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Gankutsuou

Gankutsuou

Alternative Titles

English: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Japanese: 巌窟王

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2004 to Mar 30, 2005
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.351 (scored by 26878 users)
Ranked: #1882
Popularity: #433
Members: 69,603
Favorites: 1,790
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

Gankutsuou is an anime loosely based on the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Albert Morcerf, a young aristocrat who happens to befriend a wealthy nobleman, The Count of Monte Cristo, through a series of bizarre events. Fascinated by the Count's charm, Albert invites him to meet his friends and family, all of whom happen to be part of the upper class society of Paris, France. Unfortunately, little does Albert realize that the Count has ulterior motives in mind.

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Gankutsuou, Gankutsuou

Characters & Voice Actors

The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
Main
Nakata, Jouji
Japanese
Nakata, Jouji
Price, Jamieson
English
Price, Jamieson
...
d'Epinay, Franz
d'Epinay, Franz
Main
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Japanese
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Di benedetto, Massimo
Italian
Di benedetto, Massimo
...
de Morcerf, Albert
de Morcerf, Albert
Main
Bosch, Johnny Yong
English
Bosch, Johnny Yong
Fukuyama, Jun
Japanese
Fukuyama, Jun
...
Baptistin
Baptistin
Supporting
Tobita, Nobuo
Japanese
Tobita, Nobuo
Thornton, Kirk
English
Thornton, Kirk
...

Staff

Maeda, Mahiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Original Character Design
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Kato, Toshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Matsubara, Hidenori
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Character Design, Assistant Animation Director, Animation Director, Layout



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May 10, 2011
sen_mcgrath
A nineteenth century classic French novel, in the future, in space with aliens, space ships, giant robots and evil spirits? Surprisingly, it works! I am not sure what Monsieur Dumas would think of his classic 'The Count of Monte Christo' being turned into a galactic drama, but I like many other anime fans certainly enjoyed it!

Those familiar with the novel will know the basics of who the characters are and what the general outcome of the story will be, much like how anyone who knew the basic plot of Romeo and Juliet could easily predict what fate would befall the title read more
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Jan 10, 2009
Zyro
When I first browsed through my friends shelf of anime I didn’t pay Gankutsuou much mind, he had told me how good it was and that I would like it but I thought I had better things to do than watch it. As it turns out, I was completely wrong. I eventually picked it up and began watching it and at the end of the first episode I was hooked on it. It was like a drug that I needed to continue pumping into my system, and even now that it is over I crave for more. So now I shall take an in depth read more
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Dec 18, 2014
Fuchsia_
When i was first told of this anime, it sounded a a little boring to me mainly because i predominately watch action and adventure anime. This however was not the case.

The story, usually the story intrigues and attracts the audience making them want to watch more, in Gankutsuou's case this is partly true. Although the story was quite entertaining and mysterious at times i was struggling to understand what was going on, whether it be from the family entanglements or the fog shrouding what exactly the counts plan was.The pacing was done excellently and by the time of the last episode i found myself quite read more
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Dec 12, 2013
TheNamelessOne
A gripping story of relationships, growth, revenge and redemption, Gankutsuou never fails to captivate and draw in an audience deeper into the story as secrets are unraveled, past uncovered and truth brought to light. Several key elements hold the story together, though one might be more apparent than the others, it soon becomes clear that all of them are key to connecting everything together. Though lacking flair, or rather due to the lack of it, Gankutsuou manages to channel a powerful story as well as the emotions behind the various characters actions to the viewers, creating what could truly be considered a masterpiece.

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Recommendations

Both have a highly character-driven story and keep you guessing as to what will happen next. Both involve an antagonist who at first seems kind but has evil intentions and manipulates others. Each one contains great character development and characters who you feel and care for. If you want an anime that strays from the norm and delivers an interesting story with realistic portrayals of human emotion then this is for you.
Both of these shows come from the same studio, and they have a similar format as well - reimagining classic literature in a different setting. Gankutsuou, for instance, is adapted to involve space travel. If you're a stickler for exact details, these probably aren't for you. They adjust the plot and such freely, but they try to remain true to the spirit of the original works and reinvent them in a new and interesting way. Some might hold that as a griping point, but I think reimagining rather than just regurgitating is an admirable goal.
Similar art styles (both animes produced by Gonzo), both stories are based off a historic work (Gankutsuo-Count of Monte Cristo, Samurai 7-Kurosawa's film the Seven Samurai, IMDB #10 ranked movie of all time.)
they have the same style of animation...i can't help but noticed from the first scene.. the mysterious male lead with mind-boggling events/things happening... i think i can say gankutsuou is also a little of the horror genre
This may seem a bit of a stretch, but both series have very dark storylines involving lots of delicious manipulation and mind-screwery. They also each have characters pursuing their own controversial brand of justice.
Both involve deep, brilliant, complex storylines which have you sat on the edge of your seat all the way through. Masterpieces, involving lots of character development and twists and turns in the story. Although they are different genres, both have high emotional content and have the ever advancing (with every episode) sense of doom.

Opening Theme

"We Were Lovers" by Jean-Jacques Burnel (eps 1-22, 24)

Ending Theme

#01: "You Won't see me coming" by Jean-Jacques Burnel (eps 1-23)
#02: "We Were Lovers" by Jean-Jacques Burnel (ep 24)

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