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. – My Anime List
Based on 21 review scores:
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Gankutsuou isn’t just a worthy adaptation of the original novel… I feel as though it actually improved upon it in a lot of ways. The revenge plot is exciting, with The Count toying with his enemies as though he were the world’s most confident chess player, but with a stronger focus on the rest of the cast, you also get a much clearer message about how the sins of the past can return to haunt you long after they’ve been forgotten. The relationship between Albert, Eugenie and Franz is rewritten to run parallel in a lot of ways to the early friendship of Edmund, Fernand and Mercedes, offering a tragic reminder of what The Count could have had, sitting right there in front of his face the entire series. The story is executed in such a way that every single episode has you yearning to uncover more information and experience the next big reveal, and in general, it just works so much more of a fulfilling level that I can easily forgive the few nitpicks I may have had.
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Gankutsuou is a underexposed masterpiece that everyone needs to see. Strong characters, a interesting plot, and some of the best animation you’ll ever see, this anime definitely gets my recommendation.
Overall, I found this series one heck of a ride, and Gankutsuou is very likely going to end up in my top 20 favourite anime, somewhere between #15 and #20. I absolutely adore these kinds of series that can get a huge emotional response out of me. It’s obviously not a show for everyone (and I did hear that this anime changed a ton of stuff from the original novel), but to me, Gankutusou took a while to build up, but as soon as it hit its stride just about everything fitted together perfectly.
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This series is so perfect that I almost don’t know where to start.
Gankutsou: The Count of Monte Cristo is a series that will have either massive fans or huge detractors because of its very unique animation. Beneath the drugged up style though is a fascinating story about an aristocrat in a futuristic setting, yet all is not what he seems. Dragging up the past of some of our main character’s parents combined with a lot of twists and tales, this story takes the classic novel and changes it into something that still makes sense and captivates the viewer. The Count is one of the greatest villains ever because, for the most of it, he doesn’t even seem like one and when he does, you still wish for him to succeed, and the way his story is told is remarkable. A true anime masterpiece.
I don’t think that the series is widely appreciated, where it’s innovative and interesting, and beneath all the fancy visuals is a very good story that’s told very well.
In all, Gankutsuou: the Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most unique properties of all time that boasts a unique art style, and underlining themes that nearly anyone can benefit from in their own lives. This anime series reminded me that modern art is far from dead. The music and sound is good, being mainly classical and ambient. I’ll admit this anime series is an aquired taste but if what you have read so far peaks your interest then I suggest you watch it and at the very least, even if you hate it, you’ll at least have the satisfaction of saying you knew who The Count of Monte Cristo was. If you do like it, I guarantee you will have the burning need to read the book after watching. A great unique series that should be tracked down by any self respecting anime aficionado.
Apart from its trivial setbacks, this is truly one series that should not be missed. This may be one of the best adaptations from a classic novel to an anime, and I certainly hope we can see more series just as charming and riveting as Gankutsuou in the future.
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After watching this show, I only have two regrets. One is that we may never see such a great GONZO anime ever again. The other is I’ll have to restructure my Top 10. Sorry Baccano!.
Whilst at times flawed, the good bits alone make Gankutsuou an absolute must watch. Rarely does a show this stunning have such depth, and when what’s on the surface is matched by what’s underneath the result is immensely compelling. Watch this show, fall in love with its characters and get lots in its story. And until then, bide your time and hold out hope.
Bold, stylish and compelling – an excellent adaptation you can count on enjoying.
I have rarely seen a show exectued as completely and near-perfectly as I have this show. It’s an adaptation, yes, but it puts its own spin on a classic tale and explores different characters and different themes. And everything it attempts, it absolutely nails. For the most part. The second to last episode, and only that episode, does contain a couple of pacing problems and missteps which are just significant enough to prevent me from giving this a perfect score. But as a whole, the show comes dang close. Solid, exciting writing, wonderful characters, a beautiful presentation in every aspect and basically a wonderfully told story that is woefully not talked about near enough. This truly is one of the great anime classics and is a testament to what the medium can do. Truly incredible stuff.
This is an anime worth watching. The story is excellent, and from excellent source material (things are certainly changed, thus the subtitle, Gankutsuo).
The artwork is different, but interesting, and eventually you become used to it.
I would recommend watching this just purely for the unique visuals alone. Some might not be impressed with the story and characters, but that won’t detract from what I regard as one of the bravest productions I’ve seen. GONZO really went all out trying to create/match the masterpiece of Dumas’ work. In my opinion, they almost did. I can never fault anyone for trying their best and I feel terrible for not being able to award a perfect 10. The reason it isn’t perfect? Albert Morcerf. Aside from that, Gankutsuou was an excellent show and should be seen by as many people as possible.
For those who are fans of the original story, check this out as an interesting retelling; there’s much new/different material to make it worthwhile. For those who didn’t care for the original or never heard of it, check it out just to see the bizarre but mesmerizing graphics.
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In the end this can only be summed up as something that you need to watch, that is said a lot in reviews but it is truly something that will be appreciated (even if you haven’t read the novel). It’s compelling story, beautiful artwork and in depth characters will drag you into the world and never let you go, even after you’ve finished the final episode The Count of Monte Cristo will still have you under his spell.
I honestly can’t praise this series enough. I think the most important aspect of adaptations should be to get the tone of the novel right and to get the most rich, important characters accurate in personality. This series does this incredibly well. After appreciating the Count’s character in the novel, the depth added from the anime only heightens my interest in him. This series is to be released in America soon so I personally suggest it as a buy to anyone who wants an anime with rich, involving plot and characters. Almost all of the storyline from the book is there, aside from an ending which is different but not a “hollywood ending” like the recent movie.
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With the Gankutsuou manga now entering the heart of the story, this volume proves to be a showcase not just for the greatness of Alexandre Dumas’s concept but also for the creativity of Studio Gonzo and Mahiro Maeda’s re-interpretation. Although some of those creative elements are questionable—like having the Count chat for hours on end with the mysterious voice living in his head—there’s still plenty to like, from Villefort’s dramatic fall from grace to the well-planned flashback scenes to the sheer artistic virtuosity on display. In most other anime-to-manga adaptations, the usual battle plan is to send in a fledgling manga-ka who’s still trying to get his or her first big break. But in this one, they sent in the actual director of the anime, which makes a big difference in quality. However, that director and the powers that be apparently decided that they didn’t feel like it anymore after three volumes. Thus, what Mahiro Maeda should be apologizing for is not cutting out two side characters, but cutting out the entire rest of the story.
Anyway, I still give this series a hearty recommendation. Despite my above complaints I was still enthralled through most of the series and a respectable adaptation of the original
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo is breathtaking in just about every way imaginable. The story is robust, well-developed, and it’s full of rich characters and a fascinating world. From beginning to end you’ll be glued to your TV simply salivating to find out what happens next. On top of that, Gonzo’s production of the series is absolutely stunning. The dynamic art design pops from the very first moment and doesn’t cease to dazzle even after 24 episodes have gone by. The bottom line is if you missed this show before, there’s no reason to do so again. This collection by FUNimation is a must buy because, quite frankly, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the better shows to come long in a number of years. Highly Recommended.
It is not a bad show and I did dig the artistic side of it. It’s just that the original story had a lot less to tell in equally a lot less amount of time and thus felt more concrete in its overall feeling. Plus I have read and watched V for Vendetta, which is a very well done graphic novel, also adapted to film, based on the same story as well. It was clearly a far more mature and captivating version without the dragging and ridiculous mecha action. Being aware of the original and having seen something better means I was not fazed much by Gankutsuou. My negative bias towards GONZO had something to do with it too. But it is not a bad series, especially for non-veterans and those who don’t care about fast pace or good screenplay. In fact, most people who liked it are those who are not aware of the original story or were simply mesmerized by the funky visuals to the point they lost their sense of time. It works for the less demanding audience but for veterans like me it feels too long and pretentious.