Brandon Heat is living an uneventful life, hanging out with
friends and falling in love with Maria. When Maria's father
and his friends are brutally slain, Brandon goes on the run.
Eventually, he discovers that Maria has been adopted by one
of the largest underworld Mafia organisations - Millennion.
In order to remain near to Maria, Brandon and his friend,
Harry, join Millennion. What they find is violence, blood
is a dark and intense anime. Although it's not The Godfather,
one of the characters looks suspiciously like Al Pacino. This
is defiantly not a children's animation, it contains a lot
of expletives and blood. Such was the success of the title
that it spawned a computer game.
disc represents volume three of Gungrave, also known
collectively as Undead War, and contains episodes nine
to twelve. In Dispute an army of zombie gangsters is
raised by the Lightning Group and Blood War to challenge the
authority and might of Millennion. Can Brandon and Harry find
out what's happening in time to stop them? Conflict
follows on from Dispute, the Lightning Group continue
to expand their army of zombies. Blood War directly challenges
Brandon, whilst an all out war between the two organisations
erupts on the city streets. Heat
sees the traitor in the Millennion organisation finally uncovered.
Brandon goes after Blood War alone. But some things never
last and even a traitor can sometimes bring surprises. Kind
follows the Undead war. Harry continues to extend his power
and influence in the organisation, while Brandon's thoughts
turn towards Maria.
disc runs to about one hundred minutes. Extras
are a little thin on the ground consisting of only fifteen
pictures of production art and the inevitable trailer section.
the sound side things get a lot more interesting with the
audio being offered in English 5.1, Japanese stereo or 5.1
DTS. The best audio track to use is the Japanese DTS with
subtitles. There is good use of ambient sound to add atmosphere,
even though the rear speakers are rarely used it's a vast
improvement over the stereo version. If you can't stand subtitles
then the English 5.1 does almost as good a job. The print
as usual is superb, making the best of the vibrant colours.
another good slice of anime. The four episodes represent an
interconnected ongoing story which doesn't require the buyer
to know anything of the back story.