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Gantz: The Complete Series

3.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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Gantz is a sexually-charged sci-fi head-trip' a gory experiment in flesh and blood where the only thing worse than dying is dying again.
If you are chosen by the bizarre black sphere known as the Gantz, you are already dead. You remember dying, yet you can eat, sleep, have sex; it feels a lot like life. Strangers join you in this limbo. While some are good, some are very bad. All are dead like you for now.
You might be able to reclaim your mortality. But first, the Gantz demands that you undertake missions of brutality and madness, killing aliens hidden among the population. It is your only chance and you have no choice. You must play this disturbing game. You must experience this nightmare. And if you die again and you likely will it's permanent.


As Gantz opens, 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 mysterious black sphere that sends them and other newly dead people on missions to kill weird aliens hiding on Earth. Among the recently departed is buxom redhead Kei Kishimoto, and Kurono's visible reactions to her overendowed figure constitute one of the running gags in the series. But Kei falls for Kato, who can't bring himself to shoot even the most grotesque alien--although he has no qualms about beating a menacing upperclassman to a pulp. After each assignment, Gantz awards the surviving participants points: if anyone makes it through enough battles and takes out enough aliens to acquire 100 points, they're set free. The inane plot is little more than an excuse to show all the blood, gore, and nudity the filmmakers can pack into each 22-minute episode. Although Kurono goes berserk fighting aliens, he can't save his friends from being crushed, shot, eviscerated, and cut in half. The story shifts illogically, violating rules that were established a few episodes earlier, before stumbling to a conclusion that has nothing to do with most of the previous action. Gantz feels like a throwback to the early '80s, despite director Ichiroh Itano's heavy-handed efforts to jazz things up with split-screen effects, reverse colors, badly integrated CG, and odd camera angles. 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 Itano describes in his interview than a cheesy exercise in gratuitous violence. A live-action feature adaptation of Gantz debuted in Japan in January 2010. (Rated TV MA; suitable for ages 17 and older: nudity, sexual and toilet humor, graphic violence, violence against women, violence against children, torture, explicit sexual situations, suicide, grotesque imagery, extensive profanity, tobacco and drug use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

(1. It's the Beginning of a Brand New Day, 2. They Aren't Human, 3. Kei, You're Awesome, 4. Okay Hear Are Your Skores (sic), 5. That Means at the Time, 6. All Right! 7. We're After You, 8. Uh-oh! 9. I'll Kill You Without a Moment's Hesitation, 10. Yuzo? 11. He Can't Shoot, 12. Kato, You Wait Here, 13. Please Die, 14. Goodbye, 15. I Wanna Be There Now! 16. I'm on It! 17. I Can Shoot Them, Can't I? 18. Welcome Back! 19. What the Hell Is That? 20. Just Shoot Me! 21. Big Brother, 22. Don't Ever Say That Again! 23. Kurono Alien! 24. No Labyrinth Is Inaccessible, 25. Let's All Go Back Alive, 26. Please Live)

Special Features

Interview with Director, Ichiro Itano and CG Director, Yahuhiro Kato

Interview with Daisuke Namikawa (Kei Kurono)

Interview with Hiroya Oku (Gantz Creator)

Cast Talk Featuring Daisuke Namikawa (Kuron), Masashi Osato (Kato), Hitomi Nabatame (Kishimoto) andRakkyo Ide (Suzuki Alien)

Japanese TV Spots

The Secret Behind the Impeccable Images of Gantz

Gantz Music Video

Textless Opening Songs

Textless Closing Songs

Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Ayres, Shannon Emerick, Emily Carter-Essex
  • Directors: Matt Greenfield
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo), English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00477VLZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gantz is a series that shares alot in common with elfin lied in that it is a shockingly violent and surprisingly deep anime. Gantz focuses on groups of people who have died and been mysteriously transported to a room with the Gantz which forces them to engage in brutal battle for the right to return to life. Though there is action aplenty in the series those considering checking this series out should know that this series is very cerebral and less an action film than an exploration of questions about life, death and various other existential questions. One of the biggest themes is the question of whether modern society has desensitized people to violence and diminished the value of human life. In a way the graphic brutality of the Gantz games is itself meant to confront the audience with their own desensitization and bloodlust.
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After watching the entire series I have to say this was the most Frustrating anime I have ever watched. Allow me to explain.

The Good:
Gore: If you like it's got it. Body parts explode; Limbs are cut off, entrails strewn about, and plenty of blood. A lot of people die in this one.

Sex: There are a couple sex scenes; nothing to the level of Mezzo or Kite, There's some breasts and some thrusting no worse than a R rated movie. Another reviewer mentioned rape scenes, but there aren't any, although attempts were made, nothing beyond a girl being naked and screaming before other people prevent it.

Plot/Story: The concept is cool. Basically, every person involved has died, been "copied" by Gantz and is now forced to kill whoever Gantz says or be killed. Obviously the characters are all "normal" people and have to check their "moral compass" on killing, as well as process the fact they're dead, transported to a room of strangers, and thrust into fighting aliens all in one night.

Characters: The anime does a good job at providing back story for all the important characters. They also throw in some drama via stalker-stalkie relationship, denied love, new love, and lots and lots of moral quandary.

The Bad:

Hesitation: There are SO many times during Gantz I found myself yelling at the T.V. "SHOOT `EM! JUST BLEEPING SHOOT `EM!" Now I have watched numerous anime and I understand they go inside characters minds and share their thoughts mid-battle, I don't mind that at all, but in Gantz they take it to the extreme, lots of times the people aren't even thinking anything; there are just long pauses of distraught looks on the characters faces as stuff unfolds before their eyes.
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I was really surprised when Gantz finally arrived. This is a character driven show. I loved the characters. It is a mix of many diverse people including many troubled types. It also reminds me of the graphic novel DEMO in this way.

Like The Count Of Monte Cristo, it focuses much screen time on the characters back stories, which will not appeal to everyone. Also, much screen time is used for the characters discussing moral dilemmas. Sometimes, during a fight sequence the characters will even delve into philosophical discussion. While not being entirely realistic, I feel these moments were meant to come across theatrical in a sense so we could watch in slower motion what goes through everybody's head during times of crisis (before it gets blown off anyway).

The animation is great. The CG work was cool, especially during the "statues" thread on the second half.

The music is fantastic with a mix of different styles. One track reminded me of the theme from Final Fantasy III.(U.S. FFIII).

The U.S. and Japanese voice tracks were great. I may have to go with the Japanese track overall though, especially with the main character Kei.

The last 4 episodes were not covered in the manga (I've never read the manga though). Even though there was a lot to like in the final episodes, you won't learn much about Gantz or much else when the final episode finishes. Like in Evangelion, it won't tie up loose ends much. Also, since the manga was still running, they couldn't really do much about explaining Gantz in the anime.

Overall though, the show did a great job exploring society's hypocrisies while still leaving room to hope for the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
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If you like your anime with blood, naked chicks, monsters, more blood, and some good dark humor then this is the show for you! I've seen a lot of anime and I couldn't decide what was my fav. It was a toss up between cowboy bebop and gundam wing. But this show has everything I love and then some!
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The Gantz Anime series is actually pretty good. The action was good and exciting. The main stories were fine.

But a major underlying theme (note I said theme, and not plot/story) in the series is how unfair and f#^%ed up life is and can be.
Most of the characters in this Anime have (or had, depending on how you view Gantz's resurrection of the characters) difficult hardships and struggles in their lives. Yes, I understand the concepts of Back Story and Character Development and, yes, I was able to feel more empathy/attachment towards the characters. But, I do not need to be reminded on how much of a downer life can be. I watch TV/Movies as an "Escape from Life", not as a Reminder of it (...basically I want to be entertained, not depressed).

Maybe, I am just taking this Series too seriously?
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