Published: Jul 13, 2000 to Jun 20, 2013
Score: 8.301 (scored by 25773 users)
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action sci-fi seinen 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 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 MangaPrequel: Gantz/Minus, GANTZ/NISHI
Other: GANTZ no Moto: Oku Hiroya to SF Eiga Monogatari
Adaptation: Gantz 2nd Stage, Gantz
A Japanese teenager waits at a train station, reading a trashy magazine featuring an idol enticing the reader with her big boobs. An elderly lady approaches the teenager, asking for directions. The teenager quickly mumbles a non-informative reply while thinking to himself what an annoyance the lady is, why should he give a shit about her? Oh look, a drunken tramp just fell onto the tracks and no one is going to help. Why should they? It’s none of their business, just look away and pretend you didn’t see it happen.
This is Gantz. Hiroya Oku's exploitative, violent and cynical depiction of the Japanese and their behaviour when confronted with moralistic situations. There's also a bunch of ever-increasingly ludicrous battle royales with aliens and vampires that destroy various parts of Tokyo and other cities, but that all comes later.
Back to that train station and that teenager: Kei Kurono. Instantly unlikeable, but oh so real. You either know kids like him, or you recognise your own traits in his character. You'll probably be lying to yourself if you don’t see yourself in some of these characters, its human nature to recoil from awkward situations. Gantz seems to gain great pleasure from thrusting its many random characters into awkward situations, sometimes involving nudity, usually violence, usually spontaneously.
Gantz is about a room somewhere with a black ball and a very infantile presence who gives out childish nicknames to unfortunately-recently-dead and usually unwilling participants in a 'game' that requires them to kill aliens in a kind of real-life recreation of a First Person Shooter. The brilliance is in the mystery and its ridiculousness.
People die and are transported to the room to pick up their suits and weapons, and if they survive the subsequent battle they're free to wander off and return to their lives...until they're transported back to the room for another battle, and so on until either they reach 100 points and are released from the game, or they die for real. Author Oku continually ups the stakes, regularly throwing bigger obstacles in characters' paths, and it becomes a case of “can he top this?” The answer is always: "yes he bloody well can!”
There is a massacre in Shinjuku, Tokyo that beggar’s belief in its astounding ambition to shock the reader with its scope, creativity and viciousness. Once I read this sequence, I knew any anime adaptation would either fail completely at bringing to motion what this manga gets away with, or it would follow it faithfully and probably be banned/censored. Obviously at the time of writing this review, the answer is the former, there aren’t many anime studios in the world that are as crazy as Oku.
This is Gantz's best asset, its secret weapon, the reason for why it's so memorable. It's outrageous. Because it's happening in such a familiar world. Oku's attention to detail, the way people behave and react, either as individuals or as a collective, or even on the internet, is spot on. Whether it's a massacre on a street or in a school, or a small squabble in an apartment or a train, the tension is reminiscent of real life, because the dialogue and body language is grounded in reality, no matter how out there the action and sci-fi ideas are.
The art of the manga is economical and precise; computer aided graphics help keep the locales detailed. The costumes, props and weapons design is a nice deviation from the typical 'dress the characters in black leather' trend that The Matrix seemingly rejuvenated in entertainment media. Kudos to Oku for using his imagination and not dragging the manga down with anything generic. It’s one of his many traits, taking existing ideas that are ripe for generic rip-off but putting his own spin on them. In this case the battle suits are humiliatingly tight, and regularly attract scorn and mockery from bystanders.
The action sequences in this manga are some of the best I've ever read. Oku has a real eye for framing the action from the right angles and positions. His action pay-offs always bring a smile to the face, the audacity and enormity of what occurs on the page, is a sight to behold. The destruction to urban property gets exponentially bigger throughout the manga, no structure or vehicle is left spared. My review is intentionally vague to save the surprises for the reader, but if you like guns, swords, urban environments chopped, sliced and blown up to bits, then you're going to have a blast with Gantz.
The ideas in Gantz are to do with the narcissistic state of 21st century living, the materialism of the masses, human relations in the face of ever disturbing circumstances. There is almost a Hitchcockian vibe in the way ordinary people are pushed into extraordinary situations and thrash around desperately trying to get out of them. The great mystery of Gantz is a sci-fi conspiracy that is always just bubbling under the surface. In the forefront of the story is the cast of lowlifes and nobodies. School kids, street punks, idols, yakuza, tourists, businessmen, random passersbys, random aliens and vampires.
Would you jump onto the tracks and drag the drunken tramp back onto the platform? Oku's humorous retort to that is a train decapitating your head for your troubles. Welcome to Gantz. read more
Here we have a manga that I cannot help but loathe and love all the same. Gantz being a thrilling Seinen, Sci-fi, Action manga that would take the reader on a gory rollercoaster ride, featuring amazing battles for survival. Yet it also happens to be riddled with poor dialogue and spontaneous plot developments that may stem one's enjoyment.
It all begins as two young Japanese high school boys, meet their end by a homicidal underground locomotive. And that would have been the end for them, if this wasn't a manga. So having been semi-posthumously transported to an apartment, along with others in the same situation; they are now forced by some giant black ball, to partake in missions and kill random aliens, in what seems to be some kind of sick game.
And that is Gantz in a nutshell... a manga that can be both straight-forward and random. The plot, revolving around people forced into these high mortality mission, is simple at its core and honestly it is a bit too simple that those who yearn for more substance in their reading material, may initially be turned off by Gantz. I know I was and it wasn't until a particular mission that I got completely hooked; onto the graphic, gory, intense, vulgar manga that is Gantz. And since Gantz is so good at grabbing the readers by the balls and never letting go, it can easily get away with having some glaring issues with its story. Like how so often it seems there's little to no direction in the storyline and how readers had to journey through over 30 Volumes, to understand and get some sort of explanation regarding the overall plot of Gantz. Unfortunately the basic reasoning given, simply could not fill up all the plot-holes that were left unattended.
Yet even when littered with the kind of issues that could greatly lower the score of some lesser manga, Gantz still remains as one of my all-time favourites. Kei Kurono is a large factor in all this, which is somewhat remarkable given how much of an annoying prick he is at the start. As the story progresses, so does Kei Kurono, along with a lot of the other characters that aren't basically cannon-fodder. And that is where the mangaka does a good job. In creating perilous situations for these characters to develop and also knowing how important it is to utilize the downtime for some more character development. However even though the mangaka tries to provides us readers with an interesting collection of characters, I can only give him an A-. Simply because a lot of the dialogue he had these characters spew could be mind-numbingly stupid at times.
At least it doesn’t completely affect the overall enjoyment of the manga and it is the artwork that contributes a lot to this. The artwork can be described as a technical masterpiece, since Hiroya Oku does a fantastic job of utilizing 3D renders to create a uniform look to the world. So that both the real life & sci-fi elements look like it's all part of the same manga. Not to forget the attention detail, where even the odd blemish or decapitation looks as though at lot has been put into it. However artwork is largely a subjective matter, so what I like may not be the same as what you like.
In the end Gantz is a violent, gory, lewd but overall an enjoyable manga. However in order to enjoy it, the reader must do one simple thing, turn off their brain and accept Gantz for what it truly is... some lengthy piece of mindless entertainment. Kind of like a Michael Bay movie. If you cannot do that then you simply won't be able to ignore the numerous plot holes and the various plot elements that were shoved in, because Hiroya Oku must have watched some Western Movie/Show, which inspired him at the time (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer & 2012 comes to mind). read more
Both follow the same concept of people being forced into a death game. Both are very graphic and gory with interesting story and characters, GANTZ is a little more supernatural with more nudity as well but above all both are very similar.
I thought I'd made this recommendation already. I hadn't. (True story...)
After reading the BR manga, I went on to read the novel. There's a world of difference between the novel and its completely over the top manga adaptation. The simplest way of explaining it is for me to tell you to imagine the author of Gantz, Oku, was allowed to insert as much graphic violence and nudity as humanly possible, while keeping the story and characterisation as is.
Remember that part in the novel where - in a flashback - the Terminator/final boss character plucked an eyeball out at school?... No? What about the part where a girl reverse-raped a boy to reward him, as he lay dying from a wound in his stomach?... Still no? Ok, then: you MUST remember the bit where, in a martial arts showdown with the series' final boss (one of the best fights ever, FYI) the good guy hit the bad guy with a mini-kamehameha?...... I give up.
If you loved Gantz for its boobs, violence and general craziness, you'd LOVE BR to bits. Seriously.
If you enjoy blood, gore, action, sex, and lots and lots of death then these are the perfect series for you to check out.
Both incredibly graphic and gory manga, with the concept of deadly survival games with a lot of killing involved. Whereas Gantz goes for the sci-fi approach, Battle Royale goes for realism. ^_^
both have lots of gore and sex. Battle Royale has a much better story
Both are horror-action series that are unusually heavy on the bloody, gore, and sexual content and have forced kill-or-be-kill battle set-up.
Both are violent, exciting, and carefully drawn. Both are based on the idea of an extreme TV show using unsuspecting members of the general public.
Characters fight to survive, and if they try to run away then a bomb goes off in their head. It has the same feeling of hopelessness that runs through Battle Royale, and while reading Battle Royale I was shocked at some of the similarities. If you like one then you will like the other.
Gantz and Battle Royal both take random people away from society into a type of "game" where the only way to survive is too kill.
Both are manga in which the people have free will but not the freedom to choose their actions.
While Battle Royale deals a lot more with character development, there are many similarities that are present between the two series'.
In terms of sex scenes and overall nudity, the same elements are in Gantz, although in a more extreme state.
Another great similarity is the AMAZING amount of realism that both of these manga contain, luring the reader in with relatable stories and setups.
If you're into the horror aspects of BR, you'll certainly like Gantz! In fact, I would say that the brutality in BR does next to NOTHING to prepare you to some of Gantz's more extreme scenes.
They're both about survival games
They both have a lot of action,gore and nudity
I like to think of Psyren as the shonen-version of Gantz.
both series involve a "game" with real lives at stake, set up by some mysterious person, while the main characters try to beat the game to win back their freedom or for other goals later realizing there´s more at stake
Good drawing, good story line. Similar to Gantz, they get teleported to a different world and have to fight unknown monsters
This is another very promising manga. This is also a MUST read.
Psyren resembles GANTZ only at the beginning of the series. People are sent somewhere unknown and have to fight for their lifes in order to end "the game". The art gap is huuuuuuge. But both series are amazing.
Though the settings and tone differ, the core of both stories and recurring events are really similar. Gantz, though, is much more mature (Gore, sexual themes, bloodier, and a lot grosser).
Psyren is Gantz for kiddies... Main Character is used by some mysterious entity (Gantz-Gantz, and Psyren-Nemisis Q) and are warped to another... well place. They have to complete some sort of objective before thy can go home.The endings are different, but they both start out very similarly..
Both Gantz and Psyren involve a game were the prize is your life. Gantz is more brutal and more for an older audience
Both have a plot where the main character(s) are transported to an alternate reality type setting. Both involve the idea of a 'game' that the main character(s) are forced to participate in against their will, and they will be snatched randomly and transported into the 'game'. Gantz tends to have more mature content and more gory death scenes than Psyren, but both story lines are very interesting, although Gantz has a darker and more dangerous feel. =.=
There are "games" in both series with real lives at stake, set up by some mysterious person. The main characters at first try only to survive the game, but later realize that the outcomes of "games" might just decide the fate of humanity.
Gantz without all the blood and gore and add in a couple supernatural powers and what do you get? Psyren. Both manga have survival games where the main character is fighting against something beyond his comprehension.
Both involve a death game in which it is unknown of its true purpose, it involving killing monsters , gaining points and goals.
Differences - Psyren enters the game through a card calling machine where in Gantz you enter the game by dying, both are great in terms of building tension.
Gantz is extremly gory, dark and wierd and you are likely to not feel sorry for anyone due to the huge amount of deaths.
Psyren is more esp related with superpowers and is funny, where Gants is more serious with action packed stuff like guns and swords.
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