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Shonan Junai Gumi!

Shonan Junai Gumi!

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Synonyms: Shounan Junai Gumi, Shounan Jun'ai-gumi!, Shonan Junai-gumi!, Pure Love Gang of Shounan, Young GTO
Japanese: 湘南純愛組!


Type: OVA
Episodes: 5
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 21, 1994 to Jan 24, 1997
Producers: J.C.Staff
Genres: Action, Comedy, School
Duration: 50 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma are members of infamous biker duo, the Oni Baku. When not out riding around, they can be found in school, trying to pick up young women. This is the story of the young Onizuka, who would later become the greatest teacher in Japan, and his partner Ryuji in their quest to lose their virginity and reach maturity.

They are widely feared bosozoku, and are known for their tenacity and viciousness in a fight. However, this lifestyle does not exactly endear them to the opposite gender, so they decide to change their ways. However, this is easier said than done.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Bad Company, Shonan Junai Gumi!
Sequel: Great Teacher Onizuka

Characters & Voice Actors

Danma, Ryuuji
Danma, Ryuuji
Hori, Hideyuki
Hori, Hideyuki
Onizuka, Eikichi
Onizuka, Eikichi
Futamata, Issei
Futamata, Issei
Sawaki, Ikuya
Sawaki, Ikuya
Yamazaki, Wakana
Yamazaki, Wakana


Takenouchi, Kazuhisa
Miyamae, Mitsuharu
Art Director
Fujisawa, Tohru
Original Creator
Sudou, Masatomo
Character Design

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Feb 20, 2009
I am a huge fan of the Great Teacher Onizuka manga and anime, so I knew I had to check this show out. Shonan Junai Gumi is actually a prequel to the popular GTO, but not nearly as well known. It is a look into the life of Onizuka and his friend Ryuji back in high school, when they were known as the feared biker duo, Oni-Baku. Filled with action, fighting, and humor, this show is a great way for GTO fans to get a bit more Onizuka, and give those new to the series their first taste of this great character.

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Sep 20, 2014
Based on the manga by Fujisawa Tooru, Shounan Junai Gumi, also known as GTO The Early Years in America tells the high school days of Onizuka Eikichi and Danma Ryuji when they were the infamous and (the nearly) invincible duo known as the Onibaku. Initially, the Onibaku leave their school to transfer to a new one in hopes of starting fresh and abandoning their delinquent ways in the ultimate hope of teenage conquest, to get laid. To help in their attempt at reformation, they get part-time jobs at the beach and there they meet two young ladies.

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Aug 19, 2012
The prequel to Great teacher Onizuka a truly amazing series to precead. I watched GTO first and i know many people will do the same since this title is lesser known. Hopefully i can give you a few reasons to pick up this exciting prequel.

When i picked up Shonan Junai Gumi i was not sure what to expect considering the structure of GTO i had wondered if it would follow a similar pattern or would it be totally original in itself. It turned out to follow a similar yet different structure. Following Onizuka on his various journeys riding motorcycles and beaten up punks.

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Nov 24, 2009
well, obviously this is the prequel to GTO, i got lucky and was able to get it off the net and got a chance to watch it, i think now its pretty difficult to get it. anyway its not as good as GTo, but it's a treat to find out the troubles that Onizuka and his friends get in.

as for story goes, its not the best nor it makes "real" sense, but it was sure enjoyable, partly cuz i am a GTO fan.
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Very similar situations and character personality, must watch if you have seen one of them. You might feel the blond guy in Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! are cheating but after the first EP and half of the second EP you will change your mind.
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Sex crazed youths trying to find their next ambition. The '90s sure was a single-minded time.
There both short OVA series with stupid and perverted main characters. Though Kintaro is more moral than Onizuka but if its about women there very similar and in every Episode there always have a new adventure with new woman's.
This series, which is about GTOs early years, is similar to Midori no Hibi in several ways, even though Shonan Junai Gumi has more fighing. Both series features a protagonist who's feared and admired at school for his fighting skills and is desperately trying to find a girlfriend.
Both are 90s short OVA series that are adaptations of well known mangas about high school boy delinquents being dumb and badass.
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Two teenagers going after fights to improve their skills and trying (with little success) to get girls on the way. That's the core of the two animes, but SJG duo have more style and funny lines.

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