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Gantz is about a violent, bloody game to win back one's life. Kei Kurono must learn to fight, to win back his.


A game for the dead, to come to life. A chance to atone for past mistakes, or watch the carnage flow free. Aliens are roaming, and with the aid of futuristic weapons these players must fight them off or be destroyed trying, under the instructions of a device called Gantz. Kei Kurono must fight alongside his friends to win his freedom and his life back through this game. 
Gantz  ( ガンツ , Gantsu) was written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku.


  • Shueisha (Japan)
  • Dark Horse Comics (North America)
  • Editions Tonkam (France)
  • Glenat Espana (Spain)
  • Editorial Ivrea (Argentina)
  • Planet Manga (Germany, Italy, Brazil)
  • Panini Comics (Portugal)
  • Grupo Editorial Vid (Mexico)

Publication History

Gantz first premiered in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump in 2000, and is still ongoing under the magazine, with chapters being released approximately once every fifteen days. The first tankobon volume was released by Shueisha on December 11, 2000, with 31 volumes currently available. 
The author has taken hiatuses after the completion of each arc, or "phase". The first hiatus ended on November 22, 2006, with the release of the first chapter in phase 2. The second ended on October 1, 2009, with the release of the first chapter of phase 3.
Several spinoffs of the original Gantz have also been created. Gantz/OSAKA tells the story of the Osaka team. Gantz/Nishi details the life of the character Nishi. And Gantz no Moto has the author explaining the details of his entrance into the manga industry, and the various influences for his work.
In North America, Gantz is licensed by Dark Horse Comics, who announced their acquisition of the license during Anime Expo on July 1, 2007. The first volume was published on June 25, 2008. While the first three were published quarterly, the continuing ones will be released on a bimonthly basis. Currently, they have released 18 volumes of the series, with the next volume being released on October 11, 2011.


 Kei Kurono
He was hit by a train alongside his best friend, which led to him being selected by Gantz. In the beginning of the series, he is perverted and arrogant, but soon takes responsibility for the group. He's also physically able and very skilled.
Masaru Kato

Kei's best friend, who was also hit by a train. Masaru is a guardian of sorts to people, earning him a reputation for being a fighter.

Major Story Arcs

Phase 1 (Volumes 1-20)
Phase 2, a.k.a. "Katastrophe" (Volumes 21-27)
Phase 3 (Volumes 28-)
Book # Name Rating Release Date
Volume 37
Aug. 19, 2013
Volume 36
March 19, 2013
Volume 35
Oct. 19, 2012
Volume 34
May 10, 2012
Volume 33
Jan. 19, 2012
Volume 32
Aug. 19, 2011
Volume 31
April 19, 2011
Volume 30
Jan. 19, 2011
Volume 29
Sept. 17, 2010
Volume 28
May 19, 2010
Volume 27
Oct. 19, 2009
Volume 26
June 19, 2009
Volume 25
Oct. 24, 2012
Volume 24
Aug. 15, 2012
Volume 23
June 20, 2012
Volume 22
April 18, 2012
Volume 21
Feb. 22, 2012
Volume 20
Dec. 21, 2011
Volume 19
Oct. 19, 2011
Volume 18
Aug. 3, 2011
General Information Edit
English Name Gantz
Japanese Name: ガンツ
Publisher Dark Horse
Start Year 2000
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