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 7452774,527 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4582
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #969
Members: 249,604
Favorites: 3,913

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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, Original Character Design, Key Animation
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)


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 ...
Mar 8, 2011
Mixed Feelings
While I will admit that I have not read of the classic revenge novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, Gankutsuo certainly appears to be a more interesting entry into the ever-growing heap of remakes of this tale. However, it failed to make a real impression. It certainly has some commendable qualities, but in the end, its jumbled and inconsistent visuals, stilted dialogue and murderously slow pace ruin any chance of redemption.
The most immediately striking thing about this series in the visual style. Let me make this clear- there is a difference between visual style and animation. The show's visual style is rather stunning. It's main ...
Dec 1, 2018
To be honest this is an insult to Alexandre Dumas' genius and his masterpiece.
this review contain slight spoilers.

let's get into it:

Story 1/10:
First of all they start the anime by the middle of the books, and put the start of the books at the end of the anime, they then took an insignificant character from the book and turned him into the main protagonist, then they took the protagonist of the book and made him the main vilain/antagonist of the story. They took random names of characters from the book and put them here and there, created new characters out of thin air instead of ...

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