Shonan Junai Gumi
{Shonan Junai Gumi}

Author - Fujisawa Tooru :: Volumes - 15 :: Pub Date - 1990 ~ 1996
Publisher - Kodansha :: Comic Company - KC Magazine

This is the series that leads into Fujisawa-sensei's better known series Great Teacher Onizuka. Shonan Junai Gumi is the high school life story about Onizuka Eikichi and Danma Ryuuji, two guys that form the fearful gang of Oni Baku ("Devil Explosion"). Eikichi and Ryuuji are two very horny and very virgin male teenagers. Any sexual proposal by a lovely lady turns these two tough guys into perverts that'll do anything to get the girl into bed. Or at least, that's how they seem. Once they do get the ladies into bed, their chivalrous nature takes over. Thus the reason for being virgins (even though they do get plenty of chances).

Besides the series being one big sex joke, there is also a ton of fighting. Eikichi and Ryuuji aren't infamous without reason. Despite being out numbered and having numerous wounds or broken bones, these two keep fighting until they score the win. They also tend to have extremely cheesy plans to get themselves out of trouble. While others may believe Eikichi and Ryuuji are the definition of stupid, they only see one side of the duo. They act silly and without thinking many times, but when out of the spotlight, they actually have simple and yet profound ideas.

While GTO appears one of the craziest manga series out there, it's only a reflection of the series before it. "Whacked" is the best description for Shonan Junai Gumi. The manga I have (thus the ISBN numbers to the side) are for the "special" editions which are huge. About 350 pages per manga. I haven't read the entire series yet, but I've enjoyed what I've read ... when other people aren't around. DO NOT read this series if you have issues with sexual type situations, because that's every other page in this series. I find it hilarious, but others may find it offensive. But if you enjoy GTO, this is a definite must buy. It's great seeing where Onizuka-sensei and Ryuuji came from. I'm still reeling from how Ryuuji once acted just like Eikichi.

Rating - 7

Sample Covers
Volume One   Volume Two   Volume Three

ISBN Numbers
01 ~ 4063058379 02 ~ 4063058387 03 ~ 4063058395 04 ~ 4063058409
05 ~ 4063058417 06 ~ 4063058425 07 ~ 4063058433 08 ~ 4063058441
09 ~ 406305845X 10 ~ 4063058468 11 ~ 4063058476 12 ~ 4063058484
13 ~ 4063058492 14 ~ 4063058506 15 ~ 4063058514  

Other Series by Fujisawa Tooru - Bad Company :: GTO

Updated October 2003