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  • VAMPYBIT.ME - The official Linda Le Weblog

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  • Manga Review--GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Volume 8

    Manga Review of GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Volume 8 by Tohru Fujisawa. Translated and adapted by Dan Papia. Originally published in Japan by Kodansha. Published in US by Tokyopop, $9.99, Rated Older Teen 16+.

    Tohru Fujisawa starts Volume 8 of GTO out pretty cleverly by doing a whole chapter from Onizuka's first person point of view. In fact, we never even hear him talk. All the dialogue comes from Saejima, one of his old motorcycle gang buddies that holds an even more surprising job than GTO. Saejima is a cop! But he's not above swiping seized drugs and hiring call girls. He's probably not the best guy to go to in times of moral crisis. But Onizuka is desperate. He's being driven crazy by Urumi Kanzaki, the legendary school terrorist that GTO almost buried alive last volume. She's basically made him her slave by threatening to tell the authorities about the incident. GTO is looking for a way out of the situation or to reach Urumi and turn her to the good side. Or to at least make her value her life. You see, Urumi lost her faith in not only teachers, but in humanity and life in general back in the 6th grade. GTO and some other students, including Urumi, run into Ms. Fujimori, her 5th and 6th grade teacher. Back then, Urumi was recognized as being gifted and talented with a genius level IQ, and she never caused any trouble. Ms. Fujimori did something pretty horrible to her due to her lack of maturity and teaching experience that has caused a wound inside Urumi that continues to fester to this day. It's up to GTO to heal her soul and, as he quite eloquently states, "open up her butthole", to let out all the crap that she's been holding inside of herself.

    The cool thing about GTO besides all the great art, vulgarity, and humor, is the fact that it takes up some pretty powerful issues that continue to be argued about in education and probably always will be. This volume takes up the debate about whether teachers coming out of college with no experience are equipped to deal with gifted and talented students. Fujisawa appears to give a big NO as the answer to this question. Everyone can probably recall a classmate sometime during their school career that always seemed to have the answer to a teacher's question. You might have also encountered someone that seemed SMARTER than your teacher as well. Some of them would even argue with the teacher when they found something wrong with their reasoning or a fact they found erroneous. The fact is that a lot of really smart kids are BORED in a typical public school. In the best case, these kids should be placed in more advanced classes, or if they must stay in a regular class, the teacher has to give them more intellectually challenging activities. Ms. Fujimori found herself ill equipped to serve Urumi's needs and started to resent her because she began to fear that maybe Urumi was smarter than her because she came from a second rate college. A teacher should never belittle a student because of their own insecurities. Tohru Fujisawa continues to crank out volume after volume of comedy, drama, action, outstanding art, and great theses on what is wrong with the current state of government run, assembly line education models. Excellent series.

    My Grade: A

    Direct download: gto_8.jpg
    Category:Manga Reviews -- posted at: 5:49pm CDT

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  • Maison Ikkoku Volume 13
  • Maison Ikkoku Volume 14
  • Mar Volume 15
  • Monkey High! Volume 1 (podcast)
  • My Dearest Devil Princess Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Naruto Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Naruto Volume 2 (podcast)
  • Naruto Volume 3 (podcast)
  • Naruto Volume 4 (podcast)
  • Naruto Volume 5
  • Naruto Volume 14 (podcast)
  • Naruto Volume 22 (podcast)
  • Naruto Volume 28 (podcast)
  • Naruto: Innocent Heart, Demonic Blood
  • Negima! Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Negima! Volume 2
  • Orfina Volume 1 (podcast)
  • The Other Side of the Mirror Volume 1 (podcast)
  • The Outcast Volume 1
  • PhD Phantasy Degree Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Pick of the Litter Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Psycho Busters Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Psycho Busters Volume 2
  • Pumpkin Scissors Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Puri Puri Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Puri Puri Volume 2
  • Rose Hip Rose Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Rose Hip Rose Volume 2
  • St. Lunatic High School Volume 1
  • Samurai Commando Volumes 1-2
  • Sand Chronicles Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Shiki Tsukai Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Shinshoku Kiss Volume 1
  • Sorcerer Hunters Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Sorcerer Hunters Volume 2
  • Sorcerer Hunters Volume 3
  • Sorcerer Hunters Volume 5
  • Space Pinchy (podcast)
  • Strawberry 100% Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Strawberry 100% Volume 2
  • Street Fighter: Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Sunshine Sketch Volume 1
  • Tetragrammaton Labyrinth Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Tetragrammaton Labyrinth Volume 2
  • Togari Volume 2 (podcast)
  • Togari Volume 3
  • Uzumaki Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Welcome to the NHK Volume 4
  • Wild Ones Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Yen Plus, August Issue, Part 1 (podcast)
  • Yen Plus, August Issue, Part 2 (podcast)
  • Yggdrasil Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Yotsuba&! Volume 5 (podcast)
  • Zombie-Loan Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm CDT

    This is the start of my manga review index page covering titles that start with A-L. Simply click on a title and it will take you to the review. Reviews that are in podcast form will say podcast. Otherwise, the reviews are text. If a review is a podcast, you can click on the pod button or click on the direct download located underneath the show notes.

  • 10,20, and 30 Volume 1 (podcast)
  • 10,20, and 30 Volume 2
  • Ai Yori Aoshi Volume 17 (podcast)
  • Alice on Deadlines Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Alive:The Final Evolution Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Angel Cup Volume 5
  • Arm of Kannon Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Atelier Marie and Elie Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Batman: Death Mask Issues 1-2 (podcast)
  • Chibi Vampire Volume 5 (podcast)
  • Chunchu the Genocide Fiend Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Color of Rage (podcast)
  • Coyote Ragtime Show Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Cromartie High School Volume 12
  • Eden Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Dark Metro Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Dragon Eye Volume 2 (podcast)
  • The Drifting Classroom Volume 7
  • The Drifting Classroom Volume 8
  • Eden Volume 9
  • Elemental Gelade Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Gakuen Alice Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Gantz Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Gon Volume 2 (podcast)
  • Gon Volume 3
  • GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Volume 1 (podcast)
  • GTO:Great Teacher Onizuka Volume 6
  • GTO:Great Teacher Onizuka Volume 7(podcast)
  • GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Volume 8
  • Guardian Hearts Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Gunslinger Girl Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Gunslinger Girl Volume 2
  • Gunslinger Girl Volume 3
  • Gunslinger Girl Volume 4
  • Gunslinger Girl Volume 5 (podcast)
  • Gunslinger Girl Volume 6
  • Harukaze Bitter Bop Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Harukaze Bitter Bop Volume 2
  • Heavenshield Volume 1 (podcast)
  • High School Debut Volume 1 (podcast)
  • I, Otaku Volume 1
  • In Odd We Trust (podcast)
  • Inuyasha Volume 22
  • Kashimashi Volume 4
  • Kashimashi Volume 5 (podcast)
  • Koi Cupid Volume 1 (podcast)
  • The Law of Ueki Volume 8 (podcast)
  • The Law of Ueki Volume 9
  • Love Attack Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Category:general -- posted at: 9:22pm CDT

    This is my anime dvd review index page of titles starting M-Z. Simply click on a title and it will take you to the review. Reviews that are in podcast form will say podcast. Otherwise, the reviews are text. If a review is a podcast, you can click on the pod button or click on the direct download located underneath the show notes.

  • Mar Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Maria Watches Over Us Season 1, Episodes 1-3 (podcast)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Mushi-Shi Volume 1
  • Naruto Uncut Box Set 3 (podcast)
  • Peach Girl Volume 4 (podcast)
  • Phoenix Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Red Garden Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Red Garden Volume 2 (podcast)
  • Rescue Me: Mave-Chan
  • Simoun Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Solty Rei Volume 2
  • Step Up Love Story Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Tekkonkinkreet (podcast)
  • Tokyo Majin Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Tweeny Witches Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Venus Versus Virus Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Welcome to the NHK Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Witchblade Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Witchblade Volume 2
  • Witchblade Volume 3 (podcast)
  • Xenosaga: The Animation Volume 1 (podcast)
  • xxxHolic Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Yo Yo Girl Cop (podcast)
  • Zegapain Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm CDT

    This is the start of my anime dvd review index page. Simply click on a title and it will take you to the review. Reviews that are in podcast form will say podcast. Otherwise, the reviews are text. If a review is a podcast, you can click on the pod button or click on the direct download located underneath the show notes.

  • 009-1 Volume 2
  • 009-1 Volume 3 (podcast)
  • Ah My Goddess: Flights of Fancy Volume 3 (podcast)
  • Air TV Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Air TV Volume 2
  • Air TV Volume 4
  • Appleseed: Ex Machina (podcast)
  • Aquarion Season 1, Part 1, Episodes 1-5 (podcast)
  • Aquarion Season 1, Part 1, Episodes 6-9
  • Area 88 Volume 1
  • Batman: Gotham Knight (podcast)
  • Beck Volume 2 (podcast)
  • Best Student Council Volume 5
  • Black Cat Volume 6
  • Bleach Volume 7: The Entry
  • Buso Renkin Box Set 1, Episodes 1-4 (podcast)
  • Buso Renkin Box Set 1, Episodes 5-8
  • Buso Renkin Box Set 1, Episodes 9-13
  • Eureka Seven Volume 7 (podcast)
  • Flag Volume 1
  • Galaxy Angel AA Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Glass Fleet Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Gunbuster 2 Volume 3 (podcast)
  • Guyver Volume 3
  • Hell Girl Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Innocent Venus Volume 1 (podcast)
  • Innocent Venus Volume 2
  • Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm CDT