Before I begin I begin this review I will be honest - my expectations for Gungrave are high. Having enjoyed Trigun (Gungrave's design work is by the creator) and playing the fun and action-packed PS2 game, I am expecting a lot. I thought it would be best to mention this as I know it may prove unfair on this series but I am afraid it cannot be helped - Gungrave has a lot to live up to and I find it unlikely it will live up to them. My expectations are of Phantom Menace standards after all. Anyway, I shall now watch it and will be back straight after with the review.
* watches Gungrave *
Well that was not what I was expecting. Not that it was bad but just different to what I was expecting for more reasons
then you may expect. Firstly it was far more focused on past events and
flashbacks then I expected and this caused me to take an instant dislike to
Gungrave as I have always found flashback tiresome but thankfully I did not
find this with the flashbacks in Gungrave as they were presented as a
vital part of the story as opposed to the usual drop-in plot that they are.
Secondly the series is far more plot driven then the
PS2 game or the write-up would suggest. Even though the series would never
contain as much action as the game as they are very different media, I was still
expecting the plot to focus around fights rather then talking. On
reflection this is for the best though as I realise that with just fights going
on Gungrave would be too similar to the post-apocalyptic travesty that is
Fist Of The Star. So no bad thing that Gungrave is plot
driven then and it is certainly a good plot, one which I was never certain
exactly how it would develop as it has many twists and turns which ensure that
it is not just your run-of-mill dramatic actioner but something much more.
Gungrave contains some real edge of your seat moments (particularly
episode three) which had me hooked and eager for the next volume.
Bottom line is that you should buy this as it is different to all the other dramatic actioners out there and makes a good alternative to Stand Alone Complex if you want action with a bit of depth but no sci-fi.