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I've seen advice on the internet indicating that one should start watching Gungrave at episode 2, and possibly come back to episode 1 at some later point in the series.

Before I start watching this show, I would like to know whether this advice makes sense. In a spoiler-free way, can someone explain why I should skip episode 1? (Feel free to include more detailed explanations in a spoiler block.)

And should I come back to episode 1 at some later point in the series?

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The first episode is almost exactly like the eighteenth episode. What it does is confuse the viewer with out of context content in addition to spoiling a lot of the anime.

Many animes like to show an ambiguous later scene in the first episode, and then build towards that story line, like in Psycho-pass. Gungrave is an example of where this failed miserably. The episode is detailed to the point where it is just plain confusing and spoiled.

It's best to watch episode 1 after episode 17.

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  • would you then watch Episode 18? or skip it entirely? – Memor-X Sep 21 '15 at 8:36
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    @Memor-X Yeah, I would watch 2-17, 1, then 18 despite 1 and 18 being nearly identical. If you had to choose between 1 and 18 however, choose 18 and skip 1. Gungrave decided to take 95% of episode 18 and put it into episode 1. – krikara Sep 21 '15 at 9:01
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    I watched Gungrave without reading first. And I agree with this. I would go so far to say that ep1 ruined it for me totally. – Tyhja Sep 21 '15 at 9:36

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