Gantz: O

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Gantz: O
Gantz O poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Yasushi Kawamura
Screenplay by Tsutomu Kuroiwa
Based on Gantz
by Hiroya Oku
Starring Daisuke Ono
M·A·O
Tomohiro Kaku
Saori Hayami
Shūichi Ikeda
Masane Tsukayama
Yūki Kaji
Music by Yoshihiro Ike
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office US$2.2 million
(¥246 million)[1]

Gantz: O (styled GANTZ:O) is a 2016 Japanese CGI anime science fiction action film directed by Yasushi Kawamura, produced by Digital Frontier, written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa and based on the manga series Gantz, which was written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku.[2][3] It was released in Japan by Toho on October 14, 2016.

Plot

While fighting invading monsters, Kei Kurono rescues his friend, Reika. Though she protests, he faces off against the monsters' leader, dying just after killing it. Reika and her surviving teammates are teleported back to their base. Elsewhere, Masaru Kato dies after attempting to save someone from a knife-wielding maniac in a subway (who seems to be indiscriminately killing innocent bystanders). He wakes up in a small room with Reika and her teammates: Yoshikazu Suzuki, an old man; Joichiro Nishi, a surly teenager; and an angry, unidentified man. Suzuki explains that, in the past, they have each died and woken in the room. They are subsequently forced to fight against waves of monsters. Before Suzuki can explain further, a black orb identified as "Gantz" announces that their next mission is about to begin. The angry man defiantly refuses to participate and is killed by Nishi, who reasons that the rebelling man will be nothing but a liability.

After putting on skintight black suits (which contain advanced tech), the group is teleported to Osaka; Suzuki, confused, says they are usually sent to Tokyo. When Kato presses for more answers, Nishi threatens to kill him. Suzuki quickly explains in more detail: 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 another 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 team slaughters monsters. Reika and Suzuki urge Kato to not engage the monsters needlessly, but he insists that they rescue the city's scared citizens; they refuse, saying they are too weak.

Amused to find Kato fighting monsters alone, Anzu Yamasaki (a member of the Osaka team), follows him, trying to figure out why he is risking his life. 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 just showing off, she eventually concludes that he genuinely desires to help others and joins him. After killing a monster that was menacing several helpless survivors (an elderly couple and a young boy), Yamasaki proposes that, if she and Kato survive, they begin living together with her son and Kato's brother. Although surprised, Kato agrees (somewhat reluctantly), and they rejoin the others.

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. Two other multiple winners from the Osaka team die fighting when they become overconfident. Oka, wounded and fighting without his best weapons, engages the leader, who appears first as an old man, a naked woman, and finally a skull-headed demon. Oka appears to win but tells them it is not dead; instead, it must be taken by surprise to be killed, and his current weapons make it too dangerous. After rising, the demon easily defeats Suzuki, Reika, Yamasaki, Nishi, and Kato. Suzuki is heavily wounded when he sacrifices himself to save Kato, and Nishi's arm is ripped off. Instead of killing them, though, it goes after Oka, who has left to retrieve better weapons.

Knowing someone must defeat the demon soon and Oka may be too wounded, Kato acts as a decoy in a trap. 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 return to his brother. The others discuss how Kato previously won the game, had his memory wiped with his freedom, and has somehow returned, unchanged from his previous willingness to sacrifice himself for others.

Cast

Characters Japanese[4] English[5]
Masaru Kato Daisuke Ono Kaiji Tang
Anzu Yamasaki M.A.O Cristina Vee
Joichiro Nishi Tomohiro Kaku Kyle McCarley
Reika Shimohira Saori Hayami Laura Post
Yoshikazu Suzuki Shuuichi Ikeda Todd Haberkorn
Nurarihyon Masane Tsukayama Josiah Wills
Susumu Kimura Masaya Onosaka Bryce Papenbrook
Sanpei Taira Kenjiro Tsuda Tony Azzolino
Tetsuo Hara Teruaki Ogawa
Kei Kurono Yuuki Kaji Lucien Dodge
Ayumu Kato   Austin Chase
Hachiro Oka   Doug Erholtz
George Shimaki Masaki Sumitani Steve Heiser
Nobuo Muroya Makoto Izubuchi Keith Silverstein
Gantz Ball   Cherami Leigh

Production

The film was originally announced on 14 November 2015 in the December issue of Miracle Jump as an untitled "full 3DCG" Gantz anime film.[6] On 18 April 2016, the title of the movie was revealed to be Gantz: O along with the setting of the movie to be based around the "Osaka" arc of the original manga.[7] Several trailers were released for the film throughout the year, featuring music from Japanese band "dresscodes".[8]

At an event called "GANTZ: O NIGHT ~ @hiroya_oku SHIBUYA Mission ~" on 3 August 2016, the original Gantz creator Hiroya Oku appeared to discuss the creation of Gantz: O alongside its director Yasushi Kawamura, motion capture performer Asami Katsura, and a real life recreation of the Gantz orb with mimicked text based on the manga.[9] Oku stated that although he'd been dissatisfied with parts of 3DCG films, he was "surprised that the film met my [Oku's] ideals".[9]

Release

Gantz: O was released in Japan by Toho on October 14, 2016.[10] The BluRay was released on Feb 22, 2017. [11]

The film had its English language debut at the Tokyo International Film Festival on November 19, 2016.[12] A separate English dub became available to stream on Netflix on February 18, 2017.[13]

Reception

Box office

The film opened across 153 locations and ranked at #6 at the Japanese box office in its opening weekend.[14] As of October 30, 2016, the film has grossed a total of over ¥246 million.[1]

Accolades

Year Award ceremony Category Result
2017 71st Mainichi Film Awards Best Anime Film Nominated
VFX-JAPAN Awards Excellence Animated Film Award Won

References

  1. ^ a b "Japan Box Office October 29–30, 2016". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "GANTZ:O(2016)". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "GANTZ:O 3DCG Film Reveals 1st Teaser Video". Anime News Network. April 28, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gantz:O CG Anime Film Reveals New Cast, Visual, 'Love' Teaser Video". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Netflix Adds Gantz:O CG Anime Film With English Dub". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  6. ^ "Gantz Manga Gets 'Full 3DCG' Anime Film in 2016". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "3DCG Gantz Film Titled, Slated for October 14 in Japan". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Gantz:O CG Anime Film's 'Survival' Trailer Previews Theme Song by the dresscodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Gantz Black Sphere Makes Appearance at Gantz: O Event". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "GANTZ:O". eiga.com (in Japanese). Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ "GANTZ:O". cdjapan.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved Dec 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ Cimi, Christopher (November 20, 2016). "Gantz:O English Dub World Premiere Review". Akiba Weekly. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Netflix Adds Gantz:O CG Anime Film With English Dub". Anime News Network. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  14. ^ "映画ランキング". eiga.com (in Japanese). Retrieved October 25, 2016. 

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