by Toru Fujisawa
, published in 1997, and more commonly known as GTO
. Story revolves around a 22-year old, former bosozoku
named Eikichi Onizuka. He is a chain-smoking virgin
whose hobby is looking up the skirts of Tokyo schoolgirls
but who boasts great skills in karate
Onizuka decides to become a teacher when a liaison at a love hotel with a high school girl turns sour. The girl has told him she is on the outs with her boyfriend, who turns out to be her teacher, and shows up outside the love hotel. She jumps from the window to be with the short, bald, ugly man, leaving Onizuka speechless.
After a series of misadventures, Onizuka becomes a teacher, after which he embarks upon a whole new series of misadventures. Each segment of the manga is called a "lesson". The manga was rather popular, and led to both a live-action and animated TV series.
For those not gifted with Japanese gab, Kodansha Bilingual Comics has published three compilations of GTO. Characters' words appear in English inside the speech bubbles, with the original Japanese (kanji and kana) in small print outside the frame. Sound effects appear within the frame in either one language or the other; the translation appears outside the frame. Recommended for those seeking to improve their reading skills, as well as those interested in picking up Japanese slang.
Volume One contains Lessons 1-5. Volume Two contains Lessons 6-14. Volume Three contains Lessons 15-23. Sadly, Kodansha has not published Volume 4 yet, and it has been nearly nine months since Volume Three appeared. Since volumes 1-3 appeared within four months of each other, it is possible that Kodansha will not publish future bilingual volumes.