by Whitney Grace
So few manga can stand the test of time without being dated and falling under the nostalgic tree. While GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) is a nostalgic manga for many, it maintains a hip relevancy. GTO: Fourteen Days in Shonan Vol. 7 follows Onizuka as he takes a break from his usual teaching gig to visit his home town. He cannot stay away from troubled teens, however, and he volunteers at a local group home. He helps a set of twin girls break from their criminal habits and helps one boy obsessed with becoming a bird. Not really, there is a glider contest and Onizuka acts as the kid’s “dad” to help him win. While both storylines end happily, the mayor decides to shut down all group homes and force all children to reunite with their families–even if the parents were abusive or neglectful.
GTO Vol. 7 does not fail to add another exciting chapter to Onizuka’s journey to becoming the world’s greatest teacher or role model. His methods are less than legal, but his extremities show results where others have failed. They also lead to hilarious hijinks that never fail to surprise. It is no wonder GTO manages to stay a popular manga, because something new is always happening.