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Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.
Both Gungrave and Black Lagoon are beautifully animated action packed series with plenty of interesting characters and some great gun fights throughout. They also similarly provide the viewer with an insight into the psychi of law breakers and the greater criminal organisations giving more depth to the overall themes. Both are must sees for any fan of chaotic violence with a touch of humanity.
If you are looking for action packed, dark and storywise anime than here you got it. Bl together with Gungrave are propably the best gun fighting anime out there. Both series will make you shiver with excitement and you will be amazed by greatly done character development that both series have to offer. Graet and enjoyable watch!
Mafia activity, blazing gunfights and illegal dealings are the storytelling medium of both of these shows. While each tells a different story, the protagonist of each changes drastically from the man they were in the beginning. Both are loyal to their friends, but Rock tends to avoid and discourage violence while Brandon becomes more and more entrenched in it. If you have seen one of these and enjoyed seeing how that protagonist changed during the show, enjoyed the action, or simply are curious about the other, be sure to check it out! I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed!
Both of these anime portray a sense of realism to there respective themes as far as criminal settings, weapons, and character growth goes. But they also have some crazy, over the top action sequences that are reference to a many John Woo flicks,(flipping- somersault bullet time stuff) to which then kind of contradicts the whole realism aspect of it all. While both anime have crazy "Equilibrium" like gun battles (Christian Bale Kung foo Gunslinger!), Gungrave's focus is more so on Character growth while Black Lagoon is all about shooting first and maybe asking questions later if your still alive(too cool for school!). So if you watched Gungrave and happened to really dig the action sequences too, then you'll probably get a kick out of Black Lagoon!
Gangsters, tough talk, guns and more guns. Both Gungrave and Black Lagoon take a gritty approach where blood and betrayals are aplenty and the world is an unforgiving place to those who don't watch their back. Black Lagoon is firmly set in realism whereas Gungrave tacks on some sci-fi at the end, but the general gist is very much the same. Enjoy.
In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?
Both Gungrave and Texhnolyze are similar in the sense that they are dark stories involving mafia activities. The main characters are pretty similar as well; both are silent strong types who got involved with the mafia because they simply lacked other options.
If you ever wondered how man responds to a new body that allows them to live beyond the strength of the average man, then Texhnolyze and Gungrave will provide all the answers you desire. The protagonists in each series similarly have to gain understanding of the world around them once their bodies have been physically enhanced. Each is packed to the brim with a unique outtake on life, a sense of mystery and intrigue, confusion regarding friends and foes, and is shrouded in darkness.
Both Texhnolyze and Gungrave are rather dark series featuring a mob drama as a large part of their storyline, yet both also show a bigger process behind it all, both having to do with the inevitable end of an era.
Both also feature a very silent and loyal (perhaps even to the point of servitude) protagonist who carry out their orders without question, leaving the audience only guessing what their own thoughts are, although Ichise starts out as quite a bit more feral than Brandon.
Also, neither series shies away from showing just what kind of price does making people super soldiers via science carry with it. Texhnolyze's violence is gruesome in a more restrained, grotesque way while in Gungrave things explode in a more adrenaline-filled way, but aside from that I'd say if one strikes your fancy, try the other.
The main characters are rather similar. Both Brandon and Ichise end up physically modified, but that is less important than their ambivalent, confused outlook on life. Both join an organization they initially dislike and then try to establish their identity in relation to it, with nearly identical results. The tone/feeling of both series is quite similar as well. Bonus similarity: Both feature instrumental intro music.
Both of these dark anime feature a silent protagonist who gets in the favor of the mafia. Animation and music are great in both. Texhnolyze is a lot trippier, but it is worth the time if you liked gungrave. Gungrave is more straitforward, but the characters are quite alike and are developed masterly. Both feature a lot of dark human emotion. If you like one, try out the other.
In world where flesh-eating monsters roam the streets, only one organization has the means to save civilization from annihilation: Red Shield, a specially-organized unit designed to fight these monsters, and the only weapon that can destroy them: Saya. Awakened from a 30-year sleep, Saya is thrust into a modern world which she has no memories of, and is troubled by a past filled only with bloodshed and sadness. With the undying love and support of her family and friends, she struggles to gain the strength to move forward and regain the pieces of her shattered memories.
Both Gungrave and Blood+ have a strong story that takes a bit of the supernatural and places it in our own world. This gives the anime a realistic feel. Character development and atmosphere play another huge part in these anime.
In each of these anime the main character is forced into difficult situations and lose things that were very close to them. Both are also filled with action, and freakish zombie like creatures that seem unstopable.
Both anime are successful attempts at exploring revenge, death and cruelty, through the central protagonists who dutifully serve the kindness and friendships they identify with saving in a bloody violent world. Both are fluidly animated, spawning great action scenes, a variety of different kinds of evil and a cast of characters who you will come to loathe or admire. You may just enjoy them both...
Gungrave and Blood+ are similar enought that I think if you love one, you will at least like the other. Both have intriguing plot, deep friendships, similar levels of action (with some variation of weapons and style), and tasteful supernatural elements. Gungrave's plot may be slightly more sophisticated and unique than Blood+'s plot, but not so much that fans would be terribly disappointed. Blood+ isn't without its plot twists, either.
These two anime have enough of a similar feel than a fan of one will probably enjoy the other.
Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.
Both series start off in such a way that the viewer doesn't really have an idea of what exactly is going on; after which a flashback starts that lasts for a large part of the series and details the events leading up to the situation shown to the viewer in the first episode (first two episodes in Ga-Rei-Zero's case). Both series also happen to revolve around a deep friendship between two people that somehow took a turn for the worse, the how and why also being revealed over the course of the story.
I would recommend that you watch Gungrave if you liked Ga Rei Zero and vice-versa. Both series start out with a flash-forward explaining that they are enemies at the time. You later learn that they use to be very close friends in both series and in some way they were betrayed by their own friend without knowing it first. They are also similar in a way that the main characters have to deal with death and fight undead-like monsters. I definitely recommend that if you liked one of these anime you should watch the other.
Both are a stories about two close friends, that in some point turn against each other. While their motives are essentially different, the result is pretty much the same.
Both shows use In medias res formula (starting from the middle of the story, then showing the past, and finally ending it all in the finale).
Both show deal with the supernatural powers, that alter the course of the plot greatly.
Incridibley similarm in terms of structure, plot and backstory.
A couple of impossible to understand episodes at the start and cuts to flashbacks for half a series to clue you in.
Backstorys involve the same surrogate-family like bond of friendship being shattered.
Plenty of cannon-fodder hell-creatures being decimated in either series.
In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
In both Berserk and Gungrave, the main character is rather quiet, and he does not think too much because his goal is the same throughout the whole series. The animation is somewhat similar and these are both action-packed series which leave you screaming for more. Not to mention they both have great endings.
Both main characters are haunted by their past, and they seek revenge for the injustices done to them. And the revenge is o so sweet.
Strong silent types carving their bloody paths to vengeance and retribution.
Both feature large malformed monstrosities as the main opposing forces.