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Gantz Season 1 Box Set (2006)

1 rating: 3.0
Animation movie directed by IchirĂ´ Itano

Originally released once-a-month ove the course of 2005, the first season of GANTZ caused a sensation. Now ADV has collected all six DVDs into a single thin-pack collection that's beautiful and easy to merchandise.

Director: IchirĂ´ Itano
Genre: Animation
1 review about Gantz Season 1 Box Set (2006)

It's Game Time

  • Mar 4, 2007
Gantz is probably one of the best anime I've watched this year, not the best but it's up there. I don't know where to start but I think I'll try to explain what Gantz is all about first. Gantz is a sphere located in an apartment. The only thing people recognize is Tokyo tower right outside the window. Gantz has a mind of its own but no conscience or feelings. The sphere has a huge arsenal of futuristic weapons that pop out of it including special suits. It also holds a man who looks like he's on life support inside of it; he resembles the crazy old man in the film Saw 3. It's not said if the man is of any importance in the first season cause he never moves or talks but maybe some info will be given in the second season.

Gantz collects people right after they've died on earth but only a select few. When the people get to the room Gantz informs them that their lives have ended with the words written on the black surface of the sphere. Gantz also writes "what you do with your new lives is entirely up to me". And they begin to play a game for their lives but who knows if it ever ends. The objective is to kill a bunch of insane aliens that Gantz finds or picks out, who knows how it finds them but it does.

The story's main character is Kei Kurono but he is far from anyone's hero and really only cares about himself. As a matter of fact Kei spends a lot of time in the series trying to lose something, "If you know what I mean"? Kei runs into his old friend Kato in the subway but their conversation is cut short when a man falls on the tracks. Kato immediately wants to help the man and asks for Kei's help, it takes a few minutes for Kei to stop being selfish and help the man. The two help get the man off the tracks but end up putting themselves into danger and well let's just say that's when the anime starts to get a little messy.

Not every anime is perfect and I had some problems this first season. I think Gantz is amazing but it does have some problems that maybe could have been avoided. For one like a lot of people said it does have bad pacing. Gantz will spend unneeded minutes on conversations and even battles. A character could be getting ready to shoot the alien but takes 5 minutes to think about things like the past. Another problem is that for some reason the weapons are too complicated for these guys and it takes a number of episodes before anyone gets trigger-happy. The story also takes a little too long to develop for every episode. It's hard to realize in the middle the series if it's still one that has puzzle pieces in each episode that add up at the end or if the other episodes meant nothing at all. The main reason for those problems can most likely be chalked up to this anime being made while the Manga was still in its early stages.

No matter what even through the bad pacing something about Gantz is addicting and I think it's mostly the unique and edgy style it has. Kei is a great main character because he actually grows up with the series and even looks like he'll turn into one of the best players. Plus it has an ability to intrigue you; you want to know what's going to happen to Kei and Kato. You want to know what happens to the other characters that actually made it through Gantz's firsts stages. The voice acting is great and so is the music, which fits perfect for the Gantz style. The animation is very cool and is actually one of the things that attracted me to the series most. I think the first season is a perfect 4 stars because no matter the flaws it still holds you and makes you hunger for season 2.

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