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.
  • 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Harry shooting an unarmed Brandon after Brandon can't bring himself to shoot Harry.
    • In the anime, Harry claims that Randy betrays 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
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The ending theme "Akaneiro ga Moeru Toki".
  • 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 leaves so soon despite having dinner together (along with Harry) is a rare family event between the three of them. Bear simply leaves and tells Sherry, "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.
  • Love to Hate: Harry. Having substantial amount of Character Development throughout the anime helps.
  • Nightmare Fuel: That Necrolyzed dog really looked like something out of a Resident Evil game. Brrr!
  • Tear Jerker: From beginning to end.