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Somewhere in Tokyo, there is a room. In that room is a black sphere. Periodically, people who should otherwise have died are transferred to the room. There, the sphere gives them special suits and weapons and sends them out on a mission to kill aliens here on Earth. While these missions take place, the rest of the world is largely oblivious to them. These missions are lethal and few participants survive them. The sphere calls the shots and it's not the slightest bit nice. Its name: Gantz.


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37 Volumes (Complete)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 91

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Dark Horse (37 Volumes - Complete)

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Good action. Characters are the worst.   
Rating: N/A
by sakirol
May 13th, 2016, 12:39am
The redeeming quality of Gantz is the gore and action. There some novelty in the plot, but really - we've all read insane death survival games, and they all summarily progress in the same way.

The worst thing about Gantz are the characters.The MC is really hard to bear in the beginning because he's pretty sleezy. His best friend is heroic and just ... but so much to the point that he feels fake and two-dimensional.

You will get really sick of the female characters, especially if you're reading this as a girl. There is a lot of fanservice. You have boobs, panty shots, and what have you pushed into your face every chapter.. The imbalance in the way female characters are treated and male characters are treated gets really irritating because let's face it - they're just there so that there are tits in story. The girls are damsels in distress or sexual objects ... and that's pretty much it.
In general, all the characters are flat, and I ended up not caring at all when they died.

... Last updated on May 13th, 2016, 12:44am
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A great manga...until you reach its disastrous ending   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Mr. White
January 27th, 2016, 5:17am
I loved 'Gantz' for having an insanely unpredictable plot, characters you could care for, thrilling action, scenes that moved me and great artwork. But then my love for 'Gantz' stopped when I reached its disastrous ending. I felt like Hiroya Oku stopped caring for his series. And it showed. Characters disappeared from the story for no reason, sub plots stayed unresolved and characters remained undeveloped. For a story to end with so many glaringly obvious loose ends is an insult to the readers who spent so much time, focus, energy and money reading it. They deserved so much better. What a way to stop a manga from being great!
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Good read.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
March 6th, 2015, 8:15am
You know, I'm really glad I gave this manga another chance.

When I first read it (up to the part where Kurono's girlfriend becomes the target), all I understood was that they get transferred back to Gantz again and again to kill aliens Gantz had created. Don't worry. I now know Gantz didn't create them. I didn't like Kurono at all because of his behavior in the beginning and I never quite understood why, if he was such an ass to other characters, he would give so much attention to his girlfriend. Surprisingly, even though, I never liked it, I've always thought about coming back to read it. It's funny because when I started the manga again, I finished the manga within three days. Yep, three days.

The artwork took me a little while to get used to. The first few girls that Kurono goes through are very typical big-breasted women who are obviously attracted to him because of his heroism and his confidence to fight (almost without fear). Not to mention that at the start of every chapter, there's always a pinup of some naked or half-naked chick with some cool weapon or vehicle to show off her body. It gets old fast. I've even considered stopping because seeing so much it made me assumed that maybe this was just gonna be a shallow fighting manga. But I'm glad I stayed with it. Despite all the naked chicks, the artistic ability of the characters (later on in the manga), the "aliens", the fighting scenes and so forth were extremely detailed. At some characters (hero or alien), you're able to either frown at them or be surprised by them.

The story has great character development. In the beginning, Kurono was pretty selfish, only thinking of himself but you begin to understand once his background starts unfolding (on how his parents treated him). Then he becomes a fighter out of a necessity to survive these games again and again. Then he becomes a hero because of his love for Tae, which, surprisingly because this is mostly all action, blood, and gore, is one of the most important aspect of this manga: she was his family. I have to say that the buildup of the Gantz killings to Katastrophe was pretty good; each Gantz game makes a little more sense as to the purpose of it. The Vampire Arc, however, I find it utterly boring and irrelevant. This was where I find the need to question the mangaka as to why he plopped it in there. Was it because Aliens are a myth and he might as well include other mythical beings in there? I think this Vampire Arc with Kurono's brother was introduced so that we can further dwell into Kurono's past, but it was poorly executed. And what about his brother (who was a vampire), as Shinjite Florana stated, seemed like he might've played a pivotal role but then was killed off screen? Well, that was a waste of time to get to know his brother then. Two vampires joined them in one of their Gantz adventure and when it was over, was never seen again (but given a brief appearance at the end because the mangaka either didn't want us to forget about them or didn't want to just cut them off entirely)...almost as if the vampire arc never existed. Then we have the ending, Katastrophe, after Kurono defeated an Alien war veteran, drops back to earth, and then...end. It was satisfying but I wish more could have been added to it, like Kurono's true happiness.

This is one manga I'll never forget. It had all the components to a good manga, even though I've stated quite a few wrongs in it. I definitely recommend to anyone who likes dark action, tragedy, love (not boring romance), and heroism (with a little ecchi, I guess). Enjoy your reading and hope this helps.

... Last updated on March 6th, 2015, 8:20am
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F***ing funny   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sujinj523
December 7th, 2014, 12:31pm
Haha this manga was so absurd it was just...ridiculous. Aliens, vampires, clones and the whole bag. Hahaha... Well, I have to say it was a pretty interesting read. Nothing lacking in the action/suspense department. Art was truly amazing. So bloody gruesome.*evil smirk* (although, I do think there was an excessive amount of big boobs, and surprisingly, d*cks!! being bounced around...can't.stand.ecchi..) I believe there was some character development but I don't feel like he explored them far enough. I would have liked more for the ending, maybe just a chapter more for an epilogue or something, explaining what happened in the aftermath. It all just ended...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
after the battle.
I can't say it was on the super freaking awesome level because the characters just didn't seem to character the whole time. I feel like the author could've just developed the manga a little more just...didn't have that final oomph. Very fun, engaging read though, if you can sit through a ton of what the f*** scenes thrown at you. I think I too would have found this series infuriating if I had to wait chapter after chapter for it to give some answers to all the questions, especially when it didn't really deliver a satisfying ending. I for one really enjoyed it since I read it in one sitting.

... Last updated on December 7th, 2014, 12:38pm
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Awesome stuff   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by great_k
November 16th, 2014, 12:41pm
Gantz is a rarity in the hugely shonen influenced manga world where even most so called seinen are just shonen manga masquerading as seinen manga just with more explicit sex and violence.
Kuruno is such a unique character which is a breadth of fresh air and the action is really adrenaline pumping.
Oku's art is excellent and even improves greatly after the first few volumes.
There are logic faults with many of the story devices and the story writing does seem a bit lazy at times but the manga delivers so much FLASH that most people who like this genre wont be to distracted by these shortcomings.
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CRAZY in the head   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
October 31st, 2014, 9:53am
The series started of ok but got good around volume 8 and went INSANE in phase 2. Vampires WTF?
I don´t know what the author thought when he came up with the endgame of phase 3 but it misfired in the best way possible. The series is a rollercoaster of bad, good and everything else under the sun but the was some weird cohesion to it all. The characters are also way more likable then they should be. Seriously, this one is the most unpredictable manga ever and the CG art the best of it´s kind in the business. Hiroya take on cyberpunk/sci-fi here is even a bit fresh which is becoming harder and harder as the years go by but his other series until his followup Inuyashiki (8/10) aren´t recommendable in any shape or form and i fully expect him to give us phase 4 the moment his cocaine money runs out. Finally read Berserk (10/10), Parasyte (10/10) and Suicide Island (9,5/10) if you want to see how a properly written survival manga is supposed to look like.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2015, 4:50am
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Rating: N/A
by chinookk
April 25th, 2014, 7:07am
Reaching the end of this manga was the most relieved I was in my manga experience. I am a big fan of sci fi, in manga as well as in novels and movies, and from what I'd read on forums Gantz was one of the most talked about mangas of the genre. So when I finally got around to reading Gantz, I had expectations. Thing is, there are many many things wrong with it. The plot makes no sense, the way it escalates like crazy out of nowhere makes no sense, 99% of the characters make no sense. It's either this guy is super nice and a hero, or this man is a psychopath that rapes aliens. There is no inbetweens in anything. The art (the author can draw, but what he draws is another debate) can fool you into thinking this manga is something more than just another gore shonen with big breasts and rape pretending to be seinen. But it's exactly what it is. There is no depth whatsoever, the overall psychology would be the one imagined by a 13 year old who just hit puberty, and the fanservice is so grotesque you wish you had the author next to you so you could castrate him.

The reason why I'm so virulent about this manga is because it's just entertaining enough that it's hard to drop. And when you reach the end, it feels like a huge waste of your time. And it angers me to no end. If you're looking for a meaningful piece of sci fi, save the precious time it would take to read the 300+ chapters and try something else. Do yourself a favor, do NOT read Gantz.

There are way worse mangas, but Gantz is the most INFURIATING I've ever read, and sometimes it's so absurd you can't help but laugh at yourself for reading it.
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Rating: N/A
by Angrierthanyou
January 28th, 2014, 11:38am
Alright so I really would have liked this (and maybe I still will Im not that far along) but what really PISSES ME OFF and takes away a lot from the enjoyment is the way the mangaka deals with women. THERES TITS EVERYWHERE. really, everywhere. and thats all the male characters (except maybe the best freind) think about. sex and raping girls. and obligatory female with big tits#1 gets almost raped ALL THE TIME. what the fuck? I get that this is written for teenage boys but jesus they can get bad porn for free on the internet. as a girl I have to deal with a lot of sexism (and no Im actually not a bearded feminist) and you just get to accept that there will ALWAYS be a lot of fanservice/tits/yuri-ness/ecchi in mangas and animes but dammit. this is really off setting for straight girls. you guys dont want to see the dingdongs of your fellow men displayed solely for the gratification of us girls right? And it would even be 'alright' if there was ecchi if there was any RELEVANT reason for it. you know, if it furthered the story. but nope. blondie just gets pawed, squeezed and humped because its hot to see her nasty-ass sweaty titties bounce.

sooo for someone who has read further than me (ch.36) does it get better or worse?

and sorry for the rant, I just had really high hopes for this -__-
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a favorite but lots of flaws   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NeoFish
November 3rd, 2013, 2:28am
i must admit, gantz really sucked me in and i ended up reading the whole thing in one day. its been awhile since it finished but its worth the comment
as much as i would love to ramble on and on about this manga, everything that needs to be said has been said
basically gantz is really great and enticing but also has a lot of major flaws

kei starts off as a horrible scumbag kind of guy and i think he was really interesting as a main character. youre not really supposed to like him but by the end of the series hes gone through such major character development that he becomes some typical heroic shounen main character with superb morals, bravery, and ability; overall he becomes a duller character in general ESPECIALLY his romance with Tae, wow that was just tasteless and boring and he was so obsessed that it was annoying.
i recognize that this is a seinen manga, but there were literally zero females in this manga that were not created as a sole purpose to enhance a male character.
the ending was certainly disappointing, the whole arc was. i suppose it felt like Oku sensei hadnt planed the whole manga out when he started and this was the best he could come up with. like even he was getting sick of gantz at that point and said "oh f*ck it"
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
even the whole explanation of "oh yeah some aliens sent some weird signals to a fat chick with instructions to create the gantz balls" was far fetched and relatively unexamined further. dont even get me started on what the heck was the relevance of the vampire arc and kei's brother? though, stuff like poor explanation of the weird circumstances isnt something that drastically affects the enjoyment of the series.

i think what this manga really did well was with characters and jerking the reader around. it was well written and, as many of the commenters and i have confessed, it sucks you in and you end up reading it all in one day. the characters are very interesting (except for the female characters) and i definitely consider this manga to be one of my favorites, despite the big bumps in the road.
i feel like with there being so much to complain about this manga, that the comments are heavily negative, but it really is a quality story you wont be able to find anywhere else, definitely recommend if youre into seinen.

... Last updated on November 3rd, 2013, 2:35am
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A nonstop read, but ....   
Rating: N/A
by kitty1826x
October 24th, 2013, 9:21pm
This really is a nonstop read, but I'm started to hate it the more I read. I've never been entertained by something interesting and feel this agonizing pain of being bored at the same time. It really is an odd feeling. I kept thinking I need to know what happens, but it mostly felt dragged out. Each and every single arc was dragged out. Not to mention the forced and corny romance that was going on. With a crybaby male lead. (Yes I thought he cried why too much. A few of those times it was okay to cry, but most was just overkill.) There was probably a total of 5 chapters I didn't feel bored or tortured. I guess I just find this too preachy or something. Most of the meaningful points just felt forced, corny, and over dramatic. (This coming from someone who read shoujo often, and is a sucker for romance.)
A nonstop read I'll give it that, but definitely not for me.
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