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Our reviews of Gantz: Game Of Death (Volume 1) (published March 24th, 2005), Gantz: Killed Or Be Killed (Volume 2) (published May 5th, 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.
Hi. My name's Mitchell. I'm here to review the third volume of Gantz. Why am I back? Well, you know what they say about a moth and a flame…
Anyway, this third release contains the fifth and sixth episodes of the series. Here's a synopsis of each:
• Episode Five: "That Means at the Time…"
• Episode Six: "All Right!"
Something funny is happening: I don't hate Gantz as much as I once did. Don't get me wrong—I still don't really enjoy the series, and I certainly can't recommend it, but I now find myself not want wanting to claw out my eyes while watching it. Maybe I'm getting mellow in my old age; either that or I'm becoming numb to the pain. Then again, it could have something to do with the fact that Licky the Wonder Dog doesn't make an appearance in these episodes. Truthfully, though, I think these episodes are an improvement over the previous four due to the more character-driven nature of the plots and the absence of the pointless violence and gore. There's not a quantum leap in quality, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
The technical presentation falls in line with that of the previous volumes. The anamorphic transfer is very nice, as are the audio tracks—you can select the 5.1 dub or the stereo Japanese track and neither will disappoint. Extras include clean opening/closing sequences, a preview for the next volume in the series, previews for other ADV releases, and a short chat with the actors who provide the voices for the three lead characters in the original Japanese version of the series. This segment, which appears to have been recorded at a fan convention, is mildly entertaining, although the actors appear to be having a much better time than anyone in the audience.
Can it be? Is Gantz starting to grow on me just a little? Nah, can't be. Not a chance. Anybody know when Volume 4 is coming out?
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Scales of Justice
Studio: ADV Films
• Clean Opening/Closing Animation
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