A better box set for a great price! Highly recommended!
Kris7 | USA | 04/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I reviewed Gungrave it was for the series as a whole, not for the complete box set. I saw that a newer cheaper box set was coming out, so I waited. I bought this Fully Loaded Collector's set, and while it's not as fully loaded as I'd like it to be, it certainly is a better buy than the previous one.
1. The DVD's come in slimline cases packed inside a very handsome box that holds all of them. The slimmer cases take up significantly less room on your DVD shelf than the other box set.
2. The option of 5.1 surround sound.
3. It's $45 cheaper than the other box set.
1. While it is nice that the slimline cases make for more space on your DVD shelves, it would also have been nice to have more episodes per DVD. I sure wish companies that make American DVD's of anime would stop putting so few episodes on each disc (I'm talking to you ADV!), and pack more on there to save us money. I can't see how anyone really cares about cool front covers or how many different interactive menus can be used for each DVD.
2. No extras. Sure, you get character sketches and ads for other anime, whoop-dee-freakin'-do. What about interviews with the writers, artists, director, or voice actors? Companies like Geneon and ADV sure could take a lesson or three from the folks at Criterion who actually strive to make a DVD that gives you more bang for your buck.
Overall, the pro's outweigh the cons. If you really want to own this whole series and also save money and shelf space, I highly recommend you buy this set instead of the other one."
Anime At It's Best, Just Got Better
Abraham Brezo | Miami, FL USA | 05/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everyone knows how great Gungrave is, but the expensive price tag might keep you away from purchasing this great show. That's all in the past now, with the release of this collection. Let me just say, if you ever wanted to own this outstanding series, now's the time. This is an excellent series, in a fantastic packaging, at a very reasonable price. The moment I saw this at a local Best Buy, I knew I had to buy it. I had wathced the show a few times, and only the high price kept me away.
I uploaded a picture of the boxed set above. Enjoy."
Loved the first half. Enjoyed the second.
C. Gallo | 08/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I won' write a long winded review, here's my basic thoughts.
First half: what a great anime. Good action, interesting characters, and a great story to follow. The story grabs you and brings you into this griddy world of the mafia. And never lets down and the resulting is already know but so satisfying you won't regret sticking with it.
Second half: While not bad, it's still weak compared to the first. Now that he's grave it's more supernatural fighting and less focus on the mafia and more on revenge. It's still entertaining but not nearly as well rounded as the first half."
Lots of action, great animie
M. MOUA | 09/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gungrave is a very well written japanation about two orphan friends who grew up on the streets. From small time street thugs to the top of the made-men of the Mafia world. They are not ordinary gangsters; they are the best of the best. They are the faces of the most powerful Mob, Milleneon. Harry, the brain and Brandon, the force. Combine both their strengths and they are unstoppable.
Gungrave, I believe is a TV series in Japan because within every DVD, there are chapters. Each DVD is about 1 hour and 40 minutes long. It consists of seven DVD discs. I have a Netflix subscription and I have been renting this series for the past 2 weeks.
This movie begins as Brandon is resurrected from the dead. He is no longer alive which has made him a lot stronger and powerful. Unable to be easily kill by bullets. Undead monsters approach him and he rips them apart with his powerful new futuristic gun. The remaining hit squad that came to kill him takes off running for their lives. He is trying to remember what happen to him and why these creatures are trying to kill him. He realized that he is with a little girl and an old man. He begins to remember his past, his best friend Harry. He must find his best friend Harry. The movie than flashes back into his past.
Harry and Brandon are best friends on the vicious streets. Harry is smooth talker, a playboy who cons women into giving him the lifestyle he longs for. Brandon, a quite and shy boy who longs for the love of his crush, Maria. Maria is a girl who was saved by Brandon and have been by his side ever since. She lives with her uncle, a former mobster. The streets are tough and every now and then, unfortunate souls end up dead. Those souls happen to be Maria's uncle and three members of Harry's and Brandon's crew, they feel they need a new fresh start. They end up being taken in by Big Daddy, the godfather of the Milleneon. The most powerful mob in the city. Harry and Brandon started at the bottom and they both are determined to rise to the top. Harry, the brain moved up by increasing Milleneon's business profits while Brandon moved up the ranks as the mob's most deadly enforcer. Both are determined to one day be at the top and both are moving faster than any one in Melleneon's history. To reach the top, they have to eliminate others above them. Yet both are bound by the code of the mafia: Undying loyalty...betrayal is punishable by death. Loyalty to the family or friends becomes blur and decisions are made that will seal the fate of these two friends and their mafia, Milleneon.
The bond between this two is unquestionable. They are not only best friends but are brothers. You feel the connection between Harry and Brandon. One will die for the other. One will never leave the other behind. But in the world of organized crime, where there can only be one, you often feel, how much longer can these two last. The majority of this movie is about the past, the bond and friendship between Harry and Brandon. Maria, even though a part of Brandon's life, she has a small role in this movie.
Amazing graphics. The artwork is amazing. Not childish like Pokemon or Dragon Ball Z. The story line is also great and is adult orientated. These movies have plenty of violence.
No sex scene though, which is good. I remember watching Urotsukidoji, Lord of the Over fiend, there was violent sex every five minutes. A moving story about friendship, trials, and redemption.
Good over all storyline between Brandon and Harry. You feel for them and root for them to get to the top of the organization.
I was getting annoy because the movie should of all connected together. It is broken up in series with each DVD. Meaning, after each episode, the movie will go through the credits. Going through like five or six credits in one disc is annoying.
The names of some of the characters and organization are also stupid and have very little originality. Crime family known as Lightning, come on....what a lame name...I'm not a crime lord but I would shoot myself if I came up with a name like that.
The storyline between Brandon and Maria was a little weak since she is the love of his life. But understandable if you watch the movie, it must happen that way because it is the reason why Brandon is the way Brandon is.
I wish the ending was a little better. Better closing for the remaining characters after the movie. What is going to happen to them, etc.
A great animie, one of my favorites. I have seen a few. 5 out of 5 stars. Not perfect but good enough. May be I'm bias because I grew up on the tough streets...living by street rules...I don't know but I can relate to them and feel for them.