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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 17
May 18, 2011
Volume 16
March 16, 2011
Volume 15
Jan. 5, 2011
Volume 14
Nov. 24, 2010
Volume 13
Sept. 29, 2010
Volume 12
July 28, 2010
Volume 11
May 26, 2010
Volume 10
March 31, 2010
Volume 9
March 3, 2010
Volume 8
Dec. 9, 2009
Volume 7
Oct. 14, 2009
Volume 6
Aug. 19, 2009
Volume 5
June 17, 2009
Volume 4
Feb. 25, 2009
Volume 3
Dec. 24, 2008
Volume 2
Sept. 24, 2008
Volume 1
June 25, 2008
General Information Edit
English Name Gantz
Japanese Name: ガンツ
Publisher Dark Horse
Start Year 2000
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