Thought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive. When Kei Kurono is killed, he thus finds himself caught in such a game—a test of his skills, morals, and will to survive. His life is not his own; his death is spat and trampled upon over and over again. What happens if he does not listen? God knows. A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted, but neither is it as simple as it looks. Gore, rape, and violence is rampant, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
Gantz is a show that wants to be an introspective analysis of humanity, but unfortunately does not quite accomplish all that it sets out to do. What we end up with is a show that hits many emotional buttons but still ends up a bit flat around the edges. Strong characters and an intriguing story make for an overall good product. People who are looking for happy stories and happy endings need look elsewhere, as Gantz is everything but happy. Those who are interested in reflective pieces would probably enjoy this, as long as they do not expect a completely mind-blowing, psychological show. Recommended.
Actually not so great the ending was crap, they made the plot to complicated and didnt know how to finish it, its true that left us wanting more. I wish they at least made an anime based solely on the manga. The anime i think its superb with great animation and the story kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I followed the manga for years only to be left with a cluster fuck of a plot.
The Nihon Review
Gantz starts off with loads of potential, but fails to live up to it. Exciting fights just do not make up for the lack of answers, but you will likely find yourself enjoying every minute of every episode nevertheless. Gantz is definitely a great way to satisfy any ultraviolence cravings you may have, while not being unintellectual. However, those of you who need everything wrapped up in a neat little package should probably watch something else.
A gory male fantasy, with good production quality and a lot of adult content.
Behind The Voice Actors
Gantz is an excellent show to watch if you’re craving lots of violence or you’re searching for that feeling you get when you watch a great show for the first time; not knowing what’s going to happen next. It’s very addictive and perhaps best to watch each mission (6-7 episodes) in one viewing session. While the Gantz anime is very enjoyable it’s basically a long and expensive commercial that tries to convince fans of the anime to read the manga; because if you enjoyed this anime that’s what you’re probably going to end up doing in order to find out what really happens after the Buddhist Temple mission. If you don’t want to read the manga from the beginning, start at chapter 92; unless you want to wait for the day an anime remake that covers the entire manga is announced.
The Anime Accord
This is not for those looking for a light and fun experience. Gantz deals with some intense subject matters such as murder and rape. That is not to say this show is bad in the slightest, in fact, this is one of those gems that you just get hooked on immediately. There are some truly brilliant moments in this show that you experience right alongside Kei. The raw emotion that is expressed throughout just keep you coming back for more, along with characters that you actually care about. Despite the fact that Kei is someone you can all too easily despite I find myself caring about what happens to him. Plus if you’re like me and are a fan of gore then you’ll love every death as they are all both justly and unjustly brutal. Being one of the first animes I ever watched this show will always have a special place in my heart.
Altogether, it has some great ingredients that are marred by plodding progression and preachy characters. The fan-service is there, though not to an excess, but this is certainly not for children or those that are easily offended by violence, gore, or opinions diametrically opposed to your own. It’s definitely worth watching and depending on who you are, you might just like it a lot.
For me, this show was something that was completely out of the box. It had action, emotion and had me getting hit repeatedly in the feels but still coming back to see how it all ends. Although the anime’s ending is completely different from the manga, I think it was handled well and gave the viewer some sense of open-ended closure at the end – a paradox, just like the show itself: bringing about death in order to bring about life…
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It’s kind of hard to like Gantz because it’s a very dark and absurd show. There really aren’t any likable characters other than Kato and maybe Kishimoto. The worst is how deliberate everything is. Characters take FOREVER to make a decision about ANYTHING. It’s really kind of deceptive that way. They look like a bad-ass action squad, but in actuality they’re a way-too-chatty and indecisive INACTION squad. For example, in this one episode they spend the whole time arguing over whether or not to put on their super powered suits. Sheesh. The only things one can really take away from watching Gantz is maybe appreciating it for its harsh depictions of reality or basking in its scattered brutality and rampant depravity.
It has a catchy theme song! It even features (surplus) amounts of action and violence. Most importantly, it’s a series that actually has a heart and mind. While the ending is a bit flawed and inconclusive due to the ongoing manga series, which prevented the storytellers from reproducing its eventual ending, this is still a fun and wild ride to watch for its surprisingly dark take on the negative side of human nature. The story drags a bit during the middle, but if you like how it starts be sure to stick around to see how everything ends.
It’s hard to explain why I thought GANTZ is as good as it is, or why it ended up impacting me as much as it did. Throughout the series, so, so many people die in so many horrific ways. Literally no one is safe from the scythe of the Grim Reaper, and several of the deaths will shock you. The assault of violence and excessiveness (with the gore, the deaths, and the sex) eventually desensitizes you to some extent, yet still makes you feel horrible when person after person is killed. I wasn’t expecting to like GANTZ as much as I did, but I’d recommend it to anyone who likes and/or can handle very violent and very dark series. Keep in mind that the first few episodes aren’t the best; I thought it started to pick up, character development-wise, at episode 5. Regardless, this is a great series, and one that I still think about from time to time.
You can tell a good story using extreme methods. Sex and violence aren’t inherently wrong – life is often dark and ugly, and people do bad things to each other, and yes, it can be highly entertaining to watch the dark side of humanity. However, Gantz does nothing but wallow in its own depravity. Moreover, with the amount of money and time you’d have to devote to this time given its release format (thanks to Shueisha enforcing its 2-episode a DVD policy on an international level), Gantz simply isn’t worth it.