Gantz: A Sexual Trainwreck

People know I'm all about the action and the violence in my manga so I get a lot of recommendations for that type of manga from people. It takes a while but I usually get around to it. One day someone recommended Gantz as the perfect manga for me. They painted it as edge of the seat action with a thrilling story and no fluff. If I remember who suggested that I read Gantz, I'm going to track them down and beat them senseless.

Gantz is a train wreck. You don't look away. It's a sexually frustrated train wreck that leads to a sticky puddle that you crawl out of feeling dirty after thinking about it. I finished every chapter of Gantz and I can honestly say, there's nothing good about it. Sure it has it's good qualities, but they're get covered in the sticky goo of disgust that effects everything else in Gantz. Let's just talk about it.

Gantz, has a lot of sex scenes. I mean its  a ton of sex scenes and sex is a big part of this manga. Early on the main character complains that he doesn't feel like a man because he's a virgin. This was the only thing on his mind. At one point he considers raping a girl but thankfully he feels bad about it. Seriously he keeps talking about sex, it's ridiculous. I've never thought about sex this much in my life. But here's the kicker. In the end it's revealed that the only people who aren't virgins are the main character, the two women he's slept with, a ginger kid, a woman who has a child, the women that were raped (I'll get to it), an old widower and his parents. There's a 27 year old international fighting champ in the story whose a virgin. This wasn't revealed until the last arc. Finally all the complaining about not having sex or not having enough sex paid off, but not really because it didn't help in the ass beating he took a few chapters later.

The  story actually could have been nice but it got ruined by all the sex. It revolves around people who died getting a second chance at life by playing a game to kill aliens. It's revealed the aliens are actually real and if you die in the game you're dead for real this time. Eventually it becomes more than a game and the aliens lead a full scale invasion. But again, I don't read for sex. What do I look like? A middle aged women's book club that has potluck dinners and drink a lot? Because I assure I don't. It had it's good points but here's a few reasons why it got screwed up. The ability to revive dead people was added half way through, 3/4 of the way through it was added you can revive people that died outside the game as well. It was said once you were freed from the game you couldn't come back. People came back. There were vampires, they attacked for a story arc then two decided they didn't care and the others just vanished. Kurono is the main character, he's forgettable. He has a brother, he's a vampire. He vanishes with the other vampires as fast as he appeared.

Now I complained about the sex a lot, but to the credit of Hiroya Oku he tried to go straight and dropped the sex for about 40 chapters. It was nice and the story was becoming coherent. People were getting back stories, loose ends were being tied up. But, I guess the sales weren't as high so he had to bring the sex back. He really brought it back in a horrible way. There's a man who rapes alien women before killing them. There's an alien man who rapes an human man. A 13 year old boy tries to rape an 18 year old girl. The victory party includes a interspecies orgy. No matter how good the story was without all the sex he couldn't stay away from it. There's actually no real ending to the story. It's "These people lived, the end."

The artwork in Gantz is very good. Too bad it's ruined by the constant sex scenes. In one of the inserts between volumes the mangaka makes a few revealing statements. He says people like his artwork but only respect him for the way he draws sex scenes. Well, that's your fault. At one point we were averaging a sex scene every 3 chapters. Not just sex scenes, there were masturbation scenes, there were fantasies, stories about sex, porn inside the manga. It's your fault nobody respects you for anything else. The action scenes and cityscapes were actually drawn very well but nobody notices that. The only real issues with the art is some of the faces were just strange.

The only reason I bothered to read Gantz is because I was on winter break, and I finished it in 3 days because it's a quick read. It's got over 300 chapters but it's a quick read because there's no words in sex scenes and there's a lot of sex scenes. Some entire chapters are just sex scenes. Gantz is a train wreck you don't look away from, not because you can't, but because you're not doing anything else.

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Gantz: A Sexual Trainwreck Gantz: A Sexual Trainwreck Reviewed by Darrell S. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Rating: 5

8 comments:

  1. Damn. I was going to read this manga to. Thanks for the heads up lol

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    1. You'd be better off watching porn with a good plot. At least it would serve it's purpose unlike Gantz

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    2. It's actually a great series, there's not even that much sex in it, the author of this article is obviously over-emphasizing it, anybody who's finished the series would tell you that.

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    3. I finished the series. You telling me underaged sex every other chapter isn't too much? What about when they were raping aliens? You might have a sex addiction.

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  2. Over exaggerating it, there isn't that much sex in gantz. There's a lot compared to most crap out there, but it's not porn.

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    1. I don't think I'm over exaggerating it. I think I'm probably under exaggerating it. It's gotta be at least soft core porn.

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    2. Well made you're just too conservative, great story, sex aint no thang, humanity is beautiful and ugly. The creator of Gantz conveyed it perfectly. While it may seem gratuitous, it's no less gratuitous than it would be if aliens/demon things that shapeshift and all other crazy shit actually came to earth, like just enjoy the story, don't get caught up on a few tits to whack off every few seconds pussy

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