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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.
The war between the monarchical Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance has raged ceaselessly across the galaxy for over a century, with the fleets of both powers having fought countless battles. Currently the conflict revolves around the strategic Iserlohn Corridor, one of only two passages of space through which the two forces can access each other. Here the Empire has built the nigh-impregnable Iserlohn Fortress, whose deadly weaponry has thwarted repeated efforts by the Alliance to capture her. Phezzan, a neutral mercantile state, controls the other corridor. The long war has resulted in an indecisive stalemate, but there are two men from the two worlds who will change everything: Wen-Li Yang, a gifted strategist from the Alliance who wants nothing more than to retire and be a historian; and Reinhard von Lohengramm, a man from the Empire whose ambition knows no bounds. Their loves, struggles, triumphs and failures play across an interstellar stage of intrigue, war and death.
On the surface it would seem that a show like Gungrave, which is based on a Playstation 2 Game would have nothing in common with a show like Legend of Galactic Heroes, which is based off a series of science fiction novels. Upon closer inspection the viewer will find some common elements in each show that are both shows strengths. Those similar elements are the devoted friendships between the main characters, the character development, the epic story telling, the appropriately chosen music in each series, and the believability of the characters behaviors. Since I have listed so many things that both shows have in common I feel it would take several, long paragraphs to accurately explain all those similar elements so I’ll briefly focus on the first which is the devoted friendships between the main characters. In Gungrave Harry McDowell and his childhood friend Brandon Heat struggled together in the slums of the violent Billon City risking life and limb for one another. So when Harry makes the decision to join the Millennium Crime Syndicate to gain the sort of power and freedom he’s never known naturally Brandon does so as well giving so much of himself to aide his friend. In Legend of Galactic Heroes, Reinhard Von Musel and his childhood friend Siegfried Kircheis enjoyed some happy times together. So when Reinhard enlists in the military of the Galactic empire and invites is best friend to join him to gain the power and freedom he’s never known naturally Siegfried joins him giving so much of himself to aide his friend.
Mireille Bouqet has become a reputable assassin working in France. However, all changes after she meets Kirika, a mysterious young girl who knows nothing about her past but possesses killing skills that dwarf hers. Further intrigue unfolds as both characters explore their shadowy past and come to a head with a clandestine organization that seeks to control destiny itself.
In the early 21st century, the emergence of an incurable condition known as B-cell growth led some of the affected to become "Sleepers" - people put under stasis until a cure could be found. Yuji Kaido is one such Sleeper who awakens, several decades later, to a horrifying new reality. Giant bugs known as Blue have invaded the Earth, eating everything - and everyone - in sight. Now, all Yuji can do is escape from the city with the ones who saved him from his inevitable death, and make their way towards Second Earth: mankind's new home in space.
Both of these anime are dark, depressing, and morbid, with a well-developed plot and a strong, coherent story arc. Blue Gender is more sci-fi, where Gungrave is more of an alternate present; but while both are quite dramatic, don't expect to walk away from either one with a smile on your face.