Kei, a cynical and arrogant high school student, has minimal regard for others; so it's much to his surprise that when he's asked by his elementary school friend Kato to save a drunken bum laying on the subway tracks, he actually complies. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and they are swiftly decapitated by the oncoming train. Kei and Kato awaken in a nondescript room occupied by a black sphere and a variety of other people, and thus begins Gantz's game. In it, the players must face off against aliens in battles where death is inevitable and rewards are minimal. Unfortunately for them, this is just the beginning of their nightmare - at least, for those who manage to survive...
What started as an incredible story some where along the line turned to utter rubbish. I'm not sure what happened but maybe about half way through it took a 90 degree turn and never looked back. Characters that only recently were introducted were quickly forgotten and even an entire race (species/evolution) of people that were poised to play a significant role just stopped being written about. Maybe I'm the one that is missing something but this whole manga just feels like it fell apart.
Wow. Reviewed after completing the manga. This series was unlike anything I've read previously.. Although initially put off by the art style (which I got used to), its extremely cynical take on humanity and its grey-morality of the whole thing really managed to make me think about a lot of things to do with the state of the world and everyone's potential for evil given the circumstances. It went on to show me in its full glory, uncensored portrayals of public shootings, school massacres, rape, and all the things you'd think the authorities will ban. It was eye-opening. I feel like the story was a grim tap into the worst of human nature, allowing even the smallest amounts of goodness to truly shine. While it ended abruptedly due to circumstances, I would still definitely recommend it.
Just finished reading this manga.. Unfortunately it left me quite disappointed.It started very well with an interesting plot, and half way through it took a completely unexpected direction with no particular reason. I'm not going to question the themes the manga talks about, it is a seinen after all, so I was expecting some strong and challenging topics (sexual abuse, crude violence, etc). However sometimes it felt like these topics were used just in a stereotypical way, without much to say. One of the biggest problems for me was the lacking of explanations of what was going on - at a certain point vampires appear, why? Where did they come from? Why do they want to kill the Gantz team? And why do two characters have paranormal powers? How does this fit in the plot? (Maybe I missed something?). A lot of things were put on the table, but kind of rushed, which left me a bit confused.In terms of charatchers' development, I didn't notice any. They stayed pretty much the same all troughout the manga, which is a shame, as the narration could have gained something from a bit of introspection and proper self-analysis from at least one of the main characters - it feels like Kurono just wanted to be with Tae-chan....which would have been fine if I was reading a shonen manga, but pretty weak motivation to power through for a seinen one (to be honest everybody fell in love a little bit too quickly). Nevertheless, the art was pretty good. Only towards the final chapters it became a bit confusing - there was a lot going on in one single frame. This is just my point of view, I hope someone else liked it more than me! Eventually all types of art have more than just one interpretation and they are personal and subjective. We read because we love it ;) Happy reading!
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