History VideoGame / Gungrave

14th Mar '16 2:23:22 PM Prfnoff
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'''Gungrave (2002)''': The original game revolves around a former hitman named "Brandon Heat", who had been been betrayed and murdered by his former best friend, Harry [=MacDowel=], about fifteen years ago. However, Brandon's body was brought back to "life" through the Necrolization Project--an advanced technology that can reanimate the dead. Brandon was reborn as "Beyond the Grave", a techno-engineered gunslinging revenant. He receives his necessary sidearms from a young girl named Mika (who just so happens to be the daughter of the former head of the Syndicate). Seeking his protection, Mika returns to Grave his pair of massively-sized handguns, the "Left Head and Right Head" (or "Cerberus" for short). Grave's caretaker and creator, Dr. T., also provides him with a secondary weapon, the "Coffin", a large device stocked with multiple heavy weapons.

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'''Gungrave (2002)''': ''Gungrave'' (2002): The original game revolves around a former hitman named "Brandon Heat", who had been been betrayed and murdered by his former best friend, Harry [=MacDowel=], about fifteen years ago. However, Brandon's body was brought back to "life" through the Necrolization Project--an advanced technology that can reanimate the dead. Brandon was reborn as "Beyond the Grave", a techno-engineered gunslinging revenant. He receives his necessary sidearms from a young girl named Mika (who just so happens to be the daughter of the former head of the Syndicate). Seeking his protection, Mika returns to Grave his pair of massively-sized handguns, the "Left Head and Right Head" (or "Cerberus" for short). Grave's caretaker and creator, Dr. T., also provides him with a secondary weapon, the "Coffin", a large device stocked with multiple heavy weapons.



'''Gungrave: Overdose (2004)''': Three years has passed since the first game, while Grave has been placed into hibernation. Unfortunately, the deadly drug called "Seed" has resurfaced and Mika Asagi, now Grave's young ward, knows all too well of the chaos that will ensue if the drug spreads worldwide. Thus she awakens Grave for his protection and help once again. The game introduces two new playable characters--Juji Kabane (a swordsman skilled with flaming sword techniques and fellow deadman), and Rocketbilly Redcadillac (a rockabilly ghost haunting an electric guitar and a friend of Juji's). A supporting character is also introduced--a young amnesiac boy genius who calls himself Spike Hubie, whom Mika met on her travels.

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'''Gungrave: Overdose (2004)''': ''Gungrave: Overdose'' (2004): Three years has passed since the first game, while Grave has been placed into hibernation. Unfortunately, the deadly drug called "Seed" has resurfaced and Mika Asagi, now Grave's young ward, knows all too well of the chaos that will ensue if the drug spreads worldwide. Thus she awakens Grave for his protection and help once again. The game introduces two new playable characters--Juji Kabane (a swordsman skilled with flaming sword techniques and fellow deadman), and Rocketbilly Redcadillac (a rockabilly ghost haunting an electric guitar and a friend of Juji's). A supporting character is also introduced--a young amnesiac boy genius who calls himself Spike Hubie, whom Mika met on her travels.



'''Gungrave (anime, 2003)''': The 26-episode anime is an alternate retelling of the original video game. It follows Brandon's life from his start as a "street punk", to his rise as a Millenion sweeper, to his "fall" and rebirth as Grave. Despite having the same cast, the anime comes at the same basic plot from a more character-driven angle, and is best considered an AlternateContinuity. It definitely holds its own, and is recommended to anyone who's fond of mafia drama in the vein of ''Film/TheGodfather''.

Created and designed by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of ''{{Trigun}}'' and ''[[Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront Kekkai Sensen]]''.

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'''Gungrave ''Gungrave'' (anime, 2003)''': 2003): The 26-episode anime is an alternate retelling of the original video game. It follows Brandon's life from his start as a "street punk", to his rise as a Millenion sweeper, to his "fall" and rebirth as Grave. Despite having the same cast, the anime comes at the same basic plot from a more character-driven angle, and is best considered an AlternateContinuity. It definitely holds its own, and is recommended to anyone who's fond of mafia drama in the vein of ''Film/TheGodfather''.

Created and designed by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' and ''[[Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront Kekkai Sensen]]''.
12th Feb '16 3:42:27 AM sunwufan47
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** Mika and Brandon/Grave, both in the anime and the game. Overlaps with IntergenerationalFriendship and InterspeciesFriendship, since Mika is a thirteen-year-old girl while Brandon/Grave is a forty-year-old (or biologically, twenty-seven) reanimated corpse.

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** Mika and Brandon/Grave, both in the anime and the game. Overlaps with IntergenerationalFriendship and InterspeciesFriendship, since Mika is a thirteen-year-old girl while Brandon/Grave is a forty-year-old (or biologically, twenty-seven) twenty-six) reanimated corpse.



* SolemnEndingTheme: The usual ending theme [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1soyz7DeEDU Akaneiro ga Moeru Toki]] is an upbeat song. However, in the finale, the slow, bittersweet tune Happy Ending, which is a happier version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZNtBp8F4CY Bitter Ending]], plays instead.

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* SolemnEndingTheme: The usual ending theme [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1soyz7DeEDU Akaneiro ga Moeru Toki]] is an upbeat song. However, in the finale, the slow, bittersweet tune Happy Ending, which is a happier version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZNtBp8F4CY Bitter Ending]], com/watch?v=wSJyvn8B9a8 Happy Ending]] plays instead.



** The entire anime focuses on Brandon and Harry being TrueCompanions. They started out as ChildhoodFriends in an orphanage, grew up in the slum, participated in street brawls and betting, watched their teammates die, joined [[TheSyndicate Millennion]] together, and climbed the ladder quickly together. [[spoiler:Then a betrayal happened. Harry killed Brandon, who actually '''still''' remained loyal to Harry. Brandon was resurrected as Grave, since he wanted to deal with Harry by himself. Much later, a decomposing Brandon met Harry and was about to shoot him. But Brandon was out of bullets. Then Brandon and Harry spent their time in Jolice's bar talking and arguing about the wrong choices they made. As they were about to shoot each other, the splinter-faction of Millennion attacked. They fought them, with Brandon shielding Harry from bullets and falling slab of concrete. In the end, Harry was shot multiple times and severely injured, while a weakened Brandon was shot in the leg by Anti-Necrolyze bullet. Brandon admitted the wrong choice he made: he actually chose Harry over the Millennion, and could never shoot Harry. Harry wailed, shed TearsOfRemorse, and apologized to Brandon. In the end, they agreed to shoot each other to 'go home'. And they did. [[GoOutWithASmile With a smile.]]]]

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** The entire anime focuses on Brandon and Harry being TrueCompanions. They started out as ChildhoodFriends in an orphanage, grew up in the slum, participated in street brawls and betting, watched their teammates die, joined [[TheSyndicate Millennion]] together, and climbed the ladder quickly together. [[spoiler:Then a betrayal happened. Harry killed Brandon, who actually '''still''' remained loyal to Harry. Brandon was resurrected as Grave, since he wanted to deal with Harry by himself. Much later, a decomposing Brandon met Harry and was about to shoot him. But Brandon was out of bullets. Then Brandon and Harry spent their time in Jolice's bar talking and arguing about the wrong choices they made. As they were about to shoot each other, the splinter-faction of Millennion attacked. They fought them, with Brandon shielding Harry from bullets and falling slab of concrete. In the end, Harry was shot multiple times and severely injured, while a weakened Brandon was shot in the leg by Anti-Necrolyze bullet. Brandon admitted the wrong choice he made: he actually chose Harry over the Millennion, and could never shoot Harry. Harry wailed, shed TearsOfRemorse, and apologized to Brandon. In the end, they agreed to shoot each other to 'go home'. And they did. [[GoOutWithASmile With a smile.]]]]]] [[AmbiguousEnding Maybe, as in Brandon's fate.]]]]
* TurnTheOtherCheek: [[spoiler:How the anime concludes. Instead of getting his revenge done by shooting Harry dead, Brandon protects Harry. After both of them are seriously injured, Brandon admits that he can never shoot Harry, because Harry is always his best friend. This has Harry [[VillainousBreakdown breaking]] [[HeelRealization down]] and [[HeelFaceTurn apologizing]] to Brandon.]]
11th Feb '16 4:35:03 PM nombretomado
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A series of "stylish action/shooters" by Seta Corporation and Creator/RedEntertainment released for the PlayStation2, in the vein of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' minus the platforming and puzzle-solving.

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A series of "stylish action/shooters" by Seta Corporation and Creator/RedEntertainment released for the PlayStation2, UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, in the vein of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' minus the platforming and puzzle-solving.
24th Jan '16 11:38:09 AM GrammarNavi
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* BadassNormal: Zell Condorbrave in ''Overdose''. Though only human, he and his squadron have fought many a deadman, even killing four of them. In the anime, Brandon before becoming Grave definitely, definitely counts. Brandon can throw a '''mean''' right hook that hits almost as hard as a [[SuperSmashBros Falcon]] [[MemeticMutation Punch]]...

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* BadassNormal: Zell Condorbrave in ''Overdose''. Though only human, he and his squadron have fought many a deadman, even killing four of them. In the anime, Brandon before becoming Grave definitely, definitely counts. Brandon can throw a '''mean''' right hook that hits almost as hard as a [[SuperSmashBros [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Falcon]] [[MemeticMutation Punch]]...
24th Dec '15 9:12:09 AM sunwufan47
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** In the anime: [[spoiler: Grave and Harry reconcile and realize that they share the blame for their mutual downfall, deciding to commit suicide together instead of being killed by the Millenion splinter-faction. Everyone they ever cared about (save Mika) is dead as a direct result of their actions, and everything they worked for has been destroyed. Mika is free to live her life, but everyone that mattered to her is gone, leaving her alone.]]

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** In the anime: [[spoiler: Grave [[spoiler:Brandon/Grave and Harry reconcile and realize that they share the blame for their mutual downfall, deciding to commit suicide together instead of being killed by the Millenion splinter-faction. Everyone they ever cared about (save Mika) is dead as a direct result of their actions, and everything they worked for has been destroyed. As they point their guns at each other, the scene fades... Mika is free to live her life, but everyone that mattered to her is gone, leaving her alone.]]
*** AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler:A while back, there's a shot in which Brandon fiddles with his old gun (which Harry later uses in the MutualKill attempt). He pulls the trigger only to get a click instead of a gunshot. And after the MutualKill scene fades, it's never shown how Brandon looks like.
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** Biscoe in the anime.
* CoolShades: Bunji and Bear. Grave has a nifty pair of Cool Glasses. In the anime, Sherry's teddybear sports a pair that looks like Bear's.

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** Biscoe in the anime.
anime. [[spoiler:At first, Harry bribes him so that he won't plan to overthrow Harry. In the end, he leads a rebellion that successfully ousts Harry and becomes Millennion's new boss.]]
** Norton in the anime as well. [[spoiler:He is just mentioned as one of the potential rebels aside from Biscoe, but in the end, he becomes Biscoe's second-in-command.]]
* CoolShades: Bunji and Bear. Grave has a nifty pair of Cool Glasses. In the anime, Sherry's teddybear teddy bear sports a pair that looks like Bear's.



* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]: [[spoiler:Grave and Harry die together with a smile.]]

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* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]: [[spoiler:Grave [[spoiler:Subverted. It's never shown how Brandon/Grave and Harry die together with look like after they perform a smile.MutualKill (which actually doesn't really happen; see BittersweetEnding / AmbiguousEnding).]]
14th Nov '15 3:55:34 PM nombretomado
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* HeroicBuild: Game Grave takes this to almost RobLiefeld levels; the way he's proportioned would allow him to grasp his entire head in one hand.

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* HeroicBuild: Game Grave takes this to almost RobLiefeld Creator/RobLiefeld levels; the way he's proportioned would allow him to grasp his entire head in one hand.
2nd Oct '15 7:29:28 AM sunwufan47
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** [[Mika's TearfulSmile and family speech don't make it less ambiguous. The only hint you get regarding Brandon's fate is the credits that follow. But then, the characters look way younger before their time of death except Sherry and Dr. T, and there's a specific pattern in the order of their appearance: Sherry appears first; after that, everything plays in reverse order, depending on who Brandon knows first except Maria, who appears after the old gang. After that, Mika's voice is heard twice: first, before the orphanage flashback (right after Maria's appearance in the credits), she quietly calls out to Brandon; second, after the orphanage flashback, she says, "Okaerinasai/Welcome back/Welcome home."]]

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** [[Mika's [[spoiler:Mika's TearfulSmile and family speech don't make it less ambiguous. The only hint you get regarding Brandon's fate is the credits that follow. But then, the characters look way younger before their time of death except Sherry and Dr. T, and there's a specific pattern in the order of their appearance: Sherry appears first; after that, everything plays in reverse order, depending on who Brandon knows first except Maria, who appears after the old gang. After that, Mika's voice is heard twice: first, before the orphanage flashback (right after Maria's appearance in the credits), she quietly calls out to Brandon; second, after the orphanage flashback, she says, "Okaerinasai/Welcome back/Welcome home."]]



* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The [[spoiler: anti-Superior bullets]].

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* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: The [[spoiler: anti-Superior [[spoiler:Anti-Necrolyze and Anti-Superior bullets]].
9th Sep '15 6:36:58 PM TwistedGrimm
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** [[spoiler: In the second game, he serves as one to Juji. Several of their attacks are similar (though Bunji's are far stronger) and they have the exact same physique.]]
1st Sep '15 6:04:32 AM sunwufan47
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** [[Mika's TearfulSmile doesn't make it less ambiguous. The only hint you get regarding Brandon's fate is the credits that follow. But then, the characters look way younger before their time of death except Sherry and Dr. T, and there's a specific pattern in the order of their appearance: Sherry appears first; after that, everything plays in reverse order, depending on who Brandon knows first except Maria, who appears after the old gang. After that, Mika's voice is heard twice: first, before the orphanage flashback (right after Maria's appearance in the credits), she quietly calls out to Brandon; second, after the orphanage flashback, she says, "Okaerinasai/Welcome back/Welcome home."]]

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** [[Mika's TearfulSmile doesn't and family speech don't make it less ambiguous. The only hint you get regarding Brandon's fate is the credits that follow. But then, the characters look way younger before their time of death except Sherry and Dr. T, and there's a specific pattern in the order of their appearance: Sherry appears first; after that, everything plays in reverse order, depending on who Brandon knows first except Maria, who appears after the old gang. After that, Mika's voice is heard twice: first, before the orphanage flashback (right after Maria's appearance in the credits), she quietly calls out to Brandon; second, after the orphanage flashback, she says, "Okaerinasai/Welcome back/Welcome home."]]



** Mika and Brandon/Grave, both in the anime and the game.

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** Mika and Brandon/Grave, both in the anime and the game. Overlaps with IntergenerationalFriendship and InterspeciesFriendship, since Mika is a thirteen-year-old girl while Brandon/Grave is a forty-year-old (or biologically, twenty-seven) reanimated corpse.


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* LoanShark: Gary's and Widge's job in Millennion. Young Brandon works under them.


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* NoBodyLeftBehind: When Necrolyzers, Orgmen, and/or Superiors die, they are dust and leave EmptyPilesOfClothing (or CoolShades).


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* PlatonicDeclarationOfLove: Played to the fullest tearjerking effect. Mika gives one to Brandon/Grave, [[spoiler:as an attempt to stop a weakened Brandon from fighting Harry's Millennion. It doesn't work]].
31st Aug '15 4:08:53 AM sunwufan47
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* BuryYourDisabled: [[spoiler:Widge, having gone blind, is slaughtered by Lee.]]
** [[spoiler:At the end of the series, this possibly happens to Brandon/Grave, who has lost AnArmAndALeg in addition to an eye.]]



** [[TheQuietOne Brandon/Grave]] cries and ''wails'' when he finds his colleagues dead. He also sheds tears when [[spoiler:Dr. T]] dies.

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** [[TheQuietOne Brandon/Grave]] cries and ''wails'' when he finds his colleagues dead. He also sheds tears when [[spoiler:Dr. T]] dies.dies and is teary [[spoiler:when Mika begs him not to leave]].



* MrFanservice: Young Brandon.

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* MrFanservice: Young Brandon. Grave as well, as he has plenty of ShirtlessScene that shows off his HeroicBuild.
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