Fuji TV announced on Friday that the 1998 live-action series adaptation of Tohru Fujisawa’s GTO manga will launch a new television special titled GTO Revival that will air on Kansai TV, Fuji TV and their affiliate networks in spring 2024. Takashi Sorimachi returns as main character Eikichi Onizuka.
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Tokyopop and Vertical have published various GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) manga titles, including the prequel GTO: The Early Years, in North America. Tokyopop describes the story:
Meet Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old virgin and former cyclist. He is rude, foul-mouthed, and short-tempered. His goal is to become the greatest high school teacher in the world!
Of course, the only reason he wants to be a teacher is so he can try to score points with hot students? Before Onizuka could become a teacher, he had to work as a student teacher to get his degree.
He may think he’s the toughest guy on campus, but when he meets a classroom full of bullies, blackmailers, and plotting sadists, he’ll have to prove it.
The original manga inspired a television anime, as well as a 1998 live-action film adaptation, numerous television specials over the years, and a live-action film in 2000. GTO: The Early Years inspired a new live-action series adaptation in February 2020.
Fujisawa launched the spin-off manga GTO: Paradise Lost in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine in April 2014, and it is still ongoing. Publisher Kodansha USA also released the manga digitally in English. Fujisawa announced in 2021 that GTO: Paradise Lost is intended to be the “final” manga in the GTO series.
Source: Fuji TV via Hachima Kikō