English: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2004 to Mar 30, 2005
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.361 (scored by 24934 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
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SynopsisGankutsuou 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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Every so often I re-evaluate the scores that I give to certain anime. This usually happens when I start to feel like there are too many 10/10s on my list, or when I encounter an anime that is just so above the others that I have to re-define what I would consider to be that great. Naturally, the 10s that are now 9s must be compared with the old batch of 9s, and I usually end up bumping those down too and so on until I'm completely satisfied with the placement on my list. However, Gankutsuou is the one exception to this rule. The one thought that was stuck in my mind as I watched through Gankutsuou was "respect." This is a show that every anime fan should experience, not because of how "good" it is, but because it's just so different from how I would say a majority of anime are made, and I think that it deserves our utmost respect for succeeding at being different.
Gankutsuou, based on the classic french novel "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas, is a classic story of love, betrayal, and bitter revenge. I've never read the original novel, but from what I've heard, Gankutsuou is a pretty accurate retelling of the story, albeit with space travel and aliens and robots thrown in. This is good news for anyone that is a fan of the novel, but that's not what interests me about the story in this anime. It's only natural that the story itself is quite good, considering the wide critical acclaim of its source material. What I find deeply interesting is the way that this anime handles storytelling, namely the fact that storytelling truly comes first and foremost in every single episode. This is one of the few story-driven anime that I've ever encountered, and that fact changes the feel of the show to a point where it could almost start its own genre of anime. I would say that most anime that I've watched are more character-driven than Gankutsuou, and the "story" aspect is really more of a setting in which the characters can interact and grow. Gankutsuou is the exact opposite of this though, as the characters are heavily influenced by the narrative as the story leads the way.
As brilliant as the story is, I think that my favorite part about the storytelling is the fact that you have to think, really use your own mind, in order to understand what's happening all the time. This is something that is very dangerous in this world of fast consumption and immediate gratification, as many anime viewers would prefer to power through an anime, enjoy it at surface value, and move on to the next one on their list. Anime creators know this, and I really respect their decision to make an anime with a deep, complex plot that prioritizes things totally different than most otaku are used to, because they must have known that their audience would be trimmed quite a bit by doing so. However, the result was a beautiful retelling of a classic story, and an anime that trusts its audience's patience and observation enough to not force-feed them exposition at every turn.
Before I get too ahead of myself though, I guess I should mention the one thing that can be 100% enjoyed at surface value... The art. Oh goodness, the art. I won't try to describe it, you either already know what it's like, or you probably haven't even heard of this anime before reading this, because the art is what draws everyone in. You can literally get lost in the art, I found myself having to rewind scenes every so often because I was too engrossed in the art to pay full attention to what was going on. Not that that's a bad thing though. The art is just stunningly good in this anime, and it also perfectly fits the mood and setting of the story, I'd say it's just great all around. It's really just something you should experience, provided you aren't prone to seizures...
I watched the English dub of Gankutsuou, and it was very pleasant. The voice actors were perfectly able to capture what each character should be, from the intense charm of the Count to the intensely shallow, unthinking, frustrating personality of Albert. I don't think that anyone can watch Gankutsuou and actually "like" Albert, even though he's the main character of the anime (apparently in the original novel, the focus was on the Count himself, and Albert was more of a side character). But I don't think that it's always necessary to have a likable main character, and I don't think that Albert was at all badly-written. In fact, all of the characters were extremely well-written from a storytelling standpoint. I didn't feel like they were all entirely "human" though. Believable, but not alive. Maybe it had something to do with the source material being from over 150 years ago, and maybe it could have been partially because I've never been very exposed to high-class society, but some of the mood changes, actions, and dialogue seemed a little bit awkward or forced at times. The characters were developed and interesting, but I felt like I was watching actual actors on a stage the whole time, just playing a role. Maybe that's how the characters themselves would have felt too, though. The sense of awkwardness in some of their reactions could be a reflection of how trapped they felt by their own society, and how helpless they were in the face of the Count and other such forces that were out of their control.
Despite how well-done this anime is, I can't honestly say that I enjoyed it on any spectacular level. Crazy, right? The story and art are incredible, the characters diverse and well-developed, everything was astoundingly interesting to watch, but I didn't really "like" this anime as much as I "like" any other anime that I give a 9/10. This is actually my least favorite anime that I've rated above a 7, and there are even some 7s that I enjoyed more than Gankutsuou. I just felt a profound sense of respect for this. It's truly a masterpiece, and objectively, it's just good. It's really a difference of priorities, style vs substance. There are plenty of anime with both, and I guess you could say that Gankutsuou does have quite a bit of style. I mean, just look at the art, and how captivating the Count is in every scene. But like I said before, this anime is story-driven, and even the interesting characters are used more as tools to advance the story, rather than being the main attraction. There is far, far more substance in this anime than style, and honestly, I *enjoy* style-driven anime a lot.
However, it's this fact that keeps Gankutsuou solidly at 9/10 for me. It's so well-done that I can't deny it the respect that it deserves, and just the fact that it dared to be what it is makes me absolutely adore it. I would call it a must-watch, if only because it'll give you a different perspective on storytelling if you're mostly used to character-driven stories rather than story-driven characters.
Overall: 9/10 read more
I feel obligated to write a review about this anime immediately after finishing it just moments ago so I can keep it fresh in my mind...
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, or, as they know him in the anime, Gankutsuou. Even with it fresh in my mind, it'll be difficult to write a review about this series, for it's hard to find the right words to describe something that should belong in an art museum. Yes, this anime is truly a work of art. The Count of Monte Cristo, roughly based on the original novel written by Alexandre Dumas, which had been turned into a movie back in 2002, and a few years later, it has been turned into a 24 episode anime.
First of all, when I saw this while browsing My Anime List, I was instantly intrigued. Having both read the book and seen the movie, I wondered, "How could they possibly turn such a classic piece of literature into a fully animated series?". After pondering that for a while and reading the reviews from other users that were praising the series, I went online and bought the box set. Now, I will admit, it has taken me quite a long time to fully get into the series. Having spent most of my anime life watching anime such as One Piece, OreImo, The World God Only Knows, Space Dandy, etc., it was a major change to go from genres such as those to historical fiction. As of 2 days ago, I had decided to finally sit down and finish the series. It was a long ride, but don't get me wrong... what I had watched was truly beautiful.
For starters, let me just say to those expecting a perfect adaption from the novel/movie: Gankutsuou is indeed a story about revenge and betrayal, but there are many differences compared to the novel/movie and the anime. The anime takes place in the 51st century, so space travel is possible, in fact, it's used throughout the series. Enter our main protagonist, Albert de Morcerf, a noble on vacation with his best friend Franz d'Epinay, in the city Luna. As fate would have it, Albert befriends the dark and mysterious Count of Monte Cristo. From there, their lives are entangled, and thus begins a journey full of romance, revenge and betrayal. An interesting concept once the series starts progressing. About halfway through, things start getting even more in depth, and shocking discoveries are made with each episode you watch. However, despite the series progressing so well, the last episode left much unanswered, and I felt a little bit robbed of a happy ending. Yes, it's a story about revenge and betrayal, so you can't really expect one, but in the end I was lead to believe there might be a glimmer of hope to the ending I was wishing for.
I'm trying to find the right word to describe the sort of art style that Gankutsuou has shown us... a few words come to mind: radiant, gorgeous, unique, and amazing. This is bound to be the most original art style I've seen in the history of anime. There have been some good styles I've seen, such as Nagi no Asukara, Another, and Steins;Gate, but none were like this. It's as if each set of clothing, hair, and inanimate object was made with real life fabrics, and the setting was just magnificent... detailed, extraordinary, brilliant. One of the most incredible pieces of art I've seen in a long time.
I'll be honest... I really, REALLY enjoyed the English Dub for this series. Johnny Yong Bosch did an excellent job playing the role of Albert, Ezra Weisz's best acting role I've ever heard was as Franz, and I've never heard Jamieson Price's voice until this... his Count of Monte Cristo role was amazing. Perfect match. I have not yet heard the Japanese Dub for this series yet, but before I listen to it in Japanese, I'm going to be watching the FRENCH Dub for this series. I'm hoping the reason why is pretty clear to those who have watched Gankutsuou before. And then there's the soundtrack... a beautiful opening song, a... slightly different closing song (meaning it goes from peaceful and dramatic to heavy rock and roll), and an amazing OST that will leave you speechless.
Characters... characters, characters, characters. Let me say, there was a fairly long amount of time where I actually liked most of the characters in the show... but then the betrayal aspect of the anime started kicking in, and there were quite a few characters that I instantly started despising up until the very end of the series, and even those I didn't hate had their low ends at some points. Albert was a good protagonist for the most part, but his flaw was that he was fairly selfish for a good portion of the series. Franz was the loyal best friend, but at times he took things too far. Any other details about characters' flaws would be giving away many spoilers to the series. But overall, for the most part, the characters were decent.
Now, the big question, did I enjoy this series? For the most part, yes. However, for most drama series, there will always be a few times in some episodes that might leave you depressed or angry. It's hard to enjoy an anime that makes you yell at a fictional character to get their act together. I have found myself guilty of doing that at least 6 or 7 times. But for the most part, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo was indeed, as most reviewers say, a work of art. For those of you who love drama, stories based off of classic literature, and music so beautiful it will make you want to download the entire soundtrack, I recommend that you watch this series. Don't marathon it, take your time. It takes time to fully appreciate art. As for the studio that gave us Gankutsuou, I must tell you one thing... Well done. read more
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 go very deep into the characters themselves, who are not as clean-cut as they appear on the outside.
Both very character driven stories, however Gankutsuou has much prettier animation and a sci fi feel.
Given that Gankutsuou is a retelling of The Count of Monte Christo the story may not feel as unique as Monster, but it still retains excellent character development.
A cat and mouse game. A very in depth psychological mystery. Excellent characters and plot.
In both series, the setting has a similar feeling along with its serious tone of telling the story.
Betrayal and cruelty are themes from both series that involves the characters. There is strong character insight and development involved from both series that deals with how humans cope with their actions and the consequences. Other themes involved in both series include pain, terror, hatred, and strong emotions.
Both series are dramatic and highly recommended for viewers into psychological thriller with a sinister ploy.
I ended up watching Monster thanks to a recommendation On Gankutsuou, both of which now rank amongst my favourite anime, and I have to echo the sentiment. Gankutsuou and Monster are both top tier anime featuring an intense plot driven by the diabolical schemes of a brilliant and devastatingly charismatic antagonist. The writing and characters for both is top quality, and although the both have very different pacing and artistic styles, they are both the best at what they set out to do and will have you gripped from start to finish.
Both feature an antagonist with a sinister plot by which they are driven.
They both are able to manipulate others around them using their charm and intelligence,
although the antagonist in Gankutsuou relies more on himself, so if you are wondering how one might go about their plan with a different take on it watch Monster and
vice-versa. Monster is longer while Gankutsuou is more intense, but once you grasp the mystery surrounding the antagonist both will keep you hooked to the very end which both do exceptionally well.
Both revolve around a mysterious character. Both series explore dark themes like corruption, pure evil, etc...
They have completely different plots but if you liked one you will like the other.
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.
For many fans, Romeo and Juliet does not match the greatness of Gankutsuou, but it's still fair to call it Gankutsuou's spiritual successor. Made by the same studio, both are loose adaptations of classic literature that feature more futuristic, sci-fi-esque settings.
Gonzo's masterpieces which are loose adaptations of 2 literature's classics, with a new, sci-fi, futuristic setting.
Both have drama, romance, and some action, a good cast of characters with their intricated relationships, and amazing animation.
In both RxJ and Gankutsuou revenge is a focal point, and so is the psychology of the characters.
Also, both have a romantic relationship which is obstructed by other people.
Last but not least, both are about aristocrats.
A well known story you all know and love , retold with ACTION
O yes, if you're looking for something unique and entertaining to watch, then look no further. Gankutsuou and Romeo x Juliet are there for you and more ways than one. As such, these two series shares a variety of similarities:
Same studio and therefore similar artwork.
Both are based off famous literature works.
Explores the psychologies of the human mind.
Both series has supernatural elements and good drama.
Additionally, both series has a strong set of characters in a well defined story
Both of these series are classics and a entertaining watch.
They are both anime adaptation of European classics. Gankutsuou stays more faithful to the original novel by Dumas, while Romeo x Juliet is more of a romance anime.
They both come from the same studio and are loosely based animes from classical novels that have a more futuristic, science fiction feeling. They both have very good art and follow the main consepts of the story with its own added uniqueness.
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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