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Gungrave - Beyond the Grave (Vol. 1) (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023BN74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of Trigun, Gungrave is a dark, violent fantasy linked to a video game. In a grimy future metropolis, Dr. Tokioka has somehow resurrected Brandon Heat, a.k.a. Beyond the Grave, to fight the mob run by Harry McDowell, a.k.a. Bloody Harry. As Brandon dispatches hordes of mutant "orgmen" like so many clay pigeons, he's clearly the man for the job. Three of these episodes are extended flashbacks that trace Brandon's past as a two-bit street thug. He and Harry were partners, fighting their way through the city's mean streets and sewers: How did they become enemies? Director Toshiyuki Tsuru stages the many gun battles effectively, but except for the occasional voice-over narration, Brandon remains so stoically taciturn, he's uninteresting. Viewers seeking the special charm that made Trigun so entertaining should look elsewhere. (Rated 16 and older: considerable violence, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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Based on a manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of "Trigun", "Gungrave" is a dark, violent fantasy linked to a video game. In a grimy future metropolis, Dr. Tokioka has somehow resurrected Brandon Heat, a.k.a. Beyond the Grave, to fight the mob run by Harry McDowell, a.k.a. Bloody Harry. As Brandon dispatches hordes of mutant "orgmen" like so many clay pigeons, he's clearly the man for the job. Three of these episodes are extended flashbacks that trace Brandon's past as a two-bit street thug. He and Harry were partners, fighting their way through the city's mean streets and sewers: How did they become enemies? Director Toshiyuki Tsuru stages the many gun battles effectively, but except for the occasional voice-over narration, Brandon remains so stoically taciturn, he's uninteresting. Viewers seeking the special charm that made "Trigun" so entertaining should look elsewhere. (Rated 16 and older: considerable violence, tobacco and alcohol use) "--Charles Solomon"

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Animes of All Time July 27, 2004
Format:DVD
Gungrave is, without a doubt, one of the best animes I have ever seen. It rivals Cowboy Bebop in complexity and gunplay, if you're into that sort of thing.

Gungrave centers around Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel, best friends who live aimlessly on the street, doing whatever they can just to get by. But after they pick a fight with the brother of a newly made Mafioso, they find themselves fleeing for their lives. This leads them on a path to joining the syndicate known as Millenion, and here is where the story really begins.

The first episode might put you off, but after you watch the second episode you'll know that this series is something special. The first episode is, rather, a look forward in the series.

There is a Gungrave video game, but this anime is not based on that. Rather, it is its own, rich story which has many differences from the game, and has its own flavor.

The Trigun animation style is clearly evident, but the story far eclipses that of Trigun in story depth, and the music is also well done.

All anime fans, new and old alike, should see this series. Gungrave is one of those shows that only comes once in a while, and truly brings something special to the table.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime Paydirt! July 19, 2004
Format:DVD
I have been waiting a very long time to get my hands on this series and it was worth every minute of the wait time!
A tale of loyalty, trust, and the ultimate betrayal, Gungrave is a seriously driven character story with enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat.
In the opening episode, Beyond the Grave awakens to seriously kick the ass of a multitude of undead creatures. From his stylish attire to his awesome display of firepower, Grave is the type of guy who shoots first and makes damn sure no one is left to answer any questions. Grave makes Vash the Stampede look like a rank amateur when it comes down to serious gunplay.
Later in the volume, we meet Brandon and Harry, a couple of young street punks trying to make it along with their small gang on the tough streets of their town. Through a series of fights and shoot-outs with the local crime boss and rival gangs, we see Harry and Brandon as they step into the world of organized crime.
I would almost say that this tale would be akin to a cross between Hellsing and Trigun, only much better.
Grab your guns and extra ammo, kiddies. It looks like Gungrave will be a hell of a ride.
P.S. As a parent, I would NOT recommend this for younger children. The anime is rated for 16 and up. There are sexual innuendoes, brief nudity, and graphic violence. Purchase this based on your child's maturity level. (I let my 12 and 13 year old watch this and they are still raving about how good the story is!)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Great June 29, 2004
Format:DVD
One looks to anime to feast on the imagination of others. This is title is definately a "work of art". On the strength of Hellsing, a predecessor to Gungrave, I hoped to find something long and strong on imagination.
Gungrave more than satisfied the desire to see something at the "next level". It is an anime rich in story, where you love and hate the characters and remember their names. It offers the science fiction and action expected in anime, but with a humanity emphasis usually found in Miramax prestige films.
In countless ways, Hellsing style anime is ingeniously implemented by the authors to provide powerful contrasts with reality. This anime sees something in the genius of humanity and captures it animation. Gungrave captures the best of reality and fiction, mixes them together, and delivers a compelling story.
Gungrave is so good about 1/3 through the 26 episodes, I thought even if the rest was the most nauseating stuff ever conceived by man, this would still be a remarkable effort. Instead, Gungrave only got better and better. Most of all, Gungrave leaves a memorable ending, leaving a powerful message burned in your soul. Chances are you will agree and will join the "Family" of admirers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, exciting...excellent! July 23, 2004
Format:DVD
"Gungrave" is an excellent new anime based on a manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of "Trigun," which was then turned into a videogame. The videogame is fine, but the anime is awesome!

The plot of Gungrave follows one Brandon Heat, a street tough resurrected to destroy his former best friend Harry, now the crime boss of the city in which these events take place, and his efforts to protect the daughter of the woman he loved, Maria, from the sinister white 'orgmen' pursuing her at Harry's behest (said orgmen bear a pronounced resemblance to the enemies of Kingdom Hearts 2, but that's another story).

I had no idea what to expect when I first viewed Gungrave, but I was blown away by its pulse-throbbing gun battles, exaagerated, well-drawn characters, and inscrutable (at least for the first disc) plotline. Though word on the street is that Gungrave is a lot like Trigun, I would say that while the two series do share some secondary elements, mostly in atmosphere, the two animes couldn't be more different simply because their protagonists are total opposites. Vash comes off as something of a ditz, though he's amazing with a gun, while Brandon Heat, in the present, is so taciturn I've known rocks with better conversational skills, and in the past is not exactly loquacious either. Moreover, he has no scruples when it comes to combat.

Simply put, Gungrave hooked me from the very first minute, and it hasn't let go yet. The three-episode flashback creates more questions than it answers, and the machinations of the surviving characters in the present are not readily understandable either. Moreover, their reactions are just comical, especially those between Brandon and Maria's daughter, whose attempts to learn to fire a gun in the first episode are hilarious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I thought I was getting the complete series, not one I already have.
Published 2 months ago by Farren Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good anime
Gungrave is a good story about a couple of friends that move up from being street punks to the leaders of a powerful mafia organization. Read more
Published 22 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE BEST
THIS BY FAR IS MY FAVORITE ANIME!! ive seen hundreds of anime in my long life
i grew up with it. this by far is more complex than any anime ive seen. Read more
Published on November 25, 2009 by S. Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars This anime breaks the curse of crappy video-game based animes!!!
I didn't actually buy this DVD (though I most likely will, eventually). I borrowed it from a friend, and I just have to say this DVD was well done. Read more
Published on March 21, 2006 by Alberto Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Different But Very Good Anime; Treads Some Unexpected Territory
The first of the "Gungrave" series starts out in the not-too distant future, a world that appears to be right on the cusp of a dawning new age where science has brought forth... Read more
Published on August 10, 2005 by Stephen B. O'Blenis
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible first half marred by an inappropriate plot twist
This anime starts out with a very weak first episode, as most animes seem to do (Berserk, Eva, etc.). Read more
Published on June 15, 2005 by Courtney C. Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars Brandon Naked.
lol any Bishonen fan will love the fact that Brandon spends most of the first episode naked. Though damn that evil censor *shakes fist*
Published on May 21, 2005 by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Intriguing
This show surprised me. After reading it's title and seeing its video game, I thought the show was going to be all action. The first episode definitely lived up to this reputation. Read more
Published on March 26, 2005 by A.J. Dill
5.0 out of 5 stars Theres a new gunman in town.
This show is based off of the events of the first Gungrave game and manga by Yasuhiro Nightow the creator of Trigun.

This is a truly amazing series. Read more
Published on March 25, 2005 by the evil artist
5.0 out of 5 stars Too lazy to log in, so I'm using the 'kid's review' thing...
Stop comparing this to the game. This is irrelevent to the game. The game just happened to come out in America before the anime, that DOES NOT mean that it's based off the game. Read more
Published on January 25, 2005
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