Shonan Junai Gumi!
GTO: The Early Years
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Shonan Junai Gumi!

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Synonyms: Shounan Junai Gumi, Shonan Pure Love Gang, Young GTO
Japanese: 湘南純愛組!
English: GTO: The Early Years
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 31
Chapters: 267
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 26, 1990 to Sep 18, 1996
Genres: Action Action, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Themes: Delinquents Delinquents, School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Fujisawa, Tooru (Story & Art)


Score: 8.231 (scored by 74637,463 users)
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Ranked: #3842
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Popularity: #832
Members: 22,259
Favorites: 759


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Volumes: /31
Chapters: /267


Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuuji 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.


Fujisaki, Shinomi
Akutsu, Junya
Kamata, Jun
Nagase, Nagisa


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 ...
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 ...
Oct 26, 2021
This review is from the perspective of someone who hasn't read or watched anything from GTO whatsoever, with no prior bias towards the characters or mangaka. Many will not have even heard of this prequel despite the success of it's follow up work and let's just say there's a very good reason for that.

Reading SJG you'll find a charismatic main duo, well choreographed dynamic fight scenes, an occasional hilarious slice of comedy and some brilliant highs along the way. Now all of that would be great if not for the extensive amount of abhorrent flaws that co-exist within the story. Unfortunately aside from the action ...

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