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GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Vol.3
Right-Left Manga
200 pages
Tohru Fujisawa
Another great volume in this highly entertaining series - packed full with all the drama, action, humor, and subtle social commentary we've come to expect from Tohru Fujisawa.
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GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Vol.3
By Patrick King

GTO is a great series. This is simply a joy to read. For those of you who missed our feature a few months ago, I can't recommend this enough. This is the story of former gang member Eikichi Onizuka on his quest to become a Great Teacher, hence the title Great Teacher Onizuka. Growing up, Onizuka hated teachers, and eagerly gave them a hard time. In this issue, his past transgressions come back to haunt him as he takes control of the worst class in his school. The torture has only begun for aspiring teacher Onizuka, and readers will enjoy his unconventional ways of dealing with problems...

This volume displays no change in quality from the first two. It is a very detailed series that tends to lean toward realistic scenes with the occasional hilarious facial exaggerations to emphasize emotions. Character designs stand out simply because of the sheer number of players in this manga. Each character has a fully realized personality that is fleshed out far more than his or her animated counterpart. In spite of the manga's quick pace, the book goes in to considerably more detail than the anime version of the same tale can given its time constraints. Such detail is extremely welcome to fans of the show.

Technically, GTO is a fine example of what to do when printing manga in English. This is presented in its unflipped (Japanese) format and has TOKYOPOP's standard MSRP of $9.99USD - not a bad price for the content. There isn't too much in the way of extras, but hopefully some will be added in future volumes. There certainly is enough left in the series to plug in some interviews or design sketches.

Another high point of this series is its unchanged names and general authenticity to the original work. GTO contains some complex themes and tends to be graphic at times, and it's great to see that the more controversial aspects of the manga haven't been censored by closed-minded mass-market pleasing bureaucrats. The more gritty aspects of GTO and Fujisawa's willingness to tackle these themes rather than ignore them make it the great story it is. I hope TOKYOPOP keeps up the admirable work and continues to bring us true 100% authentic manga, as they promise...

If you've ever been to school, you can relate to GTO. Onizuka's unique problem solving methods are always a treat to experience, and there is a rather serious story underneath all the fun and games. With the huge flood of manga titles becoming available in English suddenly, this is one I believe any fan of Japanese comics can appreciate.

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