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Hello everyone! It’s nice to be writing again and this time around, News Libre presents an Anime fans article about the best gun anime out there. In this article, I will be sharing about gun anime that made the top list for my favorite shoot them up anime.

What do I mean by gun anime? Well there are a lot of anime out there with gun themes in them and they fit the criteria for this blog but emphasis was put more on anime that rotates around guns and their constant use throughout the storyline. However, quite a number would make this list for gun anime but I chose the ones that picked my interest.

Now, I present my top gun anime list. Enjoy the ride!

 

Black Lagoon

 

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Plot summary

The story follows a team of pirate mercenaries known as Lagoon Company, which smuggles goods in and around the seas of Southeast Asia in the early to mid-1990s. Their base of operations is located in the fictional harbor city of Roanapur in southeast Thailand. The island is home to the Yakuza, the Triad, Cuban and French cartels, and a wide assortment of pickpockets, thugs, mercenaries, thieves, prostitutes, assassins, and Gunmen of all sorts.

The team takes on a variety of missions which may involve violent firefights, hand-to-hand combat, and nautical battles in various Southeast Asian locations, even going as far as Phu Quoc island of Vietnam and when not doing much, the members of the Lagoon Company spend much of their down time at The Yellow Flag, a bar in Roanapur which is often destroyed in firefights.

My thoughts about it

Not only is Black Lagoon fun to watch, it offers an exciting tale filled with gun battles and good characterization with some pretty interesting characters introduced in the story as it goes on. It’s definitely a must watch for gun anime lovers.

 

Jormungand

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Plot summary

The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, an international shipping corporation and illegal smuggling operation. As one of the company’s unofficial weapon dealers, she sells weapons in a variety of countries while avoiding both local and international authorities. Traveling with her is a team of bodyguards, mostly composed of former soldiers. Her latest addition to her crew is Jonah, an inexpressive and deadly child soldier who hates arms dealers.

My thoughts about it

This anime does not only offer a crazy and action filled story but what intrigued me the most were the character developments which presented an interesting view. For example Koko the young arms dealer who is crazy and hell bent on bringing a new world order. From the same team that brought Black Lagoon, Jormungand is worth your time and it is definitely a good gun anime.

 

Madlax

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Plot summary

The first half of the series alternates between the two leads. Madlax is one of the most efficient special ops agents for hire in the war-torn Gazth-Sonika, while Margaret Burton is a sleepy, clumsy amnesiac living in Nafrece, a country styled after France. When a “picture book”, presumably given to Margaret by her late father, attracts the attention of international criminal network Enfant, she discovers that the origins of the book lie in Gazth-Sonika. Enfant’s top operative, Carrossea Doon, tracks Margaret down but tips off his superiors in the wrong direction, towards Madlax, who has been causing Enfant trouble for some time.

My thoughts about it

Talk of a story so deep it almost left me confused half way through. That’s not a bad thing actually; Madlax presents a compelling and well-built story the goes deeper with each episode. Not forgetting the gun battles, a war torn country with a dark past, Madlax was a very enjoyable gun anime.

 

Gunslinger Girl

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Plot summary

Set in Italy, Gunslinger Girl follows the exploits of the Social Welfare Agency (often referred to as simply “the Agency”), ostensibly a charitable institution sponsored by the Italian government. While the Agency professes to aid the rehabilitation of the physically injured, it is actually a military organization specializing in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism.

The agency employs young girls who have experienced traumatic and near-death experiences fitted with cybernetic implants as agents. The implants, which consist of synthesized muscles and carbon fiber frames, result in heightened strength and reflexes as well as high resilience to damage and pain.

My thoughts about it

A very touching, visually impressive and sad story; Gunslinger Girl as a gun anime is what I would describe as a beautiful memento that left me emotionally incapacitated. The tales told in this gun anime by the teenage girls trained as agents is compelling. Apart from that, it also offers some realistic gun battles in and out of the series. Gunslinger Girl is among my favorite of gun animes.

 

Hellsing Ultimate 

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Plot summary

Hellsing is named after and centered on the Royal Order of Protestant Knights, originally led by Abraham Van Helsing. The mission of Hellsing is to search for and destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threaten the queen and the country. This organization is currently led by Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who inherited the leadership of Hellsing as a child after the death of her father. She witnessed his death which turned her from a once innocent and shy little girl to a tough and deadly force. She is protected by the faithful Hellsing family butler and former Hellsing “trashman” Walter C. Dornez, a deadly foe in his own right, and Alucard, the original and most powerful vampire that swore loyalty to the Hellsing family after being defeated by Van Helsing one hundred years before the story takes place. These formidable guardians are joined early on in the storyline by former police officer Seras Victoria, whom Alucard turned into a vampire.

My thoughts about it

When you talk about blood and gore, intense boss fights, insane powerful villains adding on a powerful and captivating story. Hellsing is awesome in every right and those that have managed to watch it have a few tales to tell. Guns are must in this anime, from bizarre weapon upgrades to horrific and destructive power. Hellsing is among those good gun anime.

 

Canaan

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Plot summary

Two years after the events of 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de, Maria Ōsawa and Minoru Minorikawa are dispatched as reporters to Shanghai in order to cover the upcoming Shanghai NBCR International Anti-Terrorist Conference. Prior to their current assignment, both Maria and Minoru were survivors of the Shibuya bio-terrorism incident, where Maria was kidnapped by terrorists and was infected by the Ua virus but was cured by her scientist father using an experimental anti-Ua virus vaccine. On her first day in Shanghai, Maria is targeted by masked assassins but saved by a Middle Eastern girl named Canaan, whom she befriended in the Middle East prior to the events of 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de and her Shanghai trip.

My thoughts about it

Canaan is not just about gun battles, but it also gives a good example of todays’ world problems. A viral outbreak initiated by powerful governments’ that nearly wipes out a village and not forgetting the conspiracy feel brought into the anime. Canaan is interesting as more plot twists are mixed into the story. Nevertheless, Canaan is worth being put in the likes of gun anime with its visually beautiful gun battles.

 

Phantom- Requiem of Phantom

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Plot summary

Mafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is behind most of these dealings through the use of their near-invincible human weapon, “Phantom.”

One day, a Japanese tourist accidentally witnesses Phantom’s latest murder. Desperate to escape, the tourist hides in a secluded building. However, Phantom, revealed to be a young woman named Ein, and the leader of Inferno “Scythe Master” captures the tourist and brainwashes him. Given the name “Zwei,” this once peaceful tourist is now a puppet of Inferno with no memories. Drawn into a world of lies, deceit, and violence, Zwei must fight to survive, hopefully to one day regain his memories and escape from this world where he is constantly on the brink of death.

My thoughts about it

Phantom as an anime brings forward a world full of violence, betrayal, deceit, and it keeps you glued with every episode. Killing is just a normal aspect of nature since characters have the ability to bring death once they feel threatened and cornered. A love story is also portrayed between the main two characters of the story even with their forgotten past; they manage to fall in love with one another during their missions and adventures.

Phantom- Requiem of Phantom is an interesting gun anime that mixes drama, action and a fictional story all together to offer an enjoyable all round anime.


 

With that said, this concludes my thoughts about gun anime and am sure there are quite many others out there I have missed out on but nevertheless, this marks the end to this article. Thanks for reading and I hope to hear your views about that giun-anime that caught your eye

 

Writer: Allan Musiimenta Bangirana

 

Author: Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre who is passionate about tech, games, entertainment and lifestyle news. He enjoys writing about anime and many other topics.

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