This is a weird one. I can’t recommend the anime in good conscience but the manga is engrossing and the CG movie on Netflix is pretty damn fun.
Ed Dutton describes the biological process of conception as millions of sperm trying to gang bang the egg where the woman’s egg basically has a machine gun and is trying to kill all of them. Then if one of the sperm overpowers the egg’s defenses through sheer genetic quality and luck, it rapes the egg and the egg considers that proof of it’s fitness and lays back to enjoy the rape-turned-consensual-romantic-evening. It reminds me of that movie Angel’s Egg. Another way to think of it is like one of those tower defense games where you’re the egg and all the attackers are rapey sperm. Ref:
Anyway, Gantz is a manga about a spherical machine (Gantz) shit-testing a bunch of people by making them go fight alien monsters and die horrific deaths. When they go out they suit up with weapons and armor and are on a time limit to kill the alien monsters.
Following ejaculation, the semen forms a gel that protects it from the acidic environment of the vagina. The gel is liquefied within 20 to 30 minutes by enzymes from the prostate gland.
The way you get into the game is to die an unnatural death and the sphere rescues you to play the game. If you “win” you can revive friends or go back to your normal life. I.e. Reproduction. So it’s a “little death” followed by new life if you’re fit and demonstrate a will to live.
In the Oni mission it is shown that with Kurono’s “will to live” he becomes the most ferocious Gantz hunter in the team. Through his interactions with the other members of the team and his life or death battles, Kurono gradually grows into a responsible leader.https://gantz.fandom.com/wiki/Missions
The protagonist starts out as an insufferable child and grows into a man.
Even though this is a weird allegory and there aren’t a lot of data points to back it up, I’m pretty sure this is the correct interpretation of the show. For some reason, what cements it for me is the way Gantz (the sphere) gives people nicknames and mocks them. I feel like the way Gantz talks is the way the female lizard brain talks.
Owl’s Law: If the only two interpretations of something are the sexual interpretation or the theological interpretation, assume the sexual interpretation unless given strong reason to think otherwise
Since it’s a horror series we should definitely rely on Owl’s law. All horror fiction is Jungian and sexual.