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Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.

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Masanori SHINO Character Design
Toshiyuki TSURU Director
Tsuneo IMAHORI Music
Shigeru KITAYAMA Producer
Hideki GOTO Producer
Masao MOROSAWA Producer
Toru KUBO Producer

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Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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Now, although Berserk and Gungrave seemingly have little in common as far as their synopsis, bear with me. There are very few series I have seen which are so epic and moving in such an unexplainable way. Berserk and Gungrave are both these types of series. It's hard to explain for both why they are so good... is it the way the story was told? The tragedy and emotional aspects of either? Who knows. Regardless, I just know you'd like one if you liked the other, so give it a try.
Berserk and Gungrave share many similarities, if you like one, then you'll like the other one as well. Both of the series have this serious, dark, and abit depressing feeling, and they both follow the same pattern in the storytelling. It's hard to find shows with this developing skills and perfection.
Well... there's a couple good reasons why these two series match well. First, they can each be watched as a mindless action series filled with lots of blood and killing. If that's the sort of thing you like, have at it, you won't be disappointed. But more importantly, they each tell a much deeper story behind the lives of their respective invicincible badass main characters. They start off similarly: near or at the end of the story, but then take you back through the main character's life to build up a full picture of his past experiences and hardships and present motivations. Each series does a decent job of delving a bit deeper into the minds of their characters, dealing with more meaningful issues such as trust, friendship, and love; and how these things are used and abused in people's relationships with one another. However, this is done in a rather subtle way. The deeper themes are there to think about, but you're not beat over the head with pseudo-psychological nonsense. And of course everything is kept moving by lots of action. So... uhh... yeah... they're both extremely similar in feel and flavor, and have a much more well-written and planned out story than your average action show.
Man... sometimes there are 2 series that seem sooo different, yet for some reason they just go together. Or maybe I just don't want to spoil anything! ^_^ Berserk fan? you should like Gungrave. new to Berserk? You'll love it more than life itself. Violence is plentiful and delivered well. Also the ambitions of the supporting characters is quite similar.

A recommendation so obvious that I feel sort of stupid pointing the similarities out. The two anime, while different in superfluous ways, are eerily similar in story structure, character development and overall themes. In the end, if you enjoy watching anime that explores the price of ambition, the corruption that comes with power, and the true meaning of loyalty, then you really can't miss either one.

Gungrave much like Berserk begins with an episode that might lead one to think that both shows are no more than blood soaked tales of betrayal and revenge each with a tough looking, one-eyed main character with custom weapons. However, the reality of both series is that they both tell a much deeper story that focuses on the lives of two close friends (in Gungrave its Brandon Heat and Harry McDowel while in Berserk it is Gatts and Griffith) and their quest to achieve their respective goals. Both stories allow the viewer to empathize with the main characters current motivations and behaviors by telling the story in such a convincing manner that allows the viewer to fully experience major events in characters pasts that have shaped them.

Berserk and Gungrave take place at a different time, yet the atmosphere is very similar. Each is a story about two friends: one has a great objective, and the other will do anything to support him. One has incredible wits, and the other has immense power and capabilities. Both settings and stories have a lot in common.

There are plenty of similarities connecting these two fine series, Gungrave and Berserk. The main characters of both are remarkably similar, altough their silences and attitudes to fighting (which is important part of each of their lives) differ somewhat. Also, both Gungrave and Berserk are stories of friendship between two men (and adult men at that, no kiddies running around and acting like heroes in these series. Which is great, I tire of always watching highschool kids steal the show). Animations are not identical, but similar in, for axample, that aspect that everything is somehow made to look quite real. Not realistic, exactly, but there is dirt ja no fancy bright-coloured costumes anywhere (excluding a slip or two into that in the latter half of Gungrave). Still, both are far from being glossy, altough they do look good. All said, these two are excellent animes and if you haven't seen either, go and watch now.
These series might not seem very logical recommendations for each other. But there are some similarities between them. Gungrave is about modern age and the other one is evolving around a medieval setting. Still both series have a same kind of epic flow in their story. We see a man grow from a young boy into an amazing fighting machine and leader. Both series tell a story that lives over a long period of time. If you enjoy this kind of storytelling, you'll love both series.
Because the central characters attitudes are the same, they are both smooth cool and talented but keep to them selves in that moody way the series' are so alike just in different settings a great pair.

Both these shows inhabit very different settings, yet the focus of trust, friends, ambition, and the cost of all these things are enough to make this an excellent recommendation. Not to mention that the story structure for both series is near identical, down to the first episode that features a drastically different tune then the rest of the series.


Berserk and Gungrave; they have completely different settings and graphical styles, yet share such a similar atmosphere and characters. Brandon and Gattsu are both incredibly similar: they are fighters of unmatched power who live for someone else instead of themselves.

This someone else would be either Harry or Griffith, ambitious individuals who both aim for the top. These are the only similarities I can put into words, but trust me, watch both and you will understand.


Gungrave and Berserk have a different setting, but a very similar storyline. Both of these series left me on the edge of my seat throughout the story; they are epic. These two are the big boys when it comes to dramatic action anime.


If you liked the story of unrelenting friendship in Gungrave, you have to watch Berserk. I like to think that Gungrave is like a little brother to Berserk. Let's just put it that way.


It's crazy how these two anime can be SO different, yet constantly remind me of one another. You will find great similarities in these two stories. Brandon from Gungrave definitely is a reflection of Guts from Berserk, as they can both be considered the top sweepers for their boss, and also both strive for their goal. They are stubborn and NEVER give up. Guts's relation with Griffith is very similar to Brandon and Harry's relationship; they are very devoted and have a bond that is stronger than friendship. Then you have the similarities between Griffith and Harry McDowell. They both have this massive dream where they strive for power and must climb to the top. So although one takes place in medieval times and the other takes place in a fictional modern world where science is magic, the parallels are not ignorable. Both rank in my top five anime.


There's plenty of action and battles in Berserk and Gungrave to interest any fighting anime lover. With a twist of monsters, blood baths and killings, these are both must-see anime.


In both Gungrave and Berserk, the main character is backstabbed by his best friend and must get revenge... or must he? Gungrave is more emotional, while Berserk is more focused on fighting.


The character relationships in both stories are what truly make them great stories. You will cry, cheer and be angered by characters that you have come to know.


When you first look at these two anime, there seems to be little to nothing in common; different era, different setting, etc. However when one examines the relationships between the main characters in both, the connenctions are just too obvious. If you liked one of these two because of the characters, not just the setting and type of action, you will most likely enjoy the other.


Well, it's like comparing DearS with Chobits. They even start very similar. Gg and Bk are one of the best anime series ever produced. Both series are about character development of main characters. After reaching the top they were betrayed by their best friends. The power which both series contain is incredible. Try watching one after another and you won't be out of shock for about a week. You get addicted and after watching it once you want another round and then ... again it's just so powerfull. To sum up If you enjoyed one of them then you will absoultely not be dissapointed with the other and that's a promise !


Gungrave and Berserk share a similar premise of best friends suffering through turmoil as one of them has the ambition to rise to the very top. While one has a more European medieval setting and the other a modern sci-fi setting, they both incorporate violent action, intrigue and excellent characterisation. You can't go wrong with one if you liked the other.


Gungrave and Berserk are similar in that both revolve around two friends as their relationship begins and then grows more complicated. Each is about one friend trying to help the other "reach the top" and both are rather violent.


Berserk is a beautiful well told epic story that is very mature and intelligent. The story is told from a persepective of someone who understands hardship, and how tough life can be. Its not superficial whatsoever, it is real, it is respectable even from a warriors point of view. I consider myself a warrior because this is my way of life, I am in the military and I train like I fight. My life was hard and it still is. I can relate to Berserk, and I can relate to Gungrave. These are real stories. Berserk is fantastic and the character Relationship between Guts and Griffith is a deep bond, only matched by the brotherhood between Harry and Brandon of Gungrave. Sure the action, and some fantasy are elements involved in the storytelling in both series but this is not the main plot and is not what makes the story what it is, its more of a plot enhancer to make the story more epic and fantastical. If you are looking for a very emotional, non corny, real deal, raw, intelligent, and mature story that you will never forget, please watch these both. Berserk was and is my favorite, but Gungrave made me cry, and i dont cry for just anything. Gungrave holds its own greatness. The relationship between Harry and Brandon was just something else. Im starting to babble... anyway enjoy! tell what u thought of the series if you get a chance - [email protected]


Both series have a slow, but deep plot line and strong main characters. Each of these really builds and portrays a relationship between best friends. There is a darkness to both series and each is an unusual combination of fantasy-action-drama.T he entire story is spectacular, though both would have been better with a stronger ending. Despite that, the overall experience of these series is extraordinarily great.


Because both stories are about betrayal and friendship. The two of them share a similar story structure, and a dark atmosphere. Also, the romance problems in both stories have their similarities


Tragedy, betrayal, coldheartedness and loyalty. These elements would be what describe both series at the core. Now at the top they may not seem similar because clearly they're set in different environments. One including a modern day world, the other a fantasy of medievil Europe. But both series put friendship to the test in unimaginable ways.


Gungrave and Berserk, although not very alike in setting are immensely similar in their themes and execution. They both provoke the viewer into examining life and ideals (such as friendship, loyalty, purpose, and power) using compelling character driven stories with action throughout. Other simarities include the use of strong silent main characters with well-developed supporting ones and they both start their stories “in medias res”. I feel if you like the ride one of these great anime gives you then you will enjoy the other (however I find Gungrave to be the more enjoyable of the two).


My friend told me to watch Gungrave, he likes anime, and I liked the series, I told him Berserk would be a good recommendation. He liked the recommendation, Ironically it's the best voted recommendation on gungrave's page.

some people mentioned that the series don't have much in common, but in reality, they do -- because of how the series flows from one event to the next. The ridiculidness that's involved in the series -- both of 'em.

gungrave and berserk are must sees.


Both are great series that revolve around two BFF that end up walking two different paths. Both have serious themes with good meaningful ACTION and well told stories. If you like one you should like the other... Gungrave takes a little time to get great though.


Because i never met someone who likes one and not the other. Because it's about friendship. Because it's about the past. Because it's mixing a first part (after the first episode for both) strongly realistic, and a second part which is clearly fantastic.



“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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As gungrave is considered the inofficial follow up to Trigun I think it's kinda obvious that if you like the one, you'll like the other too. There are many similarities like the characters and their personality remind of each other. "Grave" and Vash are both lone heroes, striving to make up with their ruined past, a main subject in both animes. As Yasuhiro Nightow had a strong influence on both productions it's no surprise that they resemble each other so much, for all you Trigun fans out there, WATCH GUNGRAVE, for all Gungrave fans, WATCH TRIGUN!

Even though Gungrave is a dark anime whereas Trigun is more humorous and lighthearted, if you liked one you will probably like the other. Both anime are about gunslingers with great skills and contain some great shoot out sequences. In my opinion Gungrave is the slightly better of the two due to its deep storyline (even though I greatly disliked the ending); but nevertheless if you watched and enjoyed either of these anime the other is a must.


Vash from Trigun is a lot like Brandon from Gungrave. Both are badass gunslingers who also have a soft side. Both have the same writing style too because Yoshiro Nightow wrote them both.


Gungrave and Trigun are filled with action-packed gunfights and have fast-paced storylines. In each, the main character fights for what he must protect.


They both have "gun" in the name. That's good enough for me.

In all honesty, if you liked Vash in TriGun, you will probably like Brandon in Gungrave, and vice versa. Both characters are badasses with a soft side, though Brandom more badass and Vash more soft side. Plus, both involve two people who were very close, but are torn apart by betrayal, and now vie to kill eachother.

Anyway, you'll enjoy one if you liked the other.


Well in terms of plot those 2 series haven't got propably nothing in common maybe apart from badass main character. These anime are a great watch for action, drama oriented fans. Trigun has some comedic relief but it can be deadly seriuios as the series progress.


Both series are in a time period slightly different than our current and have some form of futeristic feeling whilst still not being a full blown sci-fi. Also both series have an awesome story involving both the past as the present of the main character. Also the amount of action in both series will satisfy your desire.


Both of these anime where to originally written by the same Manga artist and the music composed by the same composer. So the style over all gives these two anime the same feel. The gunslinger action in both of these are really well done and the stories well thaught out.


Both series are very good. While its hard to recommend either series due to the vast difference in the setting/plot/characters I always do, simply because both anime have very high production values.

The story telling is brilliant in both with perfect pacing (although Gungrave's is better). The anime have a great respect for bonds and how characters change. If you like gungrave and dont mind some comedy Trigun is perfect. If you like Trigun and dont mind darker anime's then Gungrave is perfect too.

Lastly the music in both is spot on ;).


Trigun and Gungrave are essentially the same show with emphasis on different points. Trigun on one hand is a forever memorable comedy with some great action scenes and a protagonist unwilling to compromise his morals. On the other hand Gungrave is a darker, more serious show also filled with great action, but also with characters with great character development and some great shock values. The protagonist's unwillingness to give up on his morals also comes in to play in Gungrave. Both shows you will remember for a long time and anyone that has seen one of these and enjoyed it should be sure to check the other out. You will certainly return to rewatch these many a time.


well besids both having gun in he title, being in produced by madhouse, having the same director and being in my top 5 anime of all time bouth series  have simmiler animeation although admittiley gun grave is of better quality. Both deal with thems of betrayl and revenge and bothe have simmiler settings. vash is a lot like brandon because they have simmiler goles and both dont corupt themselves. and i dont want to give anything away but harry is a lot like knives. also bouth start out taking place in a slightley realistic world and then slowley transishin into sci fy. LOng story short if you liked one you will like the outher.

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In present day England, a war is being fought. The average citizen does not notice, but vampires are running rampant among the populace, and it's up to the Hellsing organization to contain the bloodsucker threat, using even their own weapons against them. Alucard, a vampire himself, is the best agent the organization has to offer, answering only to Integra Hellsing herself. No one knows much about this mysterious figure fighting against the occult, but things starts to change after he “recruits” a new agent to the establishment...

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I know it seems generic, however the attitude of both Grave and Alucard are quite the same, and just the cocky attitude mixed with negative emotions. It's great. I can't really say more without spoiling, so I will just say watch it!

Both Gungrave and Hellsing are quite dark, have "dead"ly lead characters, deal with the supernatural and have great shootout scenes.


Both Hellsing and Gungrave center on a main character who has a dark past and an even darker future. Also, both characters are talented gunslingers and both are undead, although in Gungrave that wasn't always the case. In both series the mood is prevalently dark, a little more in Hellsing in my opinion. It just so happens that there also is a female side character in both anime that the protagonists try to save. So if you're in the mood for an anime with a good story and a good amount of wild action scenes then these anime are for you.


Both anime feature gun-totting undead types fighting on the side of all that is good. There past eventually catch up to haunt/hinder them.


Both characters have the similar attitudes. The feel of the series are dark. They both have a coffin...though the uses are different. ~.^ They are both packing heat, fighting evil, supernatural enitites, and a conflicted past and a darker future.


Though the two don't share much direct correlation, Gungrave and Hellsing carry remarkably similar feels. Gungrave does carry a slightly more coherent story, however, so it strays a bit from the norms, whereas Hellsing does little to separate itself from a stereotypical vampire story. Still, the nature of both series indicates they're aimed for the same audience, so if you enjoyed one be sure to check out the other.


The first moment I saw this series i noticed that the Hellsing organisations vampire Alucard reminded a lot of Brandon. Now for the real deal. If you really liked the whole idea with Beyond the Grave then the whole Hellsing story ain't that far off and I truly belive that you'd like it, and it also do have a lot of lovely stand offs.


Both involve utter bullet magnet protagonists who can withstand hundreds of bullets and still be left without even the slightest of damage. 

Plenty of acrobatic fight scenes and dark humour in equal spades.


Both anime have a formidable character, extremely effective, defeating their opponents without hesitation, with very different objectives, but in the end have a connection. It is true that surpasses Gungrave Hellsing, and certainly has a better story, but for those who like the style of Brandon, will certainly like Alucard.

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~

A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.


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Both series deal heavily with the underwold and the mafia lifestyle and both do a great job of portraying it. Phantom goes the more realistic route, while Gungrave involves more fantasy. Both series deal with main characters who are extremely well trained killers, Zwei in Phantom, Brandon Heat in Gungrave, that have to deal with death and questions of morality. If you liked the tone and the themes in one show, you will most likely appreciate the other.


If you like either Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ or Gungrave, there's a good chance that you will like the other one too. Both animes do a wonderful job creating a mafia setting, and portraying a clash of interests within that world. Questions of loyalty are central to both - who picks their friends wisely, lasts; but can friendship last in the world of organized  crime?

Gungrave is a bit more rugged in style compared to Phantom. And even if both tell a tragic story, Phantom concentrates much more on the emotions. But they both have a fair deal of flashy action sequences, violence, and Machiavellian drama.


Both series deal with mafia and assassins as a base concept while adding in scientific alteration of human beings to make them into more effective killers, although the methods vary in the two series.  Both shows also touch on a gradual power struggle to the top of the criminal underworld, only to lose sight of your original goal and to have it all come crashing down on your head.  A bit of betrayal from close friends exists in both shows to keep enough twists in the series to keep things interesting.


Be prepared for some amazing storytelling that involves the rise of a nobody in the underground mafia. Both Gungrave and Phantom have twists and turns aplenty to keep the viewer guessing at what the final outcome will be for the main protagonists.

Coming highly recommended from yours truly, fans of one are sure to love the other.


Both revolve around mafia-type organizations where the male lead is a highly skilled assassin.


Both anime are in a dark setting and lots of murdering happen throughout the series. But that's why you'd watch this. If you liked one, check out the other.


Mafia, assasinations, friends. Rising to the top of the organization. In the end, what's stronger; the hunger for power or friendship?

They both also have a good deal of action & firefights. Fair amount of drama/romance too.


Both of these shows play out suprisingly similar. Simiar underworld lifestyle, similar character issues, similar twists. They both give off great vibes that definitely complement each other.


This is a good recommendation. Ein is like brandon heat. both series goes into how they train to become assassins. they work in mafias. shooting. ridiculidness all around.

you should watch this series.

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Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.

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I know what you are thinking.. that I just recommended these two series for each other because they both have to do with people with guns. Well, you are wrong! Each of these stories is told in a very unique manner, both with the animation, music, and general storyline. This unique manner makes the watching experience very interesting, and sucks you in to the plight of the characters. Heavy character development and harsh violence also accompany both. Gungrave is definitely a lot more interesting as far as plot, but I still think if you enjoyed one, you'd enjoy the other.
Something about these two series makes them very similar. The story is actually kind of the same too. The morbidity underneith innocence. In any case the style and atmosphere will keep you wanting to watch more of either of these.

Gungrave and Gunslinger Girls have some common themes in them one of them is disappear and the other is hope. In the series Gungrave the story is very dark straight from the beginning of the show. The main charades loss everything that they hold precious to them both and then regain it all just to lose it all in the end. While in Gunslinger Girls the story is that of tragic events that lead each one of the girls to the agency in which they work. Though the idea of hope is present in each show. In the case of Gungrave there is a young female that is said to help bring the company back to its true ideals and make things right. In the case of Gunslinger Girls the hope is that each girl is alive and has the opportunity to make their lives better. The voice acting for both is great as they breathe life in to the characters. The music for both is engaging and will make you want to listen to it even when the shows not on. The style for both can be bloody at some times and dark, you have to see past to see the future of the characters in both of the shows. If you like guns, Shakespearean drama, and sci-fi then both of these show's are for you.


I notice most people making a recommendation for these series are looking more at the violent aspect of the shows. But for me, Gunslinger Girl and Gungrave were a lot more than that.

The animation is beautiful, the narration is faultless and the characters are all well developed to the point you feel you know them and have grown with them. Don't go into either expecting a gunslinging battle, as the action is not the main focus.

An epic story line, with a very satisfying ending makes both of these absolute gems in the anime world.


If you are looking for another anime that will make you shed tears, then try this one.

Notice that neither of this to show will give you "easy" tear; instead you will be moved by an earnest narration, without abused and easy tricks to make you cry (and that usually give me opposite results).


Both anime tells the story of a corporation that makes an illegal work in Gungrave can see the work of the Mafia, while in Gunslinger Girl see a corporation funded by the Italian government, to do the dirty work. Both have lots of action anime, and weapons to the mix.


Both anime feature a lot of assasins(ations). If you like a dark background story and don't mind lots of killing happening there, check them out!

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