Gantz

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Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Reality TV has hit a new and disturbingly graphic low with ‘The Program,' a television series in which a purposely chosen ninth-grade class is forced to fight to the death on a remote island. With only minimal survival gear and a random weapon, each student must survive and kill their friends until only one winner remains; if the group refuses to play, all of its members are killed by the electronic collars around their necks. Girlfriends and boyfriends betray each other, friends are brutally slain by their closest companions and alliances are made and broken. On screen for the world to see, only the strongest will survive this horrific, sadistic game...

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sothis sothis says...

Gantz and Battle Royale have astonishing similarities. In addition to being filled with explicit violence and sex aplenty, each is a stark and horrific survival game in which each person, for the most part, is out for himself. The characters in both manga are out of control and must do the biddings of nefarious forces, and deadly consequences await both success and failure...

Brollyhero99 Brollyhero99 says...

Both are very sad, violent and have much stuff involving sex, drugs and killing! Battle Royale has a similar storyline and idea as Gantz but Gantz is still more interesting and A LOT more gory and dramatic! But Battle Royale is a very good manga that can shock you many times! 

AnimeFreak127 AnimeFreak127 says...

Both incredibly graphic and gory manga, with the concept of deadly survival games with a lot of killing involved. Whereas Gantz goes for the sci-fi approach, Battle Royale goes for realism.

deideiblueeyez deideiblueeyez says...

Both feature average people forced to play a brutal and cruel game for survival. Humanity and the very limits of the human mind are put to the test as to how either plays out when exposed to constant carnage and merciless violence.

There are no censors for the sex, the abuse, the language, or the fatal wounds sustained from battle; everything is laid bare and played up to be as realistic as possible for each manga's particular universe and setting. Tragedies are never-ending, but the main leads keep fighting despite the many losses and setbacks that occur. Everlasting bonds are made while they mature mentally and emotionally to cope with reality. One who has read either will surely be satisfied by the other, guaranteed.

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

Kyojin and Gantz, especially near ch350 of Gantz, revolve around brutally fighting monsters/aliens/giants in order to stay alive and protect humanity.  With such a threat, there is need for a special team who can destroy all opposition.  When things go array, people get brutally murdered in a sea of limbs and blood.  Hope seems lost to the humans portrayed in each manga, and events only get worse as the story goes on.  Join the brave who dare read these gory yet intriguing manga.    

JtkBasketball JtkBasketball says...

Both of these manga deal with putting it all on the line to fight for a greater good. Helping friends to survive play a huge role in both. They both have big fighting scenes that go all-out. Death play a role in both of these. If that was an element you like in one, it is similar in the other. Both have elements of mystery. The protagonists in each manga do not know why they fight and later in each manga questions are raised if they are in fact doing the right thing by fighting. 

zacklgty zacklgty says...

read for your self... What i was going to say has already been said before . Both revolve around survival of humanity, aside from one having more fan service than the other (gantz). 

skitxophrenic skitxophrenic says...

Both Gantz and Attack on Titan are action-packed tales chock full of violence, death and moral choices. In Attack on Titan, the world is turned upside down as horrifying monsters appear and ruthlessly devour people, wrecking society and leaving those who remain alive to decide how to deal with the titans. In Gantz, Kei and Katou find themselves dead, but instead of passing on like a normal person, they and other strangers who have died end up being chosen to fight against strange and often terrifying aliens who pose a threat to humanity. 

Both series take their cast of characters and make them bear witness to gruesome stuff, but they also share similarities in their character growth, as well as psychological themes and moral dilemmas. The cast of Attack on Titan may seem to be far more likable than that of Gantz, but Gantz makes up for this in the diversity and realistic development of its central players. In addition, both manga have a great stylistic (and different) art style to them, so if you like your manga looking a bit more on the unique side, I'd try these out.

It is also worth noting that Gantz deals far more with sexual themes than Attack on Titan does, but if this does not bother you, then I strongly feel that if you enjoyed the idea of people fighting monsters they basically know nothing about-- and seeing thebloody consequences -- then these are the two series for you. I recommend both!

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

As the blood splatters and the opponents get tougher, survival becomes increasingly harder.  Gants and DW are centered around a group of people who desperately fight for their freedom.  They must endure trials placed on them that, to a normal human, would be physically and emotionally impossible. Ganta and Kei started off as total wimps.  They would of never been able to fathom the killing they would soon do.  As time passed and the strain grew, our young protagonists matured into leaders.  They become what everyone follows for survival of the never-ending hell.  Massive gore, development in about everything and just a unique story, you can't go wrong in choosing one of these.

epicrevenge epicrevenge says...

Gantz and Deadman Wonderland are both extremely violent manga with plenty of gore. The main character in each is a teenager forced into a life or death situation. Both have a large cast of characters with different abilities and fighting styles which keeps the action fresh and interesting. 

Lizardbitch Lizardbitch says...

It's full of gore, a strange background for the characters, people put into an odd arena with weird powers and creatures, and it's just plain crazy. 

Terra Formars

Terra Formars

After humanity’s first manned mission to the Red Planet was lost, a second expedition arrives. The explorers prepare to exterminate the cockroaches that were used to transform the Martian environment, but are shocked to discover that the insects have mutated into giant, aggressive humanoids with one overriding goal—exterminate the humans! However, this crew of explorers has each undergone the “Bugs Procedure,” terrifying experimental surgery designed to make them more than human…

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epicrevenge epicrevenge says...

Terra Formars and Gantz are Seinen action manga. They both have Sci-Fi elements and involve humans fighting monsters/aliens they know little about using sci-fi weapons and powers given to them. The characters in both are never safe as many are frequently injured/killed when fighting because the enemy becomes stronger each time. If you enjoyed one of them and are looking for another manga which is just as explicit, gory and violent then I'd definitely recommend that you read the other!

FeelinLucky FeelinLucky says...

I agree totally with this recommendation and I see much more potential (plot development wise ) in terra formars than in gantz! Both are as gore as it goes :)

SwordsManIV SwordsManIV says...

The character development is well thought out. The main MC in the story and the side characters really develop as the story progresses. 

Bokurano: Ours

Bokurano: Ours

When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they meet a man called Kokopelli who seems to have a lot of advanced gadgetry. He invites them to participate in a ‘game' in which they play heroes saving Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the ‘game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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sothis sothis says...

Bokurano and Gantz are two peas in a disturbing pod. Each throws characters into a high stakes game from which they can't escape, the difference being that in Gantz they are young adults/adults (plus a ton of explicit violence/sex), while in Bokurano the focus is more psychological and there's little violence to be found. Regardless, this is a very, very good recommendation pair.

Sidonia Sidonia says...

Characters are suddenly thrown into a fight against unknown forces. In Bokurano they have to fight in mechas and it focuses more on the characters feelings while in Gantz they have to use sci-fi weapons and is more concentrated on graphic violence, action and the behavior of humans in extreme situations.