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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Manga & Anime Talk 3: Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) Spin Off Manga's

[This post is rated R for Language & Subtleties. Read at your own risk]

Hello, it's Mimi again! How you all doin'?

Ok, guys... So, this is officially my third post in just March 2016 alone. Seems like I have a lot of times on my hand, huh? Wrong! I don't actually.... Haha, yet rather strangely I still manage to find some time to write on this blog. Well, when you're really that interested in something, then nothing is going to stop you from doing it, I guess (just like my case here).

You know that I only write in here only when I have something fun to share, right? No? Wait....

Don't tell me that for as long as I been writing on this blog, no one actually... CARES? Oh, my.. Is my face getting red now? Have I been writing this only for my own gratification? (눈_눈):  You mean whenever I write or rant in here, nobody actually gives a f**k? Like there won't be any hard feelings or consequences, even when I'm writing shitty things about shitty people on the net? Seriously... like no impact at ALL??

Oh, well...

Sounds like somebody (me) is living in a different dimension than another bunch (famous people) whom couldn't afford to make any blunders since it's going to cost them. Well guys, I don't know what else to say about this except;

'Thanks internet for this double standard thing! Anonymity and Indifference. That's all I needed... Why am I the only one manage to escape? I don't know what I didn't do, but this is freaking COOL, man!! (´∇`)b'

Anyway, moving on....

About 4 years ago, I wrote this post. Yes, if you guys already clicked on it, then you know what it's all about. It's a special post, solely dedicated for one of my favorite anime/manga in the world; Great Teacher Onizuka, commonly known as 'GTO'. Haha.... I still remember my determination back then when I was writing this post. I was highly determined that I even ransacked the whole internet just to find the right info and image about it and as the result of that; GTO become the second highest page views for this blog. Pretty cool huh? Well, maybe not so cool considering this is non-profitable blog and nobody gives a sh*t, but hey.... I'm still proud about it anyway.

So, four years had passed since then, and along the way, a lot of things had been happening and changing in the anime/manga industry. For starter, I'm so freaking happy that the original author of GTO, Tohru Fujisawa had decided to continue the GTO storyline by adding more arc to it. Other words for that would be... SPIN OFF's!!! Oh, yeah...

Seriously, I had never been so glad of hearing that word before the new serialization of GTO's comes out. Like, really... I'm so... so glad (╥﹏╥). After the original manga series ended (rather abruptly, I think) in 2002, Tohru-sensei had been working on other manga project that I don't really gives rats about and it kinds of  put a damper on my interest in GTO. I mean, don't get me wrong... It's not that I don't like this manga anymore, but I'm just so sick of waiting! *Spoiler alert* When will Onizuka-sensei is going to regain his consciousness?? Finally, on 2014 - my wishes come true. I found the scanlations for GTO: Shonan 14 Days, thanks to the hard work by people from Mangafox and Mangareader community. 

Hello sensei.
Long time no see, huh?
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Ok, so here's a little confession of mine takes place. When I first read it, I don't really like this spin-off's GTO manga so much. For those who had been following GTO for a long time, you guys probably already knows what it takes to make a great GTO manga chapter; Onizuka-sensei (of course!), the school (Holy Forest Academy), other teachers and students, and a little on the sidelines; some ecchi-ecchi stuff to keeps the wheels going. That, to me - would make a quite great GTO chapter. Oh yeah, and the hidden life lesson/values and whatever along the way. That would be great too. But, wanna guess what I get when I read this manga? 

None of that. 

Yeah, sure Onizuka is still an ecchi/kind teacher as ever but other than that, the settings and all the characters in it are different. For starter, because of some stupid blunder at his old school (Holy Forest), Onizuka is now on the run. So, where would he go? Shonan of course (since it is his hometown). Now that he's in Shonan, Onizuka had nowhere to go but eventually he kinda find refuge at a troubled youth home called 'White Swan' and runs by gorgeous female teacher called Ayame. The readers are later introduced with a few new teenage characters who seems decent enough, but inside a mess! (of course they have to be, or else Onizuka won't be able to help them). Mind in your head that I'm just writing brief synopsis based on my memory recollection and it wasn't a good one. I dunno, man... This manga seems like a GTO, but doesn't really feels like GTO, if you know what I mean. Even the story line itself sometimes seems a bit out of place and forced. It wasn't until after the end of 7th volume (I think), I began to get the GTO vibes around the manga and again, getting comfy with Onizuka-sensei, once more. So, I finished reading GTO Shonan around September last year (because the silly me didn't know that it had been fully translated since July 2014) and yeah, all is good again between me and GTO.

However, as much as I'm happy that all's well that ends well with this manga; I was left with an empty hole in my heart. No more GTO, I thought to myself. No more perverted Onizuka-sensei... Well, that sucks... What am I gonna do now? Should I re-read the manga again? Of course not. It's not like reading it would make it any better... The story is ALREADY good, just as it is. I could re-watch the anime but it only have the same effect as reading the manga. So, what more can I do? Hell, for what it's worst I just do whatever any manga/anime fan would. 

I seek another manga to satisfy my needs. Hehehe...

Which, wasn't really a bad idea, at first. I found myself a couple of decent manga/anime (Natsume Yuujinchou, Skip Beat!, Ookami Shoujo..., Kamisama Kiss.../Blush-DC... blah blah), but here's what I should've consider first before getting into all those; done more research about GTO's. When the manga wrapped up, I should've watch out for news on the internet about Tohru-sensei new work like a true fan. Yeah, I should've done that. But, guess what? I didn't... So, I was running semi-happily emotion in the manga land with all of these other (quite great/some are just nice/hentai.... opss) manga until I have an unexpected run-in (no pun intended) with GTO again. Okay, fellas... I just found yet another spin-off's off GTO and its written/illustrated by none other than Tohru-senpai himself! I found out about this new manga series about two weeks ago (cause I am missing Onizuka-sensei) and stumble upon my luck. As this post is written, I am now I'm at the 3rd volume (chapter 41). See how love prevails?? Haha, is this a happy ending or not? You bet it is (for me anyway). 

The new GTO Spin-Off's Series: GTO - Paradise Lost

The new GTO spin-off is titled as GTO: Paradise Lost and it had been serialized since 2014. Yep, that's right... 2014!! Oh, shi*e... Really, I should done my research earlier, or I else I wouldn't be so out of loop like this! Onizuka-sensei, please forgive me (╥﹏╥)... Now, despite of the pretty innocent, ecchi-hinting title; this manga doesn't have a smooth sail, especially towards its titular character. Well, if you are quite a fan of GTO and were curious about what 'Paradise Lost' is all about, then please buckle your seat and read this singular intro to the manga below taken solely from;

GTO: Paradise Lost -
'Onizuka finds himself in prison.'

What? That's IT? Onizuka is in jail? WTF? Hey, come on mangafox...surely you can give better explanation than just THAT? I mean it sure a big leap from teacher to become a prisoner... How did Onizuka even get there at the first place? Did he get framed, molested, raped, killed someone or what? Tohru-sensei, is this FOR real? What's happened to that Great Teacher Onizuka? Remember him when he used to be that cool teacher and had helped a lot of his troubled student? Come on, you gotta give me more detail about this. Naze? Naze? Naze???!!! <---- (Like A True Otaku, I Scream).

Haha, relax guys... I'm just messing with ya. I told you that I read the manga already didn't I? So, I know what's going on. So far, it had been revealed that Onizuka is in prison because he's accused of abducting one of his student (no name for now) and this whole manga series bounces back and forth from Onizuka life when he's still outside and inside of the prison. I mean, true enough - the guy needs to have a backstory and all in order to land himself in there and that's exactly what he does. Part of real action, part of reminiscing; just like he did in Shonan 14 days. No surprises there, everything is going according to plan. And I'm quite glad that Tohru-sensei had decided to bring back all the characters from GTO in this new manga (especially Uchiyamada-sensei). Kinda miss that baldy teacher. (‾◡◝ )> But, looking at these two spins-off does make one (girl) wonder... 

'Nee, Tohru-sensei... naze ka Onizuka boku ga kirai?' (Lolz for my broken Japanese)

Haha, cause it's freaking true fellas! From one spin-off's to another, Tohru-sensei had been putting Onizuka under a hot water without a moment of hesitation. You don't believe me? Well, let see here... The first spin's-off depicts Onizuka's life when he's in a run for something he didn't (purposely) do which thankfully - ends well, but now that poor guy is in JAIL? I mean, I know I'm not supposed to be complaining when Tohru-sensei had generously resurrected GTO again and again for us fans, but when will this 24 (no longer 22) year old virgin are going to get laid, find his true love, and get his happy ending? A dirty fan would say, oh come on Onizuka-sensei... just freaking f**k already!!! What are you waiting for? Now, that he's in jail, perhaps we could finally see some of that action (subtleties), but this manga is no BL. This is GTO world, man!!! And ecchi one at that too... I mean, this is not Bleach where there is no love arc existed anywhere (you can ship them all you want, just not going to happen) or School Rumble where the main character is so clueless about who truly loves her and keep on going at the wrong guy... Hell, no! This manga supposed to be more fun than that!

So, that's why Tohru-sensei, enough with torturing Onizuka and putting him in deep sh*t already... Starts developing something more meaningful like his future relationship for once or some backstory about Onizuka parents (manga always gets better when their parents starts involved anyway (Naruto, Bleach), ask anyone) instead of this endless cycle of ....... Even Naruto gets married to Hinata in the end and conceived Baruto, so what are you going to say about that, Tohru-sensei? Will mah Onizuka-sensei get the same ending or will he be a creepy sex pedo next? Huh? Huh? I hope you aren't thinking the latter, sensei cause if you are... then I'm gonna burn my lappy and never look at any manga ever again. Period.

Okay guys, that's it for my Manga & Anime Talk - Part 3. Sorry, if I get a little bit carried away... As you probably could smell it, I'm a big fan of this manga/anime so yeah, it pretty pisses me off when my favorite manga arc kinda of run in a circle. Since I been following this manga for 4 years now, I wanna see something more exciting or developed about Onizuka, especially in his personal relationship department. Tohru-sensei, if you're reading this... this is a fan wish and I didn't mean to cause any harm. This is the first time I ever complain about manga and I only mean well. Gomenasai and keep on drawing/writing this awesome series. 

Love from a fan: Mimi Said

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