Ranked #508
Gungrave

Gungrave

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ガングレイヴ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2003 to Mar 30, 2004
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.001 (scored by 34258 users)
Ranked: #5082
Popularity: #494
Members: 75,440
Favorites: 1,442
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Synopsis

After a tragic scene with the murder of his friends, Brandon Heat follows his only friend Harry McDowel into Millennion, the largest mafia syndicate. While Harry McDowel is striving for power, Brandon is only staying in Millennion to see the girl he loves whose custody was gained by the leader of Millennion, Big Daddy. But as the years pass and Brandon proves loyal to Millennion, Brandon learns the true purpose and passion of Millennion, and that's when true conflict arises.

(Source: ANN)

Background

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Characters & Voice Actors

Heat, Brandon
Heat, Brandon
Main
Seki, Tomokazu
Japanese
Seki, Tomokazu
MacDowel, Harry
MacDowel, Harry
Main
Hamada, Kenji
Japanese
Hamada, Kenji
Isobe, Tsutomu
Japanese
Isobe, Tsutomu
...
Kugashira, Bunji
Kugashira, Bunji
Supporting
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Japanese
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Walken, Bear
Walken, Bear
Supporting
Ootomo, Ryuuzaburou
Japanese
Ootomo, Ryuuzaburou

Staff

Kitayama, Shigeru
Kitayama, Shigeru
Producer
Tsuru, Toshiyuki
Tsuru, Toshiyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Araki, Tetsurou
Araki, Tetsurou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director

More episodes Episodes(0/26)

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Opening Theme

"Family" by Tsuneo Imahori

Ending Theme

"Akaneiroga Moerutoki" by Scoobie Do



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ParaParaJMo
Feb 23, 2009 7:29 PM
Based on the cult PS2 title by SEGA and Red Entertainment, this anime is an alternate retelling of that respective title which I own a copy of, and you can get it for like $5 at Game Stop. The anime tells the origin story of the main character, Brandon Heat, who is later re-named Beyond the Grave, and his best friend, Harry MacDowell. The organization of the presentation of the story feels as if it was perfectly structured as a 3-act play, each with its own unique theme and gimmick. Act 1 you can label as a story about rags to riches in which Harry read more
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Khandrak
Nov 8, 2007 5:36 PM
For me this anime, with no exceptions, is the greatest of all time. If you haven't seen this, don't be put off by the fact that it was based on a video game, because this is a unique experience, and something you can't miss.

While the action in the show is plentiful and exhilarating, the action is not the be all and end all for this show. The story is deep and touching. Love, hate, greed, betrayal, it's all there. You will see the entirety of these men's lives from beginning to end. You watch as they go from nobody street thugs to top dogs. And read more
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Bishounen_Hunter
Oct 13, 2008 4:21 PM
Main
Let me start out by saying this......I'm not into this type of show. I love shoujo anime [and now manga], I also like shounen-ai stuff and I'd say it's pretty much guaranteed that I'll watch just about anything with bishounen. So if someone were to tell me about this show, Gungrave and all I had was his word-of-mouth to go on then I wouldn't have bothered watching it. The only reason I watched it was because they used to play it on Tech TV [now G4] back when they used to be a cool TV station and they played anime on the read more
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SchrodingersMatt
Mar 20, 2013 1:28 PM
Boy, this sure was made by the creator of Trigun. That was one of the first observations I made while watching this anime, and it held true to the end. Many creators have some recurring styles and motifs shared between their works, and comparing it to such a well-known and well-loved classic has the capacity to be both good and bad. It certainly doesn't help that this was also adapted from a video game; game adaptations in general rarely fare well, and from what I've heard the original game itself was mediocre at best (I haven't played it though, so take that with a grain read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Berserk
Note: The first episodes of both series include the villain 'SPOILERS' required for this recommendation. Read with caution if you know nothing about either. Otherwise, read on.

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Both shows begin in a very similar manner, with teaser first episodes where monsters exist. Then, they jump into lengthy flashback arcs where there aren't monsters and political/gangster intrigue is focused on. Characterisation heavy excellence.

The similarities don't end there: the most obvious similarity between the two is the way two best friends' relationship worsens over the course of the story until the best of friends become the worst of enemies. Protagonists become  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Ignoring the obvious criminal underworld and assassin lead links between the two, there's a parallel of sorts between Brandon & Harry and Reiji & Claudia's relationships. Where as both Brandon and Reiji do the dirty work required to push their 'bosses' further up the ladder, Harry and Claudia fight their battles in the criminal political arena; trying to get ahead of their rivals.

There are VERY few anime in existence that deal with assassins killing too many people to count and their involvement with criminal organizations. So, though the directions the two go in differ, if you liked one then it's definitely worth checking  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Trigun
The Gungrave game's story, in which the anime'ss story is based, was written by the author of Trigun. They have similar pace and feeling of nostalgy. Both are based on western themes and have lone heroes having to deal with errors of the past.  
reportRecommended by m4rc0
Anime: Texhnolyze
They both have a similar feel to them. Although Gungrave has more of a depressing feel. But both them are about to low poor people guys whom ended up becoming higher up bosses in Gangs. Both becoming the bosses most trusted people. Both no longer fully human use it to there advantage to keep what they treasure the most alive. 
reportRecommended by SilentVoice
Anime: Hellsing
The animetion style of these 2 animes look really alike,
And in both we have a hero with a really big Gun ;) 
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Anime: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
"Friendship" and brotherly bonds between the characters is a very strong theme in the beginning of both series.... 
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