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Gankutsuou, designer-director Mahiro Maeda's adaptation of Alexander Dumas's novel of revenge, shifts the action to a sci-fi future of easy space travel. The series opens with the carnival on the moon (instead of Rome), where Albert de Morcerf and Franz d'Epinay meet the title Count, whom Maeda has reimagined as a cross between a Byronic hero and a Yoshitaka Amano-esque vampire. The designers put elaborate patterns on the characters' hair and clothes, but the patterns don't move with the characters. As a result, Albert, Franz, and the Count often look like disembodied heads floating over a patterned background. The overly detailed settings and cheesy 3-D CG effects add more discordant visual notes. But the overripe imagery can't disguise the limits of the animation or the ineffectual storytelling. The Count of Monte Cristo has been filmed at least five times previously, but Maeda's is the first version to make Dumas's characters uninteresting. (Rated 16 and older: violence, brief nudity, sexual innuendo, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
Born into an aristocratic family in Paris, Albert sets out on a journey with his best friend, Franz, to escape his privileged yet dull life. They travel to Luna, which is on the surface of the moon, and meet a very wealthy man named The Count of Monte Cristo. Becoming completely fascinated with The Count's mysterious charm, Albert welcomes him into Paris high society. But soon Albert will discover the Count's true motive - revenge...
This unique adaptation of the legendary novel by Alexandre Dumas is an intense dramatic and visual experience, featuring direction by Mahiro Maeda (The Animatrix, Blue Submarine N.6), costumes by world-renowned Anna Sui, music by Jean-Jacques Burnel (The Stranglers).
I bought the box set a while back, but discovered the disk was damaged in the printing. Far out of warranty (and not to mention production), I was forced to replace it. Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Vulpes Foxnik
Wow. First word said after playing the last episode of this series.
It was near flawless of an anime. Usually a heart of stone I have. Read more
After reading voluminous original novel by Alexandre Dumas I was convinced, that if you make the dramatization of Dumas' novel work better particularly for TV drama one successful... Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by susumu-5
This is a visual feast. You will eat every scene with your eyes. Holy crap! I love the Count Of Monte Cristo story line. This one has a cool science fiction twist though. Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Token
Gankutsuou is based off of the classic "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. In this beautifully drawn and portrayed version of the timeless classic, we see the exciting... Read morePublished on July 24, 2007 by Midnight Priestess
After having watched all of the episodes I can say that I am very glad I stuck past the first few episodes. Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by Auxabois
First, let me say that the unusual style of the series is at first a little off-putting. Once you fall into the story, however, you don't notice that style as much, and that's... Read morePublished on June 4, 2007 by DigiMaeve
This has to be the most original, non genre specific anime to date.
Although I wouldn't consider this the best anime of all time, it's certainly in my top 10 list, and... Read more
This anime is simply gorgeous. The storyline is no mystery, as it follows the Counte of Monte Cristo, but its amazingly done. Read morePublished on January 26, 2007 by Gypsy❤️Pril
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Well, as you may know by now, Geneon is no longer in the DVD business. That would make this series out of print and soon to be very hard to find as far as a region 1 US release. It would also mean a big NO on a complete collection box set or thinpack release.
Nov 8, 2007 by R. Davis | See all 2 posts