this book! (and GTO 14 days!)