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Watch & Learn: GANTZ #1

Sexually-charged sci-fi is right.

 The Gantz, the Gantz, the Gantz are gonna getchya!
 The Gantz, the Gantz, the Gantz are gonna getchya!

The synopsis on the back of GANTZ' case promised sexually-charged sci-fi and, hoo boy, that wasn’t an empty claim. Oh no, not a bit. We get an entire classroom of nude ladies and a dude struggling to hide his inappropriate erection within two minutes of this episode’s inception, and the train of sauciness just keeps chuggin’ along from there on out. F-bombs, S-bombs, porno mags, inappropriate touching… this is charmingly provocative.

I chose to watch this first episode today because I’ll actually be attending the premiere of the GANTZ live-action movie tonight and I figured it'd be smart to flick my tongue out and get a little taste of the experience beforehand (and, yes, that phrasing was intentionally skeevy.) I reported on the trailer however many months ago, but all I really remember about it was the skin-suits, vaguely-S&M scuba suits and the giant black marble.

Judging by this first episode, I’m expecting a taboo-crossing story like BATTLE ROYALE that’ll take concepts of death head on like BLEACH does, only this’ll be spun more out into kickass gunplay. If they’re going for a redemption arc (and that text message on the marble hints pretty strongly at that,) then they’ve got a hell of a ripe candidate with this Kei kid. What a beautiful twerp.

I’m starting to suspect that anime mixing the real world and fantasy suffer a bit from the constraints inherent in 22-minute installments. With a show like FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, you get dropped into this other world right away and subsequently don’t have any problems accepting alchemists, homunculi and chimeras. This, however, reminds me of the first episode of DEATH NOTE, in the sense that the jumps to get the weird stuff test your suspension of disbelief a bit. The whole Kitty Genovese-esque scene with the onlookers gawking at the bum on the train tracks seemed pretty outlandish in itself, even as social commentary. Anyway, out of the pilots I've watched so far, this is the one that's got me most intrigued. I'm just dying to see how much saucier it gets.

This episode was titled “It’s the Beginning of A Brand New Day.” As far as I know, it isn’t available for streaming anywhere online, but Funimation’s putting out a very spiffy collection of the whole series soon.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

reinon Jan. 20, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.
I'm a big Gantz fan myself (I'm going to see the Gantz movie tonight as well) i have to say that the anime while good, fell short of the manga. This is mainly due to the fact that the series was cut short due to budget (at least that's what i heard).
Sonata moderator on Jan. 20, 2011 at 1:36 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: I'm glad you are finally getting to Gantz, it is an awesome ride :)
No_name_here staff on Jan. 20, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.
@rein said:
" I'm a big Gantz fan myself (I'm going to see the Gantz movie tonight as well) i have to say that the anime while good, fell short of the manga. This is mainly due to the fact that the series was cut short due to budget (at least that's what i heard). "
Where are you seeing it? I'm going to the LA show.
reinon Jan. 20, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: I'm going to a showing in NYC.
Roldanon Jan. 20, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
@rein said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk: I'm going to a showing in NYC. "
Damn you Americans and your limited screenings. Yeah, the manga's pretty good but the anime? not so much, it throws some really promising ideas but ultimately it falls short. Gonna see Darker Than Black Soon? That's the one i'm waiting for you to do.
Lurkeroon Jan. 20, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.
Darker than Black was very convoluted. I watched the whole thing, I tried to pay attention, and I still came out confused about the plot.
 
I haven't seen all of Gantz, but I think I'd definitely tune in for a watch and learn of it.
reinon Jan. 20, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.
I'm sorta scared the movie is going to be a flop (See.... Every LA anime movie adaption) But Gantz in in my top 3 (KHR, EL and Gantz) so I'm going to go see it anyway. (all alone... none of my friends wanted to see it  :-(
zaldaron Jan. 20, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
Would rather you do one online like phantom if you do a new one as I can't buy new anime right now due to budget.  (a review though if you want to do that, that would be great as I feel like I know how your tastes run enough now to compare them to mine).  I have heard that this one is good though!
reinon Jan. 20, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
@zaldar: You can watch the series easily enough online.
won't link out of respect for tom but you really shouldn't have any trouble finding it.
Om1kronon Jan. 20, 2011 at 3:26 p.m.
ohh whens the nerd meeting for this? lol
reinon Jan. 20, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
@Om1kron said:
" ohh whens the nerd meeting for this? lol "
Right now. Literally. Walking out the door as we speak. (type?)
Om1kronon Jan. 20, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
Oh I'm in California, should've thrown an @Tom in there lol 
MrASSH0LEon Jan. 20, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.

naked chicks? 
*goes to watch the show*
WarlordPayneon Jan. 20, 2011 at 4:55 p.m.
Gantz does get saucier, so if that's all you're looking for you'll probably have fun with it.  If you want anything more than that you'll have to look elsewhere, cause that show is pretty terrible.
No_name_here staff on Jan. 20, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.
@Om1kron: It's at 8:30 at the Mann's Chinese 6. Tickets are $15 and limited to 400 seats. I'm getting for sure because I have a press pass, but it's probably going to be mobbed. The actors will be there.
Om1kronon Jan. 20, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @Om1kron: It's at 8:30 at the Mann's Chinese 6. Tickets are $15 and limited to 400 seats. I'm getting for sure because I have a press pass, but it's probably going to be mobbed. The actors will be there. "
LOL!!! i'm stuck at you know where till 9:30 anyway, look forward to a review. 
Destinyheroknighton Jan. 20, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Tom_Pinchuk I hope you like lots of blood
plantsvszombiesrulezon Jan. 20, 2011 at 5:15 p.m.
READ THE MANGA! the anime sucks ass compared to it!
GrandMarshalon Jan. 20, 2011 at 5:51 p.m.
I hated this series, thought it was wayyy too slow paced and was trying to hard to be sexual/violent
RecSpecon Jan. 20, 2011 at 8 p.m.
This is pretty awesome, one of the first boxsets I've bought in full. Will be interesting to see how it holds up years after my first viewing.

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