The revival of the 1998 live-action series adaptation of the “Great Teacher Onizuka” (GTO) series is welcomed and anticipated by many fans, including the series’ mangaka Tohru Fujisawa. But on the other hand, the creator seems to also feel disappointed with the way his work is managed.
Earlier this week, the anime fandom was pleasantly shocked by the announcement of the returning classic live-action series after 26 years. The news has made headlines due to GTO’s staying power and cultural impact, but it has also Fujisawa to speak out about his frustration with how the current side-story manga, “GTO: Paradise Lost”, is being handled by its publisher, Kodansha.
On his personal X account, Fujisawa expressed unhappiness due to Kodansha prioritizing the live-action specials over the manga. GTO: Paradise Lost updated its latest chapter last February, and since then, the manga has been on hiatus after being removed from the Weekly Young Magazine magazine. In the end, Fujisawa even sarcastically wonders if another publisher could take over the copyright of the manga.