Gantz - Game of Death (Vol. 1)
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A good start to a fantastic Sci-fi fantasy action series! this series shocked audiences in Japan for it's graphic violence and gore abound but was a hit neverthless combined with complexity and action abound. It also questions what is life or death like plus it's got good character development to especially in part of being innovative with it's creative concepts. If you liked Fist of the North Star, Akira, Golgo 13 and Ninja Scroll then i suggest this mildly amusing anime series.
This DVD contains both English dub and Japanese language with english subs versions with extras like interview with director Ichiro Itano and clean opening with closing animation.
GANTZ is a looking-glass version of life itself. It is a game with obscure objectives and fatal consequences for failure. Information is pathetically limited, though the players have the tools they need. Those who can't adapt, die. Anyone who doesn't see a metaphor for the real world here is missing a large point.
Into this world come two unlikely heroes (unlikely in both background and temperment) - students who save a homeless man from a train at the cost of their lives. Throughout it we see their dark counterparts, two students who beat homeless people to death for fun. In the second season we see a twisted counterpart of the first, where the dark duo takes command of the group through intimidation and fear (as opposed to courage and charisma). The final evaluation on which version of life and leadership was superior? For those who have seen it, they know the fates of the group, and which fate was the better one.
For those who don't - watch GANTZ. Philosophy, action, suspense, interesting characters, and absolutely nothing resembling child-like morality and situations that make up the usual fare in TV. Nihilistic could be used to describe it, but the description does not give it justice. Worth watching, even if it won't cheer you up.
Definately for mature audiances only! Get ready for the hardcore thriller that took Japan by storm. Will you survive the Gantz?
Reviewing Gantz was tricky for me given the release platform decided on by ADV Films. Here we are only given two uncut episodes making it very difficult to give an honest opinion on the show. But from the looks of it, this series does show some potential. Put together by the incredible talent at Gonzo, we are provided with something that truly pushes the boundaries of violence and sexuality in anime made for TV. And boy is it violent! Limbs ripped off, bodies disemboweled, and decapitation all done in substantial pools of blood. For those who haven't figured it out by now, this show is definitely not for kids!
While I find no problem with the character designs, I was a little distracted by their stiff movements. Not only that, but there are a lot of camera pans in the first few scenes that make the characters look flat and out of place (Episode one's subway scene in particular). But after the first 10 minutes or so the camera pans ceased to bother me.
This is where I really find Gantz hard to review. Having only viewed two episodes I'm a little unsure of what type of show this is going to turn out to be. In the first episode we watch two of our main characters get rundown by a train and then in the second, they are assigned their first alien to hunt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We had the opportunity to preview the first two episodes of the unedited/uncut version of the animated TV series "Gantz". Read morePublished on August 13, 2008 by [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith
I recently started watching this show, and although I admit in the beginning I was unsure if it was anything I would enjoy, I am so incredibly happy that I stuck with it! Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by E. Jackson
Gantz is pretty much Battle Royale done right. And if you're not familiar with that movie, you may not be able to watch Gantz. Read morePublished on November 22, 2007 by Cedric
I can't believe people actually like this show. And lest admirers of this say "You only watched a couple of episodes, you have to let it grow on you", I watched about five episodes... Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by Chino88
i have the whole GANTZ collection and if you stick it through the whole series you get a huge eye opener at the end...makes you think. Read morePublished on September 8, 2006 by M. Elsing
Some people say Gantz is only two episodes THEY WERE WRONG. Y'all are too much of boneheads to realize that this has 26 episodes. Read morePublished on January 22, 2006 by Ronnie Clay
THe first one leaves you hanging a little, but after that you will so pissed that you have to wait for the next disc to arrive. It will drive you nutz. Read morePublished on November 10, 2005 by G. Franklin Lowry
GANTZ. This Show is very real in a sense it shows how people think and the outcome certain types of thought yield. It isn't like any Anime I have seen or have owned. Read morePublished on November 1, 2005 by Sterling J. Badon
This is an anime for those who don't mind violence and who have plenty of patience, since the story moves slowly, at best. Read morePublished on October 11, 2005 by Antonio D. Paolucci
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