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YMMV: Gant Z
  • Arc Fatigue: The final arc is getting this for the repeated Say My Name between Kurono and Tae as well as the slow pacing.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Cloned Kurono seems to get over the fact that he is not the "real" one rather quickly. Of course, living with an Idol Singer who falls head over heels for him obviously helps.
    • Original Kurono is also quick to accept the fact that he has a clone and is not too shocked when faced with said clone. The two resolves their love problems within one page. Probably justified since the alien invasion is imminent, and both of them just want to live peacefully while they still can.
  • Anvilicious: The final episode of the anime.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: That entire scene in the Room of Truth. Some extremely powerful god-like aliens deliver soul-crushing Hannibal Lectures to the heroes before sending them right back to the Giant Alien mothership to finish the series. Said god-like aliens are never seen or mentioned again, and even without the abrupt nature of the ending, it's unknown what exactly Oku planned to do with them in the first place.
    • Probably exactly what they did. They seem to exist solely to justify the Gantz technology, and pretty much explicitly say "So ... yeah ... you did what we wanted you to do, we're done with you now, your 21 grams of data can have a nice eternity being reincarnated, or not, we don't really care either way."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening to the anime Super Shooter.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Oh, boy, all that "TAAAAAEE-CHAAAN" business has surely gone under the readers' skin. Of course, a part of the hatred has always been fueled by the fact she's not as attractive (thus "good for Kurono") as Reika, but still the author's efforts to keep the other characters busy rescuing her look almost perverse.
    • YMMV greatly on this. Kei leaping from roof to roof to try to rescue Tae is seriously one of this series greatest Crowning Moments of Awesome.
  • Designated Hero: Kurono is an asshole in the early parts of the story. He gets better.
  • Designated Villain: Apparently some aliens only try to live through normal lives, without bothering anybody.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nishi. He came 1st in the official character popularity poll and has a ton of (often yaoi) fanart dedicated to him in the Japanese fandom. He's pretty popular in English-speaking fandom too. Some would say this has devolved into Draco in Leather Pants treatment. To others he's The Scrappy. You either love him or hate him.
  • Fan Nickname: Clonerono. Also, "Muscle Rider" for Daizemon Kaze (which is his in-story nickname, but only Gantz and Takeshi call him that).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Kurono/Reika...with the interesting twist of having two Kuronos now.
    • Again, YMMV, Reika is viewed quite as something of a Scrappy by other fans.
  • Growing the Beard: For the first 9 volumes, Gantz was a Guilty Pleasure consisting of naked women, Gorn, and a Jerk Ass Anti-Hero. Along came Tae and much needed Character Development for the protagonist, and the manga never looked back since. Well, you still get Ludicrous Gibs and loads of Fanservice, but both are now beside the point.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Angel statues that turn out to be killer aliens. Then it turns out ALL THE STATUES ARE LIKE THAT.
  • Hollywood Homely: Tae.
    • Her face is a bit unusual compared to most other characters, and it's not entirely clear at first whether this is meant to suggest that she's ugly, that she's not pure Japanese (some mainland Asian peoples have that kind of facial structure), or that she's mentally challenged (it's also similar to the characteristic appearance of people with Trisomy 21). That said, there are plenty of characters in the series that are actually ugly (most "thuggish" characters ... the Yakuza, the school bullies, the bikers ... tend to be hideous), and Tae isn't one of them.
  • Memetic Mutation: In Chapter 55, a bit character makes the original Y U NO? face (taken WAY out of context).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Shion Izumi has done more than his fair share of dog kicking (just ask the 387 people he killed just to selfishly get himself back.) But all those 387 deaths were not as irredeemably heinous, nor tragic, as when he cold-heartedly killed Tae in Volume 16. And while it was Gantz who assigned the mission, it was clear that one could choose not to kill her, much less in such a sudden, vile way. Rest assured though, the vampires slay Izumi four volumes later and Tae gets revived by then.
    The Truth: Now we shall prove that human beings are merely "things..."
  • Needs More Love
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Nishi started off as an asshole who, while experienced, was constantly seen disappearing from battle and leaving much of his colleagues to die. That all changed in chapter 341 where he kicks the viral monsters' asses and saves Takeshi from the explosion at the department.
    • In the manga, Kei Kurono gets rescued too.
  • Seasonal Rot: Although the first and second phases are liked by most fans, the third and final phrase is panned by readers. Reasons include its Romantic Plot Tumor, Padding, Several famous characters being ignored and focus on action over horror.
  • Squick: During the Osaka arc, some Osaka team members are seen raping various female demon/aliens, which is bad enough. But then you see one stuffing his hand in the mouth on the back of one's head. That took it to new levels of grossout. Not to mention how many times they have pointless ECUs of people's spit coming out of their mouths; not total grossout, but it'd be nice if there was less of it.
    • The female demon/aliens being raped is a Futakuchi-onna and a Rokurokubi.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Host Samurai and Kill Bill from the Vampires magically disappeared from the series. They could have used Character Development to become Anti Heroes fighting the alien invasion but there is no sign of them.
    • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Vampires sub-plot itself is also casually forgotten, when their involvement in the alien invasion side-by-side with the Gantz players could've been extremely interesting
  • Unfortunate Implications: The African Americans that tried to fight the dinosaur-like aliens. It must probably have been done in purpose.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Tanaka alien disguise can be unsettling to many. See for yourself.
  • Wangst: Your Mileage May Vary, but realistically, it won't. There's a reason the page image for the term is of Kato. He's actually strong, tolerably smart by the series' standards (which, granted, aren't all that high), and fairly effective whenever he manages to stop boo-hoo-hooing about ... well, pretty much everything ... and actually do something other than just whine about it. Which is to say, almost never, at least up through the Buddhist Temple arc.
  • The Woobie: Takeshi, for officially having the worst childhood ever. The heartbreaking part? He's still a toddler.
  • Writer Cop Out: This seems to be the common emotion among the fanbase toward the manga's finale.

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