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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?
    • Grave's cowboy outfit and most of the character designs. Those who enjoy the anime (or watch the anime first before playing the game, and ends up preferring the anime over the game) frequently complain that the design is ridiculous and out of place despite having been simplified in the anime. On the other hand, those who enjoy the game does not like the fact that the character designs for the anime are mostly simplified.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Bunji is the most popular out of the Big Four.
    • Especially in the anime, Bear is right up next thanks to his Conflicting Loyalty, sheer love for his daughter, and his last moments.
  • 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.
    • In both version, Brandon is dead and wakes up to fight 13 years later as a deadman/necrolyzer. Gungrave OD is the last game of the series before it becomes dead silent, and 13 years later, the series is coming back as a VR game.
  • 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

  • Awesome Music: Here Comes The Rain
  • Disappointing Last Level: In both games.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks! / It's Short, So It Sucks!: A common complaint of the original game, though it was still praised for its aesthetics.
  • Moment of Awesome: When Brandon gets his revenge, after a long and TEDIOUS fight you're treated with a cutscene, and Harry says that you must finish him off, in a bit of a twist, nothing happens, because it's A GAMEPLAY SITUATION, the camera is put in an angle that looks like a cutscene, so all you have to do is press square, you hear the shot and the screen fades to black. After that, Grave and Mika go out to live in somewhere else.
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  • Pandering to the Base: Bunji's return in the upcoming Gungrave GORE as revealed in the trailer. He may be an Ensemble Dark Horse on both anime and the game, but it has gotten a lot of backlash from fans since he has returned once in the previous game.
  • So Bad, It's Good: On one hand, the name Rocketbilly Redcadillac is trying so hard to be awesome that it's just stupid. On the other hand, it's so stupid that it loops back around to awesome again.
  • That One Boss: Bunji in the first game, the robotic tanks in the second game.
  • They Wasted A Perfectly Good Cast: More than a few fans have said that the characters introduced in Gungrave: Overdose would have been better off in their own series'.

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)?
    • Or possibly both, he get's consumed by his ambition and blames Big Daddy for "taking" Brandon from him and ends up going crazy from his guilt from killing Brandon. Both interpretations need not be exclusive.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The ending theme "Akaneiro ga Moeru Toki".
    • B.G.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • 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.
    • To some degree, Brandon. Some fans consider his Martyr Without a Cause nature as idiocy. While other fans point out that the series often raises the question by many characters of Brandon of his Martyr Without a Cause. not to mention Deconstructs it by leading to him and those around him suffering greatly for it.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Related to Broken Base. The darkness of the anime is one of the reasons why those who like the game complain about the anime adaptation. The anime puts every single character through a wringer, and Yank the Dog's Chain is constant. If one doesn't get the show's Central Theme, the ending will be a not likable Downer Ending instead of a beautiful Bittersweet Ending.
  • 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.
      • And when the Necrolyze effect is wearing off, the Necrolyzed person will literally decay while conscious.
  • 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.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Related to Broken Base. The anime series is bleak and dark, with Tragic Hero, Crapsack World, Black and Grey Morality, Anyone Can Die, and a lot of Break the Cutie sequences and Yank the Dog's Chain. Many fans, mainly those who are exposed to the anime first, appreciate this.
    • It also has a Bittersweet Ending, in which the series protagonist may just die after reconciling with his best friend. Many of the show's fans dub the ending as the most beautiful ending. And fans who say so prefer assuming that Brandon/Grave does die in the end.
    • The relationship between Brandon and Harry overall, which is the Central Theme of the anime. Brandon and Harry start as True Companions, but their bond is torn apart in the middle. In the finale, they end up as True Companions again, with both of them dead after the reconciliation (maybe).
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: As cool and even likable as many of the bad guys are,(especially the members of Millenion) it's difficult to maintain that feeling when they commit such completely despicable actions. To put it into perspective, the bottom ranked members Brandon worked with were shown to be perfectly fine with offing a couple petty thieves as part of standard routine. Despite the fact that the thieves were not even aware they stole from Millenion, and that they and said thieves were the only ones who knew about this. When even the small-timers are committing needless acts of bloodshed without remorse, and the higher-ups are even worse, it gets hard to shed tears for any of them when they get theirs in the end.

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