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Tohru Fujisawa
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Mari Aizawa



Place of Birth

Hokkaido, Japan

Date of Birth

January 12, 1967




Manga Artist




Ayano Kanagawa (Spouse)
Unnamed Daughter

Tohru Fujisawa (藤沢 とおる Fujisawa Tōru, b. January 12, 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 Shōnen 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 Shonan Junai Gumi and its side story Bad Company. In 1998, Fujisawa won the Kodansha Manga Award for Great Teacher Onizuka.

Personal Life

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 Junai 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.


Note: Compilation and included works are not listed above.

Work Focus

Many of Fujisawa's works are built around the fictional characters Eikichi Onizuka and Ryuji Danma.

The duo first appeared together in the hit series Shonan Junai Gumi as adolescent bōsōzoku members. Later on, Fujisawa drew a one volume prequel entitled Bad Company: telling the tale of how the two met and became friends. A year later, the international hit series Great Teacher Onizuka was published. This series follows Onizuka as he strives to become the greatest teacher in Japan with occasional appearances from Danma and a few other characters from Shonan Junai Gumi.

After the conclusion of Great Teacher Onizuka, the two were left abandoned for seven years until Fujisawa picked up their story again to develop a spin-off: GTO: Shonan 14 Days. A year after the end of GTO: Shonan 14 Days, Fujisawa created the short-lived GT-R: Great Transporter Ryuji, which focuses on the exploits of Danma rather than Onizuka.

Subsequently, in 2014, Fujisawa had his next installation to the series published in the Weekly Young Magazine. This latest installment, entitled GTO: Paradise Lost, focuses on Onizuka's misadventures with Holy Forest Academy's troublesome Class G before his unexplained imprisonment.

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