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Gantz:Game of Death Vol 1
GANTZ: GAME OF DEATH, VOLUME ONE
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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It is an intriguing and original concept, but clearly not for the squeamish. Definitely only for people who like darker anime with Edge.
In this initial volume Gantz sets a group of random individuals into a bizarre and extreme situation. It is reminiscent of the concept of movies such as "The Cube" and "Battle Royale". This volume is not about plot.. it's about setting up a bizarre situation and introducing a group of characters trapped in it.
I was immensely impressed with the excellent characterization of the major characters. The internal monologues are very 'real-life' and the actions and dialogue of the characters give you insight into exactly who they are and where they are coming from. The extreme violence and sexuality are designed to provoke realistic reactions which give you insight into the characters. It doesn't mean that you'll like the reactions, but they are 'real'. Observation of character under extreme stress is inherently interesting.
Gratuitous nudity without purpose is watching some female anime character take a shower. The sexuality in Gantz cuts directly to the moral and ethical character (or lack thereof) of these people.
Overall, I think Gantz is intriguing and has great potential. Of course, they could easily blow it and descend into absolute pointlessness, but based on the first volume I would definitely recommend picking this up.
Yes. 2 epsisodes per DVD is legalized crime. But you gotta be willing to pay for a good story.
You hear their thoughts, you see their perversions, you see them die.
Gantz is unapologetic and doesn't hide the gruesome and frail nature of humanity. Throw in some aliens and guns and you get Gantz.
The premiss of the story is brilliant.
There are only two episodes per disc so I recommend getting it used.
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.
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.
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.