Volume 5 - Deathwatch

Starring (voice): Daisuke Namikawa, Masashi Osato, Hitomi Nabatame
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 10 July 2006

This time, they thought they were ready for anything the Gantz could throw at them. They were wrong. The third horrifying game rips into the resurrectees, decimating their ranks as wave after wave of deadly opponents exact their bloody toll. No one is spared, no one is safe, and for any of the players to survive, one of their number will have to make the ultimate sacrifice. And even then, it may all be for nothing...

For this release I'm going to break with tradition. There's very little point in me breaking down the review by episode - because to be quite honest very little happens. So I'll just give a quick summary of the basics.

Confronted by the red and green giant statues, the team have to fight for their lives. And when a few, smaller statues come to life, several of the un-suited players realise that they can beat them without any problem. Once that threat is over a number of other statues come to life - including a big bad boss that seems impossible to kill. Then, when you think everything is going to end well, tragedy strikes and all of a sudden our world is turned upside down.

And that, in a nutshell, is it. In all honesty these four episodes could easily have been spread over two parts. One of the biggest problems (and I've mentioned this before in previous volumes) is the fact that when confronted by a deadly enemy, or the need to act quickly to save one of their team, all they do is stand around talking rubbish or shouting at each other.

Extras are, as ever, thin on the ground. All we get is a Gantz music video; textless opening and closing titles and some trailers.

Gantz fans will probably wish that the action had been a little slicker, and the pointless shouting and arguing cut to a minimum. Otherwise, this is another entertaining, and quite shocking, release. It's also a shame that I'm going to have to wait for two months for the next release - curse those nail-biting cliff-hangers.

Darren Rea

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