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Gantz:Game of Death Vol 1

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 8 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00074CBVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,767 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Thuggish, alienated high school student Kei Kurono and his childhood friend Masuru Kato are killed rescuing a wino who's fallen on the subway tracks. They wake up in a room dominated by Gantz, a black sphere that sends them and other newly dead people to kill aliens hiding on Earth. The senseless plot is little more than an excuse to show all the blood, gore, and nudity the filmmakers can pack into a 22-minute program. Gantz was heavily edited when it was broadcast in Japan in 2004, but these uncut episodes seem less like the focus of the battle over censorship director Ichiroh Itano describes in his interview than a cheesy exercise in gratuitous violence. Including only two episodes on a disc would usually feel chintzy, but where Gantz is concerned, less really is more. (Unrated, suitable for ages 17 and older: nudity, sexual humor, graphic violence, grotesque imagery, profanity, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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By A Customer on May 24 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Gantz is a very bizzare anime. It is filled with violence, gore, swearing and nudity, I would not recommend this DVD unless you enjoy all that stuff. Episode 1 is my favorite out of the two episodes on this disc because it gives much insite into the characters minds. The characters are set up so you can hear what they are thinking in their heads which is really cool. In this episode Kay goes to the train station and meets up with his old friend. Someone accidently falls on the tracks and Kay and his friend save him but are hit by a train. They are taken to limbo and are given an assignment to kill off aliens living among humans for a reward. It gets a little hazy from there...I guess I'll wait for DVD Vol. 2 to come out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not for everyone, but brilliant Dec 4 2005
By Keith Rice - Published on
Format: DVD
Gantz is about life, death, and the nature of reality. Let me start this review by saying that if you dislike R-rated content, and flinch at nudity this anime is not for you. It is graphic in the best sense of the word - violence and sex have a dark purpose in this anime, and they are omnipresent.

GANTZ is a looking-glass version of life itself. It is a game with obscure objectives and fatal consequences for failure. Information is pathetically limited, though the players have the tools they need. Those who can't adapt, die. Anyone who doesn't see a metaphor for the real world here is missing a large point.

Into this world come two unlikely heroes (unlikely in both background and temperment) - students who save a homeless man from a train at the cost of their lives. Throughout it we see their dark counterparts, two students who beat homeless people to death for fun. In the second season we see a twisted counterpart of the first, where the dark duo takes command of the group through intimidation and fear (as opposed to courage and charisma). The final evaluation on which version of life and leadership was superior? For those who have seen it, they know the fates of the group, and which fate was the better one.

For those who don't - watch GANTZ. Philosophy, action, suspense, interesting characters, and absolutely nothing resembling child-like morality and situations that make up the usual fare in TV. Nihilistic could be used to describe it, but the description does not give it justice. Worth watching, even if it won't cheer you up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good start to an awesome anime series March 1 2012
By John Lindsey - Published on
Format: DVD
Kei was your basic average teenager who is horny and always looking for danger but until one day at a subway station, he meets a familiar face as it's Kato who is a childhood pal of his as things get bad when they see a homless drunk man on the tracks, they decide to be heroes to save his life but they are nearly killed to pieces until they magically are vanished into an apartment where they meet other people who had near-death experiences which are brought by a mysterious sphere named Gantz. They all must do important missions of destroying aliens for the sphere but the people don't know if they are either alive or dead.

A good start to a fantastic Sci-fi fantasy action series! this series shocked audiences in Japan for it's graphic violence and gore abound but was a hit neverthless combined with complexity and action abound. It also questions what is life or death like plus it's got good character development to especially in part of being innovative with it's creative concepts. If you liked Fist of the North Star, Akira, Golgo 13 and Ninja Scroll then i suggest this mildly amusing anime series.

This DVD contains both English dub and Japanese language with english subs versions with extras like interview with director Ichiro Itano and clean opening with closing animation.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Come play the Devil's game. Dec 19 2005
By John W. Leon - Published on
Format: DVD
A world of ultra-violence, demonic aliens, mouths filthier than a Quentin Tarantino film, gratuitous nudity, and a sadistic black ball named Gantz who decides to bring back people from the dead (after experiancing horrific fatalities) to play a game for their lives. As it has been already stated this series is what you would get it Tarantino and Kubrick ever made an anime together. But fortunately the violence here is not to the extreme of other anime like MD Geist or Genocyber where the violence is used to cover a horrible story. Here the story holds up on its own. You cant help but continue to watch each new episode to find out who survives in the end. And surprisingly there is definately character developement amongst the barrage of violence and language and sex (in the form of nudity and language, there surprisingly is virtualy no sex in the whole least not up to volume 5, havent seen anything after that).

Definately for mature audiances only! Get ready for the hardcore thriller that took Japan by storm. Will you survive the Gantz?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gantz Vol.1 Review Feb. 28 2005
By Corey DePaul - Published on
Format: DVD
What if when you die you are summoned to an apartment filled with a few select others (including a dog) where there is no escape and no possible contact with the outside world. It is here, in this apartment room, that you take orders from a black sphere known as Gantz. You are transported out of the apartment into the streets of Tokyo where you track down and kill your assigned alien target. If you do not comply, you will die again.

Reviewing Gantz was tricky for me given the release platform decided on by ADV Films. Here we are only given two uncut episodes making it very difficult to give an honest opinion on the show. But from the looks of it, this series does show some potential. Put together by the incredible talent at Gonzo, we are provided with something that truly pushes the boundaries of violence and sexuality in anime made for TV. And boy is it violent! Limbs ripped off, bodies disemboweled, and decapitation all done in substantial pools of blood. For those who haven't figured it out by now, this show is definitely not for kids!


While I find no problem with the character designs, I was a little distracted by their stiff movements. Not only that, but there are a lot of camera pans in the first few scenes that make the characters look flat and out of place (Episode one's subway scene in particular). But after the first 10 minutes or so the camera pans ceased to bother me.


This is where I really find Gantz hard to review. Having only viewed two episodes I'm a little unsure of what type of show this is going to turn out to be. In the first episode we watch two of our main characters get rundown by a train and then in the second, they are assigned their first alien to hunt. It's here in the second episode that the show gets weird. Their first target is "The Green onion Alien " and not only does he look like one, but he runs around and chews on them as well. While this all seems very silly, the violence keeps the show serious. And then it ends. Yep, that's the end of the volume! Based on what I've seen from this disc, Gantz looks to be a very interesting story to watch unfold. I'm intrigued and very much so awaiting the next release.


Gantz is looking to be a good show, although flawed, it's still something to be seen by those who aren't easily offended by violence and sexuality. And though I wish there were more episodes on this release, the quirks I found here were interesting enough to make me anticipate the next volume.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Violent but beyond the violence, there is an intriguing storyline Aug. 13 2008
By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith - Published on
Format: DVD
We had the opportunity to preview the first two episodes of the unedited/uncut version of the animated TV series "Gantz".

The anime is based on the manga by Oku Hiroya and directed by Itano Ichiro ("Mega Zone 23", "Macross Plus").

The storyline begins with Kurono Kei. Kei, is a student who has an obsession with pornography, arrogant and has a low opinion of people around him.

Upon waiting for a subway train, he sees an old childhood friend, Kato Masaru.

Masaru is the total opposite of Kei in which he respects Kei because of his braveness but he's simple, kind and willing to help people.

When a homeless person falls down on the subway tracks, Masaru is their to help him. But to save him, he needsd help, thus he asks the help of Kei.
Both managed to save the homeless individual but in the process are ran over by the subway and decapitated.

While dead in reality, in another reality, both end up in an apartment room with other people and a dog (who have also died).

The apartment happens to be a self-contained small universe where chosen individuals are transporated to immediately after death.

No one can escape and no one understands why they are there until the black sphere in the middle of the room known as GANTZ gives them a mission. To kill a strange onion-headed boy.

Since, I haven't watched the original TV episodes that, what I can tell you is that this anime is definitely not for children.

It features graphic scenes, violence, nudity and adult situations that I'm curious what was exactly shown on television.

The animation is top notch work from GONZO and so far, the characters in the anime seem to be quite interesting.

Among the chosen individuals is the lone female of the group, Kishimoto Kei, a girl who attempted suicide but survived but for some reason the GANTZ created an exact digital copy of her and upon arrival to the apartment is nude and Kei is holding on to her.

While most of the chosen ones seem to be decent individuals, among them are two yakuza gangsters. One who tries to rape female Kei but fortunately Masaru is their to prevent it.

Thus Kei becomes smitten with Masaru, while Kei (male) takes a liking to her.

Also among the individuals is Nishi Joichiro, a mysterious person who has been in the GANTZ for one year and is fascinated by it.

For comedy relief is the dog, Butter who seems to have a taste for female Kei.

Although this anime may be a bit dark and graphic for some anime viewers, I actually found it quite intriguing because the storyline is very original and exciting.