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Gungrave

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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.

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Name Role
Masanori SHINO Character Design
Toshiyuki TSURU Director
Tsuneo IMAHORI Music
Shigeru KITAYAMA Producer
Hideki GOTO Producer
Masao MOROSAWA Producer
Toru KUBO Producer

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Gungrave vivafruit 7.5/10 Apr 12, 2007
Gungrave sothis 10/10 Aug 6, 2005

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Gungrave ParaParaJMo 9/10 Mar 13, 2014
Gungrave PhdInCartoons 7.8/10 Feb 28, 2013
Gungrave StevenSAKUJO 2.5/10 Jul 21, 2012
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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.

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