Shonan Junai Gumi!
GTO: The Early Years
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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: Sep 26, 1990 to Sep 18, 1996
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SchoolSchool, ShounenShounen
Authors: Fujisawa, Tohru (Story & Art)


Score: 8.231 (scored by 51045,104 users)
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Ranked: #3462
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Popularity: #843
Members: 14,966
Favorites: 536
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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
DanRo (All reviews)
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
Nov 3, 2012
Johanathann (All reviews)
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
May 7, 2017
D1N0M1NAT0R (All reviews)
So only two people Review this Masterpiece of Manga? In my opinion this manga should be very well known among the Fans. Before i start, English is not my Native Language so it might contain mistakes i apologize.

Shounan Junai or Oni-Baku might not be for everyone, but who wants to have enjoyment and tears in the eyes while reading should start with this Manga. The Story has a good plot and it follows a line, so there are no cliffhangers. Its also a lot about True Friendship, Gangs, Love, etc. Some Great Life Lessons too!

I started first watching the Anime, GTO, and i was read more
Feb 15, 2021
Danma_25 (All reviews)
I think that this manga should be upper in the top, i think it's better also than his sequel GTO, shonan junai gumi is a gorgeus manga, and everyone should read it.

In a few words, the story tell about danma and onizuka, two bōsōzoku who want to have a girlfriend, but the manga is more than this.

In shonan junai gumi we can find every emotion that a teenager can feel, we can go to the sadness to happines in one page, we can be anxious and excited at the same time, or we also can laugh in the funny scenes.

I would write about 1000 paragraphs read more

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