Gantz fills Judge Mitchell Hattaway with the sort of hate usually only reserved for the IRS.
Our reviews of Gantz: Game Of Death (Volume 1) (published March 24th, 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.
Born to die.
Yeah, I know. I said I wouldn't be back for any more of this, didn't I? Well, they strong-armed me into it.
Anyway, this second volume of Gantz episodes contains two installments. Here's a rundown of the events from each:
• Episode Three: "Kei, You're Awesome"
• Episode Four: "Okay, Here are Your Scores"
There, that's everything that happens in these two episodes, so now you don't have to watch them. Why do you want to avoid watching them? Because Gantz continues to suck and because Gantz continues to be pointless. These episodes aren't quite as bad as those featured in the first volume, but I think that's because there aren't as many characters to hate (although, when you think about it, that's really nothing to cheer about). There are no redeeming qualities to the surviving characters, nor is there anything remotely interesting about the storyline. Once again, all we have is violence for the sake of violence, rampant misogyny, and that damn dog.
As was the case with the previous release, the technical merits are the only redeeming qualities of this disc. The transfer is near perfect, with some instances of edge enhancement being the only flaw. Oddly enough, the Japanese stereo track is actually an improvement over that of the first volume, with better channel separation and more bass activity. The English 5.1 track, while still impressive, isn't as immersive as that featured on the previous release, but that's because these episodes are heavier on dialogue and lighter on action. Extras include clean opening and closing sequences, a preview for the next release, and a brief, there's-not-much-there interview with Daisuke Namikawa, the actor who provides the voice of Kei.
Second verse, same as the first. I hated the first two episodes, and I hate the two included here. I'll again warn you to steer clear of Gantz. If, however, you're a fan, you can rest assured that this release will treat you to more of the same.
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• Daisuke Namikawa Interview
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