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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.
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.
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.
Duke Tougou - otherwise known as Golgo 13; he's loved by the ladies, hated by his enemies, is enamored with firepower, and can take out a target from several kilometers away. With an arsenal of weapons at his command, Golgo 13 is hired by a variety of people to take down hijackers and more - but he also must protect himself against those who want to take down the legend himself!
Both series are about men who don't need to talk much. Their actions speak very loud when they murder anyone they are hired to or people that simply get in their way. Golgo 13 is mainly episodic murder of the week stories where Gungrave has a clear plot through and through but you'll enjoy watching these manly men kick some serious butt.
If you liked Golgo 13 or Gungrave you'd like the other because both are violent action anime in which the main character is an assassin. Furthermore, both main characters are said to be the best hitmen around.
During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor. One day, Avilio receives a letter from a mysterious sender, prompting him to return to Lawless for revenge. He then infiltrates the Vanetti family, the ones responsible for his family's murder, and sets about befriending the don's son, Nero, to set his vengeance in motion. Killing brings more killing, and revenge spawns more revenge. How will the 91-day story of these men guided by a tragic fate end?
Both have two friends joining and riseing through the ranks of a crime syndicate. Betreyal, striving for revenge, lots of action and fights, shooting, dark atmosphere and great setting of that time!
this is very similar to me as well. Both have 2 friends who turn out very different due to a tramatic experience and climb the underworld ranks together.
STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...
Was it the way the animation told the story? Was it the haunting music that made the story that much more interesting? Or the quiet, brooding aspect of the main character? I'm not really sure why I think if you liked Gungrave, you'd like WHR, and vice versa. It might be any of the above things, and it might just be a hunch. Check it out and see if you agree.
After being placed in a reformatory, Saki Asamiya has only one thing in abundance: attitude. But attitude alone won't help when Saki is faced with a decision: become a cop and help hunt down criminals or watch her imprisoned mother be executed! Thus, she heads back to the crime-ridden school of her past, Takanoha High, only to find that a trio of women known as the Mizuchi Sisters have taken over. Armed with a deadly yoyo and a razor sharp wit, Saki is ready to clean up the school and save her reputation as the number one bully, while hurting the bad guys in the process!
Gungrave might have quite a bit more depth than Sukeban Deka, but both have very interesting plots that are full to the core of betrayals and disturbing aspects of human nature (and crime families, for that matter) that will make you cringe. Gungrave is definitely a more serious watch, while Sukeban Deka is more fun, but both definitely will disturb you, and interest you.