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Gankutsuou 1: The Count of Monte Cristo Paperback – November 11, 2008


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  • Series: Gankutsuou (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345505204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—Ariwara gives Alexander Dumas's classic novel of adventure and intrigue a unique sci-fi/gothic angle. Two naive young Parisian men journey to a distant planet for Carnival and encounter an enigmatic alien nobleman known only as the Count of Monte Cristo. Drawn to him despite (or perhaps because of) his mysterious and macabre ways, Franz and Albert befriend the Count, but they are soon called back to Earth as their well-connected fathers appear to be threatened by unknown foes. As corrupt as they are powerful, the men have made their fortunes by treachery—namely, the false accusation of a mutual friend who appears to have died in prison. When the Count arrives on Earth and is surprisingly familiar with the older men, questions arise about his real identity. The twisting, fast-paced plot will have readers on the edge of their seats, and the manga art style and graphic-novel format make this somewhat dated and convoluted tale extremely accessible for modern readers. An excellent choice for a library looking for a graphic novel that has both literary substance and guaranteed popularity for a wide range of readers.—Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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This retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo is filled with the same lush artwork as the Gankutsuou anime. Two young men from rich and powerful families take a pleasure trip to the moon, where they meet a mysterious count. That meeting sends shockwaves through their families as a conspiracy from 25 years ago is revealed. Though the convoluted story will require a second volume to help sort things out, readers will be sucked into the mix of science fiction and nineteenth-century-France setting. The complex plot contains violence, sexual themes, and slight nudity. Grades 10-12. --Snow Wildsmith

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By Eve on March 4, 2013
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Those who watch anime have to see this. Story of a twisted revenge in a beautiful work of art - especailly in the aried episodes.
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Viscount Albert de Morcef and Baron Franz d'Epinay are best friends and sons of Parisian aristocrats. Franz decides to take Albert to the moon to experience his first Luna Carnival. Carnival is a time of lights and partying, but it is also a time when criminals are publicly executed. For a while, the boys are enjoying themselves in the company of a local countess. It is there that they first hear about the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, an enigmatic man from the far reaches of the galaxy.

Albert catches only a glimpse of the count but notices that the gentleman had dropped his watch. Albert follows the count to return it and finds himself walking into an awe-inspiring illusion. Grateful to have his possession returned, the count invites Albert and Franz to join him for the public execution. Albert finds himself utterly fascinated by the count while Franz remains rather indifferent. When the execution arrives, the count demonstrates to the boys just how influential he can be.

The next day, Albert gets robbed by a girl he met, but the count helps him out by giving him new clothes and transportation home, promising to come visit on May 22. His family is skeptical at first, until the count makes his grand entrance. What none of them realize is that the count had been betrayed by Albert's father and his friends. Now he has returned to exact his revenge in a matter they will never see coming.

Gankoutsu: The Count of Monte Cristo is based on Gonzo's animated series and certainly holds its own quite well in manga form. This series puts a sci-fi spin on Alexandre Dumas's classic tale and has a certain Willy Wonka quality to it that makes the story and artwork fascinating. It's almost hard to believe that the images on the pages are actually black and white.
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By Tim Lasiuta on November 12, 2008
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Alexandre Dumas would be pleased. His classic tale, "The Count of Monte Cristo", has been reborn as a a science fiction manga!
Albert, a Parisien noble, meets the Count of Monte Cristo on the moon at the Luna Catholic. His good friend Franz, had traveled before, and had agreed to accompany Albert to the wonders of the galaxy. Their last stop was the Luna Carnival, a sensory /sensual experience, tantalizing for all who dared venture forth. Meeting the mysterious count from the planet Monte Cristo, they are drawn into the Public Execution, and his fascination with death. Returning to earth, the pair of friends find themselves boiled in intrigue, and once again, the Count comes to call. This time, it's Paris, not the moon. The pair of friends soon find out that revenge, not friendship is central to his purposes. The result, a spectacular manga that owes more to the American style of storytelling than the Japanese format.

Having read many manga, Gankutsuou is a splendid example of classic fiction making its' way across the ocean, and influencing other styles of art. The art by Yura Ariwara is marvelous, and highly reminiscent of Ernie Colon and the western art of Jack Keller. Even the medieval style cover turns this edition sends notice that Gankutsuou is a level above the crowd.

Bravo.

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Tim Lasiuta
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aion on November 12, 2008
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First of all, I have to say that volume 1 was a fairly disappointing read and not really worth the asking price of £6. Seeing the wonderful cover art (which happens to be the only amazing aspect of this volume) on a website made me, someone who ranks Gankutsuou as his #1 anime, happy to pay more than I normally would pay for a single volume of manga. However, after finishing reading, I was left wondering why so little effort had been put into what's inside the cover compared to the effort put into the cover design...

After removing my eyes from the lovely cover and looking inside, the first thing that caught my eye was the surprisingly atrocious artwork, the art not doing the artwork of the anime justice at all. Albert's face, and many other characters, often look randomly fat or just plain odd. The nose of Albert was often suspect, it not even being drawn properly a lot of the time, and the art was generally inconsistent. Some characters designs have even been changed completely, with Mercedes (for example) looking ugly and white - a far cry from the beautiful Spanish looks she had in the anime. While the art did improve a little in terms of consistency as the volume went on, it still wasn't up to the standard I expected after viewing the stunning looking anime.

Even the story wasn't exempt from problems - it seemed a little too rushed and the rearranging of key scenes didn't improve anything, the opposite actually being true. The story switched from the events on Luna to Villefort's in-house murders within the space of a few pages, and the scene switching required Franz to become involved in Villefort's problems. Why wasn't more time spent on the Luna segment? It was daft to attempt to cover the kidnapping/rescue part in a couple of pages.
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