A group of people are resurrected from their deaths by a mysterious black ball called GANTZ to combat alien criminals hiding on Earth.
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 Kei Kurono 26 episodes, 2004
Emily Carter-Essex ...
 Yoshino Uehara 26 episodes, 2004
Shannon Emerick ...
 Kei Kishimoto 26 episodes, 2004
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 Ryuji Kajiura 26 episodes, 2004
Illich Guardiola ...
 Masaru Kato 26 episodes, 2004
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 Masanobu Hojou 26 episodes, 2004
Mitsuaki Madono ...
 Hajime Muroto 26 episodes, 2004
Kelly Manison ...
 Sei Sakuraoka 26 episodes, 2004
Hitomi Nabatame ...
 Kei Kishimoto / ... 26 episodes, 2004
Daisuke Namikawa ...
 Kei Kurono / ... 26 episodes, 2004
Masashi Oosato ...
 Masaru Kato 26 episodes, 2004
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 Joichiro Nishi 26 episodes, 2004
Xero Reynolds ...
 Masanobu Hojo / ... 26 episodes, 2004
Bin Sasaki ...
Mie Sonozaki ...
 Sei Sakuraoka / ... 26 episodes, 2004
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 Naozumi Saito 26 episodes, 2004
Kira Vincent-Davis ...
 Sadayo Suzumura 26 episodes, 2004
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High school student Kei Kurono meets up with childhood friend Kato Masaru one day by chance encounter. As the two are in the subway chatting, Kato notices a homeless man on the subway train tracks. Kato goes down on to the tracks to move the man off the tracks and persuades Kei to help. But soon after helping the man, they are hit by a subway train and killed... or maybe not. Immediately after being hit by the train, the two are suddenly in an apartment from which they can't leave, along with some other people who were also in some near death experience. In this apartment there is also a black sphere called Gantz. Kei and the others have to obey Gantz's rules if they want to live. They have to participate in missions in which the objective is to eliminate aliens. But who or what are these aliens? are Kei, Kato and the others alive or dead? Written by Neuman

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All of the sexy pinups that appear in Kurono Kei's bedroom are actually cover pages from the Gantz manga. See more »

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Not a great series, but has some shining moments
25 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Gantz anime series is an amalgamation of events that occurred in the first few volumes of the manga. It's an introduction to the Gantz universe and its inhabitants--most notably, the aliens and their human hunters. Like the manga, the anime centers around the growth and emergence of Kurono (Chrono) as a hero and his effort to win and survive at all costs. There's a good deal of sex and violence as well as long stretches of philosophical banter and social critique, but it often comes across as being so self-righteous and ultimately defeatist that most messages would only be appealing to audiences that already had the same beliefs.

The artwork is dark and is true to Oru Hiroya's concepts down to the intricately detailed weapons and power suits. The characters range from the sexually eager and aggressive Kurono, to the gallant Katou, to the buxom Kishimoto. The animation is mostly satisfying. Since Hiroya's artwork uses 3d models for scale and proportion, they can seem stiff and often lack fluidity. That same flaw is evident in the anime as well.

The story is intriguing, at the least, and seems to be inspired by movies such as The Cube. The sci-fi aspects are cool and even I would like to run around in a power suit for a day or two.

Altogether, it has some great ingredients that are marred by plodding progression and preachy characters. The fan-service is there, though not to an excess, but this is certainly not for children or those that are easily offended by violence, gore, or opinions diametrically opposed to your own. It's definitely worth watching and depending on who you are, you might just like it a lot.


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