Gantz

Rating: 3 Rampages

Episodes seen: 1-2 of ? A new person appearing, bit by bit, in the room

Synopsis:
Korono Kei, a high school freshman, goes through his life with an attitude of indifference and apathy. One day, on his way home, he a drunk accidentally falls from the train platform onto the tracks. Kei didn't care for the drukn, and at first he enjoys watching this. However, Kato Masaku, a classmate from his elementary days, suddenly goes down to help the man and asks Kei for help. Kei reluctantly helps him, but a train comes and they are presumably hit and killed...but next thing they know they're in a condo room with a strange black sphere and people who are apparently also dead. They can't leave the room, or even touch the wall. The sphere then orders them to hunt down an alien disguised as a human.

Review:
Herself the Elf sez: Gantz is very strange. The art is very good, with a very realistic style and monochromatic tone, and the overall feel is very dark and edgy. I liked the 'internal monologue' angle, and the general sense of ennui and apathy that pervades the populace. It's fairly low-key and slow to begin with, but the pacing is good as my attention was pretty much riveted to the screen for the entire first episode. Just enough information is revealed to keep you guessing and interested. In the second episode the pace picks up and the show gets a lot darker and gorier - apparently it was censored for TV to cut out the more explicit material. The indecisive, apathetic hero is kind of annoying, and the one female in the cast seems to be completely useless (whee, that's original) but for the most part it's pretty cool. Strange and trippy, but absorbing.

After 2 episodes I'm still not sure where this is all going, but it's intriguing enough for me to want to see more.

Availability:
Available fansubbed.

A new person appearing, bit by bit, in the room

Created 26-07-04