Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Full Title: Gantz
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Psychological, Science Fiction, Supernatural
Episodes: 26
Uploaded By: Mavrik
My Age Rating: MA (Strong Language, Intense Graphic Violence, Adult Situations, Nudity, Sexual Themes)

Kei Kurono is your average (insanely selfish and perverted) high school student. He is in a constant state of thinking about nobody but himself, and he refuses to do anything unless there is obvious personal gain for him at the end. That is, until the day he and an old accomplice of his save a homeless man from being run over by a train at the cost of their lives. That day on the railroad tracks, he died... or did he? He has the memory of his death; his decapitated head sent flying by the force of the train's impact on his body, but for some reason he's alive, along with his friend. They come to standing in a room with other "dead" people and a large black sphere named Gantz. After a bit of commotion, the ball begins handing out guns and body suits. Let the game begin...

This anime has an incredibly bleak outlook on humanity... I was kinda put off by it myself, but I know many people actually see the world this way so, eh... This anime is chuck full of blood, gore, nudity, profanity, and things that go bang when you pull the trigger, underneath all this there is a moral and a coming-of-age story (sort of). Though the story drags at times (to the point where viewers can get really impatient), you'll probably find yourself watching it to the end regardless of whether you like it or not. Morbid fascination is my best guess to this phenomenon.

Gantz is a hard anime to rate objectively for me, but I'll do my best. It's animation is absolutely brilliant. Because it goes for a realistic look, there is much attention to detail, whether it be the flying innards of a man exploding from the inside-out, or the breasts of an entire classroom of girls, it's all drawn terrifically. The motion is smooth as well. The opening, set to a fast tempo, is really well made, and the credits are fairly thought provoking. The music for this anime is dead on as well. You may not like the voice actors doing the acting, but they do a pretty good job. I guess the best way to describe this series is to say that it is an exercise in excess. If you think you can handle it, you should at least give Gantz a try...

My Rating: 7.8/10 (Very Good)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Anime is pretty awesome but i hated the ending of the season, so i started to read the Manga and it actually keeps going after that. The Anime only goes until like chapter 90 of the Manga, and so far the series has 283 chapters.