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From Dark Horse: Tokyo teens Kei and Masaru are killed by a subway train but awaken in a room with an ominous black orb that gives them weapons, suits and orders. Fighting bizarre alien monstrosities in a deadly game, will they win their freedom or die for the final time?
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Great Action, Awesome Sex, Garbage Plot
What happens when you have lots of style, lots of sex, lots of action, lots of imaginative villains and no over-arching plot? You get Gantz.
This is an awesome manga that is tremendous fun for its first 20-25 volumes which then devolves into a plot-less incoherent jumble of fight scenes with characters who are as two dimensional as they come. Overarching mysteries are not resolved, character motivations are weak and the ending is mediocre. If you can stomach all this, by all means - go ahead and read this. In the meantime, I'll go and read SnK instead.
Very original and interesting plot, first of all, the characters are actually fine, average ones with social complex that remarks their craziness, anxiety etc. The way the story develops is cool and of course not a boring lecture, I acknowledge being 15 years old but I actually enjoy the some of the erotic, comedy and sexual scenes that fit the atmosphere.. To finish, the End of world/ earth is a pretty well made plot with some epic fights and scenes, the best thing in this manga in my opinion is how each character have a struggle on surviving through each arc and how they ended up fighting to save the earth instead of giving up! The author act out some character's feeling very well and follow a straight-forward plot according to each character personality. 10/10!
One of the best mangas
You have to like this kind of fantastic sci fi kind of reading. For me It Was an awesome reading. There IS a great BUT: the fan service. Why mangakas and editors think men are the only ones Who read manga or watch animé In most well known mangas put boobs ass And panties at some point. That IS disgusting.
... Last updated on February 2nd, 2017, 3:28pm
I watched the anime and read the manga. But really I don't see what the fuss is all about. The premise of the story may of been new when this initially came out, but nowadays there are better variants of this survival game genre that are better written.
For one thing I dislike about the manga is amount of gratuitous nudity that's in it. Don't get me wrong I like boobs as much as the next guy, but way it's placed it feels cheap and unnecessary. For example, almost every chapter cover page has some chick with her boobs hanging out (that have nothing to do with the plot). The author even places these between dramatic events. Like say what is suppose to be a shocking grief stricken scene where one of the protagonist's teammate dies, you go to the next chapter transition, and suddenly you're staring at a pair of knockers... It's more disruptive than entertaining to say the least. Then there's this obnoxious vibe that's present in the manga that feels like, I don't know, "exploitative" to women? I found the whole manga filled with too many cruel and obnoxious people like rapists and thugs to be enjoyable. Add this to amount of gratuitous nudity that's in it. It just gives the whole thing a bad feeling that I'm not a fan of.
But the real down point of the manga is not that, it's how poorly written and how frustratingly dumb the characters in this story are. Take the protagonists for example, the story begins with them dying because they tried to outrun a train instead of stepping back onto the platform to avoid it. What kind of an idiot does that? I think the excuse was that they forgot it was an express train and thought it would stop by itself. But if you stop for 2 seconds, you'd realise how stupid that is. One, they had been waiting on the platform in the first place so obviously they would know what the next train would be. Two, unless they were waiting at the very end of the platform why would they think it would be faster to sprint to the end of a long train station platform instead immediately getting back where they jumped off?
The whole manga is filled with poorly thought out writing like that. You got civilians constantly getting themselves getting themselves killed because they stand around foolishly, even taking photos on their mobiles instead of immediately running away from danger. The way they nonchantedly spout lines like "Is this CGI" or "Oh they're shooting a movie" before dying just beggars belief.
Another example would be the Gantz players. They are given these unlimited ammo sci-fi energy guns that are "accurate to 1km". These godlike wpns can even "lock on" and not require line of sight. As well as super suits that can jump buildings and guarantee mobility. The enemies they're asked to fight are basically nearly all melee range aliens. So do these idiots do?
They run right up to the alien just to "shoot" and get surprised when their hands get chopped up. To top it all off, they like to make faces at the aliens for a long time before they actually pull the trigger. There is literally ONE guy in whole manga that realises what they're holding in their hands are in fact GUNS not baseball bats and shot the aliens at long range. But inexplicably the guy decides to run close to melee them half way through and inevitably get himself killed.
Finally there's that stupid god awful ending. Without spoiling too much, Earth ends up almost destroyed bc after the defeating the aliens, the Gantz players were too busy raping alien prisoners and forcing them into fights before properly securing the mothership. I'm not kidding.
To this all I can say is WTF Japan, WTF.
Good action. Characters are the worst.
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
A great manga...until you reach its disastrous ending
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!
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
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...
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after the battle.
I can't say it was on the super freaking awesome level because the characters just didn't seem to stay...in character the whole time. I feel like the author could've just developed the manga a little more overall...it 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
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.
CRAZY in the head
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.