Eikichi Onizuka is a 23-year-old ex-gang member. He is also the World’s Greatest Teacher! As he began his quest to become the ultimate educator The young Onizuka discovers two principles of teaching – a social conscience and a sense of morality. So while he cannot use his strength on his kids his street smarts allow him to garner respect across the student body. As a homeroom teacher Onizuka focuses mainly on teaching life lessons, unfortunately his methods have created a stir among the PTA. To change the educational system as a whole, he embarks on a mission whereas he will individually mentor each student one-by-one, allowing each student to overcome their problems, whether they come from the classroom or from their home living rooms.
In this seventh volume of GTO 14 Days in Shonan, Eikichi efforts have been fruitful and now he believes he can finally relax in his hometown. Unfortunately, now trouble seems to have hunted him down. Two of his old students have located him and they have settled in amongst hischildren’s home hideout. Old flames have been rekindled and Onizuka’s lack of maturity will inspire some of his biggest admirers to enact their vengeance on the Great Teacher.
“As a character explicitly points out, it’s painfully evident that parental selfishness has given [these teens] severe reason to distrust adults and that they’re not about to give Onizuka a second chance if he lets them down. As a result, the manga is dealing with the same Onizuka, but watching him walk a much narrower tight rope… It’s intriguing to consider how the manga might react to the new twist in its careful balance act and how 14 Days might consequently develop in subtly different ways than the original.” —Ain’t it Cool News
“I have never read a GTO comic before this, so the prospect of reading what amounts to a spin-off was a bit intimidating. Luckily the premise is pretty simple… I liken this book to Columbo. Anyone who has ever watched a Columbo episode knows that Columbo is going to solve the case. The real pleasure comes from seeing how the bumbling detective puts it all together… The figures are strong and confident, and the backgrounds are stunning.” —Stumptown Trade Review
“I loved it… The most surprising thing about 14 Days in Shonan is its ability to address serious social problems without devolving into an Afterschool Special. The hand-to-hand combat and barrage of condom jokes helps mitigate against didacticism, to be sure, but Fujisawa is skillful enough to make the students’ personal troubles a meaningful—and sometimes moving—part of the story, inspiring Onizuka to new heights of creativity (and silliness) in his efforts to reach them. Highly recommended.” —The Manga Critic