Ranked #530

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
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Game
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 7.991 (scored by 36,438 users)
Ranked: #5302
Popularity: #527
Members: 81,974
Favorites: 1,577
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Synopsis

Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel, two friends so close they could be called brothers, receive an abrupt and violent reminder one fateful day of how appallingly merciless the world around them can be. Their whole lives before then were simple and easygoing, consisting largely of local brawls, seducing women, and committing petty theft to make a living and pass the time. What they failed to realize is that in this cruel world, happiness is fleeting, and change is inevitable.

Enter Millennion, the largest and most infamous mafia syndicate in the area, which accepts Brandon and Harry into their ranks and starts them at the bottom of the food chain. Harry has ambitions to ascend the ranks and one day replace Big Daddy as the supreme leader of Millennion, while Brandon only wishes to support his friend and appease Big Daddy who has taken custody of the woman Brandon loves.

Based off the third-person shooter video game under the same name, Gungrave is an epic story of friendship, betrayal, and avarice that spans the course of several years, ultimately tying back to the gripping and foreboding first episode, all the while building up to the story's thrilling conclusion.

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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
Matsuo, Kou
Matsuo, Kou
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(3/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Destroyer in the Dusk
Tasogare no Hakaisha (黄昏の破壊者)
Oct 7, 2003
2 Young Dogs
Oct 14, 2003
3 Rain
Oct 21, 2003

Opening Theme

"Family" by Tsuneo Imahori

Ending Theme

"Akaneiroga Moerutoki" by Scoobie Do



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ZephSilver
Mar 18, 2015
trust, honor, family and above all else loyalty.


Gungrave, an anime with so much mafioso stylistics, with so much grit, with so much bravado oozing in every scene, that a panel consisting of Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Quentin Tarantino & Martin Scorsese would find themselves salivating from the mouth upon viewing it... well at least for the 1st 15 episodes anyway. If you're a fan of mobster flicks then this will be just what you're looking for. For the 2nd half however it all depends on if a Terminator revenge/monster mashup movie hybrid sounds like a good idea to you, I wish read more
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ParaParaJMo
Feb 23, 2009
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
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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SchrodingersMatt
Mar 20, 2013
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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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 
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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.

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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. 
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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.  
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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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