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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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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 91 (original ending starts in S2E09)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (2574 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.18 / 10.0
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February 23rd 2018, 7:46pm PST



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Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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English Publisher
Dark Horse (37 Volumes - Complete)

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Gantz Gets Full 3DCG Anime Film in 2016 about 1 year ago
Hiroya Oku, Keita Iizuka Launch Gantz Spinoff in November over 2 years ago
Gantz - Spanish Full Color Volumes over 3 years ago
A less extreme version of this over 3 years ago
im looking for gantz spoilers over 3 years ago

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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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wow... just wow   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by aclgrafix
November 20th, 2012, 2:11pm
this manga is just "wow" and not in a good way, after reading the first few volumes i felt like throwing up, if rating was for disgusting it would get a 20/10, i really think alot of people out there are extremely sadistic considering all the good reviews, wonder how many of them will end up as mass murderers...

anyway i definately will NEVER recomend this series to anybody, seriously its horrid the crap that goes on, its worse than the "2 girls 1 cup" video... 1/10 (since i cant choose 0)
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I'll give it a 10 cuz it made me read 375 chapters... in ONE SITTING.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aadieu
November 5th, 2012, 12:03am
So, yeah, very addictive read, excellently drawn by army of sweatshop assistants, more flying limbs than there are pages (impressive when page count is OVER 10K, literally), plenty of random boobage, cool action, good suspense, lotsa of tearjerker moments, and NO PLOT ARMOR. On anyone. (Though they have a habit of coming back inworld months/RL years later)... However, be warned that this thing has NO pre-planned design whatsoever, much less for hundreds of chapters (nor does it gain one for the first ~200, unless you go with character development = the plot... in which case, it's simply about how various random and extreme experiences plus conscious choice interact to turn pairs of similar characters into opposites, creating both heroes and asshats from pretty much identical dough).

1. Everybody dies A LITTLE TOO RELIABLY... At least once per person, often moreso.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
375 chapters in, the ONLY characters to feature in a foreground KNOWN TO NOT have experienced death yet are Kuruno's estranged mom/dad, a journalist, and several random Japanese faces occasionally used to display public opionion, and presumed-not-deads are circa three little boys and maybe the only person to ever like Nishi

2. FANSERVICE (traditional), bit too rampant. We WILL see every female's teats for one reason or another, sometimes dozens of times in thematically unrelated centerfold mode on chapter title pages. Specfic characters spend DOZENS - HUNDREDS of chapters without the benefits of bra and/or panties.
3. FANSERVICE (Guro): gore for gore's sake.Ludicrous quantities thereof.... Some of it VEEEEEEERY imaginitive.
4. FANSERVICE (Textures/Shading/3D) OH LOOK, PAHW, I GOTS ME A COMPUTER...and a crowd of sweatshop slaves ("assistants"). Everything gets rendered and textured, with tertiary details far more worked through than secondaries, and secondaries dominating over primaries (which might be missing entirely). Ex: long boss fight leaves you unsure of how it was finished, entirely unsure of who the heck finished it, but REAAAALLY lets you appreciate the detail on that vase on the desk in the corner.
5. Identical/confusing/androgynous anime faces on important people (like same face on 5 key chars, including a male lead and two of his romantic interests - only reliably differentiated via context, generally need height hair AND speech too make a 100% id)... but at the same time, REEEEAALLY detailed and well-drawn third-tier characters... with SOME decent recurring characters, seemingly due to them getting promoted from "assistant draw some sorta face here please" chars due to reader popularity (aka one lazy author, one really good'n'thorough lead assistant, and some ludicrously enthusiastic junior assistants - and that's the known truth, since mangaka's lower-profile earlier and later manga have identical faces for everyone/period).
6. Perverts and virgins (exclusively male... one exception). Sometimes, hell often - both. AND THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.
7. Did I mention the no underwear thing? One chick actually SURVIVES AIRBREAKED ORBITAL REENTRY W/0 PANTIES ON. And that's just the habitual fanservice, since otherwise the scene fits.
8. DADDY ISSUES... Big ones. Recurring cases of accidental paternity for virgins. Only one case of presumed-ongoing-seemingly-wholesome-2-original-parent-household, and we only find this out when the parents get killed off consecutively (don't think dad ever got drawn or mentioned before). Everyone's got daddy issues.
9. Out-of-the-blue killing of arcs or characters... though, more often than not, years later they resurface. That's kinda what makes it addictive.
10. Veers off on a huge hundred-chapter tangent, circa chapters 100-200, and almost drops the ball entirely there. That part's my imho, yeah... I'm referring to the school-heavy second hundred. See delinquents? Groan inwardly. Fortunately, occasionally punctuated by a mission, nonetheless. GETS FIXED.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Author seems to organize excessive class kills/schoolhouse destructions to apologize for that later, though

... Last updated on November 5th, 2012, 12:33am
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Readers?? What's that??   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fahmedbd
October 22nd, 2012, 12:21am
Seriously. This manga does NOT give a toss about us. Yes, us meaning the readers. It'll just do what it wants, when it wants and doesn't at all care about how we might feel about it. That's what I love and hate most about this manga. Its topsy turvy chain of events. But hey not everyday that I get to enjoy a story where things get a lot of build up, only to be thrown back at my face and the end result being me wanting more!!
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most badass manga i've ever read   
Rating: N/A
by kobbie
August 25th, 2012, 2:22am
at first i was shocked how bloody the manga is but after just reading it i got sucked into it
the main character is very realistic, selfish and simple-minded
after couple of arks i began to like him very much, his badassness and all that monster killing
my advice is just not think abt the manga too much, the picture burns into your brain and hauts you at night loll 300-ish chapter are chapters i really like, you can skip chapters and start reading then wink
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by TaoPaiPai
August 8th, 2012, 12:12pm
It feels like the mangaka dont really know/understand how humans interact
alot of weird conversations
Izumi...just IZUMI
awful character
after 100s of ppl die...no1 cares
[if my child...even if she is17 wanted to go at night after 50cops,100s ppl got killed just the other week with no explenations or anything]...i would not let her go out
school just continues 1 day after a whole class gets killed
characters learn how to use their suits without explenations
as soon as a girl have "weird" sex...she is going to die
characters get long backstory just to die a chapter later
silly godawful shitbucket vampires
and all the pinup pics
the only good think is that the MC looks alot like Kyo from KOF did back when SNK still could draw

hmm now when i think about it...japanese ppl might not get scared when lunatics run around
the akiba knife murderer the other year was obviously dangerous...yet ppl just loled in a got stabbed
and then after when tv shows up...idiot ppl stand around laughing and waving at the camera
so maybe the mangaka gets japanese...and its me that dont understand the way the japanese mind work
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Rating: N/A
by Shadow Kross
July 10th, 2012, 9:21pm
I just started reading because a friend of mine was going on and on about it...this and deadman wonderland. Anyway I've gotten through the first volume and the story isn't bad...what i want to know is how do they get hit by a train and there heads fall off. I could understand it really if one head fell off but both, isn't that a bit extreme. I know it's a manga and that's okay but that was weird, very.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by gofl
June 13th, 2012, 3:13am
This is a real good story, I can assure you that in case you're reading like, 10 first vols and still wonder why you read it. But why this story is strange? I think it's because, no manga would have it REAL climax revealed after 300 chapters. Man what if I didn't have the will to stick with the manga 'till this point O.O? I bet many would give up reading this after a dozen volumes and really miss the great story. But that's the mangaka's fault =v=.
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Rating: N/A
by Verix
May 27th, 2012, 11:16am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I hate manga were loads of innocent people die for the sake of plot. It's cheap. Around chapter 130 there's a mass killing which really is bad taste. I'll keep reading since it was interesting up 'till now, but let that be a fair warning.
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