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Gantz  
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Description
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--few participants survive them. The sphere calls the shots, and it's not the slightest bit nice. Its name... Gantz.

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ガンツ
杀戮都市

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Latest Release(s)
v.37 c.382 by Whatever (96d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 91

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123 topics, 1342 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (2268 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.18 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 31st 2014, 9:49am PST

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Year
2000

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Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (26 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #385 increased(+19)
Monthly Pos #327 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #308 decreased(-26)
6 Month Pos #210 decreased(-26)

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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. But hey i like it and the CG art the best of it´s kind in the business.
All OKU Hiroyas other manga´s until Inuyashiki 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. Also read Berserk, just because.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2014, 9:54am
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infuriating   
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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FUCKING ANNOYING   
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"
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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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well, hoped for more   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Handschuh
June 25th, 2013, 12:45pm
Well, Its something else and thats why interesting, but all the whining through the whole story is a bit annoying and everything seems rushed at the end... I think in the last 100 chapters I wasn't really able to follow the storyline..
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Rollercoaster of pros and cons.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Shinjite Florana
May 2nd, 2013, 4:03pm
after reading 380 chapters in two and a half days during finals week, i would have to say that Gantz is good. It is really good.
But that doesn't mean it's ALL really good. The beginning is a rough start, and hard to connect with as they give you characters, build them, kill them. give you characters, build them, kill them. That gets old fast until our main character Kurono has his change of heart. This is all do to one of my favorite characters ever, Tae.
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Kurono and Tae's relationship is so incredible, deep, and real, it completely captures the story and makes it the epic read it is today. Kurono's choice of Tae embodies love. That's right, this adult, ecchi, horror, action, tragedy has true unbridled, love, and it's that that makes this a worthwhile read.

it's imperfections are splattered for the most part evenly throughout. In the later chapters (furthering into 300) the chapters get repetitive, and almost a "yeah, yeah, why should i care" aspect to them, but the author seems to get wind of this and as always, moves right along. some strange plot happens that seems extremely superfluous or not properly integrated or explained.
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Such as Kurono's brother, who when he is introduced, comes out of nowhere and i actually checked the title to see if this was the same manga. From his "introduction" into the story, he becomes a vampire (?) an aspect in and of itself that is never properly explained. He is built like he will be playing a pivotal role and then makes one phone call to our hero, then is killed off screen, and that's all we ever hear of him. no family emotional sect, no funeral, no flashback, nothing. Kurono gets mad and kills them. That's it.

It's problems like this that make Gantz a tire to read, as well as repetitive scenes such as people crying or screaming kurono's name for half a chapter. Where there is also a hugely positive human aspect to the manga (selfish love, war ethics, responsibilities) there is honestly a LOT of very inhuman humans that the author tries to make out as average or the norm. lots of selfishness and senseless killing and violence, but through all that, i personally found the whole of the manga redeemable.
read it with the right mindset and i'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it.

... Last updated on June 10th, 2013, 1:18am
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Good then bad   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by clampies
April 22nd, 2013, 12:56pm
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It was good at first, all the alien killing was great, then it had vampire (the part the most boring of the manga) and a massive alien evasion who can't finish, this story is drag too long and how many times Kei and Tae will be separated again? Too bad, now I just want the END!


... Last updated on April 25th, 2013, 10:43pm
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Absolutely Amazing   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by goodbye.name
March 26th, 2013, 10:07am
This series is one of the best 'Play or Die Situation' themed manga. Definitely. Guys who're looking for a great plot and well-thought development within a story (like me) won't be disappointed at all.

It's a pity that most fans tend to stop reading after the first few chapters, either repulsed by the art or by the extreme slow pacing of the story (I had come across Gantz about a year ago but I stopped reading it the moment I saw that the characters' faces covered half the page all the time). It's a good thing I stayed stubborn and continued reading it the second time around.

Gantz is definitely a very interesting manga where a guy could just keep on reading it without a break once he gets a hang of the plot (I remember finishing upto the latest chapter by reading it for 2 straight days, no sleep in between).

And yes, in case you're wondering why I've given it a 8.5/10 if I found it so amazing, it's because of the following 2 reasons.
- Dat 'Realistic' art.
- Sloooow~ Pacing.

I mean really, the art is definitely a low point. I can actually see Gantz being as popular as Bleach, Naruto etc if only it's art was much more 'manga-like'. Most of the Faces (mainly the Non-Main characters' faces) are downright unpleasant.
then comes the Pacing, well, honestly speaking, if a guy's in the middle of it, the pacing's not much of a problem, but the guys who're up-to-date with the latest chapters without exception groan when they finish reading the latest chapter (I do....and loudly). IT'S TOO DAMN SLOW.

Well, all in all, it's definitely a great manga, and I'll recommend it to people who're not 'Art>Plot minded' and are not offended by bodies getting sliced and blood flying everywhere AND some *cough*sex*cough* scenes. That's all. ;D

... Last updated on March 26th, 2013, 10:11am
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