Ranked #204


Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2004 to Mar 30, 2005
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Ranked: #2042
Popularity: #482
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
Nakata, Jouji
Nakata, Jouji
d'Epinay, Franz
d'Epinay, Franz
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Hirakawa, Daisuke
de Morcerf, Albert
de Morcerf, Albert
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Tebelin, Haydée
Tebelin, Haydée
Yajima, Akiko
Yajima, Akiko


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

More episodes Episodes(1/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 At Journey's End, We Meet
Tabi no Owari ni Bokura wa Deau (旅の終わりに僕らは出会う)
Oct 6, 2004

Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

#1: "You Won't See Me Coming" by Jean-Jacques Burnel (eps 1-23)
#2: "We Were Lovers" by Jean-Jacques Burnel (ep 24)

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Nov 18, 2015
Let's talk about classic literature or, to be specific, anime based on classic literature. Most anime are based on manga or video games or light novels. Any of which can be literary but they generally aren't thought of as such. There are some rare cases where an anime will come along based on an old work of literature like Journey to the West or Romeo and Juliet or today's subject, The Count of Monte Cristo. The story was co-written by Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet. It was originally serialised in eighteen parts in a French newspaper, the Journal of Debates, in 1844 & 1845. The read more
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Nov 18, 2015
I'm sexually attracted to this anime.

Gankutsuou is a loose adaptation of Alexadre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo with a little sci-fi twist. In this anime, Albert, our sweet, naive, privileged protagonist, befriends a mysterious, strange, super secret man of the aristocracy (The Count) while travelling abroad with his friend Franz. Despite Franz's warnings that there may be more to the Count than meets the eye, Albert is drawn to the Count and the excitement that follows him, and so Albert invites him to visit Albert's home in Paris. What follows is a shit show of political intrigue within Paris' aristocracy, romance, espionage, embezzlement, engagements, read more
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Jan 10, 2009
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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May 10, 2011
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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