This anime has Judge Mitchell Hattaway so afraid of black circles, he burned his entire LP collection.
Our reviews of Gantz: Killed Or Be Killed (Volume 2) (published May 5th, 2005), Gantz: Aftershocks (Volume 3) (published May 12th, 2005), Gantz: Terminal Dispatch (Volume 4) (published June 16th, 2005), Gantz: Process Of Elimination (Volume 5) (published August 25th, 2005), Gantz: Sudden Death (Volume 6) (published October 6th, 2005), Gantz: Fatal Attractions (Volume 7) (published October 27th, 2005), Gantz: Deathwatch (Volume 8) (published October 27th, 2005), Gantz Season 1 Box Set (published March 15th, 2006), and Gantz: The Complete Series (published February 20th, 2011) are also available.
No one knows where it came from. No one knows who sent it. And it chooses who lives and dies.
Several strangers find themselves resurrected by the Gantz, a mysterious black sphere. The Gantz brings them together in an escape-proof Tokyo apartment and forces them to undertake execution-style missions. Failure to carry out these missions will result in a second death for each of the captives.
The first two episodes of this anime series are featured on this release. Here's a rundown of the plots:
• Episode One: "It's the Beginning of a Brand New
• Episode Two: "They Aren't Human"
Gantz apparently caused quite a stir when it first aired in Japan, despite the fact that each episode had been edited before broadcast, with much of the violence and sex excised (ADV's releases present them in unexpurgated form). With everyone so concerned about its more prurient elements, I'm wondering if anyone noticed just how awful—and pointless—it is. In fact, it seems to exist for no other reason than to present scenes of sex and violence, including plenty of exploding heads and dismembered limbs, several naked women, the aforementioned failed rape, and a dog attempting to perform oral sex on a hapless young woman. Oh, yeah, all the characters come across as vile misanthropes, so there's no one to care about or root for. Gee, what fun. These episodes raise more questions than they answer, but I don't care to stick around to see what happens.
The only good thing about this release is its technical quality. The transfer is excellent, with only a small amount of edge enhancement preventing it from being perfect. The 5.1 English dub makes excellent use of the entire soundstage, although the voice acting itself leaves much to be desired. The stereo Japanese track is mostly screen-centric, but it does its job well enough. Extras include credits-free opening and closing animation, a preview for the second volume in this series, trailers for other ADV releases, and a brief interview with director Ichiroh Itano (it's so brief he doesn't even get a chance to finish answering the last question), who uses it as an opportunity to talk about his struggles with Japanese censors. Ho-hum.
I can't see any reason anyone would be interested in this release. Gantz is boring and pointless, and the retail price is a bit steep considering that the disc's contents total less than an hour. You can certainly find better ways to spend—or even waste—your money and time.
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