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In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
While a series about junk collectors in space and a cold-blooded ganster drama sound like night and day, both these series one theme that's prominently featured in nearly every aspect of their storytelling: Ambitions.
Yes. Both these series show characters and their hopes and ambitions for the future. How they deal with them and try their best to make them happen, how they sometimes doubt the path they are going down, and even how certain characters end up getting crushed under the weight of their own ambitions.
Which brings me to my second point. Both these shows are very character-driven. With all sorts of characters of different personalities and backgrounds interacting and trying to make the best of themselves and if possible each other. And a lot of characters in both series end up conflicted over how they could best chase their dreams while still being able to look out for their loved ones and if possible earn prestige in society.
So there you have it. Two very unusual, character-driven shows that discuss themes like 'ambition' and 'society' in very interesting and profound ways. And both are excellent anime well worth a watch for those who enjoy a more serious for of this particular medium.
Takuto’s relationship with his girlfriend Maki is on the rocks; she’s devoted to her research and keeps things bottled up inside, leaving their relationship uncertain. Life takes a tragic turn, however, when Takuto visits the source of Maki’s research: a giant metal being named Frank. While running an experiment to awaken Frank, the building collapses – and Takuto is the only survivor. Months later, Takuto awakens in a hospital with vengeance in his heart; and when the mysterious Dr. X offers him a new identity that he can use to bring down Frank, he accepts. With his new name of Ryu Soma and his new position in Funeral, a military organization charged with destroying alien invaders, Takuto sets forth to exact his revenge...
Much like Gungrave, the protagonist in Argento Soma is brought back from the dead and has only one thing on his mind upon his resurrection: vengeance!
That's not all. Argento Soma also manages to deliver a gripping storyline with several awesome twists and touching moments, all supported by a diverse and likable cast of characters that you can really end up caring for. There's even a character in there that's like Gungrave's 'Mika', as in: a young girl who is in a way connected to the main character and eventually forms a bond with him. Though Argento Soma takes a different approach to it.
Argento Soma is something I recommend for fans of Gungrave because it also has a compelling story, great characters and the themes of love and revenge.
Hana is a nine-year-old girl who lives in constant fear of her abusive family; Michiko is a sexy woman who has just done the unthinkable: broken out of the impenetrable Diamandra Penitentiary. After Hana is whisked away by Michiko, who claims to be her mother, the duo sets forth on a high octane ride towards freedom. In the streets of Brazil and aboard Michiko's motorcycle, Hana and Michiko will look for Hana's long lost father, try to learn to co-exist and get along together, and stay one step ahead of the police and afro-clad Atsuko.
Loners who haven't quite rubbed gangsters the right way, shootouts ensue, and people are in search of their past. There's a lot of drama and stylish bloodshed packed into these little series.
Granted, both of these anime have flaws in their story construction, though it's unfortunately far more prominent in Michiko, whose story is basically the flaw of the series, rather than Gungrave, which - despite some bumpy turns - is ultimately completely satisfying.
In feudal Japan, Kurou and his servant Benkei are fleeing from Kurou's elder brother, who has recently ascended to the throne. In a forest, they come across a house and a strange woman by the name of Kuromitsu, who agrees to harbor them under one condition: that they do not peer into the inner chambers. Soon, they are attacked by the Red Army; they are searching for Kuromitsu, whose blood holds immortality. Fatally wounded, Kurou drinks some of Kuromitsu's blood and gains immortality along with strange abilities; but shortly after, Kurou is seemingly decapitated and wakes up centuries later in a ruined city. In this twisted future the Red Army is omnipresent and still searching for Kuromitsu’s blood, while a rebel army seeks to keep them from acquiring it. With threats at every turn and fueled by his obsession, Kurou sets forth to find Kuromitsu and seek his revenge on the Red Army.
After some thought I can't deny that there is some similarities in the plots of these two animes though it takes a sesoned otaku to be able to pick it apart. Also the animation in both are supurb with their gritty and industrial feel. The protagonasts as well share many of the same qualities.
Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...
As you can see just by reading the series descriptions, Gungrave and Daughter of Twenty Faces have their differences. For one thing, Daughter of Twenty Faces is a bit less violent and lighter.
But both anime have well developed relationships and story, good action scenes, and deal with underground groups. They even share tasteful, fitting science fiction in the later part of the show (more sci-fi in Gungrave than in Daughter of Twenty). They have such a similar feel, I knew within a few episodes of Daughter of Twenty Faces that I would be recommending Gungrave.