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Kei Kurono is a high school student who lives in a selfish world where people, including himself, doesn’t care about anyone else. One day when he sees a man fall off a subway platform, he decides to just stand and watch. However, when his former classmate, Masaru Kato, helps the man Kei reluctantly aids him. When the train comes, they are stuck and are both killed…. or are they? After being run over by the train, they are suddenly teleported to an enclosed high-rise apartment with others who just recently died. They can’t leave the room and now their lives are controlled by a mysterious black ball – GANTZ. They are forced to participate in a "game" of unparalleled danger and horror. Who will die and who will survive? How many games must they play? Their lives are no longer theirs to control! Gantz (ガンツ) is a manga series created by Hiroya Oku, and later was adopted into an anime. It began airing on Fuji TV on April 12, 2004, and was broken up into two parts. The first season, known as the “First Stage”, was heavily edited on Japanese TV, but the second season (“Second Stage”) remained uncut. The Gantz anime is often criticized for it’s ending and pacing problems. The anime was made while the manga was still in early production, and thus Gonzo had to go at a weird pace, including creating an ending unliked by the fans. The manga, which began publication in October of 2000, is still ongoing. Oku-sensei has broken it up into two parts, First Phase and Second Phase. First Phase - October 2000-July 2006 *The Onion Alien Arc *The Tanaka Alien Arc *The Buddhist Temple Alien Arc *The Shorty Alien Arc *The Kappe Alien Arc *The Ring Alien Arc *The Tae Kojima Alien Arc *The Oni Alien Arc Second Phase - November 2006-Presentmoreless
Hiroshi Kamiya

Hiroshi Kamiya

Masanobu Hojo (Jap.)

Xero Reynolds

Xero Reynolds

Masanobu Hojo (Eng.)

Chris Patton

Chris Patton

Joichiro Nishi (Eng.)

Illich Guardiola

Illich Guardiola

Masaru Kato (Eng.)

Chris Ayres

Chris Ayres

Kei Kurono (Eng.)

Daisuke Namikawa

Daisuke Namikawa

Kei Kurono (Jap.)

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  • A mix of all class of society, being forced to kill in order to survive.

    the characters are all very dumb, they could have condensed the 26 episodes into 3 or 4 episodes...the action is so slow it gets me frustrated.

    I watched it in french and the translation was the worse I have ever heard...when Kishimoto talks it's like I was watching an anime for childrens under 5, I think they took about 2 or 3 people to translate the whole cast.

    I have not read the manga but it definately does not appeal me at all.

    On the positive side, the animation is great, the idea is also nice. You wont miss a lot if you skip that seriesmoreless
  • A perverted teenage boy and his heroic classmate die saving a homeless man, only to discover that they are in a mysterious room.

    Forced to face dangerous aliens by a black orb, the boys along with other dead people, fight to get back their lives.

    Despite a lot of uneccessary sexual content, I enjoyed this anime greatly. It was scary, absurd and down right disgusting at times but the suspense was incredible. So many times I thought Kei was done for and I yearned to know more about the mysterious Gantz. Apart from Kato, the characters weren't cliched as kind and admirable. At times, I detested Kei's selfishness, but his perverted and carefree attitude was realistic for a teenage boy. Many different characters kept the story fresh and their development lead to a range of themes.

    The ending was dissapointing. There was so much more I wanted to know. i couldn't handle a cliffhanger after seeing Kei struggle for so long. The manga has continued way past the anime plot and I am wishing the anime would carry on.moreless
  • slow paced action.

    First and foremost the sex scenes caught me off guard. The main character loves girls (a little too much) and often fantasizes about sex. I really didn't see that one coming. So just a heads up for all ya youngsters. Gantz is a interesting concept, but it just wasn't there. The action was poor, and often i felt the show would actually be better off without it. The characters where interesting... the story sometimes wasn't clear. i was hoping for a face past sci fi, but i got a story about a kid who can't keep his eyes off a girl. This was a disappointment.moreless
  • Extreme Hyperbole.

    Gantz centers around the Plot of Kei, a Heartless, Self centered, cynical Monster of a person. Who along with his friend in an effort to save a homeless man, Get run over by a train. But miraculously right before their deaths, They get sucked into another world filled with strangers by a Black Sphere known as Gantz.

    Right from the beginning you know that Kei is a jerk, he cares about no one, extremely cynical, Sadistic and Selfish. And you almost feel that he should've been killed right at the first episode. Kei watches on as a girl is being raped by men for his enjoyment. That's kei...

    The worst thing about gantz is, A girl is rescued by Masaru before she gets raped by a gang of men And soon after that you see The same Girl molested by a dog and she seems to enjoy it and makes little effort to get the dog off. that is just mind numbingly Dumb.This anime is of a whole new level of pervertedness.

    The plot of the anime is For kei and his friends to kill aliens in a set amount of time, and that's it... Infact there is no plot at all... Gantz is all about Nudity, more nudity, extreme exploitation, Violence and people getting Ripped Apart like chicken, sounds fun??, well if it does, i think you'll like this anime.

    is there anything good at all??


    The best part of The Anime is it's animation, this is top class, One of the best i've ever seen, The characters are animated Beautifully. The voice acting is the absolute best i've ever seen in an anime. it's Brilliant and in most cases perfect. The Intro and Ending Themes are Fantastic too, This has to be the Best Eng dub ever made... There's so much energy and Life in the Dub cast, they made a fantastic job.

    This is just an Pathetic excuse for Blant overexcessive Exploition of Gore Violence and Nudity.

    Gantz is about the Darker side of Human beings, It is almost sarcastic about it, sure, it can be fun, but This is utter crap compared to Elfen Lied, Elfen lied had a very good story, Great Characters and it actually had a plot. Unlike this thing.

    Sometimes i wonder why such Great animation and Voice Dub is wasted on such a pathetic anime. it makes me sad.

    Gantz takes the worst of Anime and manga, Exploits it and multiplies it by 10 times... You like Exploitation, and Anime's with no plot?, well this anime is for you..

    Gantz is glorification of the Perverted Dark and Evil side of Human beings, you Need to be eccentric to watch this. (Maybe perverted as well).

    This is certainly not for kids..... Apart from the Glorious Animation and the Best Eng voice acting i've seen, There is nothing good about Gantz... Cheap excuse for Exploitionmoreless
  • The story about a teenage boy named Kei Kurono dies from a train accident and is forced to fight for a black ball named Gantz against aliens.

    This is one of my favorite animated series, though the comic book is better, it gets very good especially towards the middle end. The beginning is a bit slow, but it picks up and at first the protagonist Kei is annoying and constantly whining about his pervertedness he becomes very likable. The characters are pretty good, though the one character I found irritating until she died was Kei Kishimoto. The action can get pretty good and very gory, which is okay if you can handle it. There are a lot of sexual situations, which again if you care about it happens frequently (but what can you expect from a teenage boys mind :P). The story gets very good as the characters are developed because you start to care, especially when death is common. It shows the degradation of society or the way we humans are as a species. The series also touches on some survivalist themes as all the characters just want to survive and live through each mission. The only criticism I find is that the end was too vague, but thats because the comics were still being produced (and still are) so the end had to be mad up. I just wish they could continue the series since its possible the way it ended.moreless

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