The Early Years, Volume 13
Vertical, Paperback, 9781932234947, 356pp.
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
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
“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.”
“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.”