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A anime adaptation based off of Yasuhiro Nightows game of the same name, about a mafia hitman's return from the dead for revenge.


Based on the PS2 game featuring designs by Trigun - creator Yasuhiro Nightow, Gungrave throws in so many influences and genre ideas that the authors would not be surprised to see a character somewhere with a kitchen sink on his back as well.

The script admirably concentrates on fleshing out the character conflicts and plot, arguably at the expense of the action sequences. A tale of gangster careerism à la Once Upon a Time in America (1984), told chiefly in flashback like The Godfather Part II, is also made to share the screen with redundant references to Westerns, particularly Nightow's beloved They Call Me Trinity (1971), and Sergio Corbucci's Django (1966), which similarly features a lone gun of vengeance intent on rescuing a damsel in distress.

Meanwhile, the run-down urban Gothic setting plays to the strengths of the Madhouse studio. In smart application of contemporary fads, it also mixes the resurrection science of Kikaider and Casshan with the evil undead menace of a zombie movie. The flashbacks catch up with the "present day" two thirds of the way through the series, ready for the final showdown.


Brandon Heat

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

Name: Brandon Heat

Occupation: Small Time Gangster / Millenion Sweeper / Beyond the Grave

Weapons: Pistols, Sniper Rifle

Relationship: Maria Asagi (first love and friend) , Harry MacDowell , Big Daddy (Long time Friends)

Harry MacDowell

Voiced by: Tsutomu Isobe (Japanese), Tom Wyner (English)

Name: Harry MacDowell

Occupation: Small Time Gangster /Millenion's top official / Millenion Leader

Weapons: Heckler & Koch P7M13 9mm

Relationships: Sherry Macdowell-Walken (Spouse) Bear Walken (Father-In-Law)

Maria Asagi

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)

Name: Maria Asagi

Occupation: Victim / Friend / Wife and Mother

Weapons: (none)

Relationships: Big Daddy (Husband) Mika Asagi (Daughter) Brandon Heat (First Love)

Mika Asagi

Voiced by: Kumi Sakuma (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)

Name: Mika Asagi

Occupation: Survival / Revenge

Weapons: Beyond the Grave

Relationships: Big Daddy (Father) Maria Asagi (Mom) Beyond the Grave (adopted family)

Dr. Tokioka

Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (Japanese), William Frederick Knight (English)

Name: Dr Tokioka

Occupation: Scientist

Weapons: Developed the Necrolyzation process

Relationships: Mr.Tokioka (Brother)

Big Daddy

Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

Name: Asagi Caldwell (Big Daddy)

Occupation: Millenion's Founder and Boss / Retired

Weapons: Gun

Relationships: Maria Asagi (Wife) Mika Asagi (Daughter)

Bear Walken

Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Japanese), Beau Billingslea (English)

Name: Bear Walken

Occupation: Millenion Sweeper / Brandon Heat's Trainer / Top man under Harry MacDowell

Weapons: Guns / Superior Powers

Relationships: Sherry Macdowell-Walken (Daughter) Big Daddy ( Long time Friend)

Bob Poundmax

Voiced by: Chafurin (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)

Name: Bob Poundmax

Occupation: Millenions Computer Expert

Weapons: Superior Powers

Relationships: Balladbird Lee (Best Friend)

Balladbird Lee

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Steven Blum (English)

Name: Balladbird Lee

Occupation: Spy for Cannon Vulcan / Millenion Henchman under Harry

Weapons: Large Needles held between the fingers / Superior Powers

Relationships: Cannon Vulcan (Brother) Bob Poundmax (Best Friend)

Bunji Kugashira

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese), Lex Lang (English)

Name: Bunji Kugashira

Occupation: Assassin / Sweeper for Millenion

Weapons: Guns / Sniper Rifals / Superior Powers

Relationships: Harry MacDowell (Friend) Brandon Heat (Friend)

Season/Ep# Name Airdate
1 - 6
Big Daddy
1 - 5
1 - 4
1 - 3
1 - 2
Young Dogs
1 - 1
Destroyer in the Dusk

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Original US Poster Art

General Information Edit
Name Gungrave
Name: ガングレイヴ
Romaji: Gungrave
Publisher Madhouse Studios
Start Year 2003
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