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Shonan Junai Gumi! (Manga)

Shonan Junai Gumi!

Alternative Titles

English: GTO: The Early Years
Synonyms: Shounan Junai Gumi, Shonan Pure Love Gang
Japanese: 湘南純愛組!


Type: Manga
Volumes: 31
Chapters: 267
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 1991 to Dec 1996
Authors: Fujisawa, Tohru (Story & Art)


Score: 8.221 (scored by 2381 users)
Ranked: #4582
Popularity: #820
Members: 6,089
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Ekichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma are members of infamous biker gang, 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.

(Source: ANN)


Shonan Junai Gumi! was published in the USA by the now-defunct Tokyopop as GTO: The Early Years. The Tokyopop release ended at Volume 10. Vertical Inc. eventually picked up the license for and finished printing the remaining volumes in 2012.

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Apr 4, 2015
How come people go all rampage when it's about GTO yet don't bother to read this Masterpiece of a Manga? Seriously, I don't even like Manga all that much, but this one was worth every second I've spent reading it.

This will be a rather short review because I usually tend to review stuff I hate, so I don't know what exactly to say when I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

The plot is, as you can guess, Onizuka's and Ryuuji's backstory, the lovabale delinquent-legends that no one would ever dare to mess with. They're feared by enemies, admired by their peers and were "kicked out read more
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Nov 3, 2012
First off I’m going to start by saying that this is a great manga and worth every bit of the time spent on it.

Shonan Junai Gumi is about two guys Ryuuji Danma and Eikichi Onizuka, The Oni-Baku duo that have a reputation for being the most badass fighters around. While they can definitely fight they do not have the same luck in picking up chicks which is where the story starts it’s self off. The duo moves to a new school for the possibility of finally getting some read more
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-Both story takes place at shonan and in both the series the MC enroll to tsujido high at the 1st chapeter 
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Shonan Junai Gumi (Young GTO for many), is in many ways similar to Rookies; even if one is based on sports (baseball) and the other much more on school life, they both emphasize the role of dreams, and achievements. Most of the characters are yankees, who'll even turn into hard-working guy, with a lot of charisma. Both mangas promote the strength of friendship or team spirit, and each have awesome fights.
Drawings are quite similar, even though I appreciated the design in Rookies more than in YGTO (which is crappy for 10 tankobons). 
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Shonan Junai Gumi and Crows have quite a lot of similarities. Both deal with delinquents and gangs being formed in high school. There is strong focus on character development in both series and former foes becoming friends is recurring theme as well. If you liked either of them I think you would like the other as well. 
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Similar high school setting, similar high school delinquents and similar toilet humor. If your looking to read something with fast paced action and a strong male delinquent who's mind is pretty much set on losing his virginity, then both series will definitely be of interest. Shonan Junai Gumi is set around Eikichi Onizuka(who later becomes GTO) and his gang of toughs in high school, whilst Kenka Shoubai is about Satou Juubee who is sought out to be the toughest in his school. Both are hilarious and will have you laughing from chapter to chapter with their crude humor. 
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Typical 1-0-1 school fight shonen manga, with a funny duo of delinquents, close style of drawings and that very "nice-but-sometimes-devilish" behaviour reminding Onizuka (and also the same dyed hair). If you liked this one, you'll like Shonan Jun'ai Gumi from Fujisawa, without a doubt ;) 
reportRecommended by vaiowega

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