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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ガングレイヴ
English: Gungrave
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2003 to Mar 30, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:30 (JST)
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, GoreGore, Organized CrimeOrganized Crime, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.821 (scored by 7034470,344 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #9402
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1260
Members: 192,557
Favorites: 2,425

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Tsuru, Toshiyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Araki, Tetsurou
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Family" by Tsuneo Imahori

Ending Theme

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

Episode Videos


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 ...
Sep 20, 2013
Mixed Feelings
I saw the first episode of Gungrave a few years ago and thought it was shit. However a number of people told me that the first episode is not representative of the rest of the series at all and that IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR!!! For the most part they were right, you really are better off skipping the first episode altogether. It’s quite similar to the first episode of the Berserk TV series in that it spoils the entire plot with some dumb flash-forward that doesn’t work at all and you’d be better off starting on episode 2. However that first episode is maybe ...
Jul 1, 2010
Story about fight over power in mafia organization and betrayal among best friends. Let me tell you my personal feelings about this anime. First of all it's highly overrated. The concept of the story is good but first episode spoil everything and you just wait 20 episodes for the obvious act of betrayal. Art is poor if not average ! dying creatures just disappear and the rest of effects just won't let you go wow! Characters were fine excluding their names as well names of the organizations: Beyond the Grave, Big Daddy, McDowell, Brandon, Vulcan, Lighting, O
oh come on, 5 years old kid could ...

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Recent News

Live Action Movie of Gungrave Announced

Live Action Movie of Gungrave Announced

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