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English: Gungrave
Japanese: ガングレイヴ


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2003 to Mar 30, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SeinenSeinen, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.851 (scored by 5901659,016 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7582
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1024
Members: 161,699
Favorites: 2,098

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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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Episode Videos

Characters & Voice Actors

Poundmax, Bob


Lee, Balladbird

Koyasu, Takehito

Asagi, Maria

Inoue, Kikuko

Asagi, Mika

Sakuma, Kumi


Hanawa, Eiji


Kitayama, Shigeru
Tsuru, Toshiyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Araki, Tetsurou
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Oota, Masahiko
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

"Family" by Tsuneo Imahori

Ending Theme

"Akaneiro ga Moerutoki (茜色が燃えるとき)" by Scoobie Do

Feb 23, 2009
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
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
Mar 18, 2015
ZephSilver (All reviews)
Trust, honor, family and above all else, loyalty.

Throughout the years, Gungrave has become a cult classic within the anime community. It's a title with so much mafioso stylistics, so much grit, so much bravado oozing in every scene, that a panel consisting of Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese would find themselves salivating at the mouth upon viewing it... well at least for the first 15-episodes that is. As for the rest of the show, it all depends on if a Terminator revenge/monster mashup movie hybrid sounds like a good idea to you (I wish I was kidding when I said read more
Nov 8, 2007
Khandrak (All reviews)
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
Oct 13, 2008
Bishounen_Hunter (All reviews)
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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