Kodansha USA has announced that they have licensed GTO: Great Teach Onizuka for a digital release. All 25 volumes will debut on participating digital vendors on February 1st, and the follow-up series GTO: 14 Days in Shonan will also receive a digital release on the same day. The official announcement from Kodansha USA can be found below:

Celebrating 25 years since its original debut, Kodansha USA announced today that all 25 volumes of GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka – the award-winning manga about the best worst teacher, by master creator, Toru Fujisawa – returns in digital on Tuesday, February 1st. To coincide with this momentous return, Kodansha is also digitally debuting all 9 volumes of the follow-up series GTO: 14 Days in Shonan. New and existing fans will be able to purchase and read both series across all of Kodansha’s participating digital vendors, including Bookwalker, comiXology, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, izneo, MyAnimeList and more! Be on the lookout for GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka and GTO: 14 Days in Shonan pre-orders wherever you buy Kodansha digital manga!

“We’re excited to bring back such a fan-favorite manga digitally from the vault of Kodansha’s extensive catalog,” said Alvin Lu, president & CEO, Kodansha USA, “Equal parts dark comedy and action / adventure, GTO is sure to rekindle the love of manga for any fan who’s been out of the loop, and give new fans the chance to experience this classic senin series for the first time.”

GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka is the story of Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old virgin and ex-biker. He’s crude, foul-mouthed, and has a quick temper. His goal: to be the Greatest High School Teacher in the world! Onizuka may think he’s the toughest guy on campus, but when he meets his class full of bullies, blackmailers, and scheming sadists, he’ll have to prove it.

GTO: 14 Days in Shonan is the sequel series taking place immediately after the events of the original series. After guiding the infamous Tokyo Kissho Academy through a crash-course of his unique brand of life-lessons, a battered and bruised Eikichi Onizuka takes a well-deserved trip to his hometown, a typically quiet surfers paradise called Shonan. Unfortunately, with child neglect and abuse becoming a global phenomenon, the self-proclaimed GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) quickly finds himself back in the saddle for what he hopes is a painless two-week long field trip with some teens in need. And while Onizuka’s curriculum may not rely on the reading, writing and arithmetic that is common in most classrooms, he has more than a few good lessons in personal development, fisticuffs and fun to teach a new generation of troubled teens.

Along with the debut of both GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, and GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, Kodansha continues the celebration with a very special sale starting Thursday, February 3rd, discounting the ongoing sequel, GTO Paradise Lost, up to 50% off during their Throwback Thursday digital manga sale.

Manga fans can read free first chapter previews for GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, and GTO Paradise Lost on kodansha.us.

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC
A subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher, Kodansha USA Publishing is the English-language publisher of some of the world’s most recognizable manga properties, including Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA and Naoko Takeuchi’s Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, along with a robust catalog of English-language Japanese novels, cookbooks, craft guides, historical and cultural literature, and more. Today, thanks to recent fan-favorite and critically acclaimed hits like Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita, Witch Hat Atelier, and the popular MONOGATARI novels, Kodansha USA Publishing is one of the best-selling manga publishers in the United States. Kodansha USA Publishing’s print offerings are distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services, and their digital manga and select digital books are available across a number of digital comics, manga, and book vendors. For more information visit kodansha.us.

About The Author Varun Gupta

Varun Gupta is an analyst residing in Minnesota. While his professional interests have led him on the path to the business world, he has always had an immense love of animation and comics. An obsessive manga collector, he spends his free time attempting to read through his massive backlog of series, hoping to one day finish them all. Will he succeed in his perilous quest? Probably not, but at least he’s having fun doing it!

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