YMMV: Gungrave

Tropes That Apply To Both Series
  • Adaptation Displacement: Wait, the anime is loosely based off of a lesser-known arcade-style third person shooter?
  • Broken Base: Those who like the games tend to complain the lack of cool actions in the anime, while those who like the anime can hardly get into the games due to the lack of plot and Character Development.
    • The anime's ending. Is it too depressing or just bittersweet and fitting for the whole plot of the anime?
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Bunji is the most popular out of the Big Four.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Gungrave is a 2002-2004 series. Harry's title as Millennion's boss is 'Bloody Harry,' and he creates a lot of zombie fighters (Deadmen/Orgmen) to do the work for him. One of the jobs is protecting him from the undead gunslinger Brandon 'Beyond the Grave' Heat, who aims to kill him. Then there's a title of a 2014 flash game titled 'Bloody Harry,' which involves killing zombies.
    • Episode 3 of the anime. Bringing South Park into consideration... A character named Kenny is killed.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Bob Poundmax and Balladbird Lee seem to be "very close friends".
    • There's some slashy implications between Brandon and Harry as well. Arguably more than "some."
    • Come to think of it Bunji and Brandon as well.
      • Pick any two guys and you can conceivably see this: Harry and Lee, Cannon Vulcan and Blood War, Bear and... Okay, maybe not Bear.
      • Bear and Sid.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Harry is a suave, cunning Manipulative Bastard who is fantastic at business and good with women. He also has a better image than Brandon because Brandon is the one who deals with all the necessary bloodshed.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Harry shooting an unarmed Brandon after Brandon can't bring himself to shoot Harry.
    • In the anime, Harry claims that Randy betrayed him and sends Bunji to kill him by setting his car on fire while he's trapped inside. Randy is just sending some spies to watch over Harry's money laundering activity...and Randy is also the person who lets Harry and Brandon join the Millennion and recommends them into the Family, which helps them climb the ladder rather quickly.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Maria and Big Daddy.
  • The Woobie: Arguably Mika and Grave.

Tropes That Apply To The Video Games

Tropes That Apply To The Anime
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Harry a person who gets consumed by his ambitions or someone who loses his cool because Brandon appears to desert him for Big Daddy and Millennion (in other words, losing his Heterosexual Life Partner)?
  • Base Breaker: Many do not like Harry after his actions in episode 14. This may overlap with Love to Hate, since Harry is often commended for being a Round Character with substantial amount of Character Development.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The ending theme "Akaneiro ga Moeru Toki".
    • B.G.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • When Maria sees Brandon and his gang are brawling with another gang of thugs, she gets worried. Then Uncle Jester simply tells her that they (the gang) may get killed if they're unlucky, so it's better for the two of them to stay away from the gang. Throughout the anime, the gang members slowly die one by one...until nobody is left.
    • Bear doesn't like Sherry's relationship with Harry because Harry is a mafioso. He also warns her that Harry's life is always at risk, so if Sherry is in a relationship with Harry, her life is at risk too. Much later, Sherry dies in a crossfire between Harry and a rebelling Millennion agent.
    • In episode 23, Sherry asks why Bear is leaving so soon after having dinner with her and Harry, since opportunities where the family are able to get together for such an event are rare. Bear simply departs and says, "We can see each other anytime." Not long after that, Bear dies fighting Grave.
    • In episode 24, Harry isn't looking happy since he's being tracked down by the rebelling Millennion agents. Sherry has a conversation with him as an attempt to comfort him, and leads to Sherry saying, "Please don't die before I do." Later in the same episode, Sherry is killed in a crossfire. Harry dies later in the anime finale.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: How did Big Daddy, before sending Maria away with their family butler and unborn child, comfort Maria? He convinced her that Brandon was alive (although he was already dead, or exactly just a reanimated corpse) and hiding somewhere. Later in episode 24, although Brandon/Grave was dying due to his Necrolyze wearing off, Mika insisted that he was alive. The Asagis really care for Brandon/Grave.
  • Love to Hate: Harry. Having substantial amount of Character Development throughout the anime helps.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Although the show has some actions, Stuff Blowing Up and various Demolition Shots aren't the main focus. The major theme is Undying Loyalty and how it is deconstructed in a mafia-ridden land, or how friendship is torn apart and then fixed.
  • Nightmare Fuel: That Necrolyzed dog really looked like something out of a Resident Evil game. Brrr!
    • Necrolyzation itself is a horrifying process: you die and some mad scientists get their hands on your corpse. You're revived with the power of science...but everything that makes you you is destroyed - your thoughts, emotions, memories, all gone - and all that remains is the programming to kill.
  • Tear Jerker: From beginning to end.
  • The Scrappy: Mika is often considered to be a very weak female character. And her shrieks don't help.