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Gantz - Game of Death (Vol. 1) (2004)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00074CBVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thuggish, alienated high school student Kei Kurono and his childhood friend Masuru Kato are killed rescuing a wino who's fallen on the subway tracks. They wake up in a room dominated by Gantz, a black sphere that sends them and other newly dead people to kill aliens hiding on Earth. The senseless plot is little more than an excuse to show all the blood, gore, and nudity the filmmakers can pack into a 22-minute program. Gantz was heavily edited when it was broadcast in Japan in 2004, but these uncut episodes seem less like the focus of the battle over censorship director Ichiroh Itano describes in his interview than a cheesy exercise in gratuitous violence. Including only two episodes on a disc would usually feel chintzy, but where Gantz is concerned, less really is more. (Unrated, suitable for ages 17 and older: nudity, sexual humor, graphic violence, grotesque imagery, profanity, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

SURREAL HORROR. In a digital realm between life and the hereafter, there lies an empty room, a black sphere, and the trapped souls of the unfortunate. Here, the only meaning left is in the brutal game. Welcome to GANTZ, the next level of action, horror, and science fiction. Inspired from nightmares, Gantz brings forth a shocking vision produced in precise 2D/3D animation to showcase a slick and bizarre tale.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but brilliant December 4, 2005
Format:DVD
Gantz is about life, death, and the nature of reality. Let me start this review by saying that if you dislike R-rated content, and flinch at nudity this anime is not for you. It is graphic in the best sense of the word - violence and sex have a dark purpose in this anime, and they are omnipresent.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come play the Devil's game. December 19, 2005
Format:DVD
A world of ultra-violence, demonic aliens, mouths filthier than a Quentin Tarantino film, gratuitous nudity, and a sadistic black ball named Gantz who decides to bring back people from the dead (after experiancing horrific fatalities) to play a game for their lives. As it has been already stated this series is what you would get it Tarantino and Kubrick ever made an anime together. But fortunately the violence here is not to the extreme of other anime like MD Geist or Genocyber where the violence is used to cover a horrible story. Here the story holds up on its own. You cant help but continue to watch each new episode to find out who survives in the end. And surprisingly there is definately character developement amongst the barrage of violence and language and sex (in the form of nudity and language, there surprisingly is virtualy no sex in the whole series...at least not up to volume 5, havent seen anything after that).

Definately for mature audiances only! Get ready for the hardcore thriller that took Japan by storm. Will you survive the Gantz?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good start to an awesome anime series March 1, 2012
Format:DVD
Kei was your basic average teenager who is horny and always looking for danger but until one day at a subway station, he meets a familiar face as it's Kato who is a childhood pal of his as things get bad when they see a homless drunk man on the tracks, they decide to be heroes to save his life but they are nearly killed to pieces until they magically are vanished into an apartment where they meet other people who had near-death experiences which are brought by a mysterious sphere named Gantz. They all must do important missions of destroying aliens for the sphere but the people don't know if they are either alive or dead.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of `Gantz' May 8, 2005
By C. Chow
Format:DVD
Ask any anime fan today what the best current anime is, and you'll hear, "Full Metal Alchemist, and Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex." I've never heard such a unanimous answer in all of anime history. Everyone agrees these are the two best current anime. This tells me that not enough people have been watching `Gantz' otherwise it'd be on their list.

The plot: I'm not sure a description of the plot will really persuade you to buy `Gantz' but here it is. A perverted teenage boy is killed and finds himself along with other recently deceased being forced by a machine Gantz to assassinate aliens living in Tokyo's slums.

It's not so much the plot of `Gantz' but its characters that make it work. Our hero is a high school nerd; he's worried more about bullies and having enough money for porn than he is about aliens. His goal is sex, not protection of the human race. As you might guess this leads to laugh out loud scenes.

Yes `Gantz' has TONS of sex, violence, and profanity, but it really does have context. We care very deeply for our hero, even if his biggest adventure of the day is buying porn.

I can't really compare `Gantz' to any other anime except in terms of production quality. THE BEST I'VE EVER SEEN! And yes I've seen them all, yes even better than `Last Exile' or `Ghost In the Shell' or `Night Shift Nurses'.

The only reason I can think of as to why so few of my fellow anime fans on Amazon are giving `Gantz' a low rating is that they've never seen or just don't care for R rated or boarder line X-rated anime like `Gantz'.

NEWCOMERS NOTE: Volume 1 is not the best volume to start `Gantz' because as with all stories there's an introduction. Start with volume 3, you can catch up and trust me! After the first five minutes of volume 3, you'll be ordering every volume of `Gantz' there is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Violent but beyond the violence, there is an intriguing storyline
We had the opportunity to preview the first two episodes of the unedited/uncut version of the animated TV series "Gantz". Read more
Published on August 13, 2008 by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and New, although not for the weak-spirited
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 more
Published on June 24, 2008 by E. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the weak
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 more
Published on November 22, 2007 by Cedric
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst anime series I've seen
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 more
Published on September 8, 2007 by Chino88
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars based on WHOLE SERIES and not just this disk...
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 more
Published on September 8, 2006 by M. Elsing
5.0 out of 5 stars What idiot said it was short!
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 more
Published on January 22, 2006 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY SHIT
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 more
Published on November 10, 2005 by G. Franklin Lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars New and Not-So Cookie Cutter Shaped.
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 more
Published on November 1, 2005 by Sterling J. Badon
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful
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 more
Published on October 11, 2005 by Antonio D. Paolucci
3.0 out of 5 stars The game begins
GANTZ is definitely one of the stranger anime series I've viewed. It begins when Kei, a high school student and something of a misanthrope, runs into a former classmate on a train... Read more
Published on September 17, 2005 by bonsai chicken
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