GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, Volume 6 (Paperback)
Eikichi Onizuka is a 23-year-old ex-gang member. He is also the World's Greatest Teacher As he began his quest to become the ultimate educator The young Onizuka discovers two principles of teaching - a social conscience and a sense of morality. So while he cannot use his strength on his kids his street smarts allow him to garner respect across the student body. As a homeroom teacher Onizuka focuses mainly on teaching life lessons, unfortunately his methods have created a stir among the PTA. To change the educational system as a whole, he embarks on a mission whereas he will individually mentor each student one-by-one, allowing each student to overcome their problems, whether they come from the classroom or from their home living rooms. After a tiring and eventful school year Onizuka takes a break from the classroom and for his school break he decides escape the pressures of work by heading back home to the lazy surfers village of Shonan. Back in his hometown, he runs into friend of his significant other who runs an orphanage called the White Swan Youth Home. An orphan himself, Onizuka decides to help the home with hopes to help the kids in the same manner he does at school. In the sixth volume of 14 Days in Shonan, Onizuka has to step out of the White Swan orphanage to attempt to change the entire culture of the Shonan youth scene. The White Swan appears to be heading in the right direction, however there is an outside source that is influencing the home in a negative way. This is a group of youths that is intent on waging war against adults. They feel that the adult world is what is wrong with their lives and they refuse to play by their rules. Together these teens have created a group called the Oedipus Club. The Oedipus Club is an unusual gang that actively hunts down ignorant or weak-willed adults often blackmailing them or setting them up for insignificant assualt charges. Given that the "crimes" are alleged by youths the adult suspects are often treated as child abusers and occassionally sex offenders often damaging their lives forever. The GTO must take on this gang and break them up before they destroy the White Swan. It is a race for their survival...keep the club going or save the White Swan from being burned to the ground.
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 the 22nd Kodansha Comic Award Winner 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 pen thirteen more comic series, with four of those properties landing on American shores. Fujisawa continues to be one of the most beloved manga artists of this generation.
“As a character explicitly points out, it’s painfully evident that parental selfishness has given [these teens] severe reason to distrust adults and that they’re not about to give Onizuka a second chance if he lets them down. As a result, the manga is dealing with the same Onizuka, but watching him walk a much narrower tight rope… It’s intriguing to consider how the manga might react to the new twist in its careful balance act and how 14 Days might consequently develop in subtly different ways than the original.” —Ain’t
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“I have never read a GTO comic before this, so the prospect of reading what amounts to a spin-off was a bit intimidating. Luckily the premise is pretty simple… I liken this book to Columbo. Anyone who has ever watched a Columbo episode knows that Columbo is going to solve the case. The real pleasure comes from seeing how the bumbling detective puts it all together… The figures are strong and confident, and the backgrounds are stunning.” —Stumptown Trade Review
“I loved it… The most surprising thing about 14 Days in Shonan is its ability to address serious social problems without devolving into an Afterschool Special. The hand-to-hand combat and barrage of condom jokes helps mitigate against didacticism, to be sure, but Fujisawa is skillful enough to make the students’ personal troubles a meaningful—and sometimes moving—part of the story, inspiring Onizuka to new heights of creativity (and silliness) in his efforts to reach them. Highly recommended.” —The Manga Critic