Tooru Fujisawa

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Tooru Fujisawa
Other namesMari Aizawa (相沢 真理)[1][verification needed]
OccupationManga artist
Known forGreat Teacher Onizuka
Spouse(s)Ayano Fujisawa

Tooru Fujisawa (藤沢 とおる, Fujisawa Tōru, born 1967) is a Japanese manga author. His name is romanized as Tohru Fujisawa on the Tokyopop English-language Great Teacher Onizuka books and as Toru Fujisawa on the Kodansha bilingual releases. His first serialized work was Adesugata Junjo Boy, published from 1989 in Weekly Shonen Magazine. Fujisawa's best-known work is Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) about a biker, Eikichi Onizuka, and his attempt to become and remain a teacher. It is a sequel to Shōnan Jun'ai Gumi! and its side story Bad Company. In 1998, Fujisawa won the Kodansha Manga Award for Great Teacher Onizuka.[2]


Fujisawa was born and raised in Hokkaido and started drawing as a child. Fujisawa originally wanted to be in animation but decided manga would give him more freedom. He based Shonan Juni Gumi at a seaside location after growing up inland. At the age of 17 he moved to Tokyo by himself to become a manga artist. He wrote Science Fiction Doujinshi and submitted them to publishers. He is a fan of Initial D and was inspired by Akira.[3]



  1. ^ Aizawa, Mari (w, a). "P-Boys" 週刊少年宝島 [Weekly Shonen Takarajima] 1: 263–282 (December 19, 1986), Tokyo, Japan: Takarajimasha Inc.
  2. ^ Hahn, Joel. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  3. ^ Tokyopop Interview (GTO Anime dvds)

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