Volume 7 - Endgame

Starring (voice): Daisuke Namikawa, Masashi Osato, Hitomi Nabatame
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 06 November 2006

The fragile bonds that hold the survivors together are frayed to breaking point, but in Gantz's game, survival is impossible without a warm body guarding your back. As the Gantz reaches into the "real" world and a fresh batch of resurrectees are offered up on the altar of slaughter, Kurono finds himself partnered with a new lady killer. If looks could kill, he would have died a second time, but will she be his salvation or his death? Get ready for the body count to go through the roof, because nothing has prepared you for the final volume of

The seventh, and final volume of Gantz sees everything come to a head. In the show's three remaining episodes, Kurono must first convince his fellow gamers that he is not the alien threat that they have to dispose of... as well as convincing his teacher that he didn't have the hots for her in school.

No Labyrinth is Inescapable: Kurono finally manages to convince the other players that the two tramp killers are total nut jobs - that they will kill anyone that stands in their way. Some of the team still need some proof that the two psychos are really dangerous and this proves a fatal mistake as this allows them the chance to kill off a few of the competition. It soon becomes obvious that the tramp killers intend to kill everyone else in order that they can survive the game.

Let's All Go Back Alive: Working together, the team finally track down the tramp hunters, who have split up. The youngest of the two pleads for forgiveness (once again) blaming his partner for everything. Surely no one will fall for that old trick?

Please Live: The pressure is on for Kurono and the others to survive the game. With only minutes left, it looks like there will be no winners. How can Kurono have come so far only to be beaten at the final hurdle?

This volume, far from wrapping things up neatly, leaves everything hanging in the air. It's down to the individual viewer to decide what they think happens at the end and whether the conclusion is a cop out or an ingenious way of leaving us wanting more. Because of this, the final episode may disappoint some viewers - although personally I found it to be a refreshing change from the norm.

However, as in previous volumes, there is a little too much emphasis on the characters screaming and shouting at one another - which can be rather distracting.

Extras include The Secret Behind the Impeccable Images of Gantz (16 min featurette that goes behind the scenes at the animation studio); DVD Special Feature Collection (16 min featurette that collects together TV spots and interviews with the cast and crew).

Personally I found the final three episodes to be a fitting conclusion to this entertaining series - although I'm sure it won't be to everyone's liking.

Darren Rea

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