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|Gungrave - Beyond the Grave Series Box|
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Based on a manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of Trigun, Gungrave is a dark, violent fantasy linked to a video game. In a grimy future metropolis, Dr. Tokioka has somehow resurrected Brandon Heat, a.k.a. Beyond the Gra... more »
One of the Greatest Animes of All Time
Benjamin Waber | Boston, MA | 07/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gungrave is, without a doubt, one of the best animes I have ever seen. It rivals Cowboy Bebop in complexity and gunplay, if you're into that sort of thing.
Gungrave centers around Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel, best friends who live aimlessly on the street, doing whatever they can just to get by. But after they pick a fight with the brother of a newly made Mafioso, they find themselves fleeing for their lives. This leads them on a path to joining the syndicate known as Millenion, and here is where the story really begins.
The first episode might put you off, but after you watch the second episode you'll know that this series is something special. The first episode is, rather, a look forward in the series.
There is a Gungrave video game, but this anime is not based on that. Rather, it is its own, rich story which has many differences from the game, and has its own flavor.
The Trigun animation style is clearly evident, but the story far eclipses that of Trigun in story depth, and the music is also well done.
All anime fans, new and old alike, should see this series. Gungrave is one of those shows that only comes once in a while, and truly brings something special to the table."
A. Cajigas | SI, NY | 06/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One looks to anime to feast on the imagination of others. This is title is definately a "work of art". On the strength of Hellsing, a predecessor to Gungrave, I hoped to find something long and strong on imagination. Gungrave more than satisfied the desire to see something at the "next level". It is an anime rich in story, where you love and hate the characters and remember their names. It offers the science fiction and action expected in anime, but with a humanity emphasis usually found in Miramax prestige films. In countless ways, Hellsing style anime is ingeniously implemented by the authors to provide powerful contrasts with reality. This anime sees something in the genius of humanity and captures it animation. Gungrave captures the best of reality and fiction, mixes them together, and delivers a compelling story.Gungrave is so good about 1/3 through the 26 episodes, I thought even if the rest was the most nauseating stuff ever conceived by man, this would still be a remarkable effort. Instead, Gungrave only got better and better. Most of all, Gungrave leaves a memorable ending, leaving a powerful message burned in your soul. Chances are you will agree and will join the "Family" of admirers."
Ben Carpenter | Amarillo, TX United States | 06/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Buy this. This anime sucks you in and will leave you glued to the screen from start to finish. Its a sad tale about friendship, betrayal, and revenge. for those familiar with Cowboy Bebop I'd say it reminds me of what Spike and Vicious's backstory would have been like. Its very dark, very thought provoking and moving. Its a mafia/sci-fi story about two childhood friends who join the mob, one to protect the one he cares for, and the other so that he can be free and raise himself up out of the gutter. Decisions each of them make lead to good times but also to actions they regret. A definate must see!"
Andrea H. | New Jersey, USA | 07/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Gungrave" is an excellent new anime based on a manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of "Trigun," which was then turned into a videogame. The videogame is fine, but the anime is awesome!
The plot of Gungrave follows one Brandon Heat, a street tough resurrected to destroy his former best friend Harry, now the crime boss of the city in which these events take place, and his efforts to protect the daughter of the woman he loved, Maria, from the sinister white 'orgmen' pursuing her at Harry's behest (said orgmen bear a pronounced resemblance to the enemies of Kingdom Hearts 2, but that's another story).
I had no idea what to expect when I first viewed Gungrave, but I was blown away by its pulse-throbbing gun battles, exaagerated, well-drawn characters, and inscrutable (at least for the first disc) plotline. Though word on the street is that Gungrave is a lot like Trigun, I would say that while the two series do share some secondary elements, mostly in atmosphere, the two animes couldn't be more different simply because their protagonists are total opposites. Vash comes off as something of a ditz, though he's amazing with a gun, while Brandon Heat, in the present, is so taciturn I've known rocks with better conversational skills, and in the past is not exactly loquacious either. Moreover, he has no scruples when it comes to combat.
Simply put, Gungrave hooked me from the very first minute, and it hasn't let go yet. The three-episode flashback creates more questions than it answers, and the machinations of the surviving characters in the present are not readily understandable either. Moreover, their reactions are just comical, especially those between Brandon and Maria's daughter, whose attempts to learn to fire a gun in the first episode are hilarious."