Gantz: O (2016) Movie Review

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Gantz: O (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Animation
95 minutes / 1h 35min

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Gantz: O Plot Synopsis:

After being brutally murdered in a subway station, a teen boy awakens to find himself resurrected by a strange computer named Gantz, and forced to fight a large force of invading aliens in Osaka.

Gantz: O (2016) Review

Gantz: O (2016) is a 1h 35 min Japanese CGI science fiction action-drama-fantasy anime film that was based on author and illustrator Hiroya Oku‘s manga series, Gantz. First-time directors Yasushi Kawamura and Keiichi Saito did an excellent job executing this fantastic anime that my family loves and will watch again and might I add that Gantz: O trumps the previous Gantz films. Gantz: O (2016) English dub version became available on Netflix to stream on February 18, 2017. The Gantz franchise includes a video game, manga, a two-season anime adaptation, novel, 2 action films and there might be more that I do not know of.

Viewers who are not familiar with the Gantz franchise might be a little lost during the first thirty minutes or so of the film. Gantz setup is pretty simple, and everyone should enjoy the movie if they do not read too much into the details. Gantz:O did not waste time explaining things that fans should already know, but those who are not familiar with Gantz will understand/figure out the general idea behind the film.

Kei Kurono (Lucien Dodge) rescues his friend, Reika while fighting monsters and dies shortly after killing the monsters’ leader. Reika and others were teleported to their base while Masaru Kato dies and wakes up in the same room with Reika and the others that survived. We learned that people usually die and wakes up in that room that they are in.

Gantz is a black orb that gives the team their mission which is now in Osaka where they have to kill all of the monsters in a two hour time period so that they can save humanity from extinction or they will be killed. The team was informed by another team that they gain points for killing monsters and can either choose freedom, upgraded weaponry or revive a fallen teammate after scoring 100 points. It was touching to see the conversation between Kato and Anzu Yamasaki who both have to win the battle because they have people relying on them. A humongous monster rises from the water - watch the movie to see what happens next.

The CG animation in this film was phenomenal as the characters appeared realistic with their facial expressions, body language, and there was something awesome about their eyes. I admire how the sets, monsters, visual details were executed brilliantly with incredible details; it is by far one of the best CG movies I have seen in awhile. The soundtrack was average, not good or bad, but the sound effects were amazingly well done.

Gantz:O is not for viewers who want good character development, thought out the plot or a perfect movie because this is a brutal action pack film with fantastic action sequences and exquisite monster designs.

  • Gantz: O Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.48
  • IMDB: 7.2

About Gantz: O 2016

Title: Gantz: O
Year: 2016
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Animation
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.74/5 stars from 7,744 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7,744
MPAA Rating: R
Gantz: O Cast Starring: Todd Haberkorn, Jamieson Price, Chris Jai Alex, Cherami Leigh, Kaiji Tang, Tomohiro Kaku, Christopher Corey Smith, Laura Post, Kyle McCarley, SofTalk, Saori Hayami, Masaki Sumitani, Shûichi Ikeda, Josiah Wills, Yuki Kaji, Austin Nash Chase, Doug Erholtz, Teruaki Ogawa, Keith Silverstein, Daisuke Ono, Masane Tsukayama, Hisanori Yoshida, Lucien Dodge, Tony Azzolino, Darrel Guilbeau, Kenjirô Tsuda, Masaya Onosaka, Shûichi Ikeda, Cristina Valenzuela, Austin Chase
Gantz: O Writers: Hiroya Oku, Tsutomu Kuroiwa
Gantz: O Director: Yasushi Kawamura, Keiichi Saitô, Keiichi Saitô
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan