Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2004 to Jun 22, 2004
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.391 (scored by 57755 users)
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action drama horror psychological sci-fi supernatural
SynopsisThought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive.
When Kei Kurono is killed, he thus finds himself caught in such a game—a test of his skills, morals, and will to survive. His life is not his own; his death is spat and trampled upon over and over again. What happens if he does not listen? God knows.
A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted, but neither is it as simple as it looks. Gore, rape, and violence is rampant, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Gantz
Sequel: Gantz 2nd Stage
Characters & Voice Actors
This review is for the entire series, it contains no major spoilers and is for the anime only. Gantz presents all of the best elements that a series in the mindless gore genre should provide. It's positively chalked full of blood, sex, violence, dark comedy, unpredictably, and absurdity. If you enjoy Robert Rodriquez and the likes of Dusk Till Dawn, Machete, and Planet Terror you WILL enjoy many of things that Gantz has to offer. The most promising trait Gantz has is that it is willing to kill off any character, main or minor, at any time. This creates a very intense suspenseful environment that very few anime (only Basilisk comes to mind immediately) can compare to. The story is ridiculous and shot full of holes in a very excusable manor considering the genre and intent of the series. To briefly summarize, adults, teens, kids, and even pets die and are transfered to a room where a giant black ball forces them to compete as a team versus varying creatures for survival. In these games, points can be earned through defeating the enemies. Said enemies range from aliens, to dinasours, to whatever other entertaining creatures the writers dream up. Earn enough points and you redeem your life and freedom. However, if you die in the game, you die for real. All of this enables some pretty insane yet entertaining scenarios for the group to face everytime they enter a new game. As I said, anyone can (and will) die at any given time. The unpredictable aura created is great!
So why am i giving this title such a low rating despite this praise? Gantz absolutely and inexcusably implodes itself. One major downer of any action series/film is when the hero or villan talks, and talks, and talks when they could have finished their nemesis off. Gantz takes this to a whole new level. I challenge anyone to complete this series without routinely flailing their arms in disgust. The series is full of grouseme creatures literally tearing people limb from limb while their comrades point their guns shaking and exclaiming "I'm gonna shoot....here it goes....wait I can't...how could I possibly KILL with my own hands...but I'm gonna.....how can I though?...I gotta! Here it goes!....wait...." and so on. It really is THAT bad. I feel it could have been acceptable had the hesitation been limited to the first arc while the characters grew to understand their new violent life. But it continues through the entire series and becomes increasingly annoying every time. It really is disappointing that an otherwise grousemly awesome anime is dragged down by such a major flaw. It may be hard to comprehend the severity of this issue until you watch for yourself, but it scinceirly is a deal breaker. In the end the good manages to slightly out weigh the bad warranting a single viewing from fans of the genre. I doubt anyone could sit through a second viewing even if they really wanted to. 6/10
Gantz is gritty. Gantz is gruesome. Gantz is a show where a bunch of people who have died essentially become the Japanese MIB, only with a Battle Royale twist.
Now that may sound like an intriguing premise, but let me continue. I'm a pretty easy going guy and I can tolerate more nonsense than most people. For instance, I've actually watched (and in some cases enjoyed) Ikkitousen, Elfen Lied, Mezzo Forte and even some hentai, so I know tasteless when I see it. Gantz is many things, but someone would have a hard time trying to defend it as tasteful. Everyone, including old folks, kids, and women, get treated like utter crap. They are either getting humiliated and/or abused (physically or sexually). What I'm trying to say is: Gantz is pretty F'd up.
The funny thing is I don't even really dislike Gantz, but I'd be lying if I said Gantz had any kind of depth. They do a lot of talking, but they don't really ever say much. The plot could be described in a paragraph but is stretched out over 13 episodes where you only get two encounters with Gantz/aliens and lots of discussions about whether to shoot or not.
Let's start with the easy part, the pros:
1) So where does Gantz go right?
Well... I suppose the idea behind the show is interesting? Guys with special suits and secret missions caught up in some bizarre intergalactic excursion. The opening theme isn't bad, at least at first, it starts to get old pretty fast though. The sectioned layer teleportation was kind of cool. There's quite a bit of funny "engrish" like "You can be RIDER powful" and "hear are your skores" that amused me. I also enjoyed the Dragonball Z, Fist of the Northstar and possibly Akira references. If you like violence with a lot of nudity mixed in, Gantz has you covered. I guess there is a certain level of... honesty(?) in Gantz's sadistic depiction of humanity. Kato is the only real trace of decency and dignity in the whole show. Gantz is probably the funniest/best part of the show, you bastards.
At best Gantz is a cutting criticism of the dark side of human beings and a hard look at the many flaws that can make people detestable. As such, people are mostly portrayed as weak, cruel, manipulative, inconsiderate and degenerate. Now to some extent I suppose one could consider this seemingly realistic, but more likely, Gantz is the cynical machinations of a misanthrope with deep seated resentment towards the world and some deviant wish fulfillment. Now I'm not passing judgement here, if that's what you are into, then... ok... but let's call it what it is.
2) So what does Gantz do wrong?
First, the main character (Kei) is, to be blunt, an insufferable, lecherous prick who doesn't know that he's an unlikeable, pathetic prick. Almost every other character is as well, or they are gullible and naive. As if that's not bad enough, the show seems to actually attempt to glorify or sympathize with Kei's adventures in douchebaggery. Now, I'm not allergic to douchey characters, I've liked both Light from Death Note and Lelouche from Code Geass. I liked Light's perseverance and determination, and Lelouche's cunning and bravado, but Kei... he's cowardly, perpetually perverted, selfish, and kind of stupid. I'm not just "hating" or saying this out of some kind of predetermined bias, in all honesty, he really just doesn't have a single redeeming quality to speak of. I didn't think this character could get any worse, but, the dub somehow manages to make him sound like even more of a shameless creep.
Then there's the animation. I'm not like some people who gripe and complain about the use of CGI in anime, and I don't even mind it here either, but some of the actual animation is so lazy and terrible...
There are scenes with random pixelation and (intentional?) ghosting and plenty of still/pan scenes where it looks like they were cutting corners in order to afford preserving the CGI to animation ratio that makes up half the show.
Lastly there's the female main character. Her method of death was apparently suicide (bathtub cutting). So we are introduced to one of Gantz dubious and faulty premises. Let's be serious for a second. Does this girl even seem like the suicide type? The reasons they give for her "motive" aren't very convincing. She's not ugly, she's well endowed (i.e. HUGE breasts) and she shows none of the trademark signs of mental scarring. It's not like she would have trouble finding someone willing to employ her or a boyfriend. I think we can all admit someone like that is not in living hell just because of some bad grades. So we are forced to conclude that the whole bathtub scenario is merely a contrived device just to have an excuse to throw in a big boobed girl completely naked.
Here is where Gantz shows its true colors. As if it's not bad enough that 99% of the show seems to be populated by complete jackasses, within seconds of Kishimoto's introduction we are treated to a scene where the girl is very nearly raped, by MULTIPLE people AND a dog. The rest of the show either flashbacks to this or comes up with new ways to have her naked and/or molested.
Classy, and this is just season one. This is pretty much all you need to know to make a decision on if Gantz is the kind of show you'd be interested in watching. Did I mention this show is also kind of gay? Like, literally.
All that aside, the character motivations and plot development are erratic. Characters ask stupid questions and have to repeat the same answers continuously over multiple episodes. They also do very stupid things. Such as, doing nothing and just gawking like dumbfounded idiots. The best was the genius plan of inviting yourself into someone's home, offering yourself as a pet, getting in their bed, and then expecting it to NOT lead to sex... yeah, that makes a lot of sense... wait, no, IT DOESN'T.
It's kind of hard to like Gantz because it's a very dark and absurd show. There really aren't any likable characters other than Kato and maybe Kishimoto. The worst is how deliberate everything is. Characters take FOREVER to make a decision about ANYTHING. It's really kind of deceptive that way. They look like a bad-ass action squad, but in actuality they're a way-too-chatty and indecisive INACTION squad. For example, in this one episode they spend the whole time arguing over whether or not to put on their super powered suits. Sheesh. The only things one can really take away from watching Gantz is maybe appreciating it for its harsh depictions of reality or basking in its scattered brutality and rampant depravity. read more
Elfen Lied and Gantz revolve around shock value and how it can be turned into a narrative devise. Both push the envelope in terms of graphic violence and excessive gore with plenty of nudity to boot. EL has peaceful interludes that keep it from becoming utterly without hope while Gantz hardly ever slackens its pace of bloody action. These series manage to horrify and move the viewer, in EL the cute character design makes the massacres all the more poignant while Gantz's mostly realistic design adds an air of verisimilitude to the insanity.
Both of these anime have lots of over-the-top action, blood, and boobies. Lol. They push the limits of censorship, animation, and your imagination.
Blood, gore, and an overwhelming sense of fascination at the amount of blood one anime can have. There technically isn't much else they share in common but both are really engaging and action packed (sort of).
Both have a lot of blood and killing, and are more or less psychological animes.
Also the style somehow corresponds.
These two... are so alike in so many ways o_o
Gantz is more of a senseless violence type of thing... but they're both series with blood and violence and eechi type stuffs at one point or another... very similar =3
Blood, blood, more blood, gore and boobs.
Both Elfen Lied and GANTZ are seinen animes containing lots of ecchi and plenty of brutality, killing and gore. They're both horror animes with a supernatrual theme. I personally think that they're both amazing and they both received a 10 from me.
Both are incredibly violent action anime with strong psychological themes and lots of sex
Both series have pretty simple plots that don't progress much, but cover for it with plenty of shock value, and teh BOOBIES!
Both are full of despair,of life-sucks themes full of violence and hatred.and both leave a strong aftertaste
Elfen lied is more serious though and gantz has some panties
Both are tottally worth seeing
Plenty of gore, this two are probably in the top of the shows with more gore. Plenty of action which messes up with viewer mind and his emotions. Highly psychological and adult shows.
Both Gantz and Elfen Lied have Psychological, supernatural horror atmosphere that keep your adrenaline pumping throughout the series.
Bloody and a lot like elfen lied in various of ways.
Lots of gore and mature themed
Both have high amounts or gore, with excellent fights and even romance elemnts!
A lot of death and some ecchi
Both Gantz and Elfen Lied are full of gore, and sure to expect bloody scenes. The horror is limitless.
Both anime overuse gore and sex to attract curious viewers. Neither anime provide anything substantial beyond cheap shock value.
A psychological thriller that focuses on human nature and violence. It puts people into a situation that tests their morality in order to survive. The main characters are very similar and they are both action-packed and mildly disturbing.
The survival mode, main characters and the bloody action style.
In both these animes, the main characters are forcefully removed from their realities and forced to live in a survival "game"
Both main characters get involved in a game where they have to kill others for their survival.
Both are gritty survival games with an imperfect protagonist. Similar themes, characters, and overall feeling.
The theme involving a group of individuals in a dangerous game for survival is present in both series. The main protagonist's life is suddenly thrown into chaos as he is put into such a dangerous game.
Both series has the main protagonist who meets a young girl early in the series and has strange interactions with her.
Both series contain a lot of action, drama, and violence.
Both series also has a mysterious like atmosphere that holds a secret to the true purpose of the game.
Survive or morality? Two survival animes which tests morality and will of life, but GantZ is focused on aliens and Btooom! on man vs. man fights.
i was always trying to find an anime that is like gantz and even though btooom is less gory and less nudity, btoom is probably the closest anime to gantz, so if you like btoom, gantz should be on your list, both about people getting into games they never wanted to be in
They boy share the idea for survical, BTOOOM! is more of a game (is you watch it you will know what i mean) and Gnatz is more of bounty hunting for eliens but it has a twist to that.to me, they have a good story line but the manga for Gantz goes beyond the anime.
This is my first recommendation, so yeah. O_o
First, if you've already seen Gantz and are looking for another anime with as much blood, I think Btooom! has enough that you won't be disappointed.
But the real reason I'm recommending Btooom! to Gantz watchers is the similarities between the themes and main characters of both shows.
The whole theme of both shows is a survival game. Both characters are forced into a death game where they've got to play to win their freedom. Until then, they really only have 2 options. Do what they are told or accept death.
Now, the fact that our main characters, Kurono and Ryouta look similar isn't the only thing they have in common. Neither of them are first introduced to be anything special. Kurono gets bullied and school and Ryouta is a NEET. The thing that's similar between them that I find especially awesome is how they handle the situation that they are put in. The survival game. They adapt, and unleash their inner badass. They both take charge in fighting for their survival and they come through whenever it counts, like when their life is on the line, or when they've got someone to protect. Under these new circumstances they turn from outcast to hero who takes the enemy head on and comes out victorious with their own strength.
~Not to mention how they both start getting all the girls' attention because of their heroic deeds. :P
Gantz and Btooom! are gritty, disturbing, and not for the easily offended. Both series create the same atmosphere and feeling; I feel like I need a shower after watching an episode of each. Kei, the main character in Gantz, is an insufferable piece of shit, whereas Ryouta of Btooom! seems to have some redeeming qualities.
Both are murder games with a lot of violence and gore.
In both anime the main characters are forced into a life or death game that questions morality, society, etc. Both are also somewhat gory (Gantz being more). So if you love psychological thrillers, check it out!
Both involve people stuck in a game where characters die brutally.
Opening Theme"Super Shooter" by Rip Slyme
Ending Theme"Last Kiss" by Bonnie Pink
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