“Gantz” CGI Anime Film to Star Daisuke Ono as Masaru Kato
Series creator Hiroya Oku: “I’m looking forward to this more than probably anyone in the world.”
© Hiroya Oku / Shueisha / “Gantz: O” Production Committee
“Gantz: O”, a CGI anime film based on popular manga series “Gantz”, is currently in development.
Created by Hiroya Oku, manga series “Gantz” was published in Weekly Young Jump from 2000 through 2013. A TV anime series produced by Gonzo and directed by Ichiro Itano premiered in 2004, with a two-part live-action film from “Library Wars” director Shinsuke Sato released in 2011.
The series tells the story of two recently deceased high school students who find themselves serving under a mysterious, black sphere named Gantz. The pair, along with other supposedly dead humans, are ordered to defeat alien invaders located throughout Japan.
The manga, partially illustrated with CGI art, lends itself well to a fully computer-animated film. The movie covers the manga series’ popular Osaka story arc, which depicts a battle between humans and yokai demon aliens.
The upcoming film’s chief director will be Keiichi Sato, known for his work on “Tiger & Bunny” and “Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary”, with direction handled by Yasushi Kawamura, CGI director on Masamune Shirow’s “Appleseed: Ex Machina”. Visual effects company Digital Frontier, who created the special effects for the live-action “Gantz” films, will be returning as animation producers for the CGI movie.
The film’s official site recently announced actor Daisuke Ono will be starring as the voice of main character Masaru Kato. Additional cast information is expected to be released in the near future.
“Gantz: O” is scheduled to premiere in Japanese theaters on Friday, October 14th.
Gantz: O Masaru Kato Casting Reveal
Gantz Portal Site