Who’s the greatest teacher in manga? Korosensei? Zetsubou Sensei? The Ultimate Otaku Teacher? Ha! Posers, all of them! They pale in comparison to the original gangsta, the one and only, Great Teacher Onizuka. To celebrate the GTO manga’s 20th anniversary, we’re schooling you guys a crash-course on the fundamentals of GTO. Fellow All-Comic manga specialist Nick Rowe joins us to give us the 101 on how the old folk discovered GTO back in the days of Tokyopop and how filthy rich GTO’s creator Tohru Fujisawa became because of it’s success. Not only do we talk about the original manga in depth, we touch upon the prequel, sequels, and spinoffs as well! Everything you ever wanted to know about GTO is covered in this erudite educational episode.

But first, we’ve got about an hours’ worth of news to peruse through! We correct the previously misreported circulation numbers for One Piece, butt heads on whether Keijo!!!!!!!! was unfairly canceled, and are simultaneously bemused and amused over the recent controversy over Sword Art Online being in an Idaho Middle School’s library. Oh, and we discuss To Love Ru being licensed by Seven Seas. Finally, the greatest softcore porn manga in Shonen Jump’s history will be available in bookstores everywhere. Can’t wait for the inevitable school library controversy over that one.


Part 1: News

00:20 – Intro & One Piece Circulation News Update!!
3:10 – Gangsta Resumes on May 20th
4:20 – Was Keijo!!!!!!!! Wrongfully Canceled?
12:00 – Gengoroh Tagame Ends My Brother’s Husband Manga in May
14:14 – Angel Heart Concludes in May
15:54 – Ryohgo Narita’s Bleach Novel Begins Digital Serialization on April 28th
17:54 – One Piece Magazine Will Serialize the Upcoming Ace Novel
18:54 – A Berserk Novel Written by Makoto Fukami is Coming Out on June 23rd
20:10 – Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro Will Publish a One-shot in Grand Jump This Fall
21:57 – Orange Manga Gets New Chapter in May
22:57 – Detective Conan Gets Two New Spinoff Manga
25:47 – We Never Learn & Robot X Laserbeam Have Been Added to the English Shonen Jump
29:50 – Seven Seas Licenses a Lot of Monster Girl Manga!!
36:30 – Bookwalker Global to Release The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Light Novel
38:00 – Viz Licenses Splatoon Manga
39:00 – Kodansha USA to publish Days, Tsuredure Children, & Battle Angel Alita
40:55 – Kodansha is Recruiting Staff for the “Largest Scale Manga Application in History”
41:50 – Kaoru Shitani is Taking a Hiatus From Manga
42:45 – Gosho Aoyama’s Series Have a Combined 200 Million Volumes in Print Worldwide
44:22 – Kids on the Slope is Getting a Live-action Film
45:12 – Sword Art Online in a Middle School Library Controversy

Part 2: GTO Discussion w/Nick Rowe

49:49 – How We Got Into GTO
1:05:38 – Overview of the GTO Franchise
1:10:26 – Our General Opinions of GTO
1:22:00 – Opinions on the Manga’s Second Half
1:52:05 – Should You Read Shonan Junai Gumi Before Reading GTO?
1:59:10 – What Makes GTO So Great?
2:14:20 – Are Any of the GTO Sequels & Spinoffs Worth Reading?

2:24:20 – Wrap-up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com, and now on Youtube! You can also follow the hosts at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha and special guest Nick Rowe at @SPD4649. Due to the number of MHA-related questions we received, we will be recording a separate MHA Q&A special to be released on Friday, May 19th! We’ll be recording on Sunday, May 7th, so make sure to send any MHA-related questions and debate topics suggestions for us to discuss on the show before then! The next Manga Fight will differ from the usual format, instead tackling a genre instead of a specific series. Said genre will be MONSTER GIRL manga!! If you guys want to send questions and topic suggestions for that episode, you may do so on twitter, the Manga Mavericks thread on Animation Revelation, or e-mail us at mangamaverics@gmail.com. Don’t forget to also like and subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us reviews to help us curate the show and create better content! If there are any topics, series or mangaka you would like to see us talk about on the show, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com! Thanks for listening!

About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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