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: 8.141 (scored by 7165671,656 users)
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Ranked: #4082
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Popularity: #915
Members: 237,708
Favorites: 3,759

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

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 ...
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 ...
Sep 24, 2007
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 ...

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