Endings and beginnings, all couched in an endless cycle of violence.
Writer/Artist: Hiroya Oku Works
Translation: Matthew Johnson
Adaptation: Matthew Johnson
What They Say
Life is complicated for Kei Kurono, possibly the horniest teen in Tokyo. So far he's had to deal with sleeping next to a sad but excessively cute and endowed girl who asked to be his "pet"; the fact that he's apparently really a fax copy of himself - the real version having died in the first volume; and falling out of the sky after being dropped by some sort of alien eagle. Hiroya Oku's Gantz takes sci-fi and manga to a whole new level. Chock full of action and awkward sexiness, Gantz is not to be missed!
Through no desire of his own, Kei's investigation of a run-down apartment building has led to a rather unfortunate discovery. Not only is it chock-full of the strange bird aliens that they've been sent to fight, but the boss bird is much bigger, tougher, and scarier than the regular ones, and those were quite bad enough. But when the chips are down Kei still manages to be one of the most resourceful characters in the series, and he finds a way to survive and win.
But despite all that he still finds that in the things that matter, in his real life, he's still nothing in the eyes of others when all he really wants is proof that he exists. In the room, in the world that Gantz has given him, he's powerful, important, and above all else - alive. Outside of that room, back in the real world, he merely exists, a person to either ignore or stomp on, nothing else. This dichotomy causes him to crave that reality, that powerful feeling of existing and being outside of the strictures of civilization. Kei's losing his humanity and becoming something else, perhaps even something monstrous, but he relishes the transformation where the others fear or deny it.
They're called into the room for the third time, to Kei's delight and Kato's sorrow, with a new group of cannon fodder. One of them is a famous priest who is convinced that he knows what's going on, and is less than pleased when Kato's predictions turn out to be accurate. Meanwhile, Kei has turned into the too-knowledgeble kid from before, the one who had faced many battles and finally died when he was close to the end, whatever that end might have been. There are definite cycles at play here, and again the fascination is watching the way that all of these various pressures push and pull at each of them and change them into different people than who they were before, or perhaps merely strip away the layers of civilization and reveal the naked savage beneath.