Apr 13, 2004 to Jun 22, 2004
23 min. per ep.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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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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Characters & Voice Actors
||It's the Beginning of a Brand New Day
Atarashii Asa ga Kita (新しい朝が来た)
|Apr 13, 2004
||They Aren't Human
Ningen Janee (人間じゃねぇ)
|Apr 20, 2004
||Kei, You're Awesome!
Kei-chan, suggee (計ちゃん、すっげえ)
|Apr 20, 2004
||OK, Here Are Your Scores
Soreji wa, Chiiten wo Hajinuru (それぢわ、ちいてんをはじぬる)
|Apr 27, 2004
||Then That Means, at That Time...
Tteiukoto wa, Ano Toki (っていうことは、あの時)
|May 4, 2004
Opening Theme"Super Shooter" by Rip Slyme
Ending Theme"Last Kiss" by Bonnie Pink
"God is dead, and Gantz killed him," - Friedrich Nietzche
Whilst many programmes contain no shortage of objectionable content, few (if any) programmes can truly call themselves "the most offensive programme on Earth" quite like Gantz can. Gantz truly does take refuge in its own audacity for being what is hands-down, the most offensive show on the face of the planet and quite possibly, one of the worst shows (animated or otherwise) to have ever come out of the 2000s. To watch an episode of Gantz is to force yourself into an endurance test, one that will ultimately leave you questioning whether or not you're as good a person as you thought you were. Ignorance is bliss but to those of us with a bile fetish, I encourage you to read this review and see whether or not you can come out of Gantz unscathed.
Gantz plays out like a cross between Men in Black and Battle Royale: a group of people who were supposed to die are somehow brought back to life only to be forced to battle vicious aliens that the public at large are somehow unaware of. Unless you're weak in the upper story, it should be obvious that this is gonna be a rather violent anime so the gore enthusiasts among us should be quite satisfied, especially given how this is one of the few animes out there that feature actual gore, with entrails, bone shards, and all that good stuff. Well, they would've been if this series didn't move at a drunken slug on molly's pace (but there's more on that later).
To those of us with half a functioning brain cell, it should be inherently obvious that this is the kind of show that could've worked well as a brainless action flick, but it does damn near everything wrong in regards to the execution. This should be a given, since shows of Gantz's nature do generally fuck up in regards to the execution but Gantz is a special case in that its failings all coalesce into an especially terrible product.
First and foremost, there's absolutely no explanation surrounding the existence of the Gantz room (and the Gantz sphere itself on that note) that's ever given across all 26 episodes, nor is there any insight as to how Gantz goes about choosing the people meant to fight the aliens, let alone how it teleports them into the Gantz room, or even how it goes about reviving them for that matter: it simply exists, and it does as it wills. I suppose in that regard, it might as well be the functional equivalent of the Idea of Evil from Berserk in that its existence is centred around fucking up the lives of otherwise decent people.
Of course, Gantz and the very idea of decency aren't compatible with one another whatsoever. If there's one area where Gantz truly does succeed in, it would have to be giving us incredibly obnoxious and unbearable characters that are fundamentally designed to just make you contemplate whether or not you should blind yourself and stick a pencil through your eardrums so you could never have to experience this torture ever again. Irredeemably terrible characters receive the most spotlight and characters you either find something remotely likeable about are either killed off, become insufferable, or end up doing some shit which makes you not like them anymore.
At the forefront of this colossal trainwreck of a programme, we have Kei Kurono: a sexually frustrated loser in high school whose only thoughts seem to revolve around sex, how to get sex, and how to stay alive when bloodthirsty aliens are trying to kill you so that you can focus on the former two things. Don't believe me? The opening scene of the first episode shows Kurono imagining every single female in his class (including his teacher) completely naked, and ended up pitching a tent in class (which was later pointed out and mocked by everyone in his class, teacher included). With that in mind, it's not like he's got the charm of characters like Ataru from Urusei Yatsura: he's a horny loser who isn't above molesting a homeless girl (or groping/making out with her unconscious body).
As far as characters are concerned, Kurono is immediately unlikeable (though possibly relatable if you're a sexually frustrated loser) but he's also the least awful because he's nowhere near as infuriating as the other two members of our leading trio are (who I'll be talking about shortly). Then again, that's like saying that stepping in elephant shit isn't as bad as stepping in horse shit: regardless of whose sphincter it came out of, you still stepped in shit and you still ruined a perfectly good pair of shoes.
Masaru Kato is Kurono's childhood friend and just so happens to be the very person who was responsible for his and Kurono's death at the hand of an oncoming train. Whilst trying to save a homeless man from getting run over by a train, he sees Kurono standing on the platform and pleads for his assistance. After he acquiesces to his request, they both get ran over because they're completely incapable of climbing over a 2-foot train platform.
Kato is the designated "good guy" of the group, but his actions throughout the programme certainly don't reflect this whatsoever. Whilst his introduction painted him out to be something of a likeable character, given how he saved a homeless man and all, his actions shortly thereafter ultimately assassinate what little character he even had and the end result is a hypocrite whose death you plead for over and over again. Let's talk about the very incident that destroyed his character not several minutes after it was haphazardly established.
After being teleported into the Gantz room with Kurono and making small talk with the other people that are there with them, a naked (and unconscious) woman teleports into the Gantz room and after Kurono gets done making out with her and molesting her, one of the people in the room takes her into the nearby corridor so that he could have his way with her and it's at this point where she fully regains consciousness and starts screaming for help. After a minute or two, Kato ends up almost strangling the rapist to death before the Gantz sphere plays some music and distracts him from actually killing the rapist. Oh look, I actually find myself rooting for Kato because I viscerally despise rapists like any decent human being should which means that it's high time for Gantz to make me hate him.
After that whole ordeal, Kato gives Kishimoto (the naked chick) his jacket and tells her to cover up before he attacks her. No, I'm not joking: he actually threatened to rape a rape victim. It's almost too easy to miss when you're watching it the first time around because it's a small bit of dialogue, but those of us who pay close attention to what we watch will immediately be disgusted with Kato as an individual for the rest of the series. You wanna know what's the icing on the cake? The fact that Kato, a man who nearly strangled someone to death and threatened to rape someone ends up debating the ethics of killing an alien that quite clearly (and brutally) murdered more than half his team later on in the next episode. Yeah... Kato's hypocrisy is ultimately the most infuriating thing about him.
If that weren't bad enough, Kato would go on to eventually kill a gay black person in the bathroom for no decipherable reason. Whilst he was informed that there was a gay black person that wants to have sex with him is out to kick Kato's ass, he wasn't informed of what this person looked like, there wasn't any dialogue that would remotely suggest he knew who this person is, or anything of the sort. He just barges into a bathroom stall and strangles a gay black person, seemingly for being a gay black person (but even then, how would he have known if he was gay?). So in addition to threatening rape, attempted homicide, and hypocrisy, we can now add one proper count of simultaneously racist and homophobic homicide to Kato's record. Do you want to know what the final nail in the coffin is? That god-awful mullet of his. Considering all of this and the fact that he has a mullet, it would seem that Kato is the kind of person that Donald Trump's presidential campaign appeals to.
Lastly, we have Kei Kishimoto whose only purpose is to either get molested, naked, or some combination of the two. Her introduction was downright ghastly, given how she was naked, raped, and ends up getting eaten out by a dog not a minute after she was raped so one would think that she would have our sympathy. Of course, that couldn't be any further from the truth because Kishimoto's actions (or lack thereof) throughout the entire programme eviscerate any possible sympathy we might have for her.
For starters, she develops a downright nauseating infatuation for Kato after he saved her which is understandable... but then Kato threatens to rape Kishimoto, and she STILL has a thing for Mr. Mullet. It's nowhere near as disgusting as Hakuron and Kurumi's relationship in Haou Airen, but it's still something that pisses me off to no end. Then again, Gantz wouldn't be Gantz without one of many things to piss you off, now wouldn't it? Kishimoto's idiotic tendencies don't stop there.
Because of asinine reasons I won't bother explaining, Kishimoto ends up homeless and for whatever reason, she decides to bunk with Kurono of all people (hey, better to live with the sexually frustrated loser than the racist, homophobic would-be rapist with the mullet, right?) but not as his roommate, but rather... his pet. You read that right: she wants to live with Kurono as his pet to which he gladly accepts because he thought that it would mean he'd get laid. Of course, Kishimoto says that people don't have sex with their pets which means Kurono didn't lose his virginity (he would have if he was anything like his redneck buddy, but thank GOD he isn't). That didn't stop Kurono from sleeping in the same bed as Kishimoto and molesting her for half the night because when he had a dog, he used to give it hugs and kisses all the time (once again, you read that right). His logic isn't wrong, but it certainly isn't right either, and Kishimoto apparently has no objections to a being in bed with, and being molested by some hormonally imbalanced teenager that she knows absolutely nothing about.
On top of that, Kishimoto never contributes anything of substance to the Gantz team's battles against all the aliens. She just stands there either shouting, whining, or complaining for the duration of the battle before she goes back to being molested by Kurono whilst fawning over Larry the Cable Guy. I wouldn't mind her idiotic behaviour so much if she at least bothered to contribute /something/ of substance to the show, but she's analogous to Sakura from Naruto in that she could easily be excised from the plot and absolutely nothing of substance would've been lost whatsoever (save for all the pointless bits of nudity that happen whenever she's in the frame).
The other characters are either just like Kurono in that they're immediately unlikeable from the get-go, get killed off before they could even make a single noise, or end up like Kato in that they do something that immediately makes you despise them. A general rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the more you see someone from the Gantz team, the more you'll end up hating them. The only "exception" to this rule is Nishi, and that's purely because of the fact that he seems like Jesus Christ when you compare him to the KKK (our leading trio, that is).
Going back to the story at hand, I'm not even sure if there even COULD be a story to be told. Events happen at random intervals, as do the missions. Speaking of which, the pacing is absolutely appalling. It takes 26 episodes to adapt 90 chapters of an ACTION manga, and half of every episode is wasted as the Gantz team are debating their next course of action for the mission at hand (whilst the other half of every episode is wasted on some shitty adaptation expansion meant to show us how shitty people are). "Plot" threads are continuously introduced and abandoned at random intervals to the point where at one point in time, aliens inhabiting Buddha statues are introduced for no decipherable reason whatsoever outside of Hiroya Oku and Gonzo saying "well, why the fuck not?" It's safe to say that Gantz is the product of a creative mind, but an absolutely lazy one at that. How else could a character almost die from something as small as a paper cut in one scene, but then lose whole limbs and act as if nothing happened?
At the risk of babbling more about random aspects of the story and characters that irked me, I'll just go ahead and divert my attention from the story and characters so that I can talk about the production values, because my GOD are they a fucking mess. The animation quality wildly fluctuates and as is typical of Gonzo programmes, there's some shitty CGI thrown into the fray as well which is where I assume 90% of the budget actually went. The remaining 9.99% of the budget went toward animating Kishimoto's tits and the 0.01% that's left was spent animating everything else. Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the late 60s and early 70s are animated with much greater fluidity than this piece of shit. At least they (as in Hanna-Barbera) had the decency to animate ALL the mouth movements so we could tell if someone's speaking or thinking.
It's like Gonzo felt the need to shoehorn poorly-made CGI into virtually every single frame, because it's almost impossible to find a single scene where Gonzo DIDN'T put it in there. Entire backgrounds are animated in CG, but then we literally have 2D character models roaming around on top of the 3D backgrounds. If that weren't bad enough, the CG ends up getting looped in some instances whilst character models are jogging in place to give off a half-assed attempt at making it look like they're running. Action scenes aren't even animated with that much fluidity either. Some sequences look fair enough, but then came the Buddha statue mission where we had a CGI model of Senju of the Thousand Hands literally sliding across the frame just to attack whilst the other statues at least had a greater degree of motion to them. That scene where the homeless guy was beaten to death had better animation than 90% of the fights that went down, that's for sure.
But if there's one defining aspect of Gantz that's simultaneously the best and worst thing about it, it would definitely have to be the English dub. Had Gantz simply been a 1-track show, it would've just been a terrible and abhorrent show that people would be quick to forget. It would seem that ADV Films knew that Gantz was shit from the get-go and they didn't really give a shit about the script or the dialogue or anything of the sort. It was virtually impossible from the get-go to tell if someone was speaking or thinking, and if someone had to think for a second, we'd hear their thoughts shouted at the top of their lungs or some shit. On top of that, the dialogue ranges from unintentionally hilarious to flat-out cringeworthy. The actual voice acting was average, to say the least but we did get some standout performances from Chris Ayres voicing Kurono and Chris Patton voicing Nishi.
Would I say that I enjoyed watching Gantz? Well, yes and no. Yes in that I enjoyed watching Gantz in that ironic hipster/so bad it's good way, but no in that any time that Gantz wasn't being unintentionally hilarious, it was absolutely and unbearably slow to sit through for a variety of reasons (i.e. the fact that it's Gantz). This is undoubtedly, one of Gonzo's worst shows and for anyone to suggest that Elfen Lied is popular only because of blood, gore, and tits is sheer lunacy because of the fact that Gantz has much more blood, gore, and tits than EL does and EL is much more beloved whilst Gantz (the anime) has long since fallen into obscurity. Gantz is hands-down, Gonzo's WORST show to date and anyone who wants to debate that should do us all a favour and have their brain lobotomised with a salad fork. Anyway, that's all for now. Feedback's always welcome and with that, I'm out. Peace :) read more
Good guy A: I'm gonna shoot it!
Good guy B: Shoot it now!
Alien: *kills random guy*
Good guy B: Shoot it already!
Good guy A: I will for sure!
Alien: *kills another guy*
Good guy A: Okay, I'm serious, I think I should shoot it right now...
Good guy B: Yeah, sounds like a good idea...
Alien: *kills nearly everyone but good guy A and B*
Good guy A: *finally shoots the alien*
Fun aside, but this is mostly what this anime felt like. It's not that it's bad at all (the story is quite interesting and offers great potential to make this show an awesome anime), but there's still so much that made me feel uncomfortable watching this show. But let's start with the good thing:
The main characters die in the very beginning and get kinda reborn in an appartment in Tokyo. They receive some super cool weapons and a suit, that offers superhuman strength, as well as the mission to use this equipment to kill some aliens, that are hiding in town, within 60 minutes. Why they got to do that remains unexplained, but I didn't mind that.
That actually seemed to be a pretty cool concept to me, and I did enjoy the first episodes.
The characters are cheap... like... really cheap. We got the generic loser, that fell for a beautiful girl, we got the generic beautiful girl, that fell for a tall, muscular guy, and we got the generic muscular guy, that's not interested in the girl at all. Besides that we have a lot of annoying side characters, that are mainly used to be crushed by some aliens. Also there's no bit of character development in the course of the anime, which would be necessary to make the characters even a little more interesting. So long story short: The characters aren't really bad, but they're also far from being special or at least interesting.
The anime looks alright, no more, no less, a 5 out of 10, the least you could expect but nothing better. I'm really struggling how to describe what the show looks like, but I think "alright" just describes it perfectly well. There's a lot of splatter and a lot of nudity; fans will like it, others won't. The design of the aliens is alright aswell (an onion-frakenstein's monster-hybrid and birds without wings). Nothing to get excited about, but they're okay.
The soundtrack is actually pretty good. It fits the whole scenario and accompanies the action scenes as well as the not-so-action-scenes. The opening's still stuck in my head right now by the way.
First of all I did enjoy most parts of the show, because I like the idea and the way the story is told. BUT! Now we get to the big minus, that made some of the episodes a pain in the ass: The fighting scenes are sooo drawn out. I heard a few people comparing it to Dragonball Z, but Gantz is completely different (in a bad way). In DBZ both the hero and the villain stop fighting for hours just to talk about how much they hate each other, but at least they're as fair not to attack their enemy while he's still talking. In Gantz the "heroes" stop fighting to do nothing, while the aliens keep crushing them. It sometimes felt like they didn't even want to kill these monsters, and I personally really do hate that. It even made me fast forward some scenes because I just couldn't handle it, and eventually it's the reason I rate this anime not as good as I'd actually like to.
Don't watch it if you can't see blood. Don't watch it if you don't like sex scenes. Don't watch it if you get worked up over characters standing on the sidelines. Watch it if you're into sci-fi/aliens/mystery/superpowers/whatsoever, and you'll be having a good time.
This review is for Seasons 1 and 2 (Gantz and Gantz Second Stage). They shouldn't have been split up in the first place, in my opinion, so I'm rolling it into one.
Ah, Gantz...the only series I've seen with an overall rating that seems to contradict my feelings.
Let me break it down.
Gantz is technically terrible. The pacing is weird and jerky, the characters are range from bearable to god-awful, the animation is mediocre, and the ending is literally not an ending. It's like the studio and writers got so sick of it they just dropped it to move on to something else, hoping Gantz would be forgotten.
For the most part, it was, and that's probably a good thing.
But get this. I fucking loved this show. I believe a large part of that was due to watching the dub which greatly intensified the horrific script and outrageous voice acting. How many times do they say "fuck"? I'd need to be more than a six armed dyclonus to count on my fingers.
Gantz is a show you can put on and feel like you're watching Cartoon Network's Toonami again. You can turn away from your computer, leave the room, paint your nails, come back and still not miss anything cause they're still yelling at each other over who's going to shoot the alien.
Even the humorous aspects don't sum up my sheer enjoyment for this catastrophe. Something about the show still allows you to get involved in the characters, even if every single one of them is a piece of shit. The ecchi aspects also lent themselves well, although it was some of the creepiest, most comical ecchi I've seen. And despite much of the awful voice acting, some of it was actually quite good; Chris Patton as Nishi was to die for. While the animation was subpar the character designs were good. Same artist as Ergo Proxy and Ai no Kusabi. The music was also pretty kickass, and it pains me that they didn't release an official OST.
I thought the show was funny and disturbing, but I'm really not sure if that's how it was meant to come across. I have a feeling that it was supposed to be a more serious show, focused on human nature and battle-royal-esque scenes, but if that's all I'd gotten from it I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much.
All in all, I still can't entirely explain my love for Gantz. The best I can do is to say that while it's a technical and literal trainwreck, it's hella cool.
This is for both seasons* Coming from someone who absolutely loves the manga and gave it a 10/10 on my manga list, the anime adaptation is pretty damn bad. The premise and story of Gantz is great and interesting but is plagued by absolutely horrible pacing. The characters will literally stand there for half an hour crying and yelling debating on what to do while a monster is right in front of them patiently waiting for them while they take their sweet ass time doing fuck all. The visuals are decent but nothing special about it. The characters are pretty good for the most part and good character development for the main character. It is unfortunate that as soon as the show started getting to the good parts it ended. The last arc/ending is anime original and is almost unbearable to watch. Overall I wouldn't recommend watching the anime of this but instead reading the manga. I just hope that it gets Brotherhood treatment and gets done proper, but I know that probably is never going to happen. read more
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.
Gantz is also like a game where you have to kill others using special weapons.
-Both have similar atmospheres
-Both have roughly the same setting (fight for survival)
-Both can be pretty disturbing to some people
Gantz is much more gory, but they are both psychological and focus a lot on morality, so if you liked one, you'll probably like the other.
main characters in both animes are trying to protect their friends in a deadly game
Strangers are collected in order to play a game of death. They don't kill each other, but monster and ghost like creatures. They can collect special weapons along the way. Violent, bloody and plenty of surprises. There's even a live action mover (that was terrible.)
The players and the creatures they fight are invisible to regular people, but the damage caused in the aftermath of their battles is not.
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.
Both have high amounts or gore, with excellent fights and even romance elemnts!
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.
Lots of blood, nudity and misanthropy to go around.
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.
Well I dislike both but they are similar. Too much gore trying to show evileness of people. If you enjoyed one you would most likely enjoy the other. Gantz has nudity and the like.
Both show a group of people who fight by their lives and freedom in a kind of game whose aim is to kill or to die.
Both are very violent, have brutality, suffering and pain.
Both have a lot of misteries, challenges and conflicts.
The main characters of both animes get themselves in a horrible circumstances and die (in Gantz, more literally, and in Deadman Wonderland, become deadmen). They then play games to survive.
There's a lot of similarity to this because in both stories many have to do the unnecessary to in order to survive. Same thing with the points system. You have to keep getting points or otherwise you will die. Many characters do die and it is almost as graphic as gantz. Very Good Anime
Both series has quite a bit of violence and action as the main protagonist's life is changed forever after a certain circumstance.
Both series features the main protagonist in a sort of almost twisted game situation where he feels and is trapped a long with others. There also seems to be a bit of mystery behind the setting that they are in involving their initial circumstances.
Both series features tragedy as well as action, drama, and gore.
Both anime are violent death games in which the characters are forced to fight and kill.
Both give a look into the dark side of society as people fight to survive in world unknown to them.Also in both series the main character seems reluctant to fight but keeps on fighting in order to survive and get revenge on the person/thing who dragged them into all the fighting.
Both feature a character who is thrust into a game of survival.
People have to kill in order to survive
Violence, gory animes
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.
A team of humans must work together to defeat dangerous enemies who are much larger and more powerful. The humans have advanced technology to help them fight. There are many life or death situations and there is a lot of violence.
There's this sense of violence present in both Gantz and Shingeki no Kyojin that I find similar. In both series, they involve a group of humans who must fight for survival against monsters like they have never faced before. These monsters tests their abilities for survival and puts their lives at jeopardy on many various occasions.
Obviously, there is a lot of violence in both series as blood is spilled from the action. The monsters themselves in both series seeks to kill the characters where they show no mercy. On the other hand, there's the main characters who struggles for survival but are determined to survive, especially the main male protagonists.
Both series have a dark tone where death is common and often ends in a brutal way.
Both anime will put the hair on your nuts. There is outstanding action in both series, although Shingeki has a better soundtrack. There are amazing characters in both series. Both series also love to kill off people.
Both series have a easy to follow history with tons of violence. Special for kids.
They are brutal in the same way but Shingeki no Kyojin has a better story and also some funny moments you wouldnt see in Gantz.
The show has that similar feeling of desperation that you get from watching SnK. Both featured normal people fighting against immensely overpowered enemies. Brutal and cruel scenes also exists in abundance throughout both series, although Gantz is somewhat darker and shows many more ugly sides of humanity. If you are looking for lots of bloody action and brutality (and profanity) this is the show for you.
Very similar to Gantz. Although the anime finishes before more interesting things are introduced, it was still very similar to the Manga.
Gantz has a dark story where mostly people die, monsters, giants are introduced for the characters to kill and survive.
If you have watched Shingeki No Kyojin i strongly recommend you watch/read Gantz!!
Why? I have re-watched/ reread still (ongoing Manga) the series. You will find this Manga to be better or equal to this show. It can be a bit sexual but obviously no one minds that !! ;)
- People fighting stronger creatures in order to survive
- Bloody & Gore
- Many people die each battle
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.
Both series are about people being forced into hopeless battle, against unknown beings. Plus each have a bad-mouth mascot character: Gantz has the Gantz ball & Bokurano has Dung Beetle. ^_^
Both anime deal with an unknown seemingly all powerful entity with childish behavior forcing the protagonists in dangerous and lethal situations.
Both Bokurano and Gantz have similar concepts: There is a horrible "game" in which one must kill to survive. However, although Gantz approaches this concept in a dark fashion, Bokurano makes it darker. Whereas in Gantz one can survive the game, in Bokurano you have no choice but to die once you've signed up for it. Both animes are thought-provoking and deep, with great character development.
The players are put into a dreadful game, where they kill beings of other planetes/universe.
Gantz has more gory violence while Bokurano has more psychological violence.
Very similar, both gets people to enter a so called "game" but they find out it's not what they thought. Difference is that bokurano is more mecha with middle school kids. But it is very similar.
A bunch of unfamilliar people get involved in a some sort of a game where their lifes are put on a scale and rules at the beginning are yet unknown. Both anime have strong psychological aspect and are pretty serious and interesting to watch till the end.
* deadly game
Both "Gantz" and "Ichi the Killer" are shocking, disturbing, dark exercises in ultraviolence. Both series will show you disturbing images you probally don't ever want to see, but like a train wreck, you can't look away. Also both surprisingly have a large amount of dark humor. Half the time your watching these anime series you will be laughing, and the other half you will be repulsed. They are both full of gore, sex scenes, screwed up scenes, and show more blood then most other anime series, in a shorter time then though possible.
The music in both series sound very much alike. From background music to the songs used, they all sound very much alike. Both series music seems to be inspired by rap, and their odd beats seem to match the dark ultraviolence of each show. Listening to the opening themes of both series back to back (which sound a like), might want to make you do some killings of your own...
Both series also have character designs that look the same. They seem to both have that weird "ugly" seinen style designs, that work for each show. The characters in both are very well detailed, and look almost ugly (the intent sometimes) and realistic. The characters in each series are also a little alike, so it's fitting they are drawn the same way.
If you liked the dark comedy/ultraviolent horror that was "Gantz", give "Ichi the Killer: Episode 0" a try (or vice versa)...
The protagonists behave of seemed form. Both animes has much insane violence and some complementary scenes of nudity and sexual relation. Gantz is a great anime to who likes gore with a drama mixture.
Because both of them are very psichologic, a lot of gore, human thinking and a lot of fighting.
Blood, gore, violence, very dark atmosphere, also a few sexual scenes.
Both are the worst adaptations that I've ever seen. Just ignore those two and go read the manga.
Both are very violent with lots of blood and gore.
Both protagonists can be considered evil.
Both have unique stories about survival.
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