Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.
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.
In the early 21st century, certain people are exhibiting signs of B-cell growth, a condition that is incurable. Yuji is one of these, who chooses to become a "Sleeper" -- a person who is put into stasis until a cure can be found. The tranquillity of Yuji's sleep is interrupted 15 years in the future, in a very different world. Giant bugs known as Blue have invaded the Earth, eating its resources, and.. human beings. Now all Yuji can do is escape through the city with the ones who saved him from his inevitable death, 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.
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.
Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Yagami Light finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...
Both Death Note and Gungrave have a gloomy dark atmosphere, well-developed characters and an even better story. Gungrave has a bit more action though, whereas Death Note sticks to developing its story more.
Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a daring rescue, Albert invites his newfound friend and savior, the Count of Monte Cristo, to his home in Paris. Little does he know what fate has in store for him and his loved ones. Just who is the mysterious Count, and what does he want? As tragedy touches the lives of those around him, can Albert’s only recourse be to wait and hope?
Gankutsuou and Gungrave have a strong plot about friendship and betrayal. Both keep things serious and don't offer a lot of action or comedy. I definitely feel that these appeal to the same audience.