Within the gangster mafia organisation, Milennion, two childhood
friends, Harry and Brandon, must fight to survive. Harry fights
to control the organisation, while Brandon becomes one of
their best hitmen. But ties of friendship cannot stop Harry's
insane ambition, and in a show down Harry kills Brandon. Now,
with Harry in control of an army of zombie gangsters - OrgMen
- it seems that there is nothing that can stop him...
five of Gungrave, directed by Toshiyuki Tsuru, carries
on where disc
four left off and contains episodes seventeen to
twenty. With Brandon now resurrected as Beyond the Grave the
two friends are heading for a conflict, a conflict that will
be sparked by Big Daddy's young daughter Mika.
Mika, Harry has finally given in to his lust for power
and sets about cleaning house. His first target is Mika, daughter
of Big Daddy, the former head of Milennion, but things do
not go as planned and Mika is spirited away to the protection
of Grave. Harry sends his OrgMen after her. With time running
out can Mika get to Grave before the OrgMen get her?
Grave and Brandon is awake, awake and annoyed. Time
for some good old OrgMen butt kicking. After an exciting shoot
out on a bridge the episode settles down with a lot of old
footage being used as flashback material, as Brandon tries
to collect together his shattered memories and come to terms
with what he has become. Another good episode with good dramatic
content, both Brandon and Mika journey through their individual
losses, a journey which brings them ultimately closer together.
Harry's quick realisation of just who Grave is, means he throws
the whole weight of his organisation in an effort to kill
his former friend all over again.
opens to a flash back to Bob (finally someone called Bob)
in a hospital bed, close to death. Only the superiorisation
process can save him, but the cost will be that he will be
turned into a superior type of OrgMan. Back to the present
time and Mika is trying to find out all she can about the
Milennion Organisation. Brandon is still out for revenge and,
after overhearing that Harry and the Big Four are having a
meeting, he heads off. The story continues to be absorbing
and interesting. This episode has one of the best fight scenes
at its conclusion.
Following Brandon's killing of Bob, Bother opens with
Lee beside himself with rage. Payback, as they say, is a bitch,
Bunji and the Organisation come after Brandon. Whilst, the
episode has the usual level of violence and the inevitable
showdown fight at the end, it's really about Mika coming to
terms with just who her father was and turning her back on
his world of violence.
Set-up on the disc is the same as previous volumes - with
Japanese stereo or DTS, with subtitles or signs only, or the
very acceptable English 5.1. Both the Japanese version and
the English dub are very good. The English voice actors really
give the show a level of gravity not normally evident in dubbed
versions. Sound on the disc remains very good, especially
when the show is played in the Japanese DTS - which demonstrates
some very good use of the rear speakers. Extras are scant,
to say the least, with only twenty pieces of production art,
a bunch of trailers for other anime shows and the DVD credits.
show remains top quality. Whilst it's true that the extras
on the disc are nothing to write home about, this is nicely
balanced by the value enhanced four stories per disc. With
only six episodes left to go it will be interesting to see
how, and if, they are spread over two discs.