You know, Toru Fujisawa, I don’t like you very much right now. You’re making me go through this. You’re making me go through this again. After all this time we’ve spent together and after everything he and I have been through as a team, you’re making me say goodbye to Eikichi Onizuka AGAIN. You’re taking him away from me for a third time and I just can’t handle this kind of emotional trauma. Gone will be lazing the days away with good times and jokes, no longer will there be any panty peeping hijinks, and street brawls in Shonan are just off the table. Sure, I could try to go out and have fun by myself, hit on women and start some fights, but without Onziuka around, it just won’t be the same anymore. Not only him, but Fujisawa, you’re also once again taking away everyone else! Danma, Kikuchi, Shonomi, and the lovely Urumi Kanzaki too… What do you expect me to do now? It’s just not fair.
In other words, yes, GTO 14 Days In Shonan is coming to an end. The last volume of the third major GTO series will be hitting shelves this month, thus concluding the adventures of our great teachers. Will he one day take up his MX II and ride through the night again, or might he unexpectedly make a dramatic return to the classroom one day elephant trunks and all? I can only hope so. I’ve written about my love and history of GTO before, so I’m not going to repeat my entire history with Onizuka. He’s been in my life for a long time though, and I’m always sad to see my main man go. For the few of you out there who also took the long journey with Eikichi Onizuka up to this point, Vertical thanks you. I thank you.
Upon finishing the last volume of 14 Days I find myself left with a bittersweet yet profound feeling. Even uncomplicated idiot with no interests outside of video games and pornography like Eikichi Onizuka can be the most awe inspiring heroic person in the world. He’s a dude who couldn’t think his way out of a wet paper bag so he’ll just punch through it instead. This former dead beat biker gang member, with the occasional heart of gold, only sort of got his act together when becoming a teacher and yet he still manages to save dozens of kids who need help. He routinely puts his life on the line almost for the sake of others. While that sort of thing has certainly become a Shonen cliché, Onizuka isn’t Ichigo or Goku, and he’s certainly not trying to rescue Sasuke. While his antics and solutions can be over the top, plenty of the serious situations the various GTO series portray can and have happened. Sometimes, it’s nothing to laugh about. Even a deadbeat idiot can be a hero. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what it is.
GTO 14 Days In Shonan ends, I say goodbye to another favorite series, and time moves on. It happens. I do need to thank you for all the good times over the past decade though Eikichi. I couldn’t have done it without you.
P.S. I just realized The Flowers Of Evil is going to end someday… Oh no.
Finally going to start reading these beautiful books.
Now is a better time than ever to finish off GTO the Early Years.
And don’t forget GTO 14 Days in Shonan is also available (vol 1-7 now in stores!)
With GTO The Early Years 12 out this week, why not take experience Eikichi Onizuka in a different light… COSPLAY!
Hmm, maybe I should bleach my hair too. I’d have to shave, though.