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    Brandon "Beyond the Grave" Heat 

Brandon "Beyond the Grave" Heat

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN; Anime Adaptation and Gungrave VR), Chris Cook (EN; Gungrave: Overdose), Rafael Rivera (SP; Anime Adaptation)
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"There is one thing I know for certain. To protect is not to betray. Never betray. Never."

The roar of an anguished soul terminates everything that exists as it turns into a rave of bullets...

As Brandon

Brandon is the protagonist of both the 'Video Game/Gungrave series and the anime television adaptation. A quiet, passive but gentle young man, he was originally a petty crook who was a prominent member of Harry MacDowell's gang, Harry also being Brandon's closest friend since childhood. Though they lived in a crime-ridden slum called "Desolation Alley", Harry's gang was considered the most good-natured. After the loss of their three best friends, Brandon and Harry joined the Millenion Syndicate and worked their way up through the ranks. Brandon was often favored by Big Daddy, the syndicate's leader, and was trained to become one of Millenion's most powerful sweepers (assassins/hitmen). Brandon eventually chose to distance himself from Maria, the woman who he had strong romantic feelings for, as he felt unworthy of being with her, due to his profession as an emotionless killer. Meanwhile, Harry becomes drunk off of the power he had gained, and quickly desired more, once he discovered and took over "The Necrolization Project"—an otherworldly technology that reanimates the dead as "necrolizers" ("Deadmen" in the games) which are undead, near-invincible soldiers.

Brandon appeared to have a promising future, but during an elevator ride with Harry, his fate was ultimately sealed when he could not side with Harry's plan to kill Big Daddy and ensure Harry's position as the leader of Millenion. Seeing as how Brandon could not bring himself to kill his friend for betrayal, Harry murders Brandon in cold blood by shooting Brandon in the chest multiple times, and finishing him off with a bullet to Brandon's left eye. However, Dr. Tokioka, one of the major members of the Necrolization Project, decides to use the procedure on Brandon's corpse to revive him.

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As "Beyond The Grave"

Brandon Heat, necrolized and reborn in the form of a 3rd Generation Model Deadman, the semi-titular "Gungrave". He was "sealed away" in a sleeping state for over ten years, until he is awakened and tasked to protect a young girl named Mika, the daughter of Big Daddy and Maria. In his resurrected form, Grave is taller, sports some spiffy purple cowboy-esque duds, missing his left eye (a scar now in its place), and his remaining eye is a distinct yellow/amber. Upon reclaiming his pair of guns, he goes out into the city to take down Harry and the syndicate.

His trademark weapons are a pair of large handguns: the Left Head and Right Head; together they are called "Cerberus". His secondary weapon is a large "Coffin" , a device that is stocked with heavy weapons—a machine gun and a missile launcher/bazooka. This Coffin can also be used as a melee weapon or a shield. In O.D., he receives an enhanced version of his Coffin thanks to Spike, the "Death Hauler".

Grave still retains his status as an expert gunfighter, and possesses all the strengths given by necrolization, but these gains carry weaknesses as well. He was given a "body built for slaughter", but it meant he had to give up his "soul" in exchange—his memories and his emotions. In the anime, Grave suffers "functional disorder" when trying to regain his memories, in which he gets a massive headache and other pains. Due to Grave being in a "dead" state, he has to undergo specially-prepared treatments that periodically refresh his entire body's supply of blood. If he is ever deprived of blood, his body will degenerate (his skin will harden, literally crack and fall apart) rapidly and eventually cease to function.

Often known as "The man nicknamed Death", to most of the characters Grave is a relentless and unforgiving killer, whose body itself is a (un)living bioweapon. However, he's also a selfless, caring man who remains loyal to Big Daddy and his family, even in death. To Mika, he's as much as a close friend and family to her as he is her faithful protector. While viewed as an "antique" by Harry and Garino, Grave continues to prove through sheer determination, his devotion to Mika (whom he's sworn to protect), and lots of heavy firepower, that he is, in the words of Billy, "the world's strongest Deadman".

In Overdose, Grave is the most balanced of the three playable characters. Although slightly slow in terms of movement speed, he makes up for it by being useful for any situation. His Demolition Shots (except the time-stopper/slow ones, those are all the same for all three characters) also seem to have slightly more power and range/area of effect than Juji's or Billy's shots.


  • The Ace: After becoming a hitman, he was regarded as being one of Millennion's best hitmen alongside Bear Walken.
    • Broken Ace: In truth, however, Brandon didn't liked what he did, something he realizes after he kills Blood War and believes that he cannot make Maria happy and decides to cut off all contact with her save for a few instances and entrusts her happiness to Big Daddy.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the anime, Brandon's hair turns white after becoming the Deadman called Grave, whereas in the game he always had dark hair.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the game, Grave was quite stoic and very rarely showed any emotion, most likely due to his nature as a Deadman. In the anime, however, he is much more emotional.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Grave often does this to Mika.
  • Always Save the Girl: Averted in only one instance. He almost always saves Mika during their time together whenever she is kidnapped. The only person he couldn't save was her mother and love of his life Maria.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the video games.
  • An Arm and a Leg: By the final episode of the anime. He lost his left arm in episode 24, which was shot off by Bunji. Near the end, his right leg broke off due to the effect of Anti-Necrolyze, which is shot to his knee.
  • Anti-Hero: Type III. The Pragmatic Hero type. He will do anything to protect his loved ones, even if it involves killing. Though it doesn't mean that he isn't pained by his duty, especially in his early days as a hitman.
  • Audience Surrogate: The character-driven nature of the anime turns Brandon into one.
  • Badass and Child Duo: He and Mika.
  • Badass Back: He doesn't need to turn to gun down somebody.
  • Badass Bandolier: Part of his cowboy outfit.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: During his days as Millennion's hitman.
  • Badass Normal: He was already an expert gunman long before he became the undead One-Man Army known as Beyond the Grave.
  • Badass Longcoat Oddly enough, it's a purple one, unlike fellow gunslingers Alucard, Vash, or Dante. In the anime, he often sports a black longcoat.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: As Grave.
  • Benevolent Boss: To his squad True Grave. He funds his member's mother's medical expenses. After his death, his members still question about his betrayal and prefer using his method instead of Bunji's method when completing tasks. Since Bunji leads them and renames the squad as The Kugashira Group, the squad is never heard again (may be related to the information in episode 19; it's said that Bunji works alone and people who work under him always end up dead).
  • Berserk Button: In the anime, mess around with his loved ones and Brandon/Grave will roar and thrash you.
    • Brandon/Grave doesn't like it when someone talks about betrayal (and implies him as a traitor) or he sees someone as a traitor.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Especially apparent as Grave. When Bunji scares Mika with misdirected shots, he just snaps and proceeds to give Bunji a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • BFG: The "Coffin", a secondary/backup weapon created and designed by Dr. Tokioka. Like Cerberus, only Grave is able to use it. It's loaded with a portable missile platform and a chaingun/machinegun. For some reason, the coffin also has a "brain". When it's upgraded by Spike, he gives it a name—"Death Hauler".
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Bunji.
  • The Big Guy: Even when carrying the coffin Grave is the tallest of all major characters, similar to Guts.
  • Blessed with Suck: Grave's powers would be fine if he didn't lose his memory and his feelings (more apparent in the game due to differences in characterization). Then there's the whole thing of needing fresh blood every ten days (supposedly his blood coagulates after a while because his body is dead). The blood needed for transfusion has to match the blood type he was when he was human. On the flipside he doesn't age and lacks the mindless and/or villainous insanity (barring Juji, he's just really short-tempered) of every other Deadman or Orgman.
  • Bring It: In the anime, he has the tendency to wiggle his finger at his opponents.
  • Celibate Hero: A variant of sort, as Brandon is too dedicated to Maria to be involved with any other woman.
  • Chaste Hero: He looks puzzled when Maria hugs him. He also gives out a similar reaction when Maria asks him to dance with her.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In the anime, Brandon goes from saving Maria from thugs (which Harry tells him not to interfere) to Taking the Bullet for Big Daddy and even taking Bear's place in executing Sid. Later on, he asks Dr. Tokioka to Necrolyze him so that he can deal with Harry if Harry ever veers off course. This is often lampshaded by other characters as well.
    • Harry doesn't call him 'Mr. Buttinsky' for nothing.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Bunji.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: His battle costumes tend to have a lot of these, even more so when in his Cowboy outfit
  • Death by Origin Story: And it's a doozy at that...
  • Declaration of Protection: In the games, his promise to protect Mika.
  • Determinator: Even when he was still Brandon he would steadfastly refuse to give up or give in, even when faced with seemingly impossible odds as he valued the lives of his friends and loved ones over his own, and his sole driving force is his desire to protect, no matter what the cost, and not even death stopped him—which is why the doctor gave Brandon his new name.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Young Brandon. Ironically, he becomes a hitman with exceptional skills in guns.
  • The Dreaded: Brandon became the boogeyman of every one of Millenion's enemies after he became a hitman. He still retains this status after he becomes Grave, only this time every criminal organization knows him as the man who brought down Millenion.
  • The Dying Walk: A variant in the anime only. Overlaps with Almost Dead Guy. After revealing to Mika that his body is falling apart, Brandon sets off to resolve his conflict with Harry. He manages to reconcile with Harry before his Necrolyze completely wears off.
  • Eating Optional: After becoming a necrolyzer, he can't eat. Gary also remarks that he can't seem to enjoy the taste of booze.
  • Eye Scream: He was shot in the eye when Harry killed him. Even when he's been turned into a Deadman, his eye has not been repaired. This is also reflected by the Death Hauler's Skull in the anime - one eye is glowing and open while the other is filled with tubes.
  • Expy: His anime version closely resembles a cross between Dante (without the giant sword and snarky one-liners) and Legato Bluesummers (without the hefty doses of insanity, blue hair, and Psychic Powers).
    • Young Brandon looks like Ichise.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In the side notes of the game's artbook, Brandon/Grave was actually meant to be Millenion's greatest Deadman enforcer, a mindless tool of destruction for the syndicate that eventually killed him. Dr. Tokioka really didn't want Grave to be trapped in such a fate and escaped to the depths of the city with Grave in tow, living in secrecy for years until the day would come when Grave could destroy the syndicate once and for all.
  • Foreshadowing: In the episode of his death, there's a scene where the left lens of his glasses gets Scary Shiny Glasses. Later, Harry deals the killing blow by shooting his left eye and when he returns as Grave, he has no left eye.
  • Gangsta Style: His trademark style is his arms crossed above his wrists when shooting.
  • Gentle Giant: Grave is one towards Mika. In the anime, to his friends as well, such as Gary and Widge.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Young Brandon is quite the capable hand to hand fighter.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Lost his left eye, and the scar left behind as well as his other bullet wounds serves as a reminder of his murder.
  • Guns Akimbo: As Brandon and as Grave, he always dual-wielded handguns in a crossed fashion upon becoming a Sweeper. Before that, he just relied on Good Old Fisticuffs.
  • The Gunslinger: Types two and four. He was always an accurate shot during his time as a human, and in the games the autolock ensures that his bullets will always be hitting something. When his aim isn't enough, that's when he brings out the big guns in the form of his coffin, or "The Death Hauler", as it is later known as.
  • Gut Feeling: Implied throughout the show. In his letter to Big Daddy, it's hinted that before he dies, he already knows that Harry will soon take the wrong path and kill him in process. And then, years before that, he has a nightmare about Harry pointing a gun at the audience and...bang.
    • Earlier before that, there's young Brandon showing no fear towards Deed, who is pointing a gun at him and threatening to shoot him. Brandon simply walks up to Deed as though the gun is nothing and beats him up, and later, it's revealed that Deed's gun is a toy.
  • Hand Cannon: "Cerberus", a pair of Hand Guns the size of submachine guns, supposedly created by engineers of Millenion for Grave's use. Naturally, only Grave can handle them. Consists of Left Head (silver) and Right Head (red).
  • Handicapped Badass: As Grave, he can still shoot very accurately despite having just one eye. In the anime, the final episode. Grave can still take out the Millenion goons with an arm and bricks despite having losing an arm and unable to walk properly.
  • The Hero Dies: Which is why he is an undead. In the anime, depending on how one views the Ambiguous Ending, he may truly die.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: With Big Daddy in the anime.
  • Heroic Build
  • Hidden Depths: Especially in the anime. Brandon may be a street thug, an unforgiving Professional Killer in a mafia organization, and later on, an emotionless undead gunslinger, but he is gentle, selfless, and very faithful to the people he loves.
  • Honor Before Reason: One of his defining traits. Unfortunately, it also leads to his death at the hands of his power-hungry best friend, Harry MacDowel.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy half of the equation; his hand is practically bigger than Mika's head.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Grave's a deadman who destroys other orgmen and deadmen (except for Billy and Juji).
  • Iconic Item: The Coffin and arguably, his original costume
  • Implacable Man: A protagonist example. He won't stop until he settles his score with Harry.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: That cowboy getup is really hard to replicate for cosplays
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In the anime, if he's doing target practice, he's shown to always hit the head perfectly. And with a sniper rifle, he can deal a headshot to someone behind a window and a closed curtain.
  • Irony: Does Not Like Guns, but becomes the most fearsome hitman in Millennion. Even after becoming Grave, he is still extremely skilled with guns.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the anime, Brandon refuses to be with Maria as he believes Big Daddy can provide a much happier life for her.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Well-balanced in offense and defense, although slightly slower in speed than Billy. He's also the one that must be used before the other two become available.
  • The Juggernaut: As Grave.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Brandon when he became hitman for The Organization.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Protects Mika all the time, and in the end, thanks to Mika's intervention, Biscoe's agents stop attacking him.
    • Kneecaps a Millennion agent and destroys Millennion's research facility, and his right leg is shot off later.
    • As Grave, he only beats up Millennion agents instead of killing them, and in the end, the agents shoot off his right leg and attack him with submachine guns, which only slow him down.
    • Brandon can never shoot Harry, and near the end, his empty gun is switched with Harry's loaded gun. During the Mutual Kill at the end, Harry points his empty gun at him, and Harry, Brandon's murderer, is presumably shot down while Brandon is spared.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: As Grave, unless he gets his blood replaced regularly.
  • Loan Shark: He briefly was one when he first joined Millenion, but quickly moved up the ranks after he saved Big Daddy's life during an attempted assassination and became a hitman.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds them when he finds his colleagues, Gary and Widge, have been massacred. Sheds some more when he hears Mika mourning Dr. T's death. In the anime finale, when he admits that he cannot shoot his best friend Harry.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: In the anime. Other characters often ask why he is willing to go so far for them.
  • Meaningful Name: In the anime, Widge lampshades this trope twice. First, he lampshades the inversion: he says that 'Heat' doesn't suit Brandon's quiet nature. The second time is after seeing how Brandon deals with their customer (who is in debt with them): giving out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. He says that Brandon may be quiet, but he has something burning within him.
  • Moe Greene Special (How Brandon was murdered.)
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: A variant in the anime only. Brandon/Grave shows the cracks on his body, indicating that his time is about to end. Cue a crying Mika.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In the anime, Brandon has a Workout Fanservice scene in the second episode, and as Grave, he gets a Shirtless Scene when his body receives a treatment from Dr. T or Clothing Damage ensues.
  • Nice Hat: Because Cowboy hats are just naturally nice.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability / Healing Factor: Grave's regeneration allows him to heal almost any injury he sustains. As long as he receives his blood treatments, he can essentially "live" forever.
    • In the anime, it looks more like Super Toughness along with Immune to Bullets. Being hit by a truck, stomped repeatedly by a hulking Orgman (this is how Butler Tokioka is killed), and hit by a huge slab of concrete only slow him down. Additionally, explosives barely affect him even in the last episode, in which his body is already very weak.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Pirate (not really an eyepatch; it's just a blackened lens to hide his lost eye). Zombie. Robot. Grave is a one-eyed techno-zombie who wields two Hand Cannon simultaneously and carries around a coffin that is loaded with missile launchers and a chaingun/machine gun.
    • The anime adds Ninja into the mix: Grave jumps very well. He can jump from roof to roof.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives one to Bunji in the anime when the man is shooting at Mika and is questioning Brandon about his loyalty to Millenion.
  • Not So Stoic: When he finds that his colleagues are massacred, he sheds Manly Tears and gives out a Death Wail.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: There's one in the anime when he takes out two spider-like creatures with his bare hands. Never get to see how, but he easily sends those monsters flying.
  • One-Man Army: He single-handedly dismantles Millennion by himself, taking out countless gang members and even Harry's elite inner circle before offing the man himself.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Mix and Match of Type C (Construct) and Type R (Revenant). He's one of the very few "products" of Necrolyzation that has a will of his own.
  • The Quiet One (Very rarely speaks, if at all. Mika, the girl he was entrusted to protect, usually reads his facial expressions and gestures to interpret what he wants or needs. He acts a lot more machinelike in the game than he does in the television series.)
  • Real Men Get Shot: In contrast to Harry, who is never hit by a bullet until the last episode, in which he dies. Brandon/Grave is shot almost in a regular basis, usually because of his habit of Taking the Bullet for his loved ones.
  • Papa Wolf: While Mika may not be his child, he is the only thing he has left to remember Maria by. And if you threaten her, rest assured, you will find yourself staring down the barrels of his guns.
    • When Bunji scares Mika with a few gunshots in the anime, Grave snaps and gives Bunji a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown even though the anti-Necrolyze bullets have crippled him and left only his left arm usable.
  • Parental Substitute: Grave is one for Mika.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: When Grave isn't wearing his glasses, he adopts this look to hide his scar located on where his left eye used to be.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: Grave just seems to instinctively know how to use the Coffin.
  • Principles Zealot: Never betray.
  • Professional Killer: His original occupation before his death. He was the best hitman besides Bear Walken that Millennion had.
  • Purple Is Powerful: In the first game, Grave wears a lot of purple in his outfit, and he is the last person you want to pick a fight with.
  • Scars Are Forever: Not even necro-regeneration could restore his left eye or heal the scars on his body.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: In the anime.
  • Scary Teeth: Some of the artworks depict him to have sharp teeth as a Necrolyzer/Deadman.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: And actually necessary while he's "inactive", to prevent his body from collapsing and Mika respecting her parents' wishes to allow Grave to sleep until she really needs his assistance.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Before his death, Brandon left a letter for Big Daddy, stating that in the event of his (Brandon's) death, and if Harry and Millennion go down the wrong path, Brandon would allow his body to undergo necrolization and become a Deadman. His last request was to remain locked away in the doctor's confinement chamber, in a state of hibernation, until the time he needs to be summoned. Brandon (better known as 'Grave'), 'sleeps' for thirteen years until Mika (Big Daddy's daughter) awakens/releases him because she was told to seek his protection.
  • Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: Type III. His healing power is powered by the blood he receives, or else his body will rot and fall to pieces.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Averted. Unlike Harry, Blood War, Bear, and Bunji, Brandon doesn't smoke.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Inverted. The spikes on his Coffin looks like Legato's, but Brandon/Grave is by no means evil.
  • Stoic Spectacles: By the time he starts wearing glasses, he has become a complete Consummate Professional.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: May seem really cold and stoic and apathetic on the outside but deep down lies a warm and gentle heart.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes turned gold after becoming a Deadman.
  • Super Strength: After becoming Grave.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: As Brandon.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Big Daddy early in the anime. As Grave, he often does it for Mika. It isn't a big problem for him since he is immune to bullets (unless they're the anti-Necrolyze ones).
  • Technical Pacifist: In the anime. It appears to be zigzagged.
    • Young Brandon can give people No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, but he is unwilling to use a gun. He is terrified when Harry shoots Deed to avenge the gang and when Widge solves an organization issue by shooting some people. After shooting a Lightning goon to save Big Daddy, he asks himself why he kills.
    • As a hitman, Brandon kills, but he doesn't really like it. The more he kills, the more he feels that he has to distance himself from Maria.
    • As Grave, he kills Orgmen, but is never seen to kill any Millennion agents. In the finale, he is holding a gun, but he chooses to only give out No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the Millennion agents.
    • Against the Big Four, Grave usually seriously injures them and leaves them for dead instead of killing them 'here and now'.
    • A variant happens to Bob. Grave is actually leaving when Bob asks him to spare him, but Bob then attacks. Grave counters by killing Bob.
    • Grave only knocks Lee off the train by shooting Anti-Superior bullets at his legs. Lee dies alone on the railroad when the train is already gone.
    • Bear is the exception. He asks Grave to execute him after his loss.
    • Bunji loses a western-style exchange against Grave and dies in the lobby alone.
    • Interestingly, when Grave destroys Millennion's research facility, he doesn't kill any of the scientists. Sadly, this enables Biscoe to re-hire them to produce Anti-Necrolyze bullets, which are later used against him and destroy his right leg.
  • The Stoic: Brandon pre and post-death was noted to be someone who didn't express himself very well, except for the rare times he smiled or showed genuine sadness and anger.
  • Tragic Hero: In the anime, Brandon whole-heartedly believed in The Family's singular principle to "never betray." This applied not just to Big Daddy, but also to his best friend as well. He couldn't choose between either one of them when Harry told him about his plans, and Harry believed Brandon had betrayed him and shot him dead in retribution.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The deconstruction of his Undying Loyalty. He chooses to remain loyal to Harry, his best friend. What does it get him? Harry riddles him with bullets before jamming a gun into his left eye and shoots him out of the glass elevator. He gets better.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Happens twice in the anime. First, after training under Bear Walken. Second, after becoming Grave.
  • When He Smiles: The few times he smiles, he looks genuinely happy.
  • In the anime canon, Grave (whose necro-rise/necrolize/necroraise is fading fast) and a dying Harry decide the only way they can truly be "free" is to kill each other, which they do. However, if Grave indeed dies, it's likely to be caused by his Necrolyze wearing off.
  • In the video game series canon, this doesn't happen as Grave simply kills Harry and leaves the city with Mika, protecting her now his one and only concern. He remains in his undead state (there seems to be no way to "cure" him anyways, nor is there any indication that Grave wants to be human again) and still needs blood transfusions now and then while lucid. He is put into hibernation when his services aren't needed, as he's only supposed to be awakened in times of crisis.
  • Undying Loyalty: Very faithful to those he loves, willingly takes on their burdens so they don't have to do so for others. Sadly, this philosophy also plays a part in his undoing.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In the anime, there is once when Bunji pushes his both of his Berserk Buttons by questioning his loyalty and threatening Mika by shooting around her. What follows afterwards is Brandon/Grave beating Bunji savagely (all while screaming and crying) until Mika pleads him to stop.
  • Weapon of Choice: His "Cerberus" handguns, Left Head and Right Head, are his main weapons. Then there's the Coffin, which is a Swiss Army Weapon of heavy machine gun, missile launcher and bazooka, aside from being where he keeps his guns when he's not using them.
  • World's Strongest Man: Lampshaded by Billy in OD.
    Rocketbilly: Wow, you are amazing, man. You really are hands down the world's strongest Deadman.
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    Mika Asagi 

Mika Asagi

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (JP; Gungrave (2002) & Gungrave: Overdose), Kumi Sakuma (JP; Anime Adaption), Kari Wahlgren (EN; Anime Adaption), Renee Raudman (EN; Gungrave: Overdose), Mayra Arellano (SP; Anime Adaption)
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"Have...I met you before? Dr. Tokioka told me...about you. That you're a friend of my mother..."

The only daughter of Big Daddy and Maria who had been living a normal life with her mother Maria and their butler Tokioka, until agents of Millenion came to their house. Barely escaping execution by Harry's minions, both Maria and Tokioka died protecting her. Injured, weary, and fearing for her life, she was given the Cerberus suitcase left to Maria, and one instruction: "Go to wherever he (Brandon) is." However, while she did manage to reach Dr. T.'s hideout, she sees that the man her mother knew is no longer Brandon—he is now the deadman called Grave. Her appearance and returning Cerberus to Grave had "awakened" him, finally allowing to him to bring vengeance to Harry and the Syndicate. As of Overdose, not only is she under the protection of Grave, she also acts as his caretaker and assistant, being his only blood donor (which has made her physically weak but she silently bears it because it's one of the few things she can do to sustain Grave's body).

She always felt that she only causes trouble for Grave, and wonders why he would go to such great lengths to protect her, but Grave often pats her on the head, as if to remind her that she is his "special person" and that she is not a burden—she is a living memento of the people that Grave knew and loved when he was still known as Brandon. She means everything to him, and is the only person who can truly understand his gestures and expressions. Though not related by blood, Mika knows that they are a family. After slowly being overtaken by Seed infection, she and Grave are given a counter-antidote, which Grave administers to Mika. As she falls asleep, Grave breaks his usual silent mannerisms by gently telling her that she must live. In Gungrave: G.O.R.E., she founds and leads an organization called El-Al-Canhel dedicated to destroying Seed once and for all.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the game, Mika was surprisingly calm but no less frightened by her situation of being hunted down by Millennion, with Dr.T mentionining that she shakes whenever she sleeps. By Over Dose, she has become quite mature and can snark back at a Orgman who has her dead to rights like it's nothing. In the anime, which covers and expands certain events of the first game, Mika is a lot more childish but does undergo her own Character Development.
  • Awful Truth: Mika was purposely kept without any knowledge about Millenion and her parents' involvement, as Maria just wanted her to grow up in a "normal" world. That gets turned upside down once the series opens in both the game and anime.
  • Break the Cutie: In the anime. Every single episode since her debut either makes her scared or cry, be it losing somebody close to her, barely escaping from death, getting threatened, terrified by gunshots (including misdirected shots), and kidnapped.
  • Bodyguard Crush On Brandon/Grave. Before he goes off to finish the rest of his quest for revenge, she gives him a Aguished Declaration Of Love and tries to get him to stop.
  • Determinator: In the game series. This is what enables her not to let SEED overtake her.
    • Probably downplayed or zigzagged in the anime. She is a Distressed Damsel and rather cowardly, but she manages to reach Grave despite having an injured leg. Then, in the last few episodes, nothing stops her from finding Brandon/Grave. Even after being coldly dismissed by Biscoe, she immediately runs off and tries to go to the slum by foot, which is very far. She does reach Brandon/Grave in the end, with Biscoe's help.
  • Distressed Damsel: In the anime. So very much.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Shows them after Brandon/Grave leaves her.
  • Fragile Speedster: In Chaos Wars, Mika has very low offense and durability, but she is one of the fastest characters and thus, can be utilized to perform combos with the Mighty Glacier Grave.
  • Happily Adopted: The first game ends with her riding to the sunset with Grave. In the anime however, this trope may or may not happen.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's the Tiny Girl (obviously) while her guardian (Grave) is the Huge Guy.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes and remains very optimistic, even in the most dire of situations. This fades by the time of Overdose, where she's more experienced with the world.
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: She was tasked to seek out Grave and be protected by him as she is the only one left who can call upon and "control" him. She is far from being a spoiled brat—she genuinely cares about and loves Grave dearly, and is eternally grateful to the people who gave up their lives to ensure that she and Grave can be together.
    • In the anime, when Grave is savagely pummeling Bunji in a fit of rage, he stops when Mika calls him and pleads him to stop.
  • Morality Pet (To Grave. She gives him a reason to "live" and to fight, aside from revenge.)
  • Parental Abandonment (She was born after her father was murdered and thus, never knew him. She saw her mother Maria die protecting her from Millenion's agents.)
  • Precocious Crush: Mika begins to fall for Brandon/Grave while under his care and protection in the anime, despite her being fourteen and Grave being a 30+ year old reanimated corpse. In the game series, she looks up to Grave more as a close friend, a Cool Big Brother and/or possible father figure, rather than falling for him.
  • Protectorate: To Brandon/Grave.
  • Royal Blood: Her biological father is Big Daddy, the founder of Millennion. This is the reason why Harry is after her (wanting to eliminate those who are related to Big Daddy and is afraid of succession dispute). Similarly, Biscoe respects her for the same reason.
  • Tearful Smile: In the anime's finale. Doesn't make the ending less ambiguous.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the beginning of OD, she has the guts to use a rocket launcher to fight off a SEED mob.
    • In a Fire Emblem-like Strategy/RPG game Chaos Wars, she's a playable character and even wields a smaller replica of Grave's Right Head (named Puppy Fang) to fight.
  • Zettai Ryouiki (In the anime and original game. She wears a different outfit in Overdose).

    Juji Kabane 

Juji/Jyuji Kabane

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"You may think the dead feel no pain, but you're wrong. It's just the opposite. No matter how much pain we feel...we can never look forward to the release of death."

Appears as a playable character in Overdose. Juji is a skilled swordsman, and he is a necrolizer like Mika's guardian, Grave. Juji is loud, rude, and has a mind that operates like a runaway train. Claiming that diplomacy isn't his strong point, he is also blind. But with the loss of his sight, he gained an extremely acute sense of smell. He resembles a patchwork doll—he is covered with stitches and wears a tattered coat. When in battle, a large flame perpetually burns on his shoulder. It's not certain how he got this flame or how he was necrolized, however Juji reveals himself to be a failed test subject. He had died while on the job and Garino forced him through several truly horrible experiments—being conscious while his body was cut open, and prodded. Juji was infused with a prototype Seed and "died" in agonizing pain, only surviving by using a special breathing technique. Even now he is constantly meditating to keep his deadman half and his seed half in balance. While he can override the need to have his blood refreshed, he is almost always in pain—but if he ever stops his meditation, it would mean a fate worse than death. He wanders the earth with his cohort Billy, seeking to take revenge on Garino.

He is the younger brother of Bunji Kugashira.

In combat, Juji dual-wields a pair of red Gun Blades, "Tsumuji" and "Hayate". He is fast and light on his feet, deftly slicing his opponents to ribbons using the "Kuchiba Style". His proficiency with melee combat means his long-range attacks suffer quite a bit. He cannot charge his guns the way Grave and Billy can, but he can charge his swords to perform a powerful series of sword attacks.

Voiced by Hiroaki Hirata and Cam Clarke.


  • And I Must Scream: Presumably he was like this during Garino's experiments.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a tattered one, and damn does he make it look good.
  • Blessed with Suck: He can get by without being refilled with blood, but the trade-off: he's in neverending pain and has to keep his seed half in check.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Implied. Juji almost always wears his mask over his eyes, but the final fight has them off.
  • Blood Knight: He seems to enjoy all the fighting more than he should.
  • But Now I Must Go: "...We're born drifters. We can't stay in one place for long."
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Bunji's Cain.
  • Cool Mask: Although it's really there to cover up the parts of his face that's been eaten away by his seed implants.
  • Disability Superpower: He's implied to be blind because of the experiments done to him by Garino.
  • Dramatic Wind: His coattails always seem to be fluttering about, even in indoor stages.
  • Dual Wielding: He wields twin gunblades, and he knows how to use them effectively.
  • Eye Scream: Garino did this as part of his "experiments".

    Rocketbilly "Billy" Redcadillac 

Rocketbilly Redcadillac

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"She's a lady, and she's sad. That means she needs to be treated with kindness. Real men have a duty to supply that kindness. Period. No exceptions."

Also first appearing in Overdose, Billy is an outlandishly dressed rockabilly ghost (???), possessing an electric guitar that Juji found while traveling. He is Juji's best friend, and supposedly is a ladies' man. He has much admiration for his grandmother, and strives to be kind to every woman he meets. Why he wanders the world as a ghost is unknown. He plays the goofball foil to Juji's "straight man" persona, and while Billy has the air of a joker, he really is quite kind and earnest. He also holds some inner sadness, as being an incorporeal spirit means that he cannot hold a lady in his arms.

Billy shreds through his foes using his guitar, the "B.L. 20,000V" to generate lightning bolts with slight homing capability and firing them. His melee attacks are weak, but his long-range attacks are the best of the three. Billy is also unable to dive laterally as well as having lower endurance against large crowds of enemies.

Voiced by Hochu Otsuka and Chris Cook.


  • The Atoner: Possibly. His origins are never really explained, but if his dialog after some boss fights are to be believed, Billy might have underwent a really gruesome death, and is trying to make up for whatever he did.
  • Blessed with Suck (Seems to be a pattern—if you're some kind of undead in the series' world, it's mostly unpleasant.)
  • Boisterous Bruiser (Although more virtuous and chivalrous than most, he's still an all-around nice person/ghost. Even in his appearance in Chaos Wars, Hyoma (the main character of said game) even comments about how Billy just seems to have the natural ability to brighten someone's day.)
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The stylized "B" on the back of his jacket (see picture)
  • Dance Battler: When using Blue Lightning as a melee weapon. His dodging abilities are more like stage dives than anything else.
  • Anime Hair: Plays this trope straighter than any other character in the game.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation / Cutscene Power to the Max: Billy is pretty much immune to everything in cutscenes because of his state as a spirit, yet if you choose to play his campaign, Billy can't dodge very well and takes conspicuous damage.
    • To be fair, in game his guitar is being damaged, and if it's destroyed, then he will "die" for real. It's not his fault if enemies realize they must hit his weapon/weak point only out of cutscenes.
    • "Aw man, I'm on my last guitar string!"
  • Glass Cannon: Has the best ranged attacks of the three characters. His bolts hit quite hard and he's quite beastly in boss fights. Problem is that his defense is very low, and becomes more apparent in higher difficulty modes.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Really, who in their right minds would expect a ghost of all people to use a guitar was a weapon? Granted, this one's obviously empowered by Billy and obviously has modifications done to it, but the point still stands.
  • Instrument of Murder: Blue Lightning is the guitar that makes the peoples fall down. Someone or something gets fried every time Billy shreds on it, similar to the Nevan weapon in Devil May Cry 3.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Juji's Red.
  • Shock and Awe: His guitar fires arcs of lightning strikes, which excel in crowd control when used properly.
  • Something About a Rose: "Roses from Heaven"
  • Soul Jar: The guitar?
  • They Fight Crime!: Juji is an angry undead blind swordsman. Billy is a sweet-tempered ghost of a rockabilly who loves women and possesses an electricity-shooting guitar. They fight crime!
  • Wave Motion Gun: "Thunder Love". When you kill Fangoram in Billy's campaign, the beam has more than a striking resemblance to the The Angel Arm.

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El-Al-Canhel

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El-Al-Canhel's Emblem
An organization in Gungrave: G.O.R.E. led by Mika that's dedicated to eradicating the drug SEED, and destroying the Raven Clan, the mafia organization that is its primary handler, which Mika has Grave, under her will to do the job. It was founded by Mika and a small organization.
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    Quartz 

Cheni "Quartz" Angel

A young woman who is granddaughter of Richard Wong from Gungrave: Overdose and had her left arm infected with Seed. She formed El-Al-Canhel with Mika to eliminate the drug.
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