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The Gantz films are based on an ongoing manga of the same name, which began publication in July of 2000 in the magazine Weekly Young Jump. Written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku, Gantz is the ultra-violent tale of Kei and Masaru, two young men who die trying to save a drunk from an oncoming train, only to be mysteriously “resurrected” by the Gantz orb. Gantz forces those it "saves" into participating in a game to kill alien life forms on Earth for points. If one collects 100 points, they are provided with several different options, including opting out of Gantz’s game or resurrecting those who have died playing it.
A massive hit in Japan, the manga was adapted into an anime in 2004 for Fuji Television.
In 2011, Gantz was adapted into two live action features, which are to be discussed in this upcoming episode. The films are directed by Shinsuke Sato, who previously directed the 2001 action film The Princess Blade.
Co-starring in the films as Masaru is Kenichi Matsuyama, who played fan favourite character L in the Death Note films which were discussed in the last episode of 24 Panels Per Second. He reprised his role as L in L: Change the World in 2008.
So what do Dru and Dave make of the Gantz manga and films? Will it make any sense to them? Or are they stuck in the hell which awaits all critics? Tune in next time to find out!