The premiere of the movie GANTZ:O, which will be released on October 14, was held at Odaiba Mediage on September 16. The movie features the full 3D CG animation of the episode “Osaka-hen”, which is particularly popular among all GANTZ episodes, the series written by Hiroya Oku. The story is about the serious battle between a group of dead people and a group from unknown planet.
On the stage greeting that was held after the screening, Daisuke Ono (Masaru Kato) and M・A・O (Anzu Yamasai) appeared. The rest of the cast that shared the stage and talked about their feelings are Kobayashi Kendo (Hachirou Oka), Razor Ramon HG (Jouji Shimaki) and Razor Ramon RG (Nobuo Muraya), Dress Codes’ Ryouhei Shima who sung the main theme, director Keiichi Sato and director Yasushi Kawamura.
When the guests were called, HG appeared in suit and looked like something that came straight out of the movie. RG was called as well, but didn’t appear until he calmly came from the behind the audience. RG also seemed to be wearing GANTZ suit but it was just a body painting, making the audience laugh. HG performed his standard joke ‘GANTZ Fo!’ and RG performed his joke material ‘possible story’. The venue was filled with laughter.
When asked about their impression of the movie, Ono answered ’I thought, since there appear futuristic gimmicks like X guns and transmitting device, the movie goes well with CG. Characters’ breathing and expressions are expressed in detail which made me feel the warmth of the characters and realize how much CG has developed.’ M・A・O praised the movie saying ’It’s taking good points from both live action movie and anime. You can see detailed movement of their muscle, impressive robots and fireworks.’
Kobayashi Kendo talked about the real places of Osaka that are featured in the story, ‘Oh, this is where I was attacked by delinquents with Jinnai, lol.’ RG seems to be especially happy about being able to participate in the movie and he voiced Muraya’s line on the stage.
Then the topic was changed to the production side. Regarding the theme song, Shima said ‘I imagined that people from other planets came out from Dotonbori which was drawn on the two-page spread of the original manga. Many onomatopoeic words appeared in the series so I recreated them.’ Kawamura director didn’t really give orders in creating the song and when he heard Shima’s song, he said that he felt Shima’s love towards GANTZ.
Kawamura said the focusing point is the allures of the characters. As for the animation production, they used a unique method of motion capture and did the post recording based on that. Ono also commented that ‘I added my voice while listening to the voices and breathing of the actors who handled the motion capture. It was more like dubbing a western movie and we might have created a new genre.’ Sato, the general director, said “since its stage is in Osaka, I selected a cast that is famous in Osaka to give depth to the movie.’
At the last greeting, Ono gave a message from all the members of the cast: ‘The movie is filled with a love towards GANTZ so please witness that at the theater.’
GANTZ:O To be released on October 14 (Fri.)