Tooru Fujisawa

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Tooru Fujisawa
Hokkaido, Japan
Other namesMari Aizawa (相沢 真理) [1] [ verification needed ]
Occupation Manga artist
Employer Kodansha
Known for Great Teacher Onizuka
Spouse(s)Ayano Fujisawa

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. [2]



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 . [3] In 2010, he married actress Ayano Sugiyama. [4] [5] [6]


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  3. Tokyopop Interview (GTO Anime DVDs)