Loyalty. Friendship. Love. Bravery. Trust.
Greed. Conceit. Betrayal. Hatred. Regret.
What is perhaps most amazing about Gungrave is the anime’s incredibly nihilistic philosophy throughout most of the show. In the first half of the anime, we see the characters striving to build up a metaphorical castle in the sky – an immense, ornate creation with no foundation to support it. In the second half of the anime, we see everything collapsing under its own weight, a house of cards built atop a shaky table.
What should we devote our lives to, if nothing we gain has any long-term substantiality? Each character in the show seems to have a different idea. Some live solely to protect and nurture their sons and daughters, others decadently gorge themselves on the luxuries that money can afford, and still others simply live to kill other human beings. Brandon Heat, the main character in the show, devotes his life to something completely different: the devoted, unwavering protection of his comrades. Everything he does in the anime is motivated by this simple goal.
Whether or not Brandon’s philosophy is actually sound is explored in detail throughout the anime. When friends can turn their backs on you, when loved ones can perish despite your best intentions, and when people you trust the most can betray you, is such selfless, thoughtless, and undying loyalty really the best way to live life?
The answer that this anime comes to may not satisfy some people, but I found the ending of the anime to be an excellent way to finish an already outstanding story. The conclusion marks the end of an entrancing downward spiral; although oftentimes the outcomes of the show are obvious, this somehow doesn’t soften the impact of the characters’ fates. Interestingly enough, this “action” anime doesn’t really focus on the violence of the show at all; although the action scenes certainly aren’t bad, they pale in comparison to the absolutely amazing storyline. However, whether I was watching mindless action or the latest plot twist, I was seldom bored and was often immensely impressed.
Animation tends to be good in everything except for the action scenes. In some (not all) of these action scenes, I felt that they could have been animated more fluidly. I’d recommend that you not watch this anime for its violence, but for its amazingly captivating storyline.
The music is definitely unique, but not really good. I didn’t find it particularly obnoxious, but at the same time I’m certainly not going to download the OST. However, to make up for the somewhat lackluster soundtrack, the voice actors do an absolutely outstanding job (judging by how many famous seiyuu are in this anime, I’d expect nothing less).
While many of the characters feel a little flat (Balladbird Lee and Bob Poundmax in particular felt kind of like unnecessary speed-bumps in the anime’s progression), Brandon’s best friend Harry is amazingly well developed. In fact, there is a lot of evidence that Harry is the true protagonist, as he is by far the most dynamic character of Gungrave. Also, I found the turns that Bear Walken’s character went to be remarkably compelling.
Furthermore, while not particularly well developed, all of the characters are interesting at face value. A lot of supporting characters are in the anime, and I find it amazing that I can still remember most of them a couple weeks after I have seen the show. The main character is not necessarily deep, but I found his stoic nature appealing.
The mafia in American cinema is always in my opinion incredibly unrealistic. Ether they depict them far to harshly such as in early 20s block busters like or are in my opinion far to kind to them in classics like the godfather. But every so often a piece of art depicts them realistically without to much romantic heroism but not to much despicable villainy. Gungrave is one of those rare occasions. The story revolves around two young juvenile delinquents Brandon heat and harry McDowell. After tragedy strikes them they both end up joining the crime syndicate known as millineom and end up working with the infamous crime boss big daddy. In what results is an incredibly intelligent and emotional journey throw organized crime and there different experiences and mindsets to it. The story is well told and is filled with emotion and well thought out scenarios. Absolutely nothing done in this amine is unnecessary . Every frame event twist and every turn is done to help tell this brilliant story as a whole. The animation in this anime is brilliant and incredibly detailed. The use of light and shadowing is brilliant and helps insight emotion when need be. This series has incredible voice acting in both the sub and the dub so i cant really recommended just one. Also in sound t eh opining and ending themes to this series are a pleasure to lisen to and completely fit the mood and themes of the series. All the characters are superb and well taught out and all have there own motives and complicated past's. I only have one complaint about this series and that is the first episode. Ill be frank the first episode does not make any since unless you have seen the rest of the series. But it holds it purpose mainly so you dont go what the fuck later on in the series. But even thow the first episode is preempt bad the ending more then makes up for it and is in my opinion the best ending to anything i have ever seen. I can not recommend gun grave enough and give at a 10 out of 10 and my highest recommendations. And plese mind my spelling :) I know it sucks.
Okay now this is something I haven't seen in a while. a good strongly story driven anime.
Strangely enough though many people know it by the video game, most of the interesting stuff takes place in the 'before' stage. Seeing how the characters got to their respective situations.
The action isn't to be sneezed at either and it actually goes the route of trying to keep realism in view if not in focus..
culd go on and on but all i can say is WATCH IT!. You will thank yourself.
Every now and then I stumble upon something that looks really good, will obviously not be my favorite, but its fun, it doesnt decline with the story going further and in the end, you feel disappointed. Im talking about Gungrave and Berserk.
I watched it some time ago, dont remember the story perfectly and also the series was not too memorbale, but still, I remeber enough.
It started out well. To be put simply a more or less revenge theme with a lot of flashbacks which are mostly about he rise to power of 2 friends. I liked the background story. How everything turned out he way it is now, what happened to the girl, why are they trying to get her. It was good. But they messed up. In the end, the whole thing turned out to be a supernatural revenge series with one boss-fight after another. The series plummeted into mediocrity. Im not saying it was bad. I watched the whole thing, had fun with it.
Th atmosphere is unicque and strong. Story 7/10
Animation: looks good, not my favorite style, but they worked on it a lot. Good job! 8/10
Characters: I prefer to have cgaracters who are actually interesting. The main character was boring as hell, the girl was insignificant, the main villain was the msot interesing until he gone mad and the best characters: Walken and Big Daddy have pretty minor roles and cant compensate for the others. Yes, we have a lot of feeling at play: loyalty, frindship, etc. But thats not enough. For example: watch Cowboy Bebop, they have the same amount of action, they have more style and even the most minor character is memorbale. 5/10
And finally the biggest letdown: what the hell kindof ending was that. I dont care if you were friend a lifetime ago, hes your enemy now and act like it. The ending was incredibly weak and just plain stupid. It felt like they wanted to finish the series with something memorable that we couldnt guess, they ended up ruining it. - 1 point.
Overall: its not bad, but they missed the chance to make something way better.