Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2004 to Jun 22, 2004
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.381 (scored by 59355 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
Despite my fondness of genres like drama, romance and the like, I am a guy by the end of it all. As such, there are moments where I just crave mindless entertainment full of action, blood/gore, boobs, etc. and shows like Hellsing Ultimate fill that niche quite well. But before I ever found out about Hellsing Ultimate, there was this little show called "Gantz" that occupied the role of mindless entertainment for me. Unless you've been living under a rock for however long you've been an anime/manga fan, you should've happened across that name at least once. Gantz has a reputation for being the most obscene and tasteless show of all time, and to some degree... you'd be spot-on, given that this IS an adaptation of Hiroya Oku's demented magnum opus. With that said, it has quite a few problems that go beyond the sheer raunch. But enough of that, let's get on with this review!
I'm not even going to bother with a plot synopsis, since you can just read the synopsis on Wikipedia or the Gantz page here on MAL. As far as the overall story goes, it's fair enough. The premise is unique, leading to a lot of intense fights and the creatures that the Gantz team ends up fighting time and time again are some of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. With that said, one problem Gantz has with the story is the lack of world building. All we ever really get is that there are aliens taking refuge on Earth and that there's this big mystery surrounding the Gantz sphere. This isn't necessarily the anime's fault, however given that it's adapting the first ~45-50 chapters of the manga and Hiroya Oku doesn't really explain how this stuff works for quite a while (I'm 200 chapters in, and there STILL isn't much of an explanation for this stuff). Plus, it's 13 episodes long. Do you really expect to know all the nitty-gritty details about the Gantz sphere and such within that time span?
With that said, the biggest problem that Gantz has is the fact that it's so ridiculously slow, almost to the same degree as something like Tokyo Ghoul or Attack on Titan. Some scenes end up getting horrendously overextended and other scenes are just full of completely unnecessary dialogue. For example, there's a scene in one of the first episodes where an alien ended up brutally murdering a whole bunch of people in front of Kato but he spends an absurd amount of time debating whether or not he should kill that creature. This literally goes on for half the episode, by the way. Thankfully, Gantz finds ways to keep your attention with that slow pace in the form of bloody and excessively gory fights along with plenty of nudity provided at Kei Kishimoto's expense (more on that later). It's still something to be mentioned though, especially considering the fact that Gantz's chapters are relatively short (12-20 pages) and aren't dialogue heavy in the slightest.
Moving away from the story, let's talk about the characters. Kei Kurono is pretty much a horny high school student who thinks of nothing but sex, how to get sex, and surviving the missions that the Gantz team ends up going on. I'd like to say he's unlikeable but I've gotten quite a bit of entertainment value out of him, especially with Christopher Ayres voicing him in the English dub. Considering the fact that this is adapting the first 45-50 chapters of the manga, it's kind of understandable as to why Kurono is portrayed as an obnoxious, unlikeable horndog since that's pretty much how actually is until the Buddha Statues mission in the manga (which is covered in the second season) where he's still an unlikeable horndog, but he's an unlikeable horndog who can actually haul some ass and it isn't even until Volumes 12-14 where he gains some more redeeming traits. Here... that's not really the case.
As far as Kato goes... he's alright here, but a little annoying given that he has an aversion to killing so early on despite all the shit that goes down. Again, it isn't until the Buddha Statues mission in the manga and the second season where he actually hauls some ass. I will say this though: I find it extremely hilarious how a tall, imposing 15-year-old can have an aversion to killing aliens and yet not have a problem strangling a would-be rapist to death. If you don't like Kurono, Kato should be more than enough to keep you around. Even though he's a cliché white knight character, his behaviour and his interactions with Kurono are more than enough to keep the atmosphere fresh, because let's face it: almost every single character in Gantz is a cynical jackass and that kind of atmosphere can get tedious after a while. You NEED someone like Kato to be the idealist, even if it's only to cynically crush his idealism later on.
Finally, we get to Kei Kishimoto... or as I like to call her, "Gwen Gazongas." She literally serves no purpose whatsoever aside from being a relentlessly abused fan service character. I would go on about how Hiroya Oku and by extension, the blokes who panned the anime have no respect for Kishimoto but let's be honest here: it pretty much speaks for itself when a woman gets teleported into a room whilst unconscious and completely nude, almost gets raped, and still ends up getting eaten out by a dog. I will say this though: she is a million leagues more likeable in the anime than she is in the manga. The manga basically makes her a leech to Kurono who treats him like he doesn't exist half the time AND doesn't show the smallest modicum of gratitude toward him and yet would drop her non-existent panties for Kato in a heartbeat, while the anime basically shows that she does care about Kurono to some degree... you know, when he's not groping her tits. But I digress.
When it comes down to the art direction, the Gantz manga is some pretty damn good good stuff and that detail really does translate over to the anime quite well. HOWEVER, that really nice art direction gets thrown to the wayside quite a bit with the absolutely horrendous animation. This is perhaps one of Gonzo's worst programmes yet from an animation standpoint, only being topped by something like say... Final Fantasy Unlimited. There is no shortage of bad CG in this show and it gets to a point where sometimes, whole environments will be rendered in CG while the characters are still two-dimensional. The bad CG gets MUCH worse in the Buddha Statues mission in the second season though, since there are one or two statues that are actually rendered entirely in CG that the team ends up fighting.
All of this bad CG inevitably leads to the actual animation quality of the show fluctuating wildly throughout the show's run. Some scenes don't even have much in the way of animation, like in the first episode where Kurono and Kato are running away from the train that's about to hit them, but it looks like they're jogging in place while the CG background is moving. Another thing you'll note is that it's incredibly hard to tell whether or not a character is thinking since Gonzo doesn't even bother animating mouth movements half the time. It also doesn't help that EVERYONE seems to be shouting while they're thinking, but that's a problem with the sound and not the animation. However, the action scenes are still pretty damn intense stuff and are often excessively gory. By "gory," I mean that there is actual gore like entrails, severed heads, exploding abdomens, and the like instead of just massive amounts of blood and maybe a severed limb or two. So that's quite nice, and I applaud that. But yeah... don't come into Gantz expecting something like Hellsing Ultimate in terms of animation quality otherwise, you'll be severely disappointed.
As for the sound, the OST is unfortunately not memorable in the slightest with the exception of the OP theme, which is basically bad half Engrish/half Japanese rapping set over cheesy electronic beats and guitar riffs (which I find amusing to no end). The Japanese dub is alright, but one thing I found rather odd/hilarious is the fact that Kei Kishimoto actually sounds like she enjoyed being eaten out by the dog while the English dub actually makes her have a problem with it. Speaking of which, the English dub for Gantz is without a doubt, some of the most amusing stuff I've ever heard in quite some time. There's no shortage of swearing and some of the lines/dialogue the characters were given make for some really hilarious moments, albeit unintentionally so given that Gantz is supposed to be a survival game of sorts and takes itself quite seriously at times. But it's whatever, ADV Films did a great job with the dub (and it's INFINITELY better than the Elfen Lied dub).
Would I say that I enjoyed Gantz? Absolutely. I enjoyed the hell out of it back in 2006/2007, and I still enjoy the hell out of it now. The thing is that Gantz is one of those shows that thrives off of shock value and knows full well that it does. This isn't like Elfen Lied where it claims to have a deep and involving plot that explores humanity's dark side, but in reality it's just pure shock value. This is a show that's not meant to be taken seriously... but then again, this is a show that you CAN'T take seriously in the slightest, since the animation is shit, the plot is weak, the characters are unlikeable/stupid/don't get enough screen time (in the case of Kato), and the English dub is so unintentionally funny. I mean... how the fuck can ANYONE take a show that has a woman getting eaten out by a dog after almost being raped seriously? If anything, this is like a bad drama akin to The Room where you just keep watching to see what shit they'll throw at the screen next. I can't help laughing at all the moments in Gantz where some ordinarily horrifying shit goes down, because it's just like "Really bro? You're seriously going to do that?"
On the whole, Gantz isn't something that will have your heart pounding with all of the intense action and involving plot. Rather, it's mindless entertainment for those who can stomach massive amounts of gore, nudity, and swearing with stupid dialogue being played so straight and sincerely. If you really want an all-out, high stakes survival game that you can take seriously, you should definitely give the Gantz manga a read since a lot of the anime's flaws really just boil down to the weak execution and Hiroya Oku does an infinitely better job of giving us an all-out, high stakes survival game that can have us invested with what's going on. Otherwise, go back to your Deadman Wonderland, Mirai Nikki, and Attack on Titan. read more
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
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.
Elfen Lied and Gantz are cut from the same cloth, despite having different plots and characters. How so? Well, both shows are incredibly tasteless with virtually no regard for standards, practices, or even common decency. These are programmes where actual gore, and not just a shitload of blood like programmes such as Another and Attack on Titan. However, Elfen Lied's gore never really goes beyond severed limbs and decapitations, while Gantz has more in the way of variety (entrails are a relatively common sight). What's more, Elfen Lied takes a break from all of the carnage and tries to be cute/romantic/dramatic with a dash of ecchi harem thrown into the mix whereas Gantz does no such thing. There's quite a lot in the way of ecchi, don't get me wrong. However, Gantz has almost no regard for its female characters. There's wanton rape, nudity, and such scattered throughout the programme.
From a production standpoint, Elfen Lied's production values are significantly better than Gantz's. Gantz was produced by Gonzo, a company whose works generally have randomly fluctuating animation quality as well as a lot of conspicuous CG. Elfen Lied on the other hand was produced by Arms, a company that's known for creating shows that many would find... questionable (like Ikkitousen, Queen's Blade, and Brynhildr in the Darkness) and have actually gone on to produce full-blown hentai as well.
HOWEVER, Gantz actually has the edge over Elfen Lied when it comes down to production when you look at their dubs. Both shows were licensed by ADV Films, so you'd assume that the dubs for both shows would be of the same quality. That couldn't be further from the truth. One of the more infamous facts of Elfen Lied's production is that BOTH the Japanese dub and the English dub are considered atrocious by native speakers of both languages. While I can't say much about Gantz's Japanese dub (aside from the fact that Kei Kishimoto in the Japanese dub seems to enjoy having a dog eat her out directly after an attempted rape...), ADV Films did a MUCH better job with the localisation than they did with Elfen Lied. Given the raunchy nature of the programme, Gantz has no shortage of swearing and the like and adds an extra layer of immersion to the mix.
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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