Japanese name: Gantz
Gantz ~the first stage~
Japanese name: ガンツ
English name: Gantz
Dates: April 12,-June 22, 2004 (April 13, 2004-June 23, 2004)
Broadcast time: Monday, 26:28-26:58 (Tuesday, 2:28-2:58 am)
Number of episodes: 11 (13)
Animation Studio: Gonzo Digimation
Production Company:
Broadcaster: Fuji Television (CX)
Creator(s): Hiroya Oku (manga)
Series Director: Ichito Itano
Episode Director(s):
Planning: Masashi Sogo (series composition)
Storyboard(s): Ichito Itano, Kenichi Kobayashi, Akira Nishimori, Hideto Ueda, Takashi Sano, Takashi Yamana, Masahiro Sekino, Eiji Yasuhiko, Jun Fujiwara, Shin Matsuo
Writer(s): Masashi Sogo (story editor, writer)
Art Director: Shigemi Ikeda
Art Design: Takae Iijima (color design)
Character Designer(s): Naoyuki Onda, Toshihiro Nakajima (mecha)
Animator(s): Naoyuki Onda (chief director), Yasuhiro Kato (cgi director)
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Daisuke Namikawa (Kei Kurono), Masahi Osata (Masaru Kato), Hitomi Nabatame (Kei Kishimoto)
Genre(s): adventure, science fiction, reincarnation, alien invasion, war, teenagers
Home Video
Japan: DVD (DA 345-350)
United States: DVD (ADV Films, DGZ 001-004)
Note(s): This series is continued by Gantz ~The Second Stage~ (2004).

The home video version of this series is edited differently and contains extra footage to extend it to 13 episodes. The series was renamed Gantz ~The First Stage~ for the home video release. The American release is Japanese home video version.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Gantz go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

Last update: March 7, 2009
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