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    ikari is offline Senior Member Long Time Member
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    Its getting released quarterly, so does that make v2 come out in September or October?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikari View Post
    Its getting released quarterly, so does that make v2 come out in September or October?
    september, and also from vol.4 onwards it will get a bimonthy release.

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    Cool, v2 will be an awesome chrimbo present (I get em later as Im in the UK so v3 will be out in January here)

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    I'll second popo's response and agree with the reviewer of the first gantz manga, because in the beginning, outside of katou's character, the manga's primary focus did seem to be the violence and gore. As said before, it wasn't until the buddha mission and its aftermath that the real story develops.

    The reviewer actually doesn't criticize the whole series but just mildly criticizes the first volume. He seems actually pretty fair and does deserve some credit for
    "It seems more dedicated to what gross-bloody-cool thing it can render next, and if there's a thematic master plan, it doesn't emerge in the first volume".

    It wouldn't be surprising if he ended up becoming just as absorbed with the manga as all of us are once he gets a little farther.

    The other article/interview had some dubious/surprising statements in it (besides a lot of self advertising by Gombs). Apparently Gantz was a weekly series?!? If thats true it was way before I started reading it. Anyone else here remember that time and would care to verify?

    I especially enjoyed:
    "Gantz, like Akira, was a weekly title in Japan, and they shared an amazing ability to deliver to deliver such cool graphics every seven days that most artists would be glad to do in a month."
    There was a time I was glad to see even one chapter of gantz in a month.
    --- still looking for the 'omg his tard level is over 5 billion' flame with a vegeta pic and the thread it was in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preewst View Post
    Even though I do think Dark horse wasn't clever to put a naked Kishimoto on the back cover, which would make it sell less good imo.
    That's because they just took the original image from the back of the Japanese cover. Dark Horse likes to keep the covers as close to the original as possible. That's why they even have the katakana for their titles and kanji for the author's name. I've never seen any other manga company do that.

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    I'm just gonna throe my two cents in here and agree with the reviewer as well. The start of Gantz was, in my opinion, pretty poor, story-wise. It really was just about a bunch of people fighting, blood, and sex. I only stuck with it because of the reputation.

    It wasn't until the "chibi alien" mission, where the last guy wreaks havoc on Kurono's school, that I really got interested in the series. Up until then, it was just eye-candy. I didn't even care if somebody died, because people were dying all the time. And for that reason, I didn't even care about any of the characters who were alive, since I expected they'd just die soon anyway.

    So yep, start of Gantz is pretty poor, I reckon. And no point in slamming the guy for not reading the entire series first - he says several times that he's only basing his opnion on the first volume, and that it may get better later on. If you want your first volume to get a good review, write a good first volume.

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    Am I the only person that was impressed with the train incident? After that, everything smoothly got better. Buddha mission was the final curtain call till I made up my mind about this manga.
    etufo: HS is most likely going to die sooner or later. Who will kill the cool character killer?

    Popo: well, obviously going by that logic, HS will have to kill himself...

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    ^I support etufo fully. Gantz had me hooked from chapter one - already, you could tell it was going to be a different manga. Also, i don't quite like the expression "gore". It generally has a "doing too much" connotation. I'd describe gantz as "Brutal" not "gore". A gory story would be one that featured blood for it's own sake. However, considering many people here seem to have access to the american comic market, i supposed you must be used to seeing comics which start a bit like gantz, and don't evolve much the lotsa blood everywhere stage. However, if you limit yourself to the Manga Industry (and I have read a lot), drawing styles had moved away from the blood and violence theme until Oku took it up again in Gantz. There is also a sense of "cleanliness" in the way gantz is drawn that makes it "brutal", rather than the "splatter" of gore.
    Quote Originally Posted by Popothepenguin View Post
    its kinda pathetic how much time people (including me) on this thread spend thinking about every little thing that goes on in Gantz
    Quote Originally Posted by Shin_Igami View Post
    I suppose it comes from not having any new Gantz to talk about... I feel like a Junkie... o.O

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ869 View Post
    That's because they just took the original image from the back of the Japanese cover. Dark Horse likes to keep the covers as close to the original as possible. That's why they even have the katakana for their titles and kanji for the author's name. I've never seen any other manga company do that.
    Yeah, but I think that's not clever to do with an American audience, but w/e.

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    Two things I'd like to say: the beginning was needed. That sex, gore and violence was definately needed. It didn't contribute much story-wise, but in the atmosphere it contributed a bloody lot. Those early arcs were more introduction to Gantz and Kurono than anything else, and was necessary to show just how desperate life within Gantz could be.

    As with the cover showing a naked Kishimono, as I understand it it won't really make a difference. Book covers have plenty of naked men and women on them, at least here in the UK. Look for the cover of a book called "Swung", it has a woman bending over in it - yet it's right next to Harry Potter on the shelves.

 

 
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