Although based on Alexander Dumas' famous classic of revenge, Gankutsuou is a new retelling of the series that sets it
in the distant future and spins its yarn through the eyes of a young and idealistic Albert.
Albert de Morcerf, a member of the Parisian upper class, has already become jaded with life and, in an attempt to spice things up, goes on a trip with his best friend, Franz d'Epinay, to a carnival on Luna. There he encounters the fabulously wealthy recluse, the Count of Monto Cristo, who, when Albert is kidnapped and held for ransom, ponies up the money to save the young man's life. Believing only the best in his mysterious benefactor, Albert invites the Count into his circle of friends and life in Paris.
Little does he realize that the Count has only one goal: revenge upon the three men who wronged him, casting him in prison and stealing him away the love of his life. And revenge is a dish best served cold...
<i>Gankutsuou</i> is whirlwind of a series. A solid basis on a classic story of love, betrayal and revenge, combined with an imaginative new setting in space and a different sense of art, this series tries to appeal to all the senses a tv show can reach. It's not afraid to be different, and in fact seems to revel in it. Sure it's outlandish - and the patterns alone have turned off many a potential viewer. However, if you're willing to stick with the little oddities the series evidences, you're in for a treat. This is not your typical anime series - despite several mecha fighting scenes, the focus is not on action but on the story and the people and the lies they weave amongst themselves and within themselves.
This show is so good. I've seen both the Japanese and English casts and I love both of them. The animation is really pretty and they color it differently than any other anime I've seen. I think I've read somewhere that they would use Photoshopped backgrounds to color in the character's clothes and hair. That would also kind of make the show a bit distracting, but you got used to it the more you watched it. There were some awesome twists and turns in this show that made it really fun to watch. It never lost my interest, and the music was really good. Also this anime was based off the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, but you don't have to read the novel to understand the anime. It's really good, and it's about 24 episodes so it's not too long.
Unique portrayal of the "Count of Monte Cristo" story. The patterns used on the characters feels flat at times (as they don't bend or move with clothes), but the colors and styles are engaging nonetheless. There are moments where you think... "Albert, why don't you see the truth in what is going on?" You really feel hope for the Count and that he may turn around in the end. In some ways, he does... he leaves assets to people and gives a few characters more time to speak than he otherwise would have. Recommend this series.
I forgot where I left off this series. The art are pretty good and it had the same style as Mononoke, it's weird to me,
at first, but if you look carefully, you'll find it to be quite creative. XD
Well, speaking for the story, I haven't watched it till the end so can't say 'overall'. So Imma finish this series and update this box later ya. XD
More accurate to the book than the movie I think, if you ignore the fact that it's in the future, has aliens, and more characters. The series really isn't for people under 18 I think. You need to know literature and understand the intricate workings of the aristocracy before you watch it. The main character was amazingly portrayed and I feel as though the eng dub added even further emotional workings to him. It represented the orignal book The Count of Monte Christo very well and kept my attention. Boy I wish I could talk about it forever.
A very unique visual !... But once I got used to it, I definitively got drawn by the intensity of the drama.
The music is great.!
But I must mention that Edmond Dantes fate, in this adaptation, deceived me...
One of the best anime I've seen so far.
The animation and the soundtrack are beautiful.
Besides the story is really interesting and well-searched. Cool adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' book =)
And hearing the Count speaking French is simply... *___*
So far it stays true to the Dumas novel, and benefits from the changes to setting and story to make it an anime. As one of my favorite stories, there really hasn't been a big screen treatment that does it complete justice (there are excellent films, but they've had to cut the story short) and this may be the second best thing to reading the novel.
Not what I was expecting when they announced it would be *sort of* an adaptation of the Count of MonteCristo (one of my absolute favorite novel of all times!) but still, they did quite a good job with it and the art is plain amazing~