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Gantz:O is CGI anime film directed based on the manga series Gantz, written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku, released in Japan by Toho on October 14, 2016.

Plot SynopsisEdit

While fighting invading monsters, Kei Kurono rescues his friend, Reika. Though she protests, he attacks the monsters' leader, dying after killing it. Reika and her surviving teammates are teleported back to their base. Elsewhere, Masaru Kato dies attempting to save someone from a knife attack in a subway. He wakes up in a room with Reika and her teammates: Yoshikazu Suzuki, an old man; Joichiro Nishi, a surly teenager; and an angry, unidentified man. Suzuki explains that they have each died and woken in the room, and have been forced to fight against waves of monsters ever since. Before Suzuki can explain further, a black orb identified as "Gantz" announces that their next mission is about to begin. The angry man refuses to participate and is killed by Nishi, who reasons that he would have been a liability.

After putting on skintight suits containing advanced technology, the group is teleported to Osaka. When Kato presses for answers, Nishi threatens to kill him. Suzuki quickly explains the "game": the team is given two hours to kill every monster in the city; if they fail, the team members die. After Kato and his team meet the Osaka team, some of whom have exotic weapons, Suzuki tells him that players accrue points for killing monsters. Anyone who scores 100 points can choose from three bonuses: upgraded weaponry, resurrection of a fallen teammate, or freedom from the "game".

Nishi turns invisible to stealthily wait for high point monsters. The others watch as the better-equipped Osaka team easily slaughters monsters. Reika and Suzuki urge Kato to not engage the monsters needlessly, but he insists that they rescue the city's citizens. They refuse, saying they are too weak.

Anzu Yamasaki, a member of the Osaka team, follows Kato, trying to figure out his motivation. Kato says he is a student who has been living alone with his younger brother since the death of their parents. Yamasaki reveals that she has a young son and says they have something in common: both must stay alive to help someone who depends on them. Although Yamasaki initially believes that Kato is showing off, she eventually concludes that he genuinely wants to help others and joins him in killing a monster that was menacing civilians.

A gigantic monster rises from the water, and an equally large mecha appears, piloted by seven-time winner Hachiro Oka. Oka kills the monster but loses his mecha. In the meantime, another monster kills the two most competent players on the Osaka team.

Oka, wounded and weaponless, engages the lead monster, who appears in a series of increasingly deadly forms. Oka appears to win but tells the team it is not dead; it must be taken by surprise to be truly killed. After rising, the demon easily defeats the remaining players. Suzuki is heavily wounded after sacrificing himself to save Kato, and Nishi's arm is ripped off. Instead of killing them, it goes after Oka, who has left to retrieve better weapons.

Knowing someone must defeat the demon and Oka may be too wounded, Kato decides to act as a decoy while Reika and Yamasaki snipe the monster. Before the plan begins, Yamasaki proposes that, if she and Kato survive, they begin living together with her son and Kato's brother. Although surprised, Kato agrees, and they take their positions.

The demon, having killed Oka, attacks Kato, and the others shoot it from a distance. Before dying, the demon kills Yamasaki and maims Kato. Kato collapses beside Yamasaki's body, and the others assume him dead. Reika, Suzuki, and Nishi are surprised when he rejoins them at the base, where all are fully healed. When the scores are tallied up, Kato has 100 points; Reika and Suzuki encourage him to choose his freedom, but he resurrects Yamasaki. After Gantz allows them to leave, Kato races to his brother. The others reveal that this is Kato's second time in Gantz' game: after winning a previous game, he was granted his freedom and had his memories wiped. Although they do not know how he returned, they state that his self-sacrificing nature remains the same.

StaffEdit

  • Original: Hiroya Oku
  • General Director: Keiichi Sato
  • Director: Yasushi Kawamura
  • Screenplay: Tsutomu Kuroiwa
  • Production: Digital Frontier
  • Distributor: Toho Video Division
  • Production: "GANTZ: O" Production Committee

Differences between film and mangaEdit

  • Kei Kurono was not killed in the battle with the vampires, but against the Oni alien boss in the mission previous to the Osaka one.
  • That battle happens in Shibuya in the movie, but in Ikebukuro in the manga.
  • The Osaka mission is Masaru Kato's first mission in the movie, knowing nothing about the rules or weapons. Later is revealed that Kato made 100 points in a previous mission and choose to have his memory erased, but later killed again and transported back to Gantz room.
  • The only Tokyo Team members that appear are Kurono, Kato, Reika, Suzuki and Nishi. Though Kaze and Takeshi make a cameo appearance.
  • The only Osaka Team members that appear are Shimaki, Muroya, Oka, Anzu and the sadisctic trio.
  • Hikawa and his companion doesn't appear.
  • The old man, the old woman and the kid, who were in Osaka using a deck brush as a weapon instead of an X-Shotgun.
  • Some settings for the the weapons were changed. The X-Gun has much shorter range, and the concept of reloading "ammo" is present.
  • The total number of youkai alien is considerably reduced.
  • The Inugami alien doesn't make an appearance.
  • The Nurarihyon shows less forms than in the manga.
  • Nishi uses a Gantz bike in the movie.

GalleryEdit

TrailersEdit

The December issue of Shueisha’s Miracle Jump magazine will be featuring news that Hiroya Oku’s Gantz manga will be receiving a “full 3DCG” animated film in 2016.[1]

『GANTZ O』特報

『GANTZ O』特報

The translation of the YouTube text under the video is:

Smash hit comic by Hiroya Oku depicting the fierce mortal combat with alien of human beings and the mystery of the supposed to be dead "GANTZ". Episode "Osaka Hen" boasts a particularly popular among them is restarted at full 3DCG animation. The general director and "TIGER & BUNNY", "Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary" and the like, live-action film, Keiichi Sato, who has worked on the director of such animated film is, is to coach Japan's first full 3DCG blockbuster "APPLESEED" in Kawamura worked on the CG director Tai is responsible. Not only the anime such as "ONE PIECE FILM GOLD" in the screenplay "Strawberry Night," "LIAR GAME" and much more dense and serious masterpiece worked was Tsutomu Kuroiwa is a fierce battle in the live-action work, and a personality full of characters who draw. And, animation production, Digital Frontier to produce a number of blockbuster regardless of the genre of live action-animation in charge of the VFX of the live-action version of "GANTZ" series. Give the production team of rich culture and state-of-the-art technology, GANTZ concentration 300% of the SF survival action blockbuster.

Finally age has caught up to the "GANTZ" of Hiroya Oku. Mortal combat and startle the video revolution of the human VS heinous-intense "specter corps" unfolds in the city of Osaka, whether witness! !

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Akibaweekly: GANTZ GETS 3DCG FILM IN 2016
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