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Christopher D. Sakal Says, in 1-20-2010 at 02:57:00 from     

Let me start by saying that I watch a lot of anime. I’ve watched good anime and bad, and generally I can find enough to keep me watching to the end of the series in all but the worst anime. I couldn’t finish this one. It’s hard to say exactly what goes wrong because it’s essentially a series that does nothing right. The characters are all barely fleshed-out stereotypes, and all of the ones that you’re supposed to like are incredibly boring (the rest are mainly sociopaths). This might be forgivable and the series be an enjoyable thought-free shoot-em-up if the action were decent, but alas that too is disappointing. Throw in an entirely predictable plot and there’s little reason to watch this. Save your money, pass this one over, there’s lots of good anime out there, no need to waste a second of you life on this.
Rating: 1 / 5

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James B. Mansur Says, in 1-20-2010 at 04:52:40 from     

This is something I am embarrased to own. The storyline is pethetic, about a mafia owning genetically modified dead people and taking over a city. The scenes skipped about randomly and it constantly reviewed itself making it like a clipshow of the episode before adding only a few new scenes.

The supposed good point of the show is the friendship shared by the main characters Brandon Heat and Harry Mcdowel. They end up getting in a lovers quarral about loyalty to the mafia and try to kill one another. Here is the dumber part, they both succeed! This anime was utter torture to watch through and was honestly a waste of my life I will never get back.

I pray that you do not suffer the same fate I have,
Rating: 1 / 5

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Junior M. Polanco Says, in 1-20-2010 at 05:54:25 from     

This anime has a very interesting story and well developed characters compared to many anime and even independent movies. I will not get in details but I can tell you that it deals with brotherhood, romance, friendship and betrayal. In this anime you will not find any funny or riddiculous jokes as most of then have.

If you agree with me, this is my point of view for some animes.

Worst animes ever:

Trigun: Waste of time, boredom, Inmature

Madlax: Do not even try to watch this

Record Of Lodoss War: Don Quixote has better action sequences than this

Sadamitsu The Destroyer: He destroyed my valuable time

Shuffle!: it doesn’t get any worse than this

The best Animes out there:

Berserk: Made me want to become a fighter and a philosopher

Escaflowne and Gundam Seed: I do not like mecha but this 2 are good

Speed Grapher: Great, Different, fantastic

Cowboy Bebop: Made me remember the good times watching Cobra Space Adventure

Dragon Ball Z: Made me ask “Why didn’t I watch this before”

Gungrave: Read my review

Gantz: Great too!
Rating: 5 / 5

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William Smith Says, in 1-20-2010 at 05:55:50 from     

I had purchased the first two discs from this series cuz I love the game. I was shocked, the animation was far better than the game itself. My other shock was that they were $30 each. I sold them on eBay after deciding NOT to support this pricepoint, and hoping for AT LEAST a reasonably priced boxset somewhere down the road. Well, I’m down that road now, and from where I stand you’d either have to be a millionaire to buy this set, or not hip to current price structures for every other DVD box set. Hell, even classic Star Trek and the greedy powers-that-be at Paramount “only” ask $100 for a boxset. Here, I’m supposed to pay nearly DOUBLE that already inflated price? HA!! This set should not be more than $50, and I think we all know that.*

*Please note: If these discs are actually made of 18K or 24K gold then please disregard this rant.
Rating: 3 / 5

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Scott Gibson Says, in 1-20-2010 at 06:40:50 from     

By now you’ve probably read the synopsis of the story so I’ll skip to the heart of the deal. Gungrave is a great series by any stretch but there are some quirks in the overall package that need to be addressed.

The Animation, by Madhouse, is really good. There’s no denying that . I was actually quite amazed at the overall execution of the animation itself. It’s good eye candy.

The sound is in Dolby Digital 5.1, which is excellent. Sound design was pretty good albeit I think they tried to make it too realistic. Grave’s guns are thunderously loud and have a deep metallic resonance that you’d expect to hear out of guns that big. However that’s about the best they did. All other guns in the series sound like toy pop guns rather that actual firearms. I should know I’ve shot a few.

The biggest problem with this series is the music. Now before anyone gets their underwear in a bunch I’m a big fan of this series’ composer, Tsuneo Imahori. I remember being amazed by the soundtrack to Trigun, but Gungrave’s soundtrack just does NOT deliver. The music is repetitive and very boring. It just doesn’t fit the series.

For a series marketed on action it was very un-action oriented. The series was a bit too drawn out. The plot was excellent but poorly executed. Gungrave is the type of series that you can only really watch once. After that you know everything that’s going to happen to the point that the series isn’t worth watching anymore.

The series box is pretty cool with artwork by the creator, Yasuhiro Nightow, himself. That’s about this series’ best attribute, sorry to say.

This series is worth a viewing, that’s why I rated it 4 stars, but if you’re wondering whether or not to buy it my advise is to rent it or Netflix the series. After that it’s your call. It’s a decent series. So give it a watch.
Rating: 4 / 5

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