Ranked #202


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
Season: Fall 2004 to Winter 2005
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Ranked: #2022
Popularity: #478
Members: 80,136
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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, Original Character Design, Key Animation
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Kato, Toshiyuki
Kato, Toshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Matsubara, Hidenori
Matsubara, Hidenori
Episode Director, Storyboard, Character Design, Animation Director, Layout, Key Animation, Assistant Animation Director

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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Jan 10, 2009 3:09 AM
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 11:09 PM
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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Sep 24, 2007 6:41 PM
Title: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Manga/Anime/Both: Anime series, 24 episodes, ran from October 5th, 2004 to March 29th, 2005 in Japan, licenced by Geneon, with six of six volumes released. A manga is currently running in Japan in Kodansha's magazine Afternoon, and has yet to be licenced over here.

Story: And now, the hard part... There is no simple way to sum up Gankutsuou's story, although I'll try.

Gankutsuou is based off of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. I say "based off of," because in the later part of the series (Episode 18 and thereabouts), the series takes a read more
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Sep 16, 2007 12:21 AM
Gankutsuou is one of those few series that I actually watched first on DVD. I started watching it when my friend decided to collect it on DVD as it was released, but before I had actually experienced the show, I already had high expectations, having heard so many people praising it as a masterpiece and the artistic style (which I had glimpsed in a number of promotional images) of the show promised innovation and quality. I try to avoid having expectations for a show before I start it, but sometimes they just cannot be quashed, and so I sat down to the first episode hoping read more
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