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Gungrave: The Complete Series Box Set (2009)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00284EM46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Back from the grave… back for murder.

For Brandon Heat, death doesn't matter. Driven by his need for revenge, he returns from beyond the grave to cripple Milleneon, the huge mafia organization that uses undead monsters as its enforcers. His ultimate goal will be to destroy Harry MacDowel, the leader of Milleneon and, at one time, Brandon's best friend...


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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great one February 17, 2006
Format:DVD
More often than not anime tends to be extremely repetitive. A young guy fights his way to the top whether it be in sports, outer space or love. It's even worse when the show goes on for far longer than it should. You get 150 spisodes into it and the main character is still doing the same thing he was doing 20 episodes into it. Granted, this show is not some revolutionary genre buster but it is definitely refreshing and engaging.

I'll try and not to go into too much detail since there's plenty of other reviews already and if you feel like it you can find many spoilers all around. The show starts out right in the thick of things. A fair comparison can be made with "Berserk" since both shows drop you into things with not much explanation and then take their time to flesh things out. I had read very little about the show when I bought it and after watching the first episode it didn't really seem all that special. Just another cool looking guy shoothing thugs up but I kept watching since even if it did turn out that way it'd still have probably been somewhat entertaining. However, once things start getting fleshed out and we're introduced to the characters you realize there's a lot more going on here.

At the center of the story we have Brandon Heat. He's part of a small time gang led by his life long friend Harry McDowell. They're just a bunch of young guys trying to survive and if they can make a few bucks while they're at it then they certainly welcome the chance. Harry isn't happy where he is though and we eventually come to see that Harry wants to make it to the top. Brandon doesn't really seem to have the same strong feelings he just kind of follows his friend and they slowly move forward. I realize I'm being a bit vague but I think vague is best.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protect and Never Betray July 11, 2011
Format:DVD
Gungrave tells the tale of two best friends put on the path of their own destruction. Brandon Heat and Harry McDowell are two street thugs who join with the Mellenion Syndicate (a mafia crime syndicate) and begin the climb the ladder, and their ascension makes a mark on everyone around them.

Gungrave is a noir story with an anime twist. It deals with the internal politics of the mob, but also the deeply rooted bond between Harry and Brandon, unrequited love, and honor. Millenion has an unbreakable law, "Protect, and never betray the family." The "Code of Iron," as it's called, drives the entire series.

The first half of the series focuses on Brandon's memories of the time before he "died." The "anime twist" are the horrors that unchecked ambition created, that Brandon must fight in the second half of the series. Despite being centered around organized crime, the violence doesn't feel gratuitous, there is no drug use, and matters of love (of any kind) are relatively tame.

This is a repackaging of the old DVDs released originally by Geneon, it just comes in a much cooler looking box than the previous box set.

When it comes to anime for guys, in my opinion, there are three series all guys should watch: Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Gungrave. If you liked Trigun and Cowboy Bebop give this a shot.

Just like before, I advise skipping the first episode and starting with Episode 2, it's less confusing that way.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protect and Never Betray February 25, 2010
Format:DVD
Gungrave tells the tale of two best friends put on the path of their own destruction. Brandon and Harry are two street hoods who join the mafia and begin the climb the ladder, and their ascension makes a mark on everyone around them.

Gungrave is a noir, mafia story with an anime twist. It deals with the internal politics of the mob at first, before it becomes something personal for our main characters. Despite being in the business of killing, the Millenion syndicate has an unbreakable law, "Protect, and never betray the family." The "Code of Iron" drives the entire anime.

Gungrave is not a shounen. It's closer to Cowboy Bebop and Trigun at certain points. There are no bombastic characters in the mafia. These are hired killers that disassociate themselves from their dirty business. The first half of the series focuses on Bradon's, the main character, memories of the time before he died. The anime twist are the horrors that unchecked ambition created, that Brandon must fight in the second half of the series. Despite being centered around organized crime, the violence doesn't feel gratuitous, there is no drug use, and matters of love (of any kind) are relatively tame.

I definitely think Gungrave is worth a second look. If you liked Trigun and Cowboy Bebop, give this a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised.

I gaze at that gray haired hulk and think, "Beyong the Grave" was once a man. A man named Brandon Heat.

I want to mention that you might want to skip the first episode of the series. It's supposed to entice you to watch more, but most might consider it misleading and confusing. Episode 2 is a much better place to start, IMO.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Kris7
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The first time I reviewed Gungrave it was for the series as a whole, not for the complete box set. I saw that a newer cheaper box set was coming out, so I waited. I bought this Fully Loaded Collector's set, and while it's not as fully loaded as I'd like it to be, it certainly is a better buy than the previous one.

The pros:

1. The DVD's come in slimline cases packed inside a very handsome box that holds all of them. The slimmer cases take up significantly less room on your DVD shelf than the other box set.

2. The option of 5.1 surround sound.

3. It's $45 cheaper than the other box set.

The cons:

1. While it is nice that the slimline cases make for more space on your DVD shelves, it would also have been nice to have more episodes per DVD. I sure wish companies that make American DVD's of anime would stop putting so few episodes on each disc (I'm talking to you ADV!), and pack more on there to save us money. I can't see how anyone really cares about cool front covers or how many different interactive menus can be used for each DVD.

2. No extras. Sure, you get character sketches and ads for other anime, whoop-dee-freakin'-do. What about interviews with the writers, artists, director, or voice actors? Companies like Geneon and ADV sure could take a lesson or three from the folks at Criterion who actually strive to make a DVD that gives you more bang for your buck.

Overall, the pro's outweigh the cons. If you really want to own this whole series and also save money and shelf space, I highly recommend you buy this set instead of the other one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars quality anime
GunGrave is amazing, i especially like the older parts, and of course the cafe death scene is classic
Published 15 hours ago by K Lynne Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting anime.
Published 1 day ago by Watcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling and character development
Great story telling and character development. Lots of colorful characters and great animation to go along with that! All the DVDs are in mint condition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacob Blakeley
5.0 out of 5 stars love this anime
One of the good stories in anime genre. I am glad this came to blu ray for a reasonable price.
Published 5 months ago by landis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've Ever Watch
This is by far my favorite Anime television series and will remain so for quite some time. The emotion and story telling in this series so deep that I can't help but hope that it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gabe_M
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a combination of The Godfather, Scarface, The Darkness and The...
Gungrave opens thirteen years after Brandon Heat is betrayed and killed by his best friend Harry MacDowell. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alex Tyte
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
I got this movie in under 24 hours from ordering it. Most amazing thing every. Series is a great show.
Published 9 months ago by Clark Keifer
5.0 out of 5 stars amazeing
Such an amazing anime, I could sit and re watch this day in and day out and the story line is one of the best I've ever seen/ heard
Published 9 months ago by Austin Woodley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool
Bought this for my Son and he loves it the packaging was very good and all the disc played well,I was very impressed on how all those disc fit into the case just like a pages in a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kapre
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazin !!!
What a wonderful anime !!!! Lovin' it !!! Must buy it already if you don't have it. Great great anime.
Published 13 months ago by Beyond63
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