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Tooru Fujisawa (藤沢 とおる, Fujisawa Tōru, born 1967) is a Japanese manga artist. His name is romanized as Tohru Fujisawa on the Tokyopop English-language Great Teacher Onizuka books and as Toru Fujisawa on the Kodansha bilingual releases. His first serialized work was Adesugata Junjo Boy, published from 1989 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine . Fujisawa's best-known work is Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) about a biker, Eikichi Onizuka, and his attempt to become and remain a teacher. It is a sequel to Shōnan Jun'ai Gumi! and its side story Bad Company . In 1998, Fujisawa won the Kodansha Manga Award for Great Teacher Onizuka.
Fujisawa was born and raised in Hokkaido and started drawing as a child. Fujisawa originally wanted to be in animation but decided manga would give him more freedom. He based Shonan Junai Gumi at a seaside location after growing up inland. At the age of 17, he moved to Tokyo by himself to become a manga artist. He wrote science fiction Dōjinshi and submitted them to publishers. He is a fan of Initial D and was inspired by Akira .In 2010, he married actress Ayano Sugiyama.
Takehiko Inoue is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for the basketball series Slam Dunk (1990–1996), which is one of the best-selling manga series in history, and the samurai manga Vagabond. Many of his works are about basketball, Inoue himself being a huge fan of the sport. His works sold in North America through Viz Media are Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real, although Slam Dunk was earlier translated by Gutsoon! Entertainment. In 2012, Inoue became the first recipient of the Cultural Prize at the Asia Cosmopolitan Awards.
Great Teacher Onizuka, officially abbreviated as GTO, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It was originally serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from January 1997 to February 2002, with its chapters compiled into twenty-five tankōbon volumes. The story focuses on 22-year-old ex-bōsōzoku member Eikichi Onizuka, who becomes a teacher at a private middle school, Holy Forest Academy, in Tokyo, Japan. It is a continuation of Fujisawa's earlier manga series Shonan Junai Gumi and Bad Company, both of which focus on the life of Onizuka before becoming a teacher.
Yoshihiro Togashi is a Japanese manga artist. He began drawing manga at an early age; while he attended college, the publishing company Shueisha recognized his talent. Togashi has authored numerous manga series in different genres during the past three decades. He is perhaps best known for writing and illustrating the Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter × Hunter series, both of which have been published in the popular Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Togashi is married to Naoko Takeuchi, the author of Sailor Moon.
Tankōbon is the Japanese term for a book that is not part of a series or corpus. In modern Japan, the term is most often used in reference to independent volumes of a single manga series: most series first appear as individual chapters in a weekly or monthly manga magazine with other works before being collected into tankōbon containing several chapters each.
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Shonan Junai Gumi is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It was published by Kodansha from October 1990 to October 1996, compiled in 31 volumes, and has been re-released in a deluxe edition of 15 volumes, from May to December 2005. Multiple adaptations were established during the series’ run, such as a five-episode anime OVA series released on VHS from 1994 to 1997, a Japanese television drama, and several live action movies. This is the manga that introduced the character Eikichi Onizuka, who would later star in the more popular sequel series Great Teacher Onizuka.
Norifusa Mita is a Japanese manga artist born in 1958 from Iwate Prefecture. He is best known for Dragon Zakura for which he received the 29th Kodansha Manga Award. Dragon Zakura has been adapted to live-action television series in Japan and South Korea, its spin-off series Angel Bank received live-action television adaptation as well. His manga Investor Z was adapt into live-action television series in 2018 and The Great War of Archimedes was adapted into a film in 2019.
Bad Company is a one volume prequel manga to the series Shonan Junai Gumi. It was written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa shortly before starting work on Great Teacher Onizuka. The manga was serialized in 1996 and the collected volume was published in 1997 by Kodansha.
Namie Odama (尾玉なみえ), born June 1, 1979 in Osaka Prefecture, known as "Namie-han" to her fans, is a Japanese gag manga artist. Her works have been featured in Shueisha's magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump and, more recently, its sister publications Business Jump, Ultra Jump and Young Jump.
Nakaba Suzuki is a Japanese manga artist. Suzuki has been published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine.
Shōnen, shonen, or shounen is the Japanese word for "boy" or "minor".
Jump, sometimes stylized JUMP and also known as Jump Comics, is a line of manga magazines created by Shueisha. It began with Shōnen Jump manga magazine in 1968, later renamed Weekly Shōnen Jump. The origin of the name is unknown. The Jump magazines are primarily intended for teen male audiences, although the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine has also been popular with the female demographic. Along with the line of manga magazines, Shōnen Jump also includes a crossover media franchise, where there have been various Shōnen Jump themed crossover anime and video games which bring together various Shōnen Jump manga characters.
Minori Kimura is a Japanese manga artist. Critics and scholars often count her among the Year 24 Group, a nebulous group of female artists considered to have revolutionized shōjo manga in the 1970s.
Young Magazine Uppers (ヤングマガジンアッパーズ) was a semimonthly seinen manga magazine, published in Japan from April 1, 1998 until October 19, 2004 by Kodansha.
Maki Enjōji is a Japanese manga artist. Some of her works, such as Happy Marriage!? and Private Prince, have been published in French and German by Kazé and Tokyopop. Editorial Ivrea has released the Spanish version of Private Prince in 2011, which is still ongoing. Happy Marriage!? will be published in English under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint on 6 August 2013.
Kamen Teacher is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It was serialized in Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine from 2006 to 2007. A sequel manga, titled Kamen Teacher Black was published in the same magazine from 2013 to 2014. It was adapted into a live action television series in 2013 and was adapted into a live action film in 2014. The special for this film was broadcast by NTV on February 14, 2014 on Kinyou Roadshow.
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GTO: 14 Days in Shonan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It is a side story of the main manga series Great Teacher Onizuka. It was published in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from June 2009 to September 2011, with its chapters collected into nine tankōbon volumes.
GTO: Paradise Lost is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It is a sequel of the main manga series Great Teacher Onizuka. It has been published in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine since April 2014, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes as of October 2020.