Manga creator Hiroya Oku has returned from a three-month hiatus to launch the “Final Phase” of his Gantz psychological adventure manga. The final arc begins in this year’s 44th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine on Thursday. Gantz had been on hold since the 31st issue on July 2 so that Oku could prepare for the final arc. The manga follows a young Tokyo man who is reanimated after a deadly subway accident. Kei goes on violent, seemingly endless missions at the behest of an unseen host.
Action/Horror/Thriller manga Gantz follows the story of everyday people that have died but are “copied” at the last second by a mysterious and seemingly malevolent device known only as “Gantz”. Would-be hero Kei Kurono is forced, along with a revolving door of supporting characters, into deadly and violent missions/hunts for so-called “aliens”. The teams are given unique weapons and form-fitting suits that greatly augment their strength and constitution.
The first half of the story covers the various missions and characters, often showing their normal lives (that they are allowed to return to during off-time). Something unique here is that the series is not afraid to kill off main characters in shocking ways. Granted they can be revived if certain conditions are met. The second half focuses more on what is actually happening in the world of Gantz, as the missions start to blend with the real world.
The 26 episode anime version of the series is visually stunning, but falls far short of the manga version’s story and scope. Both the anime and manga are noted for their heavy violence, nudity, and language. So, in other words, it’s bad ass.