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Dogs: Bullets & Carnage

Dogs: Bullets & Carnage

In a city laced with crime, four individuals face their own personal trials. Mihai, a middle-aged hitman, seeks closure with an old student; Badou the information dealer learns a little too much; Naoto, an orphaned girl, lives for revenge against her parents' killer; and Heine, the result of underground genetic experiments, hopes to save another like him. Each must find the strength to overcome their dilemma and continue to live in this tough world...

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DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

Although GunGrave is far longer and deeper (at the moment) the series hold common elements in gang warefare, loyalty and betrayal.

The diffrence comes in the latter half of GunGrave being somewhat sci-fi infected and Dog's being more comedy centered at some points.

Though the first OVA of Dogs might as well be a direct rip it's so similar.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

Though not necessarily equal in quality (though both shows are good), these two share the similar themes of loyalty and betrayal; people with dark pasts in rough situations and the ways they chose to overcome their plights.

Baccano!

Baccano!

It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an alchemist is producing a liquor of immortality, and a homunculus tries to retrieve it; and upbeat thieves Isaac and Miria head to New York after failing to strike gold in California. They ride the novel train, the Flying Pussyfoot, across the continent. However they find themselves embroiled in a ruckus caused by gangs, terrorists, serial killers, and others as multiple stories intertwine and unfold on this fateful ride. All are haunted and hunted by the legendary Rail Tracer...

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DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

Both series revolve around at least near immortal people and their gangland surroundings.

Plenty of gunning and gangs in both. A much higher sci-fi element in Gungrave though.

Annalyn Annalyn says...

First of all, I've only seen the first 15 episodes of Gungrave so far, but I think I can confidently make this reccomendation.

Both Baccano! and Gungrave involve the mafia and related questions of loyalty (and, at times, betrayal), friendship, tasteful "supernatural" strength, and amazing action.

Whenever I reccomend Baccano! I must warn that it is the bloodiest, most violent anime I have ever watched. It's been labeled TV-MA almost exlusively for this reason.  But the action is very well done, and I greatly enjoyed watching it.

Gungrave's fight scenes were just as enjoyable, although less emphasized than in Baccano!. Where it perhaps has less action (relatively), Gungrave spends more time developing the plot and characters - in a much more orderly manner than Baccano. Don't get me wrong - Baccano! has great characters, developed plot, and intrige, too.

If you liked Gungrave, you'll probably like Baccano!, provided blood,gore, and chaos doesn't scare you away from a mafia action masterpiece. And, if you like Baccono!, you'll probably enjoy a peak into the the action and inner-politics of the mafia in Gungrave.

Strait Jacket

Strait Jacket

In a world of science, sorcery is rediscovered and rapidly adopted in all areas of industry – but at a high price: an invisible pollution is spreading out across the world. Those who do not take proper precautions become infected, lose their sanity, and become demons. The Sorcery Administration Bureau, along with their Tactical Sorcerers, monitor magic uses and respond to any demonic outbreaks that occur. In this world, Ray Otto is a rogue tactical sorcerer who hunts down demons with reckless abandon. Given that he always gets the job done, the administration generally lets his activities slide. Together with the mysterious girl Kapel Theta, Ray risks his life and humanity to destroy demonkind... when the price is right.

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badazz5001 badazz5001 says...

BOuth anime have a lot to do with thems of couroption and betrayel. Also bouth have a very simmiler animation style. BOuth have simmiler charecter disgins and mounstierss. Action scens in bouth are very simmiler as well. so if you like gun grave you will like straigh jacket and likewise.

DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

The character setup is near identical and anyone who's seen both will instantly recognise similar points.

The melancholic monster killer, who's powers are awakened in the container on the back of their HQ on wheels but only with the help of the young girl who's tragic past is linked to the past wrongs of the hero.

Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

Dante works as a demon hunter for the office of Devil May Cry, and as he is always in debt he doesn't have the luxury to turn down jobs as long as they pay well. His latest assignment is to be a bodyguard for the young Patty Lowe while she receives her inheritance. During the mission he was able to defeat the demons that got in his way and deliver Patty safely, but upon completion of the mission Dante discovers that Patty will be staying with him – indefinitely! Now, Dante must not only hunt demons and coexist peacefully with other hunters, but also handle the responsibility of taking care of a little girl!

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k1r1h1t0k1r1 k1r1h1t0k1r1 says...

Both Gungrave and Devil May Cry are a very similar style, with similar styles of writing, direction, and animation.  Similar themes run through both, along with similar characterizations and design.  Fans of one series will doubtless also enjoy the other.

Annalyn Annalyn says...

First of all, Gungrave has much more depth and story than Devil May Cry, which focuses almost entirely on the action. However, they have a similar style of animation, guns, and truly cool main characters. If you finish Devil May Cry and are looking for anime with a similar feel and action, you'll probably like Gungrave. Gungrave fans looking for more action will certainly find it in Devil May Cry. Just be prepared for less plot.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster. As Asami and Hojo work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don't hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields.

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LinkSword LinkSword says...

These two anime are very similar. Both portray the story of two life-long friends who support each other and buld their own futures with the underworld of yakuza/gangsters as their base to begin from, and using whatever underhanded tactics are needed to go up in the scale. The only difference on this premise is that, in Sanctuary, one of the two moves on the world of politics, but through the path of corruption nonetheless.

Watch Gungrave for a superior, longer and more fulfilling version of this same idea, but if you're already a fan of Gungrave I think you'd enjoy this hour-long yakuza flick.

Lorgan Lorgan says...

Sanctuary is a simple, yet intriguing mafia story. Like in Gungrave, a certain friendship is fundamental to the plot. Both anime is worth watching enteries to the world of yakuza.