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How long will you stay in the game? The last thing Kei and Masaru remember was being struck dead by a subway train while saving the life of a drunken bum. What a waste! And yet somehow they're still...alive? Or semi-alive? Maybe it's reanimated...by some kind of alien orb with a nasty message..."Your lives are over. What you do with your new lives is up to me!" And what this orb called 'Gantz' intends to do with their lives is make them play games of death, hunting all kinds of odd aliens, along with a bunch of other ordinary citizens who've recently met a tragic semi-end. The missions they embark upon are often dangerous. Many die - and die again! This dark and action-packed manga deals with the moral conflicts of violence, coupled with teenage sexual confusion and angst, and with our fascination with death. Hang onto your gear and keep playing the game, whatever you do; "Gantz" is unrelenting!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781593079499
ISBN-10: 1593079494
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Review: Gantz by Hiroya Oku - Reviewed by (19 Jul 2011)

If you suddenly died, how would you feel if you could 'earn' your life back via a game? Such a unique premise, drives this first volume by mangaka Hiroya Oku. This volume sets the trend for many latter volumes of successfully combining sexual content, horrific gore and fantastic plot.

Volume 1 in particular deals with the protagonist Kei Kurono and his 'death'. Finding out that he can earn his life back by participating in a 'deathmatch' styled game, this entire volume deals with the very first 'game' he participated in.

Artwork is without an exaggeration, immensely detailed. Characters are drawn lively and with full expression, they can also sometimes be mistaken for real-life humans! Backgrounds were known to have been drawn digitally, without very much use of hand. The result is a gorgeous work of art.

Content wise, this is something for teenagers to mature adults, as the situations presented in this issue alone is very sexual, and even sometimes ridiculously detailed when it comes to dismemberment.

Overall, a very good volume. The climax itself more than enough, warrents purchase of the second volume.


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