Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

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Synonyms: The King of the Cavern
Japanese: 巌窟王
English: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
German: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Spanish: Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
French: Gankutsuou-Le Comte de Monte-Cristo-
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2004 to Mar 30, 2005
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 02:12 (JST)
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.131 (scored by 7417874,178 users)
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Ranked: #4412
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Popularity: #959
Members: 248,311
Favorites: 3,899

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In the year 5053, French aristocrats Viscount Albert de Morcerf and Baron Franz d'Epinay attend the festival of Carnival on the moon city of Luna. While Franz is just looking to have fun, Albert is seeking something more to fill his life—but he finds more than he bargained for in The Count of Monte Cristo, a mysterious and charming self-made nobleman who meets his gaze during an opera performance.

Through a few twists and turns, Albert befriends the Count and introduces him into French society. The Count, however, has more on his mind than just friendship; he plots to finally unleash his vengeance on those who wronged him years earlier. Gankutsuou follows Albert and the Count's intertwined destinies and the ultimate price paid for enacting revenge.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Maeda, Mahiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Original Character Design
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director
Kanbe, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Key Animation, Special Effects
Katou, Toshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard


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"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 (eps 24)


Sep 29, 2023
This is an old tale which has many different mediums covering it's epicness, all of them taking their liberties and changing it for modern audiences. Those aside, so far this has been the best abridged version since the original tale/book.

Not from the same era yet it rivals Shakespeare in my eyes. It has the same qualities in many regards for those who are a fan of Shakespeare. King Lear being my favorite, I guess it's not an understatement to the testament of my opinion on the comparison.

It starts as a slow burn, getting you at ease with the environment, the elegance, ...
Jun 19, 2023
Mixed Feelings
The animation is unique... but kinda hit or miss in terms of execution. Not a whole lot of flash and not incredible when it is flashy. The art style is really cool and it at times super well implemented. Other times it looks bad, the cg clashes hard with the art style and the color choice and patterns can make the animation too busy. The characters are pretty solid. Some characters are a little mustache twirly, but overall very good, a little annoying at times though. The story is the best part of the anime. Great world building, intriguing plot and some great twists and ...
Jun 22, 2023
Just to preface, I watched this without reading or knowing of the original story this is based on. I expected a great, exciting story of revenge and manipulation, but it didn't really deliver.

Story - 5
The story is meh. I think it starts out well but then goes downhill when you start to get close to the climax. It is a revenge story, but it doesn't feel as intense as you may think it would, and when you do get to super exciting/suspenseful moments, something will happen like someone being destroyed by a hug... not even joking. Or, someone will show how conceited they are ...

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