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Gantz; The Deadliest Ball since Phantasm!

I'm gonna be totally honest and admit that I have never heard of this.  I have a feeling that there's most likely several of you that are familiar with this and probably happy about this.  So here's the press release I received today:

GANTZ Brings Its Hardboiled Universe of Ultra-stylish Violence, Pathos, and Sexiness to Dark Horse

Inarguably the most highly demanded manga in the last half-decade, the enormously
popular seinen manga series, GANTZ, has taken the bright path to Dark Horse. Hiroya
Oku, creator of GANTZ, has put together a cast of characters that are both sympathetic
and strong to which anyone can relate. The wildly renowned anime, also entitled GANTZ
from ADV, primarily follows the same story and has been translated in several different
languages captivating audiences all over the world.

Gantz tells the story of a team of dead people who are forced to take part in a “game” that
has them hunting aliens and other creatures who live among the populace of Japan. The
story focuses on Kei Kurono, a teenage boy who died saving a homeless man from a
train. He, along with a band of others who are recently deceased, is forced to complete a
series of dangerous and complicated missions by a strange device called Gantz. On these
missions characters can even die again, only to be quickly replaced by others like them.
As the plot progresses, so does the intricacy of relationships between characters.

“Throughout the years, there has been one title that fans approach us about again and
again, and that is GANTZ. Dark Horse President/Publisher/Founder Mike Richardson has
been pursuing the book since it was released, and we’re finally happy to bring GANTZ to
English readers. Considered along the same lines as Ghost in the Shell and AKIRA, it is
one of the greatest seinen manga ever created. GANTZ has found itself a very fitting
home at the world’s greatest English-language seinen publisher,” explains Michael
Gombos, Director of Asian Licensing at Dark Horse Comics.

Dark Horse is proud to deliver one of the most requested manga ever to be released.
GANTZ has obtained a cult-like following that crosses mediums from print to DVD and
back again. The devotion of the fans and excitement of the critics push this manga into a
category all its own, surpassing any other in its genre.

GANTZ is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2008 release.