Ranked #1990


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Japanese: ガンツ


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2004 to Jun 22, 2004
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.361 (scored by 65845 users)
Ranked: #19902
Popularity: #213
Members: 116,352
Favorites: 1,371
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Thought 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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Adaptation: Gantz
Sequel: Gantz 2nd Stage

Characters & Voice Actors

Katou, Masaru
Katou, Masaru
Boone, Jessica
Boone, Jessica
Guardiola, Illich
Guardiola, Illich
Kishimoto, Kei
Kishimoto, Kei
Nabatame, Hitomi
Nabatame, Hitomi
Emerick, Shannon
Emerick, Shannon
Kurono, Kei
Kurono, Kei
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Ayres, Christopher
Ayres, Christopher


Itano, Ichiro
Director, Storyboard
Ayres, Greg
Sogo, Masashi
Script, Series Composition
Auten, Christine

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Jan 4, 2015
Gantz is infamous for its excessive amount of gore and explicit sex, which is its bread and butter, and this does sound awesome on paper but it lacks any real likeable characters and has a story with more questions than answers.


Gantz is about two students who die in a train accident after saving a hobo’s life. They awake in a room with a giant black ball called Gantz and other people who have died recently. The ball in this room commands them to kill aliens every night within a certain amount of time and with every kill they rack up points. After every night of read more
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Jan 27, 2015
There's no pay off!
Would not recommend to a Psychological anime lover. Great nudity and violence though!

This anime is very flat.

Pros: nudity, violence, animation, English Dub is spot on, great voice acting in both jap & english versions and social commentary (the first four episodse make you question what does humanity really mean? What makes us human? What does "human nature" mean? Why do some people stand up for others? While some people move aside to see their fellow man fall to the ground, without so much as an 'are you okay?' 'Do you need help?'
I liked that... I found it deep, intriguing and topical.

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Oct 8, 2009
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, read more
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Oct 14, 2013
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 read more
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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.
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.

If you take away Gantz's fondness of boobs/nudity/twisted humour, the death games between humans and creatures that crush men like insects - not even the respective main characters being safe - makes Gantz & Shingeki one and the same. The despair the cast convey when confronted with the terror of a threat beyond human understanding sticks the two together like glue.

There's very little out there that can make people feel the same sense of dread as its characters do, whether on page or screen. The casts of the two are forced into 'do or die' confrontations with freaky creatures, knowing either it or themselves will die, and the bloodshed that results is a matter of inevitability.

...However, these were both aired on TV. Since the respective manga series never pandered to the faint of heart with their gory/brutal death scenes and general violence, there HAD TO BE censorship. In the case of Gantz, content from episodes had to be held back until the DVD releases and it didn't get the best of adaptations. In the case of Shingeki, so far there's been a 'cut away from death-shot' policy. Just pointing this out since the shock value is obviously drained by censorship.
Darkness, gore and absolute dispair. If you like that kind of style, check em out both. Both mediocre though, they're worth watching for the insane carelessness and hate of most characters in both series.
Plus Gantz has titties.
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Both Bokurano and Gantz are about a dreadful game that entraps its players and submits them to inhuman torment. Gantz is considerably more violent in terms of credible gore while Bokurano is more pervasive insofar as the violence is mostly psychological yet in both there is an overwhelming feeling of unfairness and unavoidable doom. The mystery that surrounds the nature of the game is similar in both series, Bokurano eventually provides an explanation that ties up with larger than life consequences while Gantz remains enigmatic through and through.
Contains a lot of violence as well as a good amount of fan service.

Opening Theme

"Super Shooter" by Rip Slyme

Ending Theme

"Last Kiss" by Bonnie Pink

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