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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 (diverges into anime original ending starting at S2EP9 12 minutes 55 seconds)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (2505 votes)
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Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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Dark Horse (37 Volumes - Complete)

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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
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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omg almost ending??   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by popske
March 5th, 2013, 8:06am
Can't wait for an ending, I give it a 9 because there are still stuff left unsolved, like the MC (Kurono Kei) brother just randomly pops up in the story and gets taken out then forgotten about for the next 200 or so chapters
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Violent, emotional and with thoughtful plot   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kamerdiner
February 26th, 2013, 10:16am
I gave this a 9 (and I've read a lot, a lot of manga, nearly all 9s and 8s of mangaupdates top for a period of 10 years) for its powerful plot twists, likable and hatable characters. I've watched anime and than read 377 chapters nearly in one go (2-3 days). Just read it, try it.
It is not a 10 because of some sexual scenes (but even as a girl I loved them, since women were portrayed with nice bodies of normal people, not models, but beautiful still and sexuality was enormous) and a lot of blood, gore, violence and emotional stress while reading it (not every manga can do it to me). I would gave it a 10, but keeping in mind that not all of you folks are as openminded as i am, i gave it a 9.
Yes, I am a fan of Gantz, not that I blindly adore all things that have some connection to Gantz, but with love of a critic.
This manga is for grown ups, who decided to feel some enjoyment and adrenaline.
(English is not my first language)

... Last updated on February 26th, 2013, 2:47pm
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just in case you missed it...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mercio
January 23rd, 2013, 5:32pm

Play or Die Situation

So kid's, Stay away from this manga! Otherwise you'll end up writing a dumb*** comment about why this manga is so violent and you hate violence and you love peace and you're a defender of justice and everyone that read this manga is the spawn of Satan and eat human liver for breakfast. N O B O D Y C A R E S.
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One of the best but disappointing end   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lolnameless
January 17th, 2013, 6:59am
On the first and second phrase it is purely 10/10. It is something you can't find anywhere.
On "end", i mean the final phrase as a whole, right after the Italian mission, it went sh*tty gradually as if Oku is so bored with his manga. (or he likes to troll us the reader? idk.) It is 1/10, it is a joke.
I will write more on that later,before that, this manga is so amazing. It really is a must read, so i want to write the good thing first.

The first and second phrase is pure genius. it is a must read if you don't mind blood and gore.
Many sure loves the first phrase. Me too. The first phrase is very great on plot.
The early plot is the best element on this manga, it also encourages people to follow this manga toward the end, which is also why Gantz is such a great hit.
If you read this manga without caution, the plot can be shocking, and if you put enough emotion into it, it can be sad.
That's why I can't say too much on plot for now, you should just go ahead, read it.

Oku is also talented on drawing, and of course it gets better and better over time, it is quite coherent on the final phrase,the facial expression he drew is so real. Still, can't compare the visual art of Gantz to more hardcore Berserk.
If you take the perception "manga" or "drawing" away, the visual style of Gantz is actually superior and it fits very well on its theme. Many of the "detailed" artwork,background,weapons,alien and such model from 3DCG, and then redraw by hand if necessary. Sounds like cheating,in fact,some think it looks too weird but imo, it makes the manga looks closer to the reality, more detailed and more seinen-like.
At this point i recommend you read the Osaka mission again, it is like nowhere on earth you can find manga like this one. The Italian mission is also glorious but it is very short.
Actually, the final phrase may take even more work than any previous mission but the plot is real bad,very bad. The final phrase is too Hollywood,too simple. I don't think you will have the mood to appreciate the visual side of art.

I said that the early plot is the best of this manga. In fact,it also has everything to do with the psychology of Kurono Kei, that is, the development of characters' psychology is almost equally amazing.
Gantz is about toying people between live and death, the loss and victories are absolute. It also squeezes human's emotion and doubt to the extreme. In this manga you can feel Oku's worldview of casualty, you can see good guys,bad guys,strong people,weak people...etc, while reading this manga you feel like anything can happen (it is true even after 350+ chapters...there is not even a moment you can predict Oku's act.). I know many hate this but it is essentially one of the best of this manga,imo.

Now, i review the final phrase, it is so boring i write some "big picture" so you can get the idea:
It is somewhat okay when the final phrase begins, like before, the artwork is glorious. On the first ~10 chapters it keep killing people and running and such. At first, it is endurable(at least for me) because the manga is meant to be read from head to toe, like a Hollywood movie. However, there is no end to it, it just gets more and more ridiculous, ridiculously boring, ridiculously Hollywood.
What? Tae's little adventure? With senseless plot armor? Plot armors again and again?
Now what? Introducing a series of new characters? Without any real background? In the final phrase?
Not only the plot has corruption, the 3DCG(i think he truly want it to be good) is also too unorganized, it is so unlike the previous phrase, it is so "sketchy" in 3DCG with too few elements redraw by hand, it looks so cold as a manga.

To be honest, as a reader i feel like being toyed by Oku. Nonetheless, as a reader i don't hate you, i still like your work and you.
Oku, I don't know what the hell is wrong with you but i still hope that you can finish this manga in better shape.

... Last updated on January 17th, 2013, 7:17am
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