Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2004 to Jun 22, 2004
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.401 (scored by 54514 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
This is a review of both Gantz and Gantz 2nd Stage. Why are the two seasons even split up in the first place? The first season very clearly does not end the show and the second season picks up right where the first leaves off, so what's the point of even writing two reviews? If you have fundamental problems with this decision, blow me. Moving on.
Gantz is a show that a lot of people don't get. This surprises me because, in the grand scheme of things, Gantz is amazingly simple and straightforward. It's brutal in a different way than anime fans are used to because it pulls absolutely no punches in its delivery. This is an anime that isn't really suited for today's anime climate, where shit that uses gore for filler gets passed off as "tough to watch" (Elfen Lied), and Epic Movie style reference jokes get passed off as funny because moe girls are the ones telling them (Lucky Star). Its supernatural plot sets people up for something that ends up being the polar opposite of what they're given. At its core, Gantz is all about keeping it real, and that attitude is what fucks up a lot of the people that try to watch it. Really, it's the very definition of a love-it-or-hate-it anime.
Essentially, what Gantz does is take familiar stereotypes (the teenager, the helpless titty girl, the self righteous big dude, the serial killers, the gangsters, the bikers, grandma and her spoiled grandson, etc.) and shows you how they would react in a life or death, kill or be killed situation. It's a textbook deconstruction that takes character types out of their usual element and throws them dick first into all sorts of trials and tribulations that they aren't usually written into. It's an anime that makes no judgements on others' character; "morally pure" losers will at times act like fucking psychos, and complete assholes will touch your heart, or at least make you laugh. It's an anime that serves as both an indictment and an exoneration of humanity; it will con you into rooting for kill-first-ask-questions-later types over those genuinely concerned about their fellow player, but in the same way it'll coax you into rooting against the kill-because-I-like-it types who knowingly and purposefully fuck over everyone else for their own selfish reasons. It's an anime that preaches balance as the solution and then kills the balanced ones anyway. It's paradoxical, contradictory, cold, and eccentric, because that's the way a fantasy-land situation like this would be in the real world.
Even though I basically just gave Itchiro Itano a textual handjob up there, Gantz is certainly not without its flaws. If you are not emotionally invested, or at least interested, in the fates of any of the characters (the majority of which are horrible douches), this anime will rape you with how slow its pace is. Battles have a tendency to run for 3 or more episodes and they can be the most frustrating things to have to sit through for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it feels like writers don't know how to end a battle so they just keep throwing more shit at us (the 3rd fight ends with Katou fighting a giant green turd because they literally ran out of ideas), some battles are plagued by having a cast of pussies who ruin perfectly good opportunities because none of them will act first, sometimes the characters launch into the Communist Manifesto during the middle of a fight scene, etc. There's much more dialogue than action, so if you're just watching this to see dead guys cash checks and break necks, then I'm sorry but you're going to be disappointed. The writers have a tendency to let the plot dictate the character's actions, even if it means making otherwise logical characters act dumb as hell, just to further the show along. Above all that though, Gantz's most pervasive flaw is that the cynicism is often left unchecked. Half the shit in this show could be something out of Youngblood or Bloodpain or Assblood or any other generic, "dark" 90s comic book. Every child is beaten, every woman is nearly raped, the one black guy is a gay thug, the bully rips the Karate instructor's teeth out of his gums, the guy who loves guns also loves torturing things, the goody-two-shoes old man tries to "save" a kid serial killer by talking sternly to him, that same serial killer tries to validate killing and raping homeless people (!!!) with a long-winded speech about war, and so on and so forth. It just gets really really over the top at times and, I mean, I don't have a problem with that (I loved Death Note and its intense notebook writing action), but it shits all over the "realistic and gritty" atmosphere the anime tries to present.
The art? Um, it's ok. That's about the best I can say. It incorporates some CGI, and it runs the gauntlet from good to "what the fuck is that?" The monster designs are pretty creative and they make up for how generic the character designs are. The backgrounds are nicely done as well, so no complaints there. Animation wise, the show is plagued by stiff computer animation and an assortment of cheap tricks that actually made me do a few double takes while I was watching. Nothing to write home about.
Sound in-show is barely even noticeable. The OP is pretty cool but I skipped it a lot. I imagine it would've gotten pretty fucking annoying quick if I had to hear it on a regular basis. The ED? Uhhhhh yea its ok. Generic, relaxing, melancholy Jpop. I expected much more in both of these departments from GONZO than what we were given---oh wait, no I didn't. The English dub was middle of the road as well, not shit-tier but not god-tier either. Some of the voice actors were better than others but for the most part my only complaints are subjective, so we'll move on.
Out of everything it seems the characters are what piss most people off about this show. For starters, there's a rotating assortment of cast members because they're constantly killed off. Because of the wide array of assholes that regularly appear on this fine cartoon, the very few people you can sympathize with (aside from Katou) are minor roles, which sucks because again, in this show being a member of the supporting cast is an instant death sentence. There's a lot of varying personalities, some you'll like, some you'll hate; I think this is probably one of Gantz's strongest points because it allows the show to stay fresh, even if it is at the expense of a lot of character development. The 3 people of biggest importance to the plot are:
Kurono, the whiny, horny, selfish, impressionable teenager. Probably one of the least likable characters on the show. His development is really haphazard because the second he starts to change in a certain direction, the show waves its floppy dick and fucks the whole playing field up. On the spectrum, he's more or less centered between I'm-a-fucking-psychopath and I-fucking-care-about-everyone, and as such, he can be cool one moment and then act like a flailing dumbshit the next. Really, he's whatever the writers need him to be for that specific episode. Personality wise, the most flexible member of the cast.
Katou, the big dude with everyone's best interests at heart. One of the only glimpses of genuine goodness on the show. Can get really, really fucking annoying when he hinders the progress of the group with his nobility, but at other times he's a welcome break from the sea of dickheads this show throws at us. Sometimes loses control and legitimately hurts people (physically). His only reason to really continue on living is to raise his little brother.
Kishimoto, ahhh fuck this bitch. IMO the least likable member of the cast, even worse than that fucking serial killer kid or that whiny businessman. This bitch is the worst. Killed herself because her bad grades lead to a strained relationship with her mother or something like that. I don't know, it was basically just an excuse for us to see her naked (which is stupid because we saw her naked like 30 other times afterwards). Depends on others for 98% of the show and is always yelling at other people for not doing anything when she herself does the equivalent of masturbating during a house fire. Kept around primarily for fanservice and to create sexual tension. Not exactly emotionally stable but that's to be expected considering the circumstances of her death.
Did I enjoy this anime? It depends on what you mean by enjoy. Its hard to "enjoy" an anime like Gantz in the typical sense, but it was well executed and at times pretty fun to watch, so I'll say yeah. Plus it made me laugh multiple times (both intentionally and unintentionally), and in an anime this bleak, I think that counts for something.
Overall I give it a 7. Watch it for the black guy, he's hilarious. 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.
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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